FAQ & Aftercare

Can I bring you my ideas and have you draw them? What's the process?

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Do you take Walk Ins?

Currently we will not be taking Walk Ins for the forseeable future, until we close in the beginning of January 2022. Come to our final sale January 22, 23, & 29 11am-6pm 

How much is a tattoo?

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The shop minimum is $100 (this is for a very small, single color tattoo). For all other works, our artists charge an hourly rate:

  • Suzy : $200/hr

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

 

What types of payment to you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, in addition to cash, Paypal, and Venmo. We do not take checks. Come to our final sale January 22, 23, & 29 11am-6pm

How do I schedule an appointment and what are your COVID-19 policies?

WE ARE NOT BOOKING ANY MORE IN 2022 :(

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What is your Deposit Policy? Can I get my deposit back if I change my mind?

DEPOSIT POLICY:

NO REFUNDS under any circumstance. Reserves your appointment time, and the entire amount of the deposit will be applied to your tattoo when you are done. 

Deposit is forfeited to the artist in full in the event of the following: 

  • You do not give adequate reschedule notice: 48-HOURS advance notice by phone during business hours required

  • You reschedule an appointment more than 3 times in a row. 

  • Failure to show up for your appointment.

  • If you are more than 20 minutes late

  • If you don’t make an appointment within 13 months of your deposit

  • If you make significant changes to the design at the time of the appointment requiring us to reschedule your appointment 

If your deposit is forfeited, any remaining appointments will be removed from the books and you will be required to leave an additional deposit to secure your next appointment. If we determine that rescheduling becomes habitual, we may reserve the right to refuse service. 

DEPOSIT AMOUNTS:

For ALL appointments: a deposit of 50% of the artist’s hourly rate for the time slot will be required, with a minimum deposit of $100. 

(for example, if the artist’s rate is $150 and you book a 3 hour appointment = $450 total, a deposit of $225 will be required). 

 

What should I bring to my consult?

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. 

- 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. This should be plenty of time to describe the tattoo you want. 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. 

How should I prepare for getting a tattoo?

Please show up on time, ready to fill out paperwork. The most important thing is to be well rested, fed and hydrated before your tattoo starts. This is because inadequate sleep or being hungover, or being hungry will often make the tattoo session worse for you, and could cause light-headedness or even fainting. Wear something comfortable that allows easy access to the area to be tattooed, and something that is OK if it gets ink on it (some inks will not wash out!).

It's not entirely necessary but it's very helpful to us if you can gently exfoliate and hydrate the skin to be tattooed, this helps the stencil stick to your skin better. If your tattoo design is symmetrical and going in the center of your body, it might be a good idea to check your body symmetry. Some clients have gotten a massage/body adjustment before coming in because your skin can shift to one side if you have tight muscles on your dominant side, causing those centered tattoos to shift to one side later. 

NEW COVID-19 RULES: For all in-person appointments the rules are as follows:

  1. Come alone - Please no visitors

  2. Bring a government issued ID with your photo and birth date on it.

  3. When you arrive, Call 206-297-6005 to let us know you are here. The door will remain locked during business hours so we must let you in. Please do not congregate in groups outside - practice social distancing or wait in your car.

  4. Please have a KN95, N95, or double surgical mask already on before you come to the door, and keep it on for the duration of your appointment. If you do not have a mask, one can be provided for you. 

  5. When you come in, your temperature will be taken, and then you will be asked to immediately wash your hands

  6. After you wash your hands you will be asked to fill out our standard Tattoo Waiver, plus a COVID-19 Health Questionnaire. 

  7. Please do not bring food. Water is ok, in a sealed bottle/container. 

  8. Please do not bring hatred, racist attitudes, or bigotry into the studio. 

  9.  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, are feeling ill in any way, or have a fever, DO NOT COME TO YOUR APPOINTMENT and contact your artist right away to cancel. 

Do you do cover-ups?

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Do you do White ink tattoos?

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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.

Do you do finger tattoos?

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No. Artists will want you to make an informed decision about getting a hand or finger tattoo. Tattoos on the sides and underside of hands and feet are tricky, or any wrinkly area like wrist bends or knuckles, 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 or those other areas mentioned, 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 or neck tattoo. Having a tattoo on your hand is a big commitment - there is a reason that in the industry we call them "Job-stoppers". They come with a lot of social stigma, are difficult to hide in professional settings and most artists will not put a tattoo on your hand if you have no other tattoos for strictly ethical reasons. 

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.

Does it Hurt?

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.

