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Most Common Tattoo Questions Answered

We get asked a lot of questions related to tattooing. We will go over our most frequently asked questions and provide you with our feedback.

Do you have any tips for me before I get tattooed?

  1. Bring a government-issued photo ID (Driver's License, Military ID, or Passport).

  2. Check with your shop/artist to know if you need to bring cash, or if they take credit/payment platforms.

  3. Eat a full meal, and bring snacks.

  4. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water.

  5. Avoid drinking alcohol the day/night before your tattoo.

  6. Take a shower before you come get tattooed.

  7. Wear comfortable/loose clothing that allows access to the tattoo area.

  8. Charge your phone/tablet or bring a book to keep yourself entertained.

  9. Bring headphones to listen to music, podcasts, or videos.

  10. Bring a pillow and/or blanket for comfort and support.

  11. Remember to keep breathing, don't hold your breath.

  12. Let your artist know if you need a break or are starting to feel sick.

  13. DO NOT bring children under 18 or pets to the shop.

  14. If you are sick or if you are healing from a recent injury or surgery, please reschedule your appointment.

When can I go swimming after getting a new tattoo?

You need to wait a minimum of 2-3 weeks before submerging yourself in water (lakes, rivers, oceans, pools, hot tubs, waterparks, and the like).

How long do I have to wait before I can workout?

Take some time off before you decide to do a heavy workout. We do not recommend working out for the next 2-4 days following your tattoo appointment, while wearing the second skin wrap. Avoid excessive sweating and intensive workouts for at least one week after receiving the tattoo.

When can I go tanning?

Unfortunately, we do not recommend any kind of artificial tanning (or spray tanning) after getting tattooed. UV exposure will fade your tattoos. Make sure to apply sunscreen when outside. Even if it isn't super sunny out, you may still burn. You should wait at least 2-3 weeks before applying sunscreen to your fresh tattoo.

Can I still get tattooed with sensitive skin and allergies?

If you have concerns about your health and getting tattoos, consult with your primary care provider and/or dermatologist to see if tattooing is right for you. Make note of all of your allergies to your tattoo artist so that they can provide the safest possible service to you. Your artist may also recommend doing a patch test to see how your skin reacts to ink, soap, ointment, and/or bandaging.

Have a question for us that wasn't answered? Send us a message on Facebook or reach out to one of our artists individually.


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