Yes, but how much is what you really want to know. Pain thresholds vary from person to person – everyone handles it differently. The places that are uncomfortable tend to be over joints, inner thigh, top of foot, the ribs can be a bit of an adventure. But there is only one way to find out, get tattooed. And it’s less painful than you can imagine. The beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs the pain.
Yes and no, some images don’t work well as tattoos. Be willing to take some advice in terms of size and or making some details less complicated. Tattoos that can be seen or identified from afar are generally more pleasing and hold up better over time. Extremely fine detail with time will blur together and become unrecognizable.
There are several ways we can create your custom tattoo. You can direct the process to meet your specific goals and ideas on how you would like your tattoo to look. Having a very specific idea will be helpful, reference, even a basic sketch. Or you can allow me to interpret your vision, at the consultation you can describe principal ideas, size, style – and then let me run with it.
When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Work within your budget. Be upfront about how much you can spend. For smaller pieces that can be completed in a few hours, I can give you a quote for finishing the entire piece. Quotes cannot be given over the phone. It is necessary for me to see the design you want, whether it needs modification, the style, size, color and location. For custom work larger projects – that require more than one sitting are usually priced by the session. The cost of a project is related to several factors: color, black and grey, solid black, body type, texture of skin, area of body, new, cover-up or rework, size.
Possibly. But it depends on my availability. A relatively simple, small piece that takes less that an hour can usually be squeezed in anytime – the ability to do larger work depends on the availability and prior appointments.
New work. Generally it is best that you come in for a consultation then set-up and appointment. If you have a drawing, photo, or other artwork bring it with you. At the consultation we will discuss the design, take a tracing of the body area to be tattooed. A deposit is required to produce a drawing for your approval and booking an appointment. Clients traveling from out of state or abroad can begin via telephone or email.
If you need to reschedule, call as soon as possible. If you are late, you can throw off my schedule for the rest of the day. And lost time is lost money. If you are late you can’t get upset if your appointment is cut-short or you have to come back another day.
if you are under a lot of stress or fatigue, you may not sit well. Eating a light meal an hour or more before a session is recommended.
For larger pieces some clients have used aspirin, Tylenol or prescription pain-killers such a Vicodin or Percocet. They can take the edge off, but it will not render the process painless. Topical Anesthetics tend to change the texture of the skin making it difficult to tattoo. No Alcohol, it thins the blood and makes it difficult to put the ink evenly in the skin.
If you feel faint or queasy tell me immediately. Don’t try to rough it out. While it’s uncommon to feel dizzy or faint, it does happen – causes are stress, nerves, anticipation, fatigue and old faithful the empty stomach. The feeling will pass with time and a little sugar (candy bar) or some orange juice will help.
It is nearly impossible to say for certain how long a specific project will take – It depends on the variables of the tattoo: design, color, black & grey, size, size of client, how well the client can sit for appointments. Once these variables have been answered a better estimate can be made.
Most seem to get more than one.
Yes. Tattooing does not affect hair growth in any way at all. I did Chewbacca’s body suit look at him, he’s fine. hee, hee (bad starwars humor)
Getting a tattoo when your immune system down isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.
Yes, It is more difficult and the result can vary due to the texture and type of scar tissue. If you have a scar it must be least a year or two old. And solid colors are not suggested for that skin irregularity. Something more organic (ex. tree, flower, texture)
Someone who is darker will not get the same result as someone who is fair. Your skin acts as a filter over lighter colors than your own skin tone. If you are caramel colored black&grey, red, orange, green, blue, and violet. Moderately dark skin types black&grey and red. Very dark should stick to black&grey. But limited color doesn’t stop anyone from having a beautiful tattoo. And size plays an important factor in darker skin types – it true, yes bigger is better.
While it is not expected it is always appreciated. Average tip would be 10% - 15% of cost of the tattoo.
Depends. The fading can be greatly accelerated by exposure to sunlight. So protect your investment use a good sun-block if you are going to expose your tattoo to the sun.
Yes and No. There is no process that can completely remove/restore your skin to the same condition it was before it was tattooed. Laser removal is most effective to lighten up a tattoo sufficiently so that a new tattoo can be applied over the same area with no impact on design or color choices. But you may be disappointed in the result in complete tattoo removal. Lasers work best on black ink, colors less. Laser removal is expensive and need multiple sessions and are more painful.
No, but can recommend Bethany Cirlin she can be contacted at www.fymakeup.com
If one artist started it, in many cases I won’t complete it unless I get permission from the first artist. Exceptions will be made in an obvious case of a butchered tattoo. no one would expect you to return to that artist for a fix-up. As the saying goes, 'Good tattoos are not cheap, and cheap tattoos are not good.'
Yes, If any reason you desire privacy while being tattooed. I can close off the area.
Everyone heals at a different speeds. Your new tattoo may take approximately two weeks to heal on the surface and up to two months to heal completely.