Try not to rage before getting a tattoo, including the evening prior. “Drinking heavily the night before complicates the process, as the body has time to thin the blood and that make the application harder,” says Jes Valentine, owner of Haven Studio in Brooklyn. “Plus, no one likes to deal with a drunk person when they’re about to get tattooed. If someone wants to have one drink to calm their nerves before a tattoo that’s totally fine.”
Thinned blood, however, is a major issue not only for the tattooed but for the artist as well. “It may cause excessive bleeding during the tattoo, which may dilute the pigment, making it complicated for the artist to saturate the ink properly,” says Mike Rubendall, owner of Kings Avenue Tattoo in New York.
And if you’re going to drink booze in the immediate aftermath of being tattooed, do so in moderation, because that can compromise the quality of the work too. “Not only can alcohol potentially cause extra trauma to the skin during the tattoo, making it more uncomfortable, it could lead to healing difficulties as well as some of the pigment falling out,” Rubendall says.