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Frequently Asked Questions

Things you may need to know

Tattoo

What is the difference in a Tenured, Associate, and Junior Artist?

Artists who are tenured have been with our company the longest and have the most established careers.
Associate artists are those who have been in the industry for a while and are well into their careers.
Junior artists are newer in their careers and are still learning.
We encourage each person to choose their tattoo artist based off of that artists portfolio. A portfolio helps you understand the artist's style and skill level, both of which will effect the outcome of your tattoo.
Tenured artists will most of the time cost you more, but you may get more value out of them due to their experience. Junior artists will generally cost you less, however them being new in their careers may not get you the experience you have in mind. This is up to each individual client to decide.

Do I need a consultation for a tattoo?

Consultations are required for all tattoos.
We are a custom studio which means we do not have an abundance of designs on the wall for you and 20 other people to get identical tattoos.  Consultations allow for a meet and greet between you and your artist, time to discuss the ideas related to your service, and time for the artist to draw up your designs to your satisfaction.
We are not a "production" tattoo studio, meaning that we do not specialize in getting people in and getting them out, but rather focus on the quality of the tattoo and happiness of our clients.  A consultation allows you and your artist time to perfect your design before we start tattooing.  
At the end of the day having a consultation and scheduling the appointment for a different day makes for a better tattoo.  That's the way we prefer to do it and we prefer clients who agree.
We do offer online consultations for those who are out of our immediate area.

Do you tattoo minors?

The legal minimum age in Florida to get a tattoo is 16 years old. Anyone under the age of 16 absolutely cannot get tattooed under any circumstance.
We also are a more reserved studio and have a general policy of not tattooing minors under most circumstances.  All tattoos by minors will require a prior consultation first to describe the tattoo design, location, and the importance of the tattoo to the minor.  If the tattoo design or placement is something we feel will hinder the minor in their future we will turn it away.  If the minor doesn't fully understand that the tattoo is permanent and the maintenance that's required for tattoos as they age, then we will turn it away.  If the tattoo is a meaningless tattoo, we will turn it away.  
Both the artist and management have to approve any tattoos services performed on minors, so ensure that you make a consultation prior to wanting to get a tattoo so there will be sufficient approval time.  
Many may disagree with this policy, but we feel we must ethically and morally enforce this policy and fortunately are legally entitled to do so.

Piercing

Is an appointment necessary for a piercing?

No. You may walk in the studio during normal business hours to receive any piercing or jewelry services.

Do you pierce children's ears?

Absolutely! If your child is over the age of 5 then they may be a candidate to get their ears pierced at East Coast Worldwide. We absolutely love making a child's day!
Please note that if your child is between 5-10 years of age they will need a consultation on a day prior to setting the appointment. We utilize this time to meet the child and the parent, discuss the process, and ensure that we feel that the child is comfortable enough with the process. Usually the actual piercing can happen as soon as the next day.
We do not pierce children under the age of 5. In the piercing industry there are some ethical reasons why this is the case, however as a parent the choice is completely yours. If you are determined to get your child's ear's pierced and they are under the age of 5, we recommend asking your pediatrician to pierce your child's ears. Some do and some do not. We recommend that under absolutely no circumstances do you let anyone pierce your child's ears with a "piercing gun". Please see www.safepiercing.org for more information.
We understand that a child's first ear piercing is a special thing often remembered for a lifetime, and we want to help make this a special occasion for both you, the parent, and your child. We have many jewelry options in our studio, however we recommend that for your child's first piercing you do something a little more creative. We suggest coming in to the studio 6-12 weeks before the time you want to get a piercing to speak with a piercer about the jewelry options available, and how you can customize it. Not only are there many designs of jewelry, but there is new jewelry with different functionality, colors, metals, gems, etc... It's a really special thing to build custom jewelry with your child to be installed with their first piercing. Generally deciding on the design is easy, but allowing the child to choose from the different gem colors creates excitement for the child. If you are unable to do this we do have jewelry in stock for you to choose from.

