Some things to make you more comfortable and help you get my best work possible.
The big day is near! Here are some things for you to know to help make your tattoo experience as efficient and, comfortable as possible, as well as allow your new tattoo to heal well, and without any problems. I continuously strive to make my clients tattoo experiences exceptional from initial contact and consultation to completed work. I rely on your reviews to let people know I provide a comfortable and unique level of service. Your help is greatly appreciated. If you love your new tattoo please follow me and leave a review on Google +.
-Take care of your body and mind. Get proper rest and nutrients as well as drink a lot of water a few days prior to your appointment.
- Substances. Limit your use of alcohol and mind altering drugs the day of and day before as they can effect your stamina and pain tolerance. If you are a regular user of cannabis, determine if the effects of this plant will work in your favor or not. Marijuana and other THC containing products relax and calm some people, but amp out and cause a noisy and anxious mind in others. Use your judgement if it's right for you. I have no problems with a person using cannabis before during or after the tattoo appointment as long as you KNOW how it will effect you, and those effects are conducive for our session. CBD's, another molecule in the cannabis plant, are a very good natural and now legal alternative to pain management and can also relax the mind and body as well as make you more comfortable. Capsules and tinctures can now be purchased at reputable marijuana dispensaries. If you wish to take these at your tattoo session, please try them at home prior to make sure your body agrees with them. They are NOT mind altering and you will not feel high or stoned from them.
-Come to your appointment clean and fresh. If possible shower just before you come to the studio as you will not be able to bathe till the following mornings after your tattoo appointment. Wear clean clothes to reduce the chance of bacteria and contaminants infecting the new work. Remember a tattoo is an open wound and should be cared for as such. If you are a smoker please wash your hands after a smoke break and I keep mints on hand for us both. Please do not wear perfumes or colognes. Woman's perfumes especially gives me a headache. We're going to be in very close proximity so let's help each other.
- Eat before you come in an hour or two before your appointment. Low blood sugar and hunger can drastically increase your discomfort level and is one of the main reasons people pass out during the tattoo procedure. It is rare but does happen.
Bring snacks and water or hydrating beverages like coconut water. Electrolytes are your friend. Abstain from excess coffee and beverages containing caffeine but if your body has become dependent on caffeine use a just enough so you don't have a caffeine headache.
- Relax your mind If you are very nervous about the pain try to focus on the outcome and how happy you will be to have this new tattoo you have been wanting. Believe in yourself and know that most people are stronger than they give themselves credit for. However, also prepare yourself in your personal time that this will be challenging and even difficult at times. I don't want you to be caught off guard on the first line that getting a tattoo hurts. I don't sugar coat it. Their are many places on the body that are quite sensitive but get your tattoo where you want it! Make the decision that this is what you want and are going to accomplish your goal. You can do it! A few hours or less of discomfort for a lifetime of enjoyment is worth it!
-Please come alone. I understand getting a new tattoo is a very exciting event and people sometimes want to share it with friends and family. Getting tattooed is not a social event and I do not allow others in my tattoo room for multiple reasons. Space is quite limited in the tattoo area and there is no extra space for other chairs for your friends to sit back there with us. 3rd party conversations are incredibly distracting for me and tattooing requires a lot of focus and a calm atmosphere for me to enter the zone where you get my best. Also, many of my appointments are all day sessions and can be incredibly boring for people that you brought along. I have had clients friends get antsy, pace around, and even get cranky because they have been sitting in a tight room for 6 hours or more. Watching a person get a tattoo is fun for about 10 minutes then its incredibly boring. I'll take good care of you and enjoy getting to know my clients. Ask heavily tattooed people and they will tell you, you will have a better experience doing this on your own. Your friends and family are welcome to stop by and briefly come say hello to check in on you and see the work in or progress, but I ask they keep it a short visit and no more than one or two persons at a time. Thank you for understanding and respecting that I am hard at work and this is my creative space.
- Make your tattoo appointment top priority that day. Please come on time or preferably 5 min early but not too early. I run a tight ship so if you are going to be late do call or text and let me know so I can utilize that time for something productive. Check your phone during your day as I reciprocate the same courtesy to you if I am running behind. For larger works such as all day appointments, schedule your appointment on a day you don't have important other places to be after your tattoo session. This is a process and there is no telling how long it will take exactly to get started and finished. If you are getting a 3 hour tattoo that doesn't mean you will only be at the shop for 3 hours. It takes what it takes and I prefer not feeling rushed. If you do have somewhere to be at a certain time, you must let me know before we start so I can plan accordingly. If I have reserved the time out of my work day to tattoo you and you have to suddenly cut it short, you are responsible for paying for all the time reserved.
-Have patience. If your tattoo appointment is at 1pm , it is quite normal and common that we may not actually begin tattooing for 30 min to an hour later. Often times I need to see the drawing against your body to know and discuss the size we will be making the stencil. Only then in some cases can can I prepare the tattoo room and set up the needles we will be using that day. Bring a book or tablet computer as we have wifi for you to use. The password is page1985. Sadly I had a client who loved the new tattoo and enjoyed their experience yet slam me on Yelp because we started tattooing 30 minutes later then the appointment time. This isn't getting an oil change at Jiffy lube, this is a very special and meaningful artistic process. It takes longer than expected some times. Please be patient with me and the process.
-Electronics .I'm not a cell phone hater as so many tattooers are these days. I am fine with you using your devices for surfing social media or texting while we tattoo as long as you're able to be still on the area I am working. I do ask you turn the alerts to silent though and if you must accept important phone calls during the process that's understandable. Many clients are parents or need to be available for work 24-7 but tell me beforehand that you may have a call you need to take. However you may want keep the calls short and sweet as you are now paying $160/hour to talk on the phone.
Music helps and inspires us all and can allow you to relax and get into the zone. Feel free to bring some headphones and listen to what you enjoy. Although I enjoy talking to clients, I also enjoy just getting lost in the art and my own music so I take no offense if you prefer not to talk. Whatever will make this process as comfortable and enjoyable as possible I will do for you as long as it won't interfere with the work. My room is semi private and I have my own sound system which I listen to my own music that inspires me at a reasonable volume.
-Bring sunglasses and a comfortable warm piece of clothing or small travel sized blanket or beach towel. My technical lighting is very bright and often times the light can be hard on your eyes if you are on your back looking straight into the lamp. We get very warm when working so the shop is kept cool especially in the summer.
-Don't wear expensive garments. The process of tattooing can be messy and I take reasonable precautions to protect your clothing but stains are pretty common and tattoo ink will NOT wash off. I will not be liable if your nice clothes get ink or blood on them. Wear or bring loose comfortable clothing that won't be the end of the world if it gets a few ink stains. Also choose proper clothing for the area you are getting worked on.
- Cash Only. you are free to use our in house ATM but there is a $300 limit per transaction as well as a 3$ service charge so since we are cash only you may wish to go to your own bank ahead of time. Although I don't always know exactly how much your session will cost, during the consultation ask me for an estimated cost and plan as best you can.