HOW DO I GET STARTED?
We accept walk-ins on a “first come, first serve” basis. Larger pieces may require some time to put together, and we suggest contacting ahead of time in order to iron out any details before your visit. Feel free to contact any of our artists directly with questions regarding appointments.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE, AND CAN I GET PERMISSION?
Tattoos: The state of North Carolina requires an individual be at least 18 years of age to get a tattoo, no exceptions.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There is a $60 minimum, $70 for below the wrist, below the ankles, above the neck, ribs, and stomach. Without seeing what exactly it is that we’re doing, it’s difficult to guess at a price, but a good rule of thumb is that the cost of the tattoo is decided by how much work it will be to do, so things like size, location, detail, color, etc all factor into what we charge.
Session rates are available at $60 per 30 minutes rounded up.
DOES IT HURT?
Yes, but obviously if it were unbearable we would not be in business. Think about all the people you see around you with tattoos on a regular basis; it is annoying, but once your done you’ll have something that you can enjoy for the rest of your life!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
Tattoos generally take about two weeks to heal, during which time its on you to care for it properly. Piercings vary depending on what youre having done, but just contact us and one of our piercers would be happy to let you know.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THIS?
I accept cash or credit (visa or mastercard). Additionally fees may apply to credit card usage.
HOW DO I PREPARE?
I recommend that you eat well and are well hydrated when you come in to get work done. Generally speaking, passing out or getting sick is a result of your sugar levels dropping, so keeping that up is key. Additionally, although a drink may be ok, its best not to have any alcohol beforehand, as this will not only cause you to bleed more, but will also make our jobs more difficult. The only other recommendation is to stay calm. Everyone gets the butterflies before having work done, but try and remember that we’ve been working on people every day for decades; you’ll make it through this just fine, and working yourself up will only make something that should be exciting for you a frightening experience.
ORAL TATTOOS: Buy an alcohol free mouthwash such as Biotene or Alcohol Free Crest. Swish 2-3 times a day. It is best not to smoke, or try to at least cut back on your smoking. Avoid oral contact with anything irritating such as: alcohol, spicy, salty, sugary or highly acidic food and drink. Swish with distilled water every time you eat, drink, or smoke. Continue this process until healed, about two weeks.
GENERAL TATTOO AFTERCARE: Remove the bandage after about an hour and begin a regiment of washing 3-4 times a day with a good anti-bacterial soap, preferably one that is non-scented such as dial or lever-2000. Be sure to only use your hands when washing, no washrags, and when drying only pat, don’t scrub. After each washing apply a small amount of A&D ointment, just enough to make it shiny. The ointment is petroleum based and will clog your pours should you apply too heavily. Continue this process for the two weeks it will take your tattoo to heal.
While your tattoo is healing, avoid direct sunlight, sand or soil, perfumes or any kinds of alcohol or peroxide based products, and soaking in water. Showers are obviously fine, but no swimming, baths, hot tubs, etc. Your tattoo will likely scab and itch; do not pick at it, scratch at it, or otherwise mess with it.
Additionally, for pet owners:
A&D ointment is petroleum based, and will attract pet hair. Unfortunately pet hair has a lot of bacteria and should be avoided, so if they get into your bed you should change the sheets and keep them off for the duration of your healing process.