Pain is a relative thing, everyone has a different tolerance for pain. We're not going to lie though it does hurt. Some have compared it to a "hot scratching feeling." It's important to remember though that people would not be returning over and again for multiple tattoos if it hurt that bad. Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-prick here and there.
The deposit you pay secures your spot on the artist's schedule and makes sure that they are compensated for their time drawing up your ideal tattoo. It's a monetary way of saying "I'm serious about this and I value your time and work".
People hear a lot of horror stories about tattoos, but as long as you follow all recommended safety precautions, getting a tattoo is perfectly safe. Make sure you're fully honest about any medical conditions.. There are several conditions that can complicate the healing process of your tattoo or could make the tattoo process less than safe. While we would love your business we are first and foremost committed to the satisfaction and safety of both our customers and our artists.
Make sure you are well rested, well hydrated, and have eaten recently. Take a shower to make sure you are clean. It’s more important to be comfortable than to be fashionable. Looser is better than tighter, and keep in mind you want to be able to cover up certain places that might show, depending on where you're getting your tattoo. The process will take a while so it would also be adviseable to charge your phone before coming in just in case you need to contact anyone or keep yourself entertained.
There are many different factors that can cause fading. The most common is prolonged exposure of direct sun light. The shades of ink used, the quality of pigment, or how the tattoo heals can cause fading. There are many factors that can cause your tattoo to fade, some of which are completely uncontrollable, these are just a few of the main causes. Lighter ink colors will tend to fade first. Some people experience fading worse than others, some don't experience fading at all. But we can always help touch up colors!
You can get laser tattoo removal but honestly, tattoos are meant to be forever. Forever decisions should not be spur of the moment or a knee-jerk impulse. We set appointments to ensure that we have the right amount of time to draw up your tattoo, reconsider it, make adjustments, and finalize the art before you come in for your session. While it might sound like an inconvenience to you right now, we're really doing it to provide the best service to all of our clients.
Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn't 100% is not a great idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria. If you have an appointment, please call or email your artist and reschedule for when you're feeling well again. We would much rather reschedule than risk your health or the possibility of spreading the illness.
This isn't just your tattoo, it is a walking advertisment for our work. We want you to be happy and confident with our work and we don't want any piece out in the world that we're not happy with. Once your tattoo is fully healed, if you feel like you need a touch up, please contact your artist and schedule a time to come in and we'll be glad to get you taken care of at no charge.
All of our needles are new, sterile, and single use. They are placed into a sharps container for proper disposal once we're done. Everything that is disposable is one time use, and non-disposable items are cleaned and sterilized in an autoclave between every use. The autoclave is regularly tested for effectiveness by doing a spore test and tested at every use with sterilization integrators.
You should ALWAYS tip those who provide services for you. Whether it’s your barber, hairstylist, waiter, or the kids with a lemonade stand down the street, if they provide you a service you should tip them. This includes your tattoo artist. You don't have to, but your artist also doesn't have to schedule another appointment for you.
Good tattoos aren’t cheap, and honestly cheap tattoos aren't usually good. You’re going to get what you pay for and since this is something that will be permanently part of your skin and appearance, it’s important that you know you are getting quality work. Settling with the cheapest quote will most likely end up costing you more in the long run. The shop hourly rate is $125 an hour, but your artist may choose to work out a custom price for you at their discretion.