FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ANSWERED HERE!


We are stoked that you'd take the time to check out our page and our work!  All of our information is also on our Facebook page PreciselyVeiledTattoos
If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask.
Thank you again 
Amy Shandick---owner/tattoo artist

***PVT 2019 - 50 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ANSWERED HERE***
Over the years we have come to find we are often asked the SAME questions, many times. SO! We organized all of those main questions and answers in the posts below!

IF you read through ALL of this and we STILL somehow didn't answer your question, please comment YOUR question below or message/email us so we can have the opportunity to answer you properly!!
THANK YOU!!! ~~~PVT Team
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**********Questions 1-9 : Consultation Day Info ******************

**********Questions 10-20 : Cost/Artist Info***********************

**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info**********

**********Questions 26-30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info********

**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ****

**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ****************

**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ************************

**********Questions 48-50 : Kids/ Minors Tattoo Info ************

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**1** How do I book an appointment with one of your resident/guest tattoo artists (see piercer info on question 43)
**2** Do you have time for walk-ins/Can I get tattooed today?
**3** Why do you only meet clients once a month on consultation day?

**4** Do we EVER have a consultation day NOT on a Wednesday?

**5** Over the phone Consultation option: I would LOVE to get tattooed in your shop BUT, : (I live MORE than 2 hours from your shop), (will be working a 12 hour shift that day), (I don't live 2 hours away but with my work commute I won't make it back in time). Is there anyway possible I could contact y'all on consult day instead of in person?
**6a** My spouse/friend/sibling is about (to/is on) (deployment/training/doesn't live here/etc) and is going to miss the next consult day. Can I come in their place and relay what they want and book an appt?
**6b**I am about to be deployed/sent to training (or am currently deployed/at training) and will miss consult day. Can I send an email/message to schedule an appt for when I return???
**7** But I don't think I need a consultation, I know exactly what I want/it's just a small quick tattoo, not a huge project.

**8** Are consults free? Does your shop require a deposit/retainer fee?

**9**  Is your shop handicap accessible?

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**********Questions 10-20 : Cost/Artist Info***********
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**10** How would I go about choosing an artist? What if I want to speak to more than one artist at consultation day? How do I find out when the artist is taking appts for new clients?
**11** Where would I find dates of arrival, info, and links for the guest artists/guest piercer?

**12** Your resident artist schedules are really long and I don't want to wait that long! Do any of your artists have availability now?
**13** Will the artist text/email me the tattoo design so I can see it before the appt?

**14** What if I book an appt and the artist draws something, but I don't like it?

**15** How much actual time should I plan for my tattoo appt? My appt is scheduled for 3 hours, but I've been to shops before that ended up taking like 6 hours because they had to draw when I got there, took a bunch of breaks, etc. I need to know what to plan for so i can tell my babysitter.
**16** Do your artists charge by the piece or by the hour?

**17** Do I have to leave a Retainer Fee to book an appt? How much is the Retainer Fee? What is the shops minimum price for a tattoo?
**18** What if the tattoo takes less than an hour, is it still the full hour rate?

**19** Can I prepay ahead for my tattoo sessions? I have some money coming in and I want to ensure that it's paid for.

**20** What if I want to just keep applying the retainer fee forward because I want more work after I finish my first project?

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**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info ***********
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**21** How can I best organize/find my tattoo ideas?
**22** I don't really know what I want, can y'all just draw something for me and if I like it, then I'll book an appt?

**23** I have a tattoo I need covered but I have no idea what with or what can cover it. I’ve been to a few artists and they keep suggesting I go get laser, but I’d like to avoid that if possible.
**24** I have a tattoo on my hand/face/neck that I need gone so I can join the military---is it possible to cover it with flesh tone ink?

**25** I’m having trouble coming up with an idea for a family/kids/commemorative piece, can you provide some direction?

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**********Questions 26 -30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info ***********
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**26** I have a tattoo idea, but I’m having a really hard time deciding where to place it.  

**27** Can you cover/tattoo over stretch marks?
**28** I have a surgery scar/self harm scars/minor burn scar/major burn scar/acne scars/birthmark/mole/freckles that I want covered. How old must the scar(s) be to get them tattooed? Can you tattoo over them if they are raised off the skin?

**29** I have an existing tattoo that is lightly/very heavily scarred. Can it be covered or corrected somehow?

**30** Do y'all do finger tattoos? Hand tattoos? Feet/toe tattoos? Face/Neck/Behind the Ear Tattoos?

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**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ***********
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**31** How do I best prepare myself for getting a tattoo?

**32** I’m about to deploy/I’m home on R and R/ I'm PCSing in 2 days/etc and I’d like to get tattooed, is that possible?

**33** Can I get tattooed if I’m sick? (Flu, cold, allergies, sinus infection, migraine, massive menstrual cramps, etc) Can I get tattooed right before/after major surgery??? (meaning you went under anesthesia) Can I get tattooed if I have an autoimmune disease? Can I get tattooed if I have a dermatological condition (eczema, psoriasis, exposures while deployed (you were off FOB))
**34** Can I get tattooed while pregnant if it’s early in the pregnancy? Right after I had a miscarriage? What about while I'm breast feeding?

**35** I've thought about using some stuff I bought on Amazon to start to remove my tattoo or go get laser removal, should I?

**36** I've been thinking of getting laser hair removal done, will that affect my tattoo?
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**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ***********
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**37** What are some extra tips for healing different parts of the body that have been tattooed 3+ hours? I’m super sore and I have to go to work tomorrow.
**38** When I have a concern about my healing tattoo, its super dry and there's a little redness. I don't want to bother my artist, but I’m a worrier. How long should I wait before contacting my artist/the shop about my concerns?

