Our tattoo artists all have bloodborne pathogens, first aid, and CPR certifications. In an effort to minimize cross-contamination, our team uses disposable set-ups. This means their inks, needles, tubes, and other consumable products are single-use.
Most of our artists have been trained by our in-house program headed up by David Casper. As a tattoo artist with over 27 years of tattoo experience and an ever-growing knowledge base of techniques, technological advancements, and best practices to assure your safety and satisfaction.
We know that a tattoo is a joint effort between the client, artist, and the counter staff you interact with while booking your service. We strive for clear and accurate communication. We want to give you the design you crave. Sometimes clients provide a design that is outside the safe and reasonable limitations of either the skill set or physical limitations of tattoo equipment and skin. In such a case we will present risks or in some cases limitations that we know to be unattainable. Often we see images online that are done irresponsibly, without context, or fabricated with computer software. In such cases, we will do our best to inform clients of the reality of the situation so that they are not being misled and taken advantage of.
Ethics and responsibilities go hand in hand. Tattoos have undoubtedly become as much a fashion accessory as they have ever been ceremonial or memorial. This evolution has presented some tattooers with the ethical problem of paying their bills while maintaining a professional detachment that allows them to turn down unsustainable work. If you didn't know, the ink spreads in the skin over time and will eventually soften and blur (IE: Grandpa's old navy tattoo.) While the most current trend of tightly grouped ultra-fine-line tattoos has a truly beautiful aesthetic, we can assure you that they do not have a long life and will one day in the not-so-distant future have you looking like Gramps. Fine line work also has a habit of fading rapidly. Tattoo ink will break down and fade with exposure to UV light. Lighter colors are especially vulnerable to this issue. Skin pigmentation limits the visibility of the ink. As a tattoo heals layers of skin cells build over the tattoo. The melanin in the skin can be more opaque, regardless of it being genetic or acquired through sun exposure. Fine-line tattoos are particularly susceptible to this struggle.
We also use technology to our advantage to ensure clear and direct communication with our clients through Q&A forms and texting, digital design tools to cut on wasted paper and expedited drawing time, and social media to reach and stay connected with our clients.