Frequently Asked Questions about Tattoo & Piercing
Q. Are your tattoo artists certified ?
Yes , all of our tattoo artists are certified.

Q. Is it safe to get a tattoo or piercing ?
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 ND Tattoo Studio requires each artist to hold client safety as the first and foremost priority.

Q. Does it hurt ?
Yes it hurts. But definitely not as much as you think , there are lots of people walking around with tattoos and piercings so it's not unbearable. When it comes right down to it, that�s what most people really want to know! Actually, getting a tattoo is not very painful nowadays because modern tattoo equipment is such that the needles go in and out of your skin very quickly. You�ll be completely able to carry on a normal conversation while getting your tattoo. It requires the application of pigment under the first epidermal layer of the skin. The larger the tattoo the longer it will take to do, so small tattoos hurt less than large ones! But remember, people wouldn't get a second tattoo if the first one hurt that bad. Getting tattooed or pierced is a very personal experience. Whether it hurts or not depends mostly on the individual's pain threshold and the location on the body. The general consensus is that it feels like a "hot scratch" on the skin. Feel free to discuss this with your artist , they will be happy to advise you ! The end result always outweighs any pain felt during the process , so stay positive and enjoy your new ink !

Q. Where can I have a tattoo placed ?
Where to place a tattoo is , and always should be , your own decision. Don't be influenced by "it'll hurt less there" or "it'll be cooler here", get the tattoo where YOU want it !!!! General advice on placement is that you should consider what kind of clothes you wear , work and social , whether you would like it to show all the time or only when you want to show it off.

Q. What does the term "single-use" needles mean ?
That means we NEVER EVER re-use or re-sterilize a needle. When you are tattooed , the needle we use will be brand new and sterile. After your tattoo , that needle will be discarded. Everything (ie: pigments, ink caps, razors, etc.) are all discarded after each tattoo.

Q. What about inks and other materials ?
All ointments , pigments, gloves , ink cups , razors , etc. used to apply your tattoo are discarded after use.
Nothing is reused , this eliminates any possibility of contamination of materials.

Q. How do I know if proper standards are being followed ?
First , look around. Is the studio clean and professional looking ? Appearances can tell you a lot. Then , ask questions. A professional studio takes pride in its safe tattooing procedures and won't mind answering your concerns.

Q. Anyone who is artistic can tattoo ?
Don't bet your skin on it!!!! The ability to draw neat designs does not make a tattooist. Without the proper equipment , mechanical skill and technical knowledge , that pretty paper design can turn into anything from mush to scar tissue in a couple of months. Every tattooist has artistic talent. Unfortunately , this is false.

Q. How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
Usually eighteen , though this can vary from place to place. Some tattoo shops are more diligent than others about asking for I.D., so some people do succeed in getting a tattoo before they're eighteen. It's usually not a good idea , though. The older you are when you get a tattoo , the less likely you'll be to regret it later on!

Q. Can I bring my own picture or drawing for my tattoo ?
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.

Q. How do I pick a design ?
In our studio we have thousands of designs to look at or choose from. You can also bring in a sketch or drawing. If you can't find something that reflects your personal taste one of our artists would be more than happy to draw the tattoo of your dreams.

Q. What kinds of tattoo designs can I choose from ?
When it comes to today's tattoo designs, the choices are almost endless ! Your first step is to browse some web sites - just do a Google search for "free tattoo designs". With all the social sharing sites like Facebook and many specialty tattoo blogs that focus on designs in desired niche , the inter-web is one of the best resources out there searching for inspiration. Chances are, you'll be overwhelmed by the sheer variety - there's tribal tattoos , Gothic tattoos , traditional tattoos , biker tattoos , Japanese tattoos , Chinese tattoos etc ; the possibilities are endless.
Think about what inspired you to want a tattoo in the first place. Chances are, you saw a tattoo you liked on someone else - what style was it ? What did you like about it ?

Q. How do I know if a tattoo is right for me?
First, let us start by saying there is no right or wrong tattoos. Over the years, we have seen many people upset because they wanted a tattoo with meaning but couldn't find one, or they didn't know what others will think about their tattoo. We say, who cares ?
The only person that matters is you. Now, we strongly encourage you to think hard about what you want because this is something that's going to stay with you for life. Our opinion is that tattoos can be meaningful or it can simply exist for the purpose of "looking good". Either will work as long as it works for you. The hard part is trying to come up with the design yourself, but that's why we are here. Tell us what you like and let our artists do what they do best.

Q. How much will it cost ?
That depends on the size of the piece and the detail involved. The cost varies on the size of your tattoo, the complexity, and where you put it on your body. 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. ND Tattoo Studio admits "WE ARE NOT THE CHEAPEST !" Remember, you get what you pay for and only have one chance to get one tattoo on that one spot on your body. Do it right ! 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 !

Q. I have a tattoo that's really bad , can it be fixed ?
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 guys 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 !

Q. Can I get my old tattoo covered ?
Not every tattoo can be covered , however it is possible in many cases. Some of the major deciding factors are the level of fading of the existing work , and the state of the skin in the cover-up area (such as the presence of scar tissue from previous tattoo work). 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 guys 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 ! Our artist will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you !

Q. I've heard that tattoos don't look so good once you start to age. Is that true? Are there any places where you should avoid getting a tattoo?
It's true that skin and flesh may sag in some places as you age , but that doesn't necessarily mean your tattoo will look bad. Just use your common sense. You know roughly where skin tends to sag as you get older , so don't get a large tattoo in those areas. A small one is usually okay , though, and there are several places where you can get a tattoo that won't change substantially over the years - such as your ankle , shoulder or upper arm. These are the most popular tattoo locations at any rate. Keep in mind that any tattoo may fade over time though , and you may need to get it re-inked. Colors tend to fade faster than black.

