(Closed) getting my first tattoo tomorrow!

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Post # 3
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Good luck my Fiance just got his 9th on Thursday night!! Just remember to use the soap and lotion they tell you too and be careful of to much sun on it!!

Post # 4
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Don’t watch them set up and load the gun if you don’t like needles.

Wear a bikini top under your shirt so it so you can have your shirt off (since you are getting it right below the boob area).

Bring something to distract yourself: I had the boy with me and was texting on my phone.

Don’t drink or take pain meds before. If you are in pain take something after.

As soon as you get home, take off any “bandage” they covered it with (I had saran wrap). Wash it as often as you can, but no touching it unless you are washing it!

No matter how much it itches while it is healing DO NOT SCRATCH!

It will peel and look disgusting (usually). Resist the urge to pick at it :p


Post # 5
2289 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have a tattoo in the same spot (maybe a little lower) on the opposite side. It felt like what you’d imagine; a million tiny needle pricks! But it actually wasn’t that bad. What I did was relax, understand and accept that I was feeling pain and why, and know that I was in good hands (I’d already educated myself as to what the equipment did and had thoroughly researched the shop and knew that they were very professional and took cleanliness seriously). With something that little (and very pretty!), it’ll be over before you know it!

Post # 6
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Oh yeah, I also washed and moisturized my tattoo with this stuff called H2Ocean, it worked really well. http://www.h2ocean.com/

Post # 7
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I suggest using the Lubriderm (sp?) uncented lotion. No matter what they say, dont use vasoline. (some tattoo artists say to do this, but most know better.) it strips the ink from the tattoo. Other than that, don’t be too nervous. by the time i got mine, i expected the pain to be horrible!! but it wasnt too bad! have fun! πŸ™‚

Post # 8
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Good luck!!! I’ve heard that area is painful – likely because of the minimal soft tissue covering the bones. I have a tattoo that is close to bone too and it wasn’t so much pain as much as pressure/discomfort. Just be careful of a bra scratching against it as it scabs a little – ouch! Use lots of the lotion they provide!!!

Post # 11
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Good luck πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I have one tattoo but had the color changed on it so I have technically had two. I also recomend an uncented lotion like lubriderm and don’t waste your money on tattoo goo, you don’t need it. Don’t pick at it when it itches…I took an advil before and two after and that helped. I just had a friend with me the first time and my fiance’ with me the second time. I would try just talking (NOT about the pain!) to the tattoo artist and whoever goes with you, your hubs prob?

You’ll be fine…I have mine on my hipbone and it wasn’t too painful…and some people told me I’d cry and it would be awful…NOT so.

Post # 13
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I loved getting my tattoo!  Just remember, it doesn’t exactly feel like it’s getting licked on by kittens, but it doesn’t necessarily hurt either!

Post # 14
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

1. Lubriderm unscented ALL THE WAY (scented will sting) (We have a bottle of this specifically for tattoos)

2. Unscented soap to wash it with (we use regular dial foaming original hand pump) and wash a few times a day.

3. Take the bandage off an hour or two after having it done, let it breathe and don’t put another on


5. And most importantly, I think, have a very SUGARY drink along to drink before, during (if your artist will allow drinks at their station) and after. A lot of people’s sugar levels drop during/after a tattoo and drinks like Orange Crush/Orange Soda (what I had) help tremendously during!

6. Have fun and enjoy! Get to know your artist! TALK through the tattoo! (although with yours, you may not be able to)

Post # 15
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@anchors…good call about the sugary drink or maybe a candy bar or some high sugary candies.

@joeyswife yes, that lotion should be fine! 

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