Before your tattoo appointment, you should be sure to stay out of the sun as much as possible. “Dry or burnt/peeling skin can seriously interfere with the tattooing process,” says Harris. Keep skin extra moisturized a few days before so that you can receive ink more easily.
As for other things to consider before your tattoo appointment, Harris recommends showering beforehand and avoiding drugs, alcohol, and high-intensity workouts for 24 to 48 hours before and after. “We also highly recommend getting a good night’s sleep the evening before and eating a healthy and filling meal at least three hours in advance,” says Harris.