- Before your session begins, do some prep work. Avoid alcohol the night before, get a good night’s sleep and eat a meal with some light carbs and protein.
- Pack some snacks containing some protein, nuts, for example, and sugar to keep you alert and not feeling faint.
- Pack plenty of water to drink to keep you hydrated.
- Bring some good music to enjoy, perhaps on an iPod.
- Chat with the artist, as long as he/she doesn’t mind. Some artists have trouble talking and working on your tat at the same time.
- Bring a movie or TV series to watch on an iPod, iPad or similar device. Some tattoo experts suggest that funny movies or shows are more effective at distracting you.
- Bring a friend to talk to.
- Bring something to read.
- Practice breathing techniques. This also helps to reduce the pain.
- Watch the professional at work and marvel at his/her skill.
Generally, it is best to avoid handheld games, phone calls and text messaging, as these can disrupt the artist’s concentration. If you gesture without realizing it, it becomes harder for the artist to accurately create your tattoo.
In most cases, you’ll be able to take breaks throughout the session. The tattoo artist needs breaks to stay sharp, and you’ll need to stretch or grab a snack. If you notice that a certain sitting position or hand position of the artist feels better, then speak up. A good tattoo artist will try to accommodate your preferences to make you feel more comfortable.
Just remember that any pain and discomfort that you feel is only temporary, but it’s important to make your experience as pleasant as possible. When you’ve finished your marathon session, you’ll have an awesome tattoo!
Written by MaciekV7