Do you offer piercing?
No, we do not offer piercing or sell any jewelry. Many social media sites like Facebook and Instagram categorize any tattoo studio as "Tattoo & Piercing" which can be confusing to potential clients, but at this time is out of our control.
How do I make an appointment or talk with an artist about a tattoo I want?
To set up an appointment we require a consultation first so we know exactly what you’d like to get done and how much time we will need to do it. At the consultation, we can fully discuss your ideas, get a solid idea on what we need to custom draw for you and then quote you a price. Consultations usually last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. After the consultation we would then take a deposit, have you fill out paperwork and then schedule you with an appointment to start your tattoo. Deposits are typically $100+ depending on piece and go towards the price. To set up a consultation, check out the tattoo artists pages to decide who you would like to work with and then schedule a consultation with them. Be sure to review their artist process and pricing. We are not able to take walk ins and work by appointment only.
Why can't I just walk in without scheduling a consultation?
We are not available for people to drop in without an appointment. Our days are pre-booked with clients in our chair. We do this so we can devote our full attention to the clients in our chair without interruption. This also means, when it's your turn, you'll know you have our undivided attention. There are different types of tattoo studios: some are designed for walk ins and some are appointment based for more custom work. We are the appointment based custom work studio, so we can offer an excellent tattoo experience to you.
How should I take care of my new tattoo?
When you arrive home, remove the soaker pad and wash the tattoo with a mild soap and warm water. If your tattoo was covered with Tegaderm (thin see through adhesive bandage) remove after 12 hours. Apply a thin layer of lotion or recommended ointment to clean hands and gently massage over entire fresh tattoo until lotion is no longer visible. A little bit goes a long a way.
Repeat 2 to 3 times a day or as needed to keep your tattoo moisturized.
Be sure to gently wash your new tattoo with mild soap and warm water before bedtime; lightly pat or air dry and apply a thin layer of lotion/ointment.
Avoid unnecessary touching of your new tattoo, do not scrub or scratch it; wear clean and soft clothing; stay away from sun, sauna, steam, swimming pools or tub (do not soak it).
Your tattoo will be healed in 2-3 weeks and you can then resume normal activities.
What you should expect: Tattoos are considered an abrasion. They are surface wounds that will be sore to the touch, possibly swollen, red and weepy for the first couple of days like any other wound. Then it will start to transition to a more "dry wound" phase and will peel and flake very similar to a mild sunburn. There should not be scabs, only peeling. If there are scabs, you need to make sure you are using ointment enough throughout the day.
Infected tattoos and allergic reactions are VERY rare. Most people confuse to be expected wound healing irritation symptoms like redness, soreness, etc as signs of infection. Even if a tattoo has a "rough heal" it is not infected nor are you having an allergic reaction. Signs of infection are greenish/yellowish puss and reddening of your veins around the tattoo and possible fever. Signs of allergic reaction are typically very severe such as skin boil like rash and possible fever.
Sometimes products you are using can cause irritation to your tattoo. Some ointments and lotions can clog your pores and cause white bumps or pimples in the area or a very mild rash. If this is the case, switch to unscented lotion or aquaphor. Your artist will recommend the best aftercare to use but we know people sometimes choose to use alternative products and can have reactions.
What are the rules for putting down a deposit and once an appointment is made?
To secure a tattoo appointment, we require a non-refundable deposit which can span $50-$100 or more for larger pieces. This is to ensure that your appointment will be held just for you. The deposit will be applied to the price of the tattoo on your appointment day. You must give us at least 12 hours notice for cancellations so that we may attempt to schedule another client.
*If for some reason you are unable to give us 12 hours notice, or simply don’t show up, we will absorb the deposit to cover the time that was set aside for you. At this point we would need another deposit to set up another appointment time. This includes appointments where the client is so late that they need to be rescheduled. Please call us if you are running late.
How much does it cost?
We have an $100 minimum and charge an hourly rate of $150-$200, but must of our work is a flat rate which is given at the consult.
Am I supposed to tip?
Yes, much like Hair salons, Tattoo Artists are paid a 50% commission and no hourly rate. It is customary to the industry to tip 15-20% for great service.
Does it hurt? What about for Permanent Makeup?
Yes and how much depends on the person. Some people have higher pain tolerance than others. It also depends on the part of the body being tattooed. Some places hurt more than others based on how close nerve endings are to the surface of the skin. They are not under the fat, so more fat will not make it hurt less. Most people say that it is irritating and some people say that it hurts but the majority of people consider it tolerable. We do offer a topical numbing cream for regular tattooing at an extra cost which we can discuss with you during your consultation.
A topical numbing cream is used for all Permanent Makeup procedures and is included in the cost. Some people may feel minor discomfort that varies according to their pain threshold and response to anesthetics. Certain medications, hormonal cycles, and conditions can affect how well a person responds to anesthetics, which is gone over during the consultation to make sure there are no complications.
Can I drink alcohol or take other drugs to relax before I get tattooed?
NO. Alcohol and other drugs such as aspirin may thin the blood and cause other complications. Excessive bleeding can make it very difficult to tattoo and can lead to a tattoo that could have been better. If you appear intoxicated or under the influence when you arrive for your appointment we will not tattoo you and we will take your deposit for our time. We will not reschedule you as we do not tolerate this behavior from a potential client. We take our profession seriously and expect you to as well. Additionally, alcohol and other drugs stay in your system for days after you have stopped ingesting them. This will prolong your healing time. Good physical condition and good health will raise your pain tolerance and help you heal faster.
Is there a health risk?
We are blood borne pathogen certified and follow OSHA standards. We utilize the same equipment used in hospitals and dental offices to disinfect and sterilize. When you have an open wound there is always a chance of infection if you don't follow the after care instructions.
Are tattoos permanent? Can they be removed?
Yes all of our services are permanent. There are a few removal methods out there and all are a long term expensive and involved process. Never get a tattoo with the unrealistic expectation that it can easily be removed later.