I am going in for an appointment this week to begin the process of getting my first Tattoo!
I am scared and super excited, but the pain has been on the back of my mind for a long time. Here are some tips I found and hope to implement as doomsday draws near 🙂
1.Go in sober.
Though drinking or being under the influence of any drugs may seem like an easy way to lessen the pain, it will actually make your tattoo a lot more painful. Alcohol is a blood thinner, which means you will bleed more and the ink won’t take as easily. This, along with constant drunken movements, will most likely cause the tattoo process to take longer as well as agitate the skin and may even cause the piece to not come out as cleanly or well-saturated as it could. Also note that over the counter pain killers and caffeine will also lead to thinning your blood, so try to avoid Tylenol, Advil, coffee and energy drinks before your tattoo session, too.
(This seems like the opposite of how most people get their first tattoos, but I am excited to go in for the experience and actually remember what it is like)
2.Drink lots of water.
While we greatly advise against drinking alcohol, we highly recommend drinking a lot of water. Starting the night before your tattoo session, stay as well hydrated as possible. This will actually allow the skin to accept the ink more easily due to the hydration and allow the tattoo process to happen faster without thinning your blood.
3. Eat a full breakfast.
Make sure to go into your tattoo session on a full stomach, as it will help increase your stamina while sitting through such a painful experience.The day of your tattoo session is cheat day: the more glucose, the better. So if you want that extra bowl of Frosted Flakes to go with your bacon and eggs, go right for it! Getting tattooed actually burns a lot of calories depending on how long the session goes, so make sure to fill up so you have energy to burn.
(All the cereal is getting eaten)
4. Get a good night sleep.
You need a lot of energy to sit through a tattoo. The more rest you get the night before, the longer you can hold through the pain while getting a tattoo. If you come in exhausted, chances are you won’t be able to handle a full multi-hour session. You want those endorphins and adrenaline to kick in to help block some pain, so make sure you fuel up on sleep to allow that to naturally happen.
( I am going to try and be in bed by 3 pm if that is the case)
5. Take breaks, but take them sparingly.
Getting a large tattoo on a sensitive area like the hands, feet, ribs, or chest can really take it out of you. Make sure to take breaks throughout the session to refuel. Take these brief periods of time to eat something and collect yourself before going back under the needle. We recommend a small snack like orange juice and a chocolate power bar. However, make sure you aren’t taking too many breaks or breaks for too long. The piece will begin to swell a lot more during your breaks and constant starting and stopping will interrupt a lot of the tattoo process and adrenaline build up.
(LOTS of breaks ahead)
Excited to share the process with you !
Tips credit: http://www.inkedmag.com/8-tips-make-tattoos-hurt-less/4/?ipp=3