How far in advance should i make a tattoo appointment?

Asked By: Abdul Von
Date created: Mon, Jan 18, 2021 1:51 PM
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While all artists operate on different timelines for booking, most will book appointments a few months—or even a year—in advance. This means, if you really want a tattoo from a particular artist, you could be waiting anywhere from 3-12 months (or even longer) before getting it done.
Answered By: Eldridge Weissnat
Date created: Tue, Jan 19, 2021 3:54 PM

Tattoo appointment etiquette

Tattoo appointment etiquette
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Be sure your artist covers your new tattoo in a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage. Remove the bandage after 24 hours. Gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water and be sure to pat dry. Apply a layer of antibacterial/Vaseline ointment twice a day, but don't put on another bandage.

2 to 4 weeks

You should wait for your tattoo to fully heal — which can take at least 2 to 4 weeks — before swimming in any kind of water.
Gently wash the tattoo with antimicrobial soap and water and be sure to pat dry. Apply a layer of antibacterial/Vaseline ointment twice a day, but don't put on another bandage. Gently wash your tattoo area twice a day with soap and water and gently pat dry before reapplying the antibacterial/Vaseline ointment.

To reduce tattoo pain, follow these tips before and during your appointment:

  1. Choose a licensed tattoo artist…
  2. Pick a less sensitive body part…
  3. Get enough sleep…
  4. Avoid pain relievers…
  5. Don't get a tattoo when you're sick…
  6. Stay hydrated…
  7. Eat a meal…
  8. Avoid alcohol.
You should wait for your tattoo to fully heal — which can take at least 2 to 4 weeks — before swimming in any kind of water.
You should start moisturizing your tattoo as soon as it starts to dry — not before. This can generally take about 1–3 days after you got your tattoo. Be sure to wash and dry your tattoo with antibacterial soap and choose the appropriate moisturizer as well.
How long do you have to wait? After finishing your tattoo, your tattoo artist will most likely suggest that you wait at least 48 hours before strenuous physical activity and heavy sweating. The important words are “at least.” It generally takes 4 to 6 weeks for a wound to heal.

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