Preparing for your Tattoo

and other frequently asked questions

Preparing for your appointment

When preparing for your tattoo appointment it is as important to prepare for each part of the processes in order to have the best tattoo experience.

Your Appointment

It is ideal to eat a healthy portioned meal within four hours of being tattooed. You don’t want to be starving or stuffed. Having stable blood sugar bolsters your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are released during the tattoo process. For long tattoo sessions bring some fruit and trail mix.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol and aspirin.
A Valid Photo ID will be required for your appointment

The Consultation

  • Choosing your artist: It is important to prepare for your consultation with the understanding that your tattoo artist might specialize in a style outside of that you are looking for. This consultation is a great opportunity to talk about your idea, ensure that the artist is a great fit for your project and discuss the scheduling and financial investment of the tattoo itself. We recommend researching your artist before hand, and coming prepared with your inspiration, font examples and body location in mind.

After Your Appointment

Picking the right artist, and choosing the right tattoo is just as important as choosing the right time in your life. It is important to prepare to heal a fresh wound. Everyday things like, hot tubbing, cuddling your pet, or going to a place where you need sunscreen can impact your ability to heal your tattoo well. We have also found that happy and healthy people heal better. Getting tattooed when you are sick, post or pre-surgery, or exceptionally stressed out is not ideal and can impact your immune system. People with a compromised immune system can expect their tattoos to take longer to heal (e.g. diabetes, Hepatitis, HIV).

Frequently asked questions

No appointments are not required, however they are strongly recommended. If you know what you want and the time frame you want it, it’s is a very good idea to make an appointment. It will take a $100.00 deposit in order to hold that time for you. This deposit will come off the final price of the tattoo.

Deposits are not refundable, but they are transferable to another date. As long as you have call within a 24 hour window to give the artist enough notice.

We encourage you to bring any visual reference which helps us better understand your ideas! We love it when our clients are prepared, coming to us with fairly specific ideas in regards to subject matter, size and placement, and bring us plenty of visual references, such as:

- Images from the internet - if you've collected some images from the internet, it really saves a lot of time if you can print them out ahead of time - or if you don't have the means to print, please email them to the artist you're consulting with before your appointment. Please don't bring images that are just on your phone. In order to create something from the images we need to be able to see them clearly!

- Drawings, sketches, doodles, or diagrams (does not have to be a masterpiece, it just needs to get a point across!)

- Photographs, objects, etc

We love animals, but we absolutely cannot allow them inside the shop, for sanitary reasons. All service dogs will not be allowed into the tattoo area.

We strongly advise not bringing young children or infants into a tattoo shop. We are constantly cleaning here, but one never knows what a child can pick up by crawling around the floor, or just being near someone getting a tattoo. Also, young children tend to get very bored and its extremely disruptive to other clients if children are running around the studio. As long as they are with a parent or guardian, minors between the ages of 12-18 may be allowed to watch or sit quietly during your session.

No. Your body is going through tremendous changes and stress. Getting tattooed while pregnant or breast-feeding can negatively impact either/or your health and that of your baby. It’s simply not worth the risk.

You can certainly bring a friend to your tattoo appointment. Sometimes it helps to have a friend for moral support during the tattoo. But when you bring 2 or more people with you, it gets too crowded in the tattoo artist's area, and can be very distracting to your tattoo artist. Please be respectful of other clients and the artists by not bringing
a crowd of people with you.

Do your homework. Pick the right artist, the right tattoo and the right time in your life (for example: don’t get tattooed the week before you go to a resort with a hot tub.) Happy, healthy people heal better. Getting tattooed when you are sick, post or pre-surgery, or exceptionally stressed out is not ideal. Furthermore, people with compromised immune systems (e.g. diabetes, Hepatitis, HIV) typically take longer to heal.

It is ideal to eat a healthy portioned meal within four hours of being tattooed. You don’t want to be starving or stuffed. Having stable blood sugar bolsters your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are released during the tattoo process. For long tattoo sessions bring some fruit and trail mix.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and aspirin.

State law requires anyone getting tattooed must be 18 years or older. EVERYONE must have valid government issued Photo Identification at the time of procedure. It is required for documentation of the procedure.

All tattooing hurts, be prepared for a burning sensation. Everyone handles the pain differently. There are some locations more painful than others. These locations are made up of where the skin is thinnest.

Yes! We accept only cash for Gift Certificates, so you’ll have to come in to the shop to purchase one. You can buy a Gift Certificate for any amount, and they expire after one year.

All studios in Oregon have to pass tough regulations in order to stay in business. All licensed tattoo artists are required to pass continuing education requirements in order to keep their license. Our shop strives to give the safest atmosphere possible for tattooing. There are certain medical conditions that may make it necessary to seek a medical professional’s opinion before undertaking the process. You can call for these details.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Skin City welcomes the use of service animals by any person with a disability. We do not allow service animals in areas of the Studio where they would cause a major change to Studio operations or a threat to the safety of others or the Studio.

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