Does getting a tattoo hurt?
Everyone has a different tolerance to pain. Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs the little endurance that you need to go through in the process.
There are some easy ways to minimize pain:
- Increase your water intake a couple of days before your tattoo
- Avoid alcohol, drugs and caffeine the day before and day of your appointment.
- Get lots of sleep the night before.
- Most importantly: eat a good meal before coming to your tattoo appointment.
How much does tattooing cost?
When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Prices are established according to a "sterilization fee" or "base cost" - each studio has to cover the cost of medical supplies like disinfectants & autoclave disposables, and are also dependent on the size, color and amount of detail of the tattoo. If any studio does it dirt cheap, they are probably using RECYCLED needles and EQUIPMENT on you. BEWARE. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will ink you real cheap, and you'll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up. And not forgetting the health issues that may crop up several months or years down the road. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it.
Can I get AIDS from tattooing?
It takes 100 micro-liters of blood and a deep intramuscular puncture to transmit the HIV virus. This is equivalent to 10 drops of blood. Since needles used for tattooing are "solid core" (not hollow like syringe) and HIV does not live outside the human body too long, it is unlikely. There has never been a documented case of "getting AIDS" from a tattoo.
Can you design something for me?
Yes, for sure. Come to your first consultation ready with your ideas and pictures (if any), we will discuss design, color, style, size and location. We will work collaboratively with you to ensure you get art you'll love that will also look great as a tattoo.
Can I bring in my own design?
Yes, you can bring original drawings, photos, or other art. Designs can come from any source: postcards, magazines, wrapping paper, paintings, photos,internet etc. We also have albums of design references and other resources that you can draw inspiration from. Feel free to bring your own designs in to discuss with us freely.
Why is size so important in tattoo design?
Larger designs work best at tattoos for a couple of reasons. Tattoo ink is similar to paint in that the pigment particles are suspended in a medium for application. In paint it is oil or water. In tattoo ink it varies, but most often it is glycerin, distilled water, and/or alcohol. The ink is pushed into the dermis layer of the skin during the tattoo process. During healing, the body absorbs the liquid medium, living only the pigment. While the dermis layer doesn’t change the way the epidermis does, there will be minor changes in the skin over time. These changes account for the blurring of tattoo line. This blurring has more of an impact in tattoos that have smaller and tighter designs. Larger tattoos, while still blurring, will look better over time. Smaller tattoos must be simpler to allow for the “line spread”. Designing well from the start can save the frustration and expense of altering a little tattoo later. Our artists use experience and skill to create beautiful tattoo art that looks great over time.
Can I get a tattoo while pregnant or nursing?
It is not advisable to get a tattoo while pregnant or nursing. Although it is unlikely that getting a tattoo will hurt the fetus or nursing infant, there may be a problem with the quality of the tattoo. While pregnant the body is working overtime and cannot spare the resources needed to heal the tattoo properly and will possibly result in a light tattoo. Also, while nursing a woman's body produces antibodies that are to be passed to the infant. If tattooed while these extra antibodies are in the system the tattoo may heal harder and possibly result in a less than optimal tattoo. If your desire is to get the best quality tattoo, we suggest that you wait until the pregnancy and nursing are completed.