Here are some questions people commonly ask before they get a new tattoo or piercing. For frequently asked questions about tattoo and body piercing aftercare check out the Aftercare section.
Does it hurt?
All tattoos and piercings hurt to some degree. Location on the body as well as a person's threshold for pain are contributing factors. More likely than not, you’ll just feel an annoying pain. A type of pain that you know is there but is tolerable. Most people come into a tattoo or piercing thinking it's going to be the worst pain they've ever experienced and then later realize that it was nowhere near as bad as they thought.
How old do I have to be to get a tattoo or body piercing?
You must be 18 or older to get tattooed and at least 14 years of age to get pierced. You must present a valid state or government issued photo I.D. such as a drivers license, permit, non-drivers I.D. card (issued by the DMV), military I.D. or passport.
We will not perform piercings on minors that are considered to be adult (nipple, genital, single point, tongue).
If you are a minor and would like to get a piercing, you can either come in and pick up one of our notary consent forms or download one from the Lee County Department of Health website. You will then need to fill out the form and get it notarized with a parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian that signs the document must accompany you to our shop and be present throughout the entire piercing. Both the parent/guardian and the minor must present their I.D. along with the notarized form prior to getting pierced. If your I.D. is damaged or illegible, we will NOT accept it.
Can I get a tattoo or body piercing if I have a medical condition or if I am pregnant or nursing?
We are not doctors and can not give medical advice. If you are on any medications or have a medical condition you should consult with your physician prior to getting a tattoo or body piercing. If you are pregnant or nursing you will not be tattooed or pierced.
Are children allowed in the studio?
While we are sure your kids are awesome, this is NOT an environment for young children. If you have kids and are looking to get a tattoo or body piercing, please make arrangements for someone to watch them prior to coming in.
Are you allowed to consume alcohol prior to getting a tattoo or body piercing?
Alcohol can thin out the blood and make you bleed excessively. It is not recommended to consume more than one alcoholic beverage prior to being tattooed or pierced. If we feel that you are intoxicated we will not tattoo you.
How much does a tattoo cost?
Size, detail, and placement on the body usually determine the cost of a tattoo. For smaller tattoos, we usually charge by the piece. For larger tattoos that take multiple sittings to complete, such as back pieces or sleeves we charge an hourly rate. We do not give out prices over the phone. You have to come in and show us what you are looking to get then we would be able to give you a price. If you are looking to have something customized, we will draw it up then give you a price once the drawing is complete. We cannot give out a price without seeing the design first. Seeing the design allows us to determine the amount of time and work involved.
How long does a tattoo or piercing take?
Again size and detail are the main factors in how long a tattoo takes to complete. Just because a tattoo is small doesn’t mean it will be done in a few minutes. The same goes for larger tattoos. The more detail (lines, color or shading) that goes into a tattoo, the longer it takes. Keep in mind that placement on the body as well as a person’s skin can effect time. Some people’s skin absorbs pigment faster and easier than others. As for piercings, they generally take only a few minutes to perform. Most of the time goes into setting up, breaking down, and going over aftercare instructions. The piercing itself only takes a few seconds.
Is everything sterile?
We use single use disposable inks, tubes, and needles. Anything that is to be touched during the tattoo process is covered in disposable plastic bags or barrier film. After each tattoo or piercing, everything is disposed of, and all workstations, chairs, and machines are thoroughly cleaned and wiped down with an EPA-approved hospital disinfectant. All non-disposable piercing equipment such as clamps, tools, and receiving tubes are scrubbed, cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner, then placed in sterilization pouches and steam sterilized for single use using an autoclave. All body jewelry used in the piercing process is of the highest quality and has been sterilized and appropriately selected for each client.
Can I have something drawn up?
To have a tattoo custom designed, you will have to call or stop by to set up a consultation with one of our artists. There you can give us your ideas and any references you may have for your new tattoo. We require a deposit to start any drawing or to make an appointment. Once the drawing is started, there is no refund for this deposit. Depending on the complexity of the design and the artist’s schedule, it could take a few days or so to complete. Your finished artwork will be a tattoo-ready outline, not a full-color design. Colors are discussed when the work begins. We do not draw tattoos that we are not going to tattoo. We do not send out our artwork or allow it to leave the shop.You may also bring in your own design.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment for a tattoo, you must first come into the shop, show us what you are looking to get (so we know how much time to set aside for you), and also leave a deposit. Deposits are refundable only if the artwork has not been started and only if you call and cancel your appointment at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled time. We do not make appointments for body piercing since piercings do not take long to do.
How do I find a good tattoo artist / body piercer?
When looking to get a new tattoo or piercing, don’t just settle for the cheapest price. It is extremely important to do your research and make sure you choose the right artist and the right studio. Go to a few places and look around. Check to see how long the studio has been established and ask to see some examples of their work. When looking at portfolios make sure the outlines are clean and straight, not jagged and inconsistent. Is the color solid and nicely done, or spotty and randomly mashed in? Ask how long the artist has been tattooing for and make sure to ask about their sterilization methods. If they do not want to answer your questions then maybe you should consider going elsewhere. Remember, good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good! You are paying for an artist's time and experience. A tattoo is with you for the rest of your life.