Cool, I'll have a look for them in my post tattoo haze come october. I'm sure a few beers will make the train ride home more interesting as well
I avoid drugs and pills before getting tattoed. Most of the times i try to get a good night sleep and eat something light and water, but most of the times thatīs not how it goes. During the session i hardly talk, and focus on the pain, feelin' it and rememberinī to breathe (wich was really hard on my last one on the ribs). My post ritual is to get on the bus, or subway (more than one time i found myself drippinīblood, and had people stare strangly...) and usually walk an hour after that to get home, have a beer and sleep.
the morning of the tattoo, i'll go to the market and buy a nice steak (preferably a porterhouse) and some good beer, a chocolate or energy bar and mints, and a bottle of water or gatorade.
dry marinade the steak and throw it in the fridge, have a balanced lunch a hour or two before the appointment, and roll up a couple of J's. then i'll drive to the tattoo shop and have this overwhelming weird restless/excitement/nervous feeling the whole ride there.
mints, chocolate, and gatorade during.
afterwards, go home and throw the steak on the charcoal grill and have a ice cold beer. followed by a J or two. take it easy the rest of the day and wash off the tattoo before i go to sleep.
i hope shawn does not mind me replying to a post addressed to him, but i just read the article yesterday and saved the link: Nibble and Sip: tattoo nutrition and my experiences with long distance cycling
That was addressed to ME Dave. ME. Not YOU.
THIS MEANS WAR!
Wait. Nah. It's cool. Hah.
I'm hoping to start my thigh soon, big some'bitch. (the tattoo, not the thigh. My thigh is pleasantly shaped) And I plan to really keep the nutrition aspect in mind.
my first tattoo was only 20 min so i went back to work after it and i was fine. then the next time i got tattooed I tried to stay home because i thought that was best and that didnt go over so well. i tried taking a nap and i was feeling too restless. the last time i got tattooed i had that same restless feeling and i ended up calling a friend we went out to see a show at a bar had a couple beers, smoked a couple J's and then i went home and slept like a baby! i woke up feeling great, lol, i think i found my routine! though that tattoo was only 1.5 hours. the next one i have planned is 4.5 -5 hours and we will see how im feeling after my first long session! lol
shawn-you totally fooled me!! i thought you were really mad until i got to the second half of the message! ahahahaha (i'm really gullable!) the next big session i have planned is for my thigh as well. i've been working out like super women trying to get a really nice shape to the legs so i can flaunt it when i get tattooed! hahaha
Pre: Make it a point to drink extra water for the few days prior to getting a tattoo. Day of tattoo make sure I eat something sugary morning of, go to sleep, wake up, eat a bento 2 hours before. (seems funny reading but, 9 AM go to sleep 4 PM wake up, if that helps)
Post: Don't really have any rituals. Try to go home, take a shower 2 hours after... but after that nothing. Worst post tattoo night I had was spending all night waiting for a friend in the ER after having my knee shaded.