Studio Etiquette

What you should expect in our studio

Plan Ahead

You should be eating well and hydrating yourself before you come in for your tattoo. You SHOULD NOT be getting sunburned or drinking alcohol and you SHOULD be doing everything you can to prepare your skin for your tattoo. These things really do matter when getting tattooed.

No Children

A tattoo studio is no place for children. Not only is it a boring adult place, but your children will distract either you, your artist, or both - None of which is good for your tattoo. Please make arrangements beforehand for childcare.

No Alcohol

Alcohol can only lead to problems in the tattoo studio. Not only can it make tattooing more difficult, but we need to make sure that we are both on the same page about the details of your tattoo.

No food or uncovered drinks in the service areas

Under no circumstance should you bring any kind of food at all into the tattoo areas or piercing areas. Absolutely no exceptions on this one. Any drinks you bring (non alcoholic) must be in a plastic bottle with a lid. This is not only a rule but a law and one we agree with. It greatly reduces the risk of contamination and helps enhance all of our clients tattoo experience. Please don't ask to bring food or drink into these areas as we don't want to have to tell you no but we absolutely will.

Bring a friend - Not all of them

Going back to the reasons of no children, a crowd can be equally distracting. You can bring one friend for support, two if you absolutely must, though we prefer you didn't. Our space is limited. We only allow one friend at a time in the tattooing area with you.

We offer fair prices

Our time is valuable. So are the skills that we have, and it took us many years of blood, sweat, and tears to gain them. When you ask us for a price and we give it to you, it is taboo to argue or bargain the price with the tattoo artist. It's as if you're telling us you don't think we're worth the price we're asking. Our prices are fair and it's not cheap to provide you with everything you and the artist need for a tattoo. If you have a budget you're trying to stay within, be upfront with your artist before you ask them for a price. If they can fit it in your budget they will tell you. If not, they may suggest alternatives that will fit into your budget such as removing some detail, making your tattoo smaller, or splitting the tattoo into multiple sessions.

Be patient during the drawing phase

We are a custom studio.  You can tell us your idea and we'll gladly draw it.  Please come prepared to your consultation with all references and ideas gathered in an organized fashion so that we can better prepare ourselves for the drawing process.  If you would like to make changes we absolutely will do that do that for you at the time you have scheduled to view your drawing.

Stay out of the service areas unless asked

We have a comfortable waiting area with amenities.  Hanging out here until invited into a service area helps preserve the cleanliness and integrity of our service areas.

We do not tattoo offensive words or images

While it is perfectly legal to do so we have made a choice not to tattoo any offensive materials on anyone for any reason. Any images or words that express prejudice against any race, religion, ethnicity, etc.... or images that the artist deems to be offensive or obscene will not be tattooed. Again this is a personal choice for you and for us and we will exercise our right to refuse service.

Be on time and prepared for an appointment

Although are a custom studio and will draw your idea, we cannot create a tattoo idea for you.   You should have an idea of what you want before you make an appointment.  When you do decide on something and make an appointment, you should definitely show up for your appointment. Regardless of why you can't show up, whether it's personal reasons, a sunburn, or a hangover, you will be charged a cancellation fee. We set aside our time and turned other clients away during your appointment slot and if you leave us hanging, we are the ones losing.

Getting a great tattoo is a process

We view ourselves as leaders in the new generations of tattoo studios and we pride ourselves in ensuring that everything we do is done correctly. We absolutely do not believe in pressuring or giving a customer a quick tattoo just to make money. Please understand that a good tattoo starts with an idea which is fostered into a drawing and an artistic vision that can be tattooed. Tattoos will require an initial consultation, a drawing process, and then a followup consultation. We believe in general business ethics and want to ensure that your tattoo isn't rushed. 

We are professionals - Listen to us

We know what will or will not work in tattooing. Sometimes exactly what you want will not work well as a tattoo design.  We have YOUR best interest in mind. We take pride in our work and want to make sure that you receive the best possible tattoo. It enhances our reputation when you're asked where you got that awesome tattoo. Keeping that in mind, when a certain design will not work well, we will tell you. It's in your best interest to listen to the professionals if you want awesome results.

Fingers, Lips, Wrists and Feet

Will we tattoo fingers, lips, and feet? Sure. Will we guarantee that they're going to last and look great? Absolutely not. These areas of the body are extremely susceptible to fading and often will not last. Does that mean you shouldn't get a tattoo in these areas? No, but it is a fair warning of what to expect in these areas. We want to be completely upfront about what the possibilities are.

Take care of your tattoo

We can guarantee that your tattoo will look awesome when you leave, but if you don't take care of it things can turn sour quick. We can clearly tell who takes care of their tattoo and who doesn't. If you come in to show us your tattoo it can be very clear to us that you did or did not follow our aftercare instructions (don't fib, we know our stuff)! It is wise to let a tattoo heal for at least a month before considering tattooing you again. If you have concerns contact your artist.

Lots of other studios like to steal this etiquette page that we crafted over years of experience and trial and error.  Dont' do that please.  If you would like to use this information for your webpage feel free to link.  Copying and pasting is not only not cool, it hurts your seo rankings.

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904 685 6516

8833 Perimeter Park Blvd Ste 501

Jacksonville, FL 32216

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I had a great experience with the piercer, Nana! Very professional yet friendly atmosphere and above all very clean! I got my conch done and she was super knowledgeable of where the best placement not only looks wise but also comfort. I couldn’t be happier with the placement and with the experience as a whole. Will definitely be coming back to see her again!

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I walked in and was immediately impressed. Nicest shop I have ever walked into. I recommend this shop to any and everybody who is into tattoos and piercings. Best piercer and shop in Jacksonville HANDS DOWN!

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“Super clean environment!! Definitely a plus! I waited for maybe two minutes to go back. Before the service was performed James made sure that I was well educated on what to expect from the whole experience. Everything is sterilized right in front of you. The piercing was super fast and they use high quality jewelry!"

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