Is Jewelry included in the price of a piercing?

Jewelry is not included in the price of a piercing for a simple reason:  There are so many types of jewelry - colors, qualities, styles, metals - that including one in the price of your piercing would be cheating you.  We believe that you should be able to choose your piece of jewelry that you want for your initial piercing rather than us giving you what is most cost efficient for us.  Our jewelry is very reasonably priced, especially considering we only use top grade internally threaded jewelry.  We do offer many high end jewelry selections as well.
Beware of any studio who offers you jewelry with your piercing as it most likely is cheap and dangerous externally threaded jewelry.
We carry only the best body jewelry available in the world.

Do you ship Custom Jewelry?

We do ship all custom jewelry such from any of the brands that we carry.  If you wish to order any custom jewelry please contact us with all of the necessary information and we can process your order.  We ship worldwide.

Appointments

Can I get a tattoo the same day as a consultation?

Maybe... It all depends on the artists schedule, so no promises. The best thing you can do is come in for a consultation so that we can assess your needs.
If you come into our studio at 4pm and want a tattoo that takes 6 hours we would not be able to accomodate you as we close at 8pm. Likewise if you come in the same day and need 3 to 5 hours of drawing before we tattoo you, then we would not be able to do this teh same day.
Generally an artist is either tattooing a client or drawing for clients while they are in the studio. If the artist is able to shift their drawing time around without affecting deadlines they'll do their best to accommodate your request.

What is your rescheduling or cancellation policy?

Our policy strictly prohibits rescheduling or cancelling an appointment. We ask people to only make appointments if they are sure they can attend. Any failure to attend will result in a forfeiture of a deposit or a cancellation fee.
Cancelling or rescheduling significantly effects our ability to efficiently run our calendars and serve our clients.

I'd like to book with Josh. How do I do that?

You can book with Josh through our booking system. Josh is a guest artist and you can find him under "Guest Artist Appointments". You must book out with Josh at least a month in advance. Josh has a $200 an hour rate with a 4 hour minimum. A deposit of $800 is required for all appointments with Josh, and will be booked to your credit card at the time he accepts your appointment request.
Keep in mind that as a guest artist Josh does not do consultations separate from the appointment. Both are done on the same day. Due to the style that he excels at, realism, extensive drawing isn't necessary, nor is preparation prior to the tattoo appointment. You can bring in your references and he designs your tattoo and starts tattooing the same day.

Do you accept walk in clients?

Yes we do accept walk-in clients if our schedule for the day allows.  Appointments are recommended for all tattoo services. Appointments can be made from our website with as little as a one hour notice.
Piercing services do not require an appointment but one is recommended.
Oftentimes artists will schedule a part of their day for drawing and may be able to accommodate you by shifting their draw times. Make an appointment for a consultation to discuss this with your artist.

Do you have any time available today?

You can check out our website to make an appointment and view our availability.
If you are making an appointment the same day it is required that you call ahead and verify that we have time that day. Since it is a same day appointment, if time is available online someone who walked in may be occupying that time and therefore it is unavailable. Please call in this situation.
Submissions over the internet may take several days to get a reply, by which time the time you were requesting may have passed. We do not recommend emailing about upcoming appointments.

Why is my credit card needed for a consultation?

While a consultation is free, reserving the appointment requires that you put some sort of collateral up front.  If you show to your appointment you will not be charged anything.  If you miss your appointment you will be charged a cancellation fee.  See the terms and conditions in the booking page for more information.
We charge a cancellation fee as we reserve a time slot for you that nobody else can book, and if you don't show we lose revenue from another customer who would have liked your time slot.  Please don't book if you aren't sure you can't make it or don't mind being charged a cancellation fee.
We have an advanced system that allows us to collect your credit card details through third party, We do not see your credit card number.
Online consultations are not free and your card will be charged.  Online consultations are optional.

Do I need to make an appointment for each person in my party?

