Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
A: Simply, call the shop! We do require a $80.00 *non-refundable deposit to reserve an appointment time. This deposit will be applied to the cost of the tattoo upon completion. Once a deposit has been submitted, the artist may begin the artwork for your tattoo.
*The deposit MAY be transferred to another appointment time as needed if proper notice has been provided.
Q: Do you take Walk-Ins?
A: Absolutely! (Provided we have an artist available at the time of the Walk-In)
Q: How do you “price” your tattoos?
A: The cost of a tattoo is determined by size, detail, the placement on the body and approximate time frame needed for completion.
Q: What is your hourly rate?
A: We typically charge by the piece. We may get into an hourly rate for very large pieces…such as a sleeve or full back piece. In these cases, we usually stay between $100 to $150 an hour range. If the tattoo is a cover up piece, typically the charge is estimated at $150.00 to $200 per hour.
Q: Can you give me a quote over the phone?
A: We may be able to provide a ballpark price range for you over the phone. However, an actual quote can only be provided in person due to the variations in tattoos and skin. We never want to provide a quote over the phone and have it change once you come in for your appointment. So, we encourage you to come speak to an artist if you require an exact total for your tattoo. Another option is you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and send us a reference picture with information of where would you like the placement of the tattoo to be along with the size in inches and any other details you could give us to give you a quote of how much the tattoo will be.
Q: How much is it for just a word or a name?
A: The price for a word or name depends upon how many characters there are, the placement of the letters, the location on the body, the font-style and the size.
Q: What kind of jewelry do you use for piercings?
A: We pierce with a high- quality titanium jewelry. This is the recommended metal for fast healing and for people who are allergic to nickel or steel.
Q: How do I take care of my tattoo?
A: Your tattoo artist will review the proper healing procedure with you upon completing your tattoo. We typically suggest that you wash your tattoo with an unscented anti-bacterial soap (such as gold Dial liquid soap) using your fingers…thoroughly clean your tattoo (completely removing all residue). Pat dry with a clean towel. Moisturize the tattoo with a very small amount (approximately a small pea-size for a tattoo measuring about 6” in diameter) using an unscented, good quality lotion such as H2Ocean Tattoo Aftercare Lotion or Lubriderm about 2-3 times a day. DO NOT OVER-CLEAN and DO NOT OVER-MOISTURIZE! You need to remember that your tattoo is an open wound. DO NOT TOUCH your tattoo unless you have just washed your hands and DO NOT LET ANYBODY ELSE touch your tattoo…period! An infection can occur during the healing process if your tattoo gets dirty or is exposed to bacteria.
Q: How do I take care of my piercing?
A: Your piercer will review the proper care instructions with you after your piercing.
- H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare spray or homemade sterile sea salt solution: 1/4 teaspoon of non- iodized sea salt to 8oz. cup of warm distilled water. Stronger mix is NOT better!
- Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap and warm water. Soak or saturate your piercing with the sea salt solution for 5-10 minutes. Let the solution air dry.
- Dry by gently patting with clean gauze. If you use a towel, be very careful to not snag the piercing with the threading.
- Repeat 2-3 times a day.
- Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash after eating, drinking, or smoking. If mouthwash contains alcohol dilute it with water.
- When brushing your teeth gently brush the piercing to remove any plaque build-up.
Rinse with a sea salt solution 2-3 times daily.
DO NOT TOUCH you piercing for any reason other than to clean it!
Q: Can I shower?
A: Tattoos – You can shower as usual. Just try to not completely saturate your tattoo. Keep the tattoo out of the water as much as possible. Pat dry immediately upon stepping out of the shower. DO NOT take a bath unless you can do so without submerging your tattoo.
Piercings – You can shower as usual. Be sure to completely rinse your piercing (ridding of ALL soap, shampoo and conditioner). Be extra careful not to snag the piercing in a washcloth or loofa.
Q: Can I go to the beach?
A: It is best to wait at least 2 weeks before (up to a month for extra precaution) going to the beach. If you do enjoy a beach day, be sure to clean the piercing thoroughly immediately upon leaving.
Q: How long do I need to wait before swimming in a pool?
A: Tattoos – You need to wait until your tattoo is fully healed before swimming in a pool. It typically takes between 2-4 weeks to heal. Swimming pools contain bacteria which can cause an infection.
Piercings – Although piercings can take up to a year to fully heal, you can swim well before that time frame! We recommend waiting at least 3 weeks after being pierced to go swimming. The bacteria in a pool can cause infection.