Greetings, ink enthusiasts, and welcome back to the blog. Today, we’re discussing the food and drink you consume before getting a tattoo and the potential impact it can have. That’s right, your diet can dictate your body’s response to the needle, influencing everything from pain tolerance to healing speed.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT AND DRINK BEFORE A TATTOO SESSION
The tattoo process is a slight, controlled assault on your skin, making proper nutrition vital. Here are some essential nutrients to stock up on before your session:
Vitamin C is a well-known superhero in skincare, famed for its radiance-enhancing and wound-healing properties. You’ll find it in many skin products for these very reasons. By consuming Vitamin C-rich foods like broccoli, kale, and citrus fruits, or taking supplements, you’re aiding your skin in its journey through the tattoo process. As a tattooist, I can confirm that a well-nourished skin makes a more welcoming canvas.
You wouldn’t build a house without cement, right? Similarly, proteins are essential for developing and repairing our body tissues. Including high-protein foods like beef, chicken, and seafood in your diet can provide your skin with the tools it needs to recover from the tattooing process.
Zinc is a little unsung hero when it comes to inflammation and swelling. By consuming foods rich in zinc, such as beans, nuts, and whole grains, you’re giving your skin an added advantage in the healing process.
My best piece of advice? Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Ensuring you’re well-hydrated before, during, and after your session can make a world of difference. A well-hydrated skin is more receptive to the needle and tends to bleed less. Just make sure to stick to water, natural fruit juices, or lemonade for your hydration needs.
BEST SNACKS TO BRING ON THE DAY OF YOUR TATTOO APPOINTMENT
Long tattoo sessions can be grueling, and snacks can be lifesavers. Just be sure to check with your artist beforehand. My personal snack survival kit includes sugar-free fruit bars, protein bars, green chips, roasted nuts, and vitamin C fruit drops. Don’t forget to pack some lemon water or natural fruit juice for a hydration boost.
FOOD AND ACTIVITIES YOU SHOULD AVOID BEFORE GETTING A TATTOO
While preparing for your tattoo session is vital, there are also things you should avoid doing:
Caffeine, Energy Drinks, and Alcohol
As much as we love our morning coffee and occasional parties, these are a big no-no pre-tattoo. Alcohol, caffeine, and energy drinks can thin your blood and make the tattooing process less comfortable. Trust me, an agitated and shaky client is no fun.
Ready-To-Drink Juices, Soda, and Processed Foods
Steer clear of processed foods and sugary drinks. They’re high in sugar, salt, and oil, which can cause skin inflammation and prolong the healing process.
While a bloated stomach from consuming dairy products might not seem like a big deal, it can affect the final look of your tattoo. It’s best to avoid dairy before your session.
Getting Too Much Sun Exposure
Pulling an all-nighter or soaking up the sun right before a tattoo session? Bad idea. Get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of water, and wear sunscreen if you must be outside for long.
Wearing Tight Clothing
Tight clothing can be a nuisance during a tattoo session and can damage the fresh ink post-session. Opt for loose, comfortable clothes for your appointment and the healing period.
By following these tips, you’re not just preparing for a tattoo, you’re setting yourself up for a quicker recovery and a vibrant result. And don’t forget about aftercare – it’s just as important!
Remember, your body is a temple, and your skin is a canvas. Treat both with the respect they deserve. Happy tattooing, folks!
As we conclude this tattoo-filled adventure, let’s recap the essential tips to ensure a smooth and successful tattoo experience. Remember to fuel your body with nutritious foods, incorporating vitamin C, protein, and zinc, to promote healing and nourish your skin. Stay hydrated like a desert oasis with plenty of water, and steer clear of unhealthy habits like excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption.