FREQUENTLY ASKED TATTOO QUESTIONS & MORE...
WE KNOW YOU MAY HAVE A LOT OF IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!
HOPEFULLY WE CAN HELP TO ANSWER A FEW OF THEM.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN THINKING ABOUT A TATTOO - (WHETHER FIRST ONE OR ONE OF MANY)
1. Is this a First Time Tattoo?
Getting Tattooed for the first time is of course exciting but it can also be daunting. The consideration as to what we should put "permanently" on our bodies can be fun and doesn't have to be filled with anxiety. We are here to help you with that process. No question is ever a crazy or strange question.
2. Will this Tattoo stand the test of time (is the image a "fad" or "trend")?
Sometimes images you may see or find out there are or can be more popular at one time than another. And because many Tattoos are often fueled by Trends or Fads, we often suggest really thinking those ones over or potentially avoiding those "trendy" type tattoos, because they usually tend to become irrelevant or fade away over time for many, except or unless they have a very special or significant meaning for/to you personally or if you have customized the trendy image to make it more personal to you. Tattoos that last are usually ones that have a specific meaning to you directly. But having said that, it doesn't mean that you can't get a Tattoo just because it inspires you.
Do you know where you'd like to have the Tattoo placed? When choosing a Tattoo, does the Tattoo flatter that part of the body or work with other existing Tattoo work or Piercings? Often the most regretful issue with placement of Tattoos is that many people put the first or early Tattoos in a place where later on they realize, they would have preferred to put something else there instead. There are parts of the body that are considered "Prime Real Estate" such as arms (for sleeves). Plan carefully because you may find later on, you wish to do a sleeve and find yourself wishing you had not taken up that "Prime Real Estate" area.
Will the Tattoo cause issues for you in a workplace setting or employment?
Will it be an area which is more sensitive to Tattoo than others?
If you are unsure of the answers to these, your artist can help with this during a consultation or at the time of your appointment.
Have you considered the Style that you will want for this Tattoo?
Eg: Colour, Black and Grey, Realism, Traditional, New Skool, Neo Traditional, Illustrative Colour, Tribal, Floral, etc. The list is extensive in terms of the styles out there. This is an important distinction because a flower (as an example and really most Tattoo work) can be done in every one of these styles so it's important to know which style you wish for your Piece.
This is one of the most popular Tattoo choices for many people, as scriptwork tends to be the most requested type or style of Tattoo. If you are considering getting a name or a quote or saying, we will want you to have chosen a FONT style for us to Tattoo your Name/Quote/Saying.
We suggest checking sites such as www.fontspace.com where you can see in "Real Time" what your script will look like, using any font that you click on. (Desktop computers).
Once you have chosen your font, we can determine the cost for you and advise you on sizing for the placement you have chosen. Not all fonts can be done SUPER TINY and not all fonts look great LARGE. This is an important factor to note when choosing your FONT because some fonts can look like a blob after some time if done too tiny or too small. ** Do not be fooled by an artist or a studio which advises that any font can be Tattooed in any size.
6. Free Consultations
We often suggest that if you are thinking of a piece and are not 100% sure on the design or if you'd like a custom piece created by the artist, that you book a free consultation ahead of time. This is a great way to ensure that you are able to share your vision with your artist and decide what elements your Tattoo should or should not have. Make a list of questions or potential concerns so that you can ask these when you come.
7. Sketches or Drawings
Custom artwork is a very common part of Tattooing these days. It is important to understand that if you are requesting a drawing, a "Sketch Deposit" MUST be made AND that it must be noted upon the main Deposit Form. (A sketch or drawing is NOT normally part of a Deposit).
The reason that Sketches/Drawings are not a usual part of the Deposit Process is because an artist must spend time to design and draw the artwork, and during that time is not being commissioned to Tattoo. A special appointment must be booked with the client to do sketch work or drawings, so that the artist can work with the client directly one on one. This process helps to prevent the Artist from having to render multiple drawings or make multiple changes to a drawing or restart or redo a drawing, due to the illustration potentially being drawn in a way that may not work for you, or perhaps in a way that you may not have envisioned it.
8. Booking an Appointment
We always suggest booking an appointment to get your Tattoo, no matter how small or how complex. Booking an appointment will prevent you having to hope that an artist can take you as a Walk-in, espeically in busier months like Spring, Summer and Fall. Depending on the complexity of the Tattoo, or whether you need a custom piece designed or if you have a reference that doesn't need any customization, will determine if there will be much of a wait time (if any). Usually most requests can be acommodated pretty quickly.
Deposits are a perfect way to guarentee your time, and always take precidence for choosing availabilities, date wise.
In an effort to reduce missed appointments and also to confirm larger piece appointments or appointments requiring any custom or preparation artwork, a Non-Refundable Deposit may be requested by the artist from the client.
Any Deposit taken for a scheduled appointment will be applied to the balance owed at the time of the appointment. 24hrs notice is required to cancel and reschedule an appointment.
If an appointment is simply cancelled without rescheduling or missed entirely or not cancelled and rescheduled before the required notice period (24hrs) the deposit will be forfeited.
