|| Frequently Asked Questions
- Does it hurt to get tattooed??
Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerancy to pain. I'm not going to kid you, though - it does hurt. Just not that much. Some have compared it to a "hot scratching feeling". But, people would not be returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad! Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there.
- Are Tattoos Safe?
Yes, as long as you go to a reputable artist that is following all recommended safety precautions.
- My friend just bought a tattoo kit and wants to practice on me. Should I let them?
NO!No!No! Your friend could be putting both of your lives in danger by foolishly trying to learn this at home. Tell them they need to get a proper apprenticeship, and they can start practicing on you when their mentor (master) feels they are ready.
- slow motion tattooing
- Can you change my old tattoo?
We can cover-up your old tattoo with another tattoo if the new tattoo fits properly to cover the old one. Cover-up tattoos are an art form in and of themselves and require a careful custom design based on the contours, shape and colors of your old tattoo. If you want to cover your old tattoo, let us see it and we will work with you to find an appropriate design.
- What can I expect when I come in for my tattoo?
When you come in for your appointment, we will, if we have not already, show you the final design and give you the opportunity to change it. Once the design is finalized, we will shave the area of your body where you are placing your tattoo and then we will perform the transfer. The "transfer" is the outline of your tattoo design on a paper that transfers the ink to your skin when applied with pressure. What remains is the outline of your design, from which the artist(s) will work.
After the transfer is placed you will check it out in the mirror to make sure it is where and how you want it. Now is the time to make changes. When you are ready, we will place you on a tattoo bed/Dr's table or chair in the most comfortable position possible. The artist will prepare to tattoo. He will tell you when he is ready to begin and then he will do one line and check to make sure you are fine. Please inform us if you do not feel well. If you feel faint or light headed, please tell us.
When we are doing our work, we appreciate the least movement possible so that we can give you the best result. Please tell us whenever you feel you need to take a break. We understand that some people feel pain more than others. We work with Vaseline to lubricate and to help with any bleeding and surgical soap to continually clean the surface.
When your tattoo is finished, you will get to see it for the first time. Let us know if you want to add anything. Then we will wrap your tattoo to protect it and contain any bleeding. Then we give you your instructions on how you need to take care of your tattoo. If you have the opportunity, we love to have our clients come back to visit and show us how their tattoos are doing!
- Do you have temporary tattoos or henna tattoos?
No, we only do permanent tattoos, but you can find people selling henna tattoos in many locations in Madison...
Step by step aftercare for tattoos
Remove bandage after 2 hours (do not re-bandage)
Wash tattoo with hand (make sure hand is clean) using warm soapy water. Rinse with cold water do not over soak your tattoo. Keep out of the direct spray of the shower. Pat dry do not rub with towel.
For 3 to 5 days or until tattoo is healed apply Aquaphor,A&D ointment may be used instead, apply one of these ointments thin layer of ointment to much may cause it to pull out color apply 3 to 4 times daily after washing tattoo. Keep tattoo moist at all times. If an allergic reaction to these ointments occur use water based lotions instead like Curel.
Tattoo will flake do not pick at the flakes or you may pull the color out, try not to let clothing rub on it while tattoo is healing where loose fitting clothing.
GENERAL PIERCING AFTER CARE
DO NOT USE: Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Triple - Antibiotic Ointment, or Ear Care Solutions. We are also recommending that you limit your use of antibacterial soaps- as they can irritate your new piercing
Choose a mild, PH balanced cleanser, like Castile, glycerin - based, or oatmeal soaps. You can usually obtain any or all of these soaps from a grocery or health food store. Tea tree oil is also a good choice
Use Sea salt to rinse your piercing 30% Sea salt 70% warm water, to soothe and help it heal.
Cleanse your hands thoroughly before cleaning your piercing.
Twice daily, using a Q-tip or finger, clean your piercing with your choice of soap on both ends of the hole, working the soap in by sliding the ring or barbell through.
Rinse well with lots of warm water.
When crusty or sticky, rinse well with saline solution.
Saline Soaks: Soaking your piercing for several minutes daily speeds healing greatly and makes you much more comfortable.
MOUTH / ORAL AFTER CARE
To care for Mouth Piercings (lips, tongues, labrets, etc.) during the first two weeks, rinse often with antiseptic mouth rinse.as much as 8 - 10 times daily. Healing time for mouth Piercings are approximately 2-6 weeks.
During the first week, your new mouth piercing may swell (some people more than others). To alleviate the pressure you should be pierced with an overlong piece of jewelry to compensate for potential swelling.
In addition, you can help reduce swelling by chewing ice and avoiding hot foods/drinks. Be very careful chewing.
You may also choose to take an anti-inflammatory (such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen) to help reduce swelling.