**39** How do I protect my tattoo from the TEXAS SUN every single day? How long do I have to wait with a fresh tattoo until I can go in direct sunlight/go to the beach/pool/hot tub?
**40** How much time do I need to allow my tattoo to heal before getting worked on again? Its been 2 weeks and I feel like its healed enough. How long does it really take tattoos to FULLY heal?

**41** How long do I have to wait to go back to the gym after getting a tattoo?
**42**Where do I find aftercare sheet I lost mine? Do I need to order Armorgel--I went through the little bottle my artist gave me already. My tattoo itches super bad and is still sore, is it infected?--its 5 days old.

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**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ***********
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**43** Piercings!!! Does your shop do them??!! How much are they?
**44** My piercing is within the first month of healing and is tender or sore sometimes. Am I doing something wrong?

**45** It’s been 3 months since I got my piercing and now I have a bump near the pierced area. How do I make it go away?

**46** How long to wait until I can change my jewelry? My piercing is healing well with no issues.

**47** What are your shops rules for piercing a minor? I want my infants ear lobes pierced by a professional in a sterile environment. I don't want to take her to the mall (Claires/piercing pagoda) as I already know the piercing gun is extremely gross and can't be sanitized.

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**********Questions 48-50 : Minor/Kids Info ***********
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**48** Are kids allowed in the shop?

**49** Can I sign for my under 18 year old child to get tattooed, like parental consent?
**50** My minor child is to turn 18 in a few months/days/year, can they attend consultation day as a minor AND schedule a tattoo appt for AFTER they turn 18?

 




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**************50 ANSWERS to the 50 Frequently Asked Questions****************
**********Questions 1-9 : Consultation Day Info***********

**********Questions 10-20 : Cost/Artist Info***********

**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 26-30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ***********

**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ***********

**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ***********

**********Questions 48-50 : Kids/ Minors Tattoo Info ***********

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**1** How do I book an appointment with one of your resident/guest tattoo artists (see piercer info on question 43)
To discuss tattoo ideas and book tattoo appts, please attend any of our consultation days, the first Wednesday of each month. Come in anytime that day 9a-8p, no appt needed.

This is the only day our artists are scheduled to meet with clients to book appts as the rest of the month we are focused on our tattoo appts. The rest of the month we are booked and in most cases, cannot take walk-ins.  

(To be added to our guest piercers reminder list, message us your cell phone number. He returns every 4-6 weeks)

See the Facebook event page for more info on what artists will be avail each month. https://www.facebook.com/pg/PreciselyVeiledTattoos/events/
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**2** Do you have time for walk-ins/Can I get tattooed today?
We would take walk-ins if we had the available time, but we are normally booked for the entire month after consultation day. Sometimes we have limited availability for walk-ins with our guest artists. That scenario is just a by chance option. Meaning, if you happen to come by the shop and an artist happens to have a large enough availability for the type of tattoo you are requesting, then that could work out. Because that's a rare occasion, so it's really best to just plan to attend a consultation day to definitely book an appt. Please see the FB Event page to click Going! https://www.facebook.com/pg/PreciselyVeiledTattoos/events/

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**3** Why do you only meet clients once a month on consultation day?  
Well, we are a very busy shop! There was a time in our career when working in street shops that artists would often be interrupted while tattooing. This forces the artist to lose focus and the client to lose their adrenaline zone. By eliminating interruptions, we are able to better cater the clients in our chairs.

So, rather than neglecting our existing clients whenever people randomly choose to come by the shop, we created the once a month consultation day. An entire 11+ hour day (1st Wednesday of each month) dedicated completely to meeting all of our new/existing clients, discussing tattoo ideas/options/taking photos/measurements, booking appointments, and taking retainer fees for said appt.

 

(Retainer Fee is a nonrefundable fee equivalent to the artists hourly rate (cash/credit/debit) taken to hold an appt and comes off of the final appt)

Always look for and click going in the FB Event page for each month.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PreciselyVeiledTattoos/events/
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**4** Does your shop EVER have a consultation day NOT on a Wednesday?
 No. As we said prior, we are a very busy shop, working normally 60 hours/week, often traveling to conventions/guest spots---which are always Thurs-Mon, etc. In our shop, we generally are tattooing Friday-Monday and are often also booking our days off to try to keep up with the demand.
Yes, this is a wonderful problem to have, but as a result we have to delegate properly, so the best day for consultation day is the first Wednesday of each month.
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**5** Over the phone Consultation option: I would LOVE to get tattooed in your shop BUT, : (I live MORE than 2 hours from your shop), (will be working a 12 hour shift that day), (I don't live 2 hours away but with my work commute I won't make it back in time). Is there anyway possible I could contact y'all on consult day instead of in person?

 

Yes, sort of.  For some of the more difficult cover-ups, we just need to see the tattoo in person regardless of your distance to get a clear understanding of your skins integrity. While it is always best to come to consult day, another option, is we can do a phone consult. Call the shop (CALL not text) on consult day 254-213-9896. If the artist you're wishing to speak to is with another client, the person answering will add you to the list in order and you will receive a call back. Calling on consult day will ensure you are responded to that day. If we book an appt we can email you an invoice for the retainer fee. If we need further info, we will request an email or message of photos.
***Calling in is a case by case basis, if you do live nearby------please just come in, and as stated above, kiddos are welcome, we are at consult day for more than 11 hours to fit everyone's schedules, and we really prefer meeting our clients in person to prevent miscommunication.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PreciselyVeiledTattoos/events/

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**6a** My spouse/friend/sibling is about (to/is on) (deployment/training/doesn't live here/etc) and is going to miss the next consult day. Can I come in their place and relay what they want and book an appt?
**6b**I am about to be deployed/sent to training (or am currently deployed/at training) and will miss consult day. Can I send an email/message to schedule an appt for when I return???

