Please take a minute to learn about us and how we work.
We get a large volume of inquiries and can not respond to questions that are already answered here. If your question is not answered on here please feel free to use our contact form.
Do you do piercings?
No sorry, we are strictly a tattoo shop.
Do you take walk-ins? How long until I can get a tattoo?
Unfortunately (or fortunately for us) due to high demand for work, we are no longer able to accommodate walk-in tattoos, and are switching to a strictly appointment-only shop. All our artists require an in-shop consultation to get to know you and your tattoo idea before we book you an appointment . Most of our artists accept a smaller percentage of clients on a rolling basis and book about 4-8 weeks in advance.
So I want to make an appointment . Now what?
Well, first off, thank you for choosing us!! If you want a larger, or more involved or stylized tattoo, and have not yet chosen the artist you'd like to work with, we recommend doing a lot of research on the style, size and placement you're looking for in a finished tattoo, and work backwards from there to the right artist for the job. If you find an artist on our site with work in their portfolio that matches the style of work you want, you might be a good match!
Your next step is to contact the artist you'd like to work with and ask if they would like to take on your tattoo project; if they accept they will arrange a time to schedule an in-person consultation and collect a deposit before scheduling your actual tattoo appointment. We are fortunate that our artists often receive more requests for tattoo work than they can accommodate at any given time, so if your design does not fit within their preferred tattooing styles, or they simply can't take on any new work at the moment, they might decline and, if they are able, make a recommendation for another artist who would do a great job at it. If this is the case please be respectful that we have to turn away some work to do a great job at the ones we do accept, not compromise quality or time spent with clients to take on a higher volume. We want you to end up with the artist that has the time, interest and ability to give you the attention your tattoo deserves and who will do an amazing job at it, even if they don't work in our shop.
Our artists schedule their own consultations and appointments personally, so contacting them directly through EMAIL IS THE ONLY WAY they schedule consultations. Please be thorough in your email with a description of: the tattoo you want, size, placement and any reference photos that help describe your ideas to the artist, to avoid any unnecessary back and forth before we can even understand the work you want done. If you call or walk in to schedule a consult, we will ask you to email the artist anyways, so feel free to just start with an email.
Our artists get a very large volume of emails, which they respond to for free in their off hours, when they could be tattooing, drawing tattoos, promoting, enjoying their personal life, or doing laundry, among many other things. To save time, our artists respond to all their emails in batches every week or so, so it is not uncommon to wait a week or more for a reply. We do however try our best to reply to everyone. You're welcome to resend an email if you do not hear back within a month (it might have gotten lost in the bustle), but please do not call the shop or resend if you have not heard back in 2 or 3 days. This is not emergency dental work, and we value our artists wellbeing by being able to work on emails at their own pace. We thank you for being patient with a response.
How much does a tattoo cost?
Asking "How much does a tattoo cost?" is similar to asking "How much does a bag of groceries cost?"... it depends on whats in it, how big the bag is, and whom you're buying it from. There are as many factors in pricing tattoo as there are factors in designing tattoos, so we can not give you a price until the tattoo is designed and sized with you in person. Your idea of "small" or "simple" may not be the same as our idea, so we do not want to give anyone inaccurate information. After talking with your artist they can give you a ballpark range for a single-session tattoo, or an hourly rate for a larger, multi-session tattoo. Our minimum price to set up for a minuscule tattoo (smaller than a quarter with no color) is $60 and they go up from there. We can not give you a price range for a tattoo over phone or email.
What happens at a consultation?
It is super helpful to bring in any reference pictures of tattoos, artwork, or photos that you like the look of to help explain your ideas to your artist, but remember we are all custom artists, and will use your references as inspiration only and not directly copy someone else's tattoo that you bring in. Don't worry, this will ensure that you get a super unique tattoo designed just for you. We do have a large library of reference material for you to check out, but do not have many pre-drawn ("flash") designs, with the exception of some drawn by our artists. Since our artists all work in a set drawing style, we realize we can not effectively tattoo 100% of styles. If you want a tattoo in a style that we don't feel like we can rock effectively, we will happily give you a recommendation for an artist who can, even if they don't work with us. We firmly believe that commissioning a tattoo is just that, commissioning a piece of artwork from an artist that you connect with. We prefer to tattoo a smaller amount of customers who "get" our work, to give as personalized a service as we can. We hope you understand and appreciate that as well.At your consultation your artist will discuss size, layout and placement with you, and if you like the direction they are going with it, they will take a deposit towards the tattoo to start work on your design. This deposit is to ensure that you're serious about getting the tattoo you've discussed with your artist, and if you decide not to get the tattoo for any reason, do not show up to your appointment, or are over 20 minutes late, the deposit is kept as payment for the artist's time.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept Cash and Credit Cards (Visa, MC, AmEx, and Discover). While we do accept cards, like any small business we appreciate cash transactions, How convenient!
