The art of tattooing is very safe. Our tattoo artists are obligated to follow strict procedures designed to maintain sterility and keep the work area clean at all times. They wear sterile disposable gloves and a disposable surgical gown that is discarded after each client. These are only some of the precautions our tattoo artists are required to follow.
This is a discussion you should have with your tattoo artist during your consultation. Some artists frown upon tattooing private areas while others are not bothered by it. Again, talk to your tattooist.
Tattooing the head or the face is a major decision. You cannot easily conceal a head or face tattoo and it is still considered taboo in some social and professional circles. Consider talking to people who have a head or face tattoo and ask them if it has affected their employment potential or social standing. Make sure it’s what you want before getting the head or face tattoo. Remember, tattoos are for the rest of your life. Tattoo removal is expensive and far more painful than actually getting the tattoo in the first place.
Due to the small size of our mobile facility, we prefer the tattoo artist and the client be the only people in the tattoo procedure area. Exceptions can be made. Ask your tattoo artist.
No we do not re-use needles. We only use pre-packaged disposable single-use sterile needles and barrels.
Some tattoos can change color over time. After your tattoo is initially healed, it will look fresh and shinny for a short time. As the ink completely heals into the skin, it will fade a little bit. To keep your tattoo looking as fresh as possible, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight and wear sunscreen.
In the past, tattoo inks were not very sophisticated and therefore would turn green over time. Today’s inks are different and tend to withstand the ravages of time better than inks made 40 or 50 years ago. With that said, everyone’s body is different and some people’s immune system may deplete the ink more effectively thus dulling the color or changing the color of the original ink.
Yes, we can use an anesthetic cream during your procedure. This is available on demand for an additional fee. Be sure to talk to your tattoo artist about the use of a numbing cream during your tattoo consultation. During the tattoo procedure, the best way to manage discomfort is to take multiple short five-minute breaks during the session. Pain is part of the tattoo experience. So sit back, relax and suck it up buttercup. It’s what you wanted.
We use sterilized tattoo ink. A small amount of ink is dispensed into a cup and used by the tattooist. Any leftover ink is discarded after every tattoo procedure.
Our company policy prohibits our tattoo artists from tattooing a person who is under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription drugs and who shows signs of impaired judgment. If you show up to your Ink Dudes tattoo appointment visibly impaired in any way, your appointment will be immediately cancelled.
No. You have to be 18 years old to get a tattoo regardless of parental consent. (Section 653 of the Penal Code)
No. Ink Dudes is a tattoo only facility.
There is no time limit on the length of a tattoo session. It’s dependent upon the artist and your personal pain tolerance. We recommend limiting each session to three hours. This gives you a chance to rest and recover from your tattoo procedure. If your art is a large piece, then it will have to be done over the course of multiple sessions. Be sure to discuss this with your tattoo artist during your consultation.
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Cleanliness and a sterile environment is key in preventing infections. Our studio is a medical-style facility and we follow strict sanitary protocols to ensure we have a sterile environment. The chair, walls, floors and trays are cleaned with medical disinfectant wipes before every tattoo procedure to make sure there is no possibility of cross contamination. Common surfaces are covered with blue plastic barrier film that is removed after each procedure.
Most importantly, we provide aftercare instructions about how to care for your tattoo. Following these instructions will help ensure your tattoo does not get infected.