Tattoo Aftercare & FAQs

How do I care for my new tattoo?

After Care Instructions:

Leave the bandage on your tattoo for a half an hour to two hours after your appointment has been finished.

Wash your hands prior to removing bandage. Immediately wash tattoo with warm water and Anti-Bacterial soap, we recommend Dial (any unscented and dye free soap will do). Repeat until tattoo is no longer slimy or glazed. (Do not use washcloth on tattoo until completely healed.) Pat or dab, do not rub, until tattoo is dry. Allow tattoo to air for at least 10 minutes. Apply a very light film of ointment, we recommend Bepanthen.

DO NOT RE-BANDAGE THE TATTOO. Repeat the cleaning procedure 2-3 times per day. Remember to use freshly washed hands to clean the tattoo and re-apply ointment. After the first seven days, stop using the ointment. Choose a fragrance-free lotion or cream, we recommend Lubriderm. Apply to tattoo at least 3 times per day, or more often if needed. Remember to rub the lotion or cream in thoroughly, and always use freshly washed hands. Repeat this procedure until the tattoo is no longer dry or shiny.

Do not soak tattoo in water (bathing or swimming) for at least 2 weeks or until healed.

Do not expose tattoo to sunlight for at least 2 weeks or until tattoo is healed. To preserve your tattoo, once it is healed, apply sun block to tattoo if it will be exposed to the sun. If you work out (esp. cardiovascular or aerobic) take some time off. Profuse sweating has the same effect on new tattoos as soaking in water. Wear loose clothing that can allow your healing tattoo to breathe.

Do not pick at or scratch new tattoos. This will cause damage to the design. If it itches, apply more lotion or cream. Average healing time is 7-14 days.

Why can’t I get a price over the phone?

We cannot give tattoo prices over the phone due to the nature of custom pieces. Size, placement, skin type and color or black and grey are all factors that come into play when completing a tattoo. We encourage our clients to speak with the artist of their choice in order to go over all the information needed in order to provide a quote.

How do quotes for a tattoo work?

Tattoo price quotes are only estimates. We do our best to complete the tattoo with in the time frame the artist has estimated, however a tattoo can take longer than anticipated for various reasons. Size, placement, skin type and color or black and grey are all factors that come into play when completing a tattoo. In some cases, a tattoo can be finished quicker than originally quoted.

What happens if I have a Gift Certificate, but might not use the full amount?

Gift Certificates cannot be redeemed for cash value. In the event you do not use the entire value of the Gift Certificate, the remaining amount can be used for future services. The Gift Certificate cannot be transferred for use by other persons.

What happens if my tattoo needs to be touched up?

Touch ups will be done at the artists discretion. Touch up appointments do not require a deposit and are free within six months of when the tattoo is completed, unless the tattoo was damaged by your negligence. If you do not show up for your scheduled touch up appointment, you will be required to leave a deposit to schedule a new appointment. If you do not show for the second scheduled appointment, the deposit is forfeited and you will be charged at the hourly rate. We will complete a touch up for a tattoo that was not completed at our shop, however we will charge our normal hourly fee.

Can I bring my child to watch me get tattooed?

No one under the age of 18 is allowed in the studio under any circumstances. If you come in for your appointment with a child under 18, you will be required to make a new appointment. Additionally, your deposit will be forfeited and you will be required to leave an additional deposit.

Can I still get tattooed if I am late for my appointment?

If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, your appointment may need to be rescheduled, depending upon the artist other scheduled appointment. If your appointment has to be rescheduled due to your late arrival, you deposit is forfeited and you will be required to leave another deposit in order to rescheduled another appointment.

What if I forget to bring my I.D.?

You are required by Washington State Law to bring State or Federal Photo Identification for each appointment. If you arrive for your appointment without proper identification or accompanied by a person under the age of 18, you will not be tattooed and the deposited is forfeited. You will be required to leave another deposit in order to reschedule a new appointment at the artists availability. Acceptable forms of Identification: Drivers License, State Issued Non-Driver ID, Passport or Learners Permit.

What if the weather prevented me from getting to my appointment?

In case of inclement weather, we ask for you to please all to let us know you can not make the appointment. As long as you notify us prior to your scheduled appointment time, we will transfer the deposit to a new appointment date, if made within one week of the cancellation.

Can I use a Gift Certificate as my deposit?

Yes, you can use a Gift Certificate for a deposit. If you do not provide proper notice to reschedule or do not show for the appointment, the Gift Certificate will be voided.

I decided not to get tattooed, can I transfer my deposit to my friend?

Deposits cannot be transferred for use by another person.

What happens if I need to reschedule my appointment?

If you need to reschedule an appointment, we require 48 hours notice. If proper notification is provided, we will transfer your deposit to your new appointment. If we do not receive this proper notification, the deposit is forfeited and a new deposit will be required to schedule a new appointment. If you choose not to reschedule your appointment when you cancel, we will hold your deposit for one week. If you do not schedule a new appointment within one week of the cancellation, the deposit is forfeited.

How do I schedule an appointment?

An appointment must be made over the phone or in person. We do not schedule tattoo appointments via email. When you are making your appointment you will be required to leave a NON-REFUNDABLE minimum deposit at the artist discretion. The total amount of your deposit will be taken off the total price of the tattoo or at the last scheduled appointment once the tattoo is completed. If you do not show for your scheduled appointment, the deposit is forfeited and a new deposit will be required to schedule a new appointment.

Are walk-ins welcome or do I need an appointment?

Walk-ins are always welcome, however we may not always have availability. Due to limited availability, we encourage booking an appointment especially if you are considering a large custom designed piece. This will allow your artist to properly prepare for your scheduled appointment.