Appointment Preparation Instructions
Before your appointment, be sure to get a good night's rest and don't forget to eat a full meal and hydrate well before your arrival. Please avoid the consumption of alcohol or other non-
essential blood
thinning medications
(ibuprofen, naproxen)
for at least 24 hours
before your
appointment. It is
also recommended that you abstain from alcohol use the day of and the day after your tattoo to avoid excessive weeping. 

Please dress appropriately for the area that you are coming to have tattooed. At this time, we do not have extra clothing items available. If you need privacy accommodations due to the location of your tattoo, do not hesitate to discuss this with your artist.
During your appointment, you may take breaks at any time and are welcome to bring your own drink and snacks. Due to current COVID protocols, we do ask that you take these breaks to eat or drink outside. We have a very pleasant outdoor courtyard where you may enjoy your refreshments. 
We have many options to accommodate your comfort levels during the tattoo process.                                    Lidocaine is available at                                any point during the                                    tattoo process and can                                  work to reduce pain                                      significantly for a short                                amount of time. If you                                  would like to use                                          lidocaine during your                                    appointment, feel free                                to ask. If you plan to use numbing creams or gel before your appointment, please consult with your artist beforehand to ensure that you are taking an appropriate approach to pain management. Your artist may have tips/requests for time or location of application or other methods of pain management that will align with their approach to the tattoo process*
Stim/Comfort Tools are also available in the tattoo station. You are
welcome to bring
any comfort tools
with you to your
appointment whether
that be books, a playlist,
headphones, or your
lucky socks. Please
note that the use of
some stim tools may be incompatible with the location of your tattoo, but your artist will be ready to collaborate with you on how to make you most comfortable. 
Ink Allergies are uncommon but not impossible. Most allergic reactions following a tattoo are in reaction to sprays, glides, or cleansers used during the tattoo process rather than the ink itself. If you think you may have an allergy to tattoo ink or may be sensitive to products used while tattooing, ask your artist to schedule a spot test appointment. Allergic reactions to tattoo ink may occur months or years after receiving a tattoo, especially with red ink, but are usually mild and will reduce in severity over time. If you are having a major complication from an ink allergy, it is recommended that you contact an available health provider.
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*We are not a "tough it out/suck it up" shop. We will never tell you that you need to be in pain to "earn" a tattoo. While tattooing is an inherently painful process, please do not be afraid to express yourself freely to any of our artists if you are experiencing pain that you cannot or do not want to handle.

**Tattoo artists are not doctors and do not have formal medical training. We can give advice based on our Blood Borne Pathogen training and tattooing experience. If you are experiencing a health emergency or severe allergic reaction (swelling of face, eyes or throat, difficulty breathing), please contact an available health provider.

After your appointment, you begin the most critical part of the tattoo process: healing.
 
If you have a Saniderm bandage over your tattoo, please follow these aftercare instructions:
   Saniderm, also known as Dermaroll and Tegaderm, should not itch severely or cause bumps, redness, or burning on or near your tattoo. If this occurs, you may be experiencing an adhesive allergy. If you notice that you are having symptoms that create great discomfort, remove your bandage immediately and wash with cold water and antibacterial soap. If your symptoms are mild or you believe your irritation may be caused by something else, please contact your artist directly and they will be happy to consult you on the best course of action**
    Leaking from the bandage is normal, as well as accumulation of fluid inside the bandage, often obscuring your tattoo. If your tattoo leaks, it can be wiped with a damp, clean paper towel. If your bandage is leaking excessively or causing your bandage to shift, it is recommended you remove the bandage and continue with the dry healing process. Early removal will not affect the healing process.
    Saniderm may be left on for up to 6 days, but most artists recommend its removal after 4-5 days, as irritation can occur around the edges of the bandage if left longer.
    Remove your bandage by pulling from a corner with the direction of the growth of your hair. Pull slowly and gently, do not rip it off like a band-aid. If you are having difficulty removing your bandage, peeling up the corners while standing under running, cool water may help. 
    Once you remove your bandage, gently wash the entire area with cold water and unscented, antibacterial soap. Be sure to wash away any gunk that may have turned sticky when mixing with the adhesive of the bandage, but be careful not to scrub or scrape your tattoo. Pat or air dry and then cover with loose-fitting clothing. You are now entering the dry healing phase of your tattoo.

If you have not been given Saniderm or are starting the dry healing process, follow these instructions:
    Be sure to wash your tattoo at least twice a day with cold water and unscented, antibacterial soap for the first 2 weeks. Do not scrub or scape your tattoo and pat it dry with a clean paper towel or let it air dry. Do not pick or peel at any loose/flaking skin or scabbing; this is normal and will fall off on its own.
   After washing, moisturize your tattoo. Apply a very thin layer of moisturizer. There should not be any visible clumps or streaks of moisturizer; it should look like lotion just before it is completely rubbed in. Over-moisturizing will cause ink to fall out of your tattoo-- our dry healing process is considered "dry" in comparison to some traditional methods of moisturization. Our natural recommendation is a fresh jar of coconut oil, but products such as Aquaphor are suitable for those with allergies or scent sensitivities. 
    Cover your tattoo with loose-fitting, breathable clothing while healing your tattoo. If you participate in activities that cause you to sweat, wash your tattoo as soon as possible. It may be necessary to avoid such activities for the first week to avoid excessive drying and abrasion of the fresh tattoo.
    After the first 2 weeks, it is recommended that you moisturize your tattoos with a high SPF sunscreen. Your tattoo is most sensitive to UV rays in the first few months. Using sunscreen on all of your tattoos as regularly as possible can preserve the longevity of details and prevent fading.

Touchup appointments are always free in the first 6 weeks after your tattoo. Contact your artist if you think you need a touch up.