Frequently Asked Questions

General

 

Where are you located?

We're at 432 Columbia Street, on the corner of 5th and Columbia Streets in downtown Lafayette. 

 

What are your hours?

We’re open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from noon to 8 pm.  Fridays and Saturdays we’re open from noon to 10 pm.  We are closed Sundays and Mondays.

 

Where do I park?

There is some parking along the street on both sides of the building.  Keep in mind that these areas are limited to two hours from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday.  If you will be parked for longer than two hours before 5pm, you will need to move your vehicle, or you may get ticketed!  There is also a parking garage located one block south, on the corner of 5th and South Streets.  Parking in the garage is free after 7pm and on the weekends.

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.  We also accept payment from square accounts.

 

How old do I have to be to get a tattoo or piercing?

You must be 18 years of age to legally consent to receive a tattoo or piercing. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a biological parent or legal guardian, and written parental permission is required.  The minimum age for receiving a tattoo is 16.  The minimum age for piercings varies by the type of piercing performed.  For specific age requirements for each piercing, please refer to the piercing section.

 

Do I need an ID?

Yes, absolutely.  Every single person who receives any procedure must show valid government issued ID.  No ID = no procedure.  Forms of acceptable ID include a driver's license, state-issued identification card, passport, or military ID.  We cannot accept work ID's, school ID's, birth certificates, or insurance papers/cards for anyone over the age of 18.  Minors require additional identification (see below).

 

If I am a minor child, what do I need to bring with me to get a tattoo or piercing?

Your biological parent or legal guardian must accompany you and complete a consent form for the procedure.  Only biological parents or legal guardians can consent to the procedure.  Step-parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, friends, or friends' parents cannot sign for you unless that person happens to be your legal guardian.  If your parent is your biological or adoptive mother or father, you must bring a birth certificate to show relationship.  If your guardian is not a biological parent, court documentation showing custodial status is required.  Your parent or guardian must have a form of government issued ID (license, state ID, passport, military ID).  We also require some form of picture ID for the minor child, however, ID for the minor is not required to be government issued.  We will accept school IDs and other unofficial forms of picture ID.

Tattoo

 

How much do you charge for tattoos?

Our minimum charge for tattoos is $50.  Tattoos that will take less than 1 hour are quoted a specific price based upon the estimated time it will take to complete the tattoo as well as the supplies needed to complete the tattoo.  Tattoos that will take longer than 1 hour to complete are charged at an hourly rate of $100 per hour.  The total cost is based upon the amount of time it takes to complete the tattoo.  In most cases, breaks are excluded from the time billed unless client requested breaks become excessive (typically more than one per hour).  Larger tattoos can be, and often are, broken down into sessions, allowing you to pay for the number of hours that are affordable at any given time.  Sessions can be scheduled at whatever pace works best for the client.  We do our best to work within each person's budget so everyone can obtain the tattoos they want.

 

Do I need an appointment to get a tattoo?

No, you do not need an appointment.  We take walk-ins when there is space available.  For large tattoos, or if your schedule is very limited, we recommend making an appointment.  To make an appointment, we ask that you come in and consult with the artist so he knows approximately how much time your tattoo will take.  We require a $50 deposit to hold your time slot, which comes off the total price of the tattoo.  This deposit covers drawing and preparation time in the event you fail to show for your appointment.  All deposits are non-refundable, but will transfer if you need to reschedule your appointment, as long as reasonable notice is given.

 

Is it painful?

Pain is subjective and each person has a different pain tolerance.  Some areas of the body, like the foot and ribs, tend to be more painful than other areas.  All tattoos involve some level of pain, but most people find it very tolerable.  Some people compare the pain to a bee sting or a cat scratch.  Your artist can give you a general idea of the level of pain you can expect, but each person is different, and your experience and level of pain may be different.

 

Do you do cover-ups?

