Please review our FAQ before reaching out to us. If we have not answered your questions here, feel free to get in touch via our Contact Form.
HOW TO PREPARE
Arrive rested and hydrated. Eat a meal or hearty snack before your tattoo and avoid alcohol. For larger tattoos and/or all day sittings, it’s a good idea to bring some food to fuel yourself throughout the day. There are also plenty of eateries in the area if you prefer.
Make sure you bring a valid, government issued photo ID (driver’s license/permit or state ID, passport, military ID) showing that you are 18 or older.
We do not mind if you bring a friend or visitor, however we do have limited space and cannot guarantee that they will be able to sit with you during the duration of your tattoo. Please check in with your artist about bringing guests if you have further questions.
GENERAL MEDICAL QUESTIONS
Q: Are there any health conditions that might affect my tattoo or piercing?
A: Any health problem that weakens your immune system, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS etc. may potentially make your healing much slower or impossible. Furthermore, if you were to get an infection, it could be much more difficult to deal with.
Q: Can I get tattooed/pierced if I am pregnant?
A: No. For the safety of you and your child we will not tattoo or pierce anyone who is pregnant.
Q. Can I get tattooed/pierced if I am breastfeeding?
A. No, it is best to wait until you are no longer breastfeeding to get a tattoo/piercing. If you were to get an infection during the healing process, there is a remote possibility that it could be transmitted to your child.
Q: Do you ever require a doctor’s note prior to having a procedure performed?
A: Yes. Certain heart disorders can make you vulnerable to infective endocarditis. If you ordinarily take antibiotic prophylaxis before having dental work done, you should speak with your doctor before having a piercing done. Additionally, if you are on certain blood-thinning medications, such as coumadin or heparin, you should speak with your doctor before being pierced or tattooed. If you have a condition that makes you concerned about your healing process, you should consult with your doctor first.
Q: What about skin conditions or a sunburn?
A: Well, if you have scars, psoriasis, eczema or other skin abnormalities in the area where you would like to have work done, we will suggest you come in and speak with an artist/piercer before having a procedure done. They will give you their opinion and/or any advice they feel is necessary. If you are sunburned, we will not be able to tattoo you until it is completely healed.
Q. Do you reuse needles for tattoos and piercings?
A. We have a ‘ single use’ policy. All needles are disposed of after each use in a special sharps container that is picked up by an outside service.
The new needles are sterilized before use and remain in a sealed sterile pouch until the time of use.
Q. How do you sterilize equipment?
A. Tools are put through an ultrasonic cleaning cycle, they are thoroughly scrubbed and dried, and then the tools are put through a full cycle in a spore tested steam autoclave. The autoclave sterilizes with a combination of heat (in the form of steam) under pressure to render the items inside sterile.
Q. What’s a spore test? Why is it done?
A. This is a test done on our autoclave by an outside lab to ensure that the machine is working properly. The tests are done on a weekly basis to determine the presence of spore growth in a test load because spores are the largest and hardest particles to destroy. We have been doing this since 1995.
Q. Are children allowed in the shop?
A. No. Due to the nature of our business we feel it is best not to allow children in the shop without exception.
Q. Can I donate blood after getting tattooed or pierced?
A.Yes, at most clinics.
Here is what we need if you are a minor and would like to get pierced:
1. Picture I.D. of minor
2. The minors birth certificate (or original court documentation of custody)
3. Parent that is named on birth certificate present and their I.D.
We do not pierce anything other than ears on minors 12 years of age. Minors must be at least 15 years old for any other piercing (we do not do nipple, anchor, or genital piercings on any person under the age of 18).
TATTOO BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Walk-ins are always welcome!
We do require all of our clients to consult with an artist and allow for drawing time before getting tattooed. We view each tattoo as a unique piece of art and should be treated as such. A deposit is required in order to schedule a tattoo session and will go toward the total price of your tattoo. Because deposits are non-refundable, we recommend having a consultation before scheduling an appointment.
You can schedule a consultation or appointment by:
PIERCING BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Piercing appointments are recommended but not required as we do take walk-ins as well.
If you wish to come in at a specific time we recommend making an appointment whereas we do tend to get very busy at times.
If you want to request a specific piercer, please let the person taking your appointment know so that you are sure to get scheduled with who you want.
Piercers hours may vary so we suggest calling in advance to find out when the piercer you want is available. You can schedule a consultation or appointment by: