How To Book Your First Tattoo Appointment

  • Written By Dan Hunter on August 17, 2019
    Last Updated: November 27, 2020

Booking a tattoo appointment, in theory, seems easy. But in fact, the process can be very intricate.

If you’re not careful, and especially if you haven’t been through the process before, wrongdoings at the time of the booking can go on to cause catastrophic consequences for you and your tattoo by the end of the process.


You can book a tattoo appointment by:

  • Going through the website booking point
  • Emailing an artist directly
  • Calling the studio or artist
  • Walking in

Booking Has Never Been Easier

Some people say that reserving a seat at the best studio in town is such a burden. Let us assure you that this is untrue, as long as you follow our steps.

1. Look for a Website 

Almost every tattoo studio has a website that includes all the details you need to make a reservation. Follow all the instructions carefully on their site to avoid any miscommunication.

Some sites have a portal that includes the specific information you need to follow, so be sure to pay attention to every point.

If you can’t find an actual website for the studio/artist, try Facebook, as this is another popular place for tattoo professionals to add their details to.

2. No Website? Call Them

If you didn’t find their website, or you found it unuseful, try calling them if you have their number. However, be aware that many small tattoo shops won’t have an assistant, so you may have to try a couple of times to get through to an artist if they’re with other customers.

3. Stop-By Appointment 

Some parlors will prefer it if you passed by to make an appointment. This will help you to check the place out beforehand and have a small chat with your artist about what you have in mind.

Even if you’re not sure whether or not your preferred studio allows walk-in bookings, don’t be afraid to stop by anyway. The studio will likely be glad to receive your custom and get a new tattoo booking underway – especially if you couldn’t find their contact information anywhere else anyway.

4. Pre-Consultation Conversation 

Sometimes before getting to your tattoo consultation, you may have a quick chat with your potential tattoo artist just to ensure you’re both happy to move forward with each other. This is usually very breif, and you’ll probably end the converstation by getting a consultation scheduled in.

Tattoo Consultation

The last step before getting your tattoo officially booked in is the tattoo consultation. This is your chance to discuss each of the important aspects of your desired tattoo. It’s also a chance for your tattoo artist to give you their opinions and recommendations.

Have an open conversation with your artist. Before leaving, make sure you discussed the following:

  • Design
  • Position on your body
  • Color and size
  • Scheduling/Timeframes
  • Cost

Hopefully, by the end of your consultation, you’ll have your first tattoo sitting officially booked in with your chosen artist. Congratulations!

You May Not Require A Consultation

Please note that not all tattoos appointments will need a consultation. These are usually saved for people getting larger or custom tattoos. If you’d prefer to go into a shop and choose a flash tattoo or a simple design, it’s likely you won’t need a consultation and your artist will get you booked in straight away for a date and time you both agree on.

Quick Tips

Don’t Ask for Cheaper Prices

Tattoos are a form of art, and no art is cheap. You can’t compromise with tattoos, and you should save money before having them to get the best quality. 

When you’ve agreed on a design, location and time with the artist, they’ll advise you of the cost. Don’t then ask for a lower price because you’ll be underestimating the skill, time and years of training they’ve had to go through.

Prepare a Deposit 

After successfully contacting your parlor and booking in a slot, be ready to pay a deposit. Don’t be surprised if you get asked for one — deposits are a guarantee that you’ll come to your appointment.

As many people make a reservation and never show up, this is a huge waste of the artist’s time. Remember that they’re there to run a business and earn a living; by not showing up, you’re taking away their income, as well as time with another customer.

To Wrap Up

We recommend treating your tattoo appointment procedures to those of booking an airline ticket, which is a task that requires excessive attention, right?

Do your research and ask for recommendations about the best places in your area. Look through websites or social media for booking information. Make a precise phone call if you didn’t find what you need online, or just walk straight into the shop. Prepare a deposit and be ready to pay it to secure your place. After booking, be sure to follow all of your artist’s instructions to ensure a positive and trouble-free tattoo experience.

When you eventually go ahead with getting your dream tattoo, it’s imperative that you always follow your tattoo artist’s aftercare advice closely, and be sure to invest in a high-quality tattoo healing lotion to aid recovery.

The best tattoo lotion I’ve ever personally used is a vegan-friendly aftercare product called After Inked Tattoo Aftercare Lotion. This stuff works amazingly well during the healing process; not only by keeping your tattoo really well hydrated, but also by soothing any annoying itching and irritation. When using it from the very start of the healing process, this lotion will help to decrease tattoo healing times, and work towards eliminating any lingering dryness and scabbing.