Tattoo preparation for first-timer
June 19, 2012 9:11 PM Subscribe
Getting my first tattoo! How should I prepare?
posted by greta simone to grab bag (22 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be getting a small tattoo (1x3 inches) next week of the outline of my home state, thin line, black ink, on the side of my torso, on my ribcage, below my boob. Like just below where the side band of a bra would be. The artist said that it should only take about 30 minutes to do.
So how should I prepare? Any kinds of things I should do or not do beforehand? Any recommendations for how to maybe take the edge off the pain or ensure that the process goes smoothly?
I'm normally tolerant to pain (not supersensitive or supertough). I have a normal amount of body-squish (5'7", 135 lbs), so not superbony or fat. I'm a relatively pasty white girl, if that matters at all. I'm not particularly scared or squeamish at the idea of getting a tattoo.
So please help me make this a good and easy experience! Thanks!