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.

 

  • 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 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.
TATTOO AFTERCARE

TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • REMOVE THE BANDAGE AFTER ONE TO TWO HOURS.  All wounds need to breathe if they are to heal properly.

  • 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". 
  • 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.

  • DO NOT RE-BANDAGE THE TATTOO.

  • REPEAT the cycle of washing, drying, and applying ointment to the tattoo about 2-4 times per day for the first 2-3 days.  During those first few days, it is normal for your tattoo to feel sore and tender.  You may also see redness, swelling, and some mild bleeding.

  • 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.)

  • 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 for the remainder of two weeks or until the tattoo is fully healed.  

  • KEEP YOUR TATTOO MOISTURIZED Lotion can be applied whenever the tattoo is feeling stiff or dry but do not over-moisturize.  When the tattoo is kept moist, it does not have a chance to form a scab but does form a thin membrane to protect the skin while it heals.  This layer will then peel off similar to a sunburn.  DO NOT PEEL YOUR TATTOO.  It is normal to see small flakes of colored skin falling off during this stage of the healing process.

  • If scabs form, do not worry, but NEVER PICK AT SCABS, this will pull the ink out and can cause scarring.

  • KEEP YOUR TATTOO CLEAN!  However, long showers, baths, and swimming must be avoided for at least 2 weeks or until the tattoo is healed.  Swimming will expose your open skin to bacteria and prolonged soaking will loosen scabs if any have formed.  So NO SWIMMING POOLS, NO OCEAN, NO HOT TUBS, NO BATH TUBS, AND NO SAUNAS until your tattoo is fully healed.  Short showers are best and should be your only water activity during the healing process.

  • 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 it.  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!

  • 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.