 

(A) Yes, you are welcome to come by and book appts for someone that cannot attend. If possible we can try to video chat them while you’re in shop.

 

(B) This is a case by case basis, most times, we are able to work something out. If we can talk to them/you on phone/email/messenger to confirm details, this can work. So much more often though, people don't know exactly what they want, so this becomes very difficult to know how much time to book and with which artist.
 So, please research our artists and come up with a close to solid tattoo idea before contacting the artist, or simply wait to attend the consult day right after you return. Send the artist you prefer an email that includes the info about you being out of state and include the tattoo idea. Each artists email is on the Facebook page Photo Album section and on our website.

www.facebook.com/preciselyveiledtattoos

www.preciselyveiledtattoo.com

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**7**  I don't think I need a consultation, I know exactly what I want/it's just a small quick tattoo, not a huge project.

 

We prefer to treat every single tattoo with equal importance. From the enormous full body suit to the tiniest tattoo. To obtain an appt with the artists of our shop, all clients must meet with an artist on one of our consultation days. Whether your consult takes 5 minutes or 30+ minutes, this is the best way for us to keep all appts organized.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PreciselyVeiledTattoos/events/

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**8** Are consults free? Does your shop require a deposit/retainer fee?

YES! Consults are free, to book a tattoo appt requires a nonrefundable fee equivalent to one hour of the artists time (cash/credit/debit)(Retainer Fee is applied to the final tattoo appt cost).

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PreciselyVeiledTattoos/events/
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**9**  Is your shop handicap accessible?

Yes, we have a handicap ramp to enter the shop, and every room/bathroom has properly sized doorways/hallways to accommodate wheelchairs.

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**********Questions 1-9 : Consultation Day Info***********

**********Questions 10-20 : Cost/Artist Info***********

**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 26-30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ***********

**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ***********

**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ***********

**********Questions 48-50 : Kids/ Minors Tattoo Info ***********

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**10** How would I go about choosing an artist? What if I want to speak to more than one artist at consultation day? How do I find out when the artist is taking appts for new clients?


We are a team of 22 guest/resident artists and want to make sure that we place you with which artists work best fits what style you are seeking. All of our resident/guest artist portfolios can be found on our website, in our FB page photo albums, and in our monthly FB Event Page. We suggest you take a peek to see who's work grabs you the most. Each album has the dates of arrival of our guest artists as well as links and info about the artists styles of tattooing.

 

If you'd like to speak to more than one artist, by all means, put your name on multiple artists lists on consultation day. If you wish to book with a guest artist BEFORE they arrive, please speak to Amy.

 

Our resident artists are booked minimally 3 months in advance. We try to always have a guest artist that has availability the week of consultation day.  If you’d like to secure an appt with an attending guest artist, please attend a consultation day in advance BEFORE they arrive to

definitely secure said appt.

www.facebook.com/preciselyveiledtattoos

www.preciselyveiledtattoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PreciselyVeiledTattoos/events/

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**11** Where would I find dates of arrival, info, and links for the guest artists/guest piercer?
On our Facebook Page:

www.facebook.com/preciselyveiledtattoos
   ---listed in the about section
   ---in the description section of every photo album (each artist has their own album)
   ---in the about/details section of every Event Page for every Consultation Day

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PreciselyVeiledTattoos/events/

On our website:

www.preciselyveiledtattoo.com

   ---each artist has their own tab with info, links, and dates of arrival
On my Instagram:

www.instagram.com/preciselyveiledtattoo

   ---In the highlights section, guest and resident artist, and guest piercer info is saved.

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**12** Your resident artist schedules are really long and I don't want to wait that long! Do any of your artists have availability now?
It is true, our resident artists are booked usually at least 3 months in advance. For sooner appts our shop generally has 2-4 guest artists each month (usually the week of consultation day and mid-month) with availability. They come from all over the WORLD and are the people that travel to tattoo at conventions with us. All of their portfolios, links, and dates of arrival are on our website as well on their individual photo albums on our Facebook page and our FB Event Pages.
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**13** Will the artist text/email me the tattoo design so I can see it before the appt?

No, my apologies, during Consultation day as long as everything was discussed and agreed upon there should be no changes needed to the design. We don't send the tattoo designs as (1) our artwork has been stolen in the past, and (2) often clients are not versed in looking at outlines so understanding the thought process of the artist without the design being fully rendered causes confusion. We'd prefer to avoid confusion so, we discuss everything at consult day and will have the design ready to go for the tattoo appt. There is a bit of trust needed of the client to the artist when it comes to designing tattoo ideas. Remember, if you chose an artist because you like their work, then we should be able to create an amazing design you will love!!

***If you come into the appt and try to change the design from what was discussed at consultation day, without in advance communicating with the artist the desired changes, your retainer fee will be forfeited and the tattoo appt will need to be rescheduled with a new retainer fee paid to allow the artist new time to design.

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**14** What if I book an appt and the artist draws something, but I don't like it?

