Do I need an appointment?
Appointments aren't required, but they are highly recommended. This is especially so if you are interested in getting a large, custom piece by a specific artist.
Do I need to leave a deposit?
A deposit is required to make an appointment. The amount of the deposit will depend on the size and value of the tattoo. Deposits come off the final price of the tattoo and are non-refundable. If you are late and/or need to reschedule with less than 24 hours notice, you risk the chance of forfeiting your deposit.
Can you maybe just draw something up first?
Of course we can; we're artists. Just like any job, however, artists are paid for their work. If you would like an artist to draw up a custom piece, that drawing will take time. A deposit will need to be made.
The Day of Your Appointment
Show up for your tattoo appointment and be on time.
Con schedules can be a bit hectic for all. Attendees are juggling photo-ops and autographs, Some are simply busy with the entertainment that comes with a convention. If you are late for your appointment, the artists attending will do everything within their power to accommodate you. However, keep in mind that artists make their own schedules during show hours, and they may have appointments made prior to even arriving. If you are late, you run the risk of forfeiting any deposit and/or being rescheduled for another day. This could possibly even mean being rescheduled for another convention. Please do not be late.
Keep skin healthy and moisturized prior to appointment.
Keep your skin in good shape by moisturizing regularly and staying hydrated. On the day of your appointment, please arrive without lotion. Make sure the surface of your skin has no scrapes, sunburn, bug bites, peeling, or blemishes because your skin may already have an infection. This can affect your healing process. If you are tattooed while the skin is damaged, there will be gaps in the ink once the damaged skin sheds and then rebuilds. Allow the tattoo artist to shave you so there is no risk of infection from used razors at home.
Eat a big meal and drink fluids before coming in.
It is important to be hydrated as well as nourished to prevent fainting, nausea, or dizziness during your tattoo session. Eating replenishes your blood sugar levels and gives you the energy that you need to burn while your body fights the impact of the tattoo. Sometimes this process is very draining on the body, and that means that it is also a good idea to bring snacks if you have a long session planned. A good hearty meal meal beforehand will go far.
No Alcohol or drugs.
Although it sounds tempting to dull the pain, taking any drugs or alcohol will thin your blood, flushing the ink out of your body as it bleeds. This makes it difficult for the ink to be embedded in the skin, as well as for the artist to see clearly how the ink is going in. Your tattoo will appear faded, and it will have to be redone, which only costs you more money. Also, our tattoo artists will not tattoo you while you are under the influence. Your judgement will be impaired, which is not good for making a permanent decision, and behaviors can be unpredictable. Lastly, all the conventions we attend are family friendly, and we want all our comic convention lovers, big and small, to be able to appreciate the entertainment provided by the show.
Wear appropriate clothing to your tattoo appointment.
Make sure that your outfit will allow the location of your tattoo to be easily accessible to the tattoo artist without exposing the rest of you and without distorting your skin. Also, wear clothing that you don’t mind getting splattered with ink. As the artist works, their main focus is the tattoo, not your clothing. Please keep in mind all shows we attend are family friendly, and this will limit certain areas we can tattoo on the show floor.
Following the right aftercare is important to ensure your tattoo heals properly. Follow the instructions given to you by your artist, and follow these few simple guidelines.
A person can take good care of their tattoo by:
Always using fragrance-free and hypoallergenic soap along with moisturizer when caring for a tattoo, as harsh chemicals and fragrances can irritate and even damage freshly tattooed skin.
Using a moisturizer that allows the skin to breathe, as clogged pores can cause an infection.
Make sure the area is completely dry before applying aftercare moisturizer. Trapping excess moisture under the skin can lead to irritation and heat rash.
Wash the tattoo regularly, but gently. This is especially important after dirty or sweaty activities.
Drink plenty of water to help keep the skin moist and supple.
A person can also help the healing process by:
Not picking at scabs, as this can cause scar tissue to form
Not scratching the tattoo even if it becomes itchy
Avoiding non-cosmetic grade petroleum moisturizers, which will clog the pores
Not using sunscreen on the tattoo until it has fully healed
Not swimming or submerging the tattoo in water until the tattoo has healed
Your tattoo is an investment. Taking the time prepare your body and to heal it right is worth the effort, and you will thank yourself in the long run.