Do I have to have an appointment to get tattooed? Or do you take walk-ins too?

 

We work by appointment and walk-ins!

Appointments are recommended for larger tattoos.

We do our best to tattoo as many walk-in clients as we can get in between our appointments, or when we have cancellations, and at the same time we are committed to not rushing any tattoos and giving everyone the time they deserve for a great tattoo. We set up all walk-ins at the shop on a first come first serve basis. This way we can talk to you in person about sizes, location, and your personal design and make sure we allow enough time for a great drawing and a great tattoo.

 

How do I choose the right Tattoo Shop to get tattooed in?


RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH!! Ask around to your friends & family, look up shops online, and read about them on review websites. A good shop will have plenty of good reviews. You want to make sure a shop is licensed and provides sterile tattoo services. GO TO THE STUDIO! DO NOT call around or price shop. You want to make sure the studio is super clean, smells clean, has friendly, nice tattooers who actually care about your tattoo and your tattoo experience AND the shop should have portfolios filled with high quality completed tattoos for you to review.

Is your studio licensed by the state of Texas?


Absolutely! Not only are we licensed with the state, we are also Blood Borne Pathogens Certified and renew our First Aid Certification every year. We follow all laws set forth by

The Texas Department of State Health Services Drugs and Medical Devices Group

which is responsible for the enforcement of Health and Safety Code, Chapter 146, Tattoo and Certain Body Piercing Studio Act. We go above and beyond the state standards. 

We are also randomly inspected by the Texas Health Department and are proud to say we have passed every time.

How do you provide a sterile tattoo procedure?


All of our tattoo and piercing needles and tubes are single use. 

Each needle and tube arrive sealed, packed and sterilized from the manufacturer.

After a needle and or tube is opened and used on a client it gets properly disposed of.

How do I choose the best artist for me?
The best way to choose a tattooer is to look at their portfolio and to ask the right questions. Look for a tattooer who has a portfolio which displays tattoos done in the style you are desiring. A good tattooer with good morals should have no problem referring you to an tattooer within the shop or another shop who can do the best job for you.

What can I expect to happen at my consultation?
At your consultation you will be able to speak with your tattooer and his assistant to discuss your tattoo idea. We will brainstorm, look at some references pictures, take notes, and trace out the body part where the tattoo is going -if needed.

What does it cost to get tattooed?
Every shop has a shop minimum for small tattoos. This is for tattoos that are very small and take about 20 mins or less to complete. At Arc Angel Tattoo, our shop minimum is $60. Our tattooers rates are between $100-$150/hour. Most people like to sit for 2 hour sessions on average as this provides plenty of time to get a large amount done. How many sessions it will take to complete your tattoo will depend on the design, the placement, the tattooer and your skin.

We DO NOT quote tattoos over the internet or phone...

For a price estimate, you must come in so we can properly quote you based on the design detail, placement, size, etc.

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We prefer cash payments for deposits and tattoo services.

If you prefer credit card, we accept Visa, and MasterCard only.

How do I choose the best artist for me?
The best way to choose a tattooer is to look at their portfolio and to ask the right questions. Look for a tattooer who has a portfolio which displays tattoos done in the style you are desiring. A good tattooer with good morals should have no problem referring you to an tattooer within the shop or another shop who can do the best job for you.

What can I expect to happen at my consultation?
At your consultation you will be able to speak with your tattooer and his assistant to discuss your tattoo idea. We will brainstorm, look at some references pictures, take notes, and trace out the body part where the tattoo is going -if needed.

What does it cost to get tattooed?
Every shop has a shop minimum for small tattoos. This is for tattoos that are very small and take about 20 mins or less to complete. At Arc Angel Tattoo, our shop minimum is $60. Our tattooers rates are between $100-$150/hour. Most people like to sit for 2 hour sessions on average as this provides plenty of time to get a large amount done. How many sessions it will take to complete your tattoo will depend on the design, the placement, the tattooer and your skin.

We DO NOT quote tattoos over the internet or phone...

For a price estimate, you must come in so we can properly quote you based on the design detail, placement, size, etc.

 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We prefer cash payments for deposits and tattoo services.

If you prefer credit card, we accept Visa, and MasterCard only.

I scheduled an appointment, but changed my idea. Now what?

Please let us know as far in advance as possible.

We put a lot of time and effort into our schedule and like to be as prepared as possible.

If you change your idea but don’t tell us until your appointment -

(1) We may not have you with the artist best suited for your new idea.

(2) We may not have enough time scheduled for you to allow for drawing the new idea and tattooing it.

There’s nothing more heartbreaking then to spend a lot of time drawing for an appointment just to have the client show up with an entirely new idea. Please keep us informed


Does it hurt to get tattooed? What does it feel like?
Ehh, getting tattooed does hurt... But it is more of an annoying pain and not super painful.

