Frequently Asked Questions

Tattoo FAQ

Can I discuss my tattoo idea without an appointment or deposit?

We are not taking walk-ins for the most part, so an appointment to plan your in-person consult is best! Though, not everyone requires a consultation. If you have an idea, we recommend you use our TATTOO INQUIRY FORM to get a quote and discuss further. For people who wish to talk with a tattoo artist, especially for large pieces, we ask that you call beforehand to make sure the tattoo artist is available when you come. You are still welcome to visit without an appointment, however, you may have to wait to see the artist.

Will my tattoo hurt?

The human body is actually well equipped to deal with being tattooed. Usually, after the first few minutes, the body will release natural chemicals that help to numb the area. However, you should still expect to feel slight scratching, and heat from the skin, all of which is a completely natural, and safe reaction.

Everyone is different, some people feel pain, others don't. When people do experience pain, it is usually more of a discomfort as opposed to pain. It's really not that bad, trust us. :)

I'm not sure what I want or where it should go??

If you are not sure what tattoo you actually want, we would suggest you do some basic research for the type of design, style, and size. For example, if you are thinking of a tattoo related to flowers, search for "Flower Tattoo Designs" and bring us the designs you like.

When you give us an idea, an artist will draw a design to see if you are happy before going any further.

Some area's of the body are going to better than others to place your tattoo. With time, your tattoo can be affected by how your skin ages. We can help you decide on the day or when you come to speak to us.

Will you charge me for drawing the tattoo design / Do I need to leave a deposit? (Deposit Policy)

We do not specifically charge you for the drawing, however, we require that you pay a non-refundable deposit before the artist starts to draw anything. The artist is taking time to create this drawing for you for the sole purpose of the design being tattooed on your person. You will not own the drawing, even if you pay a deposit. The drawing will always remain the property of the artist.

When making an appointment for your tattoo, you will be given a quote depending on the complexity of the pattern, style, and design. We will contact you to make any other changes if needed. In other cases, the modifications will be made, if necessary, on the day.
Tattooers are providing a service and craft-- so you will still be charged the initial deposit should you: 1.) cancel less than 48 hours before your appointment, 2.) do not show for your appointment, 3.) cause issues for the artist (i.e. too many design changes/combative) or 4.) You reschedule more than once. The deposit is always non-refundable and a refund for it is at artist discretion, regardless of how much time the artist has spent on your design (whether 30 minutes or 5 hours). By paying for the deposit you are agreeing to these terms, as staff always indicates in writing or verbally that the deposit is non-refundable.

Can I get a quote via phone?

No. For the most accurate pricing, we recommend using the form (Contact Us) to get all the details sorted. This will ensure you get the more accurate price based on size, location, design, as well as any other details. Since tattoos are a visual craft, we cannot based on audible discussion what something may or may not cost.

Can you send my design via email?

You can only view your design in the shop. You're welcome to set up an in-person consultation so the sketches and design(s) can be reviewed before getting tattoo'd.

Can you tattoo over a scar or mole?

It is possible to tattoo on a scar provided that it is not recent and it is not too much relief (Minimum 2 years).

A scar does not have the same texture as your skin, so it is not possible to tattoo as easily as elsewhere. Skin surfaces with scar tissue, especially from severe burns, are often difficult to rework. It often takes a while.

Moles are generally not recommended to be tattooed over. Tattoo ink can hide suspicious changes in moles. Ink can also seep into underlying tissues and mimic the spread of metastatic melanoma.

Can I copy a tattoo in your gallery?

All images, photos, drawings, illustrations are original creations, works of the spirit of the artists of Angel Tattoo. These works are protected by copyright and intellectual property law.

You DO NOT have permission to copy or reproduce ANY images in any format from our website, social media pages, or other platforms displaying our work.

We thank you to respect these laws.

Can I apply an anesthetic cream prior to my appointment?

You are welcome to use an anesthetic cream. We sell these in the shop so you are welcome to visit us to discuss how and when to apply the cream before your tattoo appointment. Please be aware the anesthetics do not kick in until AFTER skin is broken into!

How long will my tattoo take?

This is impossible to answer without seeing you first. You would need to discuss this with your artist. Tattoos can last 40 minutes to an entire day, sometimes even over multiple sessions.

Will my tattoo age well?

The most important aspect of ensuring your tattoo stays fresh and clear for many years to come is following the healing instructions!

If you fail to follow the healing instructions your tattoo can degrade at a very rapid rate. It is also important to avoid high UV rays (The Sun) by applying sun protection as you would normally do in these types of conditions.

Can I remove a tattoo?

The first, and usually easiest option is a cover-up. This is the practice of covering an old, or unwanted tattoo with a new design, however, this can be difficult depending on the tattoo you no longer want. You would need to speak to an artist and show them the tattoo to confirm if a cover-up will work for you.

The second option is Laser Tattoo Removal. This must be done by a dermatologist or licensed outlet. We do not perform this at Angel Tattoo.

Do you practice cosmetic make-up tattoos or semi-permanent tattoos?

No, these are not a practices carried out at Angel Tattoo. If you would like to try semi-permanent tattoos we would recommend using ephemeral tattoo based on Jagua ink.

This is a natural ink obtained from a fruit, the life of the tattoo is 1 to 3 weeks and this will give you a preview of the rendering of your tattoo. We do not recommend henna ink because of the high risk of allergies and reactions to the skin.

Do you/will you tattoo me at home?

Absolutely not, this is not only illegal but also very unhygienic. There will be no exception.

