Frequently Asked Questions

If you need a custom drawing done, you'll need to schedule a consultation. This is a free, 30-minute appointment where you'll meet with the artist of your choice and discuss your ideas and plans for your tattoo. It is a good idea to bring drawings, sketches, photographs, notes, etc. to help illustrate your ideas. Don't worry if you can't draw! Even stick-figures help us visualize what you want for your tattoo.

At the end of your consult there is no obligation to continue, but if you and the artist both decide to go forward and start working on a drawing, you will be required to pay a draw fee and/or a deposit. These fees are non-refundable. The draw fee pays for the time the artist takes to complete your drawing, and ranges from $20-$100 depending on the size and complexity of the drawing. Sometimes if the artist determines your drawing is small and/or easy enough they may waive the draw fee.

The Deposit holds your appointment and is applied to your bill for tattoo time. It is not refundable under any circumstance, but you are allowed to reschedule your appointment if needed. As long as you call to reschedule 48 hours in advance we will still honor your deposit. If you decide not to do the tattoo, if you don't show up for your appointment, or are more than 30 minutes late for your appointment YOU WILL LOSE YOUR DEPOSIT.

The artist will then add you to their draw schedule, and give you an estimate as to how long it might take to do the drawing. It's important to remember that your artist may have several other clients that they are drawing for, so you may have to wait a while to see your artwork. After some time your artist will contact you to let you know your artwork is finished. You can work with the artist to change your drawing until it's perfect for you. Once the drawing is done you can schedule your tattoo appointment.

Walk-ins are welcome when we are available. It's best to call ahead to check availability, especially on weekends as we tend to be pretty busy. If you need a custom drawing, it's best to schedule a consult first.

As of January 2016:

The shop minimum is $80 (this is for a very small, single color tattoo). For the most part, our artists charge by an hourly rate:

Ruby : $175/hr
Suzy : $175/hr, 3 hour minimum
Alexis : $175/hr
Robyn: $175/hr
Tarah : $175/hr
Laura: $150/hr
Chelsea: $150/hr

Rubys Wait Times: Consults are about 6-7 months. Tattoos wait times are 4-5 months out.
Suyz's Wait Times: Please see Suzy's profile for more info.
Alexis's Wait Times: Consults are about 5-6 months.
Robyn's Wait Times : Consults are about 3-4 weeks.
Tarah's Wait Time: Consults are about 7-8 months.
Laura's Wait Times: Consults are about 6-7 months.
Chelsea's wait Times:

For specific pricing, we need to know exactly what you want before we can provide an estimate. If you would like to email us for a quote, please fill out this form!

One free touch-up is included in all pricing within one year of the tattoo being completed. (except for hand & foot tattoos).

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We require an $80 non-refundable deposit for ALL tattoo appointments. The Deposit holds your appointment and is applied to your final balance for tattoo time. Since we do not allow refunds on deposits under any circumstance, you should be absolutely certain that you are willing and able to get a tattoo because we will not give your money back you if you change your mind. We have a 48-hour reschedule policy: if you need to change your appointment date or time we just ask that you call 48 hours in advance of your appointment and we will still honor your deposit to your next appointment. If you do not provide enough notice, don't show up, or are more than 30 minutes late you lose your deposit and your appointment.

We are also enacting a time limit on deposits. If we don't hear from you for 13 months after receiving a deposit (unless otherwise discussed), we will assume you are not moving forward on the tattoo and will forfeit your deposit.

Rubys Wait Times: Consults are about 6-7 months. Tattoos wait times are 4-5 months out.
Suyz's Wait Times: Please see her profile for booking info.
Alexis's Wait Times: Consults are about 5-6 months. Tattoo wait times are 1-2 months out.
Robyn's Wait Times : Consults are about 3-4 weeks. Tattoo wait times are 3-5 weeks out.
Tarah's Wait Time: Consults are about 7-8 months. Tattoo wait times are 1 month out.
Laura's Wait Times: Consults are about 6-7 months. Tattoos are about 1 to 2 months out.
Chelsea's Wait times:

We require an $80 non-refundable deposit for ALL tattoo appointments. The Deposit holds your appointment and is applied to your final balance for tattoo time. There are absolutely no refunds on deposits or draw fees. Since we do not allow refunds on deposits, please make sure you are absolutely certain that you want to get your tattoo and that you are able to get one before you make a deposit.