It's like a sharp vibrating sensation.

Just remember.... it hurts to be beautiful! =]

How can I best prepare for my tattoo?
Make sure you get a full 8 hours of sleep the night before, eat and drink plenty of water.

You want to be well rested and hydrated to make the tattoo process go well for you.

You should eat a larger meal 1.5-2.5 hours prior to getting tattooed to avoid feeling lightheaded while getting tattooed. 

Feel free to bring water, candy and/or some juice in case you start to feel dizzy or light headed.

(This happens when you experience a decrease in blood sugar levels during the tattoo process because your body is reacting to the pain via surges of adrenaline.)

Can I have an allergic reaction?
Although not common, allergic reactions can occur. We ask each client about allergies before we begin the tattoo.

It is important to be honest with your artist so they can use a different product if needed in order to avoid a reaction.

What can I expect on the day of my tattoo appointment?

The day of your tattoo appointment, please arrive 5-10 minuets early to fill out necessary paperwork.

Be sure to bring a government issued ID (with name and picture) with you!

After or during your paperwork the tattooer will show you the drawing, make any changes if needed and begin tattooing you!

If you need to take a break, just ask and the tattooer will find a good stopping point.

What can I expect to see during the healing process?

During the healing process, it is normal to see slight swelling (extreme sun-burn feeling) itchy, flaky, soreness.

If it gets oozy or weird colored or at the first sign of infection or an allergic reaction,

consult a health care practitioner and report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or

adverse reaction to the tattooer, shop owner and to the

Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group, at 1-888-839-6676.


What will my tattoo aftercare consist of?

The Texas Department of State Health Services Drugs and Medical Devices Group recommends the following aftercare.

  • for at least two weeks, minimize exposure to the sun, discourage swimming;

  • properly cleanse the tattooed area;

  • apply antibiotic ointment or cream;

  • use sterile bandage(s) or other sterile dressing(s) when necessary;

  • the client shall consult a health care practitioner at the first sign of infection or an allergic reaction, and report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the tattoo to the artist and to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group, at 1-888-839-6676.

 

 

Truth is... your body knows how to heal all by itself and putting something on the outside of it really does very little to create healing.

 

Arc Angel Tattoo has tried different heading methods and we prefer the...

NATURAL AND DRY HEALING METHOD!

 

Meaning...

For the next 4 days,

Wash the newly tattooed area 2 times a day in very warm water.

Wash your HANDS, then begin washing your new tattoo.

Present the tattoo indirectly to the water-flow.  

As the sensitivity passes, move the tattoo directly to the water-flow.  

Allow the tattoo to “soak” for a few moments.

Remove the tattoo from the water-flow.

Work up a THICK lather of Antibacterial Soap between your hands, transfer the lather by hand to the tattoo, and gently begging washing the tattoo with a circular “buffing” motion using gentle pressure.  

NEVER “scrub” or “scratch” your tattoo while washing it!

Rinse the tattoo directly to the water-flow.  

While rinsing the tattoo, continue to rub in a circular motion.

Typically the tattoo will still feel “slimy” or “slick” after the first washing.

This is due to the blood plasma on the surface of the new tattoo, left in place, this plasma will harden and form scabs, so it MUST be removed-  GENTLY!!!  

Once the tattoo is thoroughly clean, turn the water to 100% cold and present the tattoo indirectly to the water-flow.  

This shrinks the pores in your skin, assisting the skin in its effort to close the wound and stop the oozing of blood plasma.

Let the tattoo AIR DRY!

NEVER WIPE A FRESH TATTOO DRY!

(if you must dry... dab it with a CLEAN source that WILL NOT leave anything behind!)

 

Your body knows how to heal all by itself!

Keep the tattoo dry, let it breath air & leave it alone.


We have used dry method for a long time, and for us it gives the best looking tattoo after healing.

Dry Heal looks the best after the tattoo is settled in the skin. It does not thicken the skin layers over the tattoo, it does not make the tattoo milky, it does not deepen the scaring in the mineral staining 3rd layers of skin...

it allows the tattoo to look crisp and vibrant for many decades to come.

 

In addition to the 2 washings/day wash the tattoo if you find blood plasma beading on the surface, and anytime it comes into contact with possible contaminates, such as pets, children’s hands, dust-filled breezes, cloth upholstery, sweat, work outs, etc.

Things to Remember!
-DO keep it dry
-DON'T irritate it with abrasive or tight clothing.
-DON'T let it get dirty.
-DON'T keep touching & rubbing it.
-DON'T scratch it. 
-DON'T irritate it or let it get infected (use your common sense to achieve this).  
-YES it will itch, put on your grown up pants and quit whining, welcome to the tattoo world!