-Only bring yourself to your appointment.
-When you arrive please wait in your car.
-Call or text your artist when you arrive. If you don't have their cell numbers please use the
shop line 859-878-2639 to call and leave a message with your name, number, and time of
-We will take your temperature when you arrive.
-If you feel sick, please reschedule as soon as possible.
-We ask that you please wear a mask, if you don't have one, we have disposable ones available.
-Consults will be done via phone call or video chat as much as possible.
-We have recently changed our booking system!
-"Open books" Means that we are accepting tattoo requests and are actively booking new appointments.
-"Closed books" Means that we are still accepting tattoo requests but we don't currently have availability for appointments.
-On a quarterly basis we will be scheduling for a 3-4 month period. If we have an e-mail request from you we will do our best to get you booked once the books open up.
-When you e-mail us you will receive an automatic message telling you we have received your message and that we will be responding to it on our next open booking.
-Make your appointment as early as possible to ensure getting a place in our books.
-We do not do piercings at this time.
-The shop minimum is $50, this covers anything 2 inches and smaller with simple to moderate detail.
-We charge by the piece up to a half sleeve size. Cost varies depending on size, level of detail, and color or black and grey.
-A consultation is required for anything complex or bigger than 3 inches.
-Consults are free!
-Our hourly rate is $120 an hour for large pieces (half sleeve and larger).
-We require a deposit on all pieces in order to create a drawing, and/or to make an appointment. This can be done in person or via Paypal. The deposit will usually be $50, but can be more or less depending on size of the piece you are getting.
-Deposits will come off of the price of the tattoo when you come in for your appointment. If you need to reschedule you may up to 48 hours before getting your piece and retain your deposit. If you cancel or reschedule within 48 hours of the appointment, or if you are a no call, no show, your deposit will be forfeit and a new deposit will be required to reschedule.
-If we have to reschedule you due to sickness or inability to tattoo you still get to use your deposit.
-If you no show twice we reserve the right to refuse you service.
-You must be at least 16 to be tattooed, but we prefer if you are 18+. If you are under 18 you need a parent/guardian to come with you, a copy of the birth certificate or documents indicating guardianship, you both need photo ID's that have your date of birth, and the names must match.
Each of our artists will explain their design process to you in your consultation! Consultations are required if the piece is larger than a few inches or complex in anyway. This is just a great way for us to hash things out and really get down to what will make the best piece for you. We will also give you an estimate on when to expect to receive your drawing. Even if you don't get your drawing by the time of your appointment, please still come to the shop. We may have extra questions or things to review before starting. You will most likely just receive linework of your design.
Hydrate! Drinking water is key to keeping your skin and body happy and healthy.
Get a good night sleep the night before. Getting a tattoo while hung over or sleep deprived can make pain tolerance much lower.
EAT BEFORE your session. This is key to keeping your blood sugar up and preventing possible passing out.
Bring drinks, and snacks. We only take short breaks while in the middle of large pieces so it is important to have things with you to keep you fueled during the process.
Please do not bring more than one friend for moral support unless they are also getting tattooed. It can be boring for them, and can cramp the work area.
For safety reasons, please do not bring small children or babies.
Dress comfortably and appropriately. Keep the placement of the tattoo in mind for ease of skin exposure. Bright white or new clothes are not recommended in the event of ink splatter. Be prepared for it to be cold & warm. Also bring socks or flip flops to prevent walking around the studio barefoot during breaks if you will be taking your shoes off during your session.
Bring some form of entertainment for yourself like an IPOD, IPAD, Laptop, portable DVD player, etc. with your own headphones or ear buds.
Please do not schedule something immediately after your tattoo. The process can take quite a while.
Please do not use any numbing products on the area to be tattooed and please do not come in under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. For pain, Advil and Tylenol are acceptable during your session.
While You are Tattooed
Please be aware of cross contamination. Do not touch your fresh tattoo during your session. Do not let anyone else touch your tattoo either!
Do not touch any of the tattoo equipment or work space.
Stay as still as possible and be mindful of how movements can effect the area being tattooed (ex: excessively moving arms or legs while getting a side piece will move your torso and effect the tattoo)
Do not set personal items on tattoo station or stands, if you aren't sure feel free to ask.
Always alert your artist if you feel funny or light headed. This could be an early indication of fainting.
Take bandage off after 1 to 2 hours (or 24 to 72 hours if you received Saniderm) and gently wash your tattoo with unscented liquid anti-bacterial soap (Dial pump soap is a recommended brand) and hot water using only your fingers. DO NOT use a sponge, face towel, or anything similar.
Dry with a clean towel by patting it down gently. (DO NOT wipe your tattoo). Let it air dry for 5-10 min.
Apply a thin coat of unscented lotion. Recommended brands are Lubriderm and Curel. It is optional to begin with Aquaphor, then switch to an unscented lotion after 3 to 4 days. DO NOT USE VASELINE.
Clean and lotion your tattoo as described above 2 to 3 times a day until fully healed.
The night of getting your tattoo done wear clean clothes (that you don't mind potentially being stained) to bed that will cover the area of your new tattoo. Excess ink may transfer/imprint from the new piece to your sheets. This is only likely on the first night.
What you can expect: During the healing process your tattoo will be sore for the first day or two after the tattoo is done. You can expect to have slight to significant scabbing or flaking and potentially dry skin. This is normal just clean and lotion as usual. As the tattoo fully heals it will lose some of it's initial brightness.
DO NOT get into swimming pools, hot tubs, bubble baths or anything that submerges your tattoo under water for long periods of time until your tattoo is completely healed. Tattoos take roughly two to three weeks to heal.
NO tanning and keep the tattoo out of direct sunlight until it is completely healed. Once healed use sunscreen to keep your tattoos looking fresh.
DO NOT scratch or pick at your tattoo. This can cause ink to be pulled from the design or lightened which will make a touch up necessary.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail your tattoo artist. If you are worried you might have an infection, seek medical attention.