The whole concept of Consultation day is to give clients the chance to fully discuss ideas, take measurements, photos of the tattoo area, etc. Meaning, as long as you haven't changed your tattoo idea, and you like the artists' style, there shouldn't be any problem. If there are tiny changes to the design, that's easily taken care of. If there are last minute large changes to the design, the tattoo appt may be cancelled and rescheduled as there will not be time to entirely redesign a tattoo on the day of the appt. This also means that you will be required to leave a new retainer fee as now the artist is losing the entire tattoo session, so you existing retainer fee will be forfeited. To avoid this issue, please have somewhat of a solid idea of what you would like to have tattooed prior to booking an appt. OR!!! If you change your mind after consult day, please let your artist know IMMEDIATELY. Also, if you're wanting a tattoo that we feel won't be of good quality, or is of a topic/symbol we prefer to not tattoo (basically anything not approved by the Military), we will inform you as to why and simply won't tattoo it. We won't depreciate the quality of our tattoos, as we'd rather not take your money than give anyone a bad tattoo. Sorry, not sorry.
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**15** How much actual time should I plan for my tattoo appt? My appt is scheduled for 3 hours, but I've been to shops before that ended up taking like 6-7 hours because they had to draw when I got there, took a bunch of breaks, etc. I need to know what to plan for so I can tell my babysitter.

 

Your time will NOT be wasted at our shop. Your time is as important as ours. Please show up 15-30 minutes early for your tattoo appt. Fill out the paperwork (release form) at the front when you arrive. The artist should be set up or in the middle of setting up and your actual tattoo time should begin within 15-30 minutes of the appt start time. On some occasions additional time is needed to draw the tattoo directly onto the skin or to lay a large/difficult stencil. For these appts, the artist should plan additional time when the appt is originally discussed. All our clients tattoos are prepped before you arrive, Every time. So really, if your appt is from 10am-1pm, please arrive at 930-945am and plan to be done by 115-130pm at the latest.
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**16** Do your artists charge by the piece or by the hour?

 

Quick answer, both! Our shops artists hourly rates range from $100-150 cash/credit/debit, and some of our artists do prefer to price by piece. (we accept all major credit cards/debit cards/cash). We offer by the hour as our clients are able to budget out their tattoo and most clients want larger tattoos that take multiple hours/sessions. Most clients book 3-8 hour sessions per month. This way the client can handle the pain/healing and budget the cost of the piece as the client would pay only for the cost of that session. In the end the client is able to have a completed tattoo over time that they love instead of settling for what they can afford 'right now'.
Also, our artists were chosen to work with us based off of many reasons, the major reason being, work ethic. Our artists don't take many breaks. Breaks are at the request of the client, and our appts are almost completely uninterrupted, thus ensuring the entire session the client booked is in fact mostly actual tattoo time.
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**17** Do I have to leave a Retainer Fee to book an appt? How much is the Retainer Fee? What is the shops minimum price for a tattoo?

 

Yes, we require a non-refundable retainer fee is equivalent to the artists hourly rate. It is nonrefundable as we wish to ensure clients are serious about getting their tattoo. If you're not ready, no worries, just wait to book an appt and pay a retainer fee when you are ready. The retainer fee goes towards the overall cost of the tattoo and is applied to the FINAL appt. Our shop minimum is the equivalent to one hour of the artists time. Shop hourly rates range between $100-$150 cash/credit/debit.
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**18** What if the tattoo takes less than an hour, is it still the full hour rate?

Yes. Our minimum is equivalent to one hour of the artist's time regardless of if the tattoo takes less than the full hour. If what you are wanting is a super tiny tattoo, so that you get the most out of your money, we highly recommend getting the smaller piece at the same time of another larger tattoo.
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**19** Can I prepay ahead for my tattoo sessions? I have some money coming in and I want to ensure that it's paid for.

 

Yes. Plenty of our clients will pay in advance to always ensure their appts are covered. We will keep track of this information on your client file and a receipt will be provided. Each client that our shops artists work on, has an individual client file.
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**20** What if I want to just keep applying the retainer fee forward because I want more work after I finish my first project?

That's completely fine! The client would just pay in full for the tattoo session and roll over the retainer fee to cover the next appt.  
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**********Questions 1-9 : Consultation Day Info***********

**********Questions 10-20 : Cost/Artist Info***********

**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 26-30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ***********

**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ***********

**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ***********

**********Questions 48-50 : Kids/ Minors Tattoo Info ***********

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**21** How can I best organize/find my tattoo ideas?
Our favorite option is Pinterest, a virtual filing cabinet. You can collect ideas on a board that we can access from our devices without using a bunch of memory or emailing us 20 images. SO! How to collect: DONT just collect other peoples tattoos. They belong to THEM. Think, 'what it is about that tattoo' that you like. Then look up that object and collect images of art, paintings, photos, statues, jewelry, patches, tapestries, movie screenshots, wallpapers, etc. Anything we can see we can use as inspiration for tattoo designs. Amy's pinterest is also avail to help guide you. search @preciselyveiled on Pinterest, she has almost 9,000 pins of GOOD reference in organized boards. It isn't needed for you to share your board or add us to the board, we will find it as long as it's not private. If you don't find exactly what you're looking for, you can take photos/screenshots and upload your images to the Pinterest board.

PROTIP***To find your Pinterest Username for us to search your board. Open Pinterest, click person Icon, click sprocket icon, click edit profile (dont actually edit profile) see username.
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**22** I don't really know what I want, can y'all just draw something for me and if I like it, then I'll book an appt?