You will need an appointment for each person in your party, whether it is a consultation or an appointment for a service.
This helps us better manage our time and our clients and ensure that enough time is given to each client. When you book a service we have to take into account clients that book after you as well - which you can't see from our online appointment portal. If multiple people show up during an appointment we may not have enough time to assist everyone before our next appointment.

Pricing

How much is a tattoo?

Tattoo prices can vary depending on where you go.  Be wary of places that charge low prices as they may take shortcuts that exploit your health and safety.
Our prices for tattooing are set by each individual artist.  There is no studio standard pricing so you would need to consult with an artist for a price.
We have a studio minimum of $80.
Please understand that there is no standard pricing for a tattoo, therefore we are unable to provide you with a price for a tattoo over the phone, over the internet, or by any other means except face to face. Seriously. This has been posted on our website and our voice system for 4 years yet we still field 3 calls a day asking us to give them a ballpark price. It simply won't happen. Make an appointment for a consultation if you're interested in us pricing out your tattoo.
If you're new to tattoos you should also know that price comparing tattoos is difficult. We actually encourage you to check out other studios and find an artist you like. This is a permanent thing. One thing people may get stuck on is a price per hour of a tattoo, however that hourly rate is relative. For example, if a tattoo artist charges $100 an hour but it takes him 8 hours to finish the same tattoo that another artist that charges $200 an hour finishes in 3 hours, the final costs are much different than expected. Tattoo artists are each unique and have their own style's, speed, and confidence, and all of these play into the price of a tattoo.

How Much are Piercings?

The cost of each piercing varies.  You can view our pricing by clicking here.
Be wary of cheap piercings.  Places that offer piercings for bargain basement prices generally sacrifice some aspect of safe piercing, whether it be using all one use, sterile sealed disposable items, quality of tools and needles, or quality of jewelry.  If you are just in the market for a cheap piercing, perhaps we are not the studio for you.  If you're in the market for a premium experience, sterile environment, and great jewelry, then we are.
Please keep in mind that the prices do not include the cost of jewelry.  Be wary of places that will include jewelry in the price of the piercing as a majority of places will give you the cheapest quality jewelry possible, which will severely inhibit your healing process and increase chances of rejection or migration.  Many of these places buy jewelry from places such as metalmafia, monster steel, or painful pleasures.  These companies sell very low quality body jewelry, usually for between $.10 and $.50 each to your piercer - which is why they include it in the cost of their jewelry.  This is very low quality jewelry with poor alloys, poor finishes, and the quality will most likely harm your piercing instead of help.  
Do not put poor quality metal into an open wound.  You deserve better than that.  Go to www.safepiercing.org for more information.

Safety

Can I bring my children into the studio?

Yes, but only if the CHILD has an appointment to get their ears pierced.  Children under 14 are not allowed in the studio for your consultations or appointments, and may not be in the lobby during your appointment either. We love children, many of us at the studio are parents, however we understand that a tattoo studio is no place for children to hang out. We love piecing children's ears, but that's the extent of children being present in our studio.
Please honor our request, as if you bring a child to your appointment you will be asked to leave and you will forfeit your appointment.

How We sterilize our instruments.

