Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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How do I decide what kind of design I’d like to get? Is this a new tattoo or are you adding to a tattoo or a cover up?

What kind of tattoo design do you want to get?

Where on your body do you want the tattoo?

What size would you like the tattoo?

Do you have any color preferences?

Are you doing any symbols or lettering?

Is it safe to get a tattoo?

Does it hurt?

How old must I be to get a tattoo?

Can I have a drink or smoke marijuana before I get tattooed?

Can I get tattooed while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Should I eat before I get tattooed?

Is it OK to get a tattoo if I'm sick?

Is there anything you won't tattoo?

What if I don't like it?

Is tattoo ink safe?

Can I get a tattoo done in WHITE INK?

Can I get my significant other’s name tattooed on me?

Why isn’t the color as bright or the black as dark as the day I got my tattoo?

How much is it going to cost?

Should I tip my tattoo artist?



How do I decide what kind of design I’d like to get? Is this a new tattoo or are you adding to a tattoo or a cover up?
For new tattoos, please skip to next question...
We suggest that our cover up clients bring us a list of tattoos you would want if you weren't getting a cover up. So often clients try and figure out what will cover up the old tattoo, and many of the things they come up with won't work at all, and many of the things they think won't cover will. It is our job to help you figure out what to cover it with, and a list of things you would like tattooed will be a great help in this process.

What kind of tattoo design do you want to get?
A list of things you would like tattooed is a great help and quite often we can put a couple of ideas in one piece . We suggest doing a little research and bringing in some images for the artists to see what kind of style you are looking for. We DO NOT suggest you only look at other tattoos. Look at art work, real life, or anything else that can help the artist see what you have in mind.. We ask that any photos of tattoos be for style only. We create one of a kind tattoos for our clients and won't copy other tattoos. when looking up reference we suggest looking at real photos or use the word art in your search. You are welcome to email reference before your consultation or bring it in with you.

Where on your body do you want the tattoo?
This is personal preference. You have to decide for yourself where you ‘feel’ or ‘see’ your tattoo to be. Know that, we do not do tattoos on the bottoms of the feet or palms of the hands. These areas do not hold ink well. Most often the tattoo ink either falls out or it spreads and makes a big ugly blob. Other areas we do not tattoo are inside the mouth or ears or the genitals.

What size would you like the tattoo?
Please keep in mind that all tattoo likes will spread over time. We try and plan for the spreading so we will be limited on how small the tattoo can be. Our artists will be very honest with you about how the tattoo will hold up over time and maintain the integrity of the tattoo. Just a word to the wise, you don’t have to get a big tattoo, but know that most people have never wished they had gone smaller, but almost always wish they had gone bigger!

Do you have any color preferences?
It is important to express to your artist what colors you like or don’t like.

Are you doing any symbols or lettering?
For lettering we suggest our clients go to www.dafont.com. This will help you choose your font in advance. We recommend choosing a few fonts you like in case the font you like won't work as a tattoo or at the size you want. Also, make sure your spelling is correct, we will be going by the spelling you give us, so the responsibility for correct spelling is yours.
For symbols and words in another language we recommend checking the meaning in at least 2 places. Unfortunately the internet can sometimes give false answers and double and triple checking will help prevent any confusion. If you go to our links page, we have a few resources for translations.

Is it safe to get a tattoo?
It is if you go to a professional! All of our artists and our studio are registered with the county health department where required, as well as, being trained in the current Blood Borne Pathogen Safety precautions. We use hospital sterilization and our needles, ink, ink caps, tubes, razors and all barrier wraps are one use only and all disposable. We have the highest level of sterilization possible and go above and beyond all local health codes and laws. We do have a consent/waiver form which identifies certain instances when it would not be appropriate for an individual to receive tattoo or piercing, but these are rare instances.

Does it hurt?
Yes it hurts. But, there are lots of people walking around with tattoos and piercings so it's not unbearable. There are many sensations used to describe it, depending on each person and what area is being worked on. Some people even like it!

How old must I be to get a tattoo?
You must be 18 years of age and have a picture ID issued by a government or state. It is against the law, even with parental consent, to tattoo a minor in the state of California and Texas. WE DO NOT TATTOO MINORS!

Can I have a drink or smoke marijuana before I get tattooed?
No. It is illegal and ill-advised to get tattooed while you are under the influence. It will not make your experience any better. It actually makes the process more difficult for you and the artist and raises the risk of complications.

Can I get tattooed while pregnant or breastfeeding?
No. Getting tattooed while pregnant or breast-feeding has the possibility of complications your health and that of your baby, and is against state law in both California and Texas.

