How old do I need to be to get tattooed?
You must be 18 years old with valid photo ID- state issued drivers license or identification card. According to the City of Boston’s regulations, everyone must show photo ID which will be photocopied in order to get tattooed. No ID, no tattoo.
How do I make an appointment?
Because of COVID-19, we are tattooing by appointment only (no walk-ins) and doing consultations remotely via email. Call 617-522-6444 or email pictures of your tattoo idea to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply with clarifying questions about your design, and appointment availability. We are open seven days a week.
Are there special rules in place because of COVID-19?
Everyone who enters the shop must wear a mask, have their temperature taken, and is encouraged to make use of the available hand sanitizer. If you or anyone in your household has had flu symptoms in the last two weeks, or traveled out of state, please contact us to reschedule your appointment. Guests are not allowed to accompany you during your appointment.
Who are the artists, and what is their tattooing experience?
The tattoo artists are Fat Ram, Esben, Roz, Josh, and Salty Dave. Josh and Salty are not tattooing during the pandemic. Each artist has their own unique style; please see their individual pages for more info and photos of their art.
What are the prices?
The minimum price for a tattoo is $100. Thereafter, the price varies on the size of the tattoo, the amount of time it will take, and the artist. Email the shop about your idea and we can give you a better idea on the price.
How do I take care of my tattoo?
Remove the bandage after 3-5 hours. Wash the tattoo with anti-bacterial soap and warm water, and pat dry with a paper or clean cloth towel. Allow to air dry for 5-10 minutes. Apply a VERY thin layer of ointment like Aquaphor. Wash the tattoo and apply a THIN layer of ointment once a day for four days. Around this time the tattoo will start to shed a thin flaky layer of skin. DO NOT scratch or pick at your tattoo. At this point you can switch to a moisturizer- don’t let your tattoo get dried out for the first few weeks.
Do not touch your healing tattoo without washing your hands first. Don’t let your tattoo get sunburned- this can compromise the color. When spending time outdoors, always put sunblock on your tattoo, except when it is still healing. Avoid soaking your tattoo for the first two weeks or so- this includes swimming, baths and jacuzzis. It’s okay to get it wet, just don’t let it soak. If you have any questions about your tattoo please call us at: 617-522-6444. At the first sign of infection, contact us and your doctor. Signs of infection include: Prolonged redness, swelling, rash, discharge, or fever. The better you take care of your tattoo in the months after you get it the better it will look in the long run. Remember- don’t let your new tattoo get any sun!
What kind of sterilization does the studio have?
We have steam autoclave sterilization. Our autoclave is spore tested monthly and the results are kept on record. ALL NEEDLES ARE SINGLE USE.
What kind of training do the artists have?
All of the artists are professionals with many years of experience. All are trained in CPR, First Aid, and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens.
Where are you located/I need directions?
We are located at 374 Centre St in Jamaica Plain (Boston). We are easily accessible by car and public transportation. We encourage the use of the T whenever possible because parking can be scarce sometimes.
Are the artists and studio licensed? What are the licensing requirements?
The studio and each body art practitioner is licensed with the City of Boston’s Public Health Commission. The requirements include documented experience and proof of apprenticeship, classes in First Aid, CPR, and OSHA bloodborne pathogens; which includes universal precautions, waste disposal, handwashing techniques, sterilization equipment operation and methods, and sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization methods and techniques. The studio itself is also licensed and inspected for safety in accordance with the city regulations, which includes separate rooms for each practitioner, individual handwashing sinks in each area, and a separate sterilization area and reception area.
Does getting a tattoo hurt?
Yes. How much it hurts though varies from person to person and depends on where the tattoo is placed and how large it is. It is important to be prepared mentally as well as physically by being in good health, well-rested and well-fed, and by not worrying about it that much beforehand- it really is not as bad as imagination can make it out to be.
Do you have designs to choose from?
We pride ourselves in being an custom studio, with each tattoo being drawn specifically for the client. That is why it is important that you have a good idea as to what it is that you want, and we encourage you to bring any kind of art or reference material that will help your artist interpret your idea. Of course, if you already have the exact image of what you want for your tattoo, we can translate that for you.