FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TATTOOS
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DO TATTOOS HURT? WHAT DO THEY FEEL LIKE?
Thousands of needle pokes puncturing your skin over a span of minutes/hours DOES hurt, of course. However, many factors affect the pain one may feel while getting tattooed, including:
•Where on the body getting tattooed; generally skin close to the bone (wrist, skull, ribs, etc.) hurt more than “meatier” areas like the thigh, bicep, or calf. Also, sensitive areas like the armpit and near erogenous zones, are often more painful.
•The pain tolerance of an individual; some clients can sit for hours at a time without wincing, while others can't sit still for 5 minutes.
•The size of the piece; naturally, the smaller the tattoo, the less time poking your skin.
Overall, pain during a tattoo is never unbearable, and some even describe the pain as more “annoying” or “scratch-like” than severe. Often, controlled breathing exercises, meditating, or listening to music can all help distract your brain from the pain and help make the tattoo process seem to go by quicker. But yeah, it still hurts.
DO YOU OFFER PIERCINGS?
Sorry, we are a fully-custom tattoo shop only. We also don't get our groceries from the hardware store.
IS YOUR SHOP SAFE?
Absolutely. We use one-use-only disposable needles, tubes, and supplies. We go above and beyond what the state and county require for safety standards, and we've never had a single heath violation.
WHAT DOES “A FULLY-CUSTOM TATTOO SHOP” MEAN?
Step foot inside Ink & Iron, and you won't see any “flash pages” on the wall (art designed to be selected and repeatedly tattooed on many customers). In fact, our walls are covered with art created by our own artists, for display and for sale – everything from paint on canvas to awesome skateboard decks. And if you plan on getting a tattoo of something you found on Google Image Search or Pinterest, we get bummed about that, too. There's no one in the world like you, and we want you to have a one-of-a-kind tattoo that is significant to you, is placed perfectly on the body to accent it's shape, and is drawn by hand right here in the shop. Remember, we're artists at heart, so we have the most fun when we're given a concept and have some freedom to run with an idea that inspires us and give you something comes from inside our head, not from a picture on a website.
DO YOU TAKE WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS?
Generally, it's best to call ahead and schedule your tattoo session – particularly when considering we're often designing a piece of art just for you. It takes time to translate an idea to paper, and eventually onto your skin. However, we often can fit in a “walk-in consultation” - in fact, we always welcome potential clients to stop by our shop, meet the artists, check out their artwork, and discuss the tattoo you're thinking about getting. From there, we can usually schedule your tattoo appointment in our calendar. Sometimes, artists do have free time between appointments and are more than happy to squeeze in a tattoo session. If you're flexible and want to sit in the business chair as soon as possible, give us a call and we will see if we can schedule you based on artists' availability.
HOW MUCH DOES A TATTOO COST?
If you're looking for a quote, it's tough to gauge how much a tattoo will cost when discussing over the phone or via online message. It's best to stop by, let us see any references or ideas you might have, see where the tattoo is going to go on your body, and determine how much detail will be needed for the piece. A 3”x3” tattoo might take a lot more time than a 5”x5” tattoo, depending on the level of detail (shading, coloring, line work, etc.).
Our shop minimum is $60 (+tax). Mike "Panda" currently charges $100/hr, and Scotty charges $60/hr.
If you want to get a large tattoo, like an arm “sleeve” or back piece, we are happy to break up your tattoo into multiple sessions, typically in at least 2+ hour increments.
Ultimately, we want you to be completely satisfied with your tattoo, and we don't think the total cost should compromise the quality – we're flexible and can work within your budget to either complete your tattoo in sessions or come up with a custom design that meets your needs.
HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY TATTOO?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, and cash payments. We do not accept personal checks, sorry. Tips for exemplary customer service are always appreciated.
TATTOO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
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Congratulations! Your new tattoo is now a permanent part of your body! Like most things, the better you care for it, the happier you will be about the results for many years to come. Make sure you execute common sense when caring for your tattoo and if you ever have any doubts or concerns, don't hesitate to contact an artist at the shop!
NOTE: Sometimes you may develop dark, heavy scabs or even a heat rash. That is completely normal. Everyone's healing time is different. Some tattoos will heal quicker than others. Bigger tattoos will heal slower than smaller ones. If you have excessive swelling, try to keep the tattoo above or at heart level. Again, call an artist at the shop if you are concerned about how your tattoo is healing.
Remember, a lot of time and love went into making your tattoo beautiful, so take care of it! We don't want to have to fix it later because it was poorly cared for – that would hurt our feelings!