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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TATTOO AFTERCARE

AFTERCARE: How do I take care of my tattoo while it’s healing?

We recommend using Saniderm, which is a medical grade, non-latex, adhesive bandage a client would keep over their tattoo for 4-5 days. Your skin secretes plasma which will heal your tattoo underneath the bandage.

If you are NOT using Saniderm, please follow the below instructions

After your appointment:

Keep bandage on for about an hour (or up to three hours). Wash hands then remove bandage in a clean environment. Wash tattoo with non-scented, anti-bacterial soap (I recommend Cetaphil or Dial Gold). Do not use a washcloth when washing tattoo; instead gently wash with your hand. Allow to air dry or gently pat dry with a clean towel.  Repeat this process before you go to bed.

Next 3-4 Days:

Upon waking up, gently wash the area in lukewarm water. Don’t allow the water to directly hit the tattoo area. Instead, disperse water with your hand. Apply non-scented, anti-bacterial soap. Lather on tattoo area, then gently wash away the soap. Your body will be secreting plasma and will also be pushing out some of the excess ink—you will most likely see a gooey film over your tattoo—this is normal!

Wash tattoo three times a day. This prevents the risk of infection.

After each washing, gently apply a very small amount of ointment over the area (I recommend Aquaphor, H2Ocean, or A&D ointment; DO NOT USE VASELINE or NEOSPORIN.) A little ointment goes a long way, so don’t glob it up there. You just want to moisturize the area.

After the 4 Days:

Once you’ve passed the four-day window, the plasma is no longer seeping out of your skin. The excess ink that your body does not absorb will begin to flake off. Do NOT peel or pick at your flaking skin! Some parts of the tattoo are still not healed, and you may pull remaining ink out of your skin. After day 4, switch to non-scented moisturizer or lotion. Apply 3-4 times a day.

Depending on your skin, age, overall health, and the size of the tattoo, your tattoo can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to completely heal (underneath skin too).

While your tattoo is healing:

DO NOT go swimming, use hot tubs, or submerge your tattoo in any water.

DO NOT scratch or pick at the tattooed area.

LIMIT your tattoo’s exposure to the sun. The less your tattoo sees the sunlight, the longer it will stay vibrant.

AFTERCARE: How do I take care of my tattoo after it’s healed?

The more you take care of your skin, the longer your tattoo will last and remain vibrant!

To care for your tattoo after it’s healed, please:

1. Always wear sunscreen when your tattoo is exposed to the sun. Over-exposure to sunlight is a tattoo’s worst enemy.
2. Keep your tattoo moisturized. Moisturized skin is healthy skin.

GENERAL INFO

Are you a licensed studio?

Yes! The Wake County Environmental Health & Safety Department inspects the studio and each resident artist annually.

Can I get tattooed if I’m under 18 years old?

No. According to North Carolina law, an individual MUST be 18 years or older to be tattooed. If you are under 18 years old, we CANNOT accept parental/guardian permission to tattoo you.

What is your shop minimum?

The shop minimum of $60 covers basic costs necessary to provide you with the level of service expected of First Class Tattoo.

How much will my tattoo cost?

The cost of your tattoo is based on several factors such as design, size, placement, intricacy, color vs. black & grey, and style. For smaller pieces, typically you will be provided a flat rate cost. For larger tattoos, you may be given an hourly rate (this is at each artist’s discretion).

Cost quotes over the phone or internet are very difficult due to the factors above and could possibly be inaccurate.

Do you take deposits?

Yes. A $60 deposit is required to secure a tattoo appointment. This amount goes towards the price of your tattoo and is NON-REFUNDABLE. If a deposit is not paid, your appointment time is available for anyone to take.

If you need to reschedule your appointment, the $60 deposit is transferrable as long as you provide your artist with at least 24 hours notice. Clients are allowed ONE reschedule with a minimum of 24 hour notice. However, if less than 24 hours notice is given, you forfeit your deposit and another $60 deposit will be required if you choose to reschedule. 

We apologize if this policy causes any inconvenience, but it is necessary to protect the artists of First Class Tattoo Raleigh. Their time is valuable as they typically spend hours preparing for the appointment as well as lose the opportunity to earn money if you do not show up to your appointment (no-show). We thank you for your cooperation.

Do you offer consultations?

Yes! We highly recommend that clients schedule a free consultation before the actual tattoo session, so you and your artist can discuss your ideas and have a great starting point for your tattoo. Having a face to face consultation before a tattoo appointment allows both parties to get better acquainted, express design ideas, and discuss things like body placement, any concerns with the tattoo design, and budget.

