FAQs

Q?

How much does a tattoo cost?

A.

This varies on a number of factors, such as size, placement and the complexity of the design.

Q?

Can I request a custom design?

A.

Absolutely, mostly anything can be done. If it is not something we specialize in, we will refer you to the right artist for the job.

Q?

How can I tell that the needles being used are new and clean?

A.

This is the standard in most reputable shops. Ask your tattooist to show you sterilization equipment. You can ask to watch them take your needles and tubes out of sterilization pouches with indicators on them. You can watch them put together their machines. Don't assume anything when your health is on the line.

Q?

What’s an autoclave? How is it used in tattooing?

A.

An autoclave is a hospital-grade Steam Pressure Sterilizer that kills any microbes and/or pathogens on equipment. It is essential for Sterilizing contaminated equipment. Clean and Sterile are not the same , and "clean" isn't good enough for a tattoo. If a tattoo shop doesn't have one, leave.

Q?

How can I tell if a shop is clean?

A.

Does the artist have basic personal hygene? Are his fingernails clean? Is he under the influence of drugs or alcohol? You can ask to see up-to-date "spore test results" which indicate that the shop autoclave is working properly. Ask for a quick look around at work area or equipmet. Make sure autoclave indicators on all bags have changed color to show sterilization. Ask questions. Are the staff open and helpful, or guarded and shady?