Frequently Asked Questions

Artist tattooing
Want to be prepared for a truly wonderful tattoo or piercing experience? Here are answers to some common questions to get you started.

If there’s anything you don’t see answered, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Shop Policy

All appointments must be made in person at the shop, with a mandatory $50 deposit to secure time in the chair.

We DO NOT price tattoos, give consultation, or discuss artist availability via email or phone. All persons wanting services MUST have valid, government issued identification.


How old do you have to be to get tattooed or pierced?

You must be 18. There is NO co-signing EVER, so please don’t ask.

Can I bring my child while I am receiving services?

NO. We have an ‘ABSOLUTELY NO CHILDREN’ policy. You MUST be 18 to enter the shop.

Can I bring a friend (or “posse”) to hold my hand?

NO, for two VERY GOOD reasons. First, we are a small shop with limited space, so we’d like to hold onto that in case other clients need a waiting area. Also, it’s more professional when the desired procedure or body modification is between the client and the artist/practitioner.


How old do you have to be to get tattooed or pierced?

You have to be 18. There is NO co-signing EVER so please don’t ask.

What does “Your Design or Ours” mean?

We are a custom shop, so we encourage our clients to bring in their designs or you can bring an idea to the table and we can help design something for you.

Is it a good idea to get tattooed before a beach vacation?

NO! You’ll need to keep your new tattoo out of direct sunlight and out of water (especially salt or chlorinated water) for about a month.

Note: you do need to wash your tattoo daily; we’re talking soaking in water here.
Washing=good. Soaking=bad.

How much should I plan to spend?

While “a good tattoo ain’t cheap & a cheap tattoo ain’t good”, we are for the people and will always try to find ways to get you where you want to be. Consider what your overall budget would be and in planning, we’ll meet you half way!

Why do I have to make an appointment?

We do have walk-in artists available, but appointments are always encouraged so that we’re  GUARANTEED to serve you. It gives you more time to communicate with your artist and us more time to pour our heart into your skin art.

How do I set an appointment with the artist of my choice?

We generally require individuals to come into the shop to set an appointment.

Though it’s usually a short visit, we can always use that time to have a brief consultation with you and if you have further questions, it’d be a perfect time to ask!

There is a deposit required, $50 (minimum), which secures time with your artist of choice. We’ll ask you a few questions, you’ll sign on the dotted line & BAM! Your appointment is made.

Appointments requiring special provisions of any kind are handled at the artists discretion.

How far in advance should I book my appointment?

It’s always best to book at least a month, or more, in advance.

What is your reschedule/cancellation policy?

All we ask for is simple communication. While we’re always empathetic to emergencies and last minute “to-do’s”, we generally ask for notice 24 hours (or better) in advance and we’ll be happy to reschedule you.

Cancellations of special circumstances are handled at the discretion of the artist.

Should I tip my artist?

It’s not mandated, but since a tip generally expresses your overall satisfaction with your experience & your new art, it does come highly recommended.

Will it hurt?

Yep. But not horribly, and it will only hurt while you’re getting tattooed. Post-tattoo you’ll experience mild discomfort akin to a bad sunburn, but that should be it.

Can I drink/take drugs before my appointment?

In a word, no. We can’t tattoo you if you’re visibly intoxicated or on any substance that thins your blood.

Is there anything I can do to make it hurt less?

YES! The single biggest factor that worsens pain during a tattoo is stress or anxiety. Anything and everything you can think of that’ll make you feel relaxed and at ease is a great idea!

Before your tattoo, get a good night’s sleep, get some exercise, DON’T drink much or any coffee, and DO eat a big meal! Bring snacks, beverages, a friend, an ipod, a pillow, a blanket.

During your tattoo, breathe, breathe, breathe. Holding your breath and tensing your body makes it worse, we promise. Move through the pain and into being awesome.


What about piercings?

Piercings are available DAILY by piercing specialists Karl & Mello.

How much should I plan to spend?

All piercings START at $40.

Do I need an appointment?

*appointments are not required*