Common Questions From Our Clients

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

Answering your questions is what we here at The Painted Fox Tattoo & Oddities live for. Remember that there’s no such thing as a bad question, and that we’ve heard just about everything. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of questions we often receive from our customers, but if there’s something we’ve missed, don’t hesitate to reach out.

BOOKING/ POLICIES

Do you do walk ins?

We always encourage people to book an appointment for tattoos of any size. That way you're not wasting your time if no artists are available for a walk in. It will also give our artists the chance to draw your new tattoo so that it’s 100% unique to you based on the criteria you've provided.

How do I make an appointment?

Each artist may have their own booking system. The best way to try and get in contact will outline on their about page here. Another good place to start will be on our contact page by filling out a booking request form here.

PRICING

I want a tattoo but I’m on a limited budget. How do you determine pricing?

When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will charge very little. But, look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. Never haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. Think of it this way: This is a piece of art you'll wear for life.

Do you have a minimum for tattoos?

When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will charge very little. But, look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. Never haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. Think of it this way: This is a piece of art you'll wear for life.

Should I tip?

When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will charge very little. But, look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. Never haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. Think of it this way: This is a piece of art you'll wear for life.

Why do you require a deposit?

Often we will have hours of work in drawing and preparing for a tattoo before you sit down in our chair. Deposits help to ensure you make it to your appointment and that we haven’t done hours of work for nothing.

PLANNING AND PREPERATION

What is the best time of year to get a tattoo.

Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning, and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.

How should I prepare for my tattoo session?

Make sure you are well rested, well hydrated, and have eaten recently. Aside from that, take a shower, charge your phone or tablet up to full, bring headphones, and don’t bring in your 50 closest friends (1-2 are fine).

What should I wear for my tattoo session?

Make sure you are well rested, well hydrated, and have eaten recently. Aside from that, take a shower, charge your phone or tablet up to full, bring headphones, and don’t bring in your 50 closest friends (1-2 are fine).

How should I plan for a larger tattoo?

First thing, come talk to us. The best large pieces always BEGIN with a cohesive plan, not just bits and pieces loosely tied together. We can do a sleeve or back piece with existing work in place, but it will ALWAYS look better when you come in with a plan and allow the same artist to help bring that plan to fruition for you. Along those same lines, it’s going to take multiple session and cost you $1,000 or more dollars to even come close to doing a sleeve. So plan ahead and save your money so that you can tackle these large pieces as they are investments and commitments.

What are some things I need to know before my appointment?

  • Take a shower

  • Don’t bring your kids. No really, don’t bring them.

  • Bring all of the necessary documentation (ID)

  • Good work costs money - so bring it!

  • Eat before you come in!

  • If you’re diabetic plan for a crash (and prepare yourself!)

When should I not get tattooed?

You should not get tattooed when you are:

  • Drunk

  • High​

  • Pregnant

  • Pre-Surgery

  • Post-Surgery

  • When you don’t know what you want

  • When you can’t afford it

  • When you’re sunburned

  • When you haven’t showered

  • When you have your kids with you

  • If you don’t have an ID

  • Being pressured into it

  • When you’ve been told by us that your idea is bad

Does getting a tattoo hurt?

Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. We're not going to kid you, though—it does hurt. Just not that much. Some have compared it to a "hot scratching feeling." But, people would not be returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad. Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there.

AFTERCARE

How do I take care of a tattoo after my session?

We will give you in depth aftercare instructions on how to keep your tattoo looking fresh long after it's healed. We also have all the aftercare products you'll need

How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?

The majority of your new tattoos healing process will be done within the first 2-3 weeks. However, the skin is still working to heal and rejuvenate and you need to plan on a 4-6 weeks for your skin to be back to its previous state.

Why does my tattoo start to itch?

As the skin rejuvenates itself, usually about a week after the tattoo was done, the itch sets in. This is 100% normal. Good moisturizers will help immensely with this but DO NOT SCRATCH IT!  If lotion isn’t helping, run it under cold water for a few moments and you should be itch free.