Frequently Asked Questions
General Tattoo Questions
No, you must be at least 18 years old with a valid photo I.D. to get tattooed at Most Wanted Ink. We do not tattoo minors, even with parental consent. This is the law.
Yes it hurts. We are breaking the skins surface and permanently imbedding pigment under the skin. The good news it doesn’t hurt nearly as bad as your imagination or your friends makes it out to be. The intensity of pain varies from person to person and between one part of the body and another. A good description of the sensation is to imagine a bad sunburn and someone is drawing on top of it with a ballpoint pen, it's an annoying pain not horrible pain.
Your new tattoo will be applied using new sterilized needles and modern techniques. Every precaution is taken to aid you in healing and getting a lifetime’s enjoyment from your tattoo. You will always see new single use needles, disposable ink holders, disposable razors, and disposable plastic barriers covering everything that is used in the tattoo procedure.
It is not a good idea to get tattooed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the body’s systems are already stressed. If you have further questions about this, it would be best to discuss it with your doctor.
In general, over-the-counter pain medications do little to help with the pain you might experience while getting a tattoo, plus Aspirin and other NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc, have at least some blood-thinning qualities to them. Aspirin is most effective at thinning blood so we recommended you not take aspirin at least 1 day before your tattoo. It is generally considered ok to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve pain or swelling from the tattoo AFTER the tattoo is done - However it is important for us to mention that we are not medically trained and cannot legally prescribe any medicines or diagnose health concerns. Please consult your doctor for advice if you're concerned about this.
Some prescription pain medications can technically intoxicate you to the point where you will not be as alert or in control of your body as you would normally be, so we don't advocate their use. Also, we cannot tattoo someone who is intoxicated, so drinking alcohol or partaking in other drugs before your tattoo is not a good idea.
A tattoo is a PERMANENT body marking. Tattoo removal can be very painful, expensive, and may require medical treatment. This type of removal may also cause scarring. If you are not 100% committed to being tattooed, do not get tattooed.
It is possible to be allergic to anything including tattoo inks. Similarly, some people react better to one brand of topical ointment than another. Most Wanted Ink cannot assume responsibility for how your body reacts to the inks or dressing products used for your new tattoo.
If you have hemophilia, hepatitis, HIV, diabetes or any medical condition which may affect your blood circulation or your immune system, we require authorization from your physician prior to tattooing.
We guarantee one free touch up within the first year of your tattoo. Touch-ups are for correcting imperfections that might happen during the healing process. It's not unusual for some people to have a little bit of color come out of their tattoo during healing and we will always fix that sort of thing for free, as long as the aftercare instructions were followed. We want every client to be completely happy with their tattoo.
Things that are not considered a free touch up would be: additions, color changes, or refreshing colors that have faded due to sun exposure. You are expected to care for your tattoo in the long-term by keeping it out of the sun, and applying sunblock whenever necessary to keep it from fading.
We also do not do free touch-ups on white tattoo’s, finger tattoos, or inner-lip tattoos.
The Day of Your Tattoo
When you come in to get your tattoo, be sure to dress appropriately: be comfortable (not fashionable), and wear something that gives easy access to the area to be tattooed. Be well-rested, fed, and hydrated. Feel free to bring in some sort of entertainment: an MP3 player, a good book, etc. to help pass the time. Before you start, you will fill out a release form (you'll need your ID), and your artist will make a stencil of your design. Your artist will place the stencil on you and you'll get to decide exactly where and how big it will be. Then the tattoo will begin! If you're in for a longer session, you may want to consider getting a ride from a friend afterwards because of the endorphin rush you will experience. After your tattoo session is done, the artist will send you home with instructions on how to take care of your tattoo.
You can certainly bring a friend to your tattoo appointment. Sometimes it helps to have a friend to chat with during the tattoo. But when you bring 3 or more people with you, it gets too crowded in the tattoo artist's area, and can be very distracting to your tattoo artist. Please be respectful of other clients and the artists by not bringing a crowd of people with you.
We love animals, but we absolutely cannot allow them inside the shop, for sanitary reasons.
We strongly advise not bringing young children or infants into a tattoo shop. We are constantly cleaning here, but one never knows what a child can pick up by crawling around the floor, or just being near someone getting a tattoo. Also, young children tend to get very bored and it’s extremely disruptive to other clients if children are running around the studio. As long as they are with a parent or guardian, minors between the ages of 12-18 may be allowed to watch or sit quietly during your session.
No. For one thing, we won’t tattoo anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Alcohol also thins the blood, makes it harder to sit still, and turns most people into jerks.
It’s ultimately your decision, but there a few things to keep in mind. Numbing creams can change the texture of your skin and how it takes ink, which can affect the ﬁnal appearance of the tattoo. They also aren’t particularly effective, since they get wiped off pretty quickly as the tattoo is being done. Basically the risks (possibly screwing up your tattoo) aren’t worth the minimal rewards.
Consultation and Custom Tattoo Questions
Consultations are always free. There is no charge to come in and discuss your idea, however if you book a tattoo appointment, we do require a non-refundable deposit of $20 to hold your spot. When you book your time with the tattooist and put the deposit down, that is when the commitment is made and they will start to work on your drawing. Deposits are then cashed in towards the cost of your tattoo on the day your tattoo is completed. Deposits are cashed in for the tattooist’s time for all short notice cancellations and no shows.
We highly encourage you to bring any visual reference which helps us better understand your ideas! We love it when our clients are prepared, coming to us with fairly specific ideas in regards to subject matter, size and placement, and bring us plenty of visual references.
A few words of advice: A consult is typically scheduled as a 30 minute appointment, please keep this in mind. Knowing at least somewhat where your tattoo will be placed, the subject matter involved, and hopefully have some reference pictures to help illustrate your ideas are all ways to keep the consult more concise. We understand that sometimes these specifics are hard to figure out, but remember it can take time to figure out the perfect tattoo that you will have for the rest of your life. So if you are unsure about subject matter or placement, we urge you to give it some more thought before scheduling a consult.
We cannot do drawings for tattoos unless you have committed to getting tattooed by leaving a deposit. Once you have made an appointment, an artist will do a drawing for your tattoo. The drawing will be ready by the day of your appointment, and any changes that you want to make to it can be made at that time. If you want to see a drawing before your appointment date, you may make arrangements with your artist to do so. In certain cases—large-scale pieces and cover-ups, for example—the artist will draw the design directly on the skin with markers.
Pricing and Payment Questions
The short answer is, it depends on the tattoo. There is a minimum price of $50 that applies to all tattoos, no matter how small. Any tattoo that can be completed in a single sitting will be charged at a flat rate that is determined by the artist and is based on the size, placement, and design (complexity) of the tattoo. Larger pieces—anything that takes more than one session to complete—are charged by the hour, the rate depends on your artist. It is very difficult to estimate how long a multi-session tattoo will take, as it depends on the design, how you sit for the tattoo, etc. Sessions are usually 3-4 hours long and can be scheduled as far apart as you like, so that the cost of the tattoo is spread out over time. For specific estimates or price quotes, please come into the shop and speak to an artist in person. You can also let your artist know if you have a budget, and he or she will keep it in mind in designing the tattoo.
Cash, and debit, Visa or Mastercard. We do not take checks. However, due to the high cost of card processing, cash payment is always preferred and greatly appreciated.
We require a $20 non-refundable deposit for ALL tattoo appointments. The Deposit holds your appointment and is applied to your final balance for tattoo time. There are absolutely no refunds on deposits or draw fees. Since we do not allow refunds on deposits, please make sure you are absolutely certain that you want to get your tattoo and that you are able to get one before you make a deposit. Your deposit is not refundable under any circumstance, but you are allowed to reschedule your appointment if needed. As long as you call to reschedule 24 hours in advance we will still honor your deposit.
