What happens at a consultation?
At your consultation your artist will discuss size, layout and placement with you. They will also discuss a price range, either for a single-session tattoo, or an hourly rate for a larger, multi-session tattoo. If the artist feels that they can meet your expectations, you like their direction and you decide to book, then they will take a deposit, typically equivalent to one hour of the artist's hourly rate, to start work on your design.
It is super helpful to bring in any reference pictures of tattoos, artwork, or photos that you like the look of to help explain your ideas to your artist, but remember we are all custom artists, and will use your references as inspiration only and not directly copy someone else's tattoo that you bring in. This ensures that you get a super unique tattoo designed just for you. We do have a large library of reference material for you to check out, but do not have many pre-drawn designs, with the exception of some drawn by our artists.
How should I prepare for my tattoo appointment?
Be well rested, hydrate and eat two to three hours before your appointment. Wear comfortable clothing that you would not mind getting dirty, and will easily allow access to the area of your body that will be tattooed. Feel free to bring music or other entertainment that you can enjoy without moving (a book, podcast, or a tablet with a movie for very long sessions). We also recommend bringing a small snack and a sugary drink, especially if this is your first tattoo. Being tired, hungover or having low blood sugar can increase the discomfort level, which brings us to our next point:
Can I drink or take pain medication before my tattoo?
No. Alcohol and aspirin thin your blood, making you bleed more than normal. This will make your appointment more difficult and cause your tattoo to take longer. Excessive bleeding can also make your tattoo heal improperly - causing it to look faded and unattractive. If you take any prescription medication, especially any type of blood thinner, please check with your physician to make sure it is safe to receive a tattoo on your medication and let us know before your appointment. It is important that you are in a clear state of mind and feeling well during the tattoo - we won’t tattoo you otherwise.
Can I drink or take pain medication after my tattoo?
Refrain from drinking immediately after your tattoo appointment. After any bleeding has stopped, generally a few hours later, you can resume regular merriment or take tylenol or ibuprofen to help with swelling or pain.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept Cash and Credit Cards (Visa, MC, AmEx, and Discover) and Venmo. We do accept cards, but like any small business we appreciate cash transactions.
Is It OK to Get a Tattoo if I'm Sick?
Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn't at 100% isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.
Is Tanning OK When You Have Tattoos?
It might be really tempting to get some rays during the summer months or hit up the tanning salon, but before you ruin your tattoo, take propper care of your investment. Don't take a gamble by not properly caring for it. It only takes a little effort and time to either cover up or safeguard your tattoo with sunscreen. Proper care can keep a tattoo looking vibrant for years to come, meaning you won't have to go back for constant touch-ups.
Can you fix my old tattoo?
Old tattoos can be easily reworked into a fresh work of art. Color can be added to brighten your existing tattoo or with a little creativity even turned into a completely new (although larger) tattoo. There's no use in going through life with "Susan" tattooed on your arm if you love "Pam." Thanks to The Lost Sheep Tattoo & Piercing, it can all be corrected. Why wait? We fix other tattoo shop's mistakes every day!
Can I bring my own Jewelry for Piercings?
NO! We only the highest quality jewelry available. It is sonically cleaned and then autoclaved for your protection. There is no disgusting jewelry exchange or re-use of even our own jewelry! You must purchase your jewelry from the The Lost Sheep tattoo & Piercing in order for us to ensure our high quality of standards. Remember, SAFE IS SMART!
How do i care for my new piercing?
Healing time for piercing varies from person to person and from piercing to piercing.
If you have any questions or healing problems, feel free to call us. However, please understand that its employees are not physicians and can only offer suggestions based upon their experience. You are strongly encouraged to consult with a physician prior to the piercing and the physician's advice takes precedence over The Lost Sheeps's suggestions.
In the event that you experience rash, discharge of fluid, bleeding, swelling, excessive redness, pain, or similar conditions, including but not limited to the pierced area, seek medical attention from your physician as soon as possible. Although you may feel the situation may not require medical attention, it is best to be conservative and have the doctor evaluate your condition . Remember, the first rule you must observe after you have received the piercing is to keep the area clean, do not touch it without washing your hands, and do not let the area come into contact with other people or objects (including kissing or sex) for at least eight (8) weeks or longer if the healing process is slowed. It is most important that new piercings be thoroughly cleaned twice daily, or more often as your physician may direct.
The aftercare you give your piercing will determine how quickly your piercing heals and its appearance. It is very important to follow these guidelines and the orders of your physician to the best of your ability.
Periodically, check to make sure that your pierced jewelry has not worked itself loose or unscrewed, as this may cause a dangerous condition.
What kind of jewelry do i get?
All jewelry is made of quality surgical stainless steel, and there are many different styles to choose from along with dangling charms and different colored semi-precious stones.
Does getting a piercing hurt?
Generally, piercings don't hurt. The actual piercing only takes seconds, and the only discomfort you get is just getting used to having the jewelry in.
Can i go swimming after a piercing?
It is not recommended to go swimming right away after your new piercing. Pool water may be contaminated therefore you can can contract a bacterial infection. Lake and rivers are also a good idea to stay away from until the piercing has healed. There has been reports that state the beach/ocean is actually not bad to your new piercing due to the organic salt content in the water, but again you may consult with your own physician and ask them.
Can you numb the area before piecing?
No. Licensed medical professionals can legally administer intravenous anesthetics. Besides, the piercing itself would be less painful and 3 times faster if done by a professional. No, grandmas "Ice" Technique will worsen the process because Ice hardens the area to be piercing due to the fast temperature change on the surface of the dermis.
Due to Covid-19, we have limited the number of customers in the store to fifty percent (50%) of stated fire capacity. We have limited the number of people in the shop so that patrons can stay six (6) feet apart. Arranged seating so that groups of customers are separated from one another by six (6) feet. Workers will wear Face Coverings when they are within six (6) feet of another person. Patrons in The Lost Sheep are strongly encouraged to wear Face Coverings when they are within six (6) feet of another person, unless they cannot wear Face Coverings due to religious beliefs, age, or a medical or behavioral health condition.