Category Archives: Getting a Tattoo

Yes, we take Walk-ins

Like many shops, we take walk-ins. While much of our work is custom, needing an hour or more of drawing time, we fit walk-in tattoos in where we can. But what qualifies as a walk-in?

When we have the time it takes to actually do the tattoo, plus a short time to prep the artwork – say 20 minutes or less – we’ll be able to fit you in or get you an appointment a little later in the day.  During our slow season (late fall and early winter) sometimes we can take walk-ins that require more preparation, but it always depends on the schedule for that day, how much time it will take to get your design ready, and the time to actually do the tattoo.

The best way to get a walk-in appointment is to come in for something small and simple, or to choose from the designs we already have in the shop. Many people avoid “flash” art in shops, thinking it’s all been done before, but then come in with pictures off Google, Pinterest or Instagram that tons of people have seen and perhaps used.  We have thousands of great designs in the shop that have never been tattooed, and lots of artwork that can be quickly tailored to your specs.

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We do welcome walk-ins, when we can fit you in. And if your project is too big to fit in quickly, we can at least get the conversation rolling about how to get a great custom design started for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Before your appointment

Eat about one hour before your appointment

  • Eat right before your appointment — your pain tolerance is highest, and you’re calmer and less twitchy. After more than a couple of hours since eating, it hurts more, and you can get dizzy and sick during the tattoo.
  • Eat a big meal – Protein and carbs are best. It’s also helpful to eat Vitamin K rich foods – they thicken the blood, and include broccoli, dark leafy greens, bananas, oats, blueberries, alfalfa sprouts, and yogurt
  • Save sugary stuff until after your tattoo – you’ll do better if you’re not on a “sugar high” during your appointment.

NO Alcohol, Garlic or other blood-thinners beforehand

  • Garlic – It’s great for you, but it’s a strong blood thinner. Milder hot foods like Hot chili peppers and root vegetables like horseradish and wasabi also thin the blood.
  • Alcohol – the night before we recommend two drinks at the max, and no alcohol the day of the appointment until after you’re done.
  • Aspirin and Advil/ibuprofen. and vitamin E oil
  • Avoid large quantities of Mild blood thinners like onions, peppers, coffee and caffeinated tea.

If you take blood-thinning medications like Coumadin, talk with us first.

Don’t forget your ID

We are required to take a copy of your ID every time we tattoo you. ID must have both your (adult) photo and your birthdate on it, and should be current. We accept government-issued ID only:  Driver’s licenses, State-issued ID cards, Passports, and Military ID.  We do not accept student ID or birth certificates.

Payment Options

  • We take cash and all major credit or debit cards.
  • We do not accept personal, business, or Travelers checks

Parking

  • Free parking anywhere behind our building and the house next door.
  • Metered parking across the street, free after 6pm and on Sundays.
  • Please don’t park at the Sportscar Shop on the other side of 6th Alley.

Please arrange childcare if needed

Noisy kids, even happy ones, make it hard for us to concentrate, and for you to relax. If you must bring kids, bring an adult to care for them.

Be ready to care for your tattoo

We’ll give you complete instructions in person, and in writing, after your appointment, but it’s good to know what we want you to do ahead of time.  You can click here for detailed aftercare instructions.  The short version:

It takes about 4 or 5 weeks for a tattoo to heal

Most people go through two or more weeks of “flaking and peeling” and another 2 weeks while the skin finishes healing.

You’ll leave your appointment with your new tattoo bandaged, and instructions on how to clean it and care for it while it’s healing.  You should leave the tattoo bandaged for at least 2 hours, preferably more.

During the first two weeks

  • Lightly lotion the tattoo every hour or two with a non-oily, fragrance-free lotion like Curél or Lubriderm. Always lotion your tattoo with clean hands.
  • Don’t pick or scratch at the tattoo – if it itches, lotion it.
  • Clean the tattoo once a day with mild soap, and more if it needs it – keep your tattoo clean to avoid infection.
  • Stay out of the water other than cleaning it – no baths, hot tubs, saunas or swimming.
  • Wear clean natural-fiber fabric next to the tattoo – cotton t-shirts are great, and other cloth made from plants: cotton, rayon, silk, linen, bamboo, hemp, etc. Stay away from polyester, nylon and acrylic, and anything fuzzy, loose-weave or lacy.
  • Keep the tattoo out of the sun and tanning beds FOR AT LEAST A MONTH – No sunblock for 4 or 5 weeks, so keep it under fabrics or in the shade.

