Frequently Asked Questions.
Q: I’m ready for my tattoo, now what?
A: The day has come to get that tattoo (maybe even that first tattoo) you’ve been thinking about for so long! But how to begin… hey, no sweat. Simply email me to let me know what you have in mind and from there we’ll schedule your consultation, get set with the deposit and schedule the date to breathe life into your new tattoo.
Q: Any Pro Tips I should know?
A: YES! Check out Tattoodo’s Guide to 10 Things Your Tattoo Artist Wishes You Knew
All these things!
And one more. #11 When you contact your tattoo artist, write in complete sentences. Revisiting pro tip #1 – We’re not mind readers. Most of us communicate digitally, and when we receive an email or message written in incomplete sentence fragments, it’s impossible to visualize your idea for a custom sleeve. We recognize that we all (client and artists alike) live busy lives and and frequently communicate on the go. But by the second email written in text acronyms, one word answers, or just a photo with no words whatsoever, it’s impossible to decipher the details and we begin to lose interest in what is probably a completely awesome design concept that we’d love to work with. It’s reasonable for you expect the artist you seek to tattoo you to communicate with you in full sentences. Help us out with the same courtesy.
Q: What is the process for creating and finalizing my design?
A: This is where custom tattooing really gets its shine on! Each design is unique and tailored to you, whether I design it, you bring it, or we collaborate together. What you’ll find here is the tattoo you’ve been looking for… what you won’t find are flash designs hanging on the wall that a million other people are already wearing. In order to help get the ball rolling and ideas flowing I offer two types of consultations. Read about consultations here.
Q: How long will my tattoo take?
A: Ever notice that an entire back piece is finished on TV in ten minutes plus the commercial break? It’s almost like *magic*.
Even a one to two inch tattoo takes around an hour due to the fact that every tattoo, no matter how large or small, requires the same steps: set up, final design refinements, the application itself, and finally – bandaging and care instructions. (For this reason, the shop minimum charge is a one hour booking.) The more extensive the piece, the longer each of those steps takes. While many tattoos will be completed in one session, more extensive pieces involve multiple appointments over multiple weeks or months.
Q: How much will my tattoo cost?
A: That all depends on what you’re getting. To request an estimate, email me a detailed description of your ideas including: where you’d like your tattoo, the size you’d like and at least one reference image.
Please keep in mind that even a one to two inch tattoo takes around an hour due to the fact that every tattoo, no matter how large or small, requires the same steps: set up, final design refinements, the application itself, and finally – bandaging and care instructions. For this reason, the shop minimum charge is a one hour booking.
Q: Is a deposit necessary to schedule an appointment?
A: Yes. While deposits are not refundable, no worries as long as you’re committed to your tattoo because your deposit will be credited from the final cost of your completed tattoo. The deposit is required to book an appointment and the amount of the deposit is determined by the length of your appointment. Deposits are payable through an online invoice (contact Awen to inquire), or in person with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or cash.
Q: Do I need to bring my photo I.D.?
A: Photo I.D. is required to get a tattoo. That’s right, no exceptions. Be sure to bring your I.D. to your appointment. Without your photo I.D. your appointment and your deposit will be forfeited.
Q: What is the legal age to get a tattoo?
A: Effective January 1, 2011, the State of Minnesota requires a minimum age of 18 in order to get a tattoo, regardless of parental consent.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: Well… Yeah. However, all things being relative plenty of things hurt more, like a broken heart, ice cream headaches, giving birth… When it comes to getting tattooed, the ability to relax into the process and a possessing a reasonable certainty that you’re ready to become tattooed will make the process a breeze.
Q: How do I prepare the day of my tattoo?
A: Breathing is a good way to begin… whether you’re excited or nervous or hey, a combination of both… breathe. Then, a light meal an hour or two prior to your appointment is helpful. And for many, having a friend along to provide moral support can be entertaining, or at least a helpful distraction.
Q: What should I avoid the day of my tattoo?
A: Hopefully it goes without saying (but I’ll say it right here anyway) that any alcohol or drug consumption forfeits your appointment and your deposit. This policy is Minneapolis, Hennepin County and Minnesota state law – and hey, simple respect and consideration for yourself, your artist and your tattoo.
Also, if you’re feeling ill then contact Awen about rescheduling. A fresh tattoo will require energy from your body to heal well, so it’s important to be healthy. And again just simple consideration for your tattoo artist and other clients who want to stay healthy. For that same reason, Awen may on occasion need to reschedule an appointment so – hey THANKS – in advance for your understanding!
And YES PLEASE, play the pass card on any topical numbing / anesthetic / tattoo creams. These creams obstruct and lengthen the tattoo process.
Choosing a tattoo is choosing a rite of passage. If the temporary discomfort feels like a barrier to you, then it may be wise to wait until you feel more solid with your decision to get a tattoo.
One more thing… a favor, really. If you work in an industry with a high risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and communicable disease (you know, hospitals, long term care facilities, prisons, schools, veterinary clinics) please change your clothes and shoes before coming to your appointment or stopping by the studio. And hey. THANKS!
Q: What about health protocol?
A: Good question! I care about that too, so I use single service disposable set ups for each and every client. That means that everything from your tattoo appointment – from needles to pigment to ink caps – is all discarded at the end of every appointment. Single service disposable is the way to go. I’m licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minneapolis Health Department and I’m a card carrying member (and State Representative) for the Alliance of Professional Tattooists. Questions? Just ask.
One more thing… a favor, really. If you work in an industry with a high risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and communicable disease (you know, hospitals, long term care facilities, prisons, schools, veterinary clinics) please change your clothes and shoes before coming to your appointment or stopping by the studio. Everyone thanks you for helping keep the studio clean and the people in it healthy.
Q: What methods of payment are accepted?
A: Visa, Master Card, American Express and cash.
And GIFT CARDS! Yes indeedy! Art With a Point offers gift cards in any denomination. What a stellar idea to put on your wish list for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day (hey – you can give it to yourself!), Groundhog Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day… Contact Awen.
Every day is a great day to get a tattoo!
Q: Anything else I need to know?
A: One more thing. Everyone is welcome here.
Inclusivity is something Art With a Point has always celebrated. We strive to help each client feel comfortable, respected and welcome. On the daily this means setting self expression free, letting your inner unicorn out, bringing your best self to the creative process and just plain old having fun. After all, this is what tattooing is all about, amiright? And then there are moments when sparkleponies start to ruin the fun for everyone by telling business who we can welcome and by trying to make people feel bad about who they are. That simply will not fly here. Everyone deserves to belong (so yes, we have single occupancy gender neutral bathrooms. No assumptions, no stereotypes, no gender roles. Just privacy and toilets.) Be cool, you cool cats. Kindness is a thing.
Caring For Tattoos.
- Leave bandage on overnight.
- Remove bandage.
- Before touching tattoo, wash hands.
- Wash well with soap and water.
- Blot dry.
- Quick showers are a good thing.
- Do not soak. No baths, swimming, etc.
- Apply A&D Ointment thinly twice daily to reduce itching and condition skin.
- Do not pick. Healing takes 10-14 days. (Do not re-bandage)
- contact Awen and a health care professional at the first sign of infection.
- Once healed, protect with sunscreen.
- Questions? contact Awen