We have a 48-hour reschedule policy: if you need to change your appointment date or time we just ask that you call 48 hours in advance of your appointment and we will still honor your deposit to your next appointment. If you do not provide enough notice, don't show up, or are more than 30 minutes late you lose your deposit and your appointment.

We are also enacting a time limit on deposits. If we don't hear from you for 13 months after receiving a deposit (unless otherwise discussed), we will assume you are not moving forward on the tattoo and will forfeit your deposit.

We highly encourage you to bring any visual reference which helps us better understand your ideas! We love it when our clients are prepared, coming to us with fairly specific ideas in regards to subject matter, size and placement, and bring us plenty of visual references, such as:

- Images from the internet - if you've collected some images from the net, it really saves a lot of time if you can print them out ahead of time - or if you don't have the means to print, please email them to the artist you're consulting with before your appointment. Please don't bring images that are just on your phone. It really makes things difficult for us, and adds considerable time to the consult. We understand how much you love your smart phone and live by it (and we love ours!), but please understand we need physical images (For larger works, preferably large, high-definition images). 

- Drawings, sketches, doodles, or diagrams (does not have to be a masterpiece, it just needs to get a point across!)

- Photographs (if you want a portrait, please bring a large 8"x10" hi-resolution photo of the person/animal)

- An Object such as a figurine, book, brooch, or whatever has inspired you. We can photograph it for our own reference and return it to you safely.

A few words of advice: A consult is typically scheduled as a 30 minute appointment, please keep this in mind. Knowing at least somewhat where your tattoo will be placed, the subject matter involved, and hopefully have some reference pictures to help illustrate your ideas are all ways to keep the consult more concise. We understand that sometimes these specifics are hard to figure out, but remember it can take time to figure out the perfect tattoo that you will have for the rest of your life. So if you are unsure about subject matter or placement, we urge you to give it some more thought before scheduling a consult. 

The day of your tattoo appointment be sure to arrive promptly. Be well-rested, fed, and hydrated. Dress appropriately: wear something comfortable that gives easy access to the area to be tattooed and that you don't mind getting ink on (things can get a bit messy in the tattoo area). Feel free to bring in some sort of entertainment: an MP3 player, a good book, a friend for conversation, etc. to help pass the time. Before you start, you will fill out a release form (you'll need your ID), and your artist will make a stencil of your design. Your artist will place the stencil on you and the two of you will decide exactly where it should be placed and how big it will be. Then the tattoo will begin! If you're in for a longer session, you may want to consider getting a ride from a friend afterwards because of the endorphine rush you will experience. After your tattoo session is done, the artist will bandage you and send you home with aftercare instructions, and aftercare products are available for purchase at the front desk.

Yes, we actually do a lot of cover ups, and they make up a large portion of the work we do here. What is a cover-up? This is when you have an existing tattoo - maybe something that is older, and the wearer no longer likes the tattoo for one reason or another and has a tattoo artist design something to go over it with a new design. The goal is to completely cover the old tattoo so that you cannot see the old one underneath it.

Many people think that a coverup has to involve a lot of solid black ink. While that is a very sure-fire way to cover something, it's not the only answer. Colored inks are actually transparent - so you cannot cover a black tattoo with just pink or white - it just doesn't work. Cover-up designs that are at least twice the size of the original tattoo, and that involve lots of darker colors, shading, and detail are good for cover ups. Sometimes our artists will suggest laser tattoo removal to lighten an existing tattoo to aide in the cover-up process. The design is strategically planned to distract your eye from what lies beneath. The old tattoo is still there, you just can't see it anymore. Browse our portfolios and see if you can spot the cover-ups. If you think you need a cover-up, call us to schedule a consultation appointment.

Most of our artists will not do white ink tattoos. We always want our customers to be informed about the limitations of white ink before proceeding. The biggest problem with using just white ink for a tattoo is that the results are unpredictable. Once white ink is in a healed tattoo, it does not look pure bright white because you're looking at it through the pigment of your own skin. Generally it will show as a few shades lighter than your skin tone, but skin tones can vary from spot to spot on your body so it may heal in a splotchy, uneven tone (especially if used as a solid fill). Also, white works better as a highlight color with contrast, rather than a solid fill. When against a dark color, white will look brighter than if it is on its own.

