How you feel physically will determine how well you handle the tattooing process. If you are not your normal 100%; due to a cold, fatigue, medication; you will feel more discomfort during the tattooing process. It will do you better to re-schedule an appointment, then to go into the shop for a tattoo with a migraine headache. The artist will also appreciate the fact that you decide not to come in when you have the flu.
If you have a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes, heart problems, etc” it would be wise for you to consult with your personal physician about your plans to get a tattoo. Don’t risk your health.
A part of that feeling 100% is your stomach, Many first timers are under the false impression that if you don’t eat, you won’t have anything to throw up if you get sick. Unfortunately this does more harm than good. Eating prior to getting a tattoo re-energizes your body. It puts back nutrients your body has depleted and returns your blood-sugar level back to normal. Having something in your stomach also helps to calm your nerves.
Your Mental State:
Don’t come into the shop with mental baggage. Leave your work or home problems outside. Clear your head and just concentrate on the job at hand. If you are distracted or aggravated it can be picked up on by the artist and may have a negative effect on the outcome of your tattoo.