FAQS

faqs

WHEN SHOULD I GET TATTOOED?

You should get tattooed when you are in good general health (i.e. not sick, not recovering from any illness, surgery, or medical procedure, etc.) You should also not get tattooed when you are pregnant or nursing.

It is best to get tattooed when you have a well thought out idea of what you want. It does not have to be a complete design, but at least an idea to bring to your artist.

What is your return policy?

We’ve got a thing called the 10 days. Item must be not torn, rip or dismembered in any way. If the size shirt you pick is not your size then you can return it for a larger or smaller fit. We will honor this for all customers.

. HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO GET A TATTOO?

In the state of North Carolina , you must be 18 years or older

2. WHAT DO I NEED TO GET A TATTOO?

If you are 18 or older, you will need a government issued ID with your birth date and picture.

Forms of accepted government issued IDs include driver’s license, state issued identification card, passport, military ID, and original birth certificate (for minors).

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE I GET TATTOOED?

A few good tips you may wish to follow:

– Gently exfoliate the area you wish to get tattooed. Shaving is not required, your tattoo artist will remove any body hair necessary (unless otherwise instructed).

– Eat a good meal before your appointment (Not a snack, but a meal. At least an hour before you get tattooed.)

– Do not do any heavy drinking the night before or immediately before getting your tattoo. Alcohol not only thins the blood, but makes you a major pain in the neck for your tattoo artist.

– Please come in sober and with a generally good mindset.

 

5. WHAT SHOULD I GET?

What you get is ultimately up to you. Our tattoo artists will make recommendations from their professional experience, especially for placement and style of tattoo, but the subject matter is ultimately your choice. If you’re not sure where to look for some inspiration, you can always check out our flash and portfolios at the shop, and try searching online. Just remember, no matter what, tattoos are forever, and our artists will always try to steer you in the right direction.

6. SHOULD I BRING MY OWN DESIGN?

It is encouraged to bring in references of what you like so your artist can get a better sense of what you would want. You can bring in your own designs, whether you drew them yourself or if you found a reference or two online, but keep in mind, our artists prefer to give you a one of kind custom tattoo, designed just for you.

7. CAN I BRING MY FRIENDS/FAMILY/KIDS?

It is encouraged to bring in references of what you like so your artist can get a better sense of what you would want. You can bring in your own designs, whether you drew them yourself or if you found a reference or two online, but keep in mind, our artists prefer to give you a one of kind custom tattoo, designed just for you.

8. DOES IT HURT?

Tattoos are a different experience for everyone. Some areas are more sensitive than others on the body. Some people take getting tattooed better than other people. Generally the more painful areas to get tattooed are the ribs, hips, chest, feet, hands, fingers, neck, and inner arms. The less painful and easier areas to get tattooed are the outer upper arm, the forearm, the calf, the outer thigh, and the shoulder blade.

9. CAN I USE SOME KIND OF NUMBING CREAM?

Generally tattoos do not require a numbing product. Every tattoo artist has a different preference whether or not to use one, and it is their decision whether or not one is used for the tattoo. If you have serious concerns about the pain of getting a tattoo, we recommend consulting your tattoo artist in person.

10. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

It depends on the tattoo you are getting. Each tattoo is different, and the amount of time it requires will vary depending on many factors: the size of the tattoo, the detail in the tattoo, the area you are getting tattooed (some areas take longer than other areas), how well you sit, your pain tolerance, etc. Always consult with your artist and ask them for an estimate of how long the tattoo process will take.

11. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Tattoos are priced by the artist that does the tattoo. Some artists price by the piece while others have an hourly rate. Typically once a design is finalized, the artist can give you a estimate. We suggest talking with your artist to get an estimate before getting your tattoo.

12. WHY DO I HAVE TO COME IN TO GET A PRICE QUOTE?

Prices are hard to determine over the phone or through email. Size, style, color choices, and placement all effect the price of your tattoo. Those details are hard to determine over the phone or through email. (What one person says is “small” and “simple” may be “large” and “detailed” to another person.) To give you an accurate quote, we suggest coming in to talk with your tattoo artist.

13. SHOULD I TIP?

Tipping is not required, but it always greatly appreciated by your tattoo artist, just like an other service profession. If you can not tip your artist with money, you can always tip by sharing who did your latest tattoo! Take some business cards and spread the word, or leave a nice review on Google or Facebook. That is always appreciated.

14. HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY TATTOO?

You can find our tattoo aftercare information under aftercare instructions

15. IS MY TATTOO FALLING OFF? WHY IS IT FLAKING AND PEELING?

No, your tattoo is not falling off. Flaking and peeling (similar to a sunburn) is a normal part of the healing process. It is important that you don’t pick or scratch at your tattoo while it is healing. If it gets itchy, wash it with antibacterial soap and water, then rub a small amount of moisturizer on the area.

16. I GOT A TATTOO ON MY LEG, CAN I SHAVE?

It is not recommend to shave the tattooed area while it is healing. Once the flaking and peeling process has stopped and your skin is smooth again, it is okay to shave the area. This will be approximately 7-10 days from the day you got your tattoo.

17. CAN YOU FIX MY OLD TATTOO?

That depends. While we do many “restorations” and cover ups on older tattoos, each case is unique and different. We recommend you speak to one of our tattoo artist in person to see that what you want is possible.

18. CAN YOU TATTOO MY FINGER/HANDS/NECK/HEAD?

Each tattoo artist has a preference on what areas of the body they will and will not tattoo.

Generally, finger tattoos are recommended against doing because of the type of skin that is on your finger. Finger tattoos are prone to falling out and fading easily, thus requiring many touch ups which can get costly. For the same reason that hand, neck, and head tattoos can be recommended against, finger tattoos are an easily visible tattoo, which some career fields or possible employers frown upon.

19.CAN YOU DO WHITE TATTOOS?

Although white pigment is used in tattoos (mostly for highlights), it is not used as the only color of a tattoo. White pigment fades faster than any other pigment. While a “white ink” tattoo looks great at first, after a few months or even weeks, it will fade and have a yellow tint to it. Basically it looks great for that first photo but it won’t last.

20. CAN YOU DO BLACKLIGHT/UV/GLOW IN THE DARK TATTOOS?

No. We don’t offer blacklight/UV tattoos as preferred by our tattoo artists. While blacklight/UV tattoos may not be considered “dangerous,” they are not very useful unless you carry a blacklight with you everywhere. We also don’t do glow in the dark tattoos as those may be harmful to your body.

21. CAN I COVER SCARS OR STRETCH MARKS WITH TATTOOS?

Yes