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Common Questions And Answers About Tattoos

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions people ask before they get their tattoos done.

For commonly asked questions about tattoo aftercare check out the aftercare page.


1. Does it hurt?

Unfortunately no tattoo is painless. All tattoos hurt to some degree, but that degree really depends on the person getting it. More likely than not, you'll just feel an annoying pain. A type of pain that you know is there but it's bearable and you are not going to jump up and run out after that first line. Most people come into a tattoo thinking it is going to be the worst pain they ever felt and realize shortly after that it was not even close to what they were thinking. After about 5 minutes or so you start to get used to it and the tattoo becomes even more bearable.

2. How old do I have to be to get tattooed?

At my shop you need to be 18 years of age or older, no exceptions. I require proof of age in the form of a state issued photo ID for every customer that walks through the doors.

3. How much does it cost?

Size, detail, and placement on the body are the main factors that determine a cost of a tattoo. For smaller pieces that are done in one sitting, I tend to give a flat rate. You would have to come in and show me what you are looking to get and I would be able to give a price from there, or if needed, I would draw what you are looking to get and then give you a price. I cannot give out a price without seeing the art. I need to see the work involved. I cannot go by a description because most of the time what you are thinking is not what I am thinking. When it comes to larger tattoos that take more than one sitting, I go on an hourly rate. I charge $125 per hour and most of the time it is a 4-hour session. Again, once the drawing is done, I give an estimate on the time it will take.

4. How long does it take?

Again size and detail are the main factors in how long a certain tattoo takes. Just because a tattoo is small does not mean it will be done in a few minutes. The same goes for larger tattoos. The more lines, color or shading that goes into a tattoo, the longer it takes. Placement on the body as well as a person's skin can effect time. Some skin types take in the pigment faster and easier than others.

5. Is everything sterile?

I use single use, disposable inks and needles. Anything that is to be touched during the tattoo process is covered in disposable plastic bags or film. After each tattoo everything is disposed of and my workstation and machines are thoroughly cleaned with germicidal wipes. The grips and tubes are cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner, placed in sterile pouches and steam sterilized using an autoclave.

6. Can I have something drawn up?

To have a tattoo drawn up for you, you will have to come into the shop to have it done. There you can give me your ideas on the tattoo you are looking for and I can set it up for you. There is a $20-$100 drawing fee ($20 for small art and $100 large art). Once this drawing is started, there is no refund and it also does not go toward the final price of the tattoo. Most of the time your tattoo can be drawn up while you wait but sometimes, depending on the tattoo, it could take a few days to draw. Your finished art will be a tattoo ready outline, not a full color design. Colors are discussed when the work begins. I do not draw tattoos that I am not going to tattoo. I do not send out my artwork or allow it to leave the shop. You may also bring in your own design. Almost anything you wish to be tattooed can be done.

7. How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment you must come into the shop, show me what you're planning to get (so I know how much time to set aside for you) and also you must leave a deposit. Deposits are refundable only if you call and cancel your appointment at least 24 hours before your scheduled time. If you are out of town, you can call to make an appointment at least 2-3 weeks prior to the date you would like. Then I require that you mail in a deposit. Again deposits are refundable only if you call and cancel your appointment at least 24 hours before your scheduled time.

8. How do I find a good tattoo artist to do my tattoo?

Just because you have a great tattoo design or see a great design on the wall of a shop, it does not mean that every tattoo artist can do that design. Take your time when looking for an artist. Go to their shop and look around. Make sure it is clean. Look at pictures of their work. Make sure the outlines are clean and straight, not jagged and inconsistent. Is the color solid and nicely done, or spotty and randomly mashed in? One thing to note is just because someone has been tattooing for 20 years does not mean they have been producing great tattoos for 20 years. Ask around, if an artist's name keeps popping up then that person probably has a good reputation.
Good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good! A tattoo is going to be on your body forever so this is not the time to be cheap.

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