Frequently Asked Questions


Do you take walk-ins?

Walk-ins are welcome when we have an available artist. It’s best to call ahead to check our availability, especially on weekends as we tend to be pretty busy. If you would like a custom drawing, it’s best to start by sending reference photos to our Facebook page or calling the shop directly. 

What is the process for having you draw from my ideas?

If you would like a custom drawing done, you will need to schedule a consultation. This is a free, 30-minute appointment where you will meet with your artist to discuss your ideas for your tattoo. Please bring any drawings, photos, notes, etc. to help illustrate your ideas and develop your aesthetic. 

At the end of the consult there is no need to continue, but if you and the artist decide to move forward and start working on a piece, you will be required to pay a draw fee and/or deposit. These fees are non-refundable. The draw fee pays for the time the artist takes to complete your drawing, and is always $40. This deposit will go toward the total of your final tattoo cost.

What is your appointment deposit policy?

NO REFUNDS. This deposit holds your appointment time and will be applied to your bill for tattoo time once your appointment is done. This deposit is not refundable under any circumstance, but you are allowed to reschedule your appointment if necessary. As long as you call to reschedule 48 hours in advance of your appointment, we will honor your deposit. If you decide not to do the tattoo, or if you don’t show up for your appointment, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR DEPOSIT. 

What is your draw fee policy?

The draw fee compensates the artist for time spent researching and creating your custom drawing, based on your description and specific requests. This fee is included in your deposit. This deposit is not refundable under any circumstance. No part of this fee gets applied to your tattoo sitting. 

Revisions: You may request small changes to your artwork for no extra charge. However, if you decide to make significant changes, or make more than two revisions, the artist may require an additional draw fee to pay for their time.

The artist maintains all copyrights to the artwork created for you, and drawings may not leave the shop without the artist’s express permission. This includes photos.

The artist reserves the right to refer you to another artist if they feel that they are not a good fit for your project.

What types of payment do you accept?

Cash, debit, Visa and Mastercard. We do not accept checks or EBT.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Call us at  (360) 217-8463 or stop by!

What should I bring to my consultation?

We encourage you to bring any visual references to help us understand your ideas, such as drawings, photographs, sketches, doodles, images from the web, or objects.

Please be prepared to describe the tattoo you want, including ideas for size, color and placement. If you are unsure about the subject matter or placement, we urge you to give it some more thought before scheduling a consult. It is worth the time it takes to figure out the perfect tattoo that you will have forever!

How do I prepare for my tattoo appointment?

Be sure to arrive on time, and be well-rested, fed and hydrated. Dress comfortably, and in clothes that allow easy access to the area to be tattooed. Tattooing can sometimes be messy, so be sure to wear something you won’t mind getting ink on.

Before we start, you will fill out a release form, so be sure to bring ID.

Do you do cover-ups?

Yes, but a consultation with one of our tattoo artists is required. Please give us a call at  (360) 217-8463 .

Can I take pain meds or have a drink before my tattoo?

In general, over-the-counter pain medications do little to help with any discomfort associated with getting a tattoo. Also, aspirin and other NSAIDS such as ibuprofen (Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) have at least some blood-thinning properties, so we recommend NOT taking them for at least one day before your tattoo. It is generally okay to take something AFTER the tattoo is finished to help relieve pain and/or swelling. However, we are not licensed healthcare professionals and cannot legally prescribe any medicines or diagnose health concerns. Please consult your doctor with any questions about this.

How do I take care of my tattoo? *AFTERCARE*

 • Leave dressing on for at least 5 hours, preferably overnight for heavy coloring and shading.
• If you have pets who sleep in your bed you will need to change your linens. Pet hair in open wounds is the leading cause of staph infections and MRSA.
• After removing dressing wash thoroughly with an antibacterial, unscented soap and pat dry.
• Apply a thin layer of ointment to the tattoo. Allow to dry completely between applications. We offer balms and ointments for your convenience!
• No sun exposure or soaking in water of any kind. (This does not apply to second skin dressing.)
• After peeling stops, you may begin to moisturize with an unscented lotion or balm.
• After 2 weeks your tattoo will be healed completely! Please send pictures so we can ensure that your piece healed appropriately and schedule your free touch up if necessary.
• Now you can show off your new tattoo to all your family and friends! Please tag the shop in any Facebook or Instagram posts! Also, don't forget to rate and review the shop! THANK YOU and welcome to the HotRod Family 

What is your policy on touch-ups?

We provide touch-ups for the life of your tattoo. The tattoos we provide should last you a lifetime and we guarantee the work that we do.  Touch-ups are for correcting imperfections that might occur during the healing process. It’s not unusual for some tattoos to have a bit of color come out during healing – we will always fix that sort of thing, so long as the aftercare instructions were followed. We want every client to be thrilled with their new tattoo!

Things not considered a free touch-up would be: additions, color changes, or refreshing colors that have faded due to sun exposure. You are expected to care for your tattoo by keeping it out of the sun, and applying sunblock whenever necessary to keep it from fading.


Do you allow kids or animals in your shop?

We love animals, but we absolutely cannot allow them inside the shop, for sanitary (infection control) reasons.

We strongly advise not bringing young children or infants into a tattoo shop. Although we are constantly cleaning, one never know what a child can encounter crawling around the floor, or just being near someone getting a tattoo. Also, young children tend to get very bored and it is extremely disruptive to other clients if children are running around the shop. As long as they are with a parent or guardian, minors between ages 12 and 18 may be allowed to watch or sit quietly during your session.

Can I bring a friend?

You can certainly bring a friend to your tattoo appointment as it can sometimes help to have a friend to chat with during your session. The more the merrier!

Do you sell gift certificates?

Yes we do – just come by the shop! You can buy a gift certificate for any amount, and they never expire.

How long do I need to wait before going into the Sun/Water with my new tattoo?

Water:Healing times vary, but generally may go swimming/soaking after 2-3 weeks into healing. The key is to check for the presence of scabs. If there is any remaining scabbing, DO NOT go into the water!

Sun:Healing tattoos are very sensitive to the sun’s rays. We recommend waiting at least 2 weeks before applying sunblock/sunscreen to a new tattoo. Before that, just keep it covered in shade or under lightweight clothing.

For the life of your tattoo, keeping it out of sunlight will prolong its detail and brightness. Sunlight can fade colors, blur lines and generally remove details from tattoos. The best defense is covering up, but a mineral based sunblock (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) with a high SPF is a good second. These block UVB and UVA rays, and generally work better than chemical-based sunscreens.

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