Frequently Asked Questions
Answering questions about getting and taking care of your tattoos.
Congratulations! If you're reading this, you've probably just received a new tattoo, or at the very least, are taking the appropriate steps towards learning how to care for and maintain a healing tattoo. Most clients expect the tattoo to be the hardest part of the procedure. This is not the case, the healing afterwards requires consistent use and a good understanding of aftercare techniques. These techniques will differ depending on the location of the tattoo, and your own personal lifestyle. Here, we will outline the two main aftercare techniques recommended by our artists.
THE TEGADERM METHOD
THINGS TO KNOW:
DR. BRONNERS SOAP AND HUSTLE BUTTER METHOD
IMPORTANT INFO AND HELPFUL TIPS
The Ink Therapy Team
~ Tattoo Aftercare ~
How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
Here at Ink Therapy Tattoo you have to be at least 16 to get a tattoo. Please read ID Requirements before arriving for your appointment to ensure you arrive with the proper materials.
How much does it cost to get a tattoo?
Every tattoo is different so we can’t really answer this question without knowing more about what you want. To find out the cost of the specific tattoo you desire, you can make an appointment to talk to the artist you’d like to work with and discuss the details.
Can I bring a design or picture of my tattoo?
Yes, you can bring a design or picture as a starting point for your tattoo design. You can discuss the specifics of how your tattoo will look with the artist you work with.
Can you fix a problem with an existing tattoo?
Sometimes we are able to work with an existing tattoo that you’d like to change, but it really just depends on what you have and what you want.
How do I start the process of obtaining a new tattoo
You can get the process started by emailing the artist of your choice to set an appointment. Visit each artists page to find out more about their work, and Contact Us to set up a consultation!
How do I make an appointment with an artist?
You can email each individual artist at the addresses listed on the their page, or Contact Us to start scheduling a consultation.
How should I care for my new tattoo?
You should not submerse your new tattoo in water for up to 6 weeks. Also, do not pick scabs or scratch at itchy skin. Some itchiness is to be expected. Your tattoo artist will give you specific instructions to follow in caring for your new tattoo.
Answering questions about getting and taking care of your piercings.
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you’ve probably just received a new piercing, or at the very least, are taking the appropriate steps towards learning how to care for and maintain a healthy piercing. Most clients expect the piercing to be the hardest part of the procedure. This is not the case, the healing afterwards requires consistent use and a good understanding of aftercare techniques. These techniques differ depending on the location of the piercing, and your own personal life style.
The success of your body piercing will depend on a number of different factors, which can vary according to your day to day habits and activities. Avoid engaging in stressful activities, and situations as much as possible. Eat healthy foods, and get the appropriate amount of sleep each night. Doing these things while also maintaining a cleaned and undisturbed piercing site will allow your body to dedicate as many resources to the healing process as possible.
Things to consider when healing your piercing.
certain physical activities
Things to do when healing your piercing
The following cleaning routine is generally recommended 2-3 times a day, depending on lifestyle and area of the piercing.
Sterile saline wound wash is a wonderful substance, but not a magical one. It’s not responsible for healing your piercing, just keeping it clean. Proper protocol for cleaning is as follows.
The number one thing they all have in common is, Leave the jewelry alone. There are many misconceptions and popular myths about piercing, one of the most common being that you need to twist or rotate the jewelry while in the body. On the contrary, this will actually prolong the healing process. Do not do this, as the healing process involves getting the body to grow and develop skin inside the healing piercing, technically referred to as a fistula. When you twist, rotate, or slide your jewelry, you are actually ripping the tissue that’s developing. This can lead to several problems including, but not limited to, increased trauma, swelling, uneven, migrated, or drifted piercing, and potentially infection, among other things.
We love to take a look at your piercing while it’s healing, and encourage you to stop by the studio regularly for check ups, this can help identify any issues you may not have noticed, or those which may not have fully developed. Early Identification of potential issues is crucial for resolving complications quickly and in an efficient manner. Aftercare isn’t one size fits all, and adjustments may need to be made to the routine on a per client basis. Which brings us to downsizes.
