We at Famous Ink Tattoo Company are committed to working with you to create a work of body art that you will love and appreciate for a lifetime. There are 3 things essential to getting a quality tattoo, a talented artist, a nice design, and a clean/ sterile procedure area. Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions about tattoos and services. We always welcome any inquiries and will do our best to answer within a timely manner. See our Contact Us page for Contact information.
In this FAQs we will give you information on choosing a good artist and studio, and address many common questions to assure that your tattoo process is Good, Clean, & Fun. While design questions are too numerous and complex for the scope of this article, our staff is always happy to help. Here at Famous Ink, Inc., we are committed to friendly, personalized attention from beginning to end.
What Services do you currently offer?
At Famous Ink, Inc we specialize in giving you top quality tattoo and piercing services. You may shop our front counter for aftercare products, body jewelry, and Famous Ink T's.
Do I need an appointment?
We work by both appointment and walk-ins. You don’t always need an appointment, but they are usually ideal! Booking in advance is the best way to ensure you get your tattoo at your preferred time; from your preferred artist. Walk-in tattoos are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, if we have the time available that day for your project. We cannot guarantee availability over the phone/email. If we’re fully booked by the time you arrive, we can use that visit as an opportunity to book our earliest availability another day. Some artists book 1-2 months in advance, so please plan ahead. Appointments sometimes require a deposit and can be made by clicking the Set Appointments tab above. The selected artist will contact you if they require a deposit. Deposits are non-refundable and are applied to the final cost of your tattoo, providing you cancel or arrive in a timely manner (see cancelation policy below). Appointments set without deposit are subject to be changed or canceled at the artist's convenience/discretion. If you cancel 24 hours before your appointment you may secure your deposit by rescheduling for a later date. If you are ½ hour or later for an appointment or cancel without a minimum of 24 hours’ notice, you will forfeit the deposit. If you do not pay a deposit and consistently miss appointments your customer account will be disabled.
How do I know if the tattoo shop is clean?
Cleanliness is of the utmost importance. Take a look around; do you like what you see? Trust your eyes and your instincts. If you have any doubts just exit. Better safe than sorry. The artists’ supplies should be single-use disposable and the artist should change their gloves frequently during the tattoo process. Smoking, eating and pets should be restricted on the premises.
How are tattoos priced?
We price our tattoos at roughly $100-150 per hour (industry standard) and have a $60 minimum. Cash payments are preferred and appreciated, however we will accept Visa, Mastercard and debit cards, Cash App, and Paypal. Once we have a drawing, size and location we can give you a price quote. A quote dictates a price range based on the amount of time/effort we expect your tattoo to take. Quotes are done in studio, not over the phone. Rough estimated quotes may be done by contacting us or any artist on facebook, instagram or email, but the final quote will still need to be done in house for accuracy. Keep in Mind : Good Tattoos Aren’t Cheap and Cheap Tattoos Aren’t Good, but we do our best to be fair.
Am I expected to tip the tattoo artist/piercer?
Tips are appreciated, but not expected. Here at Famous Ink we appreciate you as a paying customer and will never expect you to do more than pay for the work provided.
How old do I need to be to get tattooed or pierced?
It is illegal to tattoo or pierce anyone under the age of 18, without the consent of a parent or guardian in the state of Louisiana. We'd prefer you to be 18, but we are not your MOTHER. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or legal guardian will need to come in with you, bring your birth certificate and her/his ID. It must be your parent or legal guardian (your sibling, aunt/uncle, or cousin/friend can not act as your guardian). In addition to the mandatory minimum age required by law, we reserve the right to refuse anyone’s service. Highly visible areas of the body will be done on a case-by-case basis. If we tell you “No”, please understand that it comes from decades of experience and a genuine desire for your long-term happiness. We don’t hate you or your money. If you are 18 or older YOU MUST HAVE YOUR Driver's License OR ID IN ORDER TO BE TATTOOED and be prepared to fill out a customer agreement.
Can my parent sign for me?
Yes. Your parent may sign for you. They must present their ID and your Birth Certificate for record keeping and they must be a part of the tattoo process. THEY MAY NOT DROP YOU OFF, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, IF YOU ARE A MINOR.
Can I have a drink before being tattooed?
It is illegal and ill advised to get tattooed while under the influence of alcohol. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol will not make your experience any better. It actually makes the process more difficult for you as well as the artist and raises the risk of complications. Other drugs, including Marijuana, can also have a negative impact on the process.
Can I get tattooed or pierced while pregnant or nursing?
No. Your body is going through tremendous changes and stress. Getting tattooed or pierced while pregnant or breast-feeding can negatively impact either/or your health and that of your baby. It’s simply not worth the risk.
Should I eat before being tattooed?
It is ideal to eat a healthy portioned meal within four hours of being tattooed. You don’t want to be starving or stuffed. Having stable blood sugar bolsters your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are released during the tattoo process. For long tattoo sessions bring some fruit and trail mix. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and aspiran .
Can we bring children to the shop?
We apologize for any inconvenience, however children are not allowed in Famous Ink Tattoo Company, unless they are being tattooed or pierced and accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
How long have your artist been tattooing?
Our artists have been tattooing for 2-20+ years. A portfolio, not longevity, is the best judge of an artist’s talent and suitability for your tattoo. Take a thorough look at photographs of work that the artists have accomplished. Feel free to ask our counter staff or artists any questions. They will be happy to lead you in the right direction.
Can I bring my own drawing?