How should I prepare?
Be well rested, and eat two to three hours before your appointment. Wear comfortable clothing that you would not mind getting dirty, and will grant access to the area we need to tattoo. Feel free to bring music or other entertainment (magazines, a laptop with a movie for very long sessions, anything you can enjoy without moving so no gameboys etc). We also recommend bringing a small snack and a sugary drink, especially if this is your first tattoo. Next door to us are a coffee shop and convenience store to get snacks beforehand. Being tired, hungover or having low blood sugar can increase the discomfort level, which brings us to our next point:
Can I drink or take pain medication before my tattoo?
No. Alcohol and asprin thin your blood, making you bleed more than normal. This not only makes the job harder and your tattoo take longer, but excessive bleeding can make your tattoo heal improperly causing it to look faded and unattractive. As far as drugs go we are not pharmacists and there is no way to tell the way every drug will affect you being tattooed. Most importantly we want you in a clear state of mind and with the least possible chance of feeling ill during the tattoo. This is an exception of course for prescribed medications, which you should let us know if you are on any beforehand. So please come in feeling like yourself, we won’t tattoo you otherwise. And yes (because everyone asks), after the tattoo you can drink again after the first few hours (after bleeding has stopped), or take tylenol or ibuprofen to help with swelling or pain.
How should I care for my new tattoo? (Aftercare Instructions)
After your tattoo is completed, your artist will bandage your tattoo for your trip home. Leave the bandage on for one to three hours. When you take the bandage off, wash it with very warm water (as hot as is comfortable) and mild liquid hand soap (like Dr. Bronner’s, Dial or Softsoap, just no perfumed or exfoliating body washes). Pat it dry gently with a paper towel, and let it air dry the rest of the way (never scrub the tattoo with a towel or sponge). Then you will apply a very small amount of Aquaphor Ointment or plain, unscented skin lotion (we recommend Aveeno, Lubriderm, Curel, or any of their generics) to the tattoo, just enough to lightly moisturize. Do not slather a big, thick coat of product over it; just enough for it to stay moist and flexible. If you are using Aquaphor, you can switch to a plain lotion after the first few days.
Every day from then on, you will wash the tattoo in the morning and at night, and apply lotion 3 times a day or so, or whenever the tattoo feels dry or tight.
Always wash your hands before touching the tattoo.
DO NOT apply Vaseline, Neosporin, Bacitracin or any other medicated or perfumed product to your tattoo.
After a few days, the tattoo will form a thin scab over it, and in about a week the scab will begin to flake off in the shower. DO NOT pick or scratch at the scab, just keep it clean and moist and the scabs will all fall off by themselves in about two weeks. Picking any of the scabs off will cause faded color and damage to the skin.
During healing do NOT:
Re-bandage the tattoo (wearing breathable clothes over it is fine as long as they are not causing friction. Bandaging will stop air from getting to the tattoo, slow healing, and make gross stuff grow in there.)
Submerge the tattoo in water. This means baths, pools and oceans. Regular showering is fine.
Expose it to strong sunlight
Shave over the tattoo (ouch!)
When all the scabs fall off and the skin feels smooth again to the touch, it is all healed and you can shave over it again, and swim and everything else. Sometimes after the scab falls off there is a secondary shiny, raised or waxy coat over the tattoo. This is just another healing layer of skin. Continue to moisturize it and it will smooth out by itself over time. If you have any questions about your tattoo while its healing you are always welcome to come by the shop and have us check it out, or email the artist who did the tattoo for an immediate response.
While we deal with the healing of tattoos often, we are not doctors, and can only give guidelines on tattoo care, not medical advice. If your tattoo develops any type of rash during healing, do not hesitate to see a doctor.