 

No, we're sorry, but we only draw for clients that have booked an actual tattoo appt with a Retainer Fee. To help guide building your idea of what you want, please see the answer to question. **21** It is best to have at least a general idea of what you'd like to have tattooed BEFORE you come into consultation day. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!! Our artists don't need much, BUT do need some sort of direction before being able to form a great tattoo idea. We won't tell you what you should have tattooed as it's your body and we don't know what you like!
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**23** I have a tattoo I need covered but I have no idea what with or what can cover it. I’ve been to a few artists and they keep suggesting I go get laser, but I’d like to avoid that if possible.
 

Surprisingly, we prefer to avoid lasering if possible as well! If it's a darker cover-up (lots of dark linework) Imagine the piece was entirely gone and you had to get something that size or larger, FULL COLOR, what would you want to wear? Answer that question and we can then design a tattoo that you would love. If it's a lighter cover-up usually anything will cover. Refer to question **21** to help prep your tattoo cover-up ideas.
If you have no idea what will work for covering the tattoo, just collect images of your favorite things and we can work an idea from there. In some cases, clients like their original tattoo idea, but not the final product, so we can easily redo the existing tattoo instead if covering.
If it's a portrait that needs to be covered/fixed, come in WITH the original reference for us to look over.
Cover-ups do often take multiple sessions so please be prepped for more than one appt, usually about 3.
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**24** I have a tattoo on my hand/face/neck that I need gone so I can join the military---is it possible to cover it with flesh tone ink?

Unfortunately, this is false. To reduce the appearance of non-keloid (flat) scars by matching the skin tone around it is an option, but the flesh tone pigment upon healing will mix with the (usually) black ink. It will reduce the amount of visibility, but regardless, will still be a tattoo in a location not permitted by the Military (unless of course AR 670-1 is updated). You won’t pass medical no matter what the recruiter says. In this circumstance, laser removal is the best option, as scars/burns (not self-harm scars) are permitted to pass medical to gain access in active duty.

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**25** I’m having trouble coming up with an idea for a family/kids/pet/commemorative/memorial piece, can you provide some direction?  

I’m going to redirect how you totally think about this. The tattoo is ON YOU and is FOR YOU about them. So, think of things YOU LOVE that make YOU happy and remind you of them. For more on how to collect tattoo ideas, please see question **21** above.

 

The example I always give is a client of mine years ago had a brother that passed away. He loved Boxing, she didn't know much about boxing at all. She figured she’d just get boxing gloves as its what he loved, BUT she would never love the tattoo idea regardless of what it represented. So she thought more about it and settled on flowers that him, her and their mom had planted when they were kids. A much more appeasing piece representing happy times that made her think of her brother and of an object she loved. Healing is about the wearer of the tattoo, and tattoos should ALWAYS be positive and assist with this healing.   

 

Chose things YOU love, not just items on some monthly list.  

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**********Questions 1-9 : Consultation Day Info***********

**********Questions 10-20 : Cost/Artist Info***********

**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 26-30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ***********

**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ***********

**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ***********

**********Questions 48-50 : Kids/ Minors Tattoo Info ***********

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**26** I have a tattoo idea, but I’m having a really hard time deciding where to place it.

Print out a tattoo idea, tape it to the area you're wanting tattooed, have someone take a photo, so you can see sorta what it would look like on your body to see if you’d like it. Another option is to buy/order temporary tattoos in the style you're seeking to try them out. Nearly anything is printable nowadays!

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**27** Can you cover/tattoo over stretch marks?
Yes. Just as long as you understand that skin will be swollen longer than other skin during healing, we’re all good! The swelling will go down after about a week.
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**28** I have a surgery scar/self harm scars/minor burn scar/major burn scar/acne scars/birthmark/mole/freckles that I want covered. How old must the scar(s) be to get them tattooed? Can you tattoo over them if they are raised off the skin?

This is very much a case by case basis and we really prefer to see the skin in person to give a correct evaluation to the integrity of the skin. We will NOT tattoo anyone's skin if we do not feel the healed outcome will be something the client will love as sometimes, scarred skin is not tattooable. Most scars need to be year at the minimum, some folks 2 years old to ensure the internal skin has had the time to connect completely and heal. Other scars, such as burns, need to be seen in person to know the amount of time needed for healing. If the scar is the same color of the rest of your skin, it's usually good and healed internally. If it's not, it may need more time or may just be discolored permanently, which is in most cases tattooable.  

 

Skin discoloration from birth marks, moles, and freckles will alter the outcome of the tattoo, but in most cases are tattooable.
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**29** I have an existing tattoo that is lightly/very heavily scarred. Can it be covered or corrected somehow?

We would definitely need to see the skin in person to make an educated evaluation as to the integrity of the skin and what potential options you have. If the scarring is light, we can design something to cover the original piece to camouflage it from others seeing the old work. But, even with just light scarring (skin is always raised) all the way to the very scarred, the old tattoo shape will most likely still appear. Sometimes by the skin being reopened, the originally healed area is now able to remove whatever was trapped underneath during the initial healing and will lay flat. Each case is individual, please attend a consultation day so we can help!  

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**30** Do y'all do finger tattoos? Hand tattoos? Feet/toe tattoos? Face/Neck/Behind the Ear Tattoos?

Short answer is no. These areas do NOT heal nearly as well as other locations of the body. The skin in these areas exfoliates at a higher rate thus causing the tattoo to appear faded or dull much faster than all other areas of the body. To see examples, google 'healed finger tattoos' or ‘healed hand tattoos’. These tattoos are not guaranteed because of how poorly they heal and if you would like them redone, it will not be a free touch-up. Sorry!!
If you are not already HEAVILY modified, we will not tattoo your hands/neck/face. That's reserved for when you're running out of space. These are what we call ‘jobstopper’ tattoos.

