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How To Prepare For My New Tattoo

How to prepare for my new tattoo

After you schedule your appointment with your tattoo artist, you must now prepare for your new tattoo. Here is a list of what you need to prepare before your new tattoo.


No Alcohol

No alcohol should be consumed before getting your tattoo. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner and the amount of alcohol you consume will determine the thickness of the blood. Thin blood will lead to excess bleeding during your tattoo session. This could not only impact your overall health, but also affect the final product of the tattoo. 

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Stay hydrated

Water is a necessity in maintaining skin moisture and delivering nutrients to skin cells. With the right amount of water, you can determine the health of your skin. Healthy skin is easy to work with, ensuring you get the best tattoo your artist can give you. 

How to prepare for my new tattoo


Your body is the canvas. Moisturize one to two weeks before the tattoo. Make sure not to moisturize the day of the tattoo as it may interfere with the overall outcome. Making sure your skin stays moisturized is beneficial for your overall health and allows your artist to give their best. At the end of the day, it’s a win win.

Wear comfortable clothes

Getting a tattoo is uncomfortable. Depending on the placement, you may find yourself in an uncomfortable position. Wearing comfortable, loose clothing will help you stay comfortable, flexible, and relaxed.

Tattoo by  German

Tattoo by German


Shaving allows your artist to work on a smooth surface. Some tattoo artists may shave the area for you, but it is important to be well prepared before your session.  


Snacks are always a good idea. Depending on the size and placement of the tattoo, you may feel uncomfortable or sick on an empty stomach. Bringing your artist a coffee will not hurt either.


Remember to bring some extra money with you. If you had a good experience, you might want to consider tipping your tattoo artist.