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Frequently Asked

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DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT TO BOOK?

Yes, at ArtGem Tattoos, we do require a deposit to secure your tattoo appointment. Each of our artists may have different deposit requirements, which will be communicated to you during the booking process. Deposits help us ensure the commitment of our clients and reserve the artist’s time for the scheduled session. The deposit amount may vary depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo, as well as the individual artist’s policies.

DO I GET TO SEE MY DESIGN BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?

At ArtGem Tattoos, we prioritize the artistry and surprise of the tattoo experience. While we don’t offer pre-viewing of designs, our skilled artists excel in crafting personalized tattoos aligned with your vision. During consultation, share your ideas, and let our team create a unique masterpiece tailored just for you. Trust in our expertise to deliver exceptional results that exceed expectations. Your journey with ArtGem Tattoos promises to be memorable and meaningful.

HOW MUCH DO YOUR ARTISTS CHARGE?

Our artists’ fees vary based on factors like size, complexity, and placement of the design. Each artist has their pricing structure, influenced by experience and skill. For an accurate quote, book a consultation with your chosen artist. They’ll discuss your design, assess the project, and provide a personalized estimate.

DO YOU DO PIERCINGS?

No, we specialize in the art of tattooing and do not currently provide piercing services. Our focus is on creating exceptional and meaningful tattoo designs to adorn your skin with beautiful artwork.

WHAT DETERMINES THE FINAL PRICE OF A TATTOO?

Tattoo prices vary based on several factors. Please discuss pricing with your artist during the consultation for transparency and clarity. 

HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET TATTOOED?

We adhere strictly to the legal age requirement for tattoos, which is 18 years old. However, we do accept parent or guardian signatures for individuals under the legal age. We prioritize safety and ensure that all clients, regardless of age, receive quality service and adhere to appropriate health and safety standards.

DO YOU ACCEPT WALK-INS?

Yes, we do accept walk-ins, but availability may vary depending on our schedule and the workload of our artists. To check if we have openings for walk-in appointments, we recommend contacting us via email or giving us a call at (902) 404-2161

Join us on Walk-In Saturdays every Saturday!

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?

At ArtGem Tattoos, we offer convenient payment options:

  • Cash: Accepted for tattoo services at our studio.
  • E-transfer: Secure electronic transactions available. Ensure you have the required details.
IS THERE ANYWHERE YOU WON'T TATTOO?

This is under the discretion of the artist, please discuss this during your booking process.

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WHAT SHOULD I BE AWARE OF BEFORE BOOKING MY TATTOO?

Before booking your tattoo appointment with us, here are some important things to keep in mind:

  • Design and Placement: Have a clear idea of the design you want and where you want it placed on your body. Consider factors like size, color, and style.

  • Artist Portfolio: Take a look at our artists’ portfolios to find one whose style aligns with your vision. 

  • Consultation: Schedule a consultation with your chosen tattoo artist to discuss your design ideas, placement, and any concerns you may have. 

  • Healing Process: Understand the tattoo healing process and follow aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist diligently. Proper care during the healing period is crucial for the longevity and vibrancy of your tattoo.

  • Pain Tolerance: Be prepared for some level of discomfort during the tattooing process. Pain tolerance varies from person to person, so it’s essential to mentally prepare yourself for the experience.

  • Cost: Discuss pricing with your tattoo artist beforehand to avoid any surprises. Tattoo prices can vary based on factors like size, intricacy, and the artist’s skill level.

  • Future Considerations: Think about how your tattoo may affect your future, including career implications and potential changes in personal taste over time.

By considering these factors and thoroughly researching your options, you can ensure a positive tattoo experience with us that results in a beautiful piece of body art you’ll cherish for years to come.”

CAN YOU TATTOO OVER MOLES?

Tattooing over moles is generally not recommended due to potential health concerns and complications. Moles are areas of pigmented skin that can vary in size, shape, and color. Tattooing over moles could obscure their appearance, making it more challenging to monitor changes in the mole’s shape or color that might be indicative of a health issue.

