Awesome question! The first step in a great healing experience, is preparation.

  • Stay hydrated! Our skin is the largest organ we have, and in order to keep it supple and to give it the best possible chance to heal and respond well to the tattooing experience, make sure you're drinking enough water. 

  • Have a good meal before your appointment. Ensure that your blood sugar is in check before getting tattooed. Although I do everything I can to ensure a smooth experience, your body is still going to consider getting tattooed a trauma and one thing you can do to contribute to a good appointment, is making sure you have food in your stomach. Think of it like going on a road trip in a car; you need gas in your tank to get where you want to go.

  •  Don't come in under the influence. Alcohol is an anticoagulant (excessive amounts of caffeine are also) and can lead to excessive bleeding and therefore a negative healing experience. Also drunk people are not cool to work on. Don't show up drunk or high, it's disrespectful, poses a legal risk and you can be refused service. *medical conditions that are being treated with medicinal cannabis are acceptable. If you have any questions concerning this rule, feel free to reach out to me.
  •   Wondering what to wear to your appointment? Consider the area in which you'll be tattooed. If you're having your abdomen tattooed, wearing a full body, skin tight jumpsuit is probably not the best option. Wear something loose and comfortable. Cotton is great. Friction is not your friend in terms of getting tattooed. If you're having your sternum tattooed, wearing a button up shirt or something with a full length zipper works well. If you're having your full back worked on, these types of shirts also work well, because we can turn them around and wear them backwards to keep your front covered and your back exposed. Of course, this is up to you. If you are a person with breasts and have concerns on way or another about exposure, I am happy to work out solutions with you.  For thighs and legs, loose shorts, skirts, dresses, or bathing suit bottoms work well. If you're still unsure of what to wear, reach out and we can come up with something together.

  • Get a good nights rest. This goes back to what I stated in eating before your appointment. You want to make sure your body is in the most prepared state it can be for receiving your tattoo. The better rested you are, the better your bodies response will be to being tattooed. 

  • Moral support. If you'd like to bring someone with you while you're being tattooed, you may; however multiple people isn't alright. It can pose various risks, and capacity issues. I ask that you be considerate of my space and understand that you need to be my main focus, and that I don't need the added task of making sure other people are staying out of restricted areas. You're my number one concern and I need to make sure it stays that way.