The importance of eating before getting a new tattoo

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Eating before a tattoo sitting, what’s the deal?

Keeping your body fuelled before getting a new tattoo can make all the difference to your overall experience and we’re going to tell you why.

Think about it… You are about to put your body through its paces - especially if the tattoo session is going to be over an hour long. Extended periods of trauma caused to the body, be it covering a small or large area is going to cause you to use up a lot of energy. Think of it like running a marathon. When being tattooed you are effectively being stabbed by 50-3000 needles per second, which causes your body to use up all of your stored sugars and fats to get you through the process. 

A Great Meal is Key

It is important to eat a good meal the night before your session and a slow energy releasing breakfast - this way, once your body works through all it’s reserves it can feast on the additional calories from your previous meal(s). Without these additional calories you could become dizzy and worse case, pass out. 

So! It’s the day of your appointment, you’ve had a good meal, plenty of water and an early night the evening before and you are ready for your tattoo sitting. Time for a balanced, slow-energy releasing breakfast and you should be good to go.

Bring a Snack For Longer Sessions

For longer tattoo sessions, upwards of one hour. We recommend taking some easy high-energy snacks to have during breaks (we’re sure your artist will appreciate this too!) 

Baking pro @marlamae has come up with some delicious vegan, high energy peanut butter bars that are the perfect “Tattoo Treat” for taking to your appointment. (this last part is really great and gets to the point, maybe we can move it up?)

For your (No bake) Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars you will need:

Peanut butter layer -

1 ½ cups peanut butter

¼ cup melted coconut oil

¼ cup maple syrup

Pinch sea salt

2½ cups almond flour

1 cup vegan chocolate (or chocolate chips)

Chocolate Layer -

8x8 greased or parchment lined dish

1½ cups walnuts

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon sea salt

10 soft medjool dates or 1/2 cup raisins

2 tablespoons water

Flaky sea salt for sprinkling on top, optional


  • Mix peanut butter and melted coconut oil in a bowl, add maple syrup and salt. Once combined add the almond flour and mix, it should have a cookie dough consistency. Add your chocolate to the mixture. When it’s all combined, spread an even layer in your pan and place in the freezer while you prepare your chocolate layer.

  • For the chocolate layer, take a food processor or blender and add everything EXCEPT the water. Pulse until everything is chopped and then add in your water. You’ll want a spreadable consistency.

  • Take out your cookie dough layer and spread the chocolate layer evenly on top. Sprinkle with the flakey salt and then pop in the freezer for about an hour!

  • Cut into squares and enjoy! These are best when they are kept frozen or cold and you can take them on the go! The almond flour melts into the peanut butter and it tastes like a Reese’s filling to me! You can add a protein powder to these easily too! Enjoy!