Coming up to the day of your tattoo it’s important to take care of your body to help it cope with the pain and heal easily. Try to reduce your stress levels as much as possible, sleep well, eat well and drink lots of water. It’s a good idea to have a big breakfast on the day and avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before as it can thin your blood. If you’re on any medication be sure to advise your artist ahead of time too.
It’s good to be as mentally prepared as you can too, as a lot of pain management is in your head. Being a little scared is fine, they do hurt after all, but don’t worry too much, it’s a very tolerable pain and our artist will guide you through the process, taking breaks as necessary.
3. Tattooing Day
On the day you’ll get to see your final line design and we can make any small changes required to get it perfect. Once you’re happy we’ll need a little time to prepare your stencil and set up last minute things like machines and inks, so just relax and we’ll call you over when it’s time.
Before starting we’ll clean your skin with alcohol to remove any bacteria, then apply a carbon transfer/stencil onto the area so you can see the tattoo on your body before we begin. Once you’re happy with the placement it just needs a little time to dry before we get started.
In most cases we work in stages, starting with the outlines, then black shading, followed by colour or lighter greys and white highlights. We can take breaks between these stages if you like or for larger tattoos we can complete it over multiple sessions, but please note at minimum the outlines need to be completed in one session.