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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are your studio hours?
Lunatic Tattoo is open primarily by appointment. Usually that means around 12 noon until 7 pm, every day except for Tuesday and Wednesday. If you'd like to see our portfolios or ask questions, you're always welcome to come by! As the artists may be busy with a client when you arrive, we can always set up a time for a consultation if necessary to discuss your ideas.
2. How do I get to the studio?
Lunatic Tattoo is located right next to Subway Restaurant on Gher Rd. We're just south of Fourth Plain and just north of the SR-500 on the west side of the road. The address is 5620 NE Gher Rd., STE-B.
3. Do I have to make an appointment?
Appointments are preferred. Walk-ins are welcome, but its first come, first serve! Danielle is available Friday-Sunday. Although Leif's appointments are four or five months out, he is typically in the studio every day except for Wednesday. If you have a complex idea that requires some time or consideration and we're busy tattooing, we will be more than happy to set up a free consultation in order to sit down and discuss your goals.
4. How much are your tattoos?
Our minimum price is $60 and our hourly rate is $120. Leif is currently charging $140 an hour. If your project will require many hours or even many sittings, we will reduce our hourly rate. Tattooing is a visual art so it can be very difficult to quote a price over the telephone, please come down to the studio to discuss your ideas for a more accurate estimate. A tattoo price is based on how long it will take, which is generally determined by complexity, location on the body, as well as your ability to sit still...
5. Do you do piercing?
Nope. Not even kinda. However, we highly recommend the Catalyst, down on Main St. and 19th Ave. in downtown Vancouver.
6. Can I bring in my own design?
Certainly, although sometimes a design must be made 'tattoo-able'. Not every design will transfer well into the skin and you may have to be willing to compromise a little. We also have plenty of designs here for base ideas. As artists we prefer to do something original everytime, we can always customize a piece just for you.
7. Do you sell gift certificates?
Gift certificates are available in person, or you can email us and we'll mail them to you after a secure PayPal transaction at no extra charge.
8. How old do I have to be to get Tattooed?
18. In Washington it’s illegal to tattoo a minor. We do not tattoo anyone under the age of 18, period. Yes, not even if your mom and dad and uncle come along with you. 18. You'll be 30 before you know it.
9. Should I eat before I have work done?
YES! Your body produces it's own natural painkillers to fight off the sensation of being tattooed. This is a natural part of the 'fight or flight' mechanism when you induce injury. Food becomes the fuel your body uses to manufacture endorphines(painkillers) and adrenaline(major liquid energy). So yes, eating a good meal about an hour or so before you come in definitely helps make getting tattooed a good experience.
10. Can I bring food with me to my appointment?
We prefer to keep food completely away from our work areas, although we do have a fridge and microwave in our break room to store lunches or snacks if necessary.
11. Can I take meds or have an alcoholic drink?
Drugs will just mess you up man. Talk to your physician if you are suffering from any ailment or are currently taking regular medication prior to getting a tattoo. Being hung over makes getting a tattoo suck! People who've even only had a few alcoholic beverages tend to bleed (and talk) much more than others, which can complicate your tattoo. If you've tied one on, we're not interested in tattooing you. Drunks don't usually want what they're asking for, they wobble, they bleed more and they're just more irritating . *($ which does affect price $)
12. Should I tip the artist?
Tips are a welcome way of showing appreciation for our efforts towards your permanent artwork.
13. What methods of payment do you accept?
Cash is King. We currently do not accept any sort of debit or credit, but there are several ATM's located close by...
14. Can my friends/family watch me get my work?
Although getting a tattoo is a remarkable experience and sometimes needs to be shared, a tattoo is also a delicate procedure. Your tattoo artist needs absolute concentration in order to do a good tattoo. Please don't bring a dozen people, as our waitng area has a capacity. A sanitary environment is also necessary, space is limited so we cannot allow anyone besides our clients into the workstation area.
15. Can I bring in my own music?
Yes, but we may not play it...
16. Are you hiring? / Are you looking for an apprentice?
Currently we have a full house and are not looking for an apprentice. If you're a professional tattoo artist and you want to talk shop, feel free to pop by. Openings may become available and good impressions can last a long time.
17. Can I buy/Do you sell tattoo or piercing equipment?
No! I'm in the business of tattooing, not resale. You don't know the first things about tattooing or piercing if you don't know where to get your equipment. I supply my business and don't have excess for sale...if I sold to every schmuck who 'just got into town'/'is an old friend of so-and-so's'/'lost his stuff', I wouldn't have anything left.
18. What should I look for when choosing an artist or studio?
If you want a tattoo that will look good and be something that you can be happy with for the rest of your physical life, take the time to find the artist that will do the tattoo that's right for you. The best way to do this is will be to find an artist whose portfolio and personality most closely matches the style of art or design that you are looking for.
Today disease is rampant. Getting a tattoo involves breaking the skin, which exposes you to a whole mess of potential health issues. Be sure that the environment your are in and the person performing the procedure have had training and present themselves in a professional manner. Here are some good things to look out for:
The Artist: A good tattoo artist should be willing to talk about their experience and show you a portfolio of their previous work. A clean appearance and professional demeanor will give you an idea of how the tattoo experience will be. Filthy clothes and dirty hands should be a huge red flag and is something to be payed attention to. A good artist should have no problem creating a custom design for you. Don't settle for some hack who makes you provide the design.
The Studio: A good studio should be clean and well lit. The condition of the bathroom (if available) can help give you an idea as to the cleanliness of a tattoo studio behind the scenes. The work areas and waiting areas should be separate to help avoid cross contamination. All of the areas should be void of debris and clutter. If you see layers of filth on stuff, eye a rat scurry across the floor and/or notice your artist eat a hamburger on the same tray he/she plans to use to tattoo you from...run away! It's your life, not just a bad tattoo.
18. And the rest...
If your questions haven't been answered here, please give us a call or stop by. Thanks for checking us out!