Our staff prides themselves on offering a clean, safe, and comfortable experience while getting a piercing or a tattoo. Our piercers are all members of the Association of Professional Piercers, and dedicated to continuing education and always providing the best possible service. Our tattoo artists come from a range of backgrounds and skill sets, from street artists with lettering specialties, fine artists who love black and grey realism, and comic nerds ready to rock something new school and colorful. Our diverse cast of artists means we have someone for every client, style, and tattoo.
Planning & Preparation Questions
Make sure you are well rested, have eaten a good meal 1-2 hours before hand, and stay hydrated. Come with your phone or tablet fully charged, and feel free to bring 1-2 friends, but not the entire gang. Make sure your friends are ready to be polite and well behaved, anyone being distracting may be asked to wait up front.
It’s much more important to dress for comfort then to dress for fashion. Come in clothing that is comfy, loose is usually better, and make sure there is easy access to the area you are getting tattooed. Keep in mind you may get cold, or want to keep certain areas covered, so dress with that in mind. We do have dividers available for privacy, depending on tattoo location.
Before booking your session, make sure you have a plan! Come in and discuss things with an artist, design a cohesive piece, and discuss the timeframe. Bringing in photos helps immensely as well. We can make a back piece or sleeve work around other small pieces, but it always will look better when you come in and create a plan, and let the same artist execute that for you. Understand that for a very large project like a full sleeve or a back piece it will cost over $1,000, to even come close to completing the entire piece, and it will take multiple sessions. Plan for things to take some time, and budget accordingly for your sessions. For the actual sessions, consider bringing some reasonable snacks and sugary drink, and eat a great meal beforehand.
- Take a Shower
- Don’t bring your kids, particularly for long sessions (1-10 hours)
- Ensure you have proper identification with you
- Eat before you come in! Seriously!
- Have realistic expectations – understand your idea may not be possible to be tattooed, or may need to be tweaked to work. Please understand our artists just want to give you the best tattoo possible. Certain artists may not offer all placements or types of tattoos, based off personal comfort level and skill. Piercings can be anatomy dependent, and you may lack the anatomy to safely support the piercing you want. Our artists will always be honest about anatomy or design considerations.
If you are
- Pregnant or recently delivered (1-3 months post delivery)
- Pre or Post surgery
- On Acne medication like Accutuane
- Don’t know what you want
- Don’t have proper ID
- Going swimming in the next 2 weeks-1 month
- When you’ve been told by us that it’s a bad idea/unsafe
Will it Hurt?
A tattoo in most locations is not overly painful. It feels like an uncomfortable sunburn, a cat scratch, or someone drawing on your sunburn with a pen. It doesn’t feel good, but it’s entirely bearable for most locations. Some locations such as knees, elbows, stomach, and head may be more intense. Eating well beforehand and getting plenty of sleep will ensure the experience is as comfortable for you as possible.
Most piercings are comparable to popping a sensitive pimple or waxing a sensitive hair. It’s not painless, but it’s also not the end of the world. It’s a momentary pinch and it’s done forever! Piercings can often seem more intimidating than tattoos, but we promise that done the right way by a skilled piercer, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy the experience is!
We often have hours into drawings before you ever come in, and this deposit covers the time our artists put in for your piece before you arrive. Deposits help ensure people come in for their appointments, and deposits come out of the final price of your tattoo.
Our shop minimum is $100, which covers supplies, setup and time. You may now realize, but we go through the same amount of supplies for a small tattoo as we do for a medium one, and everything must be cleaned and sterilized correctly.
Tips are never expected but always appreciated. Tattoo Artists and Piercers are service workers like your hair stylists, nail techs, waitresses and delivery drivers. The same tipping scale you may use for them, works for us too!
We LOVE to give stuff away, we regularly donate to charity and give back to the community, as well as donate within our industries. Our owner gives his time to continuing training and education. We charge what we charge because we provide a quality service.
You must be 18 or over to get a tattoo, with proper ID. This includes any form of government issued ID that has a photo and birthdate, and is valid.
For lobes we can pierce as young as 5-6 with parental consent and a valid birth certificate, and for anything beyond lobes you must be 15-16 and up with parental consent and valid state issued ID. We will not offer surface work, upper lip piercings, or frenulum piercings on minors.
Walk-ins are done on a first come first serve basis. While we try to accommodate everyone we sometimes do fill up fast. We suggest appointments if you have a time constraint, or for larger pieces. For piercings, we suggest appointments for groups of 3 and larger.
Appointments for piercing can be booked over the phone. Appointments for a tattoo must be done after an in person consultation. These consultations are always free. If the design is simple, some artists will book online through email or messenger, depending on the design and difficulty. The artists contact information can be found on their respective pages.
To ensure that the concept and design is correct, and that we are booking the correct amount of time and sessions for each tattoo. Without seeing the area we are tattooing in person, we can’t accurately scale and size the tattoo.
Your deposit is non-refundable if you no show. You have up to 24 hours to reschedule an appointment, but anything less than 24 hours notice you will lose your deposit.