Should I eat before I get tattooed?
YES. It is ideal to eat within two hours of being tattooed. Please eat plenty of protein, and be well hydrated. Having stable blood sugar bolsters your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are emitted during the tattoo process.

Is it OK to get a tattoo if I'm sick?
Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn't at 100% isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.

Is there anything you won't tattoo?
We will not tattoo hate-based, blatantly obscene tattoos, bottoms of the feet, palms of the hand, inside the mouth, or genitals. It is ultimately up to the tattoo artist. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason.

What if I don't like it?
We will always give you the absolute best tattoo we are capable of. It is best to circumvent the need for tattoo removal by choosing your artist and your design wisely. Check their portfolio. If you are not 100% sure... then don’t do it. Avoid trendy tattoos, and go for something symbolic and timeless. Remember that you are getting a tattoo that you want to be able to live with for the rest of your life. Tattoo removal is still a painful, expensive, and imprecise process.

Is tattoo ink safe?
You've come to the right place. We use Eternal Ink for all of our color tattoos, which has an organic vegetable based pigment, witch hazel, distilled water, and alcohol. it is Vegan Friendly and VERY SAFE!!! You can read their MSDS sheet here. It is vegan friendly and organic and is what we use for our color.
For black and black and grey work we use Silverback Ink. They use some organic pigments. Here is the Silverback MSDS sheet. Occasionally we use Dynamic black. Which is carbon based and mostly natural. You can read the Dynamic Black MSDS sheet here.

Can I get a tattoo done in WHITE INK?
White ink is not good as the only color in a tattoo and not for covering. Unfortunately many photos of fresh or photoshopped images of white ink tattoos are on the internet and give people an unrealistic idea of how healed white ink looks in the skin.. All ink goes under the skin and when your skin grows over it, the skin on top changes the way the ink will look. We have seen even people with very pale skin and you would think white would show, but it doesn't, the skin dulls it down, and can even make it look yellowish.. Usually white issues as an accent color and can look white with other colors around it. But alone it can look like nothing or even a dull manilla color.

Unfortunately, white ink DOES NOT SHOW on dark skin. Even on some light skin it doesn't show. If you are seeing pics on the internet of white ink in dark skin, it is b/c those are tattoos that have just been done. The new skin has not grown over the ink yet. When a tattoo is done, the ink is deposited in the dermal layer of the skin and then the several layers of skin that were scraped off during the tattoo process have to heal and grow back. These layers, once grown back, act as a filter. Basically, you are looking through these layers of skin at the ink in the dermal layer. This is why on some people black ink can look green or blue, especially in darker skin. It is also why color, in general, looks more muted or faded in people with darker skin. So, bottom line is.......we could take your money, do the tattoo, and it would look good for a few days, but we don't operate like that. So, we generally don't suggest white ink tattoos for anyone!Most of the time they don't show or if they do they can look weird and don't hold up over time.

Can I get my significant other’s name tattooed on me?
We generally have a policy against tattooing names of spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends. We will tattoo names of other family or relatives. This is not a judgment in any way against you or any other client wanting to do this tattoo. In our experience, names of spouses, etc, almost always have to be covered up. We usually suggest getting a symbol or some other thing that might remind you of that person or represent your feelings for them. This way, in the case of a break up, you have a wonderful reminder of your past and not a label that you or someone in your future might find uncomfortable. Our goal is that you are happy with your tattoo for years to come and have no regrets!So, again, if your initial idea was to get your significant other’s name tattooed on you, we suggest you consider a symbol or something else that might remind you of this person.

Why isn’t the color as bright or the black as dark as the day I got my tattoo?
The tattoo won't be as black as the day you got it and the color won’t be as bright, b/c the ink was fresh on top of the skin. As the tattoo heals, new skin grows over the tattoo and so you are looking through several layers of skin at the tattoo once it is healed. Also, it has only been a few weeks since you received your tattoo. It takes about 4-6 weeks to totally heal. After a few weeks, it is still healing and the new skin that is growing over the tattoo is in a milky layer phase. This will go away in a few weeks and you will then see the true color of your tattoo. Let us know if you have any other questions!

How much is it going to cost?
When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will tattoo you for cheap. However, there is a high possibility that you'll be crying to a professional artist to have it covered up. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. If you can't pay for quality, don't bother. This is not a bargain bin. It is a piece of art you will wear for life. We understand that we are expensive and so we strive to give you the best overall experience possible!

Should I tip my tattoo artist?
Tipping is a really nice gesture! There are no real solid ground rules for tipping. We typically suggest that you treat it like any other service or hospitality industry and tip anywhere from 10-20%.



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