TATTOO FAQ

DO TATTOOS HURT?

DEPENDING ON THE PLACEMENT AND YOUR PAIN TOLERANCE, EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY CONSIDER PAINFUL OR NON-PAINFUL SPOTS TO TATTOO.  IF ITS YOUR FIRST TATTOO, WE RECOMMEND GETTING SOMETHING SIMPLE AND AVOID THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE AREAS (RIBS, CENTER CHEST, STOMACH,  ELBOWS, KNEES) THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR YOUR TATTOO IS TO EAT A GOOD MEAL BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT AND STAY HYDRATED ALL DAY.  LARGER PIECES CAN ALSO BE BROKEN UP INTO MULTIPLE APPOINTMENTS TO AVOID ONE LENGTHLY PAINFUL SESSION, THIS IS USUALLY DONE FOR LARGE FULL COLOR PIECES, SLEEVES, BACK PIECES, ETC.

WHATS THE PROCESS OF GETTING A TATTOO AT INKSMITH? (WALK-IN VS. APPOINTMENT)

DEPENDING ON THE DESIGN AND YOUR APPROACH, YOU COULD COME IN AS A WALK-IN AND SEE IF THERE IS AN ARTIST AVAILABLE TO DO YOUR TATTOO THAT DAY, OR YOU CAN SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.  WE RECOMMEND WALK-INS BE FOR SMALLER TATTOOS, ARTIST’S FLASH, AS DRAW TIME CAN BE LIMITING ON A WALK-IN BASIS IF THE ARTISTS HAS OTHER APPOINTMENTS THAT DAY. YOU’RE WELCOME TO CALL AHEAD TO LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING BUT UNDERSTAND THAT IS NO GUARANTEE OF ARTIST AVAILIBILITY WITHOUT A SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. WE RECOMMEND FOR CUSTOM DESIGNS, LARGE-SCALE PIECES, ETC. TO CALL THE SHOP TO SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION WITH THE ARTIST OF YOUR CHOICE. YOU CAN THEN DISCUSS YOUR IDEAS, STYLE, AND DESIGN OF YOUR TATTOO, THE ARTIST WILL SCHEDULE YOU AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE TATTOO AND DRAW YOUR DESIGN. THE ARTIST MAY REQUIRE A $50 DEPOSIT THAT WILL GO TOWARDS THE PRICE OF YOUR TATTOO TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT. YOU CAN ONLY LOSE YOUR DEPOSIT IF YOU NO CALL/NO SHOW FOR YOUR TATTOO APPOINTMENT, OR REPEATEDLY RESCHEDULE, PLEASE CONSIDER THAT OUR ARTISTS ARE TURNING AWAY WALK-INS WHEN EXPECTING APPOINTMENTS.  HAVING A NO CALL/NO SHOW HAS THE ARTIST LOSE WORK NOT JUST FROM YOUR APPOINTMENT, BUT FROM EVERY WALK-IN THEY TURNED AWAY UP TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.  WE KNOW “LIFE HAPPENS” AND A TATTOO IS NOT A NECESSITY, BUT PLEASE BE COURTEOUS AND LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN’T MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND WE CAN HAPPILY RESCHEDULE WHEN YOU’RE READY.

MY FRIEND TATTOOS OUT OF HIS HOUSE, WHY SHOULD I GO TO A PROFESSIONAL SHOP?

WE UNDERSTAND THAT WITH THE RISE IN POPULARITY OF TATTOOING, THERE’S A LOT OF AMATEURS OUT THERE GIVING “GREAT DEALS”. WE AT INKSMITH STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU SEE A PROFESSIONAL. WHEN YOU PAY FOR A TATTOO AT A SHOP, YOU’RE PAYING FOR EXPERIENCED QUALITY WORK, AND WE HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR WORK OR OUR DOORS DON’T STAY OPEN, YOU’RE ALSO GETTING THE OPTION FOR A FREE-TOUCH UP FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS AFTER YOU’VE GOTTEN YOUR TATTOO TO MAKE SURE IT IS PERFECT. YOU’RE ALSO GETTING PEACE OF MIND KNOWING WE USE AMERICAN MADE (AND REGULATED!) INK, SINGLE-USE NEEDLES, MACHINES, AND EQUIPMENT PROVIDED FROM AMERICAN DISTRIBUTORS THAT ONLY DO BUSINESS WITH PROFESSIONAL SHOPS (MOST HOME TATTOO KITS ARE IMPORTED REPLICAS AND HAVE NO REGULATIONS FOR STERILIZATION OR QUALITY ASSURANCE) AS WELL AS KNOWING WE ARE ALL CERTIFIED IN BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS, STERILIZATION AND OVERSEEN BY THE BOULDER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.  

HOW MUCH DO TATTOOS COST?

OUR MINIMUM IS $75, BUT PRICES ARE DETERMINED BY SIZE, PLACEMENT, STYLE, AND DETAIL. SMALLER DOES NOT MEAN CHEAPER, WE CAN TATTOO A SMALL DETAILED TATTOO THAT MAY COST MORE THAN A LARGER SIMPLER TATTOO. CALL US TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION AND OUR ARTISTS CAN PRICE OUT YOUR DESIGN OR DRAW SOMETHING TO YOUR BUDGET. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AFFORD A GOOD TATTOO, AND WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR REPUTATION FOR HAVING REASONABLE PRICING AS WELL AS PROVIDING QUALITY WORK.

INKSMITH TATTOO AND PIERCING
565 E SOUTH BOULDER RD. LOUISVILLE, COLORADO 80516
720-985-4259