My first tattoo

MY FIRST TATTOO

Ok, so your about to get your first tattoo. That’s great news. But what are you going to do first? You’re probably not that sure what to expect. You are not the only one so don’t worry. Quite often it is quite intimidating walking into a tattoo studio and asking for your first tattoo. This is why we have prepared this article. Follow the steps and you will be the proud owner of a great new tattoo.

STEP 1

The absolute first thing you will need to do is spend some time talking to our tattoo artists. Depending on the style of tattoo you are after will determine which tattooist would be best for you. You have to get on with your tattooist and trust them implicitly. After all, they are going to leave their mark on you for life. Have a cup of tea and look through the artists portfolio. This will give you a good idea of the skills of the artist.

STEP 2

Choosing your tattoo should be a fun experience. It is important that you are able to communicate your ideas to us. Providing information about what you like, and what you don’t like will help us in this process. Bringing in references such as pictures and graphics you find online or magazine clippings can also be very helpful to the artist. Our artists will take note of all of this information and will create a masterpiece custom drawing of what they envision your ideal tattoo will be. You should take this opportunity to preview what your new tattoo will look like, and giving you a chance to make any final adjustments that are needed, if there is any thing you are unsure about tell the tattoo artist. You will also discuss how long the design will take and how much it will cost. It is highly recommended to discuss your budget with the artist rather than trying to find out what you can get for the minimum money.

STEP 3

Book your appointment…      We don’t usually require appointments to be made, but we definatly recommend them, especially if the tattoo is going to take more than a couple of hours to do. We don’t want you to be in a rush to get somewhere afterwards, and you definitely don’t want an artist to be in a rush to finish a piece of art that is going to permanently be on your body.

STEP 4

The big day…      OK, here goes. This is it. The day you have been waiting for. You’re probably going to have alot on your mind. We know. We have been in your shoes.

Ideally you don’t want to ingest anything that will thin your blood. So no nipping to the pub for a quick one to ease the nerves. Infact, our artists withhold the right to postpone or rearrange the appointment if their better judgment tells them to do so to avoid any potential problems this may cause. Asprin also thins the blood.

Now for the Do’s. Make sure you show up for your appointment on time. If you are late you are only eating into the time you have paid for, and in some cases your appointment may need to be rearranged.

Have a shower before your appointment. Arriving for you tattoo as clean as possible is very imortant and your tattooist with thank you for it.

Eat well. The number one factor for people passing out while getting a tattoo is because they havn’t eaten well. Your body uses alot of energy while getting a tattoo and so if your energy levels drop to low you will faint. Even though this is failry obvious it is often looked over.

Wear comfortable clothing. The guys don’t usually have a problem walking around with their shirt off, but ladies plan accordingly. If you are not comfortable being topless in a tattoo studio and you’re getting a tattoo on the top half of your body wear something that can easily be removed from that area. Shirts like tank tops work well for a lot of placements, and if you’re getting a tattoo on your back, a shirt that buttons down the back will be the best because you can keep it on. Failing that, our tattoo area is private anyway.

DON’T:

* Take medication such as Aspirin.
* Drink beverages containing alcohol.
* Drink caffeinated beverages.
* Be late for your appointment.

DO:

* Bring ID and form of payment.
* Show up early, or at least on time.
* Eat a full meal.
* Take a shower, and keep the area to be tattooed clean.
* Bring a distraction, like a mp3 player, book, or magazine.
* Wear comfortable clothing.
* Shave the area to be tattooed if it is a hairy placement.

STEP 5

Great news. You are the proud owner of your first tattoo (Truly a pierce of art). Wasn’t that bad afterall. Infact most people liken getting a tattoo to minor sunburn. Now you must follow the aftercare advice very closely.

See TATTOO AFTERCARE

Thank you for taking the time to read through this article. It shows you care about your new tattoo as much as we do. If you would like to book a FREE consultation or have any further questions please contact the studio.