BEGINNING THE TATTOO PROCESS
CHOOSING YOUR TATTOOIST
Once you have decided on what you would like to get tattooed, it’s time to choose a tattooist you would like to work with. While we may be able to point you in the right direction, the decision should ultimately be yours. To help you decide, we have artist portfolios both in the shop and online. Look for someone whose style you really like and move on to the next step.
SETTING UP A CONSULTATION
Now that you’ve chosen your tattooist, it’s time to set up a consultation. You can do this by calling, emailing or just stopping by the shop. The consultation is a scheduled time for you to come in and talk to the tattooist about exactly what you want to get tattooed. Bring any references you have with you to the consultation. You can also talk about things like detail, placement and pricing at this time.
BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT
After the consultation, you will need a deposit to book the appointment for your tattoo. We take a $50 deposit for appointments. We require this deposit because of the research and drawing your tattooist does in preparation for your tattoo. Your deposit is applied towards final cost of your tattoo. All deposits are non-refundable.
GETTING A PRICE QUOTE
As we mentioned a little earlier, setting up a consultation is the best way to get a price estimate. There are many different factors that go into pricing a tattoo. For example, the tattooist needs to consider size, detail and placement, as well as if you want color or black and grey. This is why we do not give price quotes over the phone or through email. Even if you think your tattoo is very simple and you could just describe it over the phone, you will still need to come by for an estimate. The tattooist needs to see what you want, as well as where you want to put it, to determine how much it will cost.
If you should need to reschedule your appointment, you will need to give at least 48 hours notice in order to move your deposit to another date. We can only reschedule your appointment twice. After that, you will need a new $50 deposit in order to keep your appointment.
In order to get tattooed at Two Sons, you will need to be 16 years of age or older. If you are 16 or 17, you will need to come with your legal guardian - and your last names and addresses must match on your government issued identification. No exceptions.
FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Eating is the best thing you can do before your appointment. Low blood sugar is the number one reason people feel light headed and pass-out during a their appointment. Eating will help to keep your blood sugar normal. Please feel free to bring a snack if you are going to be sitting for a long session.
A good night sleep before your appointment will also help to keep you feeling well during the process.
WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING
Wear something that allows easy access to the part of the body you want to get tattooed. For example, if you are getting your leg tattooed, you may want to bring a pair of shorts to change into when you get to the shop.
You will want to stay out of the sun before and after you get tattooed. Tattooing over a sunburn may not heal well because your skin is irritated to begin with. Try to stay out of the sun and it will help the outcome of your tattoo.
IN THE SHOP
BRING A FRIEND
You are more than welcome to bring a friend, but please be courteous to the artists. They are focusing on giving you the best end result and will need to be able to focus as needed. Do to limited space and to prohibit distraction, we limit our customers to one companion to help keep you comfortable during your appointment.
Tattoo shops are no place for children. We have some, so we fully understand how hard it can be to get childcare - but we also know how quickly they can move, how loud they can be and the potential safety risks in having them in a tattoo shop. Please do not bring children - they will not be allowed in the tattoo area.
RELAX & COMMUNICATE
If this is your first tattoo, your tattooist will most likely do a small zap first so you can assess how the tattoo will feel. He will check in with you during the process to see how you are feeling. Be honest, and let him know if you need a break. It is also very important that you sit still, speaking with your mouth and not your entire body. Just relax and let the tattoo happen. If you fight what is happening, or hold your breath, you will only make the pain worse. Relax and breathe, and you will help your tattoo be the best it can be!
PAYMENT & TIPPING
We accept major credit cards & cash. If you are happy with your tattoo, it is customary to tip. Tipping is a sign of gratitude, and it is most welcome.
CARING FOR YOUR TATTOO
SPREAD THE WORD
If you followed all of the steps we have mentioned, you are probably pretty happy with your new tattoo. Now it’s time to spread the word! Take some business cards, buy a shirt, write a review & tell a friend. We look forward to seeing you for your next tattoo!