Q. Can I get tattoo over a scar?
Yes , though there are a few things to consider when getting a tattoo over a scar. First , the scar must be at least 2 years old before you get the tattoo. This will give the scar enough time to have completely healed and regenerated before attempting to cover it. Second, to hide a scar it is better to have a busy pattern covering the scar than a solid color. For example , a wing design over a scar will hide the outline of the scar by detracting the eye from the scar. However , a solid tribal piece will let the scar show through and will not accomplish the goal to hide the scar. Finally , a scar may not take the ink as well as normal skin. You might need to come back for another session to get a solid color saturation over the scar. As a result we do not guarantee scar cover-up tattoos , meaning , any necessary touch-ups will be at the client's expense.

Q. I have a medical problem. Can I still get pierced ?
People with medical problems are highly advised to discuss the issue with your personal physician and get a doctor's note that it is OK to perform the piercing. We reserve the right to refuse a piercing service to someone with a medical problem that would risk the customer's health.

Q. Can I bring in my own jewelry to get pierced with ?
Yes , as long as the jewelry is appropriate for body piercing. Please note that outside jewelry must be sterilized before it is used to perform piercing with it.

Q. Can I get HIV or AIDS by tattooing ?
HIV is a very delicate virus and does not last long outside of the body. Nor is it spread through casual contact. Generally , the virus is transmitted when sufficient quantities of blood are introduced into the body of another. The structure of a tattoo needle does not lend itself to HIV transmission. It takes 100 micro liters of blood and a deep intramuscular puncture to transmit the HIV virus. This is equivalent to 10 drops of blood. Since needles used for tattooing are "solid core" (not hollow like syringe) and HIV does not live outside the human body too long , it is unlikely. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there has never been a case of HIV transmission from tattooing.

Q. I've heard that getting tattoos can be addictive. Is that true?
It isn't true in the sense of a real addiction, but it is a fact that people who already have one tattoo are more likely to get another one or so. It is possible to get "hooked" on the excitement of getting a tattoo, just as some people get "hooked" on shopping, but that's not a real addiction. Most people who end up with multiple tattoos do so simply because they like them.

Q. When should I not get a tattoo?
You shouldn't get a tattoo if you're drunk or high (and most tattoo shops have a policy in place about this; they'll refuse to tattoo anyone who appears to be drunk). The other reason for not getting a tattoo is if you're not sure. Wait until you do feel sure or just don't get one. This is nota good thing to feel ambiguous about. There are no specific medical considerations, but use your common sense. If you're sick, wait till you get better.

Q. Will having a tattoo make it harder for me to get a good job?
If you're worried, why not get the tattoo in a place where office clothes will cover it? For men at any rate, that still leaves a lot of choices. Even if you can't keep it covered though, in this day and age it probably won't matter. Tattoos are a lot more socially acceptable than they ever before and in most workplaces you are judged on the basis of your ability. There are exceptions, of course; there are tattoos that are so prominent and controversial in terms of their appearance or content that they may cause problems for you, just as there are workplaces which are exceptionally conservative. You need to make sure that all aspects of your appearance fit your objectives, and that includes tattoos. But having a tattoo or two certainly won't preclude you from being gainfully employed - not in this day and age!

Q. Can I give myself a tattoo at home, or have my friend give me one?
Technically it may be possible, but certainly not advisable. You should have your tattoos professionally done - otherwise you're just asking for trouble in the form of an infection or slower healing time. Do-it-yourself tattoos hurt a lot more and they seldom turn out as well as professional tattoos. All in all, it's definitely not worth it !

Risks of tattoo piercing :
Allergic reaction : Tattoo dye - the red colour dye in particular - can cause skin allergies such as itchy rashes at the tattoo location. This can even occur many years after you get a tattoo.
Bacterial infections : Tattoo involves using needles to puncture skin, and has the potential to cause local bacterial infections. This is typically characterised by redness, inflammation, pain and pus-like discharge.
Other skin complications : Sometimes, one might develop bumps called granuloma (a small area of inflammation caused by tissue injury). Tattooing can also lead to an overgrowth of scar tissue.
Blood-borne diseases : If the equipment used for tattooing is contaminated with infected blood, there are chances of you contracting varied kinds of blood-borne diseases, many of which are fatal. You could be at risk of contracting anything from Hepatitis B , Hepatitis C to HIV.

Precautions you must take before having a tattoo :
  • Choose the tattoo site carefully.
  • Don't get one if you think you might regret that tattoo later.
  • Don't get a tattoo if you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • First ask yourself whether you really want to invest in a permanent body art.
  • Go to a reputed tattooing studio that has properly trained tattoo professionals.
  • Make sure that draw / door handles , tables and sinks are all cleaned with a disinfectant.
  • Ensure that the tattoo artist washes his / her hands and wears a fresh pair of protective gloves for each procedure.
  • When it comes to non-disposable equipment , ensure that the tattoo artist uses a sterilization device to sterilize them after each customer.
  • Make sure the artist removes the needles and tubes he/she will use for your tattoo from sealed packages. Ensure the pigments and containers are also fresh

How to take care of your tattoo :
  • Remove the bandage 24 hours after you get a tattoo. Use an antibiotic ointment on the tattooed skin while it heals.
  • Keep the inked skin clean. Gently wash it with plain soap and water and pat dry the area.
  • Apply a mild moisturizer to the the tattooed skin many times during the day.
  • Keep the tattooed area away from the sun for a few weeks at the least
  • Don't wear anything that will stick to the tattoo.
  • Give up to 2 weeks for healing. Do not pick at scabs , it will only increase the risk of infection and can also damage the design and cause scarring.