Will you tattoo a minor?

The State of Florida has mandated under Chapter 64E-28, Florida Administrative Code, that no one under the age of 16 years old may get tattooed. Anyone that is 16 or 17 years of age must receive consent as documented and notarized on the state-mandated form linked below

Is COVID-19 restricting your usual practice with tattoos at this time?

During COVID-19 we have the following limitations in place: 1.) NO ORAL, FACE, or NECK TATTOOS- Neck tattoos can be discussed. 2.) LIMITED CAPACITY- Only the person(s) getting tattooed is allowed into the studio. The only exception is for minors, in which the parent is allowed in. No one besides those receiving the procedure will be allowed into the technical room. 3.) MASKS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES - You are expected and required to wear your mask properly (over your nose and mouth) at all times before entering and while in the studio. If you are asked more than once to fix your mask or wear it properly, you will be escorted out of the studio.

Can you tattoo my hands/fingers?

Yes-- but there are some stipulations that you should be aware of. Please be sure you read this article and view these images before inquiring. Generally, finger/hands tattoos are best suited for those in the body mod / tattoo industry. For more details, please refer to the article linked before.

Piercing FAQ

Will you pierce minors?

Yes, however we require a notarized letter by a parent or guardian per the State of Florida. "A person may not perform body piercing on a minor without the written notarized consent of the minor's parent or legal guardian, and an establishment may not perform body piercing on a minor under the age of 16 unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian as specified in section 381.0075, Florida Statutes. This act constitutes a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in section 775.082 or section 775.083, Florida Statutes."

What type of jewelery do you use?

Our studio uses sterile grade 23 Titanium jewelry. This prevents any reactions from cheap metals or allergies.

What piercings/body modifications do you NOT do?

Our studio does not perform the following:

  1. Surface piercings
  2. Hand web piercings
  3. Dermals
  4. Extreme piercings (rhino, septril, austin, nasallang piercings, etc)
  5. Tongue splits
  6. Dermal punches
  7. Scarrification
  8. Implants
  9. Suspension
  10. Ear cropping/pointing
Anything that requires a tool other than a needle used to insert visible jewelry into flesh is beyond our scope of support or service. We are licensed to perform professional body piercing services and professional tattoos. Anything that is extreme or has a high chance of rejecting/migrating we do not do. At the end of the day, we want you to leave with a happy and healthy piercing that will last you for years to come.

Can I get pierced while pregnant or nursing?

No, we do not pierce anyone who is pregnant or nursing. Your body and system are already under tremendous stress from dramatic changes that leave you and your baby susceptible to increased risks of infection, allergic reaction and/or rejection. To ensure a healthy and easier healing and piercing-- it is best to wait until you are finished nursing before considering a new tattoo or piercing. This will prevent any issues from arising on you as a new parent.

Do you pierce with guns or needles?

Our studio uses single-use, disposable piercing needles and aseptic techniques for our piercing procedures. Jewelry is sterilized prior to insertion and any other implements used (forceps, etc.) are sterilized as well. This minimimizes any cross contamination or potential health hazards. Additionally all of our staff are certified with bloodborne pathogens training by the National Safety Council. 1. Piercing guns cannot be effectively sterilized, and there are documented cases of disease transmission from piercing guns. (Download this Journal of the American Medical Association article.) 2. Gun studs do not accommodate for the different thicknesses of your skin tissue (ears/lobes/nostrils), and the studs can easily become embedded against your skin or even migrate. The mall kiosque jewerly is also cheap and usually mixed with nickle, which causes reactions to many people's skin and piercings. 3. Operators working at piercing kiosks are not trained in bloodborne pathogens and disease transmission. AKA -- they don't lnow how to prevent YOU from not getting sick or catching diseases by their dirty piercing guns...! 4.Getting your ear cartilage pierced with a gun can be especially dangerous and carries a risk of permanent damage to the nerve(s) and tissues. You can develop scar tissues or even keloids.

Is COVID-19 restricting your usual practice with piercings at this time?

During COVID-19 we have the following limitations in place: 1.) NO ORAL PIERCINGS - No medusas, labrets, lips, tongues, smileys, snake eyes, etc. No exceptions. 2.) LIMITED CAPACITY- Only the person(s) getting pierced or tattooed are allowed into the studio. The only exception is for minors, in which the parent is allowed in. No one besides those receiving the procedure will be allowed into the technical room. 3.) MASKS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES - You are expected and required to wear your mask properly (over your nose and mouth) at all times before entering and while in the studio. If you are asked more than once to fix your mask or wear it properly, you will be escorted out of the studio.

I got pierced and have a keloid/pustule/granuloma! What do I do to improve it?

You can try a few things! Below are some tips on how to help alleviate keloids/pustule/granuloma issues. Chamomile tea soaks

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Place a bag of chamomile tea in warm water and allow it to steep for four to six minutes.
  3. Apply the tea bag to the piercing for 5 to 10 minutes. You may need to refresh the tea bag with warm water every couple of minutes.
  4. After you’re done, rinse your piercing and pat it dry with a paper towel.
You shouldn’t use chamomile if you have a ragweed allergy. Jojoba oil / Tea tree oil
  1. Use a cotton swab to apply the diluted oil directly to your piercing one or two times per day.
  2. Add three to four drops of tea tree oil to your saline or sea salt soak.

I'm having issues with my piercing(s)! HELP!!

Having issues? Take a look at the APP piercing troubleshooting guide. If you are still having issues, please be sure to reach out to your piercer!