Your skin health is important for the artist when you are getting a tattoo. Healthy skin makes you more resilient for a longer tattoo session and will help you heal faster.
So make sure you keep it moisturized, you are well hydrated, you’ve had a good night sleep and had a healthy meal before you head in to the studio. DO NOT moisturize the day of your tattoo, this can affect the tattoo machines functionality.
It can also help if you’ve gently exfoliated and shaved the area getting tattooed. Obviously, I don’t really need to say this, but if the area you plan on getting tattooed is injured. . . reschedule. . . it’s more than likely that your artist will not be able to tattoo over a scabby skateboarding injury.