A tattoo is a very serious and permanent decision. Here are a few pointers to make getting a tattoo a little bit easier for you.

1. Come in and speak with an artist and if possible, set an appointment. This will ensure that you are able to complete your tattoo when you have time available. We don't require an appointment, but it sure does make it easier on us and most of the time on you.

2. Have your design ready, or, if you've previously spoken with the artist, make sure they have the design ready for you. If you still haven't picked your design, then you are not prepared to get your tattoo and you shouldn't make an appointment yet. Some designs may take a while to draw up, so don't be suprised if you can't get your tattoo the same day you come in for a consultation.

3. Be alcohol free the day you're getting your tattoo. Although many people feel they need a little liquid courage, alcohol and other chemicals, including aspirin, can thin the blood and cause excessive bleeding. This can cause the color to bleed out or make the tattoo scab more, leaving you with either a dull tattoo or gaps in the color. Excessive bleeding can also hamper the healing process. It also hurts more when you're intoxicated.

4. TAKE A SHOWER OR BATH PRIOR TO COMING IN FOR YOUR TATTOO!!! Nobody wants to smell you, and you don't want your artist rushing just because he doesn't want to be near you. Things will be much more pleasant for both of you if you are clean.

5. Eat something before you get your tattoo. You might think you're too nervous to eat, especially if it's your first tattoo, but you still need to choke something down. Many people who are already nervous and haven't eaten all day are at a higher risk of passing out.  You should eat within at least 4 hours of getting your tattoo.

6. Wear appropriate clothing. If you are getting a tattoo on your lower back, wear loose pants. Ladies, men can run around with their shirts off, but if you want to save a little modesty while you're getting a tattoo on your upper back or the back of your shoulder, wear a halter top or tank top that you can easily pull down the side where the tattoo is being placed. A button-up shirt that you can wear backwards is also a good choice for back tattoos.

7. Bring photo identification with your birth date printed on it. A state issued driver's license or ID card are the most common forms of identification, but you can also use a military ID or passport. A social security card and/or birth certificate will not work. And no, your friend can not sign for you. For anyone under 18, you must be at least 16 to get a tattoo. We need your ID, parent or guardians ID, birth certificate, and/or guardianship papers. NO EXCEPTIONS ON DOCUMENTATION!

8. We accept cash only for tattoos. Don't bring in a checkbook because we do not accept them under any circumstances.

9. Show up to your appointment early, or on time. If you show up more than 10 minutes late, and we have another appointment waiting or someone else in the lobby wanting to get in, we will skip you and you may have to reschedule for another day. Or at the very least, you may have to get in with another artist.

10. Try to relax during your tattoo. Tensing up or squirming around will only make it hurt worse and take alot longer. Plus it's your tattoo and if you move alot, who knows what it will turn out looking like. We don't allow anyone back with the person getting tattooed. This is for sanitation purposes. You're a big boy/girl now and you can handle this on your own.