Do you tattoo minors?
In the state of Florida anyone between the ages of 16 & 17 looking to get a tattoo must have a guardian consent form signed and notarized. The guardian must also be present during the tattoo process. However, we reserve the right to deny any tattoo designs we believe are not suitable for a minor. We believe a tattoo is a responsible decision and must be reflected in your design, before we will accept the project. We require a consultation before any tattoos can be scheduled and this policy is strictly enforced with minors.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR MINORS TO BE TATTOOED WITH PARENTAL CONSENT
We will not tattoo face, hands, fingers or the side of the neck of a minor.
We reserve the right to not work with any client (particularly a minor)
Minor must be at least 16 years old and have a guardian present.
BOTH guardian AND minor must have the required identification. (see below)
THE ID’S PROVIDED BY THE GUARDIAN AND THE MINOR MUST HAVE MATCHING LAST NAMES AND ADDRESSES; IF THE MINOR’S ID (WHICH MUST HAVE A PHOTO) DOES NOT HAVE AN ADDRESS OR IF THE LAST NAMES DO NOT MATCH, THE MINOR MUST HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE THAT INDICATES THE ACCOMPANYING PARENT’S NAME.
In the case of a name change, please bring an original social security card, divorce decree, or something showing the parent’s original name. If you are the legal guardian of the minor, you must provide court documents proving so. The minor must have a photo ID.
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO PROVE YOU’RE THE GUARDIAN.
THIS MEANS LEGAL GUARDIAN AND NOT AUNT, UNCLE, OR FAMILY FRIEND.
If you are considering allowing your minor to get tattooed, please read this section carefully. We require several forms of identification for both guardian and minor. This may seem excessive, but the requirements have been carefully designed to protect all parties involved and are required by state law. Not all parents and their children have the same last name or address; therefore, we may require multiple forms of identification.
We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is the only way we can legally render services for minors. Remember, the law is designed to protect your children.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID FOR…ADULTS / PARENT / GUARDIAN
+ DRIVER’S LICENSE
+ STATE OR FEDERAL ID
+ MILITARY ID
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID FOR MINORS
+ DRIVER’S LICENSE OR PERMIT W/ PHOTO
+ PASSPORT W/ PHOTO
+ STATE OR FEDERAL ID W/ PHOTO
+ MILITARY ID W/ PHOTO
+ STUDENT ID W/ PHOTO AND BIRTH CERTIFICATE
+ BIRTH CERTIFICATE & PHOTO ID
TATTOO DO’S AND DONT’S
INFORMATION REGARDING STUDIO ETIQUETTE
DO consult your physician if you have reason to believe that getting tattooed would be detrimental to your health.
DO be sure to hydrate yourself before and during your appointment. The best way to stay hydrated is drinking only water and natural juices. Avoid soda, energy drinks, and alcohol.
DO listen to the expertise of the artist. While something may look good on paper or Pinterest, it may not age well or look good on skin. The artist will inform you of your options from their professional experience.
DO show up to your appointment on time. When your appointment is made, this time slot is reserved for you. You will lose your deposit if you cancel last minute or no show. Not showing up causes both artist AND studio to lose money.
DO treat your tattoo as though it were an open wound (because it is). You should always be aware of what is touching your tattoo, how certain activities will affect it. Also, be aware of your pet’s hair as well DO NOT allow them to lick your tattoo.
DO NOT drink alcohol 1 to 2 days prior to coming in. This will cause your blood to thin and will have a negative effect on the tattoo process and the healing. It is also illegal to tattoo an intoxicated person.
DO NOT take any blood thinners at all. This includes painkillers and aspirin.
DO NOT bring a group of friends with you. Tattooing is not a group activity. If you would like company for support you may invite ONE person to sit with you while getting tattooed.
DO NOT bring children to the studio. Please be sure to make arrangements for someone to watch your children during your tattoo appointment. Tattoo studios are not meant for children. They can be a distraction to you, the artist, and other guests in our studio. Thank you for understanding.
Do I need a consultation for a tattoo appointment?
As a custom studio we require a consultation before we can book a tattoo appointment. A consultation is an important part of the process and reflects in the result of your tattoo. The consultation gives you an opportunity to meet with your artist and discuss what you would like to get. The process typically takes about 10-30 min depending on the complexity of your design. If you live far or are unable to come to the studio for a consultation, we can do one over Skype or Facetime. Simply call or email the studio to set this up.
Is there a fee for a consultation?
All consultations are free and non-committal. A consultation is mandatory before setting an appointment. A deposit must be left to finalize any projects and/or appointments.
How do I go about setting up a consultation?
To set up a consultation just contact the artist or the studio directly via phone or email. Consultation are set for early in the day or later in the evening, according to artist’s schedule.
Can I get a tattoo appointment on the same day as my consultation?
This only applies to walk-in situations. To set an appointment for a future date, we require you meet with an artist. If coming in as a walk-in, please read the “Do you take walk-in clients” section.
Do you accept walk-in clients?
Yes, but only when our schedule allows. We announce cancellations and walk-in availability on our social media sites. However, your best option is to call and see if we have openings before you come in.
