A deposit will also be forfeited in full in the case of:
Clients will be billed at the artist’s hourly rate, starting when the physical application of the tattoo begins and ending when the piece is completed to the artist’s satisfaction.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT PRE-PAYMENTS
We do have gift certificates that you can purchase if you wish, but you are solely responsible for keeping the physical copy until your appointment.
Asking “How much does a tattoo cost?” is similar to asking “How much does a bag of groceries cost?”… it varies hugely based on what’s in it, how big the bag is, and whom you’re buying it from. There are as many factors in pricing tattoo as there are factors in designing tattoos, so we cannot give you an exact price until the tattoo is designed and sized with you in person. Keep in mind that our artists charge at an hourly rate and not by the piece, so again, we cannot give you an EXACT price.
Your idea of “small” or “simple” may not be the same as our idea, so we do not want to give anyone inaccurate information.
Talking with your artist at a consultation, they can give you a ballpark range for a single-session tattoo, or an hourly rate for a larger, multi-session tattoo. Our minimum price to set up for ANY tattoo (even smaller than a quarter with no color) is $70 and they go up from there. We cannot give you a price range for a tattoo over phone, email, or messenger.
We accept Cash or Venmo only. But there are several banks within walking distance as well as an ATM in the shop. How convenient!
How should I prepare?
Be well rested, and eat a good meal two to three hours before your appointment. If you are hypoglycemic or diabetic, please inform your artist ahead of time. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing that you would not mind getting dirty, and will grant access to the area we need to tattoo. Feel free to bring music or other entertainment (your phone, magazines, a tablet with a movie for very long sessions, anything you can enjoy without moving).
It is always nice to be on time, if not a few minutes early, but please no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. State Law prohibits persons less than 18 years of age from entering the tattoo shop, so please plan accordingly. Don’t forget to bring a state issued photo ID for your release form. We also recommend bringing a small snack and a sugary drink, especially if this is your first tattoo. Being tired, hungover or having low blood sugar can increase the discomfort level, which brings us to our next point:
Can I drink or take pain medication before my tattoo?
No! Alcohol and aspirin thin your blood, making you bleed more than normal. This not only makes the job harder and your tattoo take longer, but excessive bleeding can make your tattoo heal improperly causing it to look faded and unattractive. As far as drugs go, we are not pharmacists and there is no way to tell how every drug will affect you being tattooed. Most importantly we want you in a clear state of mind and with the least possible chance of feeling ill during the tattoo. This is an exception of course for prescribed medications. Check with your doctor if you are not sure if it is safe to receive a tattoo on your medication. So please come in feeling like yourself, we won’t tattoo you otherwise. And yes (because everyone asks), after the tattoo you can drink again after the first few hours (after bleeding has stopped), or take Tylenol or ibuprofen to help with swelling or pain.
At the end of your consultation, we take a deposit to secure your appointment spots and start working on your design (generally $50, or more at the artist’s discretion for large-scale designs). We have a copy available here for your reference, of our policies on changes and cancellations to your design or appointment. Thank you for your cooperation in this, as short notice changes to our schedule cause us to lose tattooing and drawing time, when other clients are waiting for availabilities as well. We truly appreciate your understanding.
We have new flash specials for July!
....AND LIZ, SQUID, AND JACOB WILL BE AT THE MIDWEST TATTOO YOU CONVENTION IN MINNESOTA AUGUST 20-22! Be sure to contact us if you want to book an appointment with us while we are out there!