Yes, if you think he or she did a good job. If you would like a guideline, you can think of it as you would any service industry—the norm is 10-20%, though we very much appreciate whatever amount you feel is appropriate. For multi-session tattoos, it’s customary to tip at the end of each session as opposed to at the end of a project. Please keep in mind that we can only accept tips in cash.
Walk-in and Appointment Questions
If you need a custom drawing done, you'll need to schedule a consultation. This is a free, 30-minute appointment where you'll meet with the artist of your choice and discuss your ideas and plans for your tattoo. It is a good idea to bring drawings, sketches, photographs, notes, etc. to help illustrate your ideas. Don't worry if you can't draw! Even stick-figures help us visualize what you want for your tattoo.
At the end of your consult there is no obligation to continue, but if you and the artist both decide to go forward and start working on a drawing, you will be required to pay a draw fee and/or a deposit. These fees are non-refundable. The draw fee pays for the time the artist takes to complete your drawing, and ranges from $20-$100 depending on the size and complexity of the drawing. Sometimes if the artist determines your drawing is small and/or easy enough they may waive the draw fee.
Walk-ins are welcome when we are available. It's best to call ahead to check availability, especially on weekends as we tend to be pretty busy. If you need a custom drawing, it's best to schedule a consult first. Monday’s are by appointment only and we cannot accept walk-ins.
You may call, email, or send a message through our webpage. If there is a particular artist you are interested in speaking with, check their appointment calendar or give them a call to ﬁnd out which days they are in the shop. Please bring printed copies of any reference material you may have. You will need to leave a $20 cash deposit to secure the appointment.
We have a 24-hour reschedule policy: if you need to change your appointment date or time we just ask that you call 24 hours in advance of your appointment and we will still honor your deposit to your next appointment. If you do not provide enough notice, don't show up, or are more than 30 minutes late you lose your deposit and your appointment. We are also enacting a time limit on deposits. If we don't hear from you for 13 months after receiving a deposit, we will assume you are not moving forward on the tattoo and will forfeit your deposit.
If you are coming from out of town, you can schedule an appointment ahead of time by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know the dates of your trip, what you want to get (design, size, placement), and if there is a particular artist you want to work with. Feel free to send any images you would like us to use as reference.
Tattoo Healing and Aftercare Questions
All tattoos heal at different rates. Diet, rest, and stress all have an effect on how quickly your tattoo will heal. Your tattoo will be applied using sterile equipment and sanitary practices. It will be your responsibility to care for it thereafter. Most Wanted Ink cannot assume liability for lack of proper follow-up care on your part, or your body’s healing rate.
A tattoo is a wound to your skin, in which you may experience some bruising, scarring, bleeding skin and/or blood infection, nerve and tissue damage. This new tattoo must be protected during the healing process. Allowing the new tattoo to be rubbed by rough clothing, scratching the tattoo or picking at the healing layer may allow microbes entrance as well as allow the inks to seep from the tattoo. Most Wanted Ink cannot assume liability for abuse or mistreatment your tattoo received during the healing process.
TATUDERM: Remove the Tatuderm film bandage after about 12-24 hours. Wash immediately with clean hands, hot water and liquid soap (this can be done in the shower, or in a sink, depending on which is easier for you). Wash thoroughly until all of the sliminess is gone. After washing, pat dry with a clean towel. Do not apply any ointments or lotions to the tattoo until the tattoo starts to feel itchy or tight, or appears flakey and dry. This can sometimes take a few days. In the meantime, just keep the tattoo clean by washing it daily in the shower, don't soak the tattoo in a tub or pool. Do not scratch or pick the tattoo. Apply sparingly to the tattoo a fragrance free, water-based lotion such as Aveeno, Lubriderm, Cetaphyl, Eucerine, Gold Bond, etc. Light scabbing and flaking is normal, and should take about a week or two to slough off.
