The first and most asked question by far is, “Does it hurt?”
Of course it hurts, but you want me to say it does not !!!
The pain is an outside pain (irritation), not an inside one (tooth ache).
It hurts less than a “Poke in the eye with a sharp stick”
“Anyone who wants a tattoo will be able to stand the pain.”
No, you do not need to be drunk to get a tattoo…
In fact, if you are obviously under the influence of drugs or alcohol, any professional artist will refuse to tattoo you…
“Only drunks, can stand drunks long enough to put a tattoo on a drunk.”
Will hair still grow through my tattoo?
Yes, the skin will still be the same as before. If you have dark or long body hair it might obscure the tattoo, if the tattoo is too small.
Is it safe?
We use the same equipment (autoclave) that a hospital uses to sterilize our equipment. We also use disposable setups for each tattoo.
Visit your tattoo artist to insure the instruments are individually wrapped and sterilized. We get tattooed here also so we do everything for your and our safty.
Can I bring in my own design?
Yes, it can be anything you like, but it will need to be converted into a tattoo design. Some styles of artwork do not work well as a tattoo, but we use our years of experience to guide you with the selection of the artwork and style.
How much does it cost?
It is impossible to quote a price without seeing a design. Custom tattooing costs according to the time involved.
How old must I be to get a tattoo?
You must be 18 years of age and have a picture ID issued by a government or state.
We do not tattoo minors with or without parental permission.
How can I pay?
We accept cash only.
Is it permanent?
Yes, but all tattoos will age. Sun, improper healing, and poor health, will affect the final results. Your skin is not linoleum”, all tattoos age. How well they age depends on the size, and placement. Older tattoos can be redone and recolored. Unwanted tattoos can be covered with a new tattoo (cover up) or removed (laser).
What about healing?
A new tattoo takes about three weeks to look as if it was always there, but they heal like any other scratch or scrape, or approximately two weeks.See ( After Care Instructions ) futher down the page.
How do the colors turn out?
Think of your skin as a filter over the tattoo. Darker skins will mute or obscure the color. Lighter skin will allow the color to be more vivid.
Can I be allergic to the colors?
It is possible to be allergic to anything, however allergies to the colors is very rare. If you do have allergies, you might want to consult your doctor, for the proper tests and for an explanation.
If I am pregnant, can I still get a tattoo?
Pregnant women, or anyone with a chronic serious condition, should get the advice of their doctor before getting a tattoo.
Where is the least (most) painful spot?
Probably the upper arm, yet it is more important to get your tattoo where you want it as opposed to getting it where it might hurt 10 % less. If you never had a tattoo, how would you know the difference ? The most important fact is your tattoo should be fun, and part of the fun is getting it where it will work the best for you. I have never had anyone stop in the middle of a tattoo, (although everyone thinks about stopping), because the pain was unbearable.
do you take apprentices in your shop?
We are always interested in new blood, but we must admit that we are very picky.
I am already tattooing myself how do i get better?
- Draw any chance you get. Whenever possible make a complete drawing for a custom tattoo. Go all the way with color and shade and do 2 or 3 different drawings if you can. This way you work out the possibilities on paper and you don’t end up wishing you could have done it differently.
- Go to Tattoo Conventions or other shops and witness how other people do things like set up their shops or showcase their flash or portfolios. Warning: be very cordial with other tattoo artists because they sometimes bite.
- Expose yourself to other art experiences, not just tattoos all the time. It’s very refreshing and good for the mind and soul to experience different things. If you even get to practice a different art medium like say painting you may free your soul and register differnt shapes and compositions you may be able to apply to tattooing. Whatever you do make your second artform something nowhere near as stressful as tattooing. Something with less rules and more forgiving of “mistakes”.
- For God’s sake try to stay humble. Art on skin can be very impressive, especially to people who can’t draw on paper. But if you let all the compliments get to your head you become complacent with yourself and you don’t try as hard. And remember — there is always someone out there that can tattoo better than you so be humble and keep learning.