Feet and toes. Same as hands and fingers. Also, you will need 1 week of no socks/shoes to get the best heal on a foot tattoo.

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**********Questions 1-9 : Consultation Day Info***********

**********Questions 10-20 : Cost/Artist Info***********

**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 26-30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ***********

**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ***********

**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ***********

**********Questions 48-50 : Kids/ Minors Tattoo Info ***********

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**31** How do I best prepare myself for getting a tattoo?

EAT a full carb filled meal (depending on your diet requirements) just a banana or granola bar isn't enough. Your body is going to go through trauma and completely deplete your adrenaline and blood sugar, causing nausea, lightheadedness, shakes, etc.  

DRINK WATER! Do not have more than 2 alcoholic drinks the night before. Yes, you can have a soda or coffee/tea, but, water is best.
GET REST!

WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING!! Wear clothing you are comfy and warm/cool in that if it gets ink on, you don't care. We do keep the shop cooler so, if you are cold normally, bring a sweater or blanket.

BRING YOUR OWN DISTRACTION! We do have tvs in each room with netflix or pandora---but if you want your own earphones; bring them, devices, and your charger. We have WIFI for you to use so you don't waste data.
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**32** I’m about to deploy/I’m home on R and R/ Im PCSing in 2 days/etc and I’d like to get tattooed, is that possible?

We will generally not tattoo anyone within 2 weeks of deployment/field training/moving. It is just such a risk of healing, because of the stresses involved, that it's just not worth us chance the outcome of the tattoo. Rather, just plan for when you return, or once you arrive where you are going, and not waste your money. (Yes, Im aware many of you prefer pain therapy of some sort when anxiety is high---go get acupuncture. There's quite a few inexpensive places to get that procedure completed in Killeen and save you from getting a rushed, not thought out tattoo.  

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**33** Can I get tattooed if I’m sick? (Not allergies, but Body Aches, Fever, Vomiting, etc) Can I get tattooed right before/after major surgery??? (meaning you went under anesthesia) Can I get tattooed if I have an autoimmune disease? Can I get tattooed if I have a dermatological condition (eczema, psoriasis, exposures while deployed (you were off FOB))
ILLNESS: You cannot get tattooed if sick. If you think you're sick, call/text your artist immediately so we can do our best to fill the appt. IF we were to (and we won't) tattoo you while sick, your immune system would be overwhelmed and would make your sickness far worse.

If you come in sick, we WILL send you home.
SURGERY: You should not get tattooed within 2 weeks of major Surgery. Your immune system needs to be able to handle healing from the surgery/anesthesia.
Post surgery we prefer to wait until you are cleared of doctor care. Ask your doctor when they believe it is safe for you to be tattooed post surgery.

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES: The way your body heals is very individual we need to take this into consideration when determining your tattoo appt and healing procedures. We need to be cautiously respectful of what your body goes through normally and not push it too much so it doesn't compromise healing.  

SKIN CONDITIONS: If you have anything like eczema/psoriasis/dermatitis, If your skin heals differently in any manner, we need to know so that we are best prepared to assist with the best possible tattoo and healing.
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**34** Can I get tattooed while pregnant if it’s early in the pregnancy? Right after I had a miscarriage? What about while Im breast feeding?

You cannot get tattooed while pregnant in ANY stage of the

pregnancy as the potential cause of preterm labor/miscarriage.

 

We prefer you wait at least 6 weeks POST delivery/miscarriage before getting tattooed and if you are NOT breastfeeding. Your body (and mind and soul) MUST have time to heal, no matter how far along you were when delivery occurred. My apologies.

 

Miscarriage is an extremely emotional event for everyone involved. We highly encourage giving the thought of getting a memorial tattoo some time. Tattoos should be positive and healing. Sometimes, to help us heal best, its ok to not get the tattoo.

 

Breastfeeding--we prefer to wait until baby is at least 6 months old, if baby is still breastfeeding. Adrenaline is usually a part of tattooing and since baby receives everything from booby, there's just no reason to give the baby an upset belly for a tattoo. If you stop

breastfeeding in under 6 months AND its been at least 6 weeks since delivery, you're in the clear to be tattooed. If you are still

breastfeeding past 6 months, most times that means you have a great milk supply and can prestock. I ask that after the tattoo, you pump and dump each booby, just to ensure baby doesn't have to deal with all that potential anxiety upset belly.

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**35** I've thought about using some stuff I bought on Amazon to start to remove my tattoo or go get laser removal, should I?

 

NO! PLEASE come and see us first at any of our consultation days the first Wednesday of each month. Most of that is chemicals mixed with acid and destroys the skin rendering it non-tattooable. Laser removal while sometimes helpful, in most cases is unnecessary with how we are able to apply cover-ups. Come see us first before doing any of this! OR!! If you absolutely need to have a tattoo removed, call the shop and we can provide recommended laser removal locations.
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**36** I've been thinking of getting laser hair removal done, will that affect my tattoo?
Yes, the laser will destroy the tattoo, just like a regular tattoo laser would. So, if you're wanting to laser off that hair, do it before you get the area tattooed, or remove the hair around the tattoo. Otherwise, shaving/waxing often is the only other answer.
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**********Questions 1-9 : Consultation Day Info***********

**********Questions 10-20 : Cost/Artist Info***********

**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 26-30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ***********

**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ***********

**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ***********

**********Questions 48-50 : Kids/ Minors Tattoo Info ***********

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**37** What are some extra tips for healing different parts of the body that have been tattooed 3+ hours? I’m super sore and I have to go to work tomorrow.

