The tattoo process is a medical procedure that can cause shock to the body at first, but often quickly settles down to just annoyance. There is of course pain, but its level varies between clients, so the threshold is up to your distraction level. Make sure to Eat something before the process, as it can be very energy draining. Be sure your not on any severe medications that can cause drowsyness or lack of judgement. Tension or straining or holding your breathe can increase pain & blood pressure. If the pain becomes excessive, clients can ask for a small break. Breathing normally and relaxing are usually the best recommendations. Numbing creams such as HUSH or Dr. Numb can also be used prior to the session to dull the sensation of pain significantly.
Once the tattoo is completed, you can review it in a mirror for quality or any final touches or additions. Then is will be sealed in either plastic wrap, paper towels or 'Skinlock' for 1-3 hours to prevent bacteria coming in contact with the fresh tattoo. After the 1-3 hours have passed, gently remove the covering and apply a small amount of ointment on the tattoo, just enough to create a shine. Apply the ointment 3-5 times a day for 5-6 days.
Keeping it moisterized & clean during healing is key to a lasting tattoo.
A&D Ointment, Bacitracin & Aquaphor are all standard treatments used during healing.
Avoid chlorine pools, hot tubs, direct sunlight or heavy soaking during your healing process .
Everyone has different reasons for getting their tattoos, and as such, designs vary just as much. Because of this, it is best to create a description of what you want. Once you have that foundation, you can seek out reference images to further explain your design idea.
Whether its just for your wrist and shoulder, or if its an entire body piece, even the most basic rough sketch is a good starting point, as little details can get lost in descriptions alone. Never be afraid to be creative, as the best designs found online came from simple concepts or sketches. It will be on you for life, so dont hesitate to express your vision in every detail, as every detail is what makes it unique and powerful.