FAQ'S

+ How do I book an appointment?

To book an appointment please drop by our shop or go to our contact page and fill out the form. We will get you in touch with your desired artist.

+ How much will it cost?

The shop minimum is $100, and the hourly rate depends on the artist, but this only applies to larger multi session work, one-sitting tattoos are priced by the piece. Your artist will be more than happy to give a price quote after the final artwork is decided upon and before your appointment date. We are only able to provide rough quotes in person or over email.

+ How do I pick my artist?

Check out all of the artist’s portfolios on our website!

+ How do I pick a design?

If you’re looking to get a tattoo but can’t decide on what to get custom tattoos are the right direction. You can work together with the artist to create a unique tattoo. Our suggestion for custom pieces, coverups, or larger pieces is to come by for a consultation first.

+ Do you take walk-ins?

We take walk-ins everyday on a first come first serve basis. Come early to get a spot. Keep an eye on our instagram to see who has time that day.

+ How do desposits work?

The shop requires a $100 deposit for all appointments; this deposit is deducted off the final price of the tattoo. Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits can be made via email or in person. We accept cash, debit and credit or e-transfer. If you have to reschedule the appointment, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance to retain your deposit.

+ What is the cancellation policy?

Deposits are non-refundable. If you have to reschedule - it must be made 48 hours before the appointment date to retain your deposit. Please let the artist/shop know if you wish to cancel.

+ Do you do finger tattoos? Face tattoos? Etc?

We take finger, face, foot and neck tattoos on a case-by-case basis. Every artist has the discretion to decide if they are comfortable doing the piece.

Keep in mind for hand tattoos:

  1. The tattoo will fade/have areas fall out entirely in as short as a week

  2. The tattoo would need frequent touch ups to maintain (and the fading would occur with every touch up as well)

  3. We do not provide complementary touch ups for finger tattoos

As long as you understand the above one of our artists would be able to do the piece for you.

+ How do I prepare for my upcoming appointment?

So you’re getting your tattoo soon, its time to prepare!

  1. Maintain your hygiene! That means taking a shower and wearing deodorant. Getting a tattoo means being up close and personal with our artists, so make sure you are smelling great and feeling clean.

  2. Dress appropriately. Make sure to wear loose clothing that can easily reveal the area being tattooed. Keep in mind that tattoos on the torso, especially on the ribs may require you to be shirtless. If this makes you uncomfortable, consider wearing a button down shirt that can be flipped to reveal the area while covering your front.

  3. Eat and hydrate prior to the appointment.

  4. Do not drink alcohol the night before your appointment.

  5. Bring a water bottle just in case, hydration is important!

+ Can I bring my friends?

Guests are always welcome, but try not to bring a party! One or two guests only please!

Parents, friends and children are all welcome!

+ How do I prepare for my consultation?

Think about everything you want in advanced and be prepared with reference images to show the artist. We are visual people so seeing an example always helps.

It is okay if you don’t know exactly what you want, we are here to help. Talking to an artist is the first step to a perfect piece.

If you plan on making a booking that day, expect to make a $100 deposit. We take cash, credit and debit.

+ How do I book a consultation?

Consultations are done on a walk-in basis everyday, just come on by!

Feel free to call the shop first to ensure the artist is in that day.

+ How old do I have to be?

You must be 18 years of age or older to be tattooed at our shop. Be prepared with photo ID on the day of your appointment.

+ Do you do cover ups?

We are happy to do cover-ups on a case-by-case basis. Come in for a consultation to discuss the design with one of our artists.

+ I need a touch up, do you do that?

Needing touch ups after a tattoo has completely healed is fairly common. Once the tattoo is no longer peeling, itchy, scabbing, it has fully healed. This can take anywhere from 2 - 6 weeks depending on the piece and the individual.

Our shop provides complementary touch ups (with the exception of inner lip, finger, side/palm of hand, and side/sole of foot tattoos) for an indefinite amount of time. Feel free to contact the shop via email or phone call to set up a complementary touch up appointment at any time.

Though not all pieces require touch ups, they can be necessary more frequently depending on different techniques used by the artist and how they react on different types of skin.

For single needle pieces there is a higher chance of needing to touch up lines that may have lightened up in the healing process. For pieces with large amounts of solid black there is typically more scabbing, which if pulled can cause the area to lighten significantly. It is normal to have some small imperfections in healing and all our artists are more than happy to restore their pieces to the same standard they were at upon completion.

+ I have an allergic reaction, what now?

It is possible to have allergic reactions to certain types of inks. This is more common in red tones and some blues due to the pigments used, but can also happen on a lesser scale with other colours. There is no way for our artists to predict reactions of individual clients to these pigments.

There is also a possibility of having a reaction to Saniderm/Tatu-derm bandages due to the adhesive. Though it is a medical grade product there is still the slight chance it could irritate the skin. In the event that this occurs, remove the bandage and do not reapply.

Though we appreciate being informed of any reactions or complications any clients may have during their healing process it is very important to contact a licensed medical professional if any symptoms seem concerning.

SANIDERM / TATU-DERM

The first application should be removed within 12 to 24 hours. Clean with unscented soap, then dry and reapply. The second application can stay on for 2-5 days. 3 days after the Saniderm has been removed start moisturizing with tattoo balm or unscented lotion.

For more questions take a look at this pdf (Tatu-Derm) or give us a call.

SARAN WRAP / NON-ADHESIVE BANDAGE

12 hours after being tattooed you will need to remove the wrap. Use an unscented soap to wash the tattoo gently. Pat down with a clean paper towel until dry, then apply a thin layer of tattoo balm or unscented lotion. Do not re-bandage the tattoo.

AFTER BANDAGE REMOVAL

Keep the tattoo dry. No swimming, hot tubs, baths or submerging in water for 2 - 4 weeks. Showers are fine; just don't have the tattoo under the water too long. Try your best to avoid direct sunlight 2 weeks. Avoid using antibiotic- and petroleum-based ointments, such as Vaseline, and Polysporin.

Have more questions? Feel free to email us at inkandwatertattoo@gmail.com