Have Questions ?

Here are just some of the typical questions we get asked.

You must be 18 years of age with valid government issued photo identification to be tattooed, even if a parent or guardian is present. Valid identification must include a photo and date of birth. If you are over the age of 16 then you may receive a piercing if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Valid identification must be provided by both the child and parent/guardian and must prove the relationship of the child to the parent/guardian. We cannot tattoo anyone under the age of 18. We cannot pierce anyone under the age of 16. There are no exceptions.
Appointments are usually recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome and will be accommodated if time allows. A minimum $20 deposit will be required to book an appointment; this deposit may increase based on the length of the appointment and the complexity of the piece. Our artists are serious about their work and appreciate the same level of dedication from their customers.
We accept cash only. There are several ATM machines located near the shop and we are happy to direct you to them.
Tipping is always appreciated, but it is certainly not required. If you feel that your artist did an especially remarkable job on your tattoo/piercing please feel free to show your gratitude, but we will never pressure you to do so.
No. You will be refused service if you are noticeably intoxicated. This goes for any form of intoxication, and the decision to refuse service is a right reserved by all staff members. Trust us, it really is for your own good!
A general time frame for donation of blood after a tattoo or piercing is 12 months (1 year). Discuss your particular situation with the health historian at the time of donation for more information.
Yes, as long as the work is performed by a reputable artist that is following all recommended safety precautions. All artists at Arboreal Ink are certified in Bloodborne Pathogens, CPR, and First Aid through the local branch of the Red Cross, and are knowledgeable in the areas of cross-contamination and sterilization. All needles are used only once, and disposed of in approved biohazard containers. A medical grade autoclave is used to sterilize any other contaminated equipment after every use.
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!
Tattoo work starts at $50 for the most simplistic and basic designs. This covers basic ‘set-up’ costs for your appointment which includes sterilization/sanitation products, needles, and ink usage. It is not possible for an artist to give you an accurate price quote over the phone, or without seeing a design first. The artist will always be willing to discuss pricing with you based on factors such as size, detail, and placement, until a fair price is agreed upon. Keep in mind that the work in question is permanent, and it is always a better idea to pay a fair price for quality work rather than trying to save money on unsatisfactory work. Our artists will always give you a reasonable price for your desired tattoo, and group rates are available. Discounts are also given for students, military, seniors, and birthdays!
Touch ups are always free within six months of the original tattoo application. If you care for your tattoo according to the provided aftercare instructions this will generally not be an issue.
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). Your artist will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you!
Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin receives a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. Fall and winter are really the best seasons to get a tattoo, so that by the time the tattoo is exposed to sun and water during warmer weather, it will be fully healed and risk of complications will be much lower.

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