Tattoo FAQs

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.

1. How old do you have to be to get tattooed?
You must be 18 to get a tattoo, 16 with a parent present. Photo ID is required for everyone including the parent.

2. I want to be a tattoo artist, what do I need to do?
Answer: We do offer an apprentice program for both tattooing and body piercing. However, over 200 people a year inquire, about 5 are serious and about 1 every two years gets the job. That’s not to discourage you, however, do not waste my time or yours, if you do not have an extensive artwork portfolio consisting of at least 50 custom pieces of art. That means 50 real pieces of art and does not include high school sketches of band logos on your book covers, or pictures taken off of mom’s refrigerator. Anything on notebook paper is not a piece of art. Anything done with a bic pen is not a piece of art!! You will also need a better reason for wanting to be a tattooist then “I watch Miami Ink”. You should know a bit about this art and its history, or you will be shown the door immediately!! We take what we do very seriously and not to be on a soap box, but there are already far too many ass clowns and chuckle heads out there f’n people up that call themselves tattooist. However, if you are serious and you think you qualify, please feel free to make an appointment to show your portfolio.

3. What form of payments do you accept?
Answer: We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and ATM cards. We have an agreement with the bank; they don't tattoo, we don't accept checks. No checks accepted.

4. Do I need an appointment?
Answer: Appointments are not required, however, they are recommended, especially if you are getting a custom piece, as we will need time to get your artwork ready. Saturdays are reserved for walk-in only on a first come first serve basis. We open at noon on Saturday, so the closer to noon you get here the sooner you will get tattooed. If you are getting tattooed by Piper, I work by appointment only and the average wait time to get an appointment is 6-8 weeks. I promise you the end result is worth the wait and as much as I would like to be able to tattoo everyone immediately, there is just not that much time in my day. I apologize for the wait, but again, I promise it will be worth it.

5. How long does it take to heal?
Answer: See our After Care Information

6. Do you do temporary tattoos, or henna tattooing?
Answer: No, however, we do sell temporary tattoos.

7. Do you remove tattoos?
Answer: Not currently, however we do plan to offer this service in the future.

8. Does it hurt?
Answer: Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, but yes, generally most people find it to be a bit uncomfortable.

9. Will my tattoo fade?
Yes, time fades your memory and your tattoos unfortunately. However, you can slow this process down by taking care of your tattoo and keeping it out of the sun and putting sun block on it when your outdoors. You can buy sun block and lotion to keep your tattoo looking its finest.