Can You Get Multiple Tattoos on the Same Day?

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: October 12, 2021

Once you’ve made the decision and the appointment for your tattoo to be done you will start to get excited. You may have a couple of designs that you want and can’t choose, would it be crazy to think about getting two tattoos done at once?

It’s not impossible to get two tattoos done in the same session or the same day. However, there are lots of things that you will need to think about and consider beforehand. It will also involve a conversation with your tattoo artist to get their take on it and whether they think it’s possible.

We’ll let you know if it would be possible and if not, the reasons why.

Why Would You Want To Get Two Tattoos in One Day?

There are a number of reasons why you may suddenly decide to have two tattoos in the same session or the same day. It could be that you want matching bookend tattoos and want them to be done at the same time. 

It could also be that you have a couple of designs that you like and you can’t decide which one to have done. Why not have both of them? Another reason could be that you just don’t have the time to schedule another appointment at a later date so you want to get as much done as possible in one day.

Can You Get Two Tattoos in One Day?

It’s not impossible to get two tattoos completed on the same day. However, you need to understand that this will be painful, will take lots of time and will be tiring for both you and your tattoo artist.

If you have a low pain threshold you may want to have some time in between your tattoos. Two on the same day will push you to your limit and may be a struggle for your artist if you’re squirming about in the chair while they are trying to complete your tattoos.

The positioning of the tattoos will also affect if these can be done on the same day. You won’t be able to lean or rest on the area where you had the first tattoo once it’s done. This may mean that you can’t have the second tattoo completed on the same day as the area of the first will be swollen and painful. 

If they are large tattoos or tattoos with lots of intricate details this will also affect the decision to get two in one day. A long session can be tiring for both you and your tattoo artist and you don’t want this to affect the quality of the second tattoo.

The Right Artist

By choosing the right tattoo artist who is experienced and professional they will be able to advise you regarding having two tattoos in one day. They will understand the work that needs to go into the tattoos and the time. They will then be able to let you know if this is possible. 

A less experienced tattoo artist may just agree to do the two tattoos without thinking of the consequences.

Tattoo Placement

The location of the tattoos will have an impact on whether you can have two done in the same day. You won’t be able to have two tattoos in the same area on your body as this will be painful and swollen following the first tattoo.

If you want one tattoo on each side of your body like bookend tattoos this wouldn’t be possible. You wouldn’t be able to lie on the side where you have just been tattooed to have the second side completed. This would then have to wait until the first has healed before getting the second done.

Pain and Fatigue

A tattoo session for one tattoo can be very painful and tiring. Your tattoo artist will also be both mentally and physically fatigued if working on a large detailed tattoo.

With this in mind, you need to decide if you want to go through this for a second tattoo on the same day. It could affect the quality of the finished tattoo if you’re moving about in pain or if your tattoo artist is tired. 

You want your tattoos to be perfect, and you don’t want this to be affected by rushing the job or being in too much pain to complete them properly. 


Getting a tattoo is a big commitment so don’t just rush into your appointment wanting two tattoos at once. Think about what you want and why before taking the plunge.

Two tattoos in one day are possible, but if they’re merged into a long, painful session, it may affect the quality of the finished tattoo. If possible we would recommend waiting in between tattoos to let them settle and heal before jumping into the next one.

We hope that we’ve answered your question and that you’re now looking forward to your tattoo appointment.

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