It is very important that you eat before your appointment. Even if you are too nervous to eat you need to force yourself to do so. Being tattooed effects your blood sugars which can drop, causing people to pass out mid tattoo. Please bring snacks/lunch if you are sitting for a multi-hour sitting. We provide candy, coffee and water during your time here. Please be smart minded in what you wear the day of your appointment. Ask your artist if you are unsure what attire would be best for the location of your tattoo. Be sure to dress appropriately for your appointment. Wear older clothes in case you get ink on them. If you’re getting your arm tattooed it might be best to wear a tank top. If you're getting your upper leg or hip tattooed its a good idea to wear a bathing suit bottom that ties on the sides. You can also bring a blanket with you as the process of getting tattooed can make you cold. Its not a bad idea to bring a pillow as well.
No, you are welcome to stop by at any time to speak with the artist you are interested in booking with. These types of meetings normally last 10-15 minutes. We ask that you bring in any reference pictures and have a solid idea of your tattoo location, if you want black or grey/color and desired size. Answering these questions correctly from the start will allow your artist to properly quote your tattoo. We recommend giving the shop a call before you come to double check that the artist is in that day.
YES. We require a $50 deposit for all tattoos under 2 hours and a $100 deposit for all longer sittings. DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE but will be applied to the final cost of your tattoo. They can be made in person, via phone or by emailed invoice. They can NOT be paid with by giftcard.
No. We are a tattoo only shop. We strongly recommend checking out our friends at Black Diamond Body Piercing in West Hartford for all your piercing and jewlry needs, they are worth the drive!
Check out their website here: http://blackdiamondbodypiercing.com
If you are interested in getting a larger tattoo but are concerned about sitting for a multi-hour tattoo, we do offer a numbing product made by H2Ocean called Nothing Soap. Nothing Soap has Lidocaine and is formulated to effectively clean and relieve pain during the tattooing process. This uniquely designed product will gently cleanse the tattoo with less irritation and swelling. It is a saline based soap which allows the lidocaine to be absorbed into the skin with ease. This product only works effectively after the tattoo has been started, it will not numb closed skin. If you are interested in using this product please tell your artist ahead of time. Bottles can be purchased for $15 at the shop.
Each artist tends to know how his or her work heals best. Also, clients who have been tattooed before often know how their skin reacts to different healing methods. When you get tattooed here, we will go over in detail with you what we recommend. We may discuss different methods with you if you have had a ‘rough heal’ in the past or if you are allergic to certain ointments or lotions.
You will leave our shop with a piece of RECOVERY DERM SHIELD on your tattoo. This bandage is included in the price of your tattoo and can be worn for 24 hours. We strongly recommend purchaing a second sheet of Recovery Derm Shield which can be used for an additional 5 days. Recovery Derm Shield protects your tattoo completely which reduces the chance of any infection or irritation to your tattoo. Recovery Derm Shield also allows for a much more comfortable healing process. Talk to your artist these Derm Shields if you have any questions or concerns!
There are different stages to the healing process. The first week your skin pores may still be open and susceptible to infection. During this time the tattoo should be cared for and kept clean diligently. The second week it will look great but might still be sensitive to chlorine pools or salt water. It will be a full three or four weeks before the new skin that grows over your tattoo is completely back to normal.
To give you the most accurate quote for your tattoo it is best to come down to the shop and discuss your tattoo idea with your artist. Your artist will need to know what the content will be, where it is going, the size and if it will be black/grey or color. No two tattoos that we do here are the same so it is impossible to give a correct price without the above information.
18 years old OR 16 years old with BOTH parents in-person written consent. The child’s birth certificate showing both legal parents must be presented as well. If for any reason both parents are not in the picture we need legal proof of sole custody. If you can not meet these requirements then you need to wait until your 18th birthday. We also have the right to turn down any tattoo idea that we do not think a 16 year old will be happy with later on in life. We will not tattoo any 16/17 year old’s face, neck, hands, fingers or head.
Yes we accept all major credit cards BUT your artist would appreciate it if you paid & tipped in cash!