Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do I start?
A: We prefer to start with a consultation. This way we can get together and discuss the design, proper sizing and placement for your tattoo. Call us or come by the shop for a consultation. You can also send any reference photos, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q: Do we pierce and how much are piercings?
A: We do pierce. We currently have one piercer so its best to call and make sure he is available, but you don't need an appointment. We do pierce children at age 10 we ask that any one under 18 bring a parent with id as well as id for the child. (Birth certificate is ok). Call us or visit the shop for more details.
Q: How do I get tattoo ideas?
A: We are interested in doing all kinds of tattooing, so we welcome all ideas! However, we will not take anyone else’s custom designed tattoo and copy it. This is out of respect for the artist who drew the piece and the client that received it. We can however draw you something custom and we can make an awesome tattoo that is just for you! You are welcome to send us reference photos to help with your description of your idea. We also have some flash you can choose from.
Q: Do you take walk-ins?
A. We do take walk-ins!!!. We may not always have an artist available for walk-ins on some days, but this changes from day to day. If you come is as a walk-in and we cant see you right away we would love to schedule you an appointment.
Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: We require a deposit to set up an appointment. This deposit can vary depending on the size of the tattoo and goes towards the cost of your tattoo. Deposits are non-refundable under any circumstances. If you change your mind, be sure to call and give us as much notice as possible so your artists can book the time they held open for you. Since many of us book weeks in advance, the sooner you reschedule the better. If you do not get tattooed, the deposit becomes a consultation or drawing fee. IN OTHER WORDS: DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE!
Q: How much does a tattoo cost?
A: The hourly rate varies depending on the artist with a minimum of $100.00 and up depending on the artist. The best way to get an accurate price range is through a consultation with an artist. The cost of your tattoo depends on several factors including size, placement, skin type, and color vs. black and gray. For smaller tattoos, we will generally quote you a price up-front. For larger tattoos, your artist may opt to quote you an hourly rate. For us to quote your idea, we take into consideration the subject of the tattoo, the placement on the body, the size, detail, etc.
Q: How do I prepare for an appointment?
A: If this is your first tattoo I know it can be kind of mysterious and nerve wracking. Here are some pointers whether it’s your first time or you’ve spent plenty of time in the chair. Make sure you have your unexpired, government issued photo ID. Eat a solid meal before your appointment, it helps regulate your body sugar, you can also bring snacks to help keep your sugar up. Be hydrated, well hydrated skin is that much easier to tattoo. Get a good night’s rest, if you’re tired or hungover it makes getting tattooed that much more difficult.
Q: How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
A: Georgia state law requires that you be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo and have a valid state issued I.D. or passport. I cannot tattoo you without this documentation, even if I know for a fact you’re of age, the law does not bend on this one.
Q: Are tattoos safe?
A: We can’t speak for every tattoo studio, but we make your health and safety our highest priority. In our county the health department has strict regulation and standards. They come to the shop and do inspection several times a year. We have always received an A. We open new needles every time. We use mostly single use disposable tools and we also have a medical grade autoclave like your dentist uses. Our artists will be happy to discuss any concerns that you may have about tattoo safety. It is important to us that you be, and feel, safe in our shop.
Q: What are some of the possible complications of tattooing?
A: Many people are worried about the possibility of getting an infection from being tattooed. It is very, very rare for a person in good health who takes care of their tattoo to get an infection. However, some people do have a reaction to the inks, or (more often) to the ointment or lotion used during the healing process. When this happens, the tattooed are may become itchy, or a pimply rash may develop. These reactions are not serious, but they can affect the way the tattoo looks when it heals, and they are sometimes uncomfortable. People most commonly react to red inks. How well your tattoo heals has everything to do with how well you take care of it afterwards, so be prepared to follow the aftercare instructions your artists provides. Your artist will touch up your skin art after it is healed (usually for free). The tattoo is your responsibility once you leave.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: Yes, as a general rule, it hurts. However, people experience the pain in different ways, and some places on the body hurt more than others. Most people find that the fear of being tattooed is far worse than the pain they actually experience. All kinds of people get tattooed, and almost everyone is able to tolerate the sensation. Some people even find that they really like being tattooed!
Q: How do I pay for the tattoo?
A: Your deposit will go toward your last session, and you pay for each session when it's finished. Cash is preferred but we can accommodate cards. If you choose to use a card there is a 3% convenience fee.
Q: How much should I tip for a tattoo?
A: It's common practice to tip your tattoo artist if you are happy with your tattoo, or felt you got extra attention. If you can afford it, a good tip is 15-20%, just like a restaurant, but any token of appreciation is welcome.
Q. How should I take care of my new tattoo?
A: When it comes to aftercare, the most important thing you can do is keep your tattoo clean, free of heavy sweating, and moisturized. You will also want to avoid exposing it to the sun, submerging it in water, and tight clothing that may stick to or rub the fresh tattoo. You should wear clothes to your tattoo appointments that you don’t mind getting ink on them. Make sure you pick up your aftercare instructions before you leave the tattoo shop.
Q. How can i remove a tattoo I don’t like anymore?
A. A small tattoo can be removed by a dermatologist equipped with a laser. However, this technic is expensive and painful. At Straight Edge Tattoo, as well as in many tattoo shops across the world, we suggest you the alternative choice of a «cover » that consists in making a new tattoo over the one you don’t like anymore. In English, this technic is called « Scars tattoo cover-up »
Q. How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?
A. In general, it takes from 4 to 6 weeks but everything depends on the size of the tattoo, the colors used, your state of health, and / or your hygiene.