Common Questions From Our Clients
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Do you do piercings?
What are you doing to curb the spread of Covid-19?
In addition to all our normal disease control measures, and in compliance with the Provincial Health Order and Worksafe BC, we’ve implemented new safety protocols in relation to COVID-19.
The biggest change is our switch to doing business as a private studio. No storefront means no random people wandering in whenever. We are limiting the amount of people in the studio at a time. Two artists and their clients only. Clients may not bring a friend.
Beginning Sept 13 2021 we will be requiring proof of vaccination + photo ID prior to beginning any tattoos. At least one dose must be proven until Sept 24 2021, after which proof of full vaccination against Covid must be provided. Proof includes the BC vaccine card or, until Sept 26 2021, we will accept other forms of proof of vaccination. If you are from out of province will be asked to show their provincially/territorially official vaccine record.
If you do not have proof of vaccination, we will require a negative covid test dated no earlier than three days before your appointment.
All customers need to fill out an online waiver prior to entering our studio to ensure all Covid related questions are answered. You can find our waiver on our website it should not be filled out unless you have a confirmed appointment, and the form is emailed to you.
Masks are currently mandatory for clients and artists and anyone else inside a business in this province.
Once clients are inside the studio we’ll provide hand sanitizer for you to use or ask you to wash your hands.
We’ve got a UV phone sterilizer we require you to use if you’re going to use your phone during your appointment.
We ask you limit the amount of personal belongings you bring. Those that you do bring will be placed near you in a bin that can be disinfected.
How do you determine pricing?
We base our rates on $160 an hour. Our minimum charge is $100 We accept all forms of payment. Prices do not include GST. If you feel you got exceptional service, tipping is appreciated. How much you tip depends on your financial position. If you can barely afford your tattoo then a kind word, gesture (google review) or gift would suffice. If you are ballin, then by all means spread the wealth!
Why do you need a deposit?
Your non refundable deposit enters you into an agreement with your artist. Our end of the deal is that we will put in the hours of preparation for your tattoo, and we turn away other people that would like your time slot. We show up prepared at that time and place to do your specific design on you in particular. Your end of the deal is showing up on time ready to be tattooed.
In this contract, bullshit is prohibited. Your deposit will be forfeited if you commit the act of bullshitting.
Acts of bullshittery: changing your subject matter after consultation, requiring more than two design revisions, rescheduling within 48 hours of your appointment, showing up more than 30 minutes late, showing up sick, drunk, high, stinky or pregnant. Not showing up at all, showing up with your kids, showing up with someone else’s kids. Leaving your deposit with us for over one year.
Deposits are $105 for most tattoos. Large or complicated tattoos require a larger deposit. Deposits are required for ALL appointments. Your deposit will come off the LAST appointment of your tattoo.
How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
You’ve got to be at least 18 to get tattooed. No one under 18, not even with parental permission.
Can I bring my kids or pets?
No children or pets unless they are certified in the prevention of cross contamination and handling bloodbourne pathogens.
How do I care for my new tattoo?
These instructions apply if we have dressed your fresh tattoo with an absorbent pad.
1. Remove bandage after 3hrs, Leave it on for maximum 24hrs. DO NOT RE-BANDAGE!
2. Wash tattoo with your hands, warm water and mild antibacterial soap. Be sure to pat it dry. Don't rub it dry.
3. Apply a light layer of aftercare balm or unscented lotion after you have cleaned your tattoo only if it feels tight.
4. Use aftercare balm or unscented lotion ONCE or TWICE a day for 2 weeks. Your tattoo will "peel" as it heals - this is normal. The aftercare balm or unscented moisturizer will always make your tattoo look new. Don't over do it while it heals! Be sure to use CLEAN hands whenever you are applying anything to your tattoo!
THINGS TO AVOID:
-AVOID SUN EXPOSURE UNTIL TATTOO IS HEALED. AFTER IT HAS HEALED USE A GOOD SUNBLOCK TO PRESERVE YOUR NEW TATTOO
-AVOID EXCESSIVE MOISTURE - LET THAT SCAB SET - WET IN THE SHOWER IS OK, DO NOT SUBMERGE THE NEW TATTOO IN WATER WHILE HEALING. THIS ALSO INCLUDES SWEATING
-AVOID EXERCISING THE AREA YOU GOT TATTOOED.
-AVOID TIGHT CLOTHING - NOTHING SHOULD BE RUBBING YOUR TATTOO WHILE IT HEALS.
-AVOID PICKING OR SCRATCHING YOUR NEW TATTOO - LET THE SCABS OR SKIN FLAKES COME OFF NATURALLY
-AVOID YOUR FRIEND'S AFTERCARE ADVICE - LISTEN TO YOUR ARTIST
For tegaderm or saniderm bandages, follow instruction given to you by your artist.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
-Make sure you get a good sleep the night before.
-Clear your schedule the day of your appointment. We don’t need you hurried, late and frazzled. Don’t have another appointment planned after your tattoo. Unless you’d like a rushed or incomplete tattoo.
-Eat a good meal before an hour or two before your appointment. Low blood sugar levels during your tattoo could cause dizziness and fainting.
-Have a shower. Don’t come straight from your stinky job.
-Don’t drink too much caffeine, you have to hold still for a long time.
-If you are sick or injured, reschedule your appointment. We need your immune system focusing as much as possible on healing your tattoo.
-Wear loose fitting, expandable, comfortable clothing. We might get ink on whatever you wear, so make sure it’s dark and you’re not attached to it. A zip up hoodie can be very versatile, and double as a pillow or blanket.
-Bring sunglasses. You might have a light in your face if your tattoo is up high.
-Bring water and a snack for longer sessions.
-Don’t bring people. Even after the pandemic, you can only bring one person. If you really need them, maybe. Ask your artist.
-Do not use Apple Maps to find us. They will send you to the corresponding address on EAST Columbia (Which is a hospital). We are on plain ol’ regular Columbia St.
What about parking?
There is metered parking along Columbia St, and a parkade at the bottom of 4th St.