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Are you a licensed studio and do you have sufficient needle disposal in place?
Yes, we are a fully licensed tattoo studio and pride ourselves on having excellent levels of cleanliness. We abide by all North Carolina State permitting, rules, and regulations. All of our needles are one-use disposables and our artists follow strict health and safety guidelines. We use certified medical waste and sharps disposal contractors.
Do you offer vegan friendly tattoo ink?
Yes we do. We use Dynamic black, Intenze, and Eternal ink. These brands are all vegan friendly. Please clarify this preference with your artist prior to your appointment.
Do you do piercings?
Sorