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Frequently Asked Questions:

Does it hurt?

Everyone feels pain differently, which leads to very different answers to that question; but the short answer is yes. Some people say it is mildly uncomfortable, while others have to work to handle it. If it’s worth having the tattoo, it’s worth doing what it takes to get it.

 

How much do tattoos cost?

It depends on the tattoo. I have a $100 minimum charge for walk in tattoos. Your tattoo will cost at least $150 if you want to make an appointment. Most small tattoos can be quoted a price before you get them while the price for larger tattoos can only be estimated. Most tattoos that will take more than 3 hours will be charged according to my hourly rate, which is $150/hr.

Sales tax is added to all prices.

 

What is the legal age to get a tattoo

In Washington state you must be 18. Parents cannot give permission for minors to get tattooed. State law:RCW 26.28.085 [1995 c 373 § 1]

 

How do I take care of my new tattoo?

Keep the bandage on for at least 3 hours

If you have a SaniDerm bandage, which is a clear film, then try to keep it on for 24 hours. If you have a non see thru bandage take it off after 6 hours.

Wash your tattoo as soon as you remove the bandage

Use white fragrance free soap, hot water, and your fingertips. Wash gently and rinse several times until skin is completely clean. Blot dry with a clean towel and air dry for 5 minutes.

Apply Aquaphor

Rub it into the skin until it disappears.

Wash tattoo 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks

After 3 days you can switch to a lighter lotion if you prefer.

Your tattoo will itch. DO NOT pick or scratch!

You may tap or lightly slap your tattoo. using lotion will help.

No soaking or swimming for 2 weeks

No sun for 3 weeks

use sunscreen any time you get enough sun to tan.

If you have further questions please call me

Don’t ask your friends unless they are professional licensed tattooists.

For a printable version of these instructions click here.

 

Do you take walk ins?

Yes, if you are actually in the studio and I have time to do your tattoo I will be happy to do so. I cannot “squeeze you in” before an appointment though, as I am not willing to make someone else wait for a time that they have scheduled. I almost always have time to do a consultation unless I am already with another client. Feel free to call if you would like an idea of my schedule on a certain day.

 

How do I make an appointment?

Emailing me at tattoogarden.net@gmail.com or calling me at 425-418-4644 are the easiest ways to schedule an appointment. After we have determined what you are looking for we can set up a time to do a consultation.

 

What is a consultation appointment?

Most of the tattoos that I do start with a consultation. A consultation is a free 15 minute meeting where we discuss your ideas, review reference material and answer questions. At the end we can discuss time/price estimates as well as deposits and scheduling.

 

I have a picture of what I want, do I still need a consultation?

You can email me the photo at tattoogarden.net@gmail.com. Please include approximately what size you want the tattoo (ex: “3 inches by 4 inches,” not “medium” or “large”) where on your body you want the tattoo, and if there are any changes you’d like to have made. I may still ask for a consultation or ask a few questions before I can answer you but I will do my best. If we decide to schedule without a consultation we will need to speak on the phone to arrange a deposit.

 

I don’t have a picture of what I want, can you still help me?

Absolutely, all you really need is a desire to get a tattoo. Once you have an idea of what you want please give me a call and we can set up a consultation time to discuss your options.

 

I am from out of town and a consultation would be inconvenient, what do I do?

Please email me with your idea and we will do our best to figure it out. We will need to have a conversation before a design can be done, but I can be flexible.

Please keep in mind that custom artwork should allow for plenty of room for artistic interpretation so keep an open mind.

 

What is the deposit for?

The deposit secures a spot on my calendar. I cannot make appointments without deposits. Missed appointments result in loss of deposit. All deposits are non-refundable. 

 

What if I need to reschedule my tattoo appointment?

I do require 48 hours notice to reschedule an appointment. Without that notice your deposit will be forfeit and I will need a new deposit to schedule further appointments. If you need to cancel your appointment but are unable to reschedule at that time you have 90 days to get back on the calendar or your deposit expires.

 

What should I do to prepare for my tattoo appointment?

A good nights sleep and a good meal will do wonders when it comes to a comfortable tattoo session. Be sure to where comfortable clothing that will allow access to the area to be tattooed. Please make sure to bring your ID as well.

 

Do you do cover ups?

Yes, I cover up scars, most birth marks, or older tattoos quite often. I will need a consultation appointment in order to see what we are covering up before I can answer any questions about the cover up. 

 

I need a touch up of an older tattoo, can you do that?

Yes, but I will need to see it first, unless I did it within the last few years. 

 

Do you copy other peoples tattoos?

I do not replicate tattoos that are on another person without their consent. If you have a photo of a tattoo on someone, even if it’s from the internet, then I will not attempt to duplicate it. I am willing to use such pictures as inspiration for original work. If the tattoo is on a friend or family member then I will do my best to duplicate it with their permission.

 

What’s in the tattoo ink?

Non-toxic mineral based pigment

Distilled water

Alcohol &

Witch hazel

 I use Fusion brand inks and they are proudly vegan friendly.

 

Are there any health conditions that might prevent me from getting a tattoo?

Any health problem that weakens your immune system, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS etc. may potentially make your healing much slower or impossible.  Furthermore, if you were to get an infection, it could be much more difficult to deal with. I may ask for your doctor’s approval before scheduling an appointment.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are also reasons not to be tattooed as they introduce risk to the infant. I will wait for you.

If you do have questions about health issues and tattoos I encourage you to ask your physician directly. I am always happy to answer any questions I feel qualified to answer.

 

Do you re-use needles?

No. I run a “disposable” shop, which means that anything that comes into contact with open skin is disposed of after your session. This includes needles, ink, gloves, etc. It all gets thrown away.