Before arriving, eat something filling and nutritious to keep your blood sugars up. For extensive sessions (6 hours or more) please pack a small meal to eat halfway through your tattoo. For all tattoos, you may want to bring some candy or an electrolyte drink. The shop offers cans of soda for free.
The week leading up to your appointment you should be well hydrated, Dehydrated skin is much harder to tattoo. Hydration also ensures a faster and efficient healing process!
Tattoo day, we encourage you to bring a few comfort items from home like a small blanket or a jacket. Also dress comfortably to sit for a while and in something that gives me access to the area needing to be tattooed. Remember, ink splatter can happen so avoid wearing your favorite shirt or pants since ink stains.
We are a OPEN gallery studio which means there are no private rooms. For tattoos in intimate areas, I offer nipple pasties to keep your modesty, but I suggest a zip up jacket or button up shirt that you can wear backwards. For lower area tattoos, I suggest a string tie bikini bottom that i can tape to your skin. For foot tattoos, please bring a pair of simple sandals as you will not be able to wear socks.
I recommend specific brands of topical numbing creams that I feel safe to tattoo over. I also can provide a stronger numbing solution during your appointment once the line work has been completed at no cost to you. If you are curious about which brands I recommend, please contact me well prior to your tattoo appointment. You will need to do a test patch at least 1-2 weeks PRIOR to tattoo day. I will then make medical notes for you in my chart. Please do not arrive day of with numbing cream on your skin without first contacting me, or you will risk being turned away. This is for your medical safety. All clients with a medical history of heart/vascular disorders or those sensitive to epinephrine should NOT use any type of numbing solution. Not all numbing creams are safe to tattoo over and not all areas of the body can safely have the cream applied.
Unless stated of an allergy to lidocaine, I use bactine throughout the tattoo process to provide comfort.
Getting tattooed isn’t the most comfortable experience (though I do everything in my power to make it as comfortable as possible!) I can think of nothing worse though, than getting tattooed while ill.
If you are feeling even slightly sick or unwell, please contact the shop as soon as possible.
Not only will you be unable to sit well for the duration (especially if its a long session) but the healing process will be compromised. Please only arrive to your appointment if you are feeling well. Same applies to your skin. If you are sunburnt or are experiencing psoriasis in the area that will be tattooed, you will be turned away. To prevent the loss of your deposit, please contact the shop asap to reschedule!