WHAT TO EXPECT THE DAY OF
Congratulations, you are about to be the proud owner of a new tattoo! Now that your appointment date is approaching, I’m sure you're excited and maybe even a little nervous. Rest easy friend. Whether it’s your first tattoo, or you are a seasoned veteran; we’ve got you covered. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your big day!
Prior to your appointment:
Your artist will need your reference photos at least a week in advance so they can have your design prepared with enough time to make the necessary changes.
Once you send your artist an email with your tattoo ideas and reference pictures, please be patient and allow the magic to happen. We create a one-of-a-kind tattoo experience for our clients, and we like to be as prepared as possible.
The day of your appointment:
The day you have been waiting so long for has finally arrived. With your tattoo appointment on the horizon, you are going to be so excited that you can’t sleep. Do try to get a good night's rest anyway. A rested body is a healthy body.
You’ll want to eat a good meal and be well-hydrated (your body will need lots of energy)!
A photo ID is a MUST. We cannot tattoo you without it.
Pack a tattoo bag! You may want some comfort items like earbuds, a snack or drink (in a spill-proof container), a squeeze ball, and a book or magazine.
For larger tattoos & full day sessions, your tattoo bag should contain:
More snacks, more drinks
A blanket or hoodie
And a cleared calendar the day before and after
Our Gatekeeper will greet you when you arrive and have you fill out paperwork. Your artist will then go over the prepared design with you and together, you’ll determine the size best suited for your tattoo. Lastly, try to relax, tune in to some good music and have a great time. We are so glad to share this experience with you. Thank you for letting us be a part of your story!
Meet Our Artists
We’re so proud to have this group of award-winning tattoo artists all under one roof. Every style is represented: Traditional, Realistic, Watercolor, Old-School, Japanese, and Cosmetic. Not to mention, we also bring our own style. Piercings are available now as well.
If you don't have a preference on what Tattoo Artist to schedule with click below:
“EVERY TATTOO WE GIVE IS MEMORABLE. WHETHER IT BE A LIFE-CHANGING PIECE FOR THE CLIENT OR A GAME-CHANGER FOR US, WE LIVE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM. THEY ALL MEAN THE WORLD TO THE PERSON GETTING THE PIECE, AND IT'S AWESOME TO SHARE THAT EXCITEMENT AND ENTHUSIASM IN THE MOMENT.”
AFTERCARE TREATMENT FOR YOUR TATTOO
Taking care of a new tattoo is a fairly easy process, but it does take a lot of diligence. A poorly taken care of tattoo will scab, and scabs are the enemy of any fresh tattoo. Once they scab, you risk losing color and then all that time you spent in the chair is wasted.
Tattoos must be washed thoroughly with just your hand (no washcloths, loofahs, sponges etc.) and hot soapy water. Make sure to wash off any dried blood or ink as well as anything that may have come in contact with your new tattoo. Once your tattoo is completely washed pat it dry with a fresh towel or let it air dry in a clean environment. This needs to be repeated 3 times a day for 7-10 days, or as needed by your body. Everyone is different and requires their own specific form of healing.
This is a general guide that has been proven safe and effective to have a tattoo that not only heals correctly but lasts the test of time with the vibrancy and boldness you expect from a quality shop like the Inkeeper’s!
NO shaving or waxing area until the tattoo is completely healed.
NO direct sunlight on the tattoo for the first 2-3 weeks.
NO swimming, baths, hot tubs, or saunas for 2 weeks.
DO NOT pick or scratch the tattoo while it is peeling.
DO NOT soak the tattoo for 2 weeks.
DO NOT re-bandage the tattoo once the original bandage is removed.
DO NOT apply alcohol, Vasoline, petroleum jelly, or sunblock to a fresh tattoo.
DO NOT listen to friends or so-called tattoo experts. If you have questions or concerns, call or visit the artist that did your tattoo.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO
Leave the tattoo bandaged for a minimum of 2 hours.
Gently remove bandage under warm running water to reduce the risk of a damaging the tattoo.
Once bandage is removed, using an unscented soap, wash the tattoo of well with your hand and warm/hot soapy water.
When done washing the tattoo off, gently pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel and allow the tattoo to air dry for about 5-10 minutes.
The ointment can be applied to the tattoo daily for about 7 -10 days.
Wash, Dry and Apply Ointment 3 times a day (morning, noon and night) until the tattoo is finished peeling.