Caring For Your Tattoo

Before Care

Tattooing is a collaborative process and the better prepared your body and skin are the better your tattoo will heal. Here are a few ways to help ensure that your skin will be ready to accept the ink, your healing process goes smoothly, and your colours have a chance to heal at their full intensity.

3-4 Weeks Prior

*consult a doctor before any lifestyle or supplement changes*
*this is not medical advice*


As simple as it sounds, a healthy lifestyle can have a huge impact on how your body reacts to a tattoo. Eating correctly, getting the proper amount of sleep, and staying hydrated will all have a huge effect on the outcome of your tattoo. Any good tattoo artist will tell you that they are able to gauge your overall health/lifestyle with the ease with which the ink goes in. Along with a healthy lifestyle taking a multivitamin that contains Vitamin C, E, Zinc, and collagen can help condition your skin and body for tattoo recovery. Vitamin C and Zinc have been shown to boost your immune system and will aid in short and long-term recovery. Tattooing is causing bodily trauma, and your autoimmune system responds as if it was an injury, regardless of who you are. Vitamin E and collagen will help condition your skin to take the ink by helping to improve your skin’s moisture level and elasticity. Everybody is different so please seek proper medical advice if you’re in any way concerned about how you might react to the tattooing process, or the use of any form of supplement or vitamin.

5-7 Days Prior

*consult a doctor before all changes to any medications*
*this is not medical advice*


Avoid any substances that may cause your blood to thin, as this has a direct effect on the healed result of your tattoo. These include all Narcotics, all alcohol, as well as any blood thinning medication such as Asprin (acetylsalicylic acid), Aleve (Naproxen), Advil (Ibuprofen), or even Viagra. During your tattoo, excessive bleeding can decrease the visibility of the stencil and ink making it harder for your artist to see what and where they are tattooing. Having blood and plasma on top of the tattoo while it is being worked on causes a decrease in overall colour saturation as the excess fluid thins the ink before it has a chance to puncture the epidermis. Excessive bleeding also means your artist will have to wipe down your tattoo more than they normally would, and nobody wants that!
Daily cleaning and moisturizing of the area that is going to be tattooed will also aid in skin elasticity and ink retention. Ensuring your daily hydration needs are met will during this week is also crucial. Giving your artist the best possible canvas with which to work will always lead to the best final product, it is a collaborative process after all! The night before your tattoo your dinner should be low in sugar and salt. Excessive amounts of sugar can slow down the healing process, and large amounts of salt can cause bloating, affecting the quality of your skin, and its ability to take on ink.

The day of

Preparedness has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental acuity. Arriving on time, after a full night’s rest, with a full stomach will go a long way to putting your mind at ease. Lack of sleep has been shown to increase; stress responses, pain levels, and general healing. If you are feeling anxious the night before, chamomile tea or kava root are natural relaxants that do not have a negative effect on the tattooing process. Your body’s stress response is to flood your body with hormones, which can negatively affect how your skin will take ink. The more relaxed and better rested you are the better your body will react during and after your tattoo. Everybody experiences various degrees of this trauma response, however, nobody is completely immune. Working with your body will help ensure your artist is able to create beautiful, lasting artwork. If you have an afternoon appointment make sure you have had both breakfast and lunch as having proper blood sugar levels (for everybody not just our glycemic challenged friends) reduces the risk of fainting, dizziness, headaches, and nausea during and after the tattoo process. After you have taken care of your body, and moisturized the part of your body to be tattooed, make sure that you are familiar with the area around your artists’ studio, and how long it will take for you to arrive. Pack a small bag using the essential tattoo appointment items list, and then go to the bank on your way so that you can pay your artist in cash. When you arrive for your tattoo appointment call your artist, and they will come get you for your new artwork!

During the Session

Our goal is to ensure you have the most comfortable experience possible. After having followed the essential tattoo appointment items list you will have everything you need ready for the appointment. Please let your artist know how you would like to stay occupied, whether it be listening to music out loud or with headphones, watching something on your tablet, or any number of other distractions your artist will do their best to set up and position you accordingly. Please be aware that depending on the placement of the tattoo and your own body position it might not be possible to view a screen. Staying hydrated and fed during the tattoo can be especially important and often tattoos can last for many hours. Your artist will remind you of breaks, however, nobody knows their own body better, so please feel free to ask for as many breaks as you need. Be warned- the more breaks you take during the process the more the pain will increase every time you come back to the tattoo. The longer you can go between breaks, the faster your tattoo will be finished! Listen to your body, and be vocal with your artist if you are feeling at all nauseous or lightheaded. If you are being tattooed for longer than 5+ hours we advise that you do not operate a vehicle right away, and if possible have a friend or family member pick you up. After the second skin bandage has been applied and you have paid your artist you are free to leave with your new artwork! Eating a healthy meal and rehydrating directly after your appointment will aid in pain relief and how your tattoo heals.

Aftercare

It is crucial that you follow these guildines to take proper care of your new tattoo. The healing process can effect the final outcome of the tattoo. Guildines shold be followed to aid in the best possible healed tattoo. Your artist is not responsible for any issues resulting from poor aftercare. Please contact the artist if you have any other questions

It is crucial that you follow these guidlines to take proper care of the new tattoo

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