Is it safe to get a tattoo?
Yes, completely safe for most people Tattoos and piercings are safe, as long as each artist and the entire studio strictly adheres to Universal precautions and Blood Borne Pathogen Safety. You can be assured that Black Sparrow Tattoo requires each artist to hold client safety as the first and foremost priority. We have the highest level of sterilization possible and go above and beyond all local health codes and laws. We do have a consent/waiver form which identifies certain instances when it would not be appropriate for an individual to receive tattoo or piercing, but these are rare instances.
Does it hurt?
Yes it hurts. But, there are lots of people walking around with tattoos and piercings so it’s not unbearable. There are many sensations used to describe it depending on each person and what area is being worked on. Some people even like it!
How much does it cost?
That depends on the size of the piece and the detail involved. Some pieces cannot be completed in one sitting. You will be given a quote once you meet with the artist and go over the details of what you want. Remember though, if another studio is willing do your tattoo super cheap BEWARE! Sometimes you get what you pay for and this is going to be on you forever. If you do go for the super cheap shop see question on fixing a bad tattoo!
Are there any specific requirements?
You must be 18 years or older for a tattoo or piercing due to local health rules and regulations. Piercings only may be done on 16-18 year olds with a guardian or parent present with ID to sign a waiver. The age to tattoo in our Seattle location is 18. We are strict in our requirements to ensure proper age and that valid legal parental consent is presented, so please call the studio at 206.682.0585 ahead of time to find out exactly what you will need to bring to your appointment. For any tattoo or piercing, you must present a valid drivers license or current state photo ID which by law must be photocopied. You (and your parent/ guardian if your a minor) must also read and sign a waiver/ consent form. Deposits are NEVER refundable. If less than 24 notice is given for a cancellation, you lose your deposit and must leave another deposit if you wish to reschedule. If you cancel your appointment with more than 24 hours notice, you may apply your deposit towards your rescheduled appointment. We NEVER under any circumstances will refund a deposit. We are sorry if this policy causes any inconvenience but is necessary to protect the interests of our artists.
Can you cover up a bad tattoo?
Our artists can usually cover up or fix most tattoos-even really bad ones so you would never even know they were there. We are always honest though. If we don’t think it can be successfully covered we will let you know and work with you on what options you do have so you will ultimately be happy. We never do a tattoo just to make a buck. This is a really good group of artists who take tremendous pride in their work and art. Be assured that the artwork on your body and how you feel about it is a reflection on them – meaning your satisfaction is VERY important!
Can I bring my own design?
Yes. This tattoo will be on you permanently so we want to be sure you are totally happy. Bring anything you think might help to capture exactly what you’re looking for your tattoo to reflect. We also have plenty of reference books available for ideas. No matter whether you know exactly what you want or don’t have a clue, we will always work with you to design a custom piece of art that you will love.
Make sure to wash your hands.
Wash your tattoo with luke warm water and a mild antibacterial soap such as “Dial or Dove”. Make sure that you wash all of the plasma “clear fluid” from your tattoo. This usually stops 6-10 hours after receiving your tattoo.
After washing your tattoo pat dry with a clean paper tower or clean soft cloth. With your finger tips apply a small amount of lotion such as “Hustle Butter” to your tattoo.
Always keep tattooed area clean of any bacteria. Always wash your tattoo before applying lotion. Repeat 3-5 times a day for 2 weeks. Keep tattoo fresh and open to air. (NO bandages). For 2 weeks avoid swimming, hot tubs, or prolonged submersion. For the first month avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and tanning.
DO NOT scratch or pick at tattoo.
DO NOT let anyone touch your tattoo.
REMEMBER a tattoo is an open wound. Failure to follow these care instructions will extend healing time and will keep your tattoo from looking its best.