Once you have decided on what you would like to get tattooed, it’s time to choose a tattooist you would like to work with. While we may be able to point you in the right direction, the decision should ultimately be yours. To help you decide, we have artist portfolios both in the shop and online.
Now that you’ve chosen your tattooist, it’s time to set up a consultation. You can do this by calling, emailing, or just stopping on by the shop. The consultation is a scheduled time for you to come in and talk to the tattooist about exactly what you want to get tattooed. Bring any references you might have with you to the consultation. You can also talk about things like detail, placement, and pricing at this time.
After the consultation, you will need to leave a deposit in order to book the appointment for your tattoo. We take a deposit for appointments that are just one session. For larger tattoos that require more than one session (also could be the artist’s preferred preference), we may require a larger deposit. All deposits are non-refundable. They go towards any research and drawing your tattooist does in preparation for your tattoo.
As we mentioned a little earlier, setting up a consultation is the best way to get a price estimate. There are many different factors that go into pricing a tattoo. For example, the tattooist needs to consider size, detail and placement, as well as if you want color or black and grey. This is why we do not give price quotes over the phone or through email. Even if you think your tattoo is very simple and you could just describe it over the phone, you will still need to come by for an estimate. The tattooist needs to see what you want, as well as where you want to put it, to determine how much it will cost.
If you should need to reschedule your appointment, you will need to give at least 48 hours notice in order to move your deposit to another date. We can only reschedule your appointment once. After that, you will need a new deposit in order to keep your appointment. This may seem harsh, but getting a tattoo is a time-consuming process (especially for a larger tattoo). We want to make sure you are fully committed before we spend time researching and drawing for your tattoo.
Yes, pain will always be a factor when you get tattooed. Some spots on the body are more sensitive than others. If this is your first tattoo, you really have nothing to compare it to. The most important thing is to relax. The following steps will help you get prepared for getting in the chair.
This is probably the most important preparation you can do. Eating helps you relax and get comfortable for the tattoo. If you are sitting for a longer appointment, you may want to bring a small snack with you. Eating also helps to keep your blood sugar normal. Low blood pressure can contribute to a risk of passing out, so eat up! Just don’t drink up. You may think that getting drunk will give you “liquid courage” to get tattooed, but we cannot legally tattoo you if you are under the influence. Permanent choices are better made when sober.
Being well rested will also help keep you comfortable for your tattoo. You may be more irritable or find it harder to sit still if you are tired. Plan ahead so you are rested (and on time) for your appointment!
Wear something that allows easy access to the part of the body you want to get tattooed. For example, if you are getting your leg tattooed, you may want to bring a pair of shorts to change into when you get to the shop.
You will want to stay out of the sun before and after you get tattooed. Tattooing over a sunburn may not heal well because your skin is irritated to begin with. Try to stay out of the sun and it will help the outcome of your tattoo.
Due to updated protocol in regards to COVID-19 we are now only allowing the individual getting tattooed into our shops. We appreciate you in advance for following this rule.
Please leave your little ones at home.
If this is your first tattoo, your tattooist will most likely do a small zap first so you can assess how the tattoo will feel. He/she will probably check in with you during the entire process to see how you are feeling. Be honest, and let him/her know if you need a break. It is also very important that you sit still, speaking with your mouth and not your entire body. Just relax and let the tattoo happen. If you fight what is happening, or hold your breath, you will only make the pain worse. Relax and breathe, and you will help your tattoo be the best it can be!
We accept credit card or cash. Should you need to go to an ATM, there are several close to us. If you are happy with your tattoo, it is customary to tip. Tipping is a sign of gratitude, and it is most welcome.
Your tattooist will give you all the information you need to take proper care of your new tattoo. The most important thing to remember is to keep your tattoo clean and don’t pick at it. Your new tattoo will inevitably be itchy, but resist the urge to scratch. Pulling off the skin prematurely could cause the ink to fall out of your tattoo or may even cause scarring. No swimming or soaking your tattoo until it is fully healed. Healing time is different for everyone. It will usually takes 2-3 weeks to heal completely. If you have any questions during the healing process, please feel free to call the shop.
If you followed all of the steps above that we have mentioned, you are probably pretty happy with your new tattoo. Now it’s time to spread the word! Take some business cards, pins, stickers, tag your artist // the shop on social media (or maybe buy a shirt!).
We hope to see you for your next tattoo
In order to make an appointment with any of our artists, we must first collect a non-refundable deposit. The deposit is applied to the cost of the tattoo on the day that it is completed unless there is a less than 72-hour reschedule, a cancelation (at any time), a no-show, or if you are more than 25 minutes late to your appointment. In those cases, the deposit will be forfeit to pay for the artist’s time. Since deposits are non-refundable they are not refunded at any point regardless of when an appointment is canceled. We’ll need a new deposit to reschedule your appointment. PLEASE ACCOUNT FOR TRAFFIC AND PARKING WHEN PLANNING YOUR DRIVE TIME. Traffic is ALWAYS bad in the area and parking is always challenging. We have a small parking lot behind the studio but there is a nearby parking garages in the area parking on the street.
Since we are a busy studio our artists can be booked out far in advance it’s very rare that someone doesn’t show up for an appointment, has to cancel at the last minute, or is more than 25 minutes late. When it does happen we have to take the non-refundable deposit* to cover our time and this is why:
You may lose your non-refundable deposit if;
We will need another drawing fee if;
We would all love to be able to create our art for free but we are all full-time tattoo artists and depend on this income to support ourselves and our families. We want to offer you an awesome tattoo and also a great experience getting it. Frustration over missed appointments can tarnish a great experience for all of us.
*There is one important note. We keep a very clean studio and need to be attentive to germs and infection risk. If you are sick or contagious in any way please call us to cancel your appointment and we will discuss the deposit at that time.
The cost of a tattoo will depend on the skill of the artisan. Many professional artisans usually charge per hour per work. With this, one is guaranteed a good quality professional work. hourly larger pieces starts at $125 to $300 per hour If one wants a custom tattoo, the price per hour can start from $125 to $300. because of the variables. a consultation is the best way to get a price.
Where one chooses to have his or her tattoo can absolutely reflect the cost . As the human body contains nerves which have sensitivity receptors, there are parts of the body that are more sensitive and difficult to tattoo than other parts. The more difficult or challenging areas of the body can cost more than others due to the time involved with performing the work .
With design, the tattoo can either be simple hence cheap costing around $80 to $120 or it can be complex meaning more expensive because the more complex a tattoo is the more time an artisan will take to perfect the tattoo. Also designing one’s own original creation will take time as the artist will be more precise and detail compared to just tweaking a design from a flash design they already have. The design plays a big factor in tattoo prices.
The geographical location of the shop also determines how much a tattoo would cost. Tattoo parlors in big flourishing cities will cost more than those in small cities. The price will be much higher if the parlor is located in a vocational spot. An example is, getting a tattoo in California may cost up to $300 compared to getting one in Arkansas which may be $150.