Tattoo Aftercare

  • Remove bandage under warm running water after 3 to 5 days.
     

  • Gently wash your tattoo with unscented soap once the bandage is removed. Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
     

  • Wash the tattoo daily. Keep clean and dry.
     

  • Water-based unscented lotion can be used on the tattoo once it begins to feel itchy and/or dry.
     

  • DO NOT soak or submerge the tattoo in water (ex. a bath, a pool) for 3 to 4 weeks.
     

  • DO NOT scratch a fresh tattoo. If the tattoo is flaking or peeling, do not remove scabs or flakes; let them fall off on their own.
     

  • DO NOT use Vaseline, oils, or oil based moisturizers on a fresh tattoo.

  • Clean your piercing once or twice a day, as needed, by letting warm water run over the piercing. Sterile saline solution may also be used.
     

  • Pat the piercing dry with a clean paper towel. Do not swipe at it or leave it wet.
     

  • Healing time for most piercings is 3 to 6 months (up to a year).
     

  • If the piercing is irritated, soak a clean paper towel in hot (but not burning hot) water, and gently compress the piercing for 5 to 10 mins. Do this daily until irritation subsides.

     

  • DO NOT touch, play with, twist or rotate your piercing.
     

  • DO NOT soak or submerge your piercing in water (ex. a bath, a pool) for at least 2 months.
     

  • DO NOT put alcohol, crushed aspirin, teabags, or other home remedies on a fresh piercing.

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Piercing Aftercare

Frequently Asked Questions

Tattoo Booking

  • Do you take walk-ins?

We can take walk-ins on a case by case basis. It depends on whether or not we have any free artists first, and then on what exactly you'd like to get tattooed. Certain designs will require an appointment due to the time they'd take, complexity, or drawing requirements. Small designs that don't need much editing are most likely to be taken as a walk-in. If you want to be sure we have a free artist, you can always call the shop to check!

 

  • How do I go about booking an appointment?

Booking an appointment for a tattoo here is typically a two appointment process. The first appointment is a free consultation: essentially a quick chat with an artist to go over your design, the time needed, and the price. The artist will ask about size, placement, colour, and other intricacies. From there, they will take a deposit of $105 and schedule you in for the actual tattoo. 

  • Can I book an appointment online?

Yes! We accept bookings for consultations (not the tattoo itself) online at this link. Additionally, some of our artists have set up through Tattcloud, which allows clients to purchase flash and leave a deposit for those, or request a quote for a custom piece. Should the artist approve your design, you will be prompted to leave a deposit and schedule the appointment. Each artist's Tattcloud links can be found on our booking page.​

  • What are the terms of the deposit?

The deposit is $105, including tax. It is non-refundable and non-transferable between artists. A notice of 24 hours is required for any cancellations or rescheduling, otherwise the deposit is forfeit. Being more than 10 minutes late to the appointment without notice will also forfeit the deposit.

  • Why do I need a deposit for my appointment?

The deposit is taken to reserve your spot on the schedule. Our artists are contractors, which means that if they are not tattooing they are not earning money. A deposit helps ensure that they can get paid for their prep work and time in case of a no-show or cancellation without notice. 

 

  • How old do I need to be to get tattooed?

Clients need to be a minimum of 18 years of age to get tattooed.

 

  • What do I need to bring to my tattoo appointment?​

Bring yourself and a piece of government issued photo ​ID for paperwork. Feel free to also bring any snacks or drinks to nibble or sip on, especially if your appointment is a long one. Make sure you eat a big, filling meal before your appointment as well!​​

  • Will it hurt?

Yes. It ultimately depends on personal pain tolerance and where on the body the tattoo is placed. Most people compare the pain of a tattoo to scratching a fresh sunburn or to a continuous cat scratch.

Tattoo Aftercare & Healing

  • ​How do I take care of my new tattoo?

    • Remove bandage under warm running water after 3 to 5 days.

    • Gently wash your tattoo with unscented soap once the bandage is removed. Pat dry with a clean paper towel.

    • Wash the tattoo daily. Keep clean and dry.

    • Water-based unscented lotion can be used on the tattoo once it begins to feel itchy and/or dry.

    • DO NOT soak or submerge the tattoo in water (ex. a bath, a pool) for 3 to 4 weeks.

    • DO NOT scratch a fresh tattoo. If the tattoo is flaking or peeling, do not remove scabs or flakes; let them fall off on their own.

    • DO NOT use Vaseline, oils, or oil based moisturizers on a fresh tattoo.

 

  •  My bandage is peeling up at the edges. What do I do?

You can cut off peeling edges with clean scissors. If the bandage is peeling up over the tattoo itself, take the bandage off early and follow regular aftercare.

  • There is liquid under my bandage. It looks like ink is coming out. Is this normal?

Yes, this is normal. The ink is not falling out of the tattoo. The liquid is fluid that your body is producing to heal the tattoo. Once you remove the bandage, the tattoo will still be in the skin.

  • What do I do if I need a touch up?

You can schedule a touch up any time by calling the shop. They cost $25 + tax for supplies with no hourly charge (excluding hands and feet, which do incur an hourly charge). We recommend waiting at least 4 weeks for the tattoo to heal before getting a touch up.

  • What is normal for a healing tattoo?

