How do I book an appointment?
Where are you located? What are your hours?
4324 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
Tuesday - Saturday
12:00pm - 7:00pm
Text Only: 510-673-3499
Does your shop take walk-ins?
Unfortunately we do not, we are appointment only. We do not take walk-ins because we are a custom design shop and we like to take the time to listen to your idea, consider the subject, size, placement on the body, detail, etc. and ultimately draw up a personalized piece for our clients. You are more than welcome to come to our shop at any time during our shop hours to find out more information, or to have a consultation with one of the artists if they are available. We’re always more than happy to help get you the information you need.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
We highly suggest eating a full meal at least an hour before you get here and stay hydrated. Feel free to also bring any snacks or beverages. You may take snack breaks if needed. Water will be available for you.
You may bring entertainment to keep yourself busy if it helps such as music, earphones, ipad, book, or a friend. To respect the space and comfort of other clients/artists, keeping the friend count to a minimum would be preferred. We also have Netflix and music available for you.
If you are using your phone during the session, please be aware and cautious of any movements while using it which may affect how we are tattooing you.
Please dress appropriately for your session.
To save time, please shave the area we will be working on prior to your appointment if there is any hair.
If you are sunburnt or have any other skin issues in the area we are working on, you will need to reschedule.
Expect to be there for some time longer than the supposed time for the tattoo. It is likely there will be time allocated for stenciling, resizing, repositioning, or freehanding the design directly on skin. The stencil/foundation of the design is the most important part of a tattoo and MUST be perfect so we will not rush through this part of the process. We do not charge for this portion of the time with us and the hourly charge will only start when we begin tattooing.
Exactly how long will the tattoo take and exactly how much will it be?
This is a very common question that tattoo artists will not be able to definitively answer for you if they are doing large scale pieces. We cannot guarantee an estimated time period and price for you due to these factors.
Time and Price depends on:
1. How complicated the design is: whether there is a lot of detail, linework/dotwork
2. If the piece will be black/grey or color
3. Everybody's skin consistency is different and some skin may take the ink better than others.
4. Placement of the tattoo: different areas may be easier to tattoo than others (arm vs ribs)
5. How big the piece ends up being (sometimes the initial size is not the size we end up going with)
6. How long the client can sit: if you sit for shorter hours it will be more sessions, for longer hours it will be less sessions and more work done. If you take a lot of breaks and disrupt the flow of tattooing, or not too often and allow the artist to get alot done.
7. How well you take care of the tattoo after: after care is the most crucial part of keeping a tattoo looking fresh. If you do not follow directions, it is likely the tattoo will need to be touched up or reworked.
We can give you a ballpark estimate but it can always be more or less than what is given to you. We do not want to be responsible for telling you a certain time/price and end up feeling like you've been lied to if that is not the case. What is important to know is that a good tattoo takes patience!
How does the deposit work?
The deposit goes as credit towards the last session of your tattoo as long as you don't cancel your appointment(s) all together. You also forfeit your deposit if you show up more than 30 minutes late to your appointment, reschedule your appointment with less than 48 hours notice, or do not show up to your appointment(s) without notifying me. A new deposit will then need to be made.
What forms of payments are accepted?
We take cash or credit/debit card.
How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
HSC 119302.(a) Pursuant to Section 653 of the California Penal Code, a client shall be at least 18 years of age to receive a tattoo or permanent cosmetics application, regardless of parental consent. In accordance with this law we have a strict No Minors policy. Not only must you be 18, you need proof of a valid State or Federal Photo ID. No exceptions.
Do tattoos hurt?
The level of pain varies with each person and body part that you are getting the procedure done. Some people may be more sensitive in one area than another for someone else, and each person's pain tolerance is different. For the most part, we tell our clients to expect pain, but to keep in mind that pain is only temporary. The work of art on your body will be forever and worth it when it is all finished.
How long does it take a tattoo to heal?
It takes about two weeks to “heal,” but it takes months for the skin to fully regenerate. If your skin is peeling or shiny in texture, then it is not done healing yet. The tattooed portion should have the same consistency as your skin around it.
What are your Aftercare Instructions?
Please remember our job as tattoo artists is to execute the work; however, it is your responsibility to take care of it after. If you are investing good money on your artwork, make sure you also invest dedicated time into treating the artwork as your baby. Listen to what your artist tells you as every artist may have various techniques depending on the different amount of trauma they have done to the skin. Always ASK the artist (not your friends) if you are concerned for whatever reason and before doing anything you are unsure of. We have no control over how well you want to take care of your tattoo, but only hope you do so for the sake of the quality and longevity of your tattoo. For a copy of our Aftercare Instructions click here. If the artist has put Saniderm on you instead please click here for different instructions.