IS IT SAFE TO GET A TATTOO?
Both tattoos and piercings are very safe, as long as each artist and the entire studio adheres to both Universal Precautions and Blood Borne Pathogen Safety Standards. Luckily, Clean Slate treats client safety as the first and foremost priority, requiring the highest level of sterilization possible, going above and beyond the legal requirement of all local health codes and regulations.
On the consent form our clients complete before the procedure, we may identify certain instances when it would not be appropriate for an individual to receive a tattoo or piercing; if that happens, we will discuss the safety concerns with our client, but this would be a rare instance.
DO TATTOOS HURT? Yes, it hurts, but there are lots of people walking around with tattoos and piercings so it’s not unbearable. There are many sensations used to describe the feeling, but it varies greatly from person to person and location on the body. Some people even like it! If pain is a concern, ask your artist tips to get through the tattoo as quickly and painlessly as possible.
CAN I BRING MY OWN DESIGN? Of course you can. This tattoo will be on you permanently, so we want to be sure you are totally happy. Bring anything you think might help to capture exactly what you’re looking to get. This way your artist can create the perfect tattoo for you, regardless if you know exactly what you want or don’t have a clue. We will be happy to work with you in designing a custom piece of art that you will love forever.
HOW MUCH DO TATTOOS COST? That depends on the size of the piece and the detail involved. Some pieces cannot be completed in one sitting. You will be given a quote once you meet with the artist and go over the details of what you want. Currently, all of our tattoo pricing starts at $100. This is our shop minimum to cover that basic costs necessary to provide you with the level of service expected from Clean Slate.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? For any tattoo or piercing service, you must present a valid driver’s license or government photo ID to be photocopied. By law, you must be at least 18 years old for a tattoo or piercing without a parent/legal guardian present. You (and your parent or legal guardian if you are a minor) must also read and sign a waiver / consent form.
HOW DO I SET UP AN APPOINTMENT?
The best option is to stop by our studio to talk to any of our artists about your tattoo idea. If you are making an appointment, a $100 deposit will be required to guarantee any appointment.
ALL DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. You are allowed ONE reschedule with a minimum of 72 business hours notice. If you reschedule your appointment with enough notice, your deposit is applied towards your new rescheduled appointment. However, if less than 72 business hours’ notice is given, you will lose your deposit. and must leave another deposit if you choose to reschedule. We accept payment for deposits over the phone. Payments made over the phone are subject to the reschedule/cancellation policy listed above. We are sorry if this policy causes any inconvenience, but it is necessary to protect the interests of our artists—their time and efforts are valuable.
CAN YOU COVER UP AN EXISTING TATTOO?
Our artists can usually cover up or fix most tattoos, even really bad ones, so you would never even know they were there. We are always honest, though. If we don’t think it can be successfully covered, we will let you know during the consultation and discuss your options to ensure you will ultimately be happy. At Clean Slate, all of our artists take tremendous pride in their work, making client satisfaction our biggest priority.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY TATTOO’S HEALING?
Stage 1 (1-10 Days) Do not expose the skin to sunlight or UV rays. Do not submerge your tattoo under water. The skin is still very prone to infection, so extra care should be taken to ensure it stays clean and gets good airflow. Following your artist’s aftercare instructions are crucial. At this stage, your tattoo is an open wound and an infection can ruin a tattoo that may have turned out otherwise perfectly.
Stage 2 (8-21 Days) During this stage, there will be a reduced immune response, possible scabbing, and light peeling. The tattoo typically becomes incredibly itchy, but try your best to not scratch it. If you have any scabbing, do not pick it. Despite the scab layer, the skin is still a healing wound underneath.
Stage 3 (21-180 Days) During this stage, the skin is repairing all of its structure and beginning to function normally again. The tattoo may appear cloudy or hazy. This is because the skin is still healing. Sometimes, the skin may still be dealing with some inflammation and be warm and feel sore.
Stage 4 (Daily Care) During Stage 4 the tattoo should be completely healed and looking 100%....as long as you do your best to keep it that way!
Your tattoo artist at Clean Slate will give you a basic aftercare guide during your visit, so please follow their instructions.
For the first few days, keep your tattoo clean with a mild soap, using a gentle ointment like H2O or Hustle Butter applied very lightly after the skin is dry for 7 to 10 days. This helps keep the skin from drying out. If you have any signs of scabbing on your new tattoo, be careful to not pick at the scabs—let them fall off naturally. Continue to use lotion throughout the rest of your healing process (normally a few weeks). Your tattoo will look cloudy during the heal. This is normal and will subside as your skin heals