Additionally, tattooing over moles can lead to uneven coloring, as the pigment in the mole may not respond the same way as the surrounding skin. In some cases, the mole may absorb the tattoo ink differently, resulting in unpredictable and unsatisfactory outcomes.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS INVOLVED WITH GETTING A TATTOO?
  • Design Consultation: Schedule a consultation with your tattoo artist to discuss your design ideas, placement, size, color, and style preferences. This is an opportunity to collaborate with the artist and ensure your vision is understood.

  • Design Approval: Once you’ve finalized the design with your tattoo artist, they will create a stencil or drawing of the design for you to approve. Take this time to review the design carefully and make any necessary adjustments before proceeding.

  • Preparation: On the day of your tattoo appointment, ensure you’re well-rested, hydrated, and have eaten a meal beforehand. Dress in comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the area where you’ll be getting tattooed.

  • Setup and Sterilization: The tattoo artist will prepare the workstation by sterilizing all equipment and surfaces. They’ll also put on fresh gloves and set up the tattoo machine with the appropriate needles and ink colors.

  • Tattooing: The tattoo artist will begin by applying the stencil or drawing to your skin and then carefully tattooing the design using the tattoo machine. Throughout the process, they’ll periodically wipe away excess ink and blood to keep the area clean and visible.

  • Aftercare Instructions: Once the tattoo is complete, the artist will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing. This may include keeping the tattoo clean and moisturized, avoiding certain activities or environments, and scheduling a follow-up appointment if necessary.

  • Follow-Up: Depending on the complexity of the tattoo and your skin’s healing process, you may need to schedule a follow-up appointment for any necessary touch-ups or adjustments.

  • Enjoy Your Tattoo: After the healing process is complete, you can proudly display your new tattoo and enjoy the artwork that you and your tattoo artist have created together.

Remember, every tattoo experience is unique, so don’t hesitate to ask your tattoo artist any questions or voice any concerns you may have throughout the process.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY TATTOO APPOINTMENT?

Prepare for your tattoo appointment with these tips:

  • Sun Protection: Avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning to prevent sensitivity during tattooing.

  • Hygiene: Shower and cleanse the area to be tattooed on the appointment day, avoiding lotions or makeup.

  • Documents: Bring required identification or documents.

  • Punctuality: Be on time to allow preparation and discussions with your artist.

  • Communication: Discuss specifics, concerns, or questions with your artist during the appointment.

  • Aftercare: Familiarize yourself with aftercare instructions provided by your artist beforehand.

  • Enjoyment: Relax and trust your artist’s expertise for a meaningful tattoo experience.

Preparing ensures a smooth and enjoyable tattooing process.

IS IT EASY TO GET A TATTOO INFECTED?

While getting a tattoo is generally safe, there is a risk of infection if proper aftercare is not followed or if the tattoo is not done in a hygienic environment. Infections can occur if bacteria or other pathogens enter the skin during the tattooing process or if the tattoo is not properly cared for during the healing period.

To minimize the risk of infection, it is crucial to choose a reputable and professional tattoo studio that adheres to strict hygiene practices. See our aftercare process here! 

CAN MEDICATIONS AFFECT YOUR HEAL TIME OR ABILITY TO GET TATTOOED?

Certain medications can impact healing and tattooing. Here’s what to consider:

  • Healing Time: Some medications may thin blood or affect healing, prolonging recovery and increasing bleeding risk.
  • Blood Thinners: Aspirin, ibuprofen, and anticoagulants can increase bleeding, affecting tattoo outcome and risking fading or blurring.
  • Immune System Suppressants: These medications can slow healing and increase infection risk.
  • Allergic Reactions: Some medications may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions, complicating healing.
  • Pain Tolerance: Medications can affect pain sensitivity, so inform your artist during the session.

Inform your artist about medications and consult your healthcare provider beforehand. Prioritizing health and safety ensures a smooth tattooing experience tailored to your needs.

Accessibilities

IS YOUR SHOP WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Absolutely! We take pride in being an inclusive and accessible space. We have an entrance via the back for wheelchair needs.

IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE NEAR ARTGEM TATTOOS?

Yes, we provide convenient parking options for our clients. We have designated parking spaces near our shop, making it easy for you to access our studio without worrying about finding a parking spot.

HOW CAN I INQUIRE FURTHER ABOUT THE ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES AT ARTGEM TATTOOS?

