FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?     We are open by appointment Tuesday-Sunday from 1pm(ish) to 10pm(ish).

 

  • DO YOU TAKE WALK INS?    Our artists  are primarily appointment only, and may have a wait anywhere from a few days to a few months (depending on the artist), it is always best to schedule an appointment.   But for smaller pieces or special circumstances we can usually accommodate walk-in tattoos.  It is best to call the shop first to ask about availability.

 

  • HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?    The best way to ensure you receive the best tattoo possible, is for you to be paired up with the right artist for your tattoo.  Each tattoo artist has a different style and will approach each tattoo in their own way, so the first thing to do is to look through all of our artist portfolios and select which artist you would like to do your tattoo then contact them directly to schedule a consultation or appointment.  Each artist maintains their own individual calendar and scheduling, so contacting the artist directly through their portfolio page or through our  APPOINTMENT REQUEST  page is the best way to schedule an appointment.  If you think we are all equally awesome and have no preference as to who you would like to tattoo you, feel free to call or email the shop and just request our first available artist.  (If you don't get an answer right away, don't worry, we are probably just all busy with clients and can't take our gloves off to get to the phone or computer, so please be patient and we will get back to you within a day or so).

 

 

  • IS THERE PARKING?     There is plenty of unmetered street parking on Venice Blvd as well as on the residential streets around the shop.

 

  • HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO GET TATTOOED?    California law states that no one under age 18 can get tattooed.  There are no exceptions to this law and parental consent is not an option.

 

  • HOW MUCH DOES A TATTOO COST?    Our prices start at $100 and go up from there depending on many different factors, including size, detail, placement, etc.   It is difficult to estimate the price of a tattoo until it is drawn up and to size, so we cannot give quotes over the phone or email..  For pieces that take multiple sessions,  our artists charge an hourly rate of $150-$200 per hour (depending on the artist). 

 

  • DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?    Cash is  always preferred, but we can also accept major credit cards and debit cards.

 

  • HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?    To make an appointment, please view each artist's portfolio and decide who you would like to create your tattoo.  You can contact the artist of your choice directly through their artist portfolio page, or you can fill out the contact form here.

 

  • WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR MY CONSULTATION?    Please arrive to your consultation ready to discuss the details of your tattoo idea, including the concept, placement, size, etc.  Bring along any reference photos to help us understand visually what you have in mind.  If your tattoo is a portrait, please bring at least good sized, clear photo, printed on quality paper.  If your tattoo will be drawn up custom, please bring printed pictures for inspiration if you have them.  Don't worry about finding a picture of your exact idea, often you wont be able to find your perfect tattoo idea because it doesn't exist yet...until we create it for you!

 

  • WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?     Please arrive on time for your appointment and dressed comfortable and appropriate for the tattoo (wear something that will easily access the area being tattooed).  Be sure to get a good night's rest the night before and eat a full healthy meal 2-4 hours prior to your appointment.  Bring water, as you may be at the studio for many hours and will want to stay hydrated.   The more comfortable your body is, the more comfortable and relaxed you will be for your tattoo.  Do not arrive intoxicated, drunk, high, or medicated and do not drink heavily the day before your appointment (if you are intoxicated we will not tattoo you).  You must present a valid state or government issued ID to get tattooed.  You may bring a guest for support, but no more than one guest.  

 

  • CAN I BRING MY KID(S)?      Sorry, but no one under 18 is permitted in the tattoo studio.  Do not bring babies, children, or minors.  Children can be very distracting to clients and artists and please be aware that because only adults are permitted in a tattoo shop, we may also have things in the shop that are inappropriate for children (such as nudity or adult language).  

 

  • CAN I BRING MY DOG (OR PET)?    The Los Angeles County of Public Health's Safe Body Art Act prohibits any animals in a tattooing facility.  So sorry, although we love furry and four legged friends, we cannot allow them inside the shop.

 

  • CAN I BRING A FRIEND?    You may bring one guest for support, but no more than one.  More than one guest causes too many distractions for the artists as well as other clients getting tattooed.   If you do bring a guest, please keep in mind that you may be at the studio for many hours and your guest might get bored.  Guests that are unruly or distracting, will be asked to leave.

 

  • CAN I DRINK OR TAKE SOMETHING FOR THE PAIN?    Do not drink alcohol or take drugs before or during your tattoo session.  If you are or appear to be intoxicated, you will not be tattooed.

 

  • WHAT IS YOUR STERILIZATION PROCESS?    Our shop uses all disposable and single use pre-sterilized instruments where applicable (including needles and tubes) and all surfaces and equipment are thoroughly cleaned using hospital grade disinfectant and covered with disposable single use plastic covers for  each and every tattoo.

 

  • HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY NEW TATTOO?    Please visit our aftercare page for detailed instructions on caring for your new tattoo.

 

  • HOW LONG TO WAIT TO WORK OUT, GO SWIMMING, GET A TAN, GO TO DISNEYLAND ETC?    Most tattoos are fully healed in about 2-3 weeks (sometimes less, sometimes more).  During the healing time it is extremely important to stay out of the water for any non-shower activity (no baths, no swimming/surfing in pools or oceans, no hot tubs, etc).  While the tattoo is healing it must be kept clean and dry but moisturized and you cannot wear any clothing or jewelry that will rub up against the tattoo (so no skinny jeans on a new thigh tattoo, no wool sweaters on a back tattoo, no watches on a wrist tattoo, etc).  Working out is okay as long as the tattoo doesn't come into contact with anything dirty, like gym equipment or other people's sweat, etc. Your own sweat is okay as long as you wash immediately!  If the tattoo or tattooed area feels uncomfortable or sore during your workout, you should wait a day or two before attempting to work out again.  