Our DEPOSIT POLICY can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/dragon-ink-tattoos-and-piercings-inc/non-refundable-deposit-policy/1219660804768530/
Our DEPOSIT FORM can be found here to review, download and sign for Online Deposits: DEPOSIT FORM
Pricing is one of the MOST frequently asked Questions and probably should be the first FAQ in this list! Tattoo pricing is extremely variable and has a lot of dependant factors such as the experience of the artist, the style of the Tattoo you are wanting, the length of time the Tattoo will take the artist to complete, the Studio location (yes a studio's location can affect the cost of the service - for example, a Studio located in the Downtown of a major City versus a small town Studio) and some other factors.
Studio Minimum: $90.00 plus HST. This is the lowest cost for most work except for work that can meet the requirements of our listed or scheduled Promotions.
Tiny Tattoo Promo: $60.00 Plus HST - Please review the Promo Page to see the requirements for Tiny Tats.
Script/Lettering/Font work: Starts at $120.00 + plus HST and goes up depending on the sizing, and complexity of the lettering.
Pricing by the piece: ~ $100/hr (Calculated at that rate to a total price which is paid at one time).
Pricing by the hour: ~ $125-150/hr (Pay as you go. The rate is Style dependant).
Just as Tattoos are variable, so too are prices. The prices listed here are guidelines and are not always set in stone however, it is very important to understand and note; that when given an estimate for a piece, pricing can change depending on if there are changes to the work or the size or placement.
If you have a design in mind already or an image that you are set on, we'd love to see it. You can (and should) send in any references via Email or bring them in, in person so that your artist can take a copy or review it.
The best way to make the Tattoo process a smooth one is to send or share as much detail as you can.
Size, Style, Placement, and Images. These are essential if you are looking for an estimate. If you do not have a reference or need help with references, we can definitely help you with that too.
12. Questions about "Actually Getting Tattooed..."
People have ton's of questions when it comes to getting Tattooed but these are often the most asked:
a) What does it feel like?
b) Does it hurt?
c) Can I use Numbing Cream?
d) What's the process when I come in?
e) Is there a pain scale for different parts of the body?
f) What happens after I get the Tattoo?
Answers are always subjective however we find that most people can agree on the following:
a) Getting tattooed is a sensation is unlike any other sensation you will feel. Most people describe the feeling as, a slight burning feeling like a cat scratch or an actual sunburn. (These are epidermis sensations).
It does not feel like getting a needle or a blood test (which goes below the dermis).
b) Most people do not describe the sensation as horrible or painful however there are certain body areas which are definitely more sensitive than others. For example, fleshy areas tend to be less sensitive than bony areas. We are including a link to a generic Pain Chart for Tattoos, but EVERYONE is different. Most people find that they expect Tattoos to feel worse than it actually feels. Remember, Tattooing is a start and stop process, to allow the artist to dip into more ink, so the feeling will not be an ongoing feeling and you can always take breaks if needed.
c) Numbing Creams are not recommended or suggested for Tattoos as they usually are meant for deeper tissue penetrations such as a hyperdermic needle or piercing needle. Numbing creams also cause issues for the Tattoo since it's an additive that will likely end up muddying up your Tattoo and preventing the Tattoo ink from saturating well. For what little it will do to help, and the short timeframe (usually less than 15 mins) it is not worth muddying up or causing problems for your Tattoo.
d) When you come in for your Tattoo you will need to sign a Tattoo/Piercing Waiver, (you WILL be asked for ID if you look under 25 or are a parent/legal guardian signing for a minor); the artist will want to review the image that you want, and prepare your stencil for your Tattoo. (Stencil is the outline of your Tattoo drawing which will be applied to your skin before any tattooing is done so that you can inspect the placement and location of your tattoo to be done); if not already done, the artist will set up their station (sterilize/sanitize) and place the sterile and single use disposable Tattoo supplies on their workstation to show to you before any Tattoo work is completed; the artist may get you to sign the stencil if there is any written work/lettering or words to ensure accuracy.
e) As mentioned for pain scale, everyone is different and many people experience the sensations differently however for most or commonly found, this painscale reference sheet is helpful to understand which areas are more sensitive than others: https://www.facebook.com/notes/dragon-ink-tattoos-and-piercings-inc/common-tattoo-questions-pain-chart-numbing-creams/1514057598662181/
f) After the Tattoo you will be given instructions on how to take care of your new Tattoo/Piercing by your artist. Please do not follow the advice of your friends though they may be well meaning/intended. Aftercare can change or be different over time, or depend on your healing ability or skin type. You can find those aftercare instructions right here on our site: http://www.dragoninktattoos.com/aftercare-information.php
We also sell Aftercare products for your convenience.
13. Touch up Policy
We absolutely will touch up work that is done from our Artists as long as it's within the Policy timeframe and also that the Tattoo has been looked after properly as per the Aftercare instructions (see section "f" above) we have provided you. Please see our Touch up Policy here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/dragon-ink-tattoos-and-piercings-inc/touch-ups-reworks-policy/1222584347809509/
IF you have any other question regarding the Tattoo or Piercing Process, please do not hesitate to contact or connect with us at any point. We offer CHAT on our site here, or on Facebook. We also do our best to reply quickly to all Emails (firstname.lastname@example.org). As well, you can also call us direct at the Studio. We are happy to help with any questions you may have, and when it comes to any part of your service!