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)

Tattoo Aftercare

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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I’ve been tattooing since 2009, I like doing American traditional, birds, flowers and lettering. ┬áPlease take a minute to check out my portfolio, if you like what you see and would like to make an appointment, I work 12:00 pm … Continue reading