The size and detail of your design determines if your tattoo can be done as a walk in. Once you speak with an artist, they will let you know if your tattoo can be done that day. (The larger and more detailed the design, the earlier you should come in)
How do I make an appointment?
After you have consulted with an artist a cash deposit is required to make an appointment. Once you leave a deposit, the artist will begin working on your design. Once you approve the design, you and the artist will set an appointment to begin the tattoo.
Can I bring my friends/loved ones while I get tattooed?
We understand getting a tattoo is an exciting experience that you want to share. However, please limit the number of people you bring with you. You are only allowed one person at a time with you in the tattoo area. Too many people are a distraction to the artists and other clients. Each client is allowed just 1 guest in the tattoo area. We thank you for understanding.
Can I bring my children while I get tattooed?
Unfortunately, we kindly ask that you leave the youngsters home. The studio is not a fun place for children. We have expensive artwork that can get damaged and children are NEVER allowed in the tattoo area. Please make arrangements to have someone watch the children while you are getting tattooed. Exceptions are made while dropping off a deposit, viewing a design, or for a consultation. Children 16 & above may be permitted in the tattoo area, but will be considered your one guest.
How can I view my tattoo design once it is ready?
Once your design is ready the artist will contact you. Any adjustments that need to be made can be discussed at this time. Once you approve the design, you can set an appointment to get tattooed. We do not send designs through email and you are not allowed to take photos of the design. If you are unable to come in, we can show you the artwork via SKYPE or Facetime appointment. However, in person is the best way to view your design.
Can I get in sooner than my appointment date?
When making an appointment, tell the artist to put you on the “cancellation contact list”. If the artist has any openings or cancellations, you will be contacted to take the open spot.
Can I use a credit card to leave a deposit?
All deposits must be cash. You will be asked to sign our deposit policy and you will be given a receipt. if you are not local we can send a PayPal invoice. Be aware there is 4% transaction fee for PayPal payments.
Why must I leave a deposit?
The artist spends a great deal of free time researching and designing your tattoo. Without a deposit, the artist cannot invest time into your design. The deposit is more than a down payment for your tattoo. It informs the artist that you are serious about working with them. The deposit is also collateral to hold your appointment. If you DO NOT SHOW UP or DO NOT give the required 72 hour cancellation notice, your deposit is taken to compensate for the work lost that day. The advanced notice allows the artist a chance to fill the cancelation. Not showing up causes both the artist AND studio to lose money. Once a deposit has been made it is non-refundable.
When is my deposit applied?
The deposit is held until the last session. If you wish to use the deposit prior, special exceptions can be made. However, a new appointment cannot be made until we have a deposit. If you plan to use your deposit, please inform your artist before they begin. Management reserves the right to deny the early use of a deposit.
Can I pay for my tattoo with a credit card?
Yes. Please be aware there is a 3% charge for all card types.
How much is a tattoo?
Asking “how much is a tattoo?” is like asking “how much is a car?” The answer all depends on what you’re looking to get. The bigger and fancier your choice, the higher the cost will be. Remember the old rule, “good work isn’t cheap and cheap work isn’t good.” Always research your artist & studio before committing to getting a tattoo.
Large custom designs are done at an hourly rate. Depending on the artist, the rates range between $150-$200 an hour. The studio minimum is $100.
If your tattoo can be done in one day, the artist may choose to set a flat price. This is at the artists’ discretion and the flat price must be approved by management.
Be sure to check with the artist for their price/hourly rate before you leave a deposit. Let your artist the price range that you would like to stay in, so they can design your tattoo accordingly. Be aware that some budgets are simply not possible (i.e. a full sleeve for $1000)
Can I email or call the studio for an estimate on a tattoo?
No. All estimates must be given during the consultation. Please be aware that time frames given are only estimates. If an artist quotes a flat price, then that is the total cost of the tattoo.
What are the studio hours?
Please check with your artist to see their schedule.
What if the artist I want to work with is unavailable?
It’s important to remember artists are only human and there are only so many hours in a day.
Each artist has different availabilities and requirements.
Sometimes artists are booked so far in advance they are forced to temporarily stop taking on new clients. If the artist’s books are closed, they might be willing to add your project to their waiting list. They will contact you once their books reopen.
In some cases, the artist may refuse a project all together. Examples may be a moral objection to the subject matter, conflict of artistic style, or no connection the design. if the artist isn’t passionate about the design, the work will suffer. In this case the artist may refer you to someone they feel would be more suited for the project. Please understand and respect the artists’ decision if they refuse a project. The artistic process is personal, and we appreciate your understanding.
For First Time Tattoo Collectors
Here is a breakdown of the consultation and appointment process.
Research and come up with at least a “basic concept” for your design.
(Basic concept means ideas about the theme and tattoo placement)
Evaluate multiple artist portfolios and find an artist whose style most resembles your vision.
Contact the studio to check artist’s availability and schedule.
If the artist is taking appointments, set up a consultation with them.
During the consultation the artist will go over your tattoo concepts and placement.
After the consultation, leave a deposit so the artist can begin designing your tattoo.
The artist will give an “approximate time-frame” to comeback and view the design.
Once you have seen the design and approve, we can book your appointment