A tattoo is one of the boldest ways to express yourself. However, before you decide to decorate your body with permanent ink, be sure to do a little bit of research and planning.

Have you been wondering how long do tattoos take? Everything depends on how big the tattoo is and how much detail it contains. Sometimes getting a small but very detailed tattoo can take more time than getting a large but simple one. Besides getting the tattoo, the tattoo artist also needs time to prepare the area, the design, and your skin.

Here’s all you need to know in a nutshell. 

First Appointments

At the first meeting, you and the tattoo artist discuss the design. Depending on what you choose, you either make an appointment to have the flash design you have chosen inked, or you have to come back later, while the tattooist works on the design you want.

In that second case, you’ll have to come back when the design is ready. If you like the work and if you agree on the price, the artist will take your measurements in order to get the design in the right proportions.


To make the process faster and easier for you, we advise you to shave the area to be tattooed and wear clothes that are suitable for the occasion. The tattoo artist will prepare the final details of your design before placing it on the skin.

Note that getting a tattoo implies a good connection between the tattoo artist and the person being tattooed. If you see eye to eye, there won’t be any misunderstandings and the whole process will be very smooth.

Design fitting 

The tattoo artist takes time to see the positioning of the different elements of the tattoo before placing a layer or drawing directly on your skin. The aim is to follow the lines of the body and to play with them. The movement and aging of the skin are also considered. Once all the technical and esthetic aspects have been validated by you and the artist, the tattooing can begin.

How long do tattoos take

Execution of the tattoo

Tracing, shading, and filling are different steps in the creation of your tattoo. The amount of time required for the session varies depending on the size of the design, as well as its complexity and location. Large pieces are planned in several sessions. 

Please note that you cannot use anesthetic creams when getting a tattoo. Not only can their extensive use be dangerous to your health, but the effects on the ink are unpredictable. Don’t hesitate to ask your tattoo artist for breaks if you need them. 

Aftercare guidance

The role of the tattoo artist is to assist the client in the care process with the appropriate products, gestures, and advice. One Day Studio’s selection of natural products will allow for optimal results while respecting the skin, with naturally soothing, regenerating, and inflammation-reducing properties. The treatments are carried out at the end of each tattoo and then at home during the healing process.

Contact One Day Studio for more information on how long do tattoos take.