Welcome to your new tattoo, here's the questions you'll answer the rest of your life.


  • How long did your tattoo take?
  • How much did it cost?
  • What are you going to do when you're old?
  • How will you get a job?
  • What does it mean?
  • What does it say?


First Tattoo Tips

Want to be the most knowledgeable, well-seasoned newbie ever? We've rounded up all our best posts in one place so you know exactly what to expect before, during, and after your first tattoo.

Depending who you are, the idea of getting your first tattoo can be a little intimidating, we thought it might be easier if we broke it up into steps for you:

What should I expect at my tattoo consultation?

Wondering what you'll need for your consultation before you come to see us? Have no fear, more answers are here!

How much does a consultation cost?

Our consultations are ALWAYS free. We love spending time getting to know you and the vision you have for your tattoo. If you decide you'd like to book an appointment with your artist after your consultation, we do take a $50 deposit (sometimes $100 for large pieces) to hold your appointment time.

How do I keep my tattoos from fading? What kind of sunblock do I use on my tattoos?

The biggest enemy to a vibrant color tattoo is that glowing heavenly orb which allows life to exist on this planet: the Sun. The American Association of Dermatology recommends that a “broad spectrum” sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 that is applied daily to all sun exposed areas, then reapplied every two hours. However, in some recent clinical trials, sunblocks with SPF 30 provided significantly better protection than sunblocks with SPF15. A higher SPF won’t hurt you, but they do tend to be more costly, and there’s just no reason to throw money away.

 How to avoid being killed by a star:

How to find meaningful tattoo ideas: symbolism in tattooing

Most tattoo collectors pick the ideas and subject matter for their tattoos carefully, choose things that represent them in some way. Many like their tattoos to represent a time in their life, a special person, their ancestry or the things they enjoy. Symbolism can be a valuable tool during the design process, as it can help you and your artist come up with a design that is both visually appealing and representative of you as a person.

How do I become a tattoo apprentice?

I get asked this question a lot. Up until a little over a year ago, I was the one doing the asking. The truth is, if you ask ten different artists how they came into tattooing, you’ll get ten different answers. If I was to give you my entire story, it would fill a novel, simply because I consider the start of my career as a tattooer to be the first time I picked up a pencil and drew. I won’t bore you with the details, but it does serve to illustrate (pun intended) my first point: you need to be passionate about art. Draw every single day. Push yourself to be the best artist you can be on paper. Painting also helps, as does any other artistic outlet you can find. Look at other artist’s work and learn from what they do.

How do I care for my new tattoo?

The simplest, easiest, best way to care for your new tattoo is to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your tattooist. If you didn’t receive a care sheet, or are dubious about the instructions, you’re welcome to follow our tried-and-true tattoo protection plan: It’s approved by the state of Minnesota, and has been working for us for years.

A quick note on what NOT to use: