Frequently asked question

Q: Is it going to hurt?

A: Yes.... But not like you think! A professional tattoo should not be excruciating. Most people will tell you that a tattoo is more annoying than painful. It can be compared to scratching, or slapping a sore sunburn. Some spots hurt more than others, but you can decide on the correct placement with your tattoo artist. Don’t be afraid! You will be glad you did it.

Q: How long will the process take?

A: The time a tattoo takes depends on the size, detail, and how well the client can remain still. A small tattoo can take 45 minutes to an hour, while large back pieces and sleeves can take 20 hours or more and more than a year to complete.

Q: Do color tattoos hurt more than black ones?

A: No. The technique used is similar, and you will not feel a difference because of the color.

Q: Can I swim, or tan after I get my tattoo?

A: You can do all of your normal activities once your tattoo has healed. Most heal within two to four weeks. Until that time, keep your tattoo out of water and the sun. Throughout your life, your tattoo will remain brightest if you protect it from the sun whenever possible.

Q: What can I expect while my tattoo is healing?

A: After you remove your bandage, and for the first few days, your tattoo will be sore. It may weep or ooze, but that is normal. Soon the tattoo will begin to form a scab. It may be thick in some places and thin in others. Some people do not scab much at all while others have quite a bit. DO NOT PICK IT! The scab will fall off on its own. When it does, you will see bits of color in your scab. This is completely normal, it is just the pigment that was resting on the surface of your skin. Your tattoo is not coming off! After the scab flakes away, your tattoo may look shiny or milky. The fresh new skin is still forming, so the haziness may last a few weeks or more. Only when the tattoo is healed completely will you see the final results.

Q: Are tattoos really permanent? Or can I get one removed if I don’t like it?

A: Yes tattoos are permanent...for the most part. Tattoos can be removed with a laser process, however, it takes several sessions, and time in between to heal. It is an option for unwanted tattoos, but you are better off not getting one at all if you are unsure. Old tattoos can sometimes be covered up with new ones. The result can be beautiful, but you are often committing to a much larger piece to hide the unwanted one. Make sure you are certain about your choice to be tattooed.

Q:If I lose 20 pounds, or get pregnant, will my tattoo be ruined?

A: Most people will not fluctuate in their weight enough to affect their tattoo. Losing or gaining some weight will not really change your tattoo. Only in extreme cases, such as pregnancy ,where the skin gets stretched will a tattoo need some touch up. If you plan to have babies, surgery, or lose a hundred pounds in the near future, you may want to put off getting the tattoo, or avoid the affected area.

Q:When is it not safe too get a tattoo?

A: Some medical conditions would prevent you from getting a tattoo. You cannot get a tattoo if you are pregnant, or if you are a hemophiliac. If you have a question as to whether you are healthy enough for a tattoo, you should ask your doctor.


There are probably a lot more questions on your mind! We want you to be informed and at ease about your new tattoo. No question is too silly, so feel free to contact us by phone, or stop by the shop. We will do our best to answer for you!