Below are some frequently asked questions and general tips. Click a question to see the answer. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

What kind of ID do I need?

All customers must have a photo ID with their birthdate.  We accept DMV issue, Military ID’s, passports, and school ID’s in combination with a birth certificate.

Minors must have a photo ID with their birthdate and come along with a parent or legal guardian who must also provide a photo ID with their birthdate. Legal guardians must provide custody paper work or other legal documents to confirm guardianship.

How do I pay you?

We take cash and major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard.

How are piercings priced?

Piercing Pricing
Standard Piercings (includes nose, lips, eyebrows, belly button, ears, standard tongue piercing) : $20
Nipples : $20 Each
Genital Piercings : start at $80
Dermal Anchors : $60 for 1, $40 for every one after that
Horizontal Tongue Piercing : $80

Surface Tongue Piercing: $40
Surface Bar Piercing : $40
Surface Tragus : $40
Cheeks : $60

Other Piercing Products
Saline Spray : $10
Soap : $5
All standard jewelry : $10
Balls : Free!!
Helix Jewelry : Set of three, $20
Organic and Glass Plugs : $30
Standard, Metal, Acrylic, Stainless Plugs : $20
Nipple Jewelry : Set of two : $ 20

Gauge Size Guide

Tongue: 14g
Nipples: 14g
Eyebrow: 16g
Navel: 14g
Septum: 16g (females) 14g (males)
Nostril: 18g
Genitals: 14g
Cheeks: 14g
Tragus, rook & standard ear piercings: 16g
Industrial: 14g
Lips: 16g

How do I take care of a new piercing?

Habits to Avoid

  • Always wash your hands before touching your piercing or mixing your Epsom salt solution.
  • Do not play with the piercing while it is healing.
  • Avoid contact with other bodily fluids before touching the piercing.
  • Avoid lakes, pools, rivers, hot tubs, and bath tubs for at least two weeks in order to avoid bacteria.
  • Do not sleep on your piercing.
  • Limit exposure to skin products, makeup, and hair chemicals.
  • Avoid irritants like alcohol, peroxide, creams, lotions, and ointments. These will prolong the healing time and irritate the piercing.
  • Make sure your jewelry balls are tight and secure. Left is loose, right is tight.

Remember…

A piercing is like a small cut, but due to a piece of jewelry nesting in that cut the healing time is extended. The body must recognize that the jewelry is not an invader and heal around it. If the jewelry is repeatedly jostled or if it experiences a trauma, the body will attack that area and try to reject the piercing as the cause of the problem. This is the body’s natural defense against infection.

IMPORTANT: If you think your piercing is infected PLEASE VISIT THE SHOP so they can identify if there is an infection or an irritation.

Habits to Practice

  • Soak the piercing in warm Epsom salt water for 5 minutes and clean off “crusts” with a Q-tip
  • Use ratios of 1/4 tsp to 1 cup water, 1/2 tsp to 2 cups water, 1 tsp to 4 cups water to make the saline solution
  • Soak the piercing 2-4 times daily during the healing process of one month to three months
  • Dial soap is also an approved cleaning product to use in place of salt solution. Clean 2-3 times a day with warm water.

How do I take care of a new tattoo?

  • Leave the bandage on for at least one hour
  • After removing the bandage rinse the tattoo with warm water and your fingertips but do not use soap
  • Pat dry or air dry and do not rewrap
  • Keep the tattoo clean and after 2-3 days begin applying an unscented lotion
  • Lubricate 1-2 times a day or as needed until the tattoo is healed
  • The healing process requires a minimum of one months time
  • Each tattooer may have particular aftercare preference

REMEMBER

  • Do not soak your tattoo in then bathtub and do not expose it to river water, lake water, chlorine, etc.
  • Do not pick scabs
  • Do not use vaseline or other ointments
  • Do not expose your tattoo to sunburn or other tanning regime

DON’T PANIC IF…

  • You observe scabbiness
  • You observe shininess
  • You experience pain, itchiness, swelling, or other discomfort

Everyone reacts to being tattooed differently and essentially a tattoo is an open wound that you elect to get. You may experience the above symptoms during the time your tattoo is healing. Keep in mind that if you are unhappy with your tattoo once it is healed, our artists guarantee their work and will touch it up for free.

Tattoo Tips

  • Make sure to eat something before coming for your appointment. Once the initial adrenaline expires, your body will be working overtime in response to the pain of getting tattooed. Eating beforehand can reduce your risk of lightheadedness or dizziness due to low blood sugar and will keep you more comfortable during a long sitting.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking water is a no-brainer to stay comfortable. Sugary drinks can sometimes help keep you alert, but avoid consuming caffeine or sugar in quantities that could make you jittery. Make sure to use the restroom before getting started.
  • Shower before your visit and avoid using cologne or other perfumes on your skin. Being clean and refreshed will not only make the experience more pleasant for you, but for your tattooist who will be getting up close and personal with your body.
  • Dress comfortably. If you are going to be sitting for a long time, make sure the clothes you wear will not be restricting. Depending on where you are being tattooed you may want to wear clothes that you do not mind getting ink on.
  • Bring ibuprofen. The anti-inflamatory can help reduce the pain and swelling that will occur when getting tattooed. Needless to say, tattoos hurt and you should communicate your limits. If you need to take a break, ask your artist. Taking 5 is much better than squirming, crying and making the job a lot harder on your tattooer.
  • Be prepared to pay with cash. Cash is our preferred method of payment and we have an ATM in our lobby for your convenience. We understand if a cash payment is not possible for you, but it is easier for our tattooists.
  • Moral support is fine, but bringing all your best friends and extended family is overkill. While we are lucky to have an open studio space and large lobby, it makes it a lot harder to navigate between stations when there is a large crowd accompanying someone getting tattooed. Be considerate of the space in the shop and what may be distracting to the tattooer.
  • Know what you want! Whether you have been planning a tattoo for months or decided to get some impulse ink—-tattooers are NOT mind readers! The better you can describe your idea, the better our artists can convey it. However, they cannot decide what to tattoo on you or where to put it. Please be considerate of their time and think your idea through.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions about aftercare. We sell care products at our shop and our artists are always happy to offer  instructions to first-time clients so that you can be informed of the healing process.
  • Tip your tattooer. While there is no standardized way to calculate a tip, our tattooers are always grateful for any contribution you can make to thank them for their service.
  • Be on time or call ahead if you are running late. Because our artists work on rotation for walk-ins, if you show up late for your appointment or do not show up at all, you could be costing your tattooer valuable time and money. We know that life happens so if you need to reschedule a visit please be courteous of your tattooist and let them know in a timely manner.

We hope this information helps but if your questions are not answered in the list above, give us a call at 804-358-2012.

Basic Coverup Tips

  • To cover an existing tattoo you will need to choose a design that is larger than the existing piece.
  • Typically textured designs are the best at hiding a old tattoo. Movement and black shading are good camouflage for faded, aged, or unloved tattoos. Many artists recommend animals, roses or other flowers, or other organic forms to hide a tattoo. The patterns and shapes found in petals, scales, feathers, and fur work well to break up dark lines.
  • Talk to an artist about the best cover up selection for your needs! The purpose of a cover up is to replace something you do not like with something you love. While you may need to compromise some design elements to effectively and attractively cover an ugly or unwanted tattoo, with proper planning you will not necessarily have to settle for less than you desire.
  • When planning a cover up, consider the cost. You will have more flexibility in your cover up options if you are prepared to fund a creative and considerate design. Like any tattoo you will need to anticipate how sizing, placement, detail, coloring, and time will influence pricing.