Tattoo Road Trip Interview


This is old news but I thought I would post is up here for those that don’t have Facebook.  Last month we had the pleasure of having Bob Baxter and his wife Mary from Tattoo Road Trip stop by to take pictures of some of our clients and the shop for an upcoming book about Oregon tattoo shops, and to wrap it up they did a quick interview with John and Rich.  Follow the link to check it out and swing by the Tattoo Road Trip blog if you get a minute as well, they’re full of good info and it’s worth a look if you have any interest in the behind the scenes stuff that goes on in the tattoo world.  -Doug

John and Rich interview

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.  

Getting settled in

So everything from the original site is back up along with some additional photos in Johns portfolio. I’ll get some more photos in Rich, Kaitlin and my own portfolios as soon as I have time to swing by the shop and grab my camera. All in all I’m a lot happier with the functionality of this site over the old one especially on mobile platforms. As far as major changes go this should be it for awhile although there will be minor tweeks here and there. As always if theres something that you would like to see on here please let me know. -Doug

Piercing Aftercare

Cleaning InstructionsWASH your hands thoroughly prior to touching the piercing area for any reason. CLEAN once a day with mild liquid anti-bacterial soap and SALINE solution (contact lens soak for sensitive eyes, not all-purpose) 3-5 times a day. Apply with disposable cotton ball or q-tip. SEA SALT soak can also be done once or twice a week if desired (mix no more that 1/4 tsp. of NON-IODIZED sea salt with an 8 oz cup of warm water, apply using a soaked cotton ball for 5-10 minutes), sea salt can be found at any grocery store. ORAL piercings (lip, monroe, cheek, tongue) also rinse with Biotene or Crest Complete mouth wash 4-6 times daily (any time after you ear, drink, smoke, or kiss) as well as chewing on ice, popsicles or anything cold to keep initial swelling to a minimum.

What is Normal?

INITIALLY some bleeding, swelling, tenderness or bruising may occur. DURING HEALING you may also experience redness, crusties and secretions of clear/whitish fluid called lymph. All of these things are a completely normal part of the healing process. For excessive soreness ibuprofin might be helpful.

What to Avoid and Tips

AVOID using alcohol, peroxide, Neosporin or Betadine. AVOID submerging the percing in water (lakes, pools, jacuzzis, or bathtubs) and ALL beauty products around the piercing area (hairspray, blush, lotions, foundation) NO oral contact, rough play or moving the jewelry back and forth as this breaks new skin cell growth. (However barbell balls need to be tightened on a daily basis)