Frequently asked questions

  • What are your shop hours?

We are open from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm seven days a week.  The only holiday’s we are typically closed for are 4th of July, Labor Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

  • What are the artists schedules?

Rich is available Tuesday to Saturday 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

John is available Friday to Tuesday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Zach is available Friday to Monday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

  • What is the shop minimum?

The shop minimum is $50.00 no matter how small your tattoo is.  

  • How much do you charge per hour?

Our shop rate is $120.00 to $150 an hour for tattoos over 5 hours depending on artist.  For smaller tattoos we base our pricing off of how complex the image is as well as the overall size so it depends entirely on the image that we are tattooing. 

  • My son/daughter is under 18, can I sign for them to get a tattoo?

Regarding tattoos, there is no parental consent law in the state of Oregon.  The person requesting the procedure must be at least 18 years of age and bring government issued proof of identification.

We CANNOT perform a procedure on you, regardless of your age without proof of age. (Drivers licence or passport) according to the state law, so please make sure that you have this with you when you come in.

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard).  We do not accept checks or money orders and if you are paying with a credit card we typically run the card before the procedure to make sure that it does not get declined.

  • I’d like to make an appointment with X artist but he’s not in today?

 We typically do not book appointments for one another as it can get confusing relaying messages and for the artist doing to the work to figure out exactly what the customer wants.   

  • How much is it for lettering?

Typically for most names in a cursive font at the smallest size that’s tattooable it is between $60.00 and $80.00.  Larger lettering pieces such as chest pieces, full forearm/biceps etc, are based off of how long we feel it will take to complete the piece.  With larger or more elaborate pieces it is always best to come in and do a consultation.

  • Do you take walk-ins?

 As long as we have the time available we do enjoy taking walk-ins, however if you are looking to get a piece done by a certain artist or on a certain date/time it is always best to come in before and make an appointment.  In regards to piercing you do not need an appointment.  Typically these procedures are relatively quick so even if there are a few people ahead of you the wait time is only 20-30 minutes.     

  • Can you make an appointment over the phone or via email/Facebook?

We require a deposit from the customer when setting up appointments so we typically don’t make arrangement’s this way as it is too easy for one party or the other to forget.  This prevents double bookings on the artists end and ensures that the client is more apt to contact us if they are unable to make their appointment.

  • Are deposits refundable?

Deposits are non-refundable.  We try our best to make sure that we have your tattoo designed and ready for you when you arrive for your appointment which means that we’ve spent time working on it for you as well as we have blocked out a proper amount of time during our day for your tattoo.  If an issue arises where you are unable to make your appointment however, we are more than happy to reschedule with you as long as you make contact with us prior to your appointment date.  No call/No shows are on a case by case basis but generally you will be required to put down a new deposit for a new appointment.

  • How much is the deposit?

Typically deposits are $50-$100 depending on the size of the piece.  Your deposit does go towards the total price of the tattoo, so if your tattoo is $350 and you put down a $50 deposit, the remaining $300 would be the balance when your tattoo is completed.  With larger, multiple session tattoo’s the deposit is generally applied towards the last session so that a new deposit isn’t required for each appointment. 

  • Are kids allowed in the tattoo shop?

We don’t mind children as long as they are well behaved.  If your child is a wanderer/grabby or likes to throw tantrums please have someone with you that can wait with them outside so that the other customers and staff are not imposed on.

  • What is the policy regarding touch-ups?

We ask that you come in about 2 weeks after your original procedure so that we can asses what needs to be done and book you a follow up appointment.  We will do one touch up session free of charge with the exception of tattoos done on the hands, feet, neck/head, if it has been longer that 2 months since your initial appointment or if it is apparent to the artist that the tattoo did not heal well due to neglect by the client.  In these cases there will be a setup fee for the touch up based on the size of the piece. 

  • My tattoo has little white bumps on it, what should I do?

This occasionally happens after a procedure do to the A&D ointment we use during the procedure.  A small amount of the petroleum based ointment gets under the surface of the skin causing these bumps for a week or two until your body works it out of your system.  This is not typical for most tattoos but it is not cause for alarm if it does happen.  
 

  • I got my tattoo done out of house, can you fix it?

 Generally individuals tattooing without a licence in the state of Oregon have no formal training either artistically or technically so the tattoo’s that we see as a result vary from bad to absolutely horrible.  It may not always be possible to fix a tattoo due to the poor quality of it or even cover it up depending on the size of the tattoo.  We are always willing to take a look at your work and give your our professional opinion on what the best route to take is though.  

35 thoughts on “Frequently asked questions

  1. I am 16 and know what tattoos I want for when I turn 18 and need to start saving money. Would I be able to come in and see how much your estimate amount would be?

      • I got my waaay over priced tattoo done in the end of October. About two weeks ago I got the little white bumps showing up in all different areas of just the tattoo. Why would it take so long for the bumps to show up if it is from the A&D ointment used almost 3 months ago on it? I used aquafor on it while I was healing like I did my other one and haven’t put anything else on it since because it didn’t seem like it needed it. any suggestions please?!! ive heard of using castor oil on it but wasn’t sure if that would suck the color from it or not?

        • Bobbi,
          I would recommend just using Dial Antibacterial soap and wash the tattoo frequently. There could have been a little bit too much A&D on the skin when you were getting tattooed and it got injected under the skin. It will eventually go away but I wouldn’t recommend putting anything that’s oily or greasy on your skin to get rid of the problem. If you’d like to come in and have one of us take a look at it we’d be more than happy too. If you have any other questions feel free to call the shop.