If you have specific questions about our physical accessibility or need any assistance during your visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our friendly team will be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and ensure your experience with us is as enjoyable as possible.

DO YOU HAVE A WAITING AREA FOR CLIENTS?

Yes, we understand the importance of providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for our clients. ArtGem Tattoos features a spacious and cozy waiting area where you can relax before your appointment or while waiting for your friends or family during their tattoo sessions.

ARE THERE ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS AVAILABLE IN YOUR STUDIO?

Certainly! We value the needs of all our clients, and our studio is equipped with accessible restrooms.

About your tattoo

WILL YOU FIX ANOTHER ARTIST WORK OR COMPLETE IT?

Yes, at ArtGem Tattoos, we specialize in fixing and completing tattoos, even those done by other artists.

  • Process: We start with a thorough consultation, assessing the tattoo and discussing desired changes. Our artist provides professional advice on achieving your vision.
  • Style and Complexity: Our artists are skilled in various styles and can handle diverse tattoos. Feasibility depends on factors like the design’s condition and your expectations.
  • Outcome: We prioritize exceptional results, combining your vision with our expertise for a seamless integration of new elements.
  • Cover-Up Options: If you want to completely cover your existing tattoo, we can discuss options during the consultation. Our artists are experienced in designing effective cover-up tattoos.

At ArtGem Tattoos, we’re committed to your satisfaction and providing exceptional tattooing services. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. We’re excited to help create a tattoo you’ll love!

DO YOU USE GLOW IN THE DARK OR BLACK LIGHT INK?

At ArtGem Tattoos, we don’t offer Glow in the Dark or Black Light ink for tattooing due to safety concerns and lack of regulation. These inks may fade over time, and some individuals may experience allergic reactions. We focus on creating stunning tattoos with traditional, high-quality inks while prioritizing your health and satisfaction. Thank you for considering ArtGem Tattoos for your tattooing needs.

DOES THE INK FADE OVER TIME?

Tattoo ink naturally fades over time due to various factors:

  • Sun Exposure: UV rays break down tattoo pigments, causing colors to fade. Protect your tattoo with high SPF sunscreen.
  • Skin Regeneration: Shedding and regenerating skin cells can lead to gradual lightening of the tattoo.
  • Location: Tattoos on areas exposed to friction and movement may fade faster.
  • Ink Quality: Higher-quality inks generally fade less than cheaper alternatives.
  • Aftercare: Proper aftercare during healing preserves the tattoo’s appearance.

Regular touch-ups and careful care can slow fading and maintain vibrancy. Remember, tattoos are body art that evolves over time, adding to their uniqueness.

WILL MY TATTOO CHANGE IF I GAIN OR LOSE WEIGHT?

Yes, your tattoo may undergo changes if you experience significant weight fluctuations. The extent of the changes depends on the location and size of the tattoo, as well as the amount of weight gained or lost.

While tattoos can adapt somewhat to changes in your body, it’s essential to consider these factors when choosing the tattoo’s placement and design. If you are anticipating significant weight fluctuations, discussing these concerns with your tattoo artist can help guide you towards an appropriate placement that will age well over time.

WHAT AREAS HURT THE MOST?

Pain perception during tattooing varies based on factors like pain tolerance and skin sensitivity. Certain areas tend to be more sensitive, such as:

  • Ribs: Thin skin close to the bone makes this area painful.
  • Spine: Direct contact with the bone can be uncomfortable.
  • Elbows, Knees, Armpits: Lack of padding makes tattooing these joints painful.
  • Inner Bicep, Neck, Hands, Feet: Sensitive skin and proximity to bones or nerves increase discomfort.

Conversely, areas with more muscle and thicker skin are typically less painful. Remember, pain is subjective, and communication with your artist can help manage discomfort.

WHY ARE FOOT/HAND TATTOOS NOT GUARANTEED?

At ArtGem Tattoos, we can’t guarantee foot/hand tattoos due to unique challenges:

  • Skin Differences: Thinner skin and rough texture make ink retention harder.
  • Movement: Constant motion can cause quicker fading, requiring more touch-ups.
  • Exposure: Hands/feet are often exposed to elements, leading to faster fading.
  • Healing: Constant use of these body parts can make healing more difficult.
  • Color Retention: Pigments may not hold as well, leading to potential distortion or fading.

