Do you take walk-ins, or do I need an appointment?
We’re happy to take walk-ins when we can, but we can’t guarantee availability. It’s probably a good idea to make an appointment. If you have a custom tattoo in mind, or just an idea, this allows a little time for you to talk to the artist and for the artist to draw for the tattoo. We offer free design consultations with an artist, but recommend scheduling these in advance to allow both you and the artist the time to plan for this meeting. It is best to bring any and all references to this meeting to help the artist understand your vision most accurately.
How do I make an appointment?
If wanting to schedule your first tattoo or session with an artist, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation first, to allow you and the artist the chance to discuss your piece and answer any questions you have. We offer free 10-minute consultations that can be scheduled around the artist’s appointment schedule. After the consultation, you can schedule your appointment(s) with our shop coordinators. New clients will be required a deposit before the artist will begin drawing your tattoo, or the appointment will be scheduled. This protects our artists from no-shows (yes, they happen weekly) and will be directly applied to the cost of your tattoo.
Just give us a call or stop by the shop to schedule a consultation. When you meet with the artist (don’t forget to bring print-outs of any reference materials with you), we’ll be happy to set up an appointment for you.
I can’t stop by the shop ahead of time. Can I still make an appointment?
Yeah, of course. If you’re not in Morgantown, or can’t stop by for any other reason, shoot us an email at email@example.com. Let us know when you can be at the shop and if you had a particular artist in mind. And please be as detailed as you can about your tattoo. Tell us where you want it, how big it should be, and anything else we should know. If you can attach pictures we should see for reference, that helps, too.
How much does a tattoo cost?
That will depend on how long it takes the artist to complete the work, though we do have a $60 minimum for any tattoo. When you come by for a consultation, we’ll give you an estimate. If it’s something really big like a sleeve or a back piece, we charge by the piece because it’s tough to estimate how long something like that will take. Larger pieces are usually done in sessions, usually 3 to 4 hours each, and we can spread those out as far as you’d like, so the cost is spread out, too.
Do you accept credit cards?
We sure do. While most shops are cash-only, we understand that less people travel or carry cash, and so we are set up to accept all major credit cards for your convenience.
Do I tip the artist?
If you feel like the artist did a good job and provided you with what you wanted, then sure, a tip would be appropriate.
Is your shop licensed?
It is, and all of our artists and piercers have the required state certification. In addition to being licensed, our artists take their stations extremely serious ensuring that cleanliness and sterilization is our top priority. If you have not had a chance to visit our shop, we invite you to see, first hand, the measures our team has taken to be clean and professional.
Do you do temporary or henna tattoos?
No, sorry. We only do the real ones.
What about ultraviolet or black light tattoos?
No, we do not.
Do you do all-white tattoos?
No, we do not. Although white tattoos are a popular trend, they have the potential to turn yellow and/or cause the appearance of scarring upon healing, and some even produce unsightly keloids in the long run. The truth is that white tattoos are meant for highlighting, not for complete tattooing.
Can you do an inner lip tattoo?
Again, yes, some of our artists do. We don’t guarantee these tattoos, though, because there is a chance that an inner lip tattoo will fade or blur considerably over time. Come talk to us about it.
Do you do cover-ups and touch-ups?
Of course. We do cover-ups and touch-ups all the time. An artist will be happy to look at your existing tattoo and help put together a plan for what can be done to cover it up. Remember, though, that the darker and bolder the existing tattoo, the more difficult it is to “cover it up,” and that your new tattoo will always be bigger than the original one. Should our artist deem that the intensity of your existing tattoo risk the quality of a cover-up, we can refer you to a local removal artist who can perform a few quick sessions to break up the existing ink, and allow for a better cover-up tattoo. For more information on their procedure, please visit http://www.clearink123.com.
Does getting a tattoo hurt?
It hurts. It’s hard to tell you how much it hurts because it varies so much between different people, but you’re definitely going to feel it. The better you feel when you arrive – being well rested, having eaten something, being hydrated, staying relaxed – the better you’ll be able to sit through your session.
What are the most and least painful areas of the body to get a tattoo?
Again, that varies from person to person, but the pain you’ll feel in the most painful spot isn’t much different from the pain you’ll feel in the least painful spot. The best advice we can give you is to get the tattoo where you want it.
Can I get tattooed if I’ve been drinking?
No, we won’t tattoo anyone who’s been drinking. We want you to make a decision about your tattoo when you’re in the clearest state of mind. Alcohol thins the blood, which means you’ll bleed more while getting your tattoo, and it also makes it less likely that you’ll sit still. Let’s wait until you’re sober.
Can I use a numbing cream or an anesthetic?
That’s your call, but please be aware that it could make things a little harder on your artist. Creams will change the texture of your skin and affect how well your skin takes ink. They also get wiped off pretty quickly as the artist does the work, so they don’t even work that well. Again, it’s your call, but we’d advise against it.
Is it safe to get a tattoo?
Yes. We take a lot of pride in having a clean and well-cared-for shop, and we’ll take every precaution with you. Be aware, though, that there is a risk of infection if you do not properly care for your tattoo.
Can I get a tattoo if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
We advise against it. Your body is already stressed enough as it is, so we suggest waiting. You should talk about it with your doctor.