How do deposits work?
To make an appointment there is a deposit. The amount of this deposit depends on the artist you are working with. Each artist has their own conditions for their deposit, please check-in with your artist if you have questions.
Any kind of tattoos you won't do?
Yes, we reserve the right to refuse service to any designs. There are some great art pieces and drawings that will not work as a tattoo. They may be too small to heal well and remain consistent over the years, or if the design is not coherent as a tattoo. We will not tattoo images that are personally offensive. Anything racist, sexist, misogynist, classist, homophobic, etc. will not be accommodated in the studio. This extends to gang symbols and motorcycle club logos. We also will not design or tattoo culturally appropriated designs (ex. a native american headdress/ dream catchers on a non-native person, Maori tribal, Thai sakyan); unless the client is of the culture from which the designs are taken from, or if the design is drawn up by the artist of that particular culture with the permission for the client to get it tattooed. If you have a design that you think might be culturally appropriated please feel free to email us and we can discuss about it.
Is your process vegan friendly?
If you are vegan, please inform your artist at the consultation, we will make sure your process is 100% vegan friendly. All products at the studio are vegan except for a couple bottles of colored inks that the companies are unable to make vegan. If you are getting blackwork, all our black inks are vegan! Woo hoo!
How do I prepare for a tattoo?
So it's your first tattoo! Or it's been a while! Please read over the following information in preparation for your appointment. Following these tips will help prepare your body for the tattoo process. Usually we tell clients to treat their body a couple days before the tattoo appointment like they are going to prepare to run a marathon. Eat well and rest well before you appointment. Minor as it may be you are subjecting your body to trauma and pain for a certain amount of time.
Please eat a meal within two hours of your appointment
This is very important. Coffee or a smoothie doesn't count! We want you to feel good and energized while you are getting tattooed. Being hungry or having low blood sugar can cause lightheadedness or fainting.
Do not drink alcohol or use drugs the day before and on the same day as your appointment.
It is against the law to tattoo anyone who is under the influence. This can also cause serious health risks for you (ex. fainting, dizziness, vomiting, anxiety, seizures). If you show up to the appointment hung-over, drunk, or under the influence, you will be asked to leave immediately and your deposit for the session will be forfeit.
If you are planning on bringing moral support please make sure they are supportive, and positive. There is a lounge in the studio but please don't bring an entourage! Having friends with you is very comforting. Bring someone who can offer to get you water or snacks and bring positive, uplifting energy to the environment. Negative people or people who often dominate situations will not be helpful and may be asked to leave. We want this to be a great memory so the support person should contribute to that. Also the last thing we need is your friend or family member (person not getting tattooed) to nit-pick and micro-manage the process!
Bring some snacks and beverage if you are having an extended session. There is water, tea, and some bite size candies at the studio for emergency situations but be prepared! Maybe sucking on some caramel apple pops will help distract you in your 3rd hour!
Be clean and scent free
Cleanliness is important since we will be opening up skin and we want to prevent infections. It’s also important for everyone’s comfort. Please be freshly showered, wear clean clothes, deodorant and refrain from scents like perfume. Your artists may be sensitive to scents, so perfume and cologne may be a bit intense for them.
Don’t forget your ID!
We need legal, state, federal or military issued identification to do your tattoo no mater what age you look. It’s state law.
Touching and clothing
Your artist will be touching the area that is being tattooed and the surrounding area. Please wear clothing that is easy to remove in that area. Tattoo pigment can get on clothing so please wear something that is dark or that you don’t mind potentially getting stained. We ask that any private areas remain covered unless that is the direct area being tattooed. If there are any area of your body that you are not comfortable or is sensitive to the artist touching please inform the artist before the tattooing process begins.
It is very important that you do not touch your tattoo artist at any time unless it is directly consented to by the artist.
We don’t have outside relationships with clients and ask that clients remain respectful of that. It is greatly appreciated.
Sometimes tattoos can bring up very unexpected emotions. Think about what your plan will be if you start to feel sad, angry or other feelings. Please feel free to ask us if you need something like a tissue, some water, or if you need distracting conversation or to stop talking all together. If you need to zone out to netflix on your phone please do what ever it is you need to do to feel comfortable. Everyone handles emotions differently so making a plan is a great way to avoid being surprised by them.
I look forward to working with you and making your tattoo experience safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Please email us if you have any other concerns.