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Mar 30, 2004 09:01 AM

What to eat before/during 3-4 Hour tattoo session.

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Im wondering if the board has any advice about what to eat before/during a 3-hour tattoo session. Getting tattooed will involve some minor blood loss, and elevated endorphin levels due to the relatively consistent (but relatively minor pain)

I was wondering if perhaps there were some experts on the board who might suggest the appropriate eating to prepare, sustain me for this event.

Drinking and taking drugs, by the way, are not good ideas. Alcohol dilates the capillaries close to the skin and can cause blurring of the ink.

TIA for any help/

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  1. whole grains. fruits like berries. stuff that has iron in it, like a nice steak.
    mostly though, this will depend on how you normally eat. if you consume nothing but cheese burgers and Jim Beam your choices would be different from someone who is on a raw food diet. so, just make sure you eat enough calories and try to replace any junk items with something a little more wholesome.
    good luck, and thanks for admitting that it hurts.

    1. I've never seen a need to eat or do anything special before or during even a lengthy tattoo session, except to ensure that I'm not starving by the end of it. Last time I brought a smoothie (fruit, juice, protein powder) with me; easy to sip by straw without too much movement and helped tide me over.

      1. I certainly wouldn't drink a lot of fluids if you plan on sitting still for that long. ;)

        1. If anything stay away from Prune's!!

          1. That's a long session. Most work I have ever had is an hour at a time, except once when I had some recoloring and additions which was long, drawn out, and burnt like a son of a bitch. I felt like I had been drawn through a wringer. I have never felt a need to eat before or during a session. Except advil. Blood loss is negligible. Pain is not minor when you get that much work done, especially with lots of colors. I would eat normally several hours before the work but not within an hour at least, since you may feel queasy. Afterwards you won't feel hungry for awhile either.