Eat about one hour before your appointment
- Eat right before your appointment — your pain tolerance is highest, and you’re calmer and less twitchy. After more than a couple of hours since eating, it hurts more, and you can get dizzy and sick during the tattoo.
- Eat a big meal – Protein and carbs are best. It’s also helpful to eat Vitamin K rich foods – they thicken the blood, and include broccoli, dark leafy greens, bananas, oats, blueberries, alfalfa sprouts, and yogurt
- Save sugary stuff until after your tattoo – you’ll do better if you’re not on a “sugar high” during your appointment.
NO Alcohol, Garlic or other blood-thinners beforehand
- Garlic – It’s great for you, but it’s a strong blood thinner. Milder hot foods like Hot chili peppers and root vegetables like horseradish and wasabi also thin the blood.
- Alcohol – the night before we recommend two drinks at the max, and no alcohol the day of the appointment until after you’re done.
- Aspirin and Advil/ibuprofen. and vitamin E oil
- Avoid large quantities of Mild blood thinners like onions, peppers, coffee and caffeinated tea.
If you take blood-thinning medications like Coumadin, talk with us first.
Don’t forget your ID
We are required to take a copy of your ID every time we tattoo you. ID must have both your (adult) photo and your birthdate on it, and should be current. We accept government-issued ID only: Driver’s licenses, State-issued ID cards, Passports, and Military ID. We do not accept student ID or birth certificates.
- We take cash and all major credit or debit cards.
- We do not accept personal, business, or Travelers checks
- Free parking anywhere behind our building and the house next door.
- Metered parking across the street, free after 6pm and on Sundays.
- Please don’t park at the Sportscar Shop on the other side of 6th Alley.
Please arrange childcare if needed
Noisy kids, even happy ones, make it hard for us to concentrate, and for you to relax. If you must bring kids, bring an adult to care for them.
Be ready to care for your tattoo
We’ll give you complete instructions in person, and in writing, after your appointment, but it’s good to know what we want you to do ahead of time. You can click here for detailed aftercare instructions. The short version:
It takes about 4 or 5 weeks for a tattoo to heal
Most people go through two or more weeks of “flaking and peeling” and another 2 weeks while the skin finishes healing.
You’ll leave your appointment with your new tattoo bandaged, and instructions on how to clean it and care for it while it’s healing. You should leave the tattoo bandaged for at least 2 hours, preferably more.
During the first two weeks
- Lightly lotion the tattoo every hour or two with a non-oily, fragrance-free lotion like Curél or Lubriderm. Always lotion your tattoo with clean hands.
- Don’t pick or scratch at the tattoo – if it itches, lotion it.
- Clean the tattoo once a day with mild soap, and more if it needs it – keep your tattoo clean to avoid infection.
- Stay out of the water other than cleaning it – no baths, hot tubs, saunas or swimming.
- Wear clean natural-fiber fabric next to the tattoo – cotton t-shirts are great, and other cloth made from plants: cotton, rayon, silk, linen, bamboo, hemp, etc. Stay away from polyester, nylon and acrylic, and anything fuzzy, loose-weave or lacy.
- Keep the tattoo out of the sun and tanning beds FOR AT LEAST A MONTH – No sunblock for 4 or 5 weeks, so keep it under fabrics or in the shade.