Do you take walk in appointments?
Yes, we take both walk in and booked appointments. Walk in appointments are on a first come first serve basis and are subject to artist availability and design. We recommend calling before you come so that you are not disappointed! Sometimes our artists will have cancellations and spots open up on short notice.
How do I book an appointment?
If you would like to book an appointment you can call us at 604-642-6556 and speak to someone at the front desk. Or, you can email the shop your tattoo request. Many of our artists ask that they first have an idea of the tattoo requested before they set up a consultation.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org the following: subject matter of tattoo, sizing approximation, placement (where on the body you want it) and any reference photos you may have. Someone will get back to you.
Alternatively, you can come down to the studio and talk to one of our front desk staff although they might still request you email the shop your tattoo idea just so they have something to present to artist. The front desk staff can discuss your tattoo idea with you and help suggest an appropriate artist. You can view our artists’ portfolios and look through the online galleries for ideas and inspiration. Our artists’ instagram accounts are also listed on their profile page and have a lot of frequently updated photos. Also, check out the Guests section of this website to see which guest artists are coming to do a spot with us.
The next step after we receive your tattoo request is to set up a consultation. Someone from the shop will call or email you to set this up. For most pieces, a consultation is required with the artist before we make the actual tattoo appointment. This generally lasts around 15 minutes and gives you a chance to meet the artist and discuss the details. We don’t charge for consultations. This meeting would happen before your tattoo appointment. You can bring reference material to show the artist what you are looking for. After the consultation, you can pay a deposit and book your tattoo time.
For some smaller work, or if you live out of town, you can sometimes book with our reception staff directly for a tattoo appointment. For this we would need to have specific information (i.e., visual reference) and then we would check with the artist to see that they don’t need to consult with you. The final drawing is typically shown at the time of your tattoo appointment. You will have a chance to review it with the artist and they can make changes to it at that time.
Is there a deposit fee? What about cancellations
Yes, we do require that you pay a deposit for a booked appointment. A deposit is required in order to book an appointment. The amount will depend on the tattoo and how long it is projected to take. $200 deposit for full day appointments. Your deposit will be deducted from the final total. If you give at least 72 hours notice prior and need to cancel, we can reschedule your appointment and roll your deposit over. Deposits, however, are non-refundable. It is the tattoo artist who would receive the deposit amount if you fail to make your appointment, not the shop. Please call the shop to cancel or reschedule an appointment.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, debit card, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and PayPal. No cheques. Identification will be required for credit card purchases.
What rate do the tattoo artists charge?
The standard rate is $180 per hour. There is a minimum charge of $100. Our artists do not charge for consultation or drawing time, just the time you are in the chair.
Is getting tattooed painful?
Unfortunately, tattooing is not a pain free procedure. Although different people have different pain thresholds, most people will at the very least feel a mild irritation. Some areas are more painful than others (I.e., ribs, collar bone, upper under arm.)
What about aftercare?
Your artist will explain to you in detail the aftercare instructions. Sometimes our tattooists will provide different aftercare advice depending on the particular tattoo. Generally speaking, after the tattooing is complete, a thin layer of ointment and a bandage will be applied to the area. After anywhere from a few hours to twelve hours, you will remove the bandage and wash your tattoo with a mild soap, pat it dry with paper towel. One effective technique for healing a tattoo is to simply keep it dry and allow it to scab up as quickly as possible. This usually takes a few days for it to get to this stage. After a few days you can then apply either an unscented Lubriderm (which can be obtained at any drug store) or a tattoo aftercare product. We sell all natural Wild Rose aftercare spray at the shop which we highly recommend. Apply the aftercare ointment no more than three times a day and do this for a week or so or until your skin is not dry anymore.
DO NOT shave over your healing tattoo for a couple of weeks. DO NOT soak your healing tattoo in water (I.e., swimming or baths). After three days you can switch to an unscented skin lotion. Your tattoo will begin to flake and peel after about three days – DO NOT pick at your tattoo or you can pull pieces of your tattoo right out. When it stops flaking/and or peeling, you will notice a shiny appearance to your tattoo. That shiny appearance will go away and your tattoo will be completely healed. Please, always protect your tattoo with minimum 30 SPF sunscreen. This will help prevent fading of your tattoo. If you have any more questions don’t be afraid to contact G.T.P. to ask!
What is the minimum age to get a tattoo?
18 years old. No exceptions!