Ultimately, it is up to Mountain Ink Tattoo and its tattoo artists’ discretions. Be prepared to be asked to go elsewhere.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET A TATTOO OR BODY PIERCING?
DOES GETTING A TATTOO OR BODY PIERCING HURT?
Body piercing can be painful. Again, depending on the person and the placement of the piercing, as well as how thick the desired gauge is, if there is existing scar tissue, an existing hole, etc.
If pain is a deciding requirement for you, then maybe you should think about a necklace or a toe ring.
HOW DEEP DO THE NEEDLES GO?
For a tattoo, the needles will dive about 1/16th of an inch on average. For the artists at Mountain Ink, they can feel the surface of the skin through the needles, and are experienced enough to be sure not to go too deep, preventing too much bleeding and scarring. We are quite proud of our work, and are not too timid to brag about it.
WILL I FAINT?
If a person does faint, it usually has nothing to do with the pain. We have seen people faint watching others get a piercing, so if you can watch an episode of Nip/Tuck, you’ll be fine.
CAN I GET A DURMAL AT MOUNTAIN INK?
WILL MY TATTOO FADE?
Our skin’s elasticity fades with age, as well as any pigment. Hence the summer tan fading during the winter months. Imagine tattoo ink as another pigment. As we get older that pigment will fade. With that being said, some places on the body will fade faster than others. We recommend to any of our clients to freshen up the tattoo every 10-20 years, depending on the placement. This keeps the art sharp and vibrant and will ensure the art stays the way you first intended it to be.
CAN I BRING MY OWN DESIGN?
HOW SMALL OF A TATTOO CAN I GET?
We live in a digital age now. This should be easily understood with the pixilation of TVs these days. If you still don’t understand this concept, try taking a growling PitBull – face snarled, teeth showing, drool flying out with every bark – shrink it down, and it may just end up looking like old Aunt Nancy, drooling over her soap operas again.
CAN YOU TATTOO OVER OTHER TATTOOS?
Some think that laser tattoo removal is needed first, and that is just not true in most cases. If you have an old, faded tattoo, or if your cover-up tattoo design is detailed and has a darker overtone, than the process should be like getting your first tattoo…without that first tattoo anxiety. The true success lies in the new design, and ultimately, the tattoo artists doing the cover-up.
CAN YOU COVER UP SCARS?
The real answer here is, yes, it is possible to get the needles into scar tissue.
DISCLAIMER: scar tissue is very different than the rest of the unscarred flesh on the body. It’s rough, heaps more rigid, and much less porous for the ink to work into in the end. However, the final outcome and color hue will differ than that of regular skin texture.
Here are types of scars you can cover up: stretch marks, freckles (not the raised-up MOLE-looking ones though), and childhood scars like the one where you crashed your bike trying to jump over your cousin Jimmy on a broken piece of plywood.
DO THE COVER-UPS HAVE TO BE BLACK OR SUPER, SUPER DARK?
Our artists will capitalize upon this fact, hiding the old piece behind something more 3-dimensional in a very highlighted area. A few factors that could play into this are age of the ink being covered up, color, size, location, and of course, the new design, so keep those in mind when choosing your cover-up. You can always come in and talk with us – we will always shoot you straight.
DO I NEED TO SHAVE OR PREPARE MY BODY IN ANY WAY BEFORE COMING IN TO GET TATTOOED OR PIERCED?
Your body is a canvas to us. Maybe your piece doesn’t belong where you thought it did. Before you shave, come in and talk to us first. Let’s go over your body art and make sure everything is set to be worked on – it is permanent after all.
Acne, scratches, cuts, abrasions, sunburns, scabs, rashes, and any other skin irritant are going to be hurdles in this process. Most of all, stay out of the sun! Do not unintentionally harm your skin before getting a tattoo. If it happens, it happens. We can take a look at the damage, and worst case, you reschedule. Bathe and go through your normal “date-night” routine before your appointment – DO NOT come in like Pig Pen from Charlie Brown! Make sure you are hydrated – no alcohol please. That is a diuretic, which means you will become DE-hydrated. This is not good for your skin’s elasticity and healing qualities.
Show up on time and don’t bring your kids – or your baby-mamma kids either!
IS IT OK TO STILL COME IN IF I AM SICK?
HOW MUCH DO TATTOOS AND BODY PIERCINGS COST?
Ultimately, it all depends on how complex the job is, how many colors are going to be used in the tattoo, what type of jewelry is desired for the piercing, how long it’s going to take our artists to complete the artwork, and how many different needles we have to use in the process. In general, we charge, at average, $100 an hour for tattoos; $80 minimum for anything 45 minutes or less (see small tattoos question above).
All quotes are for time and materials only. We have further pricing detailed on our Pricing Page.
MY FRIEND JUST GOT A TATTOO KIT. SHOULD I LET HIM TATTOO ME?
HOW DO I BECOME A TATTOO ARTIST?
The apprenticeship time will vary from person to person, and in the end, you may just find that you were cut out to be a landscaper. There is only one way to find out. Come in and talk to us. You may just be a good fit!