          R/S
          Douglas Lamb
          Tattoo 42

  2. Is the ink you use made in china? I read an article claiming that people who have had tattoos done with ink made made in china now have skin cancer Etc..

    • if you have your ears pierced already and just want to stretch the holes larger, it costs $20-$35 for the jewelry depending on what you picked out and stretching them is free. If you need both ears pierced at a 16g-10g that is $50. Piercings are Tuesday thru Saturday! Call the shop if you have any other questions!

    • Depending on how big it could be anywhere between $200-$300 most likely, come in for an exact quote. It’s easier to give a price when we can see how large you are and how large the tattoo is going to be. Consultations are free.

  3. We have our annual fundraiser- “Fun Day,” going on at Hull Park in support of Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind in Sandy on Saturday August 23rd. Would you be interested in coming out supporting a local business that’s a worthwhile cause and being a vendor for that? The fee is $25 + 10% of sales you make that day. There’s food, music, auction, plus the beautiful park to check out, etc. Interested? Message me asap! Feel free to share this and spread the word – Thanks!

    Tina

  4. Hello. I’ve been looking at your website and I found some nice work done. I want to know if I have to make an appointment for an estimate and how much would it be for one? I want to get a dreamcatcher on my thigh and was also wondering if I just walk in and any one can do it, or you guys would tell me who from all your artists will be the best to do it. Tia!!

    • It’s best to come in the shop and talk to an artist. Were open 7 days a week your welcome to look at our portfolios if you want to pick out an artist. We do walk ins if we got the time, appointments always work well we require a deposit in person for them.

  5. i got a tat on my arm and it is really bumpy in the shading I have had it for a day and it’s my first so I’m freezing I just need to know what u think I’m keeping stuff on it my dad had used on all his it’s not dry at all just feels like scabs under the skin like under the color

    • This is our aftercare, I don’t recommend putting lotion on for 2-3 days after. ( you might be putting to much lotion on and sounds like you put it on too soon) Also make sure any lotion you put on it is new nothing that has been sitting around at all. Feel free to stop by the shop so we can see it if you need too. We would be happy to look at it. Follow our aftercare not what friends and family say.

      1) Leave the bandage on for 2-3 hours after the procedure is complete. Do not re-bandage your tattoo.

      2) Wash your hands with liquid antibacterial soap before touching your new tattoo.

      3) Immediately after removing the bandage gently wash tattooed area with antibacterial soap and warm water.

      4) Pat dry with a clean towel (Do not wipe as this could cause the removal of any scabbing that has formed and potentially cause a loss of pigment in your tattoo)

      5) After 24-48 hours use a non-scented, petroleum free lotion (Aveeno, Lubriderm or Palmers Cocoa butter) or H2Ocean Tattoo Aftercare two to three times a day for two weeks or until tattoo is completely healed.

      6) When applying lotion, use the smallest amount possible. The lotion should be able to absorb into the skin relatively quickly. If your tattoo looks shiny after you put the lotion on, you used too much. In most cases a drop the size of a dime is more than enough to cover a tattoo 5-6 inches in diameter.

      7) DO NOT use any petroleum based products such as A+D or Vaseline on your new tattoo as these products clog the pores of your skin and do not let it breathe. This drastically slows down the healing process and can also lead to skin irritation or rashes on and around the area of you tattoo.

      8) DO NOT apply sunscreen, aloe, or anything other than lotion to your healing tattoo.

      9) Keep your new tattoo OUT of hot tubs, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, etc. for at least two weeks after getting a new tattoo as the bacteria in them can cause infection.

      10) Keep your new tattoo AWAY from pets as their saliva and the dander from their hair can cause infection.

      11) Keep your tattoo out of the sun/tanning beds for at least 3 weeks. Heavy exposure to the sun will fade the colors in your tattoo, especially lighter colors like yellows and oranges. Once your tattoo is healed use sunscreen to help prevent this.

      12) Treat your tattoo as if it were an open wound as that is essentially what it is. The more you baby it the better a chance that it will heal up with no issues. It is normal for some scabbing to occur when a new tattoo is healing. DO NOT pick at or scratch your new tattoo as this will cause pigment loss.

      If you have any questions or concerns during your healing process feel free to contact the staff at (503) 356-8854

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  6. Hi,
    I’ve been wanting to get my nose pierced and am planning to get it done sometime this weekend. I was wondering if your shop prefers appointments to walk-ins for a piercing. Also, can you get a hoop put in a piercing right away or do you have to start with a stud and wait. Thank you

    • Sorry for the late reply. If you haven’t came in yet our piercer will be out of town till the 28th of this month. Walk-ins is the best way. Also any further questions you will need to ask the piercer.

    • Hi there,
      Sorry it’s so late getting to this question. Our piercer works Tuesday thru Saturday from 1-8 (Thursday 12-4)

    • After 24-48 hours use a non-scented, petroleum free lotion (Aveeno, Lubriderm or Palmers Cocoa butter) or H2Ocean Tattoo Aftercare two to three times a day for two weeks or until tattoo is completely healed.

    • It’s hard to give a quote on line could be any where from $120-$400 depending on size and detail, best to swing by the shop and talk to one of our artist.

  7. Hi, I am 17 turning 18 in July I wanted a toung piercing but after doing research I wanted to know if the webbing is to high or if I have a major vein to where I can’t get the vertical barbell also how much will your shop cost and can I bring in jewelry I bought or does that come included in the piercing price or do I have to buy jewelry there?

    • $50 with the jewelry. We have to use our jewelry by law. Best to come in and have the piercer look at your toung if you have questions.

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