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Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

Walk-Ins are welcome. Just come in to the shop, man.

Coming in to the shop is the best way to get ahold of us! 

We recommend looking at an artist’s work to decide whom to work with. We can also help with recommendations if there are time limitations or it’s just too difficult to decide. Availability varies by artist.

In many cases a client and artist need to communicate prior to booking the tattoo appointment. To keep the number of clients in the shop to a minimum we are using our online consultation to communicate with an artist and start the booking process.

Consultations are 30 minute appointments to discuss the details of your tattoo. The artist will usually give a price quote and make sure that they have a clear understanding of the tattoo idea. Come prepared with reference images and any questions about the tattoo/process.

Every artist takes a deposit before setting up any tattoo appointments. This deposit goes toward the cost of a tattoo upon completion. We only accept cash, and while we do have an ATM we recommend coming to your appointment with cash in hand. All deposits are non-refundable.

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The best tattoos have immediate visual impact and longevity. There are several factors that will determine whether or not a tattoo has these characteristics: composition, size, colors, placement, and orientation. Being open to an artists’ suggestions and advice is an important part of the process.

The artist will typically try to minimize clutter when designing tattoos. They also take into consideration the shape and orientation of the body.

Large tattoos aren’t for everyone, and we love small tattoos just as much as large ones. The number one regret we see with clients is getting a tattoo that is too small. The tattoo will be hard to see, won’t look as bright and bold, and details will fade over time. We recommend going big, and understanding that small tattoos will need to be simplified.

The choice of color or black and gray is a personal decision. Color outlines, watercolor, white tattoos, and any tattoos that lack black lines and shading are inherently problematic because all colors fade; however black fades less. Black anchors other colors in tattoos so that they appear brighter and provides a framework for the design. Inconsistencies in the skin will show through with white tattoos making them uneven or yellow, so we never recommend white tattoos

Desired visibility of the tattoo will help determine the best location for it. The torso is the part of the body most susceptible to change as far as weight gain/loss, pregnancy, etc. which will distort the tattoo over time. Tattoos on hands, feet, elbows, and knees tend to be inconsistent due to fat cell distribution and daily wear and tear.

The position of the tattoo should be determined by the orientation of the body when standing in a natural, relaxed position. The head is considered up, feet considered down, and all tattoos should be facing the center line of the body.

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Any More Questions?

We are always available to answer any of your questions or concerns.

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