Tattoos can be scary, especially if you've just decided to take the step to getting your first one. Preparing yourself beforehand can help out both you and the artist by preventing unnecessary distractions and other issues. Before anything else, do your research into the studios and artists you feel might be a good fit for you, including their consultation and tattoo booking methods, art styles, etc. Once you've got that figured out, get yourself acquainted with some helpful tips and tattoo etiquette! Below are some general guidelines that can benefit new comers and return clients alike:
BRING YOUR CURRENT ID. EVERY. TIME.
I'm required by law to make sure your contact info with us is up-to-date every time you come in. Even if you were here two weeks ago for a different tattoo, bring in your ID so we can keep files current. Studios are only required to keep their records up to a short time, so if you come in just outside of that window without proper ID then you're out of luck. Check with each studio or artist if you have any questions on what they consider proper ID, as well as the age requirements for tattoos in your state.
COVID-19: Currently I am not working on anyone who has symptoms of respiratory illness (EVEN IF IT'S ALLERGIES); has personally contracted COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks; or has been in contact with anyone who is/has experienced symptoms in the past 2 weeks. Call to reschedule with me regardless of time until session if you're feeling under the weather, and we can work something out - this will help both of us from potentially spreading or catching any respiratory illnesses.
ASK YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER about any health risks. Some health issues and related prescriptions can affect the tattoo application and healing afterwards. Heart issues, diabetes, and auto-immune disorders (just to name a few) can cause some unforeseen complications, so make sure you and your doctor discuss and are fully prepared for any potential risks that involve the tattoo and taking care of it afterwards.
If exceptionally hairy, carefully shave the area clean the day before if possible without irritating the skin. Doing so can help prevent redness/swelling and fresh cuts of the skin vs. shaving just prior to tattoo.
Please consider the amount of time and the close space you'll be spending with the artist and others in the studio. Shower and scrub well, deodorize, and clean the tattoo area before your appointment. I (along with my coworkers and other clients) truly appreciate it.
Rest well before session
Be sure to get enough rest and sleep so your body isn't fatigued during the tattoo, otherwise your body can have a rougher time coping with the pain.
Eat and hydrate before session
This helps your body deal with pain and can prevent becoming light-headed and nauseated during tattoo. A good diet also helps with the healing process afterwards. Food and drink are NOT allowed in the work area or studio, so fueling your body up before you get to your appointment is the best course of action. Snack breaks scattered thru longer sessions are also welcome, so load up a small cooler with some refreshments for whenever you need to step outside during a quick break.
Refrain from alcohol and drug use
Any lingering alcohol and medication in your blood stream can affect how well the tattoo sets into your skin, even while I'm tattooing. Thinned blood, unusual/inebriated behavior, and other negative affects can complicate the tattoo process, prolonging the session and costing you more time and money. Furthermore, if the areas are overworked as a result, it can have negative affects on the tattoo afterwards. No one can tell how every individual will react under the influence until they start the tattoo session, which can become a safety issue very quickly.
While everyone would like to look their best in their tattoo session documentaries, unfortunately ink does splatter and stain. Wear some (expendable) comfy yoga or pajama clothes that allow you to easily stretch how I need you to, and that give me unhindered access to the tattoo area.
No vaping or smoking in work station
With the rise in popularity of vaping pens, there's a noticeable decrease in courtesy and consideration when vaping inside. Even if I may not mind them out of the work space, it can be VERY difficult to see through a solid plume of vape as I work. Vaping is NOT allowed at the work station - this personally helps to ensure I give you the best quality, unhindered work possible.
No pets are allowed
This isn't just studio policy, it's state regulation. With the exception of registered/marked service animals, all pets and other unmarked service/therapy animals will not be allowed in the studio due to health risks.
As lovable as they can be, babies to teens can bring a lot of distraction into the work place (not to mention bio hazards). I need a calm, quiet environment to focus on giving you the permanent piece of art that you'll love for years to come. This is really difficult when children (attended or not) are being excessively loud and disruptive, wandering into areas that are off-limits, getting into trash cans, etc. These disruptions can be very taxing for everyone in the studio.
Do not play your music or videos over my own - USE YOUR HEADPHONES
Artists may listen to music or play videos during the session. It becomes very distracting to play your own music loudly over the speakers. That said, BRING YOUR OWN EARBUDS. I'll totally respect your wish to listen to your own music via your headphones while I work, as long as you speak up if you need a stretch break, start to feel sick, etc.
Keep moral support down to one
**AS WE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING IN THE STUDIO, I WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE OTHER THAN THE CLIENT INSIDE DURING A SESSION. This will remain in place until social distancing restrictions ease up. Please remember this is to keep everyone in the building as safe and healthy as possible, workers and clients alike.**
Don't bargain on tattoo prices
In this industry, it's typically true that you pay for what you get. The less you try to pay for a piece of art, the less quality you'll end up receiving. I give my all to provide very high quality work for you at a more-than-fair price - please respect what I'm charging in return.
Learn how to care properly for your tattoo after the session!
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