Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to make an appointment for a tattoo?
Walk-ins are always welcome everyday 12-8pm. For larger, more complex ideas appointments can be made with an artist directly. See below.
How do I make an appointment?
Our artists handle their booking independently via email. You can find all of their information, as well as their work under the "artists" page on this website.
I am under 18, can my parents sign for me?
No. In California the legal age to get tattooed is 18. No exceptions.
*If you find someone willing to tattoo you underage, this should make you think of what other shortcuts they may be taking.
How long do I need to stay out of the water?
As it long as it takes your tattoo to heal - usually 10 days to 2 weeks depending upon the individual. Your artist will go over aftercare with you.
How much will my tattoo cost?
Our shop minimum is $100. Hourly rates vary upon artists. Come into the shop or email the artist you would like directly for a better quote.
What health and safety precautions do you take?
All of our needles are new and pre-sterilized. They are used for your tattoo session only and then disposed of. Everything comes from clean and sterile packages. The tubes we use are surgically cleaned and sterilized in a certified autoclave. The inks we use are poured into single use disposable cups. Once your tattoo session is finished, the cup and the left over ink are disposed of - it is NEVER re-used or poured back into the container. Everything else that may come into contact with your tattoo - counter surface and equipment - is covered with plastic to prevent cross-contamination. The plastic is disposed of at the end of your session.
Do I need to make an appointment for a piercing?
Due to COVID we are requiring all piercing clients to make an appointment. You can call or visit our online booking website to make an appointment. If you are unsure, it is always a good idea to call before you come down to make sure the piercer is available. Our shop number is (760) 942-2333
Minor Piercing Policy (Acceptable ID's)
We require a little bit of paperwork for clients who are under the age of 18. Below is a list of the three forms we need to complete the release waiver.
1. Minor Photo ID
2. Birth Certificate
3. Parent/Legal Guardian's Photo ID
Only use sterile saline and fresh water. DO NOT use harsh chemicals like hydrogen peroxide rubbing alcohol, ear care solution, Bactine, Neosporin and soaps. These can all irritate your piercings and prevent them from healing. Read our Aftercare.
How long does it take to heal?
It will vary depending upon where you get pierced, but in general expect it to take at least three to six months to heal completely.
How long do I need to stay out of the pool, hot tub or ocean?
We suggest at least two months, but the longer the better. Pools and/or the ocean can dry out or irritate new piercings. You should rinse the piercing out thoroughly with fresh water after you get out for the first few months.
Can I use my own jewelry?
More than likely no, unless you have jewelry from our studio or another reputable studio. We need jewelry to be a specific quality to ensure the safety and success of your new piercing.