Tattoo and Piercing FAQ

Tattoo and Piercing FAQ

Tattoo FAQ

Yes.  But it’s completely manageable and we do have numbing cream available for extra sensitive areas.

You should avoid completely submerging you new tattoo until it completely heals.

It’s best to avoid excersise for a few days.  Sweat carries a lot of bacteria so you should wait until your body has created a natural barrier.

Artists charge an hourly rate of $160/hr to $200/hr with a minimum of $120

All of our artists are trained in blood bord patogens, cross contamination, and starility procedures.

Piercing FAQ

ABSULUTLY NOT!  We use the highest quaility equipment, only single use needles, and the best titanium, surgical stainless, and gold jewellery available.

Prices vary depending on your preference but it starts at $35 and goes up from there depending on material and what gems you want, if any.

Our prices are listed on our Piercing services and prices page

The initial jewelry used in a piercing will compensate for inflammation.  This will give you body all the room it needs to heal properly as well as give you room to clean it thoroughly during the healing process. Once your piercing is healed you can replace the stud part of your jewelry, often keeping the end pieces.

Healing times will vary based on the individual as well as the type of piercing but generally speaking, 6-8 weeks to completely heal.

Two or three times a day, everyday!

Healing can take from three weeks to three months.  It depends on the type of piercing, ask our piercers.

Clean your new piercing with sterile saline spray in a fine mist aerosol can.  We like NeilMed Piercing Aftercare and clean water.  Use warm water in the shower to do most of the work!  Let it soften and remove any debris.

Allow your new piercing to air dry or very gently dry with sterile gauze.  Or at very least, a new disposable paper towel.

Cosmetic Tattoo FAQ

Cosmetic Tattooing or Micro pigmentation also referred to as semi permanent make-up is a process where natural inorganic pigments are implanted beneath the epidermis (top layer of skin), into the dermal layer (second layer of skin), by needle. Semi permanent cosmetics are a safe and natural-looking alternative to the expense and daily routine of applying makeup. Cosmetic Tattooing Procedures include microblading, powder-fill brows, ombre brows, eyeliner, eyelash enhancement, lips, and freckles. Eyebrows and Freckles last up to 2 years while lips, eyeliner, and lash enhancement can last 3-5 years. When properly applied by an experienced technician, micro pigmentation will be more natural and realistic in appearance compared to makeup. The pigments we use from Biotouch are designed to fade with time and to not change to any drastic colours.

Microblading is a method of cosmetic tattooing using a manual hand tool. It is done using a grouping of fine needles to create a “blade” to deposit pigments into the epidermis (second layer of skin) and creating realistic looking hair strokes. Eyebrow Embroidery & 3D Feather Hair Stroke methods are all forms of Microblading. It is considered to be semi-permanent. This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of his or her eyebrows. People suffering from alopecia, or other conditions that causes hair loss benefit greatly from Microblading, as well as people who have lighter hair or dislike having to draw them in every day. After the consultation, the new brow shape is measured multiple times, with the final outline then penciled on when the client and technician are happy. From there, the area is numbed, and then the pigment is implanted into the skin with manual tool. These strokes are feathered into the new brow shape, and the area gradually made denser with lots of tiny hair strokes, depending on the desired result. Initially, the brows appear darker, but fade significantly over a two-week period. It is very important to have a touch up at 6-8 weeks, as it is very difficult to predict how well the skin will retain the pigment. A touch up once a year to a year and a half is recommended to keep the brows looking fresh.

Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattooing uses pigments. Pigments are designed to fade over time while ink is not. The fading is important because as it allows the artist to make changes to shape and colour over the years as client’s features and styles change with time.

A topical aesthetic cream of 5% Lidocain is used before, and a gel is used during your procedure. Pain sensitivity is different for every person, but for most people it is minimal pain. Lips and Eyes are usually much more sensitive than eyebrows. Getting a tattoo during your menstrual cycle may increase your pain sensitivity during your procedure. Having a hangover or too much caffeine can also increase pain sensitivity. If you are smoker, the topical aesthetic used may not last as long. Also having Fibromyalgia may affect your sensitivity. If you require something stronger, you may ask your doctor for a prescription of 10% Lidocain numbing cream (must NOT be oil based). Extra strength Tylenol before the procedure may help if you have a low pain tolerance.

If covering up an old tattoo done by another artist the tattoo must be significantly faded. A pic of the tattoo must be emailed before the appointment to see if it is doable. Also please understand it may not be possible to completely cover up the old tattoo, but we do our best. Any hair strokes done over the old tattoo may not be as sharp, and some of the old colour will show through the hair strokes. Expectations of an exact colour after healed are not guaranteed.

100%. All needles and supplies are single-use, come in a sterilized package, and disposed of after each client. A procedure mask and gloves are worn at all times during the procedure and disposed of after each client. All stations are thoroughly disinfected with Cavicide before and after each client.

Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will be darker and bolder in colour than after the healing is done. The tattoo can feel like a sunburn afterwards but there should be very little discomfort. Taking a Tylenol or Advil right after the procedure helps. The tattoo will be very dark up to day 5 and then by day 7 they should start to flake a bit. DO NOT pick the scabs; this will pull the pigment off the area. Some people report no flaking; it just depends on the person. If the tattoo is tight and itchy, apply a small amount of light moisturizer. Around day 10-14 you will think your tattoo fell out and did not work. This is not true, you just have to be patient, and see that by 4 weeks, when the skin regenerates, the colour will come back. If there are any spots that are too light or maybe did not hold from oily skin, health conditions, or not following the aftercare directions, the second touchup is when we fill in the gaps and perfect. The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the final colour of the tattoo is exposed and the touchup can be completed.

Do NOT drink alcohol at least 24 hours before the procedure and caffeine the day of Do NOT take blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Fish Oil, Niacin, Vitamin E at least 48 hours before procedure You must not be taking Accutane for 6 months at least Do not use tanning beds 4 weeks before procedure Inform technician if you have had laser hair removal where tattooing will take place. It can affect how well the skin takes the ink and may need more treatments Botox should be done either at least 2 weeks before or after the procedure. Do not exercise the day of the procedure Do not have tinting or waxing the week of the procedure Bring reference pics the day of the procedure

You are pregnant or breastfeeding​You are sick with a cold or flu You have been on Accutane in the last 6 months Skin is irritated in an area where tattooing will occur (blemishes, sun burn, rash etc.) Are under 18 with out a parent You have a pacemaker/heart problems You are undergoing chemotherapy Have had a organ transplant Have not been off Retin-A or Retinols for at least 14 days Have sunburn.