tattoo aftercare

do's & don'ts

Now that you have a tattoo, you’ll want to take good care of it. The first week of healing is critical to how your piece will look for the rest of it’s life. Here’s a look at some things that should be avoided during this time.

preparing to

get tattooed

Be well rested.


Eat a big meal beforehand.


Drink a lot of water.


Avoid alcohol, painkillers and illicit drugs the day before and the day of. Any of these = more pain & more blood = more difficult tattoo.


Bring snacks & water.


Wear deodorant, don’t douse yourself in perfume or cologne, your artist will appreciate it.


Dress comfortably, appropriately and in dark colours to avoid ink and blood stains.


Stretch or do some light exercise beforehand, you will be in the same position for a while.


Stay calm. Breathing normally and not tensing up will make it hurt less.


Set aside more time than you think you’ll need, you don’t want to rush this.


You can not get tattooed if you are sick, pregnant or nursing. Keep in mind you are going through trauma and can't be sure how your body will react.



The best way to contact Blackwood Tattoo is through email. We are unable to book over the phone and will not have time to answer the phone during the day. Please, no phone calls unless it is to let us know you are running late or for an emergency last minute cancellation.