You must be 18 years of age to get a tattoo at this shop
There is a $79.65 minimum charge on all tattoos (equals $90.00 after tax), and a$110.66 (+ HST) hourly rate
There is also a $90 non-refundable booking fee, that does go towards custom drawing time and/or the cost of your tattoo . (If 48 hours notice is given the appointment can be changed and deposit transferred).
Tattoo Aftercare Instructions
A normal tattoo may be tender, itchy or slightly bruised during the first week. Most people , who keep their fresh tattoos covered for the first 24 to 36 hours, just get light flaking of the skin over the tattoo during healing. It may scab slightly and excrete a bit of excess ink. This is normal. Everyone heals at a different rate. Generally, tattoos heal within 2-3 weeks. Some tattoos are harder to heal because of their size, location or sensitivity to various inks. It is important to know your schedule in advance. Things like work, sports or exercise may put your tattoo at a higher risk for infection. Remember, the better it heals, the better it looks.
For the first 36 to 48 hours, it is very important not to touch, clean or wet your tattoo in any way. Keep it covered with the sterile non-stick wound dressing which was applied by your artist at the end of the tattoo session. This will help protect the tattoo from irritation and infection. It will help stop your tattoo from scabbing. Let your body heal naturally for the first day to day and a half.
Showering Wait until the end of your shower and give it a soft, light scrub with anti bacterial soap for about 15 seconds. When you get out of the shower, either let the tattoo air dry or wipe it dry with a clean paper towel or kleenex. Apply a light layer of moisturizer to the recently dried tattoo, then get dressed and go about your day. When you get home at the end of the day, and go to tear your gear off , make sure the tattoo is not stuck to your clothing. If it is, soak the clothes with clean warm water for a few minutes, then peel gently away from the tattoo so as not to damage it.
Sleeping If the tattoo sticks to your sheets while sleeping, then you roll over in your sleep later in the night, you will wake up the next morning and see a fine reproduction of the tattoo transferred onto the sheets. This means some ink was pulled out of the tattoo and it will probably heal a bit patchy looking or develop premature fade spots when in the sun. So for the first week, apply a light layer of moisturizer on your tattoo before bed & then wear clean non-fuzzy clothing over it (example t-shirts,sweat pants, PJ’s etc.). Then, if the tattoo sticks to your clothes, the clothes roll with you all night so all you have to do in the morning, is wet them to release the tattoo undamaged. (Jump in the shower or pour a clean warm glass of water on the area).
Signs of Infection
- Redness and swelling
- Pain, either throbbing or spreading
- Sensation of heat in the tattoo area
- A yellow or greenish film forming on the tattoo
Treatment of Infection
-If your tattoo begins to feel painful , it means you are getting an infection. To treat infection, apply 3% peroxide solution to the tattoo. It will begin to bubble and foam up if there is infection present. Let it sit for a minute or two, then rinse off with water. Do this twice a day until infection subsides.
-If infection persists more than a few days please contact your tattoo artist either by phone or by visit and he may recommend you see a doctor, who will probably prescribe oral antibiotics if other topical treatments are not working.
Cleaning Your Tattoo
- Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your new tattoo.
- Give it a light scrub with antibacterial soap and warm water,for about 15 seconds, then rinse off with cold water
- Wipe dry with a clean paper towel (Do not pat), and apply recommended ointments such as Preparation-H, Ozonol, Tattoo Goo (Be aware of the ingredients of these products, as to avoid allergic reactions).
- Apply a thin layer of ointment over your tattoo, just enough to keep the skin and any scabbing moist, to prevent cracking and heavy scabbing. It is better to apply 3 light coats throughout the day.
- Please Keep in mind that your skin is drier during the winter and adjust your after care accordingly.
- Clean clothing and bedding is mandatory. (Keep in mind that ink may stain fabrics within the first 5 or 6 days of being tattooed.)
Common healing Problems
A few days after being tattooed , the tattoo may get very itchy . You must avoid scratching or picking at the tattoo, as it can pull ink out, damaging your tattoo. A good whip slap with the back of the hand will usually sting enough to take the itch away.
If it is itchy when you are going to sleep at night, Do Not go to sleep without putting some sort of anti itch cream on your tattoo. Many people damage/scratch their tattoos while sleeping during this stage of healing.
Some recommended moisturizing anti-itch lotions are: Preparation H, Tattoo Goo, or Aveeno Blue
Things to Avoid
- antibiotic creams (some organic inks may be altered/attacked by antibiotics and cause the tattoo to heal patchy looking)
- pressurized water flow directly on tattoo ( don’t let shower hit it directly)
- Over cleaning ( scrubbing away freshly formed skin layers will slow down healing)
- Pet dander (cats, dogs etc.)
- Direct sunlight (Use at least SPF 50 sun block, if staying in sun)
- blue denim against fresh tattoos as it will cause irritation and infection
- hot tubs, pools and saunas for the first week or two of healing
- Baths- Take Showers
- wearing tight or fuzzy clothing on or near your tattoo. The clothing may stick to the area and aggravate your tattooThese guidelines are based on a combination of professional experience, common sense, research and clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call or drop by, we’re here to help