Frequently Asked

QUESTIONS

What payment methods do you accept?
Do I need my I.D.?
Do I have to have an appointment?
How do I make an appointment?
What is a consultation?
Why do I have to pay a deposit?
Can I bring my friends?
Do you tattoo/ pierce  Minors?
Do tattoos/piercings hurt?

We accept cash, all major credit cards, and paypal!

Yes. Louisiana state law requires that we document your identification before we perform any body modification procedure on you. If you don't have your ID, you will not be tattooed or pierced. You may use a drivers' license, state-issued non-drivers ID, Passport,  Military ID, or other state or federally issued identification that has both your photo and birthdate printed on it. 

While appointments are not required, they are strongly recommended.  As we are a small primarily custom shop, it can be difficult to pop in and catch us with free time. Especially if you are driving from out of town! We also prefer to schedule you an appointment so we that we have plenty of time to draw something special just for you!

Start out by giving us a call, stopping by, or shooting us a line on facebook! We will ask you a few brief questions to figure out the approximate size and complexity of your tattoo idea. Then we will schedule either an appointment or a consultation for you. Deposits are required up front to make an appointment. They are not required for a consultation. Deposits may be paid in cash or via card or paypal.

A consultation is a brief meeting, usually no more than 30 minutes, where you sit down with your artist and discuss your tattoo! We generally look at any reference material you have saved, talk about where you want the tattoo, take measurements if necessary, and discuss budget. Most people conclude their consultation by placing their deposits and scheduling their tattoo appointments, though this is not a requirement. Having a consultation does not obligate you to schedule an appointment. 

Our time is in high demand, and we place a high value on it! Unfortunately not everyone respects that. We ask our clients who wish to reserve an appointment to put down a deposit as a gesture of good faith to ensure that they will show up as scheduled. If we save time for you and you don't show up, not only are we unable to earn your money, but we miss out on the chance to reassign that spot to someone else. The standard deposit is $50, (sometimes higher if you are getting a particularly large or complex design) and comes off the cost of your tattoo. Your deposit is refundable up until 48 hours before your appointment and transferable up until 24 hours beforehand. If you fail to show up for your appointment your deposit is forfeit. If you have an emergency immediately prior to your appointment, please call us to make new arrangements. 

While we understand that you want to bring your friends along to keep you company as you are getting tattooed, we have a limited amount of space and they can often be a distraction to both you and your artist. Please limit yourself to ONE companion. 

The state of Louisiana does not prohibit the tattooing of minors. However it is up to the discretion of your artist whether they will tattoo you and what subject matter they will agree to tattoo on you. If you are a minor we will only tattoo you above the elbows and below the collar bones; i.e. in locations typically covered by a tshirt and long pants. You will be required to present a photo ID for the minor, a photo ID for the parent / guardian., and either a birth certificate or custody / guardianship papers in order to get tattooed. 

Nope, not at all. They feel like they are being licked on by a herd of baby unicorns while a purring fluffy  kitty sleeps on your toes. 

 

TATTOO AFTERCARE

IT IS UP TO YOU TO TAKE PROPER CARE OF YOUR TATTOO DURING THE CRUCIAL HEALING PERIOD. HOW YOUR TATTOO HEALS IS IN YOUR HANDS!!!  To insure that you are able to properly heal your tattoo, follow these simple guidelines.  A truly beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if proper aftercare is not taken.

 

WHAT TO DO:

  • First and foremost LISTEN TO YOUR ARTIST!!! Only do as he or she has instructed. Under NO circumstances should you defer to the advice of friends, friends of friends, your brother's cousin who worked at a tattoo shop once, or google. If you have any questions or concerns about your tattoo or wish to deviate from the aftercare instructions provided, consult your tattooist first!!

  • LEAVE THAT BANDAGE ALONE!! Your artist took care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason - to keep airborne bacteria from invading your wound. Yes, as pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a MINIMUM of two hours. The excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage sooner so you can show your friends, but for the sake of your health and safety, and for the sake of your new tattoo, your friends will have to wait a couple hours!

  • WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY prior to cleaning or touching your tattoo for any reason!

  • CLEAN YOUR TATTOO - Immediately after removing your bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild soap (Dove, Ivory, Oil of Olay)  to gently wash away any ointment, blood, and / or plasma and to completely clean the area. DO NOT use a washcloth, loofah, or anything abrasive - instead, simply use your fingertips or the palms of your hands. IF your tattoo feels slimy and / or slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma - try to gently remove as much of this as possible. When plasma dries on the skin's surface, it creates scabs.

  • DRY by gently blotting with a single-use disposable paper towel, then allowing the tattoo to air dry for the next ten to fifteen minutes.

  • Apply a thin layer of aftercare product. Dispense a SMALL amount into your hand, and rub it into the tattoo until it's gone.  MORE IS NOT BETTER. The primary purpose for applying anything topically to your tattoo is to maintain flexibility - Slathering your healing tattoos in lotions and ointments prevents it from breathing, and it needs to be able to breathe in order to heal. Your main goal in applying lotion to your tattoo is to ensure that it does not dry out and crack as you move and stretch throughout the course of your day. Over-applying lotions and ointments can actually do more harm than good.

  • FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS to clean and care for your tattoo at least three to five times a day for the first two to four days. After that, you may switch to only washing it twice a day for the next week  or so, then resume your normal hygiene routine.



WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Your tattoo may take as little as one week or as much as a month to heal.

  • Your tattoo will likely be tender for the first few days (much like a sunburn). Then it may develop light scabs and appear "crusty". Within a few days these will gradually flake off. During this period it may seem that the color is falling out with the scabs. Don't worry - this is normal! In the last stage of healing, the tattoo may look milky, shiny, or waxy on the surface. Once this final stage has passed, the tattoo will be fully healed.

  • Getting Your Tattoo Wet: Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It's OK to get your tattoo wet - just don't soak it! Submerging your healing tattoo in a bath or hot tub or while swimming (whether it be in a pool, fresh water, or salt water)  can cause serious damage, and should be avoided for two to four weeks.  Showering, however,  is perfectly fine - just keep it brief (under 10 - 15 minutes) and avoid saturating the tattoo.

  • Scabbing, Peeling, and Itching: After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly some scabbing. Give the scabs and loose skin time to come off on their own - don't pick or scratch at them! In the event that the tattoo scabs more heavily than normal, don't panic! Continue your care routine as directed. When the tattoo is completely healed there may be a few light spots where the worst of the scabbing was located - your artist can touch these areas up free of charge. You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it is beginning to heal. Don't scratch!! if the skin itches, pat it gently. If it's peeling, rub a thin layer of light lotion into it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed - and now is not the time to ruin it!!

  • Don't get Stuck!  All tattoos have the potential to ooze a bit of plasma for the first 2 - 24 hours. Many unlucky clients have woken in the morning to find they've stuck to their sheets, or gotten home from work to discover tattoos heavily scabbed from a day of sticking and chafing to clothing or footwear.  If your tattoo is on an area of your body liable to be in continuous contact with bedding or clothing during that time period, plan ahead! Wear a lightweight breathable tshirt or pajama pants over any tattoos your first night after getting a new tattoo. Wear thick, soft, absorbent athletic socks and tennis shoes tied snug enough that your foot doesn't slip around in them if you must wear shoes over a new foot tattoo. Wear a snug fitting tee or long underwear / underarmour against your skin under uniforms or work clothes that are stiff or have pronounced, irritating seams. When you wake up in the morning or undress at the end of the day, if any of these clothing articles are "stuck" to your new tattoo, get in the shower with clothing on and massage gently under running water until the clothing releases, then carefully remove.

  • Be Sun Smart!! From now on, you will always want to protect your tattoo from the sun's ultraviolet rays. For the first two to four weeks, it is best to have an actual physical barrier covering your tattoo when you are out in the sun or laying in the tanning bed. UV rays on fresh tattoos may cause you to have an allergic reaction to your pigments, which can be quite painful, dramatically slow the healing process, and cause pronounced pigment loss.  Once the tattoo is healed, maintain a rigorous sunblock routine. UV light will break up and fade tattoo pigments remarkably fast - the lighter / brighter the colors, the more quickly they will fade with regular UV exposure.  Always wear a minimum of SPF 30 sunblock when you are going to be spending time in the sun. For added protection, incorporate a body lotion with SPF 15 into your daily skincare routine to protect your tattoos from day-to-day UV exposure. Following these tips will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride!

 

REMEMBER THAT EACH BODY AND TATTOO IS UNIQUE, AND HEALING TIMES AND EXPERIENCES  VARY CONSIDERABLY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR TATTOO ARTIST!

 

PIERCING AFTERCARE

Cleaning Solutions

Use one or both of the following solutions for healing piercings:

• Packaged sterile saline (with no additives, read the label) is a gentle choice for piercing aftercare. If sterile saline is not available in your region a sea salt solution mixture can be a viable alternative. Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon (.75 to 1.42 grams) of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz / 250 ml) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.

 

Cleaning Instructions for Body Piercings

• WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

• SALINE soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution.

• If your piercer suggests using soap, gently lather around the piercing and rinse as needed. Avoid using harsh soaps, or soaps with dyes, fragrances, or triclosan. • RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

• DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.

 

What is Normal?

• Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

• During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.

• Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.

• A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.

• Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty.

 

What To Do

• Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, it is not necessary to rotate your jewelry.

• Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.

• Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.

• Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.

 

What To Avoid

• Avoid moving jewelry in an unhealed piercing, or picking away dried discharge with your fingers.

• Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiciens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other soaps containing triclosan, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.

• Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care.

• Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.

• Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.

• Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others' bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.

• Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

• Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygenic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as 3M™ Nexcare™ Clean Seals). These are available at most drugstores.

• Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

• Don't hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.

 

HINTS AND TIPS - Jewelry

• Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in the place for the entire healing period. See a qualified piercer to perform any jewelry change that becomes necessary during healing.

• Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives available.

• Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old or well-healed piercing can shrink or close in minutes even after having been there for years. If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.

• With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness. ("Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.")

• Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove the jewelry (or have a professional piercer remove it) and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small mark will remain.

• In the event an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. If the jewelry is removed, the surface cells can close up, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel and result in an abscess. Do not remove jewelry unless instructed to by a medical professional.

 

For Particular Areas

Navel:

• A hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of Ace® bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.

 

Ear/Ear Cartilage and Facial:

• Use the t-shirt trick: Dress your pillow in a large, clean t-shirt and turn it nightly; one clean t-shirt provides four clean surfaces for sleeping.

• Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and anything that contacts the pierced area.

• Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing.

 

Nipples:

• The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping.

 

Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your piercer.

Suggested Aftercare for Oral Piercing

Cleaning Solutions

Use one or both of the following solutions for inside the mouth:

Antimicrobial or antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse.

Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label) or non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better. Saline solution that is too strong can irritate your piercing. (If you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, please check with your doctor before using a saline product as your primary cleaning solution.)

(Consult your piercer, the APP website, or call (888) 888-APP for current suggested products.)

 

Cleaning Instructions for Inside the Mouth

Rinse mouth with cleaning solution for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily) during the entire healing period. Cleaning too often or with too strong a rinse can cause discoloration and irritation of your mouth and piercing.

 

Cleaning Instructions for the Exterior of Labret (Cheek & Lip) Piercings

Soak in saline solution and/or wash in mild, fragrance-free liquid soap-preferably anti-microbial or germicidal.

 

WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

SALINE soak at least two to three times daily. Simply soak directly in a cup of warm saline solution for five to ten minutes. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using clean gauze saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.

SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds.

RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.

 

What Is Normal?

For the first three to five days: significant swelling, light bleeding, bruising, and/or tenderness.

After that: Some swelling, light secretion of a whitish yellow fluid (not pus).

A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because they heal from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the tissue remains fragile on the inside. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.

Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in-do not leave the hole empty.

 

What To Do To Help Reduce Swelling

Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth.

Take an over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium according to package instructions.

Don't speak or move your jewelry more than necessary.

Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights.

 

To Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush and store it in a clean area away from other toothbrushes.

Brush your teeth and use your chosen rinse (saline or mouthwash) after every meal.

During healing floss daily, and gently brush your teeth, tongue and jewelry. Once healed, brush the jewelry more thoroughly to avoid plaque build up.

 

To Stay Healthy

The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.

Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet.

Avoid emotional stress, which can increase healing times by up to 40%.

To help healing and bolster your ability to fight infection, take nutritional supplements daily, including iron, B vitamins, 1,000-5,000 mg of vitamin C (divided into a few equal doses throughout the day), and 30 mg of inc for women (50 mg for men).

 

Oral Piercing Hints and Tips

- Jewelry

Once the swelling has subsided, it is vital to replace the original, longer jewelry with a shorter post to avoid intra-oral damage. Consult your piercer for their downsize policy.

Because this necessary jewelry change often occurs during healing, it should be done by a qualified piercer.

With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded eneds on your jewelry for tightness ("Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.")

Carry a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage.

Contact your piercer for a non-metallic jewelry alternative if your metal jewelry must be temporarily removes (such as for a medical procedure).

Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove the jewelry (or have a professional piercer remove it) and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small mark will remain.

In the even an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage or the infection. Should the jewelry be removed, the surface cells can close up sealing the infection inside the piercing channel, resulting in an abcess. Until an infection is cleared up, the the jewelry in!

 

- Eating

Slowly eat small bites of food placed directly onto your molars.

Avoid eating spicy, salty, acidic, or hot temperature foods or beverages for a few days.

Cold foods and beverages are soothing and help reduce swelling.

Foods like mashed potatoes and oatmeal are hard to eat because they stick to your mouth and jewelry.

For tongue piercing, try to keep your tongue level in your mouth as you eat because the jewelry can get between your teeth when your tongue turns.

For labret (cheek and lip) piercings: be cautious about opening your mouth too wide as this can result in the jewelry catching on your teeth.

Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your piercer.

 

What To Avoid

Do not play with your jewelry. Long term effects include permanent damage to teeth, gums, and other oral structures. See the APP's Brochure: Oral Piercing Risks and Safety Measures for more information.

Avoid undue trauma; excessive talking or playing with the jewelry during healing can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, and other complications.

Avoid using mouthwash containing alcohol. It can irritate the piercing and delay healing.

Avoid oral sexual contact including French (wet) kissing or oral sex during healing (even with a long-term partner).

Avoid chewing on tobacco, gum, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, and other foreign objects that could harbor bacteria.

Avoid sharing plates, cups, and eating utensils.

Avoid smoking! It increases risks and lengthens healing time.

Avoid stress and all recreational drug use.

Avoid aspirin, alcohol, and large amounts of caffeine as long as you are experiencing bleeding or swelling.

Avoid submerging healing piercings in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, etc.

 

Again each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your piercer.