Tattoo Madeira

How to Prepare for the Perfect Tattoo – A Step-by-Step Guide

Tattoo guide
Before getting a tattoo, it's crucial to take ample time for thoughtful consideration. If any doubts or concerns arise, grant yourself more time to decide. Refrain from allowing external pressures to influence your decision, and never get a tattoo while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

When selecting the placement of your tattoo, contemplate whether you prefer the option to conceal it with clothing. Also, bear in mind that weight fluctuations, including during pregnancy, may impact the appearance of your tattoo. Make informed choices and prioritize your personal well-being throughout the process.
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How To Prepare For Your First Tattoo Session

Embrace the calm. Allow yourself to fully enjoy the tattooing journey, as it is an unexpectedly delightful experience that can be enhanced by staying calm and positive.

Get your beauty sleep! Resting well before your tattoo session is crucial, especially if it's going to be a lengthy one. With hours of needlework ahead, comfort won't be your strong suit. So, make sure to catch those Z's and prepare yourself for an unforgettable ink experience.

Stay clear-headed. Getting intoxicated before getting a tattoo is a terrible decision, and showing up to the tattoo parlor drunk is an even worse one.

Get inked the right way. Before your tattoo session, it's essential to be squeaky clean. Make a splash in the shower (duh!) and do us a solid by shaving the specific area where your epic tattoo will come to life.

Stay hydrated and energized during your tattoo session. Remember to bring water to keep yourself well hydrated throughout the process. Additionally, pack snacks that are high in sugar to keep your energy levels up. Consider options like dried fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, and sandwiches.

Protect Your Skin: Avoid Sunbathing Before Your Tattoo Appointment. When it comes to getting a tattoo, taking care of your skin is essential. Before you head to the tattoo parlor, be sure to steer clear of sunbathing and tanning beds. Sun exposure and artificial tanning can irritate your skin and make the tattooing process more challenging. This includes avoiding any form of hair removal, such as epilation, the day before your appointment. Prioritize the health and readiness of your skin for the best tattoo experience.

Protect your style: Avoid wearing anything new. Our vibrant ink might leave a mark, so embrace fashion you don't mind staining. Alternatively, pack a fresh outfit for a seamless transition.

Take care of yourself. It is obvious, but if you're not feeling well or you're sick, please call and cancel your appointment.

Stay entertained during your tattoo session! While longer sessions can feel like a time commitment, you can make the most of it by bringing something to keep you engaged. Instead of a book that might be hard to concentrate on, why not create a killer playlist that will help you power through the day?

Prioritize Your Safety: Our Commitment to Protection

Choosing the right tattoo artist is crucial for a safe and successful tattoo experience. Here's what you need to ask them:

  • Who does the tattooing? Opt for a reputable tattooing studio with properly trained employees.
  • Do they wear gloves? Ensure that the tattoo artist washes their hands and uses fresh protective gloves for each procedure.
  • Are they using proper equipment? Confirm that the tattoo artist opens sealed packages for needles and tubes. Make sure all ink cups, trays, and containers are unused too.
  • Don't compromise on safety and quality when it comes to your tattoo. Ask these questions and enjoy a worry-free tattooing session!

The Truth About Tattoo Pain

Experience the Pain: Tattoos Aren't Pain-Free, But They're Worth It

Discover the truth about tattoo pain - it's not as unbearable as you might think. Depending on factors like placement, skill level, and personal pain tolerance, the discomfort can vary.

Begin your tattoo journey with a smaller design in a less sensitive area for a smoother experience. Beware of thin-skinned spots (inside arm, back of knee) and bony areas (elbow, collar bone, ribs) - they tend to be more painful. While online pain charts exist, the reality is that pain is subjective, so there are no hard and fast rules.

Prepare for some discomfort when tattooing areas like the rib cage, top of the head, and ankles - especially if you opt for intricate, heavily shaded artwork. On the other hand, areas with thick, well-padded skin like the forearm, calf, and shoulders are less painful.

To handle the discomfort, stay calm, take slow, deep breaths, and distract your mind. It's okay to ask for a break if it becomes too much, but remember, some pain is part of the process. Embrace the pain, and let your tattoo tell your unique story.

Want your tattoo to look its best?
Here's how to care for it:

  • Keep it clean: Use plain soap and water, and be gentle. Pat dry, don't rub.
  • Moisturize: Apply a mild moisturizer multiple times a day.
  • No sun exposure: Keep your tattoo out of the sun for a few weeks.
  • Say no to swimming: Avoid bodies of water while your tattoo heals.
  • Dress wisely: Don't wear anything that could stick to your tattoo.
  • Be patient: It takes up to 2 weeks to fully heal. Don't pick at scabs!
  • Get the right products: Your tattoo artist can recommend the best aftercare products for your skin type.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email at or send us a direct message on Instagram at @goldbek_tattooartist

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