Standard bandaging, Day 1: Remove the bandage provided after about 2 hours. With clean hands, wash with mild soap and water. Your new tattoo will continue to seep fluids for the next 24-48 hours. Cover your tattoo the first night with a thin layer of antibacterial ointment and a new bandage. Do this only for the first night - after that no more bandages. The purpose for this is to protect your seeping tattoo from your bedding. If you experience clothes or sheets sticking to your tattoo, simply wet the fabric with lots of water before attempting to remove it.
Standard bandaging, Days 2-4: Continue to clean tattoo with soap & water about 2 times a day for the next 3 days. Do not use any ointments, lotions or balms for the first 3 days. During this time you should treat your tattoo like an open wound - keep it clean & dry and do not get sweat or dirt in it. Don't over exert the skin around it (so that means avoid heavy stretching and exercises for up to a week). Don't tub soak (short showers are OK).
Standard bandaging, Days 4-14: After 3-4 days the tattoo will start to get dry and flaky. You may start moisturizing it with a water-based fragrance free lotion (Aveeno, Lubriderm, Cetaphyl cream are all acceptable). Don't oversaturate -use only what your skin will absorb. For the next 2 weeks or so your tattoo will be dry, flaky, and itchy and may have small scabs attached to it. Do not scratch or pick at the scabs or soak them in water (short showers are OK). If the tattoo itches, it's a sign it needs moisture. It's okay to slap or pat the tattoo to relieve the itching as well. Also do not let constrictive clothing rub against or irritate the tattoo. Do not expose it to sunlight, tanning beds, or chlorine water for 3 weeks.
For the life of your tattoo, keeping it out of sunlight will prolong its brightness. Sunlight can fade colors, blur lines, and generally remove details from tattoos. The best defense is covering up, but a mineral based sunblock with a high SPF is a good second. Look for Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide as the main ingredient. This blocks UVB and UVA rays from the surface of your skin, and generally work better than chemical based sunscreens.
White Ink, Finger, and Inner-Lip Tattoo Questions
White ink tattoos tend to be very subtle, very faint, and after 5 years or so (depending on how much sun exposure it gets), might hardly be visible at all. Because of this we will NOT guarantee one free touch up on any white ink tattoo. You would have to continue to get the tattoo retouched at your expense much more frequently to keep it looking fresh. White ink designs need to be fairly simplistic line-work designs, using thicker lines (things like small lettering are not advisable).
Finger tattoos are tricky - the underside of your finger, the side of the finger, the wrinkly part of the knuckle, are all places that don't take tattoos very well. The skin is either very thin or is constantly sloughing off so you might get a tattoo that looks cool at first but after a very short period of time you end up with something blurry looking or parts of it will be missing entirely. Because of this, we generally will not do tattoos on the side of the finger, and suggest thinking about alternate placement. For the most part we don't do fingers unless the client is already heavily tattooed or already has a hand tattoo. We do not guarantee free touch ups on finger tattoos because they are so prone to blurring and falling out. After knowing all of this if you are still willing to get one, we have a few artists here that will do finger tattoos.
Some of our artists do. There is always a chance the ink will “fall out” during the healing process, so we cannot guarantee these tattoos. Inner lip tattoos also have a tendency to distort, fade, or disappear entirely over time. If you want an inner lip tattoo, please come into the shop and speak to an artist in person about it.
Cover-up Tattoo Questions
Yes, we actually do a lot of cover ups. Cover-up designs are at least twice the size of the original tattoo, and that involve lots of darker colors, shading, and detail are good for cover ups. Sometimes our artists will suggest laser tattoo removal to lighten an existing tattoo to aide in the cover-up process. The design is strategically planned to distract your eye from what lies beneath. The old tattoo is still there, you just can't see it anymore. Browse our portfolios to see the cover-up
Tattooing Product Questions
Yes. We sell tattoo supplies to certified tattoo artists. Proof must be provided at the time of the sale. We do not sell anything to the general public besides apparel, aftercare products, and body jewelry.