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 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.