While foot/hand tattoos aren’t impossible, clients should be aware of these challenges. We provide advice on aftercare and touch-up sessions as needed. Satisfaction depends on individual factors like skin type and aftercare. We prioritize your experience but may not guarantee the same longevity as tattoos in less challenging areas.

Can's and Cannot's

CAN I BRING A FRIEND/PARTNER TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Absolutely! Bring a friend or partner to your ArtGem Tattoos appointment for support and comfort. They can wait in our designated area or join you during the session, as long as it doesn’t disrupt the artist’s work or safety. Having a trusted companion can ease nerves and enhance your experience. Please ensure they respect our studio’s guidelines for a positive atmosphere. If you have any questions or requests, let us know. We’re excited to create a memorable tattoo experience for you both!

CAN I GO SWIMMING?

Avoid swimming after a new tattoo due to several risks:

  • Infection: Water in pools, lakes, or oceans may contain bacteria, increasing infection risk.
  • Chemicals: Chlorine in pool water can irritate and slow healing.
  •  Saltwater and Sun: Saltwater dries out tattoos and sun exposure fades colors prematurely.
  • Premature Peeling: Submerging a fresh tattoo can cause scabs to peel off too soon, leading to ink loss.

Follow aftercare instructions, avoiding swimming for 2-4 weeks or until fully healed. Keep the tattoo clean, moisturized, and protected from sunlight. Contact your artist for specific concerns. Proper care ensures your tattoo heals beautifully and lasts.

CAN I EXERCISE WITH MY FRESH TATTOO?

Avoid exercising with a new tattoo for these reasons:

  • Sweat can hinder healing and raise infection risk.
  • Friction from movement may irritate the tattoo and affect ink retention.
  • Increased blood flow can lead to swelling and discomfort.
  • Exercising too soon can prolong healing time.

Follow aftercare instructions, avoiding exercise for 1-2 weeks or until fully healed. Keep the tattoo clean, moisturized, and protected. Consult your artist for personalized care advice.

CAN I TAN?

Tanning after getting a tattoo is not recommended. Sun exposure can harm the healing process and affect your tattoo’s appearance:

  • UV Rays and Fading: Sun exposure fades tattoo ink, dulling its vibrancy.
  • Healing Complications: UV rays on a fresh tattoo can slow healing and increase infection risk.
  • Peeling and Blurring: Tanning can cause skin peeling, affecting tattoo healing and design clarity.
  • Increased Sensitivity: Sunburn on a new tattoo can be more painful.

Protect your tattoo during the 2-4 week healing period by avoiding direct sun exposure. Use clothing or bandages to shield it. After healing, apply sunscreen regularly to maintain color and prevent fading. Proper care ensures your tattoo stays vibrant for years.

Miscellaneous

WHAT DOES BOOKS CLOSED MEAN?

If a tattoo artist announces that their books are closed, it means they are not taking new appointments at that moment. It’s essential to follow their social media, website, or contact them directly to stay updated on when they might reopen their books and start accepting new clients again. Patience is key, as working with a skilled and in-demand tattoo artist can lead to a rewarding and exceptional tattooing experience.

DO YOU OFFER GUEST SPOTS FOR TATTOO ARTISTS?

Yes, at ArtGem Tattoos, we do offer guest spots for tattoo artists, depending on the availability of space and scheduling. We welcome talented and experienced tattoo artists from around the world to join us as guest artists and bring their unique skills and creativity to our studio.

If you are a tattoo artist interested in doing a guest spot at ArtGem Tattoos, we would be thrilled to have you! Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your availability and the possibility of arranging a guest spot. We value collaboration and the exchange of artistic perspectives, and having guest artists enriches the tattooing experience for both our team and our clients.

To inquire about guest spot opportunities and further details, kindly reach out to us through our website or contact information. We look forward to the possibility of having you as a guest artist at ArtGem Tattoos and creating an inspiring and memorable tattooing experience together!

WHAT DOES TATTOO 'FLASH' MEAN?

“Tattoo flash” refers to pre-drawn designs displayed in shops for clients to choose from. Originating from tattooing’s early days, these ready-made designs showcase various styles and themes. Clients can quickly select them for tattooing, with minor modifications possible. While traditional, many artists now offer custom designs, collaborating with clients for unique tattoos. Whether flash or custom, choosing a design with personal significance ensures a fulfilling tattoo experience.

