HOW SHOULD I PLAN FOR A LARGE TATTOO (ARM/LEG/BACK/ETC)?

First, book a consultation. The very first step in planning a sleeve is researching and then deciding the tattoo style you want. There are countless styles to choose from, whether you’re leaning toward realism or traditional, and it’s up to you to decide.

We can do a sleeve or back piece with existing work in place, but it will always look better when you come in with a plan and allow the same artist to help bring that plan to fruition for you.

Along those same lines, it’s going to take multiple sessions and cost $2,000 or more to come close to completing a sleeve. Plan ahead and save your money so you can tackle these large pieces, as they require investment and commitment.

SHOULD I WALK IN OR BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

We always encourage people to book an appointment for tattoos of any size. First, this guarantees you will get in at a certain time without potentially waiting for hours. Second, it gives our artists the chance to draw your new tattoo so that it’s 100% unique to you.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M LATE TO MY APPOINTMENT?

If you are more than 15 minutes late to your appointment, you must reschedule. Please also note that you will forfeit your original deposit, and a new deposit will need to be made in order to re-book a future appointment.

SHOULD I TIP?

You should always tip those who provide a service for you. Whether it’s your barber/hairstylist, server, or tattoo artist, to name a few. 

HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST?

The cost of your tattoo depends upon its size, location, amount of detail, and the time needed to complete it. Pricing starts at $100 (shop minimum) for smaller tattoos and goes up from there.

For larger projects, pricing is determined by the length of the session and whether or not the tattoo is black and grey, or color. Sessions are priced according to your artist’s hourly rate. 

HOW DO I CHOOSE A TATTOO DESIGN?

For those that just know what they like, this is the easy part. For others, it can be a long process. Do some research and find images that you find attractive, save those, and over time you will find that these images usually have a similar theme. If you find yourself liking a lot of different things, that’s okay—sounds like multiple tattoos are in order!

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NO-SHOW FOR MY APPOINTMENT?

If you no-show, your deposit will be forfeited. If you want to schedule another appointment, you will need to complete a new appointment request form, and pay a new deposit for a future date.

DOES GETTING A TATTOO HURT?

Receiving a tattoo can be a painful process; more for some than others, as everyone has differing pain thresholds.  Being tattooed requires the application of pigment under the first epidermal layer of the skin.  Just remember, people wouldn't get a second tattoo if the first one was too painful!

DOES YOUR SHOP OFFER PIERCINGS?

We do not offer piercing services at this time.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY TATTOO SESSION?

It’s more important to be comfortable than to be fashionable. Looser is better than tighter, and keep in mind you want to be able to cover up certain places that might show, depending on where you’re getting your tattoo.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY TATTOO SESSION?

Make sure you are well rested, well hydrated, and have eaten recently. Be sure to take a shower, fully charge your phone or tablet, and don’t bring in your 50 closest friends (1-2 are fine).

HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET A TATTOO?

You must be 18 to get a tattoo at The Emerald Toad.

WHAT ARE YOUR STUDIO POLICIES?

  • We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.
  • Under no conditions will we provide services to anyone under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  • No one under the age of 18 allowed in the studio due to some materials of a graphic nature, general liability and the necessity for artist concentration.
  • There are no refunds on our good or services.

WHEN SHOULD I NOT GET TATTOOED?

You should not get tattooed if any of the following apply:

  • Drunk
  • High
  • Pregnant
  • A few days pre-surgery
  • You don’t know what you want
  • You can’t afford it
  • You’re sunburned
  • You haven’t showered
  • You have your kids with you
  • You don’t have an ID
  • You are being pressured into it