Arms--Elevate arm above your heart, first few days after getting tattoo to reduce swelling. Be cautious of where you lean on things as most surfaces aren't sterile (counter/keyboards/sofa arms/car door handles) Wear loose long sleeves or bring a clean hand towel with you for first week.
Legs--MUST NOT need to walk a lot within first 24 hour. You will bruise the muscle around the tattoo and that's terribly painful to heal. MUST elevate above heart for first few days to reduce swelling. Wear loose pants or sit on clean towel to prevent from touching non-sterile areas.
Back/chest--loose shirt is usually good to go. If tattoo is in bra area, please don't have bra strap over area for at least a week and once you do, please be sure to wear a cleaned bra during first 2 weeks.
Waist--non Jean material for first 2 weeks. Scrubs/sweats/skirts/khakis/yoga pants/gym shorts instead.

Feet-no socks, or ballerina socks and shoes for first week to achieve best heal.
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**38** I have a concern about my healing tattoo, its super dry and there's a little redness. I don't want to bother my artist, but I’m a worrier. How long should I wait before contacting my artist/the shop about my concerns?

Do not wait. If you have ANY questions AT ALL about your healing tattoo, please contact your artist/the shop immediately. We don't care how stupid you think the question may be, we'd rather we answered you and made sure you are safe and healing properly. (Shop phone (call only, no text) 254-213-9896)
DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUR FRIEND/SPOUSE/SIBLING'S TATTOO/PIERCING HEALING ADVISE!!!!!!!
Sorry for the All Caps, but we are very serious about this. They did not tattoo you, we did and we are VERY specific about how to heal our tattoos. We utilize the most current, efficient healing methods to give our clients the best opportunity for an easy heal for a great tattoo.
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**39** How do I protect my tattoo from the TEXAS SUN every single day? How long do I have to wait with a fresh tattoo until I can go in direct sunlight/go to the beach/pool/hot tub?

 

SunBLOCK/screen that has Zinc Oxide in it and that alone protects you from the sun. It must be reapplied often as it is not waterproof, nothing is. It is a cream, like elmers glue consistency, not a spray. The sprays are only a film and don't protect at all. Also, wearing water-clothing (like rash guards) over the tattoo helps. Ugly tan lines equal beautiful tattoo work. The sun is like a GIANT laser and attacks the lighter colors first. Protect your tattoo, wear sunBLOCK when you are outside! Also, think about when you drive...Your driving arm is exposed and getting burnt. Cover it up! Motorcycle riding, tons of sun!! Wear those sleeves to protect!!! Don't throw money at the sun.....Protect your tattoos.

It's always a good idea to protect your tattoo from direct sunlight even once it's healed. While healing it's best to stay out of direct sunlight/beach/pool/hot tub/lakes for at least 2 weeks.
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**40** How much time do I need to allow my tattoo to heal before getting worked on again? It’s been 2 weeks and I feel like its healed enough. How long does it really take tattoos to FULLY heal?

If the tattoo was just an outline, no shading we often suggest 2-3 weeks between appointments as everyone's healing time is different. If you had shading done and were worked on for 3 or more hours we suggest there be at least 4-6 weeks before your next appt.
If you are working on different areas of the body, we suggest that there be at least 2 weeks between appts.
Your body's immune system is very smart and useful, but becomes overwhelmed easily. IF you have an open/healing wound (tattoo) and you happen to get sick (say sinus infection), the chances of your tattoo taking longer to heal are much higher as now your immune system is compromised. So, time is needed to heal as there is no rush to completing a tattoo.
If you want to sit for a longer session, say 8 hours, you absolutely will need to wait at least 6 weeks before the next session to ensure that area was able to fully heal. Tattoos take about 6 weeks to FULLY heal, in most cases.

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**41** How long do I have to wait to go back to the gym after getting a tattoo?

Gyms are super filled with bacteria no matter how clean the gym may seem.
Stay away from running/stair climbing at least 3-5 days if you had your appendages (arms/legs) tattooed. The jilting of your muscles will cause the muscle to bruise around the tattoo and that's extremely painful to heal. So it's best to wait.

If the tattoo is on your torso/waist, just make sure to prevent the tattooed area from touching the surface of the bench/floor. So if you had your back/front tattooed, don't touch your back/front to the gym equipment for about 3-5 days, until the tattoo is peeling. Once you're peeling, you're in the clear.

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**42**Where do I find aftercare sheet I lost mine? Do I need to order Armorgel--I went through the little bottle my artist gave me already. My tattoo itches super bad and is still sore, is it infected?--its 5 days old.

Aftercare sheet can be found on our website www.preciselyveiledtattoo.com

ArmorGel should ONLY be used during the first day/night of receiving the tattoo, it does not need any additional added. If you'd like to purchase a bottle, go through us at the shop as it will be the least expensive option. During the first 5-8 days, tattoos will feel very tight and sore. To give yourself a bit of relief, a very small amount of eucerin aquaphor will help relieve the tightness. But mostly, keep in clean, wash it morning and night, and leave it alone! Also, drink lots of water to help! During the 2-3 weeks, the dry tight, ugly peely phase should occur. By the 4-6 week, tattoo should be growing hair and looking like colorful skin!

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**********Questions 1-9 : Consultation Day Info***********

**********Questions 10-20 : Cost/Artist Info***********

**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 26-30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ***********

**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ***********

**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ***********

**********Questions 48-50 : Kids/ Minors Tattoo Info ***********

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**43** Piercings!!! Does your shop do them??!! How much are they?

