A fair amount of the time when we ask someone to leave a deposit on a tattoo appointment they say something crafty like; “I’ll stop back Friday”, or “I don’t have any cash on me” and they walk out never to be seen again. Sometimes people want to debate the reasoning behind the deposit, but do finally break down and leave one to book an appointment. Most people happily leave a deposit… because they get it!

I mean whats not to get? You want us to do work for you, block out part of our day for you, and just hope by the grace of god you decide to show up so we can work and


… that is the question!

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it 500 times… “numbing your skin for a tattoo is for pu$$ies”. “Tattoos should be earned”. “That’s cheating”. “I have 9 tattoos and none of them hurt”.

Let’s cut the crap! Tattoos hurt! Every single last one hurts. They go from “that pinches” to “holy mother of god I’m dying as my skin is being ground off by this butcher”. I myself get raw during each tattoo, take really long breaks, whine to the artist the entire time, and just plain hate it. So finally, I got smart and looked into numbing my skin. I started slow, I’d bring a bottle of bactine with me to an appointment and on every break I’d use it… my artist hated it… then he realized



Who knows the answer to this age old question?  Well, I will certainly give my opinion!

One of the most important decision making of the tattoo process will be determining whether your final project should be in color or black and grey. Maybe you haven’t given much more than getting a tattoo thought. Your body and future both deserve a little more. Not only are tattoos an expressive and artistic statement, they should also coincide with any future work. Otherwise you run the risk of looking like a walking sticker or scrapbook. Sure, you can dress that up with “borders” and “frames” but in the real world and over time, your tattoos should tell a story. Otherwise, why they heck did you make them permanent?


The most common question… the most difficult answer…

The most common question asked of tattoo artists and tattoo studios is: ” What is your hourly rate?

Upon giving the customer an answer they usually reply with “Oh wow, that’s great!” or “Oh wow, that’s a lot of money!”. But what does it all mean?

Does an artist’s hourly rate translate into a better value? Does it mean one artist is ripping you off? Does it mean the quality is better the more money you spend? There is no easy way to answer this accurately. But let’s break it down to dollars and sense, then we will talk about quality.


Trust your artist

Why should you trust your artist?

Your artist knows best. It’s what they do for a living. They know what will last a lifetime and they know what’s a fad that won’t last through the summer.

Are you wondering about a white ink tattoo or maybe a finger tattoo? A professional tattoo artist will be able to advise you of the do’s and don’t say of getting tattooed.


So, you’re a virgin? I bet you have a BUNCH of questions! Or maybe you’re experienced but need to be informed of a few things?

We can’t answer all of them but I’m going to give you some tips on client etiquette, from the first time you call, write, or stop in.

So, you want a tattoo or piercing but don’t know what to do or where to go. First things first, DO NOT have a friend, a friend of a friend, or the guy upstairs tattoo or pierce you! You will regret it. If he was that good he would work in a good studio making tons of money and not having people get tattooed in his kitchen. We love our clients as much or more than anyone but we don’t want you in our kitchens bleeding on our dogs, no offense to anyone you.