So, you've decided to have your first tattoo with the good folk at Mr Personality
Your tattoo says a certain something about you, so take your time picking your design. Remember, for the most part, a tattoo is for life.
Once the day of your booking arrives, don't panic! This is a new experience for you and you should enjoy it
Make sure you have a good breakfast or lunch depending on what time your booking is and do your best not to have alcohol for 48hrs before your appointment. Also, put on some older clothes that you are not worried about getting ink on. Try to think about what you are going to be wearing while getting tattooed, for example if you are going to be getting your ribs done and you are a lady, you maybe more comfortable changing into a bikini top rather than just been in your bra.
If you are nervous, you are more than welcome to bring a friend along and keep you company/hold your hand.
Basic process for the tattoo:
1. Firstly, we shave the area where the tattoo is going to go. This doesn't necessarily mean you're hairy, don't worry! Everyone gets a shave to clear the area.
2. Next, we will either draw the design on to you or put a transfer of the design on you. You get to check it over in a mirror and make sure you are happy with the location, size and the design itself.
3. Then comes the start of the tattooing itself. For most people, this starts with the outline, which is generally the most uncomfortable part of the tattoo process but it is normally the shortest part of the tattoo as well.
4. Once the outline is done, we change machines and begin the colouring/shading process. By now, you will have gotten use to the feeling of been tattooed and your natural endorphins will have started to kick in. The colouring/shading part of a tattoo is normally the much easier part of the tattoo.
If at any point during the tattoo you feel light headed or panicky, please let us know. You can have a bit of a head rush when getting a tattoo, tell us and we will give you a few minutes to recover. This is due to the adrenaline being released into your system.
Remember to breath! Even some of our well-versed customers can forget this at times! Deep breathing will help to calm you and put you in a more relaxed state. Try practicing deep breathing before you come in, it really will help.
Also, having something to focus on if needed, some people like to bring in a book to read or headphones to listen to their favourite music.