The Tattoo Process

IDENTIFICATION NEEDED TO GET A TATTOO

If you are 18 years of age or older you MUST have 1 of the following

  • Valid State issued photo ID Card
  • Valid State issued driver’s license
  • Valid Passport

If you are Under 18 years of age you have to be at least 16 years of age accompanied buy your parent/ legal guardian. We will not tattoo below the elbow or above the collar line on minors. The proper forms of identification is as followed.

Parent MUST have 1 of the following

  • Valid State issued photo ID Card
  • Valid State issued driver’s license
  • Valid Passport

Minor child MUST have the following

  • Birth certificate
  • Valid State issued photo ID Card
  • Valid State issued driver’s license
  • Valid Passport

TATTOO PROCESS

The first thing you should do is think about what you want to have tattooed on you. (it's on you forever)

Do some research and bring it in with you. Look online, in books, or anywhere else you can think of at images you like, remember it does NOT have to be the exact image / lettering you want, it just have to give us the idea you have. It should show us examples of the style you like, size, and coloring.

If your tattoo idea requires the tattoo artist to do a custom drawing an appointment may be necessary.

Appointments require a $50.00 deposit. That will come off the price of your tattoo. Once you have all your ideas stop in the shop and speak with our receptionist you can either make an APPOINTMENT or we accept WALK-IN'S. The receptionist can also schedule you a consolation with an artist if there are details of the tattoo you would like to discuss with the artist. But know at The Pittsburgh Tattoo Studio EVERY person is extremely knowledgeable about EVERY aspect of the business.

Now It's our job to create a tattoo based off the examples you provide us. Once you approve the drawing and size you will come in to one of our private stations and the tattoo will begin.

As you enter the station you will notice individually packaged and sterilized tattoo needles and tubes. All tattoo ink needed for your tattoo will be poured into individual disposable ink caps. You will see that the artist has covered their spray bottles, clip cords and anything else they will be handling during your tattoo with a plastic barrier to prevent cross contamination.

Once the process begins the area of the body where the tattoo is going is prepped by disinfecting the skin and shaving if it is needed. Then a tattoo stencil is applied, remember it's your tattoo the stencil can be moved as many times as you like, you have to love where it is. After flexing and posing in the mirror you will approve the placement and the tattoo will begin...and yes, it's going to hurt.

After the tattoo is finished you will take a look at it and probably also take a picture of it. Then your artist will bandage it and go over the aftercare with you.Leave the bandage for the next few hours, if you are going to be out for a while wait until you get home to take it off.

AFTERCARE

Wash the tattoo, using your hand soap and water remove any dry or crusty blood, but do NOT scrub it. Be gentle with it and pat dry. Apply a very thin layer of A and D ointment the ointment should absorb into your skin. This should be applied 3 to 4 times a day for ONLY 2 days. Then use an unscented hand or body lotion 2 times a day for the next 2 weeks. (Or otheraftercare ointment recommended by your tattoo artist.)

If you have any questions during the healing process please don't hesitate to call.