Preparing For Your Tattoo

  • Get hydrated. Drink at least one (1) to two (2) liters of water a day. When you’re hydrated, your skin will be able to maintain a better heal.
  • Lotion the area to be tattooed every day, or twice daily. Again, the healthier your skin, the better the results.
  • Shave & Exfoliate the area 1-3 times weekly. If you’re very hairy, this will make a big difference. It’s hard for lotion to hydrate your skin if you’re Chewbacca. If you experience razor burn, stop shaving a week prior to your appointment. Exfoliation should be gentle with a loofah or basic body scrub.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Please don’t party too hard, getting tattooed hung-over is not fun for you or your artist.
  • Please eat before your session. We can’t tell you how many people we’ve seen pass out just because they were too nervous to eat before. This is a workout for your body and when you are hungry, pain management is much more difficult.
  • If you are scheduled for four hours or longer, bring drinks, snacks and lunch. You probably won’t have enough time during our short breaks to leave, get food, come back and eat it, so bring it with you! We have a microwave and a fridge at the studio for your convenience.
  • If you happen to break a bone or sustain any other major injuries prior to your appointment, please contact us ASAP.
  • Pregnant or nursing women cannot be tattooed, so if that may be a possibility, let your artist know ASAP.
  • No tanning, fake tanning, chemical peels, sunburns, major cuts or scrapes, in the area to be tattooed within a month prior to your session. We cannot work on freshly damaged skin, as it will not heal properly.
  • Please avoid extreme workouts a couple days prior to your tattoo appointment to prevent unnecessary swelling and soreness.
  • Please be on time for all tattoo appointments and consultations.
  • Do not bring the entire family or crew unless they are also getting tattooed. One person is okay, but please be aware that they must wait in the designated waiting areas and must be invited to view ongoing tattoos by an artist or staff member.
  • For safety reasons, please do not bring small children or babies.
  • Dress comfortably and wear something that is appropriate for the placement of your tattoo, for example:
    – If you are getting tattooed on your thigh, wear comfortable shorts.
    – If you are getting tattooed on your upper arm/shoulder, wear a shirt with no sleeves.
  • There is also a small possibility ink could get on your clothing so be mindful of that when dressing.
  • Be prepared for it to be cold and/or warm. Please feel free to bring a small pillow or blanket so you can be the most comfortable for your tattoo session. Also, bring socks or flip flops to prevent walking around the studio barefoot during breaks if you will be taking your shoes off during your session.
  • Bring some form of entertainment for yourself like an iPod, iPad, laptop, portable DVD player, etc. with your own headphones or ear buds.
  • Sometimes tattoos can take longer than expected. Please keep this in mind when scheduling your tattoo appointments and do not schedule something important immediately after your tattoo session.
  • Do not use any numbing products on the area to be tattooed unless previously discussed and agreed upon.
  • Do not come in under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. For pain, Advil and Tylenol are acceptable during your session. Benadryl may also be taken 30 minutes prior to the beginning of sessions to minimize swelling.
  • Please be aware that you and your artist will be spending a lot of time in close proximity during your appointment. Good hygiene is always appreciated!
  • Please be aware of cross contamination. Do not touch your fresh tattoo during your session. Do not let anyone else touch your tattoo either!
  • Do not touch any of the tattoo equipment or any artist’s work space.
  • When taking breaks or going to the restroom, please consult with your artist about covering your tattoo during this time to minimize the risk of cross contamination.
  • Talking is fine during your session, but please do not talk with your hands, or excessively move other body parts as this can cause the area being tattooed to move as well.
  • Please keep your artist informed of how you are feeling. We are trained in how to read body language and can usually tell if you are not feeling well. But, if you do begin to feel lightheaded or sick, please let your artist know immediately.
  • All of our artists are hand picked based on their dedication to this craft and their artwork. They all work extremely hard to give you the best tattoo possible and constantly go above and beyond to further their education.
  • It is normal for many people to change careers three to four times throughout their lifetime. Tattooing for our artists is a lifetime commitment to which they put 110% into. It becomes a lifestyle, just as much as a career.
  • Tipping is never expected, but it is a lovely gesture to show your artist that their time and work is appreciated.
  • Many of our clients find us through online reviews. If your experience with Rebel Muse Tattoo was excellent please take a few minutes to leave your artist a nice review on Google, Yelp, Facebook, etc.
  • If for some reason you were unhappy with anything about your experience, please contact us at [email protected] or call us directly at 972-420-9666 (Lewisville) / 972-677-7571 (North Dallas) and one of our owners or managers will contact you ASAP.

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