Do you offer piercings?
At this time we do not offer piercings.
What forms of payment do you take?
We accept cards and cash.
Which form of payment do you prefer?
We always prefer cash, but we can always take cards if that's not available.
How does pricing work at your shop? Do you charge hourly?
We do not charge hourly, but per the design. We usually will base the price off of the sizing, however, something more complex will always raise the price. Something that has more details requires a more precise stencil, which can be a process, as well as tattooing it since more time will be required to tattoo in more detail.
How do I get to your shop?
We are located next to McGuillicuddy's in the small brown house at 10 Pearl St. Make sure when you arrive- you are able to park in the back lot. The entrance is in the back on the right side. If you have trouble finding it, please let us know and we will help you find it!
Do I need to wear a mask?
At this time, if you are not vaccinated- we would appreciate it. If you are vaccinated, it is not required but you are still free to wear one if you so choose. We also have masks to provide if you would like one but do not have one with you.
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
Yes! We ask that you please respect mask regulations- if you are not vaccinated please wear a mask. Also, please do not bring more than 2 people with you. The studio space is small so it doesn't fit many people and it can get crowded in here quickly :)
What is the youngest you will tattoo?
With parental consent forms signed, as well as your parent coming to your appointment with you- 16 is the youngest we will tattoo.
Do you offer temporary tattoos?
Yes! We offer them to people of all ages :) They cost significantly less and last 1-3 weeks! Please inquire if you are interested! I will need to know in advance if you want one so I can collect the materials. 1-2 weeks prior to the appointment would be much appreciated.
Do you tattoo people with darker skin tones?
Absolutely 100% we will tattoo you if you have dark skin.
If you are worried about getting a color tattoo because you have a darker skin tone- please mention this concern to us and we will first schedule you for a color test at no cost. This means you come in, and we have you pick out some colors you like. Then, we do very small markings on your skin somewhere so we can see how well the colors you like show up and can assess from there.
What we would like to ask is to keep in mind that darker skin tones will not always display a bright color the way it looks in the bottle- but we can still achieve beautiful colors on your skin tone. We'll do our very best to find a solution you are happy with ❤
Why isn't your Instagram and social media updated more often?
Over the years, social media has been something we are trying to stay more up to date with. Social media can be a source of anxiety for the owner due to having our accounts stolen, dealing with harassment from other accounts, and solicitation from unwanted parties. We do update our page, but at the end of the day, being popular on social media is not our goal or focus. If we do not post your tattoo on our page, please do not take it personally, there could be multiple reasons for this. Thank you for you understanding!
How many years have you been tattooing?
Alex has been tattooing since 2018! The number changes every year :)
Jen just started her apprenticeship in February 2024!
Do you offer realistic tattoos?
As of right now, we are training our apprentice to be our realism pro. It's a common inquiry we get and so we decided to pull the trigger on getting a realism artist in here. They will be on the menu soon! :)
Is there anything you will not tattoo?
We will not tattoo anything that is offensive to other folks. For example, any racist or offensive symbols or language will not be tolerated in the shop. We also try our very best to be respectful of cultural representation and symbols. If you have to ask us if it's disrespectful to get it tattooed- we would reconsider getting it tattooed. You can always inquire if you are wondering about being respectful with your body art! It matters <3
Are there any parts of the body you will not tattoo?
Right now, we are not comfortable tattooing faces, genitals, inner lip, top of the head or palms of feet / hands and ears.
Are there parts of the body you do not enjoy tattooing?
This question is specific to the client and their pain tolerance but yes. There are. You may not know you have a low or high pain tolerance, so if its your first tattoo we will always do a blank pass with the needle to make sure you think you can handle it.
Parts of the body we will always advise you think twice and may charge a little more for are rib cage, sternum, top of the foot, ankle bone / achilleas, hand (including fingers) and the neck. These are areas that can be more painful, may not last (fingers) and also sometimes a bit more challenging to tattoo for many reasons. A lot of times people think they can handle it but your body will react to pain in certain areas out of your control such as jolting or squirming - which can result in wobbly lines. It happens more than people realize, even with folks who have a high pain tolerance. SO PLEASE PLEASE consider this before asking for a tattoo in any of the above areas.
Does it hurt a lot to get tattooed?
We wont lie to you- tattoos can be painful. But everyone's tolerance to pain is different. Some people feel absolutely nothing! Some people feel every poke of the needle. There's several things you can do to make this easier. This includes numbing (see next question for more details), chewing gum, stress balls or hard candy to crunch on. In the past- these solutions have been helpful for lots of clients we have tattooed.
How does the numbing process work at your shop?
While we do offer a numbing agent, we will not give it to you if it is your first tattoo; the reason for this being that we believe everyone needs to know what it feels like the first time. If you do prefer numbing solution before your appointment, please make it very clear in your inquiry. We always will recommend "Uber Numb" which is available for purchase on Amazon.com
Application of numbing is as follows:
**Please remember to have your numbing done an hour BEFORE your appointment**
1) wash the area which an antibacterial hand soap. Then while rinsing, try to make sure the water is as warm as you can handle it and let the water run until the pores have opened a bit. Dry with a paper towel
2) Apply about 1/4" thickness of the numbing solution on the body part immediately after drying and wrap in saran wrap.
3) Once you arrive to your appointment we can remove the numbing ointment and you should be good to go!
Are you looking for an apprentice or other employees?
Not at this time.
These will be updated as more FAQs surface. If you have a question that was not answered here please feel free to ask!