Yes, we do!  In fact, Sean specializes in cover-ups!  No big blocks of black here; he can turn your old tattoo into a brand new work of art! 

 

Do you do portrait tattoos?

No, at this time we do not do portrait tattoos.

 

Do you tattoo minors?

Yes, but we stay within a set of strict guidelines.  We will not tattoo anyone under the age of 16, period.  We will not tattoo in any area that requires the minor exposing themselves.  If clothing cannot be moved away to access the area, we won't tattoo, so dress accordingly!  We will not tattoo in an area that is close to breasts or genitalia, or may require touching around breasts or genitals to achieve a proper stretch (ie. a tattoo on the abdomen may require the artist to lay his elbow across the pubic area to stretch the abdominal skin tight).  We will not tattoo a minor on the hands, neck, or face.  We will not tattoo anything vulgar, sexual, or gang related on a minor.

Before coming in for a tattoo for a minor, please check the general section for a list of documentation we need for procedures on those under 18.

 

Do you offer free touch-ups?

Yes, for the first 60 days after your tattoo.  Hands, elbows, and feet are not included in our free touch-up policy as these areas are not guaranteed to hold ink.

 

Is there anything I should do to prepare for getting my tattoo?

Yes.  You should make sure you are very well hydrated the day of your tattoo.  Your skin will receive a tattoo much easier and you will heal faster if your skin is hydrated.  Try to get plenty of sleep the night before.  A few hours before your tattoo, eat a well-balanced meal that will keep your blood sugar stable throughout the tattoo.  If your tattoo is expected to take more than 2-3 hours, you might want to take along a snack with complex carbs and protein.  Also, try your best to relax!  Chances are, it won’t be nearly as bad as you think it will be!

Piercing

 

How much do piercings cost?

Prices listed are for one single piercing. Multiple piercings done in one sitting on the same person receive a discount of $10 per piercing (unless otherwise noted). Basic steel starter jewelry is included in the cost of the piercing.

Jewelry insertion and/or removal is $5 for up to two piercings, or $2 each for three or more piercings .  Stretching is $10 per piercing, including jewelry.  If jewelry is more than $10, you will be charged for the jewelry and stretching will be free.

Ears:

$30 Earlobe
$40 Single ear cartilage (includes helix, inner/outer conch, tragus, rook, daith, snug, anti-tragus)
$60 Industrial, orbital, 2-point spiral (excluded from the $10 discount as it is incorporated into the price)
$80 3-point spiral (excluded from the $10 discount as it is incorporated into the price)

Face/mouth:

$40 Eyebrow, anti-eyebrow
$40 Nostril, septum, bridge
$40 Lip, labret, Monroe, Medusa, vertical labret

$40 Tongue, smiley, frowny, tongue web
$50 Cheek

Body:

$40 Navel, nipple
$50 Surface
$60 Microdermal ($40 for each additional in same sitting)

Female genitalia:

$50 Christina
$60 Clitoral hood (vertical or horizontal), fourchette

$60 Inner/outer labia ($40 for each additional in same sitting)
$75 Triangle

Male genitalia:

$60 Frenum, foreskin, hafada ($40 for each additional in same sitting)
$75 Prince Albert, reverse Prince Albert, ampallang, apadravya

$75 Dydoe, guiche ($40 for each additional in same sitting)

 

 

Do you pierce minors?

Yes.  Minors must meet minimum age requirements.  Minimum ages are as followed:

  • Earlobes - 5 (child must be old enough and mature enough to understand the procedure and follow instructions)
  • Outer rim of ear cartilage - 12
  • Other single-hole ear cartilage, navel, nostril, eyebrow, lip (including labret & monroe) - 14
  • Industrial, orbital, spiral, tongue, lingual frenulum, septum, bridge - 16
  • Cheek, surface, microdermal, nipple, and genital piercings will not be done on minors.  No exceptions!

Before coming in for a piercing for a minor, please check the general section for a list of documentation we need for procedures on those under 18.