We encourage you to bring in your own artwork or references and ideas that our artists can use to draw you a custom tattoo. A custom tattoo is a tattoo designed with you specifically in mind, made to fit your personal tastes as well as your body shape. We believe your tattoo should be yours and will not tattoo it on anyone else. Our artist may need to rework your personal drawings based on the drawings’ “tattoo-ability”. Custom tattoos require a deposit as well as time for the artist to draw. The amount of time necessary to draw your tattoo will depend on the scope of the piece as well as how booked the artist is. Once the artist has drawn for you he/she will re-work it, if necessary, until you are satisfied. Your deposit will be applied to the final cost/session of your tattoo. If you choose not to be tattooed or decide to cancel your appointment without sufficient notice, your deposit is forfeited, and considered a drawing fee for the artist.
How big does my tattoo have to be?
The size depends on the complexity of the image/text and the area of the body where the tattoo is being placed. In general, tattoos that look big on paper look far smaller in the larger context of your body. We will gladly consult with you to determine the best way to meet your needs and get a tattoo that will survive the test of time.
Can you fix/cover-up a bad tattoo that I have?
Probably So. Not every tattoo is an ideal candidate for fixing or covering. Additionally cover-ups require a special skill set and not all artists are good at them. A consult is essential to determine and discuss what imagery is necessary to adequately cover the old work. Consults are free and generally take 10-30 minutes to complete. Come in and speak with an artist.
Can I get tattooed over a scar?
It depends on the severity and maturity of the scar. This is judged on a case-by-case basis; in general, a scar should be at least one year old. Come in to discuss your options.
Does it hurt?
Yes. No. Maybe. Pain varies from person to person and from day to day. Most people compare getting a tattoo to the discomfort of scratching a sunburn or a B-Sting. Relax, don’t fight it and it will all be over soon… or in a few hours, depending on the size of the tattoo. We offer a numbing cream application for an additional fee. (charge may vary depending on the size of the area to be numbed/must be applied 1.5 hours before tattoo is done) Speak with your artist for more details.
What is the most painful place to be tattooed?
Again, pain is subjective and varies from person to person. Do not choose an area or a size based on the pain factor. The beauty of the tattoo will last for decades longer than the brief period of discomfort it takes to complete the tattoo.
What if I'm allergic to latex?
In general, it is important to inform your artist of any allergies or medical conditions. Nitrile gloves are the industry standard for the tattoo procedure. Use of latex gloves for the tattoo procedure is antiquated and unsafe and a strong indication that you should choose another studio.
How do I take care of my tattoo?
Listen to your artist! Not your buddy, not your mailman, not your uncle Bob. Your artist is the expert and they are invested in your healing their work properly so that the resulting healed tattoo is something that makes you both proud. Be sure to get a copy of the Aftercare Instructions when you are leaving the shop, also see the After Care Page for instructions and feel free to contact your artist.
How long can I expect for my tattoo to heal?
Tattoos when cared for properly takes approximately 3 weeks to initially heal. After 3 weeks you should be able to resume normal activities (swimming, gym, etc.) It takes a couple months for full healing.
What part of the body is hardest to heal?
Blood flow is an integral part of the healing process so the closer to the heart the better the healing. Healing of the lower legs and feet can take longer based on that fact. Another significant factor in healing is friction. Tattoos on the torso where clothing constricts and where pivotal movement is constant can lead to longer heal times and complications. Areas of the body with natural seams, like elbows and knees can have a harder time healing as well.
Is it normal for my new tattoo to scab?
Scabbing, flaking, peeling, dryness and a hazy appearance are all natural parts of the healing process. However, severe scabs that are deep and thick may indicate a need to change your aftercare routine and should be addressed with your tattoo artist.
Is it o.k. for me to tan?
Stay out of the sun and tanning booths, especially during the healing process. Any form of tanning can and will damage and fade a tattoo. If you are a sun worshiper, we recommend a SPF 30+ sun block for life.
What happens if my tattoo gets infected?
More often than not, what you perceive as an infection is actually an irritation. Allergic reactions or infections are extremely rare. If you think there is an issue, please come speak with your artist. If there is an actual infection, a physician will help you get healthy.
Are touch-ups free?
It depends. Whether its Hands, feet, knees, elbows and neck tattoos, you get one free touch-up within the first year. Other exceptions to receiving a free touch-up include setting and not showing for your touch-up appointment or blatant disregard of proper tattoo aftercare. Simply put, disregarding the importance of your artists’ time and advice disqualifies you from free touch-ups. If your behavior has fallen under the disrespectful category your future appointments may require gifts, money and/or apologies. It is also important to note that most tattoos do not require a touch-up! If you think you need one or are unsure, simply drop by the studio and ask your artist.
What if I don't like it?
Tattoo removal is a painful, expensive and imperfect process. It is best to circumvent the need for tattoo removal by choosing your artist and design wisely and then taking care of it diligently. Remember, a little extra time planning will save a lot of time regretting. You want to be sure you are getting a tattoo that you will be happy with for the rest of your life. If even with the best of planning and intentions the end result is still not perfect come back to the studio to discuss your options.
Deposits are applied to the cost of your tattoo with the following conditions:
Deposits are non-refundable.
24hrs Notice is required to change appointments.
Without at least 24hrs notice your deposit is forfeit.
48hrs or more notice is strongly preferred for cancellations.
Clients arriving 30 minutes late will forfeit their appointment time and their deposit.
A new deposit will be required to set another appointment.
Appointments longer than 2 hours will likely require a larger than $25 deposit to assure your space, per artist's discretion.