Can I take pain meds or have a little drink before my tattoo?

We cannot tattoo someone who is intoxicated, so drinking alcohol or partaking in other drugs before your tattoo is not advised.

In general, over-the-counter pain medications do little to nothing 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 recommend 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.

How do I take care of my tattoo? (AFTERCARE)

TATUDERM: Wear the Tatuderm film bandage provided for about 24 hours. Remove Tatuderm slowly and carefully (if you have difficulty, running hot water on it in the shower helps). Run hot water over the tattoo to help open the pores and loosen the surface slime, and wash thoroughly 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 until all of the surface residue is gone, then rinse with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel. You may start moisturizing right away or whenever your tattoo starts to feel tight or dry.  Several times a day you may apply sparingly 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. While there are scabs on the tattoo don't soak the in a tub or pool or swimming. Do not scratch or pick the tattoo. Should be fully healed in 4 weeks. 

Standard bandaging, Day 1: Remove the bandage provided after about 2 hours. With clean hands, wash with mild liquid soap and hot water. Your new tattoo will continue to seep fluids for the next 24-48 hours. Wash frequently to prevent build-up of drying fluids. Cover your tattoo the first night with a thin layer of 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 1-2 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 over-saturate -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.

What's your policy on touch-ups?

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.

Do you allow kids or dogs in your shop?

During the COVID-19 regulatory times, we cannot allow any animals or children in with those having appointments. Please come alone to your appointment.

Can I bring a friend?

During the COVID-19 regulatory times, we cannot allow any guests or visitors in with those having appointments. Please come alone to your appointment.

Do you sell Gift Certificates?

Since we are closing in January 2022, we have stopped offering them as they will not be redeemable after then. If you have a gift certificate already you may redeem it for goods and products until the day we close. Come to our final sale January 22, 23, & 29 11am-6pm. 

Can I bring my loved one's cremation ashes and have them added to the tattoo ink for a memorial tattoo?

No, this is not a service we offer.

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.

Do you do Piercings or Permanent Makeup?

We don't offer either of those services.

Some local area friends who do offer piercing, you can look them up online:

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Piercing

Pierced Hearts

Deep Roots

 

 

How long do I need to wait before going into Sun/Water with my new tattoo?

Water: Everyone's heal time may vary, but generally you may go swimming/soaking about 2-3 weeks into healing. The key is to check the presence of scabs. If there are scabs - don't go in the water! But if they're gone, go for it! Keep in mind to cover your tattoo with clothing or sunblock if you're swimming outdoors. 

Sunlight: healing tattoos are very sensitive to the sun's rays. We recommend waiting at least 3-4 weeks before applying sunblock or sunscreen to a new tattoo. Before that, just keep it covered in shade or under lightweight clothing. 

For the life of your tattoo, keeping it out of sunlight and tanning beds 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.

Do you do inner lip tattoos?

We will not do tattoos inside the lip/mouth. This is a very difficult spot to tattoo and the healed results are unpredictable and may be disappointing. Since we can't guarantee a good looking tattoo that lasts, we will not do them. 

Can my friends/family come in as a group to get matching tattoos?

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Do you do watercolor tattoos?

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Watercolor tattoos (if you're not familiar) recreate the look of watercolor paintings as a tattoo, sometimes without the use of black ink as a foundation for the design, and have been a big trend in recent years. Watercolor tattoos are particularly difficult and artists that work in this style tend to specialize in it. Unfortunately, as of this moment we do not currently staff any artists that tattoo in this style. 

Do you have experience with color tattoos on darker skin tones?

We have experience with all skin tones and types. Our artists will work with you and your specific needs to determine the best range of colors that work for you, because everyone’s skin is different. If you’re not sure what colors work best on your skin, we will also now be offering free color palette test tattoos! This is a small tattoo of color dots or lines that you can place in a hidden area that will act as a sampling of how different colors heal in your skin, allowing you to know for years to come how these colors look and age. 

Can you tattoo over my scars?

We have lots of experience with scar coverups: scars from surgeries, accidents, self-harm, or mastectomies, we’ve done them all! The main thing to be sure of is the scar is fully healed before attempting to tattoo over it. Scar tissue needs to be not raised, or pink or red or pigmented but settled into paler or flattened healed state. You can treat scars with Vitamin E oil twice daily to help flatten and heal them before doing a tattoo. Some surgery scars can take up to 2 years to fully heal. We avoid tattooing keloid scars as they can get worse with trauma. Whether you are trying to incorporate a scar into a tattoo or try to hide it with tattoo, we are here to help!