 

Do piercings hurt?

Yes, all piercings hurt to some extent. Most of the more common piercings are fairly low on the pain scale. Whether it hurts a little or a lot, the process is over very quickly.  Your piercer can tell you how much pain the average person experiences with each piercing, but your pain level may be higher or lower.

 

How long will my piercing take to heal?

Every person is different, and every piercing is different.  Times given are general estimates.  Your immune system, your overall health, your hygiene, your diet, medications you take, and many other things can affect your healing time. 

  • Earlobes: 3-6 months
  • Ear cartilage: 6-18 months
  • Eyebrow: 3-6 months
  • Nostril: 4-6 months
  • Septum: 2-6 months
  • Lip (monroe, labret): 3-6 months
  • Cheek: 9-18 months
  • Tongue: 2-4 months
  • Oral frenulum (web, smiley, frowny): 6-12 weeks
  • Male nipples: 4-8 months
  • Female nipples: 6-18 months
  • Navel: 6-12 months
  • Surface/microdermals: 6-12 months
  • Clitoral hood, inner labia, fourchette: 4-12 weeks
  • Christina, outer labia, triangle: 4-8 months
  • Prince Albert, frenum, foreskin, hafada: 2-4 months
  • Guiche: 4-8 months
  • Reverse Prince Albert, ampallang, apadravya, dydoe: 6-12 months

 

When can I change my body jewelry?

For optimal healing, it is best to leave your original jewelry in place during the entire healing period unless it is causing you a problem.  Your piercer will tell you how long your piercing usually takes to heal.  Some oral piercings require a downsizing of jewelry for safety reasons.  This initial change is best done by your piercer to make the change as sanitary and smooth as possible.

 

Do you sell body jewelry?

Yes, we carry a large variety of body jewelry including navel dangles, tongue barbells, industrial bars, septum clickers, eyebrow jewelry, nipple jewelry, and retainers. If you’re looking for something basic, we have you covered there too. We carry a wide range of sizes of basic surgical steel body jewelry. If standard sizes don’t fit, chances are we have the size you need in stock. If you’re looking for a particular or size or style that we don’t carry, we can order it for you and have it in 2 weeks or less.

 

I’m allergic to nickel. Is your jewelry nickel-free?

316L surgical steel, the grade of steel that is used for body jewelry, is not nickel-free. However, quality body jewelry is polished to a high shine, and this polish creates a protective layer that prevents nickel from releasing in amounts high enough to provoke a reaction in most people. Most people can safely wear surgical steel body jewelry, even those who cannot wear “hypoallergenic” jewelry. For those who cannot wear steel or just want to avoid the possibility of a reaction, we carry titanium as well as non-metal materials, some of which can be worn initially.

 

I have my own jewelry. Will you use it to do my piercing?

Probably not. In order to give you the best piercing we can, we must ensure that your initial jewelry is the proper material, polished to a high shine with no nicks or scratches, the proper size and style for your piercing, and sterilized. Unless we can be sure your jewelry fits all of this criteria, we will not use it for your own safety.  Most jewelry bought from retail stores is low-quality, and not very safe to wear initially. If you can show your jewelry was bought from a reputable online retailer that shows mill certificates for their materials, we will sterilize your jewelry and use it, as long as it is the proper size and style. We include jewelry in the cost of the piercing to discourage clients from asking to use their own. It's not often people turn down free jewelry!

 

Do you carry gold jewelry?

In most styles, no. Gold jewelry is very expensive, and we simply cannot afford to stock a variety of sizes and styles. We can custom order gold jewelry in most sizes and styles.  We do have a few styles of 14k gold nose studs.

 

Can I return body jewelry?

No. Unfortunately, for hygienic reasons, body jewelry cannot be returned unless it is defective.  If your jewelry is defective in any way, we will replace it with an identical piece. If that is not possible, we will replace it with something of equal value of your choice.