A large, intricate tattoo can be gorgeous, but it can also take hours. In some cases, it’s a good idea to break a tattoo inking into multiple sessions. In other cases, it isn’t. For instance, if you need to travel a couple of hours to get your tattoo, then it’s best to get it all done in one day. If this is the kind of inking session that you plan, here are tips to help you get through it with the least difficulty.

Get enough sleep

You may think that it’s no trouble getting a tattoo, and that you just need to passively sit in a chair. Long tattoo sessions, however, can be very tiring. If a session goes on and on, it may try your patience. A full night’s rest is a great way to give your body and immune system the energy needed to begin the healing process.

Get a good meal before you get started

With the tattoo artist painfully inking designs into your skin, the pain alone can make you feel lightheaded. Being unable to get up to grab a bite to eat can be particularly difficult when you’re sitting through a never-ending tattoo session. If you haven’t had enough to eat, the situation can become tough, indeed. If your tattoo session can take five or six hours, make sure that you head in with enough energy, including a full meal and plenty of fluids.

Talk with your tattoo artist

You need to set up channels of communication with your tattoo artist. Not only does talking give you a chance to explain exactly what you’re looking for in a tattoo, friendly rapport will make the session easier on both you and the tattoo artist. It’s always a good idea to have fun while also making sure that you understand each other well enough to suggest a break when it’s needed.

Bring something to pass the time with

You don’t have to sit in the tattoo artist’s chair grimacing in pain and twiddling your thumbs. Depending on the kind of tattoo you want, you can actually do a lot while sitting there, like read a book, listen to music, or even play a game on your phone. With your mind far away, immersed in your activity of choice, you won’t even notice the time as it goes by.

Getting a tattoo isn’t supposed to be difficult; rather, it’s supposed to be enjoyable. All you need to do is to get in the mood, and decide that you will have a good time.