DID YOU GET MY EMAIL?

Q: Did you get my email? I haven’t received a response yet.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the delay in our response. Our team at ArtGem Tattoos receives a high volume of emails, and sometimes it may take us a bit longer to get back to you. Rest assured that we value your communication and are working diligently to address all inquiries promptly.

Q: What should I do if I haven’t received a response to my email?
If you haven’t received a response within a reasonable time frame, we recommend checking your spam or junk folder to ensure our reply hasn’t been misdirected. Occasionally, emails may be filtered by email providers, leading to the message being sorted into these folders.

Q: Can I follow up on my email to ensure it was received?
Absolutely! We encourage you to follow up on your email if you haven’t received a response after a reasonable period. Please feel free to contact us again, and we’ll make sure to address your inquiry as soon as possible.

Q: How long does it typically take to receive a response to my email?
Our team strives to respond to all emails promptly. However, response times may vary depending on the volume of inquiries we receive. Generally, you can expect to hear back from us within 1-3 business days.

Q: Are there alternative methods to contact ArtGem Tattoos?
Yes, if you need immediate assistance or prefer an alternative method of communication, you can reach us by phone at (902) 404-2161 during our operating hours. Our team will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns.

Pregnancy & Tattoos

Please contact your health provider for more information. The information below is generalized, and not from a doctors recommendation. We are not trained professionals in medical to be able to provide precise information. 

Can I get a tattoo while pregnant?

It is generally not recommended to get a tattoo during pregnancy. During this time, your body undergoes significant changes, and the immune system may be more vulnerable. Tattooing can introduce foreign substances into the body, which may pose potential risks to both the mother and the developing fetus. ArtGem Tattoos will not be able to provide services under these circumstances.

Is it safe to get a tattoo while breastfeeding?

While there is limited research on the subject, it is advisable to avoid getting a tattoo while breastfeeding. Tattooing involves piercing the skin, which may lead to infection. Additionally, the body’s response to tattooing and the introduction of foreign substances might impact breast milk composition or breastfeeding comfort.

Will existing tattoos be affected during pregnancy?

Pregnancy can cause hormonal changes and weight fluctuations, which may impact the appearance of existing tattoos. Stretching or shrinking of the skin can lead to slight distortions or fading of the tattoo. However, these changes are often temporary and may improve postpartum.

Can I undergo tattoo removal treatments during pregnancy?

Tattoo removal treatments, such as laser removal, are generally not recommended during pregnancy. These procedures involve using high-energy laser beams, which could potentially be harmful to the developing fetus. It is best to postpone tattoo removal until after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Can tattoos stretch during pregnancy?

Tattoos located on areas prone to significant stretching, such as the abdomen, breasts, or hips, may experience slight distortion during pregnancy. If you plan to get pregnant or are currently pregnant, discuss with your tattoo artist about potential placement considerations.

Can I get a tattoo before planning a pregnancy?

If you are considering pregnancy in the future, it’s essential to discuss your plans with your tattoo artist. They can advise on appropriate tattoo placement and design to minimize potential impacts on the skin during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Can I get a tattoo before planning a pregnancy?

If you are considering pregnancy in the future, it’s essential to discuss your plans with your tattoo artist. They can advise on appropriate tattoo placement and design to minimize potential impacts on the skin during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

How long should I wait after giving birth before getting a tattoo?

After giving birth, it is essential to allow your body time to recover fully before getting a new tattoo. Hormonal changes, fluctuations in weight, and the healing process should be considered before scheduling a tattoo appointment. Consult with your healthcare provider for guidance on an appropriate timeframe.

How can I care for my tattoos during pregnancy?

If you have existing tattoos during pregnancy, maintain good skin hydration and protection from the sun to help preserve their appearance. Follow your tattoo artist’s aftercare instructions diligently and consult with them or a dermatologist if you have specific concerns.

Please note that each person’s pregnancy and tattooing situation may differ. For personalized advice and guidance, it’s essential to consult with both your tattoo artist and healthcare provider to make informed decisions regarding tattoos during pregnancy and postpartum.

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