What should I bring to my tattoo appointment?
Tattoo chairs can be uncomfortable over long periods of time. You should come ready to try to be as comfortable as possible. Wear loose comfortable clothes. If you get cold easily, bring a small blanket. Bring entertainment: podcasts, music, movies on your device. Feel free to bring pillows to prop yourself up. Friends are welcome.
How much will the tattoo be?
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve your appointment. A $200 deposit is required for large tattoos that will require multiple sessions. If you change the appointment time three or more times, the deposit will be forfeited. The hourly rate is $150. Medium-large tattoos will be paced out in 3+ hour increments over time. A hourly approximation cannot be made until consultation.
Do I have to tip?
Tipping is not mandatory but encouraged. Tattoo artists charge for their time. They do not charge for their own equipment, ink, needles etc. It is customary to tip average between 15%-35%. Did you like your artist? Did they do everything to make you feel comfortable? How’s your tattoo? Think of it the way you would a restaurant—start around 20% and add or subtract based off of the service.
Do you take credit cards?
Cash or Venmo payments are preferred. Credit card payments will be available during appointment.
Are there places on the body that are more painful to get tattooed?
Yes. If you're very sensitive, avoid choosing ribs, backs of knees, elbows, or groin areas for your first tattoo.
What if I have to cancel?
Please contact Mason as soon as you know you have to cancel. If you give more than 24 hours notice, the appointment can be moved. If you do not show up or cancel within the 24 hour window, your deposit will be lost.
How do I care for my tattoo?
Leave your second-skin on as long as possible (up to 48 hours). Remove wrap in the shower and wash with warm soapy water. Wash your tattoo at least twice per day for at least two minutes. Rinse and pat dry with paper towel. Apply lotion with clean hands after wash and throughout the day. Repeat for two weeks. Don’t forget that your tattoo will weep when you first take off your wrap, so make sure you have something between you and whatever it touches and maybe a dedicated tattoo sheet for your bed.
Can I go swimming with my new tattoo?
No. Not yet. Tattoos are technically an open wound and should be care for the same. So there is no swimming for at least two weeks.
Can I get go in the sun with my new tattoo?
In the first two weeks, you must avoid the sun to prevent skin damage. After that time, sun exposure is still frowned upon. Every time your tattoo is exposed to sun, it starts the process of fading. Always wear sunscreen.