The decision to get a tattoo is a big one – particularly if it’s your first one. You might have questions about selecting tattoo designs, after care, finding just the right artist, and more. Here are some FAQs designed to help you through the process and make the decision that’s right for you.
Frequently asked questions
Is it safe to get a tattoo?
Yes, completely safe for most people. Each artist and the entire studio strictly adheres to Universal precautions and Blood Borne Pathogen Safety. You can be assured that Spotted Dog Tattoo requires each artist to hold client safety as the first and foremost priority. We have the highest level of sterilization possible and go above and beyond all local health codes and laws. We do have a consent/waiver form which identifies certain instances when it would not be appropriate for an individual to receive tattoo, but these are rare instances.
Does it hurt?
Yes it hurts. But, there are lots of people walking around with tattoos so it's not unbearable. There are many sensations used to describe it depending on each person and what area is being worked on. Some people even like it!
Can I bring my own picture or drawing for my tattoo?
Yes. This tattoo will be on you permanently so we want to be sure you are totally happy. Bring anything you think might help to capture exactly what you're looking for your tattoo to reflect. We also have plenty of reference books available for ideas. No matter whether you know exactly what you want or don't have a clue, we will always work with you to design a custom piece of art that you will love.
How much will it cost?
That depends on the size of the piece, the detail involved, and the artist chosen. Some pieces cannot be completed in one sitting. You will be given a quote once you meet with the artist and go over the details of what you want. Remember though, if another studio is willing do your tattoo super cheap BEWARE! Sometimes you get what you pay for and this is going to be on you forever. If you do go for the super cheap shop see question on fixing a bad tattoo!
Are there any special requirements to getting a tattoo?
You MUST be 18 years or older for a tattoo. We are strict in our requirements to ensure proper age and that valid identification is presented. For any tattoo you must present a valid drivers license or current state photo ID which by law must be photocopied.
I have a tattoo that's really bad, can it be fixed?
Our artists can usually cover up or fix most tattoos-even really bad ones so you would never even know they were there. We are always honest though. If we don't think it can be successfully covered we will let you know and work with you on what options you do have so you will ultimately be happy. We never do a tattoo just to make a buck. This is a really good group of artists who take tremendous pride in their work and art. Be assured that the artwork on your body and how you feel about it is a reflection on them - meaning your satisfaction is VERY important!