Blog By M.

Getting a new piercing or tattoo is such an exciting experience! This can be especially amplified for those who are getting their first one. Heading to a shop for the first time to get a professional tattoo or piercing is such an amazing thing and people get really hyped up. But it’s important to remember that you need to get ready for these procedures in a certain way to make sure your body is ready to handle it. You don’t want to be ill prepared and you also want it to be a great experience for both you and the artist that you’ve chosen! There’s a few things to remember when going to get pierced or tattooed that will ensure your experience is a positive one for everyone involved. 

  • Get some rest
    Lack of sleep can take a toll on your body and with the added stress of a new tattoo/piercing, you want to make sure that your body is as well prepared as it possibly can be. Instead of going out the night before you go get anything done, get a good night’s sleep. You want your body to be ready to handle what you’re about to do to it! Getting a tattoo or piercing is a long process for your body so it’s incredibly important to start the journey off correctly!
  • Eat something
    Don’t show up to get pierced or tattooed on an empty stomach! With low blood sugar, you can risk passing out which puts you at risk as well as the piercer and those around you. While it does occasionally happen, fainting can be avoided by adhering to these guidelines and making sure that your body is well prepped. This includes eating something before the procedure, the healthier the better (but there’s nothing wrong with a quick bite from McDonald’s if that’s what you’ve got time for). An empty stomach is a recipe for disaster so grab something to eat before you come in to make sure that your body is ready to sit like a champ!
  • Drink water
    It may be tempting to ingest a ton of sugary energy drinks before you go get your tattoo or piercing. Low blood sugar can be solved with a couple sips of RedBull right? Not quite! Not only will the caffeine in these beverages make you super jittery but they’ll also make you have to go to the bathroom more frequently! You nor your artist want to make frequent bathroom breaks so it’s a good idea to stick to water when you’re coming in for your appointment or piercing! Different kinds of sports drinks can also work!
  • Avoid alcohol
    It is a good idea to spend the night before taking it easy but in the case that you decide to go out, you should do your best to avoid ingesting too much alcohol. This substance can thin the blood and can cause excessive bleeding which you don’t want to deal with. It’s a good plan to stop drinking about 24 hours before your appointment or when you plan on going to the shop in order to avoid any additional bleeding. Let’s face it, tattoos bleed enough as it is and if piercings don’t really bleed, why would you want them to? 
  • Wear comfy clothes
    Be sure that you’re comfortable when you go in for your tattoo. Don’t wear something that will be painful or cause you to sweat excessively like super tight clothing. Try to opt for looser fitting, cotton clothing and comfortable shoes. Cotton tends to help the body breathe easier and you don’t want to be sitting in the chair for hours wearing super uncomfortable shoes. Especially for those tattoos that will end up taking a bit longer, you want to make sure that you’re comfy for the long haul.
  • Bring your documents
    Remember to bring all of the required documents that you’ll need for your tattoo. This obviously includes any photos that you have for reference but also you identification for your paperwork. Please be sure that you have your state issued ID on you, even if you’ve already filled out your paperwork. You never know if something got lost or maybe the printer messed it up last time, who knows! You want to make sure you’re prepared. And for piercings, we require you to bring your state issued ID (can be a driver’s license or a non-drivers license). If you are a minor, you must provide your original birth certificate, along with your parent/legal guardian who also has the proper ID. Please see our Guidelines page for more information on required documents!

If you do have any additional questions before you come in to the shop, you can always feel free to call us. We do highly recommend stopping by and speaking with us. It’s much easier for us to help you out face to face, as well as show you the wonderful selection of flash art and jewelry that we have at the shop. Please be sure that you’re always prepared for your new tattoo/piercing so that you can have the best possible time while you’re here with us at Spider-Bite!

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.