*** When pricing, several things are taken into consideration. Size, design/detail, placement/location, time involved, color or no color, and also over all skill needed to do the tattoo***
*** If you Have a budget to work with, let the artist know. ***
Estimates can be given, but will be roughly ball parked, once a design is figured out, only then, can a finally price be set. Keep in mind that different artist keep different rates/prices. A deposit is required for a design and/or to book an appointment with most artist. (This goes towards designing your tattoo, blocking off time for your tattoo & materials, etc).
Deposits ~ Are non-refundable.
Deposits are for the drawing time, securing your time slot & materials. Most artists don't draw designs without a deposit. A design can take anywhere from 30 mins - 4 hrs (give or take) to draw, on top of the time it takes to do the actual tattoo. This also includes the material to do the tattoo, disposal of medical waste and aftercare/bandages/etc. Each artist does deposits differently, please ask your artist how your deposit works. A cancellation, of appointment will loose set deposit or the artist can transfer to a rebooked time/day. A cancellation within 24-72 hrs before your appointment or multiple cancellations, will cause you to loose the full deposit. ~ When an appointment is made, the artist is for-fitting any possible tattoo from another potential client, so when you cancel/no show/rebook you have taken money out of the artist pocket and forced him/her to loose valuable time that someone else would have gladly taken.
Commonly Asked Questions
Q- What should I wear? A- Remember we will have to reach the area you want tattooed! So please wear something appropriate for the area we will be tattooing. Please don't wear something new off the rack and would get mad if it got ink on it (it does not wash out well). Come comfy, you will be sitting in one fixed position for several hrs.
Q- Should I bring anything with me besides my ID and payment? A- All artist work different, but if you wanna bring a book, snacks, a drink, or headphones for your own music/movie you are more than welcome.
Q- Is there a problem with soaking in water after having a tattoo done? A- You should avoid spas, saunas, hot tubs, and pools for the first 10-14 days after having a tattoo done during the healing process. This includes bath's..... best bet.... showers.
Q- Can I sunbathe/ tan after getting my tattoo? A- We recommend that you avoid exposing your tattoo to sun or tanning bed light while it is healing. Even after healing, frequent exposure to sunlight or UV rays can and will likely fade a tattoo. After the tattoo is healed, please use sunblock !!! You will get tan still, but this will help your tattoo longevity.
Q- Does getting a tattoo hurt? A- In getting a tattoo, you are essentially having a very small needle repeatedly inserted into your skin. So, yes, this can cause an unpleasant feeling, yet some people are bothered much less by it than others. Another factor deals with where your tattoo is being done, as certain parts of your body are more sensitive than others. The main idea is this: the more relaxed you are the less you will feel.
Q- What should I get? And where? A- This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have them create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your own imagination. As far as where you should get it goes, just keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where it can be easily covered up with normal clothing.
Q- What are some things I should do before I get my tattoo? A- A lot of people don't look at the tattoo as a medical procedure, which it really, in a way, is. After you do your research and are ready to walk into the shop, make sure that you've eaten (within 2 hours recommended) before sitting in the chair. This will not only help ease your nerves, but also make your body more comfortable to sit through the procedure for a longer period of time. Stay hydrated, no alcohol! Alcohol is a blood thinner, which makes it more difficult for the artist to work AND does not feel good getting tattooed hungover ( Just saying). I would also advise against taking of painkillers. Finally, don't squeeze the tattoo into your schedule! Things change and it can take longer tattoo, or adjustments had to be made for your tattoo, size, location, etc. It can be taxing on the body and mind, you might feel a bit drained after and even tired mentally and physically. So if you are worrying about another appointment or getting to work on time, your just gonna stress yourself out evermore. Q- Why do certain tattoos have to be done a certain size? A- This is due to longevity of the tattoo. We want to make sure that this tattoo not only looks great the day of the tattoo, but for years to come. If a tattoo is done too small, details over time with blur together, this is due to skin changing and aging. All tattoos will widen over of the years and if a tattoo too small with a lot of details will just not look good down the road.
Q- Will my tattoo get infected? A- At a reputable shop, the tattoo procedure leaves no room for infection; a tattoo shop holds the same sterilization standards as a dentist office would, which includes one-use needles and ink caps, and autoclaved, sterile reusable equipment. Make sure that the shop you have in mind can answer any health concerns that you have prior! The chance for tattoo infection lies in the customers themselves. Don't touch your tattoo with dirty hands, don't pick or scratch at it as the healing process progresses, and definitely don't submerge your tattoo in hot tubs, pools, or ANY standing water, and shouldn't have any problem with infection! If something does go awry, make sure you contact a physician at the very first signs.
If you have any other questions along these lines feel free to call or email Game Over Tattoo anytime, or ask your own tattoo parlor for there insight as well. Remember to always get a professional tattoo, a friend working in a house is not your friend if they (A) let you walk around with something stupid/ugly. (B) Can potentially harm you by performing a procedure that can cause an infection if not worse. (C) will end up costing you fortune to fix/cover/ remove. Don't be someone's test dummy... be smart people.