FAQ

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 contact us with an Appointment Inquiry, including the requested details and reference images for what you have in mind, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your ideas. If the design concept compliments our artists’ artistic styles, we’ll schedule a consult, get set with the deposit and book the date to breathe life into your new tattoo.

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All these things!

And two more…

When you contact your artist, write in complete sentences. Revisiting pro tip #1 – We’re not psychics. We, like most people today, communicate digitally – but 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 an email written in text acronyms, one word answers, or just a photo with no words whatsoever, makes it impossible to decipher the details and we 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.

A: Good question! We care about that too, which is why we have implemented enhanced protocols to address COVID-19.

Read our current health protocols here!

A: The Design Consult is the time to be clear about your ideas and expections – and to provide all of your reference materials. Breathing life into a tattoo is a creative process. While we begin with your idea, your artists will incorporate our own creative vision and our knowledge by making suggestions and even asking that certain aspects of the desired tattoo design change. There are a variety of considerations when planning a tattoo, from balancing size with detail – to the placement on the body for a natural fit and flow – to what style may or may not translate well into the medium of tattooing. You’ve done your research and chosen to engage our creative visions and professional advice – please take the information and suggestions we provide as trusted guidance based on years of experience.

After your Design Consult, we will work directly from the information you provided to create a drawing inspired by your ideas and vision. The more specific you’re able to be with your ideas, the more accurately we’ll be able to represent the concept in the artwork. We know that getting tattooed is exciting, and that it can be hard to wait (hey we feel the same way when we get tattooed!) but please have patience. The Creative process is just that – a process – Creativity requires time. We value each piece of art and each client that we work with, and on any given day we are working on multiple pieces of art with multiple clients.

When we have a drawing ready, we’ll make arrangements with you to preview the design. Flat, digital images viewed quickly on a phone screen fall short of accurately representing how a design will appear when enlarged to its full size and then fit to a three dimensional body. Plan to allow time to meet with your artist to review the design.

And a final housekeeping note out of respect for our artists as well as other clients’ time… While we are happy to accomodate small refinements to the design to ensure that the drawing embodies what you envision, by the third round of changes it may be time to reflect on whether you’re choosing to be open to the Creative process, trusting the suggestions your artist is providing, or unsettled about the original idea you’ve chosen. More than three rounds of changes, changing content after a Design Consult, or resizing requiring last minute rescheduling will forfeit the deposit at the artists’ discretion. 

If you choose to make significant changes to the design concept after the Design Consult, we will apply the deposit to the time spent on the original art and schedule a new Design Consult with a new deposit to begin the new design process. Only one deposit will be credited to the cost of your tattoo.

A: Ever notice that an entire back piece is finished on TV in ten minutes plus the commercial break?  It’s almost like *magic*.

One thing we won’t rush is a tattoo, so while some tattoos will be completed in one session, more extensive pieces will involve multiple appointments over multiple weeks or months.

Due to the temporary closures mandated by COVID-19, we have nearly one hundred appointments to date to reschedule in addition to future appointments already on the books. We will do the best we can to accommodate everyone as best we can and we ask you to remember that tattoos are created by hand, one tattoo at a time. It will take us time to catch up with appointments. Please be patient.

We have employed enhanced COVID-19 protocols, including a three hour cap on appointments. Our artists have a two hour booking minimum. Read COVID-19 updates here.

A: That all depends on what you’re getting. We don’t give quotes over email as there are many factors to determine price on a tattoo.

To request a ballpark estimate, submit an inquiry to our artists and include a detailed description of your ideas including: where you’d like your tattoo, the size you’d like and at least one reference image.

Our artists have a minimum two hour booking.

A: Yes. While deposits are not refundable, no worries as long as you’re committed to your tattoo (and showing up to your appointment) 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 provided by your artist.

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.

A: If you are ill, do not come to the studio. In the days prior to – and the morning of – your appointment, self-assess how you’re feeling. If you are feeling unwell in any way – including, but not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficult breathing, chills, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or muscle aches – contact your artist to reschedule. For the time being, we are waiving the 72 hours required notice and forwarding all deposits to the rescheduled appointment. We know you’re looking forward to your tattoo – so are we! And, Matt and Awen want to protect our health, the health of our families and the health of our other clients. A fresh tattoo requires energy from your immune system to heal, and your immune system requires resilience to fight exposure to illness, so it’s necessary  to be healthy. And, it is imperative that you’re truthful and responsible about your health for us to remain open.

Read our current COVID protocols before scheduling your appointment, or coming in for your appointment.

If you are healthy and need to reschedule (because, hey – life happens) we ask that you provide 72 hours notice so that we have the opportunity to fill the opening. The more effective we can be with bookings, the more options we can provide for rescheduling!

Please be aware that our artists are typically booking several months to a year in advance. If you reschedule, your new appointment may occur then or later depending on availability.

A: We are looking forward to your tattoo and are currently contacting clients with postponed appointments to reschedule. If you haven’t heard from us, please reach out!

We have close to one hundred appointments to reschedule since closing on 3/17. Two things we won’t rush are tattoos and health protocols. Needless to say, rescheduling one hundred appointments will take time and working with the additional COVID-19 health protocols will require additional time during every appointment. Please be patient.  We’re looking forward to your tattoo! And we’ll reschedule your appointment as soon as realistically possible.

