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
- 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:
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
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.
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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