White ink tattoos tend to be very subtle, very faint, and after 5 years or so (depending on how much sun exposure it gets), might hardly be visible at all. Because of this we will NOT guarantee one free touch up on any white ink tattoo. You would have to continue to get the tattoo retouched at your expense much more frequently to keep it looking fresh. White ink designs need to be fairly simplistic linework designs, using thicker lines (things like small lettering are not advisable).

Images of amazing white tattoos on Pinterest have been very popular lately. However, many of the images do not show what happens when the tattoo is healed, they don't show when a tattoo goes unexpectedly wrong, and many of them are even photoshopped! White ink tattoos can backfire fairly often- a client's skin tone will tint the ink a strange color, which is impossible to predict, and the reason why many of our artists have decided to not offer them. It is always our #1 goal to give you the best looking tattoo possible and if we ever feel that can't be achieved we will advise against it.

Finger tattoos are tricky - the underside of your finger, the side of the finger, the wrinkly part of the knuckle, are all places that don't take tattoos very well. The skin is either very thin or is constantly sloughing off so you might get a tattoo that looks cool at first but after a very short period of time you end up with something blurry looking or parts of it will be missing entirely, shown in the photo below:

Because of this, we generally will not do tattoos on the side of the finger, and suggest thinking about alternate placement. For the most part we don't do finger or hand tattoos unless the client is already heavily tattooed or already has a hand tattoo.

We will, on occasion do Wedding Ring Tattoos: again, because tattoos do not stay on the underside of the finger, we suggest doing a half-ring tattoo or a simple design on the back of the knuckle. The design has to be very simple since details will be prone to blurring together. Names, monograms, or celtic designs are not suggested for a finger or knuckle tattoo. A single letter, a plain band, chinese character, heart, star, moon or other very simple shapes or patterns in black ink are the best kinds of things to put on the knuckle as they will be most likely to last a long time before having to get it re-touched. We do not guarantee free touch ups on finger or hand tattoos because they are so prone to blurring and falling out. After knowing all of this if you are still willing to get one, we have a few artists here that will do finger tattoos.

Well of course, but how much it hurts really depends on the tattoo and placement and your own tolerance level. The important thing to remember is, the pain is usually very minor (not as bad as you'd think) and the pain is only temporary. The tattoo is forever.

In general, over-the-counter pain medications do little to help with the pain you might experience while getting a tattoo, plus Aspirin and other NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc, have at least some blood-thinning qualities to them. Aspirin is most effective at thinning blood so we reccommended you not take aspirin at least 1 day before your tattoo. It is generally considered ok to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve pain or swelling from the tattoo AFTER the tattoo is done - However it is important for us to mention that we are not medically trained and cannot legally prescribe any medicines or diagnose health concerns. Please consult your doctor for advice if you're concerned about this.

So what about prescription drugs? Some prescription pain medications can technically intoxicate you to the point where you will not be as alert or in control of your body as you would normally be, so we don't advocate their use. Also, we cannot tattoo someone who is intoxicated, so drinking alcohol or partaking in other drugs before your tattoo is not a good idea.

TATUDERM: Remove the Tatuderm film bandage after about 12-24 hours. Wash immediately with clean hands, hot water and liquid soap (this can be done in the shower, or in a sink, depending on which is easier for you). Wash thoroughly until all of the slimeyness is gone. After washing, pat dry with a clean towel. Do not apply any ointments or lotions to the tattoo until the tattoo starts to feel itchy or tight, or appears flakey and dry. This can sometimes take a few days. In the meantime, just keep the tattoo clean by washing it daily in the shower, don't soak the tattoo in a tub or pool. Do not scratch or pick the tattoo. Apply sparingly to the tattoo a fragrance free, water-based lotion such as Aveeno, Lubriderm, Cetaphyl, Eucerine, Gold Bond, etc. Light scabbing and flaking is normal, and should take about a week or two to slough off.

