Bringing Friends And Family To Your Tattoo Appointment

  • Written By Dan Hunter on November 5, 2020
    Last Updated: November 27, 2020

Getting a tattoo is a personal and often emotional experience. A good friend can make the experience better and easier, but you may be in trouble if you bring the wrong person.

If you’re still trying to figure out if you should bring a friend to your next tattoo appointment, read on for all of the pros and cons.

Advantages of Bringing a Friend to Your Tattoo Appointment

There are many great reasons to bring a friend with you to your tattoo appointment.

Moral Support

Even if you’ve made up your mind to get a tattoo, the thought of the experience can be nerve-wracking. You may be especially afraid if it’s your first tattoo. A friend can offer moral support, divert your attention, and help you through the process.


If your friend has gotten a tattoo before, he or she can offer invaluable advice. They can also help you understand what to expect and manage your expectations. Additionally, they will likely be able to help you figure out what questions you need to ask the tattoo artist.

Your friend may be able to offer a second opinion, which can be helpful if you’re still unsure about what you want. You might think that a specific image will look great on a particular spot of your body, though your friend may have a different idea. Sometimes it helps to have a second perspective. Your friend could identify some valid points.


Getting a tattoo is a painful and time-consuming process. The situation can be made worse if you have nothing to do but focus on the pain. A good friend can help take your mind off the needle and make the time go by a little faster.

Disadvantages of Bringing a Friend to Your Tattoo Appointment

Just as there are many reasons to bring a friend to your tattoo appointment, there are just as many reasons not to bring a friend.

A Know-It-All Friend

If you have a friend who considers themselves as an expert on tattoos and maybe even has several of their own, you may not want to bring them with you when you get inked. If your friend is the outspoken type, they might be more likely to tell the tattooist how to do their job. The last thing you want is an annoyed tattoo artist.

If Your Friend Doesn’t Support You

If your friend thinks getting a tattoo is a bad idea, then you may not want to bring them with you. The day of your appointment is not the time for a friend to tell you why you’re making the wrong choice. You only want to bring a friend who approves of your decision and will be there to support you, not change your mind.


While having a friend to be a diversion for you can be a good thing, having a friend who acts as a diversion for the tattoo artist can be bad. If your friend does anything to draw the tattoo artist’s attention away from their work, you could end up with a less-than-stellar tattoo.

Too Many People

It’s never good etiquette to bring more than one person with you. Most tattoo parlors don’t have enough room to accommodate your entire crew. Too many people will also serve as a distraction for the tattoo artist.

If Your Friend Is Disrespectful of the Artist’s Space

You don’t want to bring a friend who will have trouble sitting still during the inking. Many tattoo artists work in a small space, so you need a friend who won’t be moving around and getting in the way. 

What to Do If You Decide to Bring a Friend to Your Tattoo Appointment

If you decide to bring a friend, firstly, make sure that your tattoo artist is okay with this. There may not be room for your friend or your tattooist may prefer not to have an extra distraction. You don’t want to start off on the wrong foot, by surprising your artist with an unexpected visitor.

Secondly, it’s best to set some ground rules before you even arrive at the tattoo parlor. Ensure your friend understands that you’ve made up your mind on what you’re getting and what you plan to get. Your friend should understand that they’re not there to offer an opinion.

You should also make sure that your friend understands to respect the tattoo artist and their space. 


Having a friend with you while you get a tattoo can make for either a positive or negative experience. In some situations, your friend can serve as moral support and hold your hand through the painful process. Your friend may even be able to offer valuable advice.

On the other hand, your friend can also be a distraction and annoyance to the tattoo artist. Your friend may be disrespectful of the artist and their space, causing even further problems. If your friend is against you getting a tattoo, their attitude can ruin the entire experience.

Before bringing a friend with you, you should weigh out the pros and cons. Think about your particular friend and their personality. Ideally, the experience should be a special moment for you and should be as peaceful as possible.