PLANNING AND PREPARATION QUESTIONS
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY TATTOO SESSION?
Make sure you are well rested, well hydrated, and have eaten recently. Aside from that, take a shower, charge your phone or tablet up to full, and don’t bring in your 50 closest friends (1-2 are fine).
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY TATTOO SESSION?
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.
HOW SHOULD I PLAN FOR A LARGER TATTOO (ARM/LEG/BACK/ETC)?
First thing, come talk to us. The best large pieces always BEGIN with a cohesive plan, not just bits and pieces loosely tied together. We can do a sleeve or back piece with existing work in place, but it will ALWAYS look better when you come in with a plan and allow the same artist to help bring that plan to fruition for you. Along those same lines, it’s going to take multiple sessions and cost you more to even come close to doing a sleeve. So plan ahead and save your money so that you can tackle these large pieces as they are investments and commitments.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS I MAY NOT THINK OF BEFORE I COME IN?
· Take a shower
· Don’t bring your kids. No really, don’t bring them.
· Bring all of the necessary documentation
· Good work costs money - so bring it!
· Eat before you come in!
· If you’re diabetic plan for a crash (and prepare yourself!)
· Your idea may not be able to be tattooed
· Just because you saw it on Pinterest doesn’t make it a good tattoo
· Don’t put words with pictures - we’re going to try to talk you out of it because of that whole “a picture is worth 1000 words” thing
WHEN SHOULD I NOT GET TATTOOED?
You should not get tattooed when you are:
· When you don’t know what you want
· When you can’t afford it
· When you’re sunburned
· When you haven’t showered
· When you have your kids with you
· If you don’t have an ID
· Being pressured into it
· When you’ve been told by us that your idea is bad
WILL IT HURT?
WHAT IS THE PAIN LEVEL FOR A TATTOO?
A tattoo is probably a 3/10. The best comparison would be to getting a scratch on a sunburn or to having someone draw on you with a ball-point pen on a sunburn. It doesn’t feel good, but it’s more of an intermittent irritation than a constant pain. Remember, a tattoo has more in common with an abrasion than it does with a hypodermic needle shot from the doctor.
WHAT IS THE PAIN LEVEL FOR A PIERCING?
If tattoos are a 3/10 on a pain scale, piercings are probably 7-9/10. Piercings are far more painful than tattoos - but only for a very short period of time. This is why people pass out WAY more often with piercings than with tattoos.
CARING FOR A TATTOO
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL AFTER A TATTOO/PIERCING?
The majority of your new tattoos healing process will be done within the first two weeks. However, the skin is still working to heal and rejuvenate and you need to plan on a 4-6 weeks for your skin to be back to its previous state.
WHY DO TATTOOS START TO ITCH WHILE HEALING?
As the skin rejuvenates itself, usually about a week after the tattoo was done, the itch sets in. This is 100% normal. Good moisturizers will help immensely with this but DO NOT SCRATCH IT! If lotion isn’t helping, run it under cold water for a few moments and you should be itch free.
WHY DO YOU REQUIRE DEPOSITS?
Often we will have hours of work in drawing and preparing for a tattoo before you sit down in our chair. Deposits help to ensure you make it to your appointment and that we haven’t done hours of work for nothing.
WHAT IS YOUR SHOP MINIMUM FOR TATTOOS?
When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will charge very little. But, look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. Never haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. Think of it this way: This is a piece of art you'll wear for life.
SHOULD I TIP?
You should ALWAYS tip those who provide services for you. Whether it’s your barber/hairstylist, waiter, or the kids with lemonade stand down the street, if they provide you a service you should tip them. This includes your tattoo artist.
WHY DON’T YOU RUN MANY SPECIALS?
We LOVE to give stuff away. It makes us feel good. In our first year we gave away 10% of our gross income to our community. We charge what we do because we are creating unique art that will last your entire life.
WHAT IS THE AGE REQUIREMENT FOR GETTING PIERCED OR TATTOOED?
India County Health Department determines the ages we are able to work on. For tattoos, we can tattoo minors age 18+ with a parent present and the proper identification (birth certificate with both names as well as photo IDs for child and parent - these are required for anything we do on a minor). For piercings, we can only do earlobes for those under age 14 and my piercer will stop and not do the piercing if the child says no. Starting at age 18 we can pierce anything (besides nipples and genitals) with the above consent.
SHOULD I WALK IN OR BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
We always encourage people to book an appointment for tattoos of any size. First, this guarantees you will get in at a certain time without potentially waiting for hours. Second, it gives our artists the chance to draw your new tattoo so that it’s 100% unique to you.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M LATE TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Don’t be. Seriously, if you’re late to your appointment it will throw our schedule off for the day.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NO-SHOW DURING MY APPOINTMENT?
We’ve only ever had a few people do this and it’s a terrible idea. If you no-show we will keep your deposit. That means your tattoo, if you do get it, will cost you 150% of what it should have cost.
If you're thinking of getting your first tattoo, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about getting a tattoo, and be sure to check out photos of the tattoo process.
Are Tattoos Safe?
As long as you go to a reputable artist that is following all recommended safety precautions, getting a tattoo is perfectly safe. Make sure you're fully honest about any medical conditions.
Does It Hurt?
Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. We're not going to kid you, though—it does hurt. Just not that much. Some have compared it to a "hot scratching feeling." But, people would not be returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo 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-stick here and there.
What about using some kind of numbing cream? These kinds of products are really not recommended.
Should I Tip My Tattoo Artist?
Tipping is a really nice gesture. But, there are no real solid ground rules for tipping, so follow these suggestions.
What Should I Get? And Where?
This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever
you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have them create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your own imagination. As far as where you should get it goes, just keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where it can be easily covered up with normal clothing.
What Is the Best Time of Year to Get a Tattoo?
Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning, and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.
Is It OK to Get a Tattoo if I'm Sick?
Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn't at 100% isn't a good 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. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.
Where Can I Find Pictures of Tattoos?
If you're getting a tattoo, especially as an expression of your individuality, why would you want a tattoo just like someone else's? Instead, find other pictures of what you're looking for and have your artist draw up a custom design for you. Example: If you are wanting a tattoo of a penguin standing on a glacier, find real photos of penguins and glaciers. If you want a tattoo of a blue rose wrapped around a cross, find pictures of real roses and crosses that you like. If the pictures don't show exactly what you want, just take them to your artist to use them as guidelines and tell them what changes you want to be made to the original pictures. A real artist will welcome the challenge of a custom piece.