We understand that not everyone has experience with tattoo studios or the procedures to take in order to get one. We want the process to be a painless (pun intended) as possible and for
you to feel comfortable and at ease during your visit. No question is a bad question so please reach out if the following information leaves you will remaining questions.
Are Tattoos Safe?
As long as you go to a reputable artist that is following all recommended safety precautions, getting a tattoo is perfectly safe. Make sure you're fully honest about any medical conditions.
What is The Age Requirement for a Tattoo in Mississippi?
You must be 18 years of age with a valid ID to be tattooed in Mississippi regardless of parental consent. A parent can not sign a binding contract on your behalf. If you manage to find someone in the state who is tattooing under the age of 18, please consider that these people do not abide by the laws that were set for us and in turn probably also bend or ignore the rules and regulations of a sanitary environment as well as proper operating procedures. You are putting yourself health at risk as well as having to live with a possibly horrible tattoo.
Does It Hurt?
Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. We're not going to kid you, though—it does hurt. Just not that much. Some have compared it to a "hot scratching feeling." But, people would not be returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad. Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there.
What about using some kind of numbing cream?
We sell a numbing cream that can be purchased from our studio prior to your appointment. The brand we use has been tested and approved and we are familiar with the results. We usually will not tattoo a client if they have applied a different brand as some cause the skin to be very hard to work.
How Much Is It Going to Cost?
When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will charge very little. But, look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. Never haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. Think of it this way: This is a piece of art you'll wear for life.
Should I Tip My Tattoo Artist?
Tipping is a really nice gesture. But, there are no real solid ground rules for tipping.
What Should I Get? And Where?
This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have them create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your own imagination. As far as where you should get it goes, just keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where it can be easily covered up with normal clothing.
What Is the Best Time of Year to Get a Tattoo?
Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning, and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.
Is It OK to Get a Tattoo if I'm Sick?
Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn't at 100% isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.
Where Can I Find Pictures of Tattoos?
If you're getting a tattoo, especially as an expression of your individuality, why would you want a tattoo just like someone else's? Instead, find other pictures of what you're looking for and have your artist draw up a custom design for you. Example: If you are wanting a tattoo of a penguin standing on a glacier, find real photos of penguins and glaciers. If you want a tattoo of a blue rose wrapped around a cross, find pictures of real roses and crosses that you like. If the pictures don't show exactly what you want, just take them to your artist to use them as guidelines and tell them what changes you want to be made to the original pictures. A real artist will welcome the challenge of a custom piece.
Is Tanning OK When You Have Tattoos?
It might be really tempting to get some rays during the summer months or hit up the tanning salon, but before you ruin your tattoo, please read about tattoos and tanning.
I Just Got a New Tattoo on My Leg - Can I Shave?
It will take some time for your skin to heal enough for you to shave again and it can vary from person to person.
Are There Places You Won’t Tattoo?
As a general rule, I avoid tattooing fingers, palms, and lower on the side of the feet. The skin cells in these areas regenerate so fast that skin retention is difficult to achieve.
I do not tattoo the hands or neck of any client that doesn’t already have a large collection of tattoos or visible tattoos while wearing casual clothing. Tattoos have in a sense become a fad and when paired with social media, these tattoos have become popular among our younger generation. The choice to tattoo your hands and neck or face are ultimately yours to make, however, I feel it is a professional obligation to avoid doing these tattoos in most cases.