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Tattoo FAQ


We use an AUTOCLAVE just like a hospital. We verify our instruments are sterile by using the best equipment and service it regularly. 


We do our own tattoos here, so we want the best for ourselves and for you, too.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: The first and most asked question by far is, “Does it hurt?”

A: Yes. It hurts slightly. The pain is an outside pain. (irritation) It varies depending on the location on your body.

Q: Will hair grow through my tattoo?

A: Yes, the skin will still be the same as before. If you have dark or long body hair it might obscure the tattoo, if the tattoo is too small.

Q: How safe is it?

A: We use the same equipment (autoclave) that a hospital uses to sterilize our equipment. We also use disposable setups for each tattoo. Visit your tattoo artist to insure the instruments are individually wrapped and sterilized. They are happy to answer any of your questions!

Q: Can I bring in my own design?

A: Yes, it can be anything you like, but it will need to be converted into a tattoo design. Some artwork will not work well as a tattoo, but we use our years of experience to guide you with your selection of the artwork and style. Come see us – we will work with you to get the best design possible for your artwork!

Q: How old must I be to get a tattoo?

A: You must be 18 years of age and have a picture ID issued by a government or state. We do not tattoo minors with or without parental permission.

Q: Is it permanent?

A: Yes, but all tattoos will age. Sun, improper healing, and poor health, will affect the final results. How well they age depends on the size, and placement. Older tattoos can be redone and recolored. Unwanted tattoos can be covered with a new tattoo (cover up) or removed (laser).

Q: How long does it take to heal?

A: A new tattoo takes about three weeks to look as if it was always there, but they heal like any other scratch or scrape – between two and three weeks.

Q: How do the colors turn out?

A: Your skin is a filter over the tattoo. Darker skins will obscure the color. Lighter skin will allow the color to be more vivid.

Q: Can I be allergic to the colors?

A: Allergies to the ink is very rare. If you suspect you my have allergies, you might want to consult your doctor for the proper tests.

Q: If I am pregnant, can I still get a tattoo?

A: Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, or anyone with a chronic serious condition should get the advice of their doctor before getting a tattoo.

Q: Where is the least (most) painful spot?

A: Probably the upper arm, yet it is more important to get your tattoo where you want it as opposed to getting it where it might hurt a little less.  The most important fact is your tattoo should be fun, and part of the fun is getting it where it will work the best for you.

Tattoo After Care Instructions:

The first rule is to use common sense…

  • Do not touch or let others touch your new tattoo unless their hands are freshly washed thoroughly.
  • Keep your tattoo clean, and do not expose to hostile environments or chemicals.
  • Do not let unqualified people tell you what to do, if you have a question, refer to the care instructions that came with your tattoo, or contact your tattoo artist.
  • Leave the bandage on 12 to 24 hours…
  • Wash thoroughly with soap and water. This is an important step, make sure you remove all the grease and the residue…
  • Blot dry, do not rub. Allow to dry well before covering with clothing. High bacteria locations, like feet, change your socks twice daily…
  • Do not compress the fresh tattoo with tight clothing or belts, etc…
  • With clean hands, put a non-greasy fragrance-free lotion on your tattoo 3-5 times daily, rubbing in thoroughly. Do not leave a coating or residue. Do not use bacitracin, polysporin, neosporin, or any other topical antibiotics. Greasy lotions will cause you to loose color and prolong healing time.
  • Do not soak, swim, or sauna for at least two weeks.
  • Do not expose to sun for at least three weeks.
  • Do not pick at or otherwise traumatize your fresh tattoo.
  • Your new tattoo will heal in about two to three weeks.
  • What you can expect:scabbing phase (3-7 days) – dry flaky skin phase (3-7 days) -leathery phase (3-7 days)