Questions & Answers – Piercing & Tattoo Procedure

  • Whats going to happen? (start to finish)
    • You will fill out paper work and provide the appropriate identification.
    • For piercings, our front end staff will help you find the perfect jewelry for your modification.
    • The artist will set up their work station and obtain the properly sterilized equipment they will need for the procedure.
    • The artist will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have at that time.
    • The procedure will be preformed.
    • Aftercare will be explained to you after or during the procedure. You will also be provided your own written copy for reference.
  • Are people going to be watching?
    • This depends on you, if you would like privacy during your procedure, ask your artist and they will make the appropriate accommodations.
  • Can people be there with me during my procedure?
    • Yes, but they must listen to the artists instructions at all times while in the tattooing or piercing rooms.
    • Many surfaces are considered clean and will become contaminated if you; or anything you are carrying makes contact with them.
    • Never touch anything within the artists room.
    • If you are less than 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must accompany you.
  • Can someone hold my hand?
    • This depends on the artist, and the actual procedure.
    • Physical contact might not be possible if it hinders the artist’s ability to work.
    • Just ask and your artists will let you know if it is ok.
  • How long does this take?
    • A piercing will take less than a second. Literally. For most procedures setup and the after care discussion will take longer than the procedure its self.
    • A tattoo is completely dependent on the size and complexity of the piece.
    • For tattoos if you are receiving a large piece, you should be prepared to sit for long periods of time. Feel free to ask your artist for breaks if you begin to feel uncomfortable.
    • When receiving a modification it is always a good idea to have a decent meal and wear comfortable clothes.
  • I am getting light headed or nauseous during my modification, what do I do?
    • Immediately tell your artist!
    • This is nothing to be embarrassed about and happens all the time.
    • The entire HBA staff is trained in first aid and will know how to help you.
  • Tipping my artist?
    • Tipping is customary, not required, and is greatly appreciated.
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