Frequently asked questions
What should I wear?
If you can, wear something loose fitting or something that is easy to take off and put on.
***If you are wearing tight fitting cloths, it may be difficult to put them back on once you are bandaged IE: skinny jeans
If you are getting a tattoo in a more intimate area you are welcome to bring a house coat, or string bikini. This will allow access the location, and you can keep covered ;)
If you are a dude,
just be clean, and comfy.
Will I need to book time off work?
we strongly suggest at least one recovery day after your tattoo, if you have the time available.
If you cannot accommodate this due to work, you will need to be vigilant with the care of your tattoo and pay very close attention to your after care.
If your occupation exposes you to harsh chemicals (liquid or gas) or you are around bodily fluids, please wear appropriate bandaging as well as you PPE.
If you need more bandages due to your work environment, inform your artist and we can provide you with work bandages.
If you are unsure how your work environment will affect your tattoo, ASK! we see many clients in many work environments. Be sure to make a note of it when you are planning, and ask more during your consult.
Should I bring snacks?
I encourage all clients bring a couple snacks, and something to drink.
Definitely bring a bottle of water.
Staying hydrated if very important.
If you can, please eat a large meal, higher in protein.
Proteins take a longer time to break down, so the energy will last you longer than sugar or fruits and veggies.
If you are vegan, almonds and other trail mix type snacks take the longest to break down.
Can I bring a friend?
only one guest is permited.
If you bring a friend and they are disrespectful in my workplace, they will be asked to leave.
Can I bring my kids?
The tattoo studio is not a suiteable environment for a child.
Plan for a sitter when you are booking your appointments.
Can I use a NUMBING CREAM?
If you have a lower pain tolerance, I suggest checking out
Zensa Numbing Cream! It is a topical anaesthetic designed for many procedures involving microdermabrasion, including tattoo procedures, microblading, laser hair removal and more!
Please be advised you must inform your Artist If you plan on using any numbing products before the tattoo procedure.
***This way we can ensure you are using the product correctly before hand, and we can also help prevent any potential adverse effects that may be caused by incorrect usage.
I strongly recommend that if you know that you have very SENSITIVE SKIN, double check product ingredients before attempting to use the product. (a small sample of the product can be provided upon request, for clients who wish to test it and see if their skin reacts.) Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
I will have the product available in shop, Interested clients will have to pay a small additional fee to their supply charge, to cover prep time and cost. (the product takes about 45 minutes to work so we will need to schedule additional time during the appointment for prep).
If you would like to research more about Zensa's care products, visit:
If you have questions or concerns, please ask during your consultation.
Here is a direct link to the product:
Zensa Numbing Cream
DON'T Forget to SHOWER!
Be sure that before you come in to your appointment, that you are CLEAN!
If you are able,
trim or shave the hair around the areas we will be working on, if you can reach them. This makes stencil time and the tattoo prep go much faster.
If you can,
gently exfoliate the area we are going to tattoo.
This will ensure there are no excess skin cells built up and dead tissue getting in our way. Some customers rarely exfoliate, and this can be a little nasty during the tattoo.
***Also give your feet a good scrub... working near or on smelly dirty feet is very unpleasant.
Some artists may even turn away a client with poor hygeine.
The most important things to remember are,
Fresh clean Bedding
Clean Bathroom/ place to wash the tattoo.
& Clean Clothing!
You want to be sure the place you sleep, and the place that you wash your tattoo, are both nice a clean, with minial clutter and germs. This will reduce the potential risk of infection.
You should also be sure that you wash your bedding, and that your cloths and underwear are clean.
If you can, plan for some comfy cloths the first could of days. Softer fabrics tend to feel better than harsh/rough fabrics.
So, When can I go in a pool/hotub/bath again?
2 weeks past flakey stage.
Everyone heals differently, and your flakey stage might heal faster others.
Mark the date on the calendar, when you have no more flaking skin.
two weeks past your final flake, and you should be good to go in the water.
****You will still need to moisturize your tattoo regularly, even after this stage is complete.
I lot of people make a bad habbit of not using moisturizer once the difficult part is out of the way.
Your tattoo will be healing for a few weeks yet,
so keep moisturizing!
Can I have a bath to clean my tattoo?
You should not submerge your tattoo in water until it is healed.
The reason is that sometimes the pigment can come out of the tattoo, due to excess moisture. This can also happen in humid climates/seasons.
Our goal is to prevent color loss in the early stages of healing.
If you can, stick to showers at low preasure.
If your shower does not have control settings and have a high water pressure,
Avoid water's direct contact
with the tattoo, when it is fresh.
You need to clean it, but don't be rough about it.
If you are on any medications or have any serious medical conditions that affect your immune system, you need to tell your artist.
Some medications can negatively affect your tattoo, or its ability to heal properly. Especially if you have a low white blood cell count.
If you have any conditions involving skin problems, such as, nickle allergies, acne, eczema or psoriasis, or others, you need to let your artist know. Some of these conditions can cause serious damage to your skin long term, and a tattoo will do more harm to you than good.
We need to know if you have any major allergies including food and pet allergies, as a precaution.
*if I have a peanut butter cookie and it could kill you, I need to know.
we cannot tattoo clients prone to seizures. this is for your safety.
clients with blood pressure issues may also be at risk, due to the nature of the procedure.
Enemic clients can be prone to fainting.
Some Pacemakers may be affected by our equipment, you must let use know if you have a Pacemaker.
If there are any conditions not mentioned and you are concerned about the tattoo procedure, please feel free to ask.
NO Partying, Alcohol or recreational drugs!
All of the above can cause a bad heal, one way or another.
Avoid these at least a couple days before, and a couple days after the initial tattoo procedure.
We don't need to go into the major science of it, the point is, all of that stuff is basically poisoning you, and kills your immune system....if you are partying hard and then get a tattoo, it is like kicking your body's immune system when it is already down...
FUUURRR BABIES! (pets)
You will need to be sure your pets, and their hair, can stear clear of your tattoo.
It won't be forever, but their germs can really mess up your heal.
If they do come in contact with the tattoo, you need to wash the tattoo immediately!
If you get hair on the tattoo, you will need to remove their hair gently while skin is dry and then wash your tattoo after removing their hair.
This also means that if they are your "sleeping buddy", you can't share the bed with them, and you
WILL NEED to be sure you have fresh clean bedding!