I found something while perusing TattooSnob.com today from David Bruehl which I think you’ll all find pretty interesting! In his recent blog post, David has been considering nutrition, and how it can have an effect on not only how well you can sit for a tattoo, but how it may heal afterwards. He’s basically applying everything he’s learned about nutrition from cycling to tattoos, and it works pretty well.
As a girl who won’t even drink a drop of alcohol a week before getting a tattoo, I found all of this pretty interesting. David has even went out of his way to suggest what you should be doing before, during and after the tattoo process. From his blog:
Eat a good sized balanced meal 1-2 hours before the tattoo. Be sure to have protein, fat, and a good amount of carbohydrates in this meal. The ideal time is going to vary from person to person, but that window is a good guideline. Any sooner than an hour before a tattoo is not going to be digested by the time you get started, and waiting much longer than two hours is not going to result in the full benefit of the food in regards to handling the tattoo. Also, for some people with weaker stomachs, eating a meal sooner than an hour before a tattoo might result in some queasiness. I still recommend eating versus not eating though.
(Read the rest here!)
Of course, David isn’t a nutritionist himself, but his advice is really solid and well thought out. If you’re paying loads of money towards a great tattoo, why piss off yourself and your tattoo artist by not bothering to look after it?
When you’re going ‘under the needle’, as it were, you’re putting your body through some real shit at times, so it sort of makes sense that the phrase ‘you are what you eat’ can be extremely true.