First of all let's be clear that a majority of the items that are used are for one time use - disposable items - and most of them will come in sterile packaging.  Having them come in sterile packaging costs us more, and few studios do this, but for us it's peace of mind and we view it as a professional responsibility to our clients.
Tattoo items are single use and disposable. We do not reprocess any part of the tattoo equipment for reuse. All items are discarded safely after each individual use.
The only items that will be reprocessed and sterilized for a piercing would also be the instruments actually used in the process.  Jewelry is never reused, but is sterilized before we use it in a fresh piercing.  Needles are never reused and are discarded properly. Many of our piercings are used without tools at all (freehand). For the safety of our clients we have disposable tools that can be used in some piercings.
After a piercing tools are placed in a disinfecting solution for 15 minutes to kill any organisms available on the surface of the tool.  This step however doesn't kill anything under the top layer of the tool.  This just makes the next steps a bit safer for the person cleaning the instruments.
Next we will scrub the instrument using wire brushes to remove all dirt and rinse thoroughly.  Once clean we place into a heated ultrasonic cleaner where we add a solution that contains enzymes that kill living proteins and further disinfects the instruments.  
After the ultrasonic cycle ends, we then package the instruments into individually sealed bags and place them into an autoclave which then sterilizes the instruments via heat and steam by heating the instruments to over 280 degrees celsius.  At this point the bags remained sealed to keep the instruments from becoming exposed to outside elements and forces. Before a piercing we actually open this bag and place the instrument into an autoclave cassette where we run it unwrapped in the actual sterile field in which we will be piercing from. This means our instruments that are reprocessed are done so TWICE, including once immediately before your piercing.
Our autoclave is a state of the art cassette autoclave called Statim G42000 by Scican, and it allows us to sterilize instruments and jewelry unwrapped in 7 minutes, and provides us and our clients the satisfaction of knowing that the cassette we are piercing from and it's contents are sterile.

What People are Saying about us

“BEST Shop,  BEST Crew,   BEST Overall Experience.  I would not go anywhere else for a tattoo, I cannot say enough about the entire process...from design to the tattoo itself and then the follow up afterwards, everyone at ECW truly cares about their craft and want the customer to be happy.”

Rick

 - Google Review User

 - Yelp Review User

“The atmosphere inside is welcoming and relaxing – and most importantly CLEAN.  I will definitely be back and recommend ECW to anyone in Jax who wants a top-notch body modification.”

Sarah

 - Google Review User

 - Yelp Review User

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!

Caleb

 - Google Review User

 - Yelp Review User

“When I walked in, I was impressed by how clean the place was. The high tech equipment they have makes me know they take their profession seriously. I would certainly recommend this shop to anyone looking for professional staff and clean environment.

Enza

 - Google Review User

 - Yelp Review User

“ECW is the best tattoo shop that I've been in. Everyone at ECW is extremely professional. I highly recommend ECW for anyone that wants a professional tattoo. I will get more tattoos from Patrick the next time I come down from Virginia, even if I need to make a special trip for it.”

Geoff

 - Google Review User

 - Yelp Review User

"If I could give it an extra star I would. My piercing experience was excellent. James made well informed and instructed me through the entire process, I felt completely comfortable, everything was clean like doctor's office and everyone was extremely professional and I don't think I could go anywhere else now."

Jasmine

 - Google Review User

 - Yelp Review User

“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!"

Kamiah

 - Google Review User

 - Yelp Review User

If I could give it an extra star I would. My piercing experience was excellent. James made well informed and instructed me through the entire process, I felt completely comfortable, everything was clean like doctor's office and everyone was extremely professional and I don't think I could go anywhere else now.

Jasmine - Google Review User

“ECW is the best tattoo shop that I've been in. Everyone at ECW is extremely professional. I highly recommend ECW for anyone that wants a professional tattoo. I will get more tattoos from Patrick the next time I come down from Virginia, even if I need to make a special trip for it.”

Geoff - Google Review User

“When I walked in, I was impressed by how clean the place was. The high tech equipment they have makes me know they take their profession seriously. I would certainly recommend this shop to anyone looking for professional staff and clean environment.

Enza - Google Review User

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!

Caleb - Google Review User

“The atmosphere inside is welcoming and relaxing – and most importantly CLEAN.  I will definitely be back and recommend ECW to anyone in Jax who wants a top-notch body modification.”

Sarah B - Google Review User

“BEST Shop,  BEST Crew,   BEST Overall Experience.  I would not go anywhere else for a tattoo, I cannot say enough about the entire process...from design to the tattoo itself and then the follow up afterwards, everyone at ECW truly cares about their craft and want the customer to be happy.”

Rick W. - Yelp User

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