• Do I need an appointment?

    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 $60.00 deposit in order to

    hold that time for you. This deposit will come off the final price of the tattoo.

  • Are deposits refundable?

    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.

  • What Should I Bring to my Consult?

    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.

  • Do you allow kids or dogs in your shop?

    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.

  • Can I bring a friend?

    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.

  • Can I get tattooed while pregnant or breastfeeding?

    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.

  • What can I do to prepare for my tattoo?

    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.

  • Do I have to be 18 to get a tattoo?

    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.

  • Are there areas that hurt more than others?

    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.

  • Do you sell Gift Certificates?

    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.

  • Is tattooing safe?

    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.

  • Why are your piercing prices not posted?

    We break down the total price based on what kind of jewelry you want to start with plus a service fee for the

    piercing. There are so many sizes and styles to choose from, it’s usually easier to come into the shop and talk to a

    piercer about what you’d like to see happen, and we’ll try to accommodate it the best we can. Keep in mind that

    individual anatomy plays a big part in what we can and can’t offer to you. Not everyone is built for every piercing,

    but we carry some unique jewelry that can sometimes be the exception to this rule.

  • Do you pierce people under 18?

    We changed our policy on piercing minors at the beginning of 2015 and posted on the front page of our website a

    link to the information. If all terms are met and proper paperwork provided, we will be happy to assist you. If you

    have ANY questions on what is and isn’t going to be accepted, please don’t hesitate to call and speak to the piercer

    at (503) 624-1719.

  • Do I have to make an appointment for a piercing, or can I just walk in?

    You can do which ever works best for you. However, an appointment is required outside of normal walk-in hours

    for our piercers. Usually that’s outside of 12pm and 7pm every day. Please keep in mind there are times, like the

    weekends, that can get pretty hectic and there might be a wait. We do not currently take any deposits for

    appointments on piercings, as you would a tattoo appointment, but it does give you priority over walk-in status.

  • Do you use a piercing gun?

    We do not use piercing guns.

     

    We are practiced professionals who take great pride in working with needles as our weapon of choice. There are

    a great many reasons why piercing guns are subpar items to be pierced with. One of the biggest concerns is that

    there really isn’t a good way to STERILIZE them properly. STERILIZATION requires a full process as outlined by the

    State of Oregon and the Association of Professional Piercers that requires special machines that rid the surfaces of

    all tools, jewelry, and other single use items of every living micro-organism that could be a potential danger to

    insert into a fresh wound. If you would like to read more about the potential dangers of being pierced with a

    piercing gun, you can check out these websites:

     

    http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#guns

     

    http://www.piercingbible.com/blog/tag/ear-piercing-gun

  • What do you do with the tools you use? Do you throw them away?

    There are some items that are single use that get disposed of after every piercing (needles are ALWAYS single

    use) and some of the bigger tools have to go through a multi-step process to clean them in such a way that they

    are safe to use from person to person. We have ultrasonic machines that help to release contaminates from the

    surface of the item and an autoclave that uses high temperature steam to destroy all harmful microscopic

    particles. These are two very important machines that all tattoo/piercing shops should have available to provide

    safe services for the public.

  • What kind of jewelry do you use?

    We use jewelry that meets the standards set by the Association of Professional Piercers for initial piercings:

     

    We carry implant grade surgical steel that is ASTM F-138 compliant, implant grade titanium (Ti6Al4V ELI) that is

    ASTM F-136 (or ASTM F-67) compliant, Niobium, gold between 14k and 18k, and many biocompatible types of

    glass: Fused quartz glass, lead-free borosilicate, or lead-free soda-lime glass.

     

    We also have certificates from all of our jewelry companies that we can provide specific information regarding the

    alloy mix of our metals in case there is a hyper sensitivity to nickel or other types of metal.

