Preparing for your appointment
Getting tattooed and healing a tattoo can be rough on your body and immune system, and I promise you'll have a better experience if you take care of your body before and after your appointment! Hydrated skin is much easier to tattoo, so I recommend drinking lots of water and moisturizing regularly in the days leading up to your appointment. Avoid alcohol the night before, and get a good night’s sleep before your appointment. Eat a filling meal before you come in, and avoid excessive caffeine.
Make sure to bring the following to your appointment:
A valid, government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc)
Wear or bring clothing that allows easy access to the area we are going to tattoo, and that you don’t mind possibly getting ink on.
Card or cash to pay for the tattoo. I do not accept Venmo/CashApp/Paypal etc for tattoo appointments.
An N95, KN95, or similar mask. We are still requiring masks in the studio at this time.
I also suggest bringing:
Drinks and/or snacks to keep you hydrated and your blood sugar up during your appointment. You are welcome to bring lunch if we have a "Large" appointment. (I’ll probably need a quick lunch, too!)
You might want to bring entertainment/distractions for while you are getting tattooed. I usually go into focus mode while tattooing and I'm often pretty quiet while I work. (Although conversation doesn't bother me if you like to chat!) You are more than welcome to read a book, listen to a podcast or music with headphones, play on your phone, or any other activity that you can do without moving the tattoo area.
Some people get hot when they’re getting tattooed, some get cold. It’s not a bad idea to dress in layers so you can adjust to how your body reacts.
I also recommend making sure you have necessary aftercare products on hand before your tattoo! You can take a look at my aftercare section to see my recommended aftercare.
I work at La Petite Tattoo in Southeast Portland. We are located at 4506 SE Belmont St, inside the Old Belmont Square building. The studio is on the second floor, right at the top of the stairs. The studio has recently moved, so please make sure you go to the correct address, especially if you use a navigation app! (Apparently Apple Maps and Yelp still direct you to the old address on Fremont Street; we are working on getting that fixed!)
We do not have dedicated parking, however there is plenty of free street parking in the neighborhood. Most of the spaces on Belmont are 1-hour parking, so I recommend parking on the side streets to the north or south.
There is one flight of stairs to access the studio, and unfortunately there is not an elevator in the building. If you require a more accessible space, please let me know and I am happy to make other arrangements for your tattoo!
Touch-ups and Unfinished Work
I offer free touch-ups on all of my tattoos; you can email me at any time to schedule one. If you are not sure if you need a touch-up, feel free to send me a healed photo of your tattoo!
If you have an unfinished tattoo from me, you can email me at any time to schedule an appointment to finish your tattoo. I often have some free days in my schedule reserved for finishing tattoos we don’t complete in one session, or I can schedule you for my next booking period before I open those dates to the general public!
My email address for booking touch-ups or finishing incomplete work is firstname.lastname@example.org.