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Frequently Asked Questions

 

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST?

CAN I PAY FOR MY TATTOO WITH A CREDIT CARD?

CAN YOU DO A DRAWING OF THE TATTOO FIRST?

DO YOU DO AIRBRUSH TATTOOS? CAN YOU FIX OR COVER A TATTOO FOR ME?

DOES IT HURT?

CAN I GET DRUNK BEFORE I GET TATTOOED?

IS IT SAFE AND CLEAN? HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET A TATTOO?

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY NEW TATTOO?

HOW LONG DOES A TATTOO TAKE TO HEAL?

WHY IS MY TATTOO PEELING OR FLAKING OFF?

 

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

 

Appointments are required.  We take walk-ins whenever possible, but availability varies from day to day. For custom work, it is best to make an appointment so that the artist has time to prepare and give you the best service possible. A non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

 

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

 

Appointments must be made in person with the artist of your choice.  You can call ahead to schedule a consultation, or just stop by. If there is a particular artist you are interested in speaking with, please let us know. Printed copies of any reference material you may have are also welcome, or we can draw something for you.

 

HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST?

 

The cost of a tattoo is determined by how long it takes to do, and the complexity, as well if it is color or black and white. There is a minimum price of $80 - $100 that applies to all tattoos, no matter how small. Smaller pieces are usually charged a flat rate. For an estimate/quote, please come into the shop and speak to an artist in person. Larger pieces—such as half sleeves, full sleeves, and back pieces—usually take multiple sessions. For this kind of piece, it is very difficult to estimate how long the tattoo will take, as it depends on the design, how you sit for the tattoo, etc. Sessions for larger pieces are usually 4-6 hours long and can be scheduled as far apart as you like, so that the cost of the tattoo is spread out over time.

 

CAN I PAY FOR MY TATTOO WITH A CREDIT CARD?

 

Currently we accept Cash, Debit, and Credit Card. Tips are the customer’s discretion.

CAN YOU DO A DRAWING OF THE TATTOO FIRST?

We can do a quick drawing for you, A more detailed and tattoo mock up would be available to clients who are getting a tattoo and have made an appointment and left a deposit. The drawing will be ready by the day of your appointment, and any changes that you want to make to it can be made at that time. If you want to see a drawing before your appointment date, you may make arrangements with your artist to do so. In certain cases—large-scale pieces and cover-ups, for example—the artist will draw the design directly on the skin with markers.

CAN YOU FIX OR COVER A TATTOO FOR ME?

 

We can do touch up or rework old tattoo work. Whether or not we can depends on the tattoo. The best thing to do is come by and show us what you have so we can let you know what is or isn’t possible.

 

DOES IT HURT?

 

Tattoos generally hurt yes, some people can handle it more than others, and some people actually like the pain. Our artists are not heavy handed and will cater to you and not inflict any excessive pain. If you are sick, hung over, didn’t get enough sleep, etc. it will most likely not be a pleasant experience. The best thing you can do is get a good night’s sleep, make sure you’ve eaten something and drink plenty of water before you come, and relax. It is not recommended to take Advil before your appointment, as it is a blood thinner. At an additional 20$+HST we offer numbing with a topical anesthetic. if desired. 

 

CAN I GET DRUNK BEFORE I GET TATTOOED?

 

No, it is not recommended. Alcohol thins the blood, making your tattoo bleed more then it normally would.

 

IS IT SAFE AND CLEAN?

 

Yes. We take every precaution possible with regard to hygiene. We use brand new sterile, single-use needles, tubes, cartridges, caps and disposable gloves for every client. All other supplies are either single-use or medically sterilized.

 

HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET A TATTOO?

 

You must be at least 18 years old and have valid ID. If you are under the age of 18, there is no way for us to tattoo you. Even if your parents say it’s okay. It will be well worth the wait and we would love to tattoo your once older.

 

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY NEW TATTOO?

 

When you leave your tattoo will be wrapped for cleanliness until you get home shortly, your tattoo should not be covered up for more than an hour or 2 afterwards.• When you remove the bandage, you should wash it thoroughly with a mild fragrance-free soap and warm water every few hours for the first 3 days. Do not scrub the tattoo, gently work up a good lather with the soap and water, and rinse.• After rinsing, apply a thin layer of ointment (Vitamin E , vitamin A&D, Bacitracin) three to four times per day for the the first 3 days.• After few days use a good quality unscented moisturizer (Curel, Kerry, Lubriderm etc.) for two weeks until the skin is smooth.• Do not use aloe• Do not pick or scratch at your new tattoo• No swimming or tanning/prolonged exposure to the sun for ten days• No sweating for the first few weeks as the sweat will push some of the new ink out of your body and making for a lesser quality of tattoo

 

HOW LONG DOES A TATTOO TAKE TO HEAL?

 

A new tattoo will take up to 2 weeks to heal, sometimes healing will take longer, depending on the placement, and how it's treated during the healing process. The skin will become flaky or peel, much like sunburn. While it is healing, there may be some soreness, swelling, and itchiness especially the following day until the tattoo settles in. Do not scratch your new tattoo, unscented cream can help with the itchiness, after the three day period of using ointment, you can apply moisturizer. If you have any questions about how your tattoo is doing, we encourage you to ask.

 

WHY IS MY TATTOO PEELING OR FLAKING OFF?

 

While your tattoo is healing, it is perfectly normal for your tattoo to peel or flake. This is just a part of the healing process. Do not pick or scratch at the tattoo otherwise you might remove more than just what’s going to flake off. As long as you keep the tattoo moisturized throughout the healing process you should be fine. We will give you instructions on how to care for your tattoo after your work is done.