Frequently Asked Questions
- How Do I Choose a reputable Studio?
In every city there are good and bad shops.To know which is right for you, you should really go to a few and get a feel for some different places. Ask people with tattoos you like, where they got it and if they'ed go back for another. Look at photos of artist previous tattoos (portfolio) Do you like their style? If not keep looking. Talk to the artist and you'll get a feel for if your personalities match or not. Somebody making you feel comfortable can make for allot better experience.Never be afraid to ask any questions from design changes or concepts to cleanliness practices. A good tattoo artist won't mind taking the time to answer your questions. Ask yourself too, how does the overall vibe feel? If its good, its probably a good place. If its bad... Allot of your choosing the right place falls on gut instinct. I don't recommend making a decision based on the cheapest price. If something is way less or the artist are willing to "make a deal" that means desperate for cash. It cost allot more to correct,cover-up or remove a bad tattoo than you'll save. back to top
- Why Shouldn't I Go to Someone's Home for a Tatttoo?
Today's all time popularity of tattoos has driven even the un-artistic to try and tattoo. Equipment is easy to get. And lots of people are trying their hand at tattooing. They miss the main part of training: to be a professional tattoo artist, you need to learn to tattoo responsibly to keep clients safe from disease.
The most common comment I hear from people who have gotten a tattoo from a home tattooist are "they opened a new needle for me". The needle is a small item in the safety of tattooing. There are so many other ways in the tattoo process to give someone a potentially fatal disease it's unreal. Ignorance kills. You don't see more effort on stopping home tattooist from police or health Dept. due to lack of man-power, but it is defiantly looked down on. It's not legal either. Most disease's like Hepatitis B or C that can be EASILY contracted thru tattooing, have very long incubation times. They can lay dormant in your liver for years. But once they come forward are mostly incurable and will lead to death. Not worth the little bit of money saved for a bad tattoo. There is not a place in anyone's home that can be made to comply with the standards we are required to maintain in a professional studio for your safety.
This may not apply to all but my experience with home tattooist always follow a common theme: desperate people,often drug addicts, tattooing so cheap they can't be using all the supplies necessary to provide a safe tattoo. The work is always sub-par. Often costing 3x as much to fix or cover than the money saved. Most swear they are safe and excellent tattooist. But there is a saying in our industry "if you don't tattoo in a shop there is a reason why". A real professional anything doesn't work from the kitchen. Your dentist wouldn't clean your teeth in your living room. Your Dr. wouldn't stitch up a cut there either. With a shop on every corner, if your worthy, getting a job in one and becoming a professional is not out of reach. So, be wise in your decision.
Saving a few dollars isn't worth having a potentially deadly ugly tattoo.That full price tattoo in a legitimate business comes with the piece of mind it was done safely by a licensed artist in a facility that was approved by your health dept. as safe for tattooing & the artist knows how to keep you safe. And a way to get back in touch if you need follow up or do have a issue. Your professional can be located and you can be helped. We don't roll up the tent and move on. I really hope you will go to one of the legitimate shops. back to top
- Are Tattoos safe? I heard I could get a disease from it.
Modern Tattoo Studios, such as here at Nikki's Tattoo Studio, take many precautions to prevent disease transmission. Everything used in the process is either new, disposable or able to be autoclaved. Our autoclaves are tested on a regular basis for effectiveness. We use barriers on all equipment to prevent cross contamination between clients.All artist here at Nikki's have BBP certification. We are inspected by Mecklenburg Co. Health Dept. And have a permit renewal yearly.
Please feel free to come in anytime and take a tour and have sanitation explained to you first hand. back to top
- Will a tattoo hurt?
There is some discomfort. It is applied by a rapidly moving needle which is penetrating the skin at a depth that is about the same as a dimes thickness. Most people find the first 5 min. the most uncomfortable. Then it just evens out. It is VERY bearable. It is EXTREMELY RARE for someone to not be able to finish. This has happened once in my career. back to top
- Should I self medicate or do anything to prepare?
Please don't take aspirin products or consume alcohol before. This will only thin your blood and make our job take longer plus affect your color retention. The best way to prepare yourself is to be well rested, well hydrated (water please, caffeinated beverages will thin the blood too)eat a snack or small meal so your blood sugar is level. Doing these things will put you in a good state of mind which makes things smooth. Please don't try to numb the skin with topicals before hand. This changes the texture of the skin in some cases making it un-tattoo-able. At the very least the tattoo will not take well. back to top
- Is tip included in price
Allot of people ask this. No, it's not. It is not required or expected but is customary to tip something because its a service and if you feel a good job was done, its appropriate. If your getting large scale work over a course of time-one tip at the end is appropriate. Again it's not expected or required but very much appreciated.
Allot of work goes into planning, researching your art and laying it out and drawing it. We love it but it is work. back to top