FAQ

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 contact Awen or Matt to get an idea of current timing for appointments. When you’re ready to begin planning your new ink, contact your artist to let us know what you have in mind and book a consult.

Q: Any Pro Tips I should know?

A: YES! Check out 30 Things Your Tattoo Artist Wishes You Knew

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 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.

And be sure to check your email before coming in for your appointment in case your artist needs to get a hold of you before you arrive.

Q: What is the process for creating and finalizing my design?

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 collaborative 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 stop in the studio for an in person consult to review the art with your artist.

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.

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. One thing in life we don’t want to 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.

Q: How much will my tattoo cost?

A: That all depends on what you’re getting.  To request a ballpark estimate, contact your artist 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.

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 (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 – contact your artist to inquire: Matt or Awen – or leave the deposit in person with Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay, American Express or cash.

Q: What if I need to reschedule my appointment?

A: In the event that you need to reschedule, we require an email to the artist 72 hours in advance. We will move your deposit with your appointment up to three times before it is forfeited. Completely changing a design (including resizing that requires last minute rescheduling, or changing content after a Design Consult) will also forfeit the deposit at the artists’ discretion. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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.

Keep in mind that on rare occasions unforeseen circumstances will require your artist to reschedule an appointment as well. In the very rare event this is necessary, we’ll contact 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.

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: Are Gift Cards, T-shirts, Hoodies and other goodies available?

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

If you’re kickin’ it old school, vintage (plastic) gift cards with Awen  are available for in-studio pickup, or we will happily ship it to you. Awen’s Gift Cards are available in the amount of your choice, and are redeemable for tattoos by Awen, shirts, hoodies, hats, books and all the fun things available in-studio and in the Art With a Point Online Store.

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: 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.

Bringing a friend along to provide moral support can be reassuring as well as entertaining, or at least a helpful distraction. We ask that you limit it to one or two friends in order to support a relaxing and calm experience.

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

Wear comfortable, clean clothes.

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

Please note:

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

72 hours notice is required to reschedule your appointment in order to avoid forfeiting the deposit.

Q: What should I avoid the day of my tattoo?

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. 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 your artist 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 the same reason, your artist may on occasion need to reschedule an appointment. In the rare event this is necessary, we’ll contact 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.

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! We care about that too, which is why we 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. Our artists are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minneapolis Health Department and we’re card carrying members of 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, Apple Pay and Cash.

And GIFT CARDS! Yes indeedy! Our artists each offer 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 and with Matt HERE.

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? 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 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