Please Note: We are supporting social distancing by spacing appointments apart. Artists are booking one tattoo appointment per day. And we are capping appointment lengths at 3 hours each, no exceptions. This cap serves to:

1. mitigate stress on the immune system during healing and

2. mitigate the viral load our artists are exposed to

Both of these mitigations support the immune system’s resilience in fighting exposure to illness. If you have or had an appointment scheduled for longer than three hours, we will shorten it and schedule additional time as needed.

The studio remaining open will depend on:

  1. The State of Minnesota determining the need to mitigate COVID transmission by implementing Stay at Home orders and/or business closures. Closures are determined by public behavior. Please be responsible when in public and wear a mask. It protects everyone and benefits the economy – especially small businesses.
  2. Access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves, aprons and face shields. PPE is still in short supply with a stressed supply chain.  Rightfully so, suppliers (including tattoo suppliers!) are prioritizing health care providers first. We are unable to work – legally, ethically and safely – without appropriate PPE. Additionally, we may choose not to work if our use of PPE takes PPE away from our essential health care workers.

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.

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.

A: Have fun with the process! Self expression is fun and affirming. Getting tattoed is exciting, and excitement can include feeling nervous. Hey. That’s okay! Notice it, acknowledge it, thank it – and then trust the creative process and move forward to seize the day.

In the days prior to – and the morning of – your appointment, self-assess how you’re feeling. If you are feeling unwell in any way – including, but not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficult breathing, chills, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or muscle aches – contact your artist to reschedule. We will forward your deposit to the new appointment. A fresh tattoo requires energy from your immune system to heal, and your immune system requires resilience to fight exposure to illness, so it’s imperative to be healthy. Read these COVID-19 protocols before coming in for your appointment.

Enjoy a light meal a couple of hours before your appointment.

Wear comfortable, clean clothes. BE SURE to change clothes before your appointment if you are coming from anywhere but your home.

Check email before coming in for your appointment in the event the appointment is delayed or rescheduled.

Photo ID is required – and – no alcohol or drugs. Either of these will forfeit both the appointment and the deposit.

A: Hopefully it goes without saying (but we’ll say it right here anyway) that any alcohol or drug consumption forfeits your appointment and your deposit. Forgetting your current, valid photo ID also forfeits your appointment and deposit. These studio policies are also Minneapolis, Hennepin County and Minnesota state law – and hey, it’s simple respect and consideration for yourself, your artist and your tattoo.

Also, if you’re feeling ill in any way (including, but not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficult breathing, chills, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or muscle aches) – contact your artist to reschedule. We will forward your deposit to the new appointment, no questions asked. Read these Covid-19 protocols before coming in for your appointment.

Clients will be screened prior to their appointment for health. A fresh tattoo requires energy from your immune system to heal as well as to fight exposure to illness while you’re healing, so it’s necessary to be healthy to obtain a tattoo. Additionally, it’s IMPERATIVE that you answer truthfully to keep our artists safe, to support the health of other clients, and for our studio to remain open. Your artist will cancel your appointment if in doubt about your wellness and if we are in doubt about our safety.

In the event your artist needs to reschedule, we’ll email you as early and as soon as possible. As we all have experienced, things like illness, injury and family emergencies tend to come up at the last minute, so be sure to check your email before coming in for your appointment just in case there are last minute changes to the appointment time.

Wear comfortable, clean clothes. BE SURE to change clothes before your appointment if you are coming from anywhere but your home.

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 of the tattoo itself, or of any of our health protocols, 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.

A: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Apple Pay and Cash.

And GIFT CARDS! Yes indeedy! Awen offers gift cards in any denomination. What a stellar idea to put on your wish list for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day (hey – be your own Valentine), Groundhog Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day… Purchase an eGift Card with Awen HERE.

Every day is a great day to get a tattoo!

News you can use tho – due to COVID-19 we are not currently tattooing heads, necks, chests, the tops of shoulders or stomachs. Too many faces too close together. And Gift Cards are non refundable – so keep the location limitations in mind before purchasing.

A: YES! eGift Cards are available with Awen and are fulfilled instantly (a life saver for that last minute and yet unforgettable gift idea). Purchase an eGift Card with Awen HERE.

Awen’s Gift Cards are available in the amount of your choice, and are redeemable for tattoos by Awen, his merch including: shirts, hoodies, hats, books and all the fun things available in-studio and in the Art With a Point Online Store.

News you can use tho – due to COVID-19 we are not currently tattooing heads, necks, chests, the tops of shoulders or stomachs. Too many faces too close together. And Gift Cards are non refundable – so keep the location limitations in mind before purchasing.

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? There are moments when sparkleponies start to ruin the fun for everyone by telling businesses 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. (And 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 THE thing.

Caring For Tattoos.

  • Leave bandage on overnight.
  • Remove bandage.
  • Before touching tattoo, wash hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wash tattoo well with soap and water.
  • Blot dry.
  • Quick showers are a good thing.
  • NEW: During healing, reduce social contact and take extra precautions to support your immune system.
  • 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 your artist and a health care professional at the first sign of infection.
  • Once healed, protect with sunscreen.
  • Questions? Contact your artist: Matt or Awen