Preparing for your first tattoo

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You want to be painless and prepared if you are interested in getting your first tattoo. These are the top tips to help you prepare for your tattoo appointment.

Take Into Account The Design

Before you schedule a consultation, consider the overall design that you want and the location. You might also want to bring some photos for inspiration. A complete design may already be prepared, or you may need to consult a tattoo artist in order to have something created.

Prepare Yourself Physically For The Appointment

Before you start your first session, make sure you take good care of yourself. Keep hydrated before you go in for a tattoo. Avoid using blood thinners such as aspirin, and ask for a rescheduling appointment if you become ill.

Be Comfortable

If you want to be comfortable while your tattoo session, bring snacks or headphones. Depending on the complexity of your tattoo, you may be in the chair for up to an hour depending on your agreement with your tattoo artist. It is important to wear loose clothing so your tattoo artist can reach the area where you are being tattooed. It is important to ensure that you are comfortable enough to sit in the clothes you choose. You can settle your stomach by eating a delicious meal before you go.

Prepare Your Skin

Before you go to your appointment, make sure your skin is moisturized and clean. Protect your skin before the appointment, as sunburns can make tattooing painful.

Take Care Of Your Aftercare Needs

Aftercare instructions will be provided by your tattoo artist. This will likely include new bandages, moisturizing, and skin cleaning.

This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst St Pete tattoo shops. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting. 

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