○ Do not drink alcohol. It will thin your blood and may cause more pain.
○ Eat well and drink plenty of water. This will help regulate the blood glucose level in your body. Make sure to stay hydrated.
○ Get a good night of sleep.
○ Eat a well balanced meal approximately 2 hours before your appointment. Low blood sugar can cause fainting and/or dizziness. Continue to stay well hydrated.
○ Do not take painkillers. They will inhibit your body's natural ability to release necessary chemicals and hormones. Plus, possibilities of thinning your blood too.
○ Do not consume alcohol or other drugs. It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the influence and it makes the process more difficult.
○ Wear something loose and make sure it's clothing you won't mind getting ink on, it is permanent.
○ If you are getting a thigh or lower legs tattoo, wear shorts or a skirt. If you're getting a stomach or chest, or for a woman getting her back, wear a button up shirt. It will allow for easier access to the tattoo area without being half naked, and for women's back it can be turned around and worn backwards to access the area.
○ Relax and take a deep breath. It won't hurt that bad.
○ Remove the initial bandage in approximately 12 - 24 hours.
○ Wash your hands then wash the tattooed area with a mild liquid antimicrobial soap (dial, dove, soft-soap) and water. Do not use a bar of soap. Make sure to remove any ointment or plasma gently while cleaning.
○ Pat your tattoo dry with a clean low lint paper towel. No bath towels.
○ After cleaning and drying your tattoo, apply a VERY THIN layer of Aquaphor ointment/A and D ointment.
○ Wash your hands every time before and after touching your tattoo to keep from cross contaminating your tattoo or other surfaces.
○ Continue to wash your tattoo this way THREE times a day (breakfast, lunch, and before bed) for the next 2 - 3 weeks.
○ After the first 2 - 3 days, switch to a non-scented non-dyed lotion after washing your tattoo (Curel or Lubriderm work well)
○ No tight or rough clothing on the fresh tattoo area. Loose cotton is always a safe bet.
○ Your tattoo will begin to flake off dead skin in about 5 days. It's possible for a little scabbing to occur. Just make sure not to over stretch and break open the healing skin.
○ No picking or scratching.
○ No swimming, hot tubbing, or soaking in water.
○ No extended direct exposure to sunlight for 30 days while the tattoo is setting. After the initial 2 - 3 weeks, you can use 30 spf or higher sunblock to protect the pigment.
○ Infections are very rare, especially when you follow proper instructions. If any signs of infection occur, such as overly red, very soft, puffy, or pusing skin, consult with a physician immediately.