Healing tattoos can continue to be sore for a few days following the appointment. Afterwards, they will typically be sensitive but not outwardly painful. Healing tattoos can peel or flake like a sunburn, scab up, or look dry. If this is the case, do not pick at the flakes or scab​s; let them fall off on their own. Healing tattoos can also weep yellowish clear fluid for the first few days, especially if you were given a Second Skin style bandage, as described above. Some minor swelling and redness is common for the first few days. Swelling and redness can persist if the tattoo is being irritated continuously (such as being slept on, being in a spot that moves or bends a lot, or being touched often). If the tattoo is unusually painful, red, swollen, weeping pus, or otherwise unusually bothersome, contact the shop to speak to your artist. They can advise you on the best course of action.

  • I think my tattoo is infected/I am having an allergic reaction. What do I do?

If you are concerned about the state of your tattoo, come in to the shop and speak with your artist. They can advise you on how to proceed.​

Piercing Booking

  • Do you take walk-ins?​

We can usually accommodate most piercing-related walk-ins, though we do prioritize appointments. The chances of us fitting you in are higher if you are looking to get a single piercing, a jewelry change, or a consultation. If you'd like to book an appointment and guarantee your spot, you can do so online here or call us at 780-757-8869.

  • Is there a minimum age for piercings?

Yes, and this varies depending on the type of piercing. We will only pierce ear lobes on children above the age of 4 years old. Teens between 14 and 18 can get most piercings with parental consent (those 16 and above with their own government issued photo ID do not need parental consent). Nipples and genital piercings can only be done on those above 18 years of age.​

  • What should I bring to my appointment?

We require everyone getting pierced to bring a piece of government issued photo ID for our paperwork. If the person getting pierced is under 18 and does not have their own government issued photo ID, we require a parent or legal guardian's government issued photo ID, as well as a government issued ID for the child that lists at least their name and birth date (healthcare cards, birth certificates, status cards, and passports are acceptable forms of child ID).

 

  • What is an anatomy check?​

When speaking to a piercer, they may mention you needing an anatomy check for certain piercings. This just means having them take a look at the area you are getting pierced and ensuring that your anatomy will work for the piercing. Some piercings are more anatomy-specific than others; piercings like industrials, navels, tongues, smileys, nipples, and genitals (among others) can generally only be performed on clients with the proper anatomy to accommodate them. If you don't have the anatomy required, our piercers may offer you alternative piercings or pieces of jewelry to get you a result closest to what you'd like. Every body is different, and there is always the possibility that a piercer will recommend not getting a piercing if your anatomy does not suit it.

  • Do you use a piercing gun?

No, we use single use needles. Piercing guns can be a huge concern health and sanitary wise, as well as causing trauma at the piercing site than can affect healing. 

  • What kind of metal do you use in your jewelry?

All of our jewelry is implant-grade titanium. This is the same metal used in surgical screws, braces, and other medical devices. It is 100% body safe and will not aggravate any metal allergies or sensitivities. We do also carry gold, though these pieces are mostly ends, gems, and rings.

 

  • Do you offer dermals and/or surface piercings?

 At the moment, no. This is a service we are looking at offering in the future, but neither of our piercers are very experienced in that area. We can usually help with jewelry changes and other concerns with existing piercings.​

  • Can you pierce me with my own jewelry?

In most cases, no. We do not pierce with outside jewelry. We can sometimes pierce with jewelry that has been bought from us, though we require the jewelry in question to be brought in to the shop the day before the appointment so that we can clean and sterilize it.

 

  • Will it hurt?

Yes, though it ultimately depends on personal pain tolerance and which piercing you are getting. 

Piercing Healing & Aftercare

  • How should I care for my new piercing?

    • Clean your piercing once or twice a day, as needed, by letting warm water run over the piercing. Sterile saline solution may also be used.

    • Pat the piercing dry with a clean paper towel. Do not swipe at it or leave it wet.

    • Healing time for most piercings is 3 to 6 months (up to a year).

    • If the piercing is irritated, soak a clean paper towel in hot (but not burning hot) water, and gently compress the piercing for 5 to 10 mins. Do this daily until irritation subsides.

    • DO NOT touch, play with, twist or rotate your piercing.

    • DO NOT soak or submerge your piercing in water (ex. a bath, a pool) for at least 2 months.

    • DO NOT put alcohol, crushed aspirin, teabags, or other home remedies on a fresh piercing. When in doubt, contact one of our piercers for advice.

 

  • How long should I wait to change out jewelry?

In most cases, we recommend waiting about 6 to 8 months. Some piercings will require a downsize sooner to promote better healing. In that case, follow the piercer’s instructions.

  • Can I change my jewelry from a stud to a ring?

Absolutely! This is normally not an issue. For most piercings, we recommend waiting the full healing time of 3 to 6 months before making the switch. For nostrils, we generally will not put a ring in a piercing until 6 to 8 months have passed, as they can be very sensitive and prone to irritation bumps.

  • Is there a fee for having a piercer change my jewelry?

Yes, in most cases there is a service fee of $10 plus tax, in addition to the cost of jewelry should you need to buy a new piece. There is no service fee for downsizes when the original piercing was done by us, though you will still have to pay for the cost of jewelry.​

 

  • There is a bump on my piercing. Is this normal?

It is likely that you have an irritation bump. It is not a scar or keloid, and is caused by irritation. Using hot compresses (soak a clean paper towel in hot water, and gently compress the piercing for 5 to 10 mins; do this daily until irritation subsides) will help. Reducing irritation from outside factors (ex. soaps, sleeping on the piercing, clothing rubbing) will also help.

 

  • I think my piercing is infected. What do I do?

If you are concerned about the state of your piercing, please come in to the shop to have a piercer look at it, free of charge. They can recommend the appropriate course of action.