This is a difficult question to answer. The short answer is: yes, there is some pain involved in getting tattooed. Different people handle pain differently, however, so the amount of pain will depend on your personal pain tolerance. The pain level of a tattoo will also vary greatly depending on its' location on the body. Some areas of the body are simply more painful when it comes to tattooing. While your personal pain tolerance should be something that you consider, remember that the pain is only temporary, and getting your tattoo where you really want it will ensure that you will be happiest with your tattoo for the long run.
In the state of Texas, you must be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo. For more information, please see the State Law in its entirety here: www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.146.htm
It is important to take your time when looking for a tattoo artist. The best way to start your search is to begin by visiting shops and looking at artist portfolios. Make sure that you are comfortable with the cleanliness of the shop, and with the artist himself. Every tattoo artist will have their own style of tattooing, so look for artists who portray a similar style to what you are looking to get in your tattoo. Once you have narrowed down your search and chosen an artist, it is best to book a consultation with the artist. At Artistic Impressions, consultations are free. The purpose of a consultation is for you to meet with the artist and discuss your plans for your tattoo. It is best to do this in person, so that you can show the artist any photo references and discuss your wishes with them. Once you have had a consultation, if you choose to proceed with your tattoo, you can book your tattoo appointment at that time. To book an appointment, an artist will require a deposit to hold your time. Appointments will vary depending on the project, but will generally be between $60 and $100. Deposits are non-refundable, but appointments can be rescheduled, as long as you give the artist at least 24 hours notice.
Tattoo costs can vary greatly. In general, most tattoo artists will charge by the hour. At Artistic Impressions, we have a shop minimum of $100, and our artists charge $180 per hour for anything that takes an hour or longer. Tattoo estimates must be given in person, as there are many factors that an artist has to consider when giving a quote. Remember, a tattoo is permanent. Consider your tattoo as an investment, and take your time to choose the right artist for your project. It is better to save up for a piece that you will be happy with for years to come to avoid the possibility of a costly cover-up in the future.
Following proper tattoo aftercare is very important to ensure that your tattoo heals well and looks great once it is fully healed. We will give you full aftercare instructions verbally and in writing when you receive your tattoo. It is important to follow your artist's recommendations for proper healing.
- Gets a lot of sun exposure
- Tans often
- Works out in the open sun on a regular basis
- Someone who neglects their fresh tattoo the following day it was done
- Someone who doesn't take very good care of their skin on a regular basis
- Gets very little sunlight exposure
- Does not tan
- Takes very good care of their tattoo during the healing process
- Takes good care of their skin on a regular basis,
If you believe that your tattoo could be infected, it is important for you to come to the studio in person as soon as possible so that your artist can take a look at it. He will be able to give you further instructions, should it be necessary.
If you are unable to come to the studio in person, you can always seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner. Any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the tattoo should be reported as soon as possible to the artist and to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs & Medical Devices Group at 1-888-839-6676.
If you are under 18, state law requires that your parent or legal guardian be present during the entire procedure. Both the minor and the parent/legal guardian must have a photo ID, and we require a copy of the Birth Certificate. Parents or Legal Guardians must present a government issued ID. If the minor is under the care of a legal guardian other than a biological parent, we will need a copy of court papers showing guardianship. We do not pierce the ears of babies. Your child must be at least 5 years of age to get their ears pierced. Ear piercings for young children will only be done at the piercer's discretion.
For facial piercings we require minors to be at least 13 years of age.
Our piercers will NOT perform genital or nipple piercings on minors.
No, our piercers only use single-use, hollow point needles and appropriate body jewelry for every piercing.
Please see our complete list of piercing prices here: Piercing Pricing
Your piercer will give you complete aftercare instructions verbally and in writing upon the completion of your piercing.
Everyone heals at a different rate, so it is important to be patient and allow a new piercing to fully heal. In general, jewelry can be changed after about 6 to 8 weeks. Piercings usually take at least 6 to 9 months to fully and completely heal, however. Removing jewelry prematurely can result in the hole closing up within hours.
The best thing is to come see one of our piercers as soon as possible so that they can take a look at the piercing and recommend alternate aftercare.
If you are unable to come to the studio in person, you can always seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner. Any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the piercing should be reported as soon as possible to the artist and to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs & Medical Devices Group at 1-888-839-6676.