There are a number of steps that can be taken before your appointment that will help to make your tattooing experience the best it can be. 
These tips will help ensure that you are ready for your artist.
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The week before...
In the days leading up to your appointment, be sure to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and keep your skin hydrated with a moisturizer 1-2 times per day. Try to stay out of the sun if your tattoo will be located on an exposed area of your body. Healthy, hydrated skin will accept ink easier and contribute to a significantly better overall experience. 
The day before...
Avoid taking NSAIDs (Advil, Ibuprofen), and avoid alcohol. These substances thin the blood, which can lead to complications during the tattoo. 
Be sure to get a good night's sleep. 
The morning of your appointment...
Have a shower and gently exfoliate your skin. Avoid applying moisturizer or other products to the area being tattooed. Shaving is optional - this can be taken care of at your appointment. 
Wear clean, soft, loose-fitting clothing that allows for easy access to the area being tattooed. Black clothing is recommended, as there is always a chance of ink splattering during the tattoo. 
Eat a full meal and drink water before your appointment. Consider avoiding caffeine. Avoid NSAIDs, alcohol, and recreational drugs. You cannot show up to your appointment intoxicated.  
items to bring
In addition to identification and money, consider bringing the following items to your appointment: 
- Drinks and snacks. Sugary snacks, like a piece of fruit, granola bar, or candy can help boost your blood sugar and help you to avoid feeling light-headed. Bring a bottle of water. 
- A book, tablet, or entertainment of your choice. If you plan to listen to/watch media during your appointment, be sure to bring headphones. 
- Phone/device charger. 
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Notify your artist ASAP, if: 
- Your skin gets damaged before the appointment. If you have any cuts, burns, bruises or other skin conditions that arise, please notify your artist as soon as possible. Your appointment may need to be postponed. 
- If you feel sick or unwell. We will take a look at rescheduling your appointment. 
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If you have any additional questions or concerns prior to your appointment, please reach out directly to
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