 

  • HOW DO I GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH ALAYNA?   Alayna's schedule can get pretty crazy and she tries to accommodate everyone as best as possible.  Alayna requires a consultation and a deposit for every new tattoo.  She can usually get you scheduled for a consultation with a few weeks.  Existing clients and large tattoos with continuing sessions get first priority for tattoo sessions and new clients can expect a wait around 6 months before their first session.   If you don't mind the wait and would like to schedule a consultation with Alayna, please contact her here.  Or if you don't like waiting, we would be happy to set you up with another of our talented artists who can accommodate you much sooner (often within a few days!) 
TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS


DAY 1:

1.  REMOVE THE BANDAGE AFTER ONE TO TWO HOURS.  We will bandage your new tattoo before you leave the studio.  Leave it on for a few hours and be sure to take it off before you go to bed!

2.  WASH THE TATTOO.  Using a mild anti-bacterial soap (such as Dial or Provon) and warm water.  Reduce scabbing by carefully removing all traces of blood and plasma while washing.  Do not scrub the tattoo with a washcloth or other abrasive material during the healing period.  Pat it with a clean soft cloth or paper towel and let it air dry for 10-20 minutes or until the skin begins to feel tight.  This allows for excess moisture to evaporate out.  It is very important to let the tattoo "breathe". 

3.  Once dry, APPLY A VERY THIN COAT OF OINTMENT to the tattoo.  We usually recommend using Vitamin A&D or Aquaphor as ointment, or other such tattoo aftercare products as recommended by your artist.  Apply only enough ointment to give your tattoo a matte photo finish, not a glossy shine.  A little goes a long way and gently dab off excess with a clean paper towel.  There should be just enough ointment to keep it moist to prevent scabbing, but too much ointment traps in germs, which can cause breakouts, rashes, or lead to infection.

4.  DO NOT RE-BANDAGE THE TATTOO.

 

DAYS 2-3:

REPEAT the cycle of washing, drying, and applying a thin layer of ointment to the tattoo about 2-4 times per day for the first 2-3 days.  

It is always important to keep your healing tattoo clean, but keep in mind that these first few days are when your tattoo is the most vulnerable.  

During these first few days, it is normal for your tattoo to feel sore and tender.  You may also see redness, swelling, and some mild bleeding.

 

DAYS 3-14 (or until healed):

After the first 2-3 days, your tattoo should begin to feel dry and tight.  At this point DISCONTINUE APPLYING OINTMENT AND SWITCH TO REGULAR FRAGRANCE-FREE HAND LOTION such as Eucerin, Lubriderm, Curel, or any other over the counter mild "Fragrance Free" moisterizer.  Do not use lotions that contain color or fragrance at all until healing is complete.  

APPLY LOTION TWICE A DAY  or whenever the tattoo is feeling stiff or dry.  But DO NOT OVER MOISTURIZE!  

Continue applying lotion for the remainder of two weeks or until the tattoo is fully healed.  

During this phase of the healing process it is normal to experience dryness, itchiness, scabbing, peeling (like a sunburn), and flaking.  It is very important to NEVER SCRATCH OR PICK at a healing tattoo.

 

DO'S AND DON'TS DURING THE HEALING PROCESS

  • KEEP YOUR TATTOO CLEAN and only touch your tattoo with clean hands.  Only touch your tattoo if you are cleaning it or applying ointment/lotion.  DO NOT LET ANYONE ELSE TOUCH YOUR TATTOO, this includes children and pets.  And do not let your tattoo come into contact with any public surface (like gym equipment, keyboards, countertops, etc.)

 

  • Please REFRAIN FROM SCRATCHING OR PICKING at the tattoo.  It is normal for your tattoo to become very itchy during the healing process, but you must avoid scratching or picking at scabs if they form.  Scratching, scrubbing, or picking will irritate the tattoo and can prolong the healing process or cause scarring and loss of ink.  It is also important to WEAR SOFT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING that will not rub against your tattoo.  Plan your wardrobe accordingly!

 

  • NO SWIMMING POOLS, NO OCEAN, NO HOT TUBS, NO BATH TUBS, AND NO SAUNAS until your tattoo is fully healed.  Short showers and gentle washing should be your only water activity during the healing process.

 

  • THE SUN IS BAD FOR YOUR TATTOO!  Excess sun exposure on a healing tattoo can cause burning, scabbing, loss of color, prolonged healing, and scarring.  Once fully healed, apply a high quality sunblock to your tattoo whenever you are in the sun or tanning bed.  But  DO NOT APPLY SUNSCREEN TO A TATTOO BEFORE IT IS FULLY HEALED and always WAIT UNTIL THE TATTOO IS FULLY HEALED BEFORE GOING INTO THE SUN.

  • And lastly, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR ARTIST'S AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS.  Do not listen to any other healing advice and do not consult your friends or the internet.  If you have any questions, please call your artist or any artist at the shop and we will be happy to assist.

FOLLOWING ALL OF THESE SIMPLE STEPS WILL ENSURE THAT YOU END UP WITH THE BEST RESULT WITH MINIMAL COMPLICATIONS AND YOUR TATTOO WILL STAY LOOKING BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.