 

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by | 23 May 2016 · 11:08 am

How do we price tattoos?

Like most tattoo shops, we price by how long the tattoos are expected to take.  We have a shop minimum to cover basic costs of doing the tattoo regardless of how tiny or quick it is (you can call for our current minimum).  This is a session minimum, not a minimum for each tattoo done in a session, so sometimes it’s cheaper to do tiny tattoos at the same time as another tattoo, big or small.

We will give you a quote before your tattoo appointment, which is usually a range, depending on how long the tattoo actually takes.  You might hear, for example, a quote of “$75 to $100” or “$200 to $300,” which is a best-case, worst-case scenario.  Some people have skin that takes ink easily, some do not. Some people sit very still, other people are twitchy or have trouble not moving. The same tattoo on two different people can take very different amounts of time, and our pricing reflects that.

In our shop, the average hourly also drops the longer you sit for a tattoo — the first hour is the most expensive, the second a little less expensive, and the third hour is a little cheaper than that.  This is because we can average out the cost of the materials and sterilization, which come to about $40-50 per session, regardless of the size or time needed to do your tattoo.

Our best deals are on Half-Day sessions, which save customers about $50-100 compared to our regular pricing, and on our Buy-a-Day full-day sessions, which can save hundreds of dollars when compared to doing a large tattoo in several small sessions, or doing several tattoos in separate sessions.  If you’re thinking about multiple tattoos or large work like sleeves and back pieces, talk to us about our current pricing on Half-Days and Buy-a-Days.

 

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by | 21 May 2016 · 5:04 pm

Can minors get tattoos?

Oregon state law prohibits decorative tattooing on anyone under 18 years of age.  There are heavy fines, and most tattooists follow the law.

We know that many people under 18 are anxious to get a tattoo, but we encourage you to wait it out and get a medically safe tattoo once you turn 18.  Most people offering to tattoo minors are unskilled underground tattooists (aka “scratchers”) who not only give bad tattoos, but don’t have the knowledge or equipment to do medically safe tattooing.  No one wants an infection, whether it’s a small staff infection in your tattoo, or something really dangerous like Hepatitis B or C, which can seriously damage your health or even kill you.

It’s better to wait till you’re legally able to get a safe tattoo in a shop.  In the meantime, you can use the time plan the perfect tattoo once you’re of age.

In our shop, minors are welcome to visit, ask questions, and even get the design going for that 18th birthday tattoo.  Get informed, plan carefully, ask the right questions, and give your design ideas some time to develop.  You’ll be much happier in the long run with your tattoos and your health.

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by | 19 May 2016 · 12:48 pm

Can you tattoo over a scar or stretch marks?

It is possible to design tattoos to work with scars and stretch marks, but there are some limitations.

  • Scars should be at least one year old.  We want them to have stopped changing texture and color before we tattoo over them.
  • Many scars take pigment, but often heal uneven in color, or the texture of the scar shows right through the design.  The best thing to do in these cases is to use images that have similar shapes to the scarring, and designs that avoid flat solid colors, which just highlight instead of camouflage the scar.
  • Some scars and stretch marks just don’t take pigment well – they are too keloided (permanently raised), knotty, or delicate to get the ink in.  In that case, we can try to design something that works AROUND the scar, or along with the stretch marks, leaving the untattooed skin as part of the design.
  • Very light scarring or slight stretch marks usually don’t affect tattooing much, but we still try to avoid using flat solid colors over the scarred areas, as the texture pops right out instead of being hidden by the tattoo.

Every scar is different, and most tattoos designed to hide scars or stretch marks are custom designs. Come talk to us about your particular situation, and we’ll see what we can do.

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by | 18 May 2016 · 3:17 pm