Downsizing your jewelry is very important. Initially the jewelry we install will be a bit larger to accommodate swelling. Obviously that won’t be ideal long term, or comfortable once the piercing has completed the first stage of healing. The best way to keep you and your piercing as happy as possible is to stop issues and irritation from happening in the first place. So we strongly encourage you to visit us again for a downsize around 2-6weeks, depending on the piercing and how fast your body heals the initial wound. We also love seeing the end results of our work. Smiling customers are the best part of our jobs.
Tips and tricks:
I think hands down the most important thing to know is; a healthy body makes a healthy piercing. All the essentials; sleep, hydration, hygiene, and nutrition are the keys to a successful piercing.
Ink Therapy recommends using a Sterile wound Wash Saline Solution from a pressurized can. We feel one of the best ways to apply the saline is with a sterile gauze pad. A gauze pad held gently to the piercing for no more than 2 minutes. Try not to rub or move the piercing with the gauze pad. This process should be done 2-3 times a day.
A hot shower can help loosen up any crusties or build ups prior to the sterile saline cleaning.
Here's the difference with a general aftercare routing and the oral aftercare part. We all know our mouth tends to have a lot of germs. So how do we counter balance this? Cleaning an oral piercing.
Use a new toothbrush and store it in a clean area away from other toothbrushes. Brush after each meal with a non-whitening toothpaste. You may also rinse with an alcohol free mouthwash. Drinking water throughout the day can help clean the food debris away from the piercing site during and after a meal.
SOME HELPFUL HINTS OF THINGS TO AVOID
The Ink Therapy Team
~ Piercing Aftercare ~
What age will you pierce what?
We created a whole page detailed to this info. You can view all this info on our ID and Age Requirements tab above.
Do you take walk-ins or do I need an appointment?
Absolutely, this is how we prefer to work. We do recommend calling the day you are wanting to come in to make sure the piercer is working that day, but we do not make appointments for body piercings.
Do you sell jewelry for my piercing
Yes, we have an online store coming soon! You can browse our extended selection when you come to the shop.
Can I bring friends/family with me into the piercing room?
We wouldn’t have it any other way. We want your experience to be full of positivity and excitement. A quality support system is sometimes just what you might need to get a piercing when those nerves are getting to you. We just ask that everyone in the room remains calm with a relaxing presence. We do reserve the right to ask any individual or group to leave the piercing room if their presence is harmful, either to the client’s experience, or to the piercer’s ability to perform their duties. With procedures on minors, Ink Therapy requires that a parent or legal guardian be present in the
Can I get pierced if I am pregnant?
It is advisable to refrain from undergoing any and all body art procedures during a pregnancy, even just an ear lobe stretch. It is best to let your body focus on the important, complex and demanding task that it is
If I get my nipples pierced, can I still breastfeed?
To the industry knowledge there hasn’t been a single case of a woman who wished to breast feed and could not as a result of having had a nipple piercing. The milk ducts are a multiplicity of little pore-like ducts. This allows the likelihood of blocking all ducts very unlikely.
If you are pregnant and plan to breastfeed, there are some tricks to help insure you won’t loose your piercing during the duration you plan to breast feed. Feel free to come in the studio and talk to the piercer about what little tricks might be fitting for you.
I was told my anatomy wasn't ideal for the piercing I want. What does that mean?
Let’s be real we all come into this world with our own physical differences. This varies in shapes, colors, body features and etc. Many of the piercings that we do go through a part of the body that can be shaped very differently from person to person. It is very important to us that we only do piercings we believe have a strong chance of success. Piercing inappropriate anatomy generally results in migration or rejection, which leaves unsightly scaring. If a piercing will cause inevitable damage to your body because of the shape of your anatomy, we will also decline to do the piercing. If you have any questions about being suitable for the piercing you want, our piercer will be happy to have a consultation with you about your options.
