Here below a list of common Q & A’s. If you don’t find your answer, feel free to contact us through our Contact page
Many people are worried about the possibility of getting an infection from getting a tattoo. It is very, very rare for a person in good health who takes good care of their tattoo to get an infection. However, some people do have a reaction to the inks, or (more often) to the ointment or lotion used during the healing process. When this happens, the tattoo may become itchy, or a pimply rash may develop. These reactions are not serious, but they can affect the way the tattoo looks when it heals, and they are sometimes uncomfortable. People most commonly react to red inks. Contact us for more information.
On the day of the appointment, we ask to the customers not to consume alcohol or aspirin or any drugs. Please be sober-minded and healthy. These conditions will ensure the best possible start for your tattoo or body art, and help make the tattoo experience positive. How well your tattoo heals has everything to do with how well you take care of it afterwards, so be prepared to follow the aftercare instructions the artist provides. Your tattoo artist will touch up your tattoo if necessary after it is healed (usually for free after a minimum of two weeks). We want you to be absolutely happy with your new tattoo or body art.
Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.
When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will ink you cheap, and you’ll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. If you can’t pay for quality, don’t bother. This is not a bargain bin. It is a piece of art you will wear for life.
Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain. Some have compared it to a “hot scratching feeling “or cat scratch. Also depends where you place your tattoo, there are more sensitive place in your body and less sensitive, Most people find that the fear of getting a tattoo is far worse than the pain they actually experience. All kinds of people get a tattoo or body art, and almost everyone is able to tolerate the sensation. Some people even find that they really like getting a tattoo!
Here below a reference to body and related pain.
Think of your skin as a filter over the tattoo. Darker skins will mute or obscure the color. Lighter skin will allow the color to be more vivid.
We accept cash only!! (sorry)
Yes, it can be anything you like, but it will need to be converted into a tattoo design. Some styles of artwork do not work well as a tattoo, but we use our years of experience to guide you with the selection of the artwork and style.
A new tattoo takes about three weeks to look as if it was always there, but they heal like any other scratch or scrape, or approximately two weeks.
We use the same equipment (autoclave) that a hospital uses to sterilize our equipment. We also use disposable setups for each tattoo.
Visit your tattoo artist to insure the instruments are individually wrapped and sterilized.
We use aseptic technique which means:
We use fresh gloves for every piercing, to prevent cross-contamination.
We use a new sterilized needle for every client. You get to see the package opened in front of you, and the needle disposed of immediately afterward.
All tools and instruments that are not disposable, such as forceps and tubes, are cleaned, disinfected and autoclave sterilized before use on each client.
All jewelry is ultrasonically cleaned, individually packaged and autoclave sterilized before insertion into any new piercing. Jewelry which cannot be sterilized (i.e. acrylic, bone, wood) is never inserted into a new piercing, and is thoroughly disinfected before being inserted into a healed piercing.
Most piercings are just a slight pinch for a second, and most of our clients saying, “it was so much easier than I thought it would be”, or “that didn’t hurt at all”
The lump is possibly scar tissue or dirt trapped by the skin. A hot salt-water press can help draw out anything trapped in the lump or reduce scar tissue.
HOT SALT WATER PRESS: Boil water with a small amount of sea salt. Allow the mix to cool a little. Dip a clean cloth into the hot salt water and press against your piercing for 10 minutes or until the cloth is cools. You probably only need to do this once a day.
Your body piercer wills advice you on aftercare.
We recommend using Saline Solution to clean your piercing, or boiled salt water. (but ask for your piercer’s advice on making a good saltwater cleaner.) Always clean and dry your piercing with cotton. Disinfectants are often too strong or harsh to clean a healthy piercing with and sometimes cause aggravation.
If you suspect you have an infection you should feel free to consult your piercer and zinc supplement will often help boost your immune system, as well vitamin D3 helping your body heal itself.
Healing times will vary from person to person. All sorts of things can increase the healing but a good choice of metal (i.e. Titanium), good and careful aftercare as well as a zinc supplement will help reduce your healing time. But, please remember, you and your body MUST work together to make a piercing successful.
With nipple and navel piercings, you have to be extra careful as they are constantly under clothes. This will cause the piercing to become hot and sticky (a perfect breeding ground for germs).
Average healing times are as follows:
- Cartilage: Three to nine months
- Nipples / Navels: Three to nine months
- Facial: Within three months
In order to reduce the risk of infection and nickel allergy, we only use our medically sterile jewelry
Infections are generally the result of improper aftercare. If you follow the aftercare instructions given to you, infections are very rare. Stick with what the guidelines say and you will avoid an infection.
The aftercare you will be given are the latest and up-to-date.
Eat something substantial an hour or two before getting pierced. This will help support your blood sugar level.
Avoid alcohol, aspirin, excessive caffeine, and all recreational drugs for 24 hours beforehand
The following are the metals safe for initial piercings:
Implant-grade stainless steel: 316L or 316LVM (ASTM F-138) Implant-grade titanium: 6AI4V ELI (ASTM F-136)
We perform all of our piercings with single use, sterilized surgical needles. They are extremely sharp, therefore making the piercing as painless as possible.