FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We hope you have a great experience with us! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Do I need to make an appointment? +
We are a custom tattoo by appointment shop and rarely have time in our busy schedules to do walk-ins. You can always give the shop a call ahead of time to find out if we have any free time from a cancellation that day, but it's best just to set up an appointment with your preferred artist.
Is there an appointment deposit policy? . . .
A deposit must be put down in order to hold and finalize a tattoo appointment, and that amount does go towards the final cost of your tattoo. Deposits are $50 for smaller pieces / $100 for larger and can be made in person. We accept cash or credit cards only (no checks).
If I change my mind, can I get my deposit back? . . .
Nope - deposits are non-refundable, no exceptions. They are transferable up to 2 times if you need to reschedule, which you can do with at least 48 hours notice before your appointment. Cancelling or rescheduling within 48 hours will result in a loss of that deposit and another must be made upon rescheduling. Deposits will roll to and be used on your last session and cannot be transferred to another person’s tattoo or or be used with another artist.
I have an idea of the tattoo I want - how do I get started? . . .
First, take a look at our amazing artists' portfolios. Look to see who's style best reflects what you have in mind. All of our artists love to draw and are quite capable of handling almost any idea, big or small, but maybe there is someone in particular that stands out to you. Next, give us a call, send us an email or simply come on by. Together, we'll figure out who best suits your style and time frame and set you up with a consultation if needed, or an appointment to get tattooed. Consultations are completely free. In fact, the only thing you pay for is your tattoo (which includes the deposit fee you've already left to hold the appointment).
What should I bring to the consultation? . . .
We are a full custom tattoo shop. That means when you walk in you won't see a bunch of flash hanging on the walls to pick designs from. Instead, you rely on our creativity to come up with something beautifully unique for you. Bring images from any books, posters, magazines, computer or internet printouts that you think might help best convey your ideas to your artist. We'll talk it over, take pictures if it's to be an addition or cover-up, or trace the area if it's a larger piece. From that point until the appointment to get tattooed, your artist will draw up your design based on your specifications.
What if I need you to draw something up for me?. . .
Once you've set up an appointment and left a deposit, we'll start drawing. Usually we will have them ready by the time of the tattoo appointment, but if you feel you NEED to see the drawing ahead of time make sure you work that out with your artist. Drawings to be viewed ahead of time can be shown in person at the shop, or on some occasions via email. Drawings can be adjusted until you're happy with what you're getting.
How much will my tattoo cost?. . .
Size, location on the body, level of detail, and color all factor in to the price. Everything starts at the shop minimum, which is $60 ($80 for hands, feet and neck) and goes up from there depending on how long it takes. Smaller pieces are quoted by the piece, while multiple-session pieces are usually by the hour/session. Depending on size and which artist you choose, prices are $125 - $150/hr. If you have a budget in mind let us know when you're consulting and we can always work with you.
What should I bring to my appointment?. . .
First and foremost you need to bring a government or state-issued photo ID and MUST be at least 18 years of age (MN law). Drivers licenses, Military IDs and passports fly...school IDs and birth certificates don't.
Next, make sure you're feeling good and comfortable. Drink lots of water the week before your tattoo. Eat a meal before hand and bring something to sip on; Carbs, juices and soda are good since they keep your blood sugar up and prevent you from getting light headed. Also, if at all possible, try to get a good night sleep the night before. The better you feel going into your tattoo the easier the process and healing will go for you.
You may bring your friends or family with you for support, but please note we only allow 1 person other than yourself with you in the room while you are being tattooed. This is to minimize distraction for the artist. Also, please do not have loud, animated phone conversations, yell, or moan. Please be considerate of others and your surroundings.
Last, but not least, bring a positive attitude. Your artist knows what he/she is doing. Please don't complicate things further by micro managing every detail. You've trusted your artist with the design, so please do the same for the tattoo. If we say it won't work, chances are it won't work. If we say it's just too small, then that's exactly what it is. ABOVE ALL, we want you to have a wonderful experience and we want your tattoo looking it's best not just for now, but for many MANY years to come. Basically, please do not place any unnecessary stress on your artist as this job is not as easy as our skilled artist may make it look.
Will it hurt?. . .
Absolutely, tattoos hurt. Some spots more than others. But you can make it through, we promise. All we need from you is the respect we spoke of above and your willingness to RELAX. Breathe. Breathe in through your nose for 2 seconds, hold it for 2, then (with your tongue to the roof of your mouth) breathe out for 2 seconds. Repeat this until you are calm. You might want to tense up or hold your breath when you feel the needle, but don't. Instead, relax your body and breathe. That's all. Leave the drama at home; You CHOSE this, remember? The more “at peace” you are, the faster it goes, and the less it hurts, the more smiles.
What should I wear?. . .
Wear whatever you are comfortable wearing, as long as the area on and around your tattoo in easily accessible. This establishment is 18 and up and we are all adults. We have drape cloths and screens if you need them and we will try to make it as comfortable for you as we can, but there is some visibility from different angles. As long as you don't make it too awkward it's cool to be shy, just as it's cool to let it all hang out. We don't care either way, we’re trying make pretty pictures.
Should I tip the Artist?. . .
Up to you. Tipping is never expected, but always appreciated. If you feel the artist did an awesome job, spent a lot of time working out your ideas, went above and beyond your expectations, or you simply had a good time then by all means tip! As far as what amount you should tip, that truly is entirely up to you. You could treat the tip like at a restaurant and leave 15-20%, or you can leave $5. Whichever and anything in between is fine.