What is the cost of a piercing?
Piercing fees starts out at $35, plus the cost of the jewelry that you get to pick out! If you are wanting multiple piercings after the first one the next one goes down to $30.00 and any additional piercing piercing after the first two will be $20. For exact pricing, please come in to the studio for a free consultation with our piercer.
What piercings do you offer?
Our piercer has over 15 years of experience. He offers piercing services from more simple piercing to the more advanced. As long as a piercing can be safely done with your/their anatomy then we are happy to assist.
Can I bring jewelry in that I bought elsewhere?
No. Ink Therapy does not perform fresh piercings with jewelry purchased from outside our studio. We do this to ensure that we can offer you the safest cleanest piercing, while maintaining guidelines for membership with the Association of Professional Piercers. However we will install jewelry from elsewhere into a fully healed piercing. But it has to be able to fit comfortably, be made of a safe material, and be able to be autoclave without damaging the jewelry.
Can I re-use jewelry I bought from Ink Therapy?
Sometimes jewelry which you have previously purchased from Ink Therapy may be used for a new piercing. However, the piercer will need to take a look at the jewelry to ensure the jewelry is still in good condition and will correctly fit the piercing you are desiring. From that point, we have to clean and re-sterilize the jewelry in order to use it for a new hole! In some cases this can be a lengthy process, so, depending on the piercer’s schedule and time of day, we may have to ask you to come back later for the actual piercing.
Do you pierce surface anchors/single point piercings?
YES! We just want you to understand that any single point piercing CAN have a short life span. We recommend coming in to the studio to have a consultation with our piercer.
Can I swim after my piercing?
We recommend staying out of any kinds of unhygienic bodies of water for at lease one month. This in includes bathtubs, pools, hot tubs, lakes, ponds, rivers or oceans. Any large body of water will spike the risk of infection and could prolong the piercings healing.
If you have to be in any large body of water before that allotted time, you can always use some kind of waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as 3MTM NexcareTM Clean Seals or Tegaderm). These are available at most drugstores.
What does anodizing my jewelry mean?
Titanium and niobium jewelry can be anodized. This process allows us to change the color of your jewelry. There are a handful of colors we are able to achieve. We can do this in-store for you. If you would like a piece you purchase to be anodized we are able to do this right before your piercing. This process is not only super cool, it is free for our amazing customers! Be sure to mention prior to piercing being performed.
Prepare for your appointment, make sure you have the proper identification.
4 and up can receive:
13 and up can receive:
16 and up can receive:
18 and up can receive:
~ Age Requirements ~
Adult ID Requirements
In order to receive a tattoo or a piercing at Ink Therapy, you must fill out a Release Form and present one of the following forms of identification:
Our release form is available to fill out online or in person.
Policies regarding Minors and Minor ID Requirements
Our goal at Ink Therapy is to ensure clients have a clean, safe and positive experience during and after their visit. Part of that is recognizing when a service could have a higher risk of issues, particularly in our younger clients.
We offer a variety of services to minors when they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and meet all of the ID requirements and anatomical requirements.
Anyone under 18 years old MUST meet the following requirements:
A parent/legal guardian must be present to sign the consent form in person.
Parent/legal-guardian and minor must both provide all ID and/or documentation requirements including:
IDs Minors can use:
We understand that not all families come from the same mold, and that names are just that, names. With that being said, we are required to prove custody in order to perform the services we provide. That proof comes in the above varieties, Marriage/divorce or name change documents should also work just fine. We appreciate your understanding and preparations.
How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
Here at Ink Therapy Tattoo you have to be at least 16 to get a tattoo.
How old do I have to be to get a piercing?
Here at Ink Therapy Tattoo you have to be at least 4 to receive a piercing. Please read our policies regarding minors, and minor ID requirements if you are under 18 before setting up a piercing appointment.
Please see our list of 'What ages will you pierce what' to see what piercings you are eligible to get.