Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a short list of FAQ's that customers generaly ask us. If you have a question that is not on this list please feel free to give us a call or stop in.
Does it hurt?
Yes! Getting a tattoo does hurt but the pain is temporary. When you're finished, you'll feel a great sence of accomplishment, going though something that left a permanent, beautiful piece of artwork on your body! Certain areas on your body will hurt more than others, but everyone takes pain differently, so one person's expierence won't neccesarily be the same as yours.
How much will it cost?
This is the most commonly asked question we get. Our shop minium is $80. We generally charge by the piece and not by the hour and are very fair with our prices, compared to some other local shops. When getting a tattoo that will be on your body forever, it is usually not a good idea to "price shop". Our suggestion is to look though the artists portfoilios and decide who's work you like the best and go from there. Coming into a shop and asking "how much for a tattoo?" or "what's your cheapest tattoo?" are not good ideas. It makes you look like you don't care about your body or the quality of artwork you want on it. This is a big commitment so please take it seriously! Do your research. When comming into the shop, we reccomend that you bring as much information with you as possible (reference material, written ideas, thoughts on what type of style tattoo you'd like, etc...) The more information we have, the better your tattoo will be.
Are tattoos safe?
Yes and no. Tattoos done by a professional tattooer in a sterile area are very safe. If you decide to get a tattoo in your friends kitchen, basement, house, etc... because they'll do it cheaper, chances are you are not going to get what you expected and more importantly you're putting your health at risk! If you're getting tattooed by someone that tattoos out of a house, chances are they aren't good enough to work in a professional tattoo shop and most likely don't have the correct equipment to sterilize their tools. Yeah, opening a new needle in front of you is good, but do they have an autoclave to sterialize the equipment? Are they properly cleaning their work area before and after each client, or are they tattooing you on a fabric couch or chair that has trapped bacteria from who knows how many other people? Please think before getting tattooed outside of a professional shop. You may come out with a somewhat decent tattoo but did you also come out with hepititis or any of the 100's of other blood borne diseases? Not all tattoo shops are professional either so when you first walk into a shop, look on the walls for blood borne pathogens certificates, ask to see the autoclave or how they clean their equipment. If they're really professioinal then they shouldn't have a problem answering any question you have. It's your body and you have the right to ask!
Should I tip my artist?
If you feel your artist has done a good job and you're happy with your new tattoo then absolutely! You tip the person at the resturant that brings you your meal, you tip a bartender, so why not tip the person that is creating a work of art on your body that will last forever? Some people think that tattoos are expensive and feel that the artist shouldn't get anymore money than the price of the tattoo. What people dont realize is that most tattooers don't get all the money you're giving them. They have to pay a cut to the shop owner and cover the cost of equipment that was used for your tattoo (which isn't cheap). If you're getting tattooed by the shop owner then they get all the money but they have overhead to pay for. They have to pay the shop rent, lights, cable, internet and all the other ammenities in the shop that make you comfortable while you're here. So just keep all that in mind when thinking about tipping your artist.
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.