Frequently Asked Questions
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.
Do tattoos hurt?
Getting a tattoo is not as painful as most people expect, it is more of an annoying discomfort than a horrible pain. Some people say it feels like plucking your eyebrows, not something you would care to feel every day but something you can surly survive.
Do you use new needles?
Yes, we do use new needles for tattooing and piercing that have been autoclave sterilized. Other equipment such as the tattoo tubes and all piercing instruments are all autoclave sterilized before use. Our autoclave is tested monthly to insure proper sterilization and meets the guidelines recommended for infection control by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service and Centers for Disease Control. All our artists are members of the Alliance Of Professional Tattooists and have completed their seminar, "Preventing Disease Transmission In Tattooing" and have been trained in proper sterilization procedures.
How long do they take to heal?
With proper care tattoos will usually take about two weeks to heal.
How do you care for a fresh tattoo?
We recommend that a new tattoo be bandaged for two hours. After that time remove the bandage and wash the tattooed area with warm water, mild soap and your hands. Do not use wash clothes or scrub brushes. Pat dry and apply the recommended ointment. We recommend Tattoo Majik which we carry at the shop or Aquaphor which you can find at any drug store. Apply only a VERY THIN coat of ointment a few times a day for two weeks. DO NOT pick or scratch at the tattoo, if it itches apply a little ointment or slap it to relieve the itch. DO NOT swim, soak or suntan for at least 2 to 3 weeks. After the tattoo is fully healed you should use sun block any time your tattoo is exposed to the sun or tanning beds.
Why does my tattoo look like it is pealing off?
Tattoos will usually peel like a sunburn within a few days to a week. There will be color in the skin that peels away but this is totally normal. DO NOT pick or peel the skin off, let it do what it needs to do on it's own.
Do we need an appointment?
Appointments are not always necessary but recommended especially during the weekends and all week during the summer months. Sometimes our artists are booked weeks and months in advance, so plan accordingly. We DO NOT take appointments over the phone, only in person with a cash deposit. The reason for this is we need to see what is going to be tattooed so that we may determine the proper amount of time to allow for the appointment and the deposit helps to insure that you will come back for your appointment and not waste our valuable time. Deposits are non refundable but are transferable one time provided that you give the artist notice at least seventy two hours in advance so that we may have an opportunity to book the time for someone else. Deposits are determined by the amount of time you are booking and start at $60 and can run up to $500 for an all day session. If we are to design a custom tattoo for you we will require the deposit before starting any artwork. We will work with you and make changes and modifications to your design to suit your liking but within reason. There are artistic, body placement and size issues that will be determined by the artist to give you the best tattoo possible. If, after your tattoo is drawn, you choose not to have it tattooed your deposit will be used as an art charge to cover the artists research and drawing time.
Can we bring in our own design?
Of course you can bring in any type of design you like such as your own drawing, something from a book, t-shirt, off the internet, etc. We can also custom design something for you based on you ideas or reference material. If we are to design a custom tattoo for you we will require the deposit before starting any artwork. We will work with you and make changes and modifications to your design to suit your liking but within reason. There are artistic, body placement and size issues that will be determined by the artist to give you the best tattoo possible. If, after your tattoo is drawn, you choose not to have it tattooed your deposit will be used as an art charge to cover the artists research and drawing time.
How do I find your shop?
Can I smoke while I get my tattoo?
NO, we do not allow smoking in the tattoo shop so that we may keep a cleaner and more sanitary shop. During medium and larger tattoos you will usually be offered a short break, so feel free to step outside and have a smoke if you like.
Can we bring our children into the shop?
This is a tattoo shop and not a playground! We do allow our customers to bring their children with as long as someone is with who can look after the kids and keep them out of trouble. If you must bring children with please keep in mind that the artists must concentrate while tattooing and crying babies get very annoying as well as bratty little monsters who like to get their noses into everything. We are one of the only shops in the country who will allow you to bring your children into the shop so please do us the favor of keeping them under control and out of trouble. Under no circumstances will we tattoo or pierce your minor children, so don't even ask! If for any reason any child gets out of control we reserve the right to ask you and your child to leave the shop.
What forms of payment do you take?
We accept Cash, Visa, Master Card and Discover.
WE DO NOT TAKE CHECKS OF ANY KIND!!!
How much do tattoos cost?
Tattoos start at $60 and go up. DO NOT call us to ask for a price quote as we cannot give one without seeing the actual design in person. The cost of a tattoo is determined by size, detail, color, placement on the body, and the work and time involved in doing the tattoo. We do the highest quality tattoos at very reasonable prices so please do not try to haggle price. This is not a flea market!!! If you are looking for bargain basement prices, go to you local basement scratcher and don't waste our time.
Good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good.
Can you cover up old tattoos?
Yes, we can cover up unwanted tattoos with new ones. Keep in mind that you are very limited in what will actually cover existing tattoos as you cannot put lighter colors over darker colors without the old design showing through. The new tattoo will most times be a bit larger than the old one and usually darker in order to fully hide the unwanted tattoo. An easier and less expensive alterative to covering one up is to redo the old design. We can rework your old tattoos and make them look like new and in most cases better than the day you got it the first time. If you have a tattoo that you would like covered or reworked please stop in for a consultation and we would be happy to help you.
Can I drink before my tattoo?
We DO NOT recommend drinking before getting tattooed.. Alcohol thins out your blood making you bleed more during the tattoo procedure which in turn pushes the ink out of your body leaving you with a faded looking tattoo that will need to be touched up. We will not tattoo you if you are noticeably intoxicated. Drunk people quite often become rude and obnoxious, move around a lot and tend to make poor decisions that they may regret in the future, like a tattoo they would not have gotten while sober.
Do you do touch ups and what do they cost?
We guarantee our tattoos and will touch them up free of charge within 6 months of when they were done, provided that you cared for them according to our healing instructions. After 6 months you will be charged based upon the work involved. We also touch up other peoples work at a fee determined by the work involved.
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