Frequently Asked Questions
DO YOU TAKE WALK-INS, OR DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
We’re happy to take walk-ins when we can, but we can’t guarantee availability. It’s a good idea to make an appointment. If you have a custom tattoo in mind, or just an idea, this allows time for you to talk to the artist and for the artist to draw for the tattoo. We offer free design consultations with an artist, but recommend scheduling these in advance to allow both you and the artist the time to plan for this meeting. It is best to bring any and all references to this meeting to help the artist understand your vision most accurately.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
If you're wanting to schedule your first tattoo or session with an artist, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation first, to allow you and the artist the chance to discuss your piece and answer any questions you have. We offer free 30-minute consultations that can be scheduled around the artist’s appointment schedule. After the consultation, you can schedule your appointment(s). New clients will be required a DEPOSIT before the artist will begin drawing your tattoo, or book the appointment. Our Appointment Policy is as follows:
Appointments are scheduled on a first come basis. Your procedure appointment date and time is reserved exclusively for you to ensure personalized service. We see one client at a time for several hours. Because our time is committed to you—and others may want that same appointment time—we need your commitment. So a non-refundable deposit of at least $80 (this covers a session of up to 4 hours, $160 for 4 hours or more) is required to reserve your procedure date and time. At least 48 hours notice is required to cancel or reschedule your procedure. Deposits can be made online HERE. It is for guarantee only—you may cancel or reschedule up to 48 hours in advance and use it toward a new appointment. If you cancel or reschedule your appointment less than 48 hours ahead of your scheduled time, $80 (for each 4 hour segment) will be deducted from your deposit. The deposit comes off your last session when another appointment is not being made.
I CAN’T STOP BY THE SHOP AHEAD OF TIME. CAN I STILL MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Yes, if you’re not in from out of state, or can’t stop by for any other reason, shoot us an email along with your phone number to email@example.com. We will call you back to figure out the details and take your non-refundable DEPOSIT of at least $80.
HOW MUCH DOES A TATTOO COST?
That will depend on how long it takes the artist to complete the work, though we do have a $80 minimum for any tattoo. When you come by for a consultation, we’ll give you an estimate. We charge between $125 and $150 an hour, larger pieces like sleeves and back pieces are typically done in sessions, usually 3 to 4 hours each, and you only pay for that session.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
We sure do. We understand that less people travel with or carry cash, and so we are set up to accept most major credit cards for your convenience.
DO I TIP THE ARTIST?
If you feel like the artist exceeded your expectations and provided you with great service, then sure, a tip would be appreciated, but its not required.
IS YOUR SHOP PERMITTED?
It is, our artists have the required county heath department certification. In addition to being permitted we are fully insured and our artists take cross contamination very seriously, ensuring that cleanliness and sterilization is our top priority. If you have not had a chance to visit our shop, we invite you to see, first hand, the measures our team has taken to be clean and professional.
DO YOU DO TEMPORARY OR HENNA TATTOOS?
No, we do not.
WHAT ABOUT ULTRAVIOLET OR BLACK LIGHT TATTOOS?
No, we do not.
DO YOU DO ALL-WHITE TATTOOS?
No, we do not. Although white tattoos are a popular trend, they have the potential to turn yellow and/or cause the appearance of scarring upon healing, and some even produce unsightly keloids. The white is largely meant for highlighting, not for complete tattoos.
CAN YOU DO AN INNER LIP TATTOO?
No, we do not.
DO YOU DO COVER-UPS AND TOUCH-UPS?
We do cover-ups and touch-ups all the time. We would be happy to look at your existing tattoo and help put together a plan for what can be done to cover it or have it retouched. Remember though, that the darker and bolder the existing tattoo, the more difficult it is to “cover it up,” and that your new tattoo will always be bigger than the original one.
DOES GETTING A TATTOO HURT?
It hurts. It’s hard to tell you how much it hurts because it varies between people and area on the body, but you’re definitely going to feel it. The better you feel when you arrive – being well rested, having eaten something, being hydrated, staying relaxed – the better you’ll be able to sit through your session. We do not recommend pain medication as they generally thin the blood which can hinder the end result.
WHAT ARE THE MOST AND LEAST PAINFUL AREAS OF THE BODY TO GET A TATTOO?
Again, that varies from person to person, but the pain you’ll feel in the most painful spot isn’t much different from the pain you’ll feel in the least painful spot. The best advice we can give you is to get the tattoo where you want it.
CAN I GET TATTOOED IF I’VE BEEN DRINKING?
No, we won’t tattoo anyone who’s been drinking. We want you to make a decision about your tattoo when you’re in the clearest state of mind. Alcohol thins the blood, which means you’ll bleed more while getting your tattoo, and can hinder the end result.
CAN I USE A NUMBING CREAM OR AN ANESTHETIC?
No, it makes it harder on your artist. Creams will change the texture of your skin and affect how well your skin takes ink.
IS IT SAFE TO GET A TATTOO?
Yes. We take a lot of pride in having a clean and well-cared-for shop, and we’ll take every precaution with you. Be aware, though, that there is a risk of infection if you do not properly care for your tattoo after you leave.
CAN I GET A TATTOO IF I’M PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?
No, there’s a risk of infection any time you abrade the skin.