Long before you wake up on the day you’re scheduled to receive your tattoo and wonder what clothes you should wear to your appointment, you’ll have a consultation with your artist to determine tattoo placement and the ideal clothing you should wear.
In general, we recommend wearing casual and comfortable clothes that you won’t mind sitting or lying in for hours at a time. Some people bring an extra pair of socks, or a warm sweatshirt, or shorts and pants, just to make sure they’re prepared and can change outfits at the tattoo parlor if they need to.
Receiving tattoo art is like getting a small surgery performed – your body has to be prepared for the experience to minimize discomfort and get the most from your session.
Stay out of the sun for a few days before your appointment. If you get a sunburn, we won’t be able to start your tattoo until it’s gone.
Don’t consume any alcohol the day before or the day of receiving your tattoo, and try not to consume coffee or aspirin either. All 3 of these are known as blood thinners and may result in unwanted bleeding.
Do consume lots and lots of water, herbal teas, gatorade, and other hydrating beverages – dehydration will make your tattoo experience very uncomfortable.
And take care to practice good hygiene: brush your teeth, shower with soap, wear fresh clothes, bring mints, and limit perfumes or colognes.
Also, feel free to bring anything additional that will make you feel more comfortable such as, music and headphones, a hoodie or sweatshirt, and snacks.
A new tattoo heals in about 3-4 weeks after scabbing and peeling, restoring the damaged skin and revealing your new body art.
However, tattoos may take longer to heal depending on a multitude of factors such as:
- The location of the tattoo.
- The size of the tattoo.
- The design of the tattoo.
- The strength of your immune system.
- And how you care for the tattoo after it’s finished.
When you’re done getting tattooed, your new piece will look almost like it will when it’s done healing, although a bit brighter.
But keep in mind, your new tattoo is still an open wound and requires quite a bit of care over the next few weeks as it scabs and heals.
Remove your bandage about 30 minutes to an hour after you leave the tattoo shop and wash your new tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap and lukewarm water.
Gently wipe the tattoo with a wet paper towel and either let it air-dry or pat it dry with fresh paper towels. Then allow your tattoo to breathe in the open air for at least 30 minutes (but even 5 minutes will help the healing process). Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo.
After your tattoo is dry, apply a thin layer of tattoo ointment. We’ll supply you with Black Market Aftercare, our own organic, all-natural salve that’s handcrafted and specially formulated to quickly heal black and grey tattoos. Moisturize with the balm once a day for one week to make sure it doesn’t dry out, moisturizing as needed after that if it becomes irritated until it’s fully healed.
Plus, before you leave the shop, we will bandage your tattoo with our medical-grade bandages, give you extra bandages to go, and provide a detailed care guide covering everything you need to know to care for your tattoo, prevent scarring, and help it heal comfortably.
We recommend Black Market Aftercare Balm, for its simple healing-herb formula made specifically for healing tattoos. No chemical additives, no artificial preservatives, just simple ingredients and fast results.