How do I prepare for my consultation appointment?

A consultation appointment typically lasts 30 minutes and is used to discuss your ideas. Remember to bring any pictures/sketches for reference.


Please be prepared to discuss:
1. Subject (What do you want?)
2. Size (Approximate Inches by Inches)
3. Placement (Body part or area)
4. Color or Black & Grey
5. Style (American Traditional, Watercolor, etc.)
6. Font Type (Only applicable if you want lettering)
7. Budget

How do I set up a tattoo appointment? Is an appointment required?

No, but it does guarantee you time. Walk-ins are always welcome but cannot be guaranteed; they are first-come, first-serve. Artists can often book up to 4 weeks out, especially since weekend appointments are in high demand. Keep in mind there typically is more immediate availability for weekday appointments.

Once you are added to the online booking system, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, notify us (and check your spam folder)! A $60 deposit is required to hold appointment times. If the deposit is not paid, your appointment slot is available for anyone to take.

How should I prepare for my tattoo appointment?

The below tips are helpful when preparing for your tattoo appointment:

1. Eat something before your appointment (nourish and hydrate yourself).
2. Bring your state-issued driver’s license, identification card, or passport.
3. Wear comfortable clothing & wear clothing that allows the location you’re getting tattooed to be easily accessed.
4. Please limit additional guests to 1 person. Only 1 friend can come into the booth with you.
5. Bring CASH ONLY to pay for your tattoo.
6. You must be at least 18 years old. You cannot be intoxicated, pregnant, or sick.
7. Get excited! You’re getting a tattoo!

What if I need to reschedule my appointment?

We understand life happens and you may have something that conflicts with your scheduled appointment time. If you need to reschedule your appointment, please notify your artist or First Class Tattoo studio AT LEAST 24 hours before your appointment.

If you are unable to provide at least 24 hours notice, unfortunately you forfeit your deposit and another $60 deposit will be required if you choose to reschedule.  The $60 non-refundable deposit is transferrable as long as you provide your artist with at least 24 hours notice. Clients are allowed ONE reschedule with a minimum of 24 hour notice.

We apologize if this policy causes any inconvenience, but it is necessary to protect the artists of First Class Tattoo Raleigh. Their time is valuable as they typically spend hours preparing for the appointment as well as lose the opportunity to earn money if you do not show up to your appointment (no-show). We thank you for your cooperation.

What if I missed my appointment?

If you missed your appointment without notifying your artist or First Class Tattoo studio with AT LEAST 24 hours notice, you forfeit your deposit and another $60 deposit will be required if you choose to reschedule.  The $60 non-refundable deposit is transferrable as long as you provide your artist with at least 24 hours notice. Clients are allowed ONE reschedule with a minimum of 24 hour notice.

We apologize if this policy causes any inconvenience, but it is necessary to protect the artists of First Class Tattoo Raleigh. Their time is valuable as they typically spend hours preparing for the appointment as well as lose the opportunity to earn money if you do not show up to your appointment (no-show). We thank you for your cooperation.

Should I tip?

Tips are always appreciated but never expected. With that being said, you should always consider tipping those who provide a service for you. Whether it’s your barber, waiter, etc. you should consider tipping them.

Do you offer price quotes over-the-phone or via internet?

No. Cost quotes over the phone or internet are very difficult and could possibly be inaccurate. It’s in your best interest to schedule a consultation. If you have a price range/budget in mind, your artist can design a tattoo for your budget.

The cost of your tattoo is based on several factors such as design, size, placement, intricacy, color vs. black & grey, and style. For smaller pieces, typically you will be provided a flat rate cost. For larger tattoos, you may be given an hourly rate (this is at each artist’s discretion).

Which methods of payment do you accept?

First Class Tattoo prefers cold hard cash, but also accepts all major debit/cards (chip and magstripe enabled).

Can I bring a friend with me to my appointment?

Yes, please limit the number of friends you bring—only 1 person can accompany you into the booth. Please also keep in mind that parking is very limited, so if extra friends come separately, parking will be prioritized for clients with appointments.

Do you offer piercings?

Although piercings are rad, we do not offer piercing services.

Do you offer laser tattoo removal?

No, at this time we do not offer laser tattoo removal services.

Do you do cover-ups?

Yes! We fix tattoos and provide tattoo cover-ups. When planning cover-up tattoos, keep in mind that the new tattoo typically has to be larger and darker than the one you are covering up.

919-606-1657
info@firstclasstattooraleigh.com