Standard bandaging, Day 1: Remove the bandage provided after about 2 hours. With clean hands, wash with mild soap and water. Your new tattoo will continue to seep fluids for the next 24-48 hours. Cover your tattoo the first night with a thin layer of antibacterial ointment and a new bandage. Do this only for the first night - after that no more bandages. The purpose for this is to protect your seeping tattoo from your bedding. If you experience clothes or sheets sticking to your tattoo, simply wet the fabric with lots of water before attempting to remove it.

Standard bandaging, Days 2-4: Continue to clean tattoo with soap & water about 2 times a day for the next 3 days. Do not use any ointments, lotions or balms for the first 3 days. During this time you should treat your tattoo like an open wound - keep it clean & dry and do not get sweat or dirt in it. Don't over exert the skin around it (so that means avoid heavy stretching and exercises for up to a week). Don't tub soak (short showers are OK).

Standard bandaging, Days 4-14: After 3-4 days the tattoo will start to get dry and flaky. You may start moisturizing it with a water-based fragrance free lotion (Aveeno, Lubriderm, Cetaphyl cream are all acceptable). Don't oversaturate -use only what your skin will absorb. For the next 2 weeks or so your tattoo will be dry, flaky, and itchy and may have small scabs attached to it. Do not scratch or pick at the scabs or soak them in water (short showers are OK). If the tattoo itches, it's a sign it needs moisture. It's okay to slap or pat the tattoo to relieve the itching as well. Also do not let constrictive clothing rub against or irritate the tattoo. Do not expose it to sunlight, tanning beds, or chlorine water for 3 weeks.

For the life of your tattoo, keeping it out of sunlight will prolong it's brightness. Sunlight can fade colors, blur lines, and generally remove details from tattoos. The best defense is covering up, but a mineral based sunblock with a high SPF is a good second. Look for Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide as the main ingredient. This blocks UVB and UVA rays from the surface of your skin, and generally work better than chemical based sunscreens.

We guarantee one free touch up within the first year of your tattoo. Touch-ups are for correcting imperfections that might happen during the healing process. It's not unusual for some people to have a little bit of color come out of their tattoo during healing and we will always fix that sort of thing for free, as long as the aftercare instructions were followed. We want every client to be completely happy with their tattoo.

Things that are not considered a free touch up would be: additions, color changes, or refreshing colors that have faded due to sun exposure. You are expected to care for your tattoo in the long-term by keeping it out of the sun, and applying sunblock whenever necessary to keep it from fading.

We love animals, but we absolutely cannot allow them inside the shop, for sanitary reasons.

We strongly advise not bringing young children or infants into a tattoo shop. We are constantly cleaning here, but one never knows what a child can pick up by crawling around the floor, or just being near someone getting a tattoo. Also, young children tend to get very bored and its extremely disruptive to other clients if children are running around the studio. As long as they are with a parent or guardian, minors between the ages of 12-18 may be allowed to watch or sit quietly during your session.

You can certainly bring a friend to your tattoo appointment. Sometimes it helps to have a friend to chat with during the tattoo. But when you bring 3 or more people with you, it gets too crowded in the tattoo artist's area, and can be very distracting to your tattoo artist. Please be respectful of other clients and the artists by not bringing a crowd of people with you.

Yes! You can come to the shop in person, or you can call us on the phone and give us your Visa or Master Card information. You can buy a Gift Certificate for any amount, and they do not expire. We can even mail them to your friends or family if you are not able to give it to them yourself.

The short answer is no. This practice has been done before, and recently has had a resurgence in popularity. That being said however we don't know if it is a completely safe practice because there is little research done on the potential risks or side effects.

Due to the body's tendency to reject impurities introduced into the system, tattoo ink mixed with cremation ashes may be rejected by the body as being an impurity. At the very least, this could leave you with an unflattering tattoo that may or may not be fixable. Worst case scenario, the ashes could cause an infection that may or may not make you very ill or cause infection or scarring in the tattooed area. Because of the uncertainty of the advisability of introducing these foreign bodies into your skin and the lack of experience in adding cremation ashes to tattoo ink and then using it in the tattoo, many tattoo artists are going to be hesitant to do the procedure.

We suggest that if you want to memorialize a loved one, do it with symbols and imagery that make you think of them. This will be much safer and you will have a much nicer looking tattoo in the long run.

We don't offer either of those services.

Laughing Buddha Tattoo has excellent piercers who you can find here: and here (206) 329-8274.

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