FAQ

Going to a tattoo studio is no different than patronizing a good restaurant. You are the customer and we are here to make your experiences the best we possibly can. In return, we have the right to expect you to conduct yourself in a civil, polite manner. To help make your next tattoo experience the best it can be, here is a list of frequently ask questions and tattoo etiquette Do’s and Don’ts:

 

- Can you give me a price quote for my tattoo idea?

Of course we can!  Pricing matters need to be addressed in person with your artist. We’ve got several experienced and versatile tattooers around, so anytime you come into the shop, someone will be able to answer your questions, provide suggestions, and from there get you tattooed if you’d like!  It may not be the most convenient method of acquiring information, but to truly ascertain the time involved in attaining the perfect tattoo for you, a visit to your artist will be the best way to get informed.  There are a number of variables your artist must consider to accurately price your tattoo, and many of them require that he/she can see you in person.  We aim to be as informative and helpful as possible via the internet, and over the phone, but these means of communication can’t replace good old fashioned face to face contact.  So pay us a visit! We’d love to meet you, and get you tattooed!

- I have an idea for a tattoo. Can you draw it for me?

Our artists will gladly draw for you! That’s part of the deal.  Walk-in tattoos are drawn on the spot, and you’ll definitely have a chance to view it before it’s being tattooed. We want to make sure you’re getting what you want, too! You’ll see the drawing first to verify everything is in order (names spelled correctly, accurate dates, etc.), then the stencil will allow you to see what the tattoo will look like on your body.  For any tattoos requiring an appointment, a minimum deposit of $20 will get you on the books. With an appointment set and a deposit collected, your artist now knows that you’ll be back to get tattooed (and when). They’ll have that artwork ready for you to view when their schedule allows, and in some cases that may be the day of your appointment.  Any deposit you leave will be applied toward the price of your tattoo.  Your artist will definitely appreciate being given the time to prepare what they plan to put on your body for the rest of your life.  DO NOT ask your artist to draw something just to see if he/she can. There are people that come into the studio and ask for designs to be drawn without ever getting tattooed… Don’t be that guy!

- Can I get tattooed after having a few drinks?

NO! DO NOT go into a tattoo studio if you’ve been drinking or if you’re under the influence of drugs. Show your artist some respect and come sober. Nobody likes dealing with drunks.

- Can I negotiate the price of my tattoo?

NO! DO NOT try to bargain with your artist. Bargaining in a tattoo shop is an exercise in bad taste and the quickest way to tick your artist off. You want quality, not a bargain.

- I got my other tattoos cheaper from my friend that tattoos in their house.  Will you give me a better deal?

NO! DO NOT brag to your artist about how cheap you got your other tattoos. You will not earn brownie points, and it SURELY won’t get you a better deal on a tattoo.  DO NOT tell your artist about your buddy that tattoos in their house/basement/garage. Tattooing in a non-shop setting is frowned on in the tattoo community and will not make you seem cooler.

- Do your artists have portfolios for me to look at?

YES! DO look at the artists’ portfolios. Tattoos are permanent, so make sure your artist can put on a clean-looking tattoo. Pictures don’t lie, and if they don’t have a portfolio, run.

- Can I bring all of my friends with me when I come in for my tattoo?

NO! DO NOT bring a cheering section to the studio. Most shops will not let anyone accompany you into the tattoo area and it’s prohibited by law in some states. You are always free to ask, but very few artists want 5 of your friends crowding the work area while he/she is trying to mark you for life.

- I have my kids with me?  Can they hang out in the lobby while I get tattooed?

NO! DO NOT bring children to the tattoo shop. Tattoo studios are not a place for children, as there are many hazards that they could be exposed to. Children can also be a distraction to you, your artist, and other clients

- I haven’t showered in a while.  Will that bother my artist?

YES! DO maintain personal hygiene and physical decorum. There’s nothing more unpleasant than having to work on someone who smells. You wouldn’t go to the doctor without bathing, so do the same for your tattoo artist.

- I’m in the middle of getting my tattoo and I’m not feeling so great.  Should I say something to my artist?

YES! DO tell your artist if you are feeling green or funny. Tell your artist right away (don’t try to tough it out), so that he/she can deal with it. Your artist is prepared for it and knows how to handle it.

- Should I tip my artist?  What is considered a good tip?

YES! DO tip your artist. If you didn’t know that tipping your artist is customary, YOU DO NOW! Tattoo artists do not get paid an hourly wage, they earn a percentage of the money you pay for your tattoo and that’s it. If you receive exceptional service, show your appreciation by tipping. As a general rule, tipping 10% is a minimum, 15-20% is normal, and anything more is considered tipping heavily.

 

 

 

 

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