Tattoo Process

Design Process

  • Express to your artist exactly what your ideal placement and size of your new tattoo will be
  • Help them understand what your concept means to you, where you want it and consider their advise and expertise from a tattoo artists point of view
  • If you are not comfortable with an artist, you may transfer your deposit to one who better fits your project and direction
  • Some artists prefer a consultation prior to your appointment, some projects require a lot more thought, research and drawing time to prepare
  • This show of respect will be greatly appreciated by your artist, this how they plan their day and how they make their living.

Preparation

  • Eat a good meal for body strength and endurance
  • Excess Alcohol is not recommended prior to getting your tattoo
  • No aspirin the day of your appointment
  • Ibuprofen helps keep swelling minimal during long tattoo sessions
  • Personal hygiene is a must, nice breath is a bonus too
  • Don’t shave your tattoo area beforehand, the artist will take care of that at the time of your season
  • Drink water and hydrate your body for best results
  • Jello (Vitamin K) and/or a banana for extra potassium will help

Tattoo Process

  • You as the customer have rights as well as responsibilities. You have the right to get a tattoo in a safe, and sanitary environment, by a licensed professional tattoo artist
  • Feel free to ask questions about the artist’s preparation for your tattoo
  • Relax, sit quietly and very still. It is difficult for the artist to do their best job on a moving target. If you need a break, let the artist know.   
  • It may be your first tattoo, but your artist has illustrated many, they are a professional and will take good care of you
  • The artist is trained in Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and bloodborne pathogens
  • If you become lightheaded or dizziness occurs, it’s usually from low blood sugar, due to improper eating beforehand. It’s not unusual. A piece of hard candy will help bring your blood sugar levels back to normal along with water.

Aftercare

Our aftercare advice is based on what works for the general public from our experience in the industry. Individual artists’ advice may vary. If you feel your skin is reacting negatively, use common sense and stop using that product. An individual’s care and exposure to elements can effect healing. Please feel free to call our studio for additional advice.

  • Leave your bandage on for 1-2 hours, then remove the bandage
  • Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap, lather a small amount in your palms and gently wash your tattoo with the lathered soap
  • Do not scrub, rinse thoroughly, then pat dry with a towel
  • Apply a light coat of fragrance-free unscented lotion (Lubriderm, Curel or Eucerin) repeat 3 times a day for 2-3 weeks
  • Minimal amount of lotion, thicker is not better
  • Do not use anything greasy on your new tattoo, let it breathe
  • Keeping the tattoo lubricated to avoid itching
  • Avoid soaking tattoo in water, showers are fine
  • During the healing process scabs may form on the tattoo (do not pick or scratch your tattoo during this time) this could result in negative results, pulling color out of the tattoo
  • Avoid swimming pools, spas, (chlorinated water), tanning and direct sunlight until the tattoo is healed
  • Avoid dirt, excessive sweating or other irritants (pet hair, etc.)
  • Wear loose fitting clothing over your tattoo to avoid rubbing & irritation
  • Once healed, use a high number sunscreen at all times when exposing your tattoo to the sun (it can be damaging to the color of your artwork, sunscreen can help preserve the life of your tattoo)
  • For larger tattoos and heavier ink coverage may require specialty products (natural creams or salves that do not clog pores and speed up the healing process)
  • Do not use petroleum, lanolin or wax based products (they may cause clogged pores, attract debris and airborne bacteria, possibly even cause an allergic reaction)