Planning Ahead For Your Tattoo


Planning occurred with this hummingbird tattoo by Leah.
Hummingbird by Leah

When you’re in the planning stage of your tattoo, there may be some factors you might not be considering when you entered our studio.


Strange as it may seem, some people simply didn’t really think too much about a piece they are looking to get. Our artists love, and require, a certain degree of artistic freedom. However, if you come in for a consult having zero clue of what you want, you are probably wasting you and your artists time. Unless you have an unbelievable level of trust and tell your artists “give me anything and put it anywhere”, you need to have at least a vague idea the artist can work with.

Planning on a location and size for your tattoo can be just as important as the tattoo idea itself. Placement/size can mean a lot regarding how the artist draws up your tattoo and the time/price factor. Coming in with a solid plan for approximate size and exactly where you want it will help your artist greatly.

Of course, having a good idea of what you want done is pretty important too. It can be fun to tell your artist to surprise you, known as a blind tattoo, but in the very least, let them know your interests and what you definitely DON’T want tattooed on you. Most people, however, have some sort of plan on what they are going to get.


When it comes to planning, figuring out how much you are able and willing to spend is also important. You definitely don’t want to run into a situation where you come in for your tattoo, and realize you don’t have the money to pay for it after the fact. Not only can that be embarrassing, but it get you into possible legal trouble if you are unable to pay for services already rendered. It’s not like you can just return a tattoo. Once your artist has done the work, you are financially liable to pay for that tattoo.

During a consult, your artist can calculate the amount of time it will take to complete your desired tattoo, which in turn, helps you figure out the cost. If you coming in for a quote on a full sleeve, you have to know that a tattoo of that size will take some time, and depending on the level of detail, could draw out that time further. Unless you’re absolutely new to the tattoo world, this is a no-brainer and you should expect to invest a little bit into your art.

If you need some tips and tricks on how to help raise the money for your tattoo, click the button at the end of this article to read our blog on how to do exactly that. It’s useful information that you may find really speeds up how fast you can save some money and get your tattoo sooner. We now also offer financing!


With most people working full time jobs, sometimes it may be difficult to find the time to get your tattoo. Planning ahead with your work will be helpful when the time comes to booking out your tattoo appointments.

Obviously, if you are getting a tattoo that requires only one session, this will be easy. However, if you are looking to book out a larger piece, like a sleeve, plan on multiple sessions. Talk with your artist regarding their upcoming availability, and then get with your job about scheduling days off, using vacation, or switch with a coworker before you commit to any tattooing days. Once an artist tells you their availability, and you arrange for having that time off of work, you will want to book your appointments immediately so that those open days with your artist don’t get booked with another client first.

If you have children, make sure that you have someone to watch them for the time allotted for your appointments. Your spouse, a sitter, daycare, etc. One way or another, you’ll need to arrange something since children are strictly not allowed in the studio, especially in the tattooing areas. There’s too much liability involved. Planning for childcare is a must.


Planning on going for a swim the day after you got your tattoo? Plan again. When planning your tattoo, you also need to think ahead for a couple of weeks after you get it. You’ll want to do things to promote good healing, and avoid things that will cause your tattoo harm. If you work out daily, you’ll need to cut that back to avoid sweating too much or having the potential to damage the healing tattoo. If your tattoo is in a place that is usually clothed, you’ll want to wear loose fitting clothing to avoid rubbing against the tattoo.

If you are going to be going on vacation somewhere where you’ll be exposed to a lot of sun, you may want to get your tattoo done with enough time to heal before you go. It’s generally around 2-3 weeks. Even then, after the healing is complete, you’ll want to use a tattoo friendly sunblock to keep your tattoo looking vibrant and fresh.

Now that you know what you should be thinking about, time to start planning out that new tattoo!

If you like to read our blog on how to save money, click on the link below! Also, don’t forget, Lucky Bamboo Tattoo now offers financing!


  • Tattoo Planning:
    • Have a clear idea of what you want your tattoo to be.
    • Consider the location and size of your tattoo, as it affects the design and cost.
    • Communicate your interests and dislikes with your tattoo artist.
  • Financial Planning:
    • Determine your budget for the tattoo before getting it done.
    • Consult with your artist to estimate the cost based on size and complexity.
    • Avoid situations where you can’t pay for the tattoo after it’s completed.
    • Explore money-saving tips and financing options.
  • Scheduling Your Tattoo:
    • Coordinate with your work schedule for tattoo appointments.
    • Plan for multiple sessions if needed, especially for larger pieces.
    • Book your appointments promptly once availability is confirmed.
    • Arrange for childcare if you have children, as they can’t be in the studio.
  • Aftercare Considerations:
    • Avoid activities that may harm your healing tattoo, such as swimming or excessive sweating.
    • Wear loose clothing if the tattoo is in a typically clothed area.
    • Plan for healing time (around 2-3 weeks) before exposure to sun or vacation.
    • Use tattoo-friendly sunscreen to protect and maintain your tattoo’s vibrancy.


If you’re ready to get your next tattoo done, schedule an appointment with an award-winning tattoo parlor. Here at Lucky Bamboo Tattoo, we have some of the best and most experienced tattoo artists in Utah and the Salt Lake City area. We can tattoo any style you’d like, and our artists can even design your next piece as well.

Come see why we have been voted “The Best Tattoo Studio In Utah” for several years in a row.

Lucky Bamboo Tattoo understands that tattoo collectors searching for the best tattoo shop in Utah comes with a big responsibility and we here at LBT are ready to fulfill your tattoo needs.

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