     

    Jewelry bought online or in common places, like the mall or gas stations, are usually “mystery metals” made of

    who-knows-what from who-knows-where and are usually price hiked to prey on people who might not know there

    are better options for your buck. Body jewelry should be exactly the piece you want to wear without having to

    compromise on quality. We have American made products that we can order as unique as you can imagine with

    Swarovski crystals or genuine gems set by actual jewelers, unlike some jewelry that can be foil backed and glued

    into place. We believe that you should only have to pay once for your jewelry instead of investing 2 or 3 times.

    That sounds like a lot of wasted effort and money.

  • Do you pierce baby ears?

    We believe that every person being pierced should be willingly able to consent to the piercing taking place. Babies

    do not have that ability, nor is their immune system fully developed enough to handle a potential infection, should

    one occur. Piercing the ears of someone too young can also cause their piercings to sit low to the bottom edge of

    their ears later in life, which can potentially cause thinning or splitting of the ear if pulled on too hard or if heavy

    hanging jewelry is worn often. If the piercing sits too low, it may also hinder the ability to stretch the hole bigger

    later in life.

  • What if I want to bring in my own jewelry to get pierced with?

    We do not accept outside jewelry for an initial piercing. We provide only high grade jewelry that is compatible with

    the body from well known, reputable body jewelry companies. Many of these companies are not compatible with

    lesser quality companies that still maintain externally threaded jewelry as their dominate jewelry style.

     

    The state of Oregon also requires that we process jewelry in a specific manner based on standards set forth by

    the Association of Professional Piercers before insertion. Another factor is everybody is different and anatomy is

    tricky; we are not all cut in one size and everybody swells differently after a piercing. Your piercer should be able

    to take all the information you provide and be able to choose a piece of jewelry fitted for your specific situation.

    Same goes for jewelry changes. We custom fit everything depending on the anatomy, length of healing, and depth

    of piercing.

  • I retired a piercing for a while, now I want it back…what do I do?

    So long as the piercing was healed to its fullest, and it wasn’t torn or infected at the time you took it out, the

    piercer can use a small tool to check the site to see how far, if at all, the piercing might still be open. Sometimes it

    can be reopened this way and you may experience minor irritation for a few short days before the piercing is back

    to normal. It also gives the piercer a chance to assess the situation and suggest options further on re-opening vs.

    re-piercing.

  • What do I do if I need to hide my piercing for work/school/sports/surgery?

    You will need to invest in jewelry that will work temporarily until you can get your regular piece back in, or a low-

    key piece of jewelry that can stay in without looking too obvious.

     

    “Retainers” are usually what you will be asking for. They can come in either plastic or glass, but keep in mind

    plastic should not be worn long term in ANY piercing, healed or new. The body’s natural acidity can cause a

    breakdown in plastic that will destroy the piece if kept in too long. Ideally you would only keep plastic retainers in

    for as long as it takes to deal with the situation/activity until you can put your original piece back in. Glass is

    completely okay to wear long term and to use as an initial piece of jewelry for a piercing, in some cases. Glass is

    hypoallergenic and biocompatible and won’t interfere with MRI/CAT scans or surgery.

     

    If the situation is that the jewelry is needing to be low-key, there are options for “flesh colored” pieces. For

    example, Neometal has tiny press-fit ends that are textured (non-shiny) in shades of brown and pink tones to

    emulate the illusion of a mole or a freckle. Glass and silicone can also come in shades of pinks if expanded

    earlobes need to be downplayed. Septum piercings can easily be flipped up into the nostril by wearing Circular

    Barbells (aka: horseshoe-style) or U-shaped retainers in metal or glass. Anodizing metal can also help downplay

    visibility by oxidizing the outer layer of the piece in different browns, yellows, or pinks. Surgical Steel does not

    have the ability to be colored but Titanium and Niobium are metals that can be colored by this process. Anodizing

    is a controlled oxidation process where metal has a reaction to being set in an acidic chemical bath while

    electricity is ran through at different frequencies. It does not involve paints or coating the outsides of metal, which

    makes it the safest option for wearing long term.

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