Yes! Our Guest piercer, Ian Bell, travels the world to cater to his clients, so he visits our shop one weekend each 1-2 months. He only uses the highest quality implant grade jewelry. We fondly refer to it as “Adult Body Jewelry” Ian would be the best to provide pricing as there are various options that alter the final cost drastically. If you'd like to be added to his reminder list, just call or message the shop with your name and cell phone number. We will send a text when he is to return to our shop to build a schedule for his clients. His ig is www.instagram.com/ianmbell website www.probablytooexpensive.com

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**44** My piercing is within the first month of healing and is tender or sore sometimes. Am I doing something wrong?

Piercings do take a long amount of time to heal. Sometimes, even after a piercing has had months to heal and feel fine, randomly it will irritate and become sore. This is all normal. Continue cleaning the piercing with the saline solution in the manner than Ian directed. If you need more, we have it at the shop. If there are any concerns, when he returns in roughly 4-6 weeks, we will send you a text and you can coordinate to come in to see him in person to check the piercing. If you’d like to not wait until his return, message him on FB or IG. He answers very quickly and equal to us, wants to ensure you are well guided through the healing process.

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**45** It’s been 4 months since I got my piercing and now I have a bump near the pierced area. How do I make it go away?

This would be called a keloid. Sometimes when piercings get irritated/aren't cleaned well enough/are over cleaned the skin swells a bit and becomes red/purplish in color around the piercing. Clean the area with the saline solution 2 to 3 times a day, as you had when it was originally pierced. Schedule to come in to the shop the next time Ian is in shop so he can see it in person to give further advise. If you’d like to not wait until his return, message him on FB or IG. He answers very quickly and equal to us, wants to ensure you are well guided through the healing process. Piercings can take up to 9 months to heal, and even after that do run the risk of becoming randomly irritated. Unfortunately this is very normal with piercings, but thankfully can be easily resolved with a little bit of time.  

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**46** How long to wait until I can change my jewelry? My piercing is healing well with no issues.

We advise to wait about 2-3 months before changing out jewelry. The reason is piercings can take up to 9 months to settle and heal (close to fully). There is a chance that they will irritate randomly and flare up/become sore/have to be cleaned like they are new once again until the irritation is under control again. Best thing would be to schedule an appt with Guest Piercer Ian for when he is returning to town next for him to see the piercing in person and offer his educated advise to if the piercing is ready for a jewelry change.

**47** What are your shops rules for piercing a minor? I want my infants ear lobes pierced by a professional in a sterile environment. I don't want to take her to the mall (claires/piercing pagoda) as I already know the piercing gun is extremely gross and can't be sanitized.

First, in the State of Texas, the parent needs to pick up our consent form and take it to be notarized prior to the procedure being completed. Most banks/insurance/post offices have notaries.
Ear lobes are the ONLY piercing procedure our shop will provide for a minor, period. We request that the child is at least 6 years old AND is fully aware and actually wanting their lobes pierced. If they don't want the piercing/get scared, we won't force them to, no matter how much the parent wants it done. No need to put a child through unnecessary pain/trauma.

For UNDER 6 years old, it’s simply NOT worth all of the risks involved. (Risks: Infection, scarring, ripping, imbedding, choking if jewelry is removed, etc)

Similar to lasik eye surgery/plastic surgery, WE prefer to align with the ‘best to wait until 18 years old’ rules for other Body Modifications. The child's body isn't completed growing until about 18 years of age. The chance of the piercing migrating during this growth period can leave permanent scars, a risk our shop will NOT take. PERIOD.
18 years and up is open to ALL piercing/dermal/scarification/body modification options.
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**********Questions 21-25 : Organize Tattoo Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 26-30 : Tattoo Placement Ideas Info ***********

**********Questions 31-36 : Tattoo Safety/Health Risks Info ***********

**********Questions 37-42 : Tattoo Aftercare Info ***********

**********Questions 43-47 : Piercing Info ***********

**********Questions 48-50 : Kids/ Minors Tattoo Info ***********

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**48** Are kids allowed in the shop?

OF COURSE, BUT, keep reading! We all understand not being able to always get a sitter. While at consultation day, the lil rambunctious ones are not a problem. While getting tattooed is an entirely other story. If your lil guys are 10 and under, we HIGHLY suggest bringing a friend, or better yet, have the friend stay home with the young ones. You AND THE ARTIST need to be able to focus on the tattoo. You need to meditate through the pain and if you have to keep listening for your babes, then you'll never zone out. Remember, tattooing is like therapy, and this is YOUR time. IF you cannot get a sitter or the sitter cancels last minute, communicate with your artist IMMEDIATELY so they can either reschedule you ahead of time and fill the cancel, or make the most appropriate decision for the situation.
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**49** Can I sign for my under 18 year old child to get tattooed, like parental consent?

NO. It is illegal to tattoo a minor in the state of Texas and has been since 1999. In a court of law in Texas, tattooing a minor is considered penetration of a minor (sex offense) so, yeah, major NO. There were some loopholes through the court system years ago, but now thats all taken care of with laser removal. Beyond that, the human body doesn't slow/stop growing until 18-24 years of age. If the minor were to be tattooed during this growing state, the tattoo pigment will fade faster and have a much higher chance of pigment migration. Overall, you'd just be setting them up to have to get a cover up again in the future.
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**50** My minor child is to turn 18 in a few months/days/year, can they attend consultation day as a minor AND schedule a tattoo appt for AFTER they turn 18?
YES! We can book a few months in advance all the way up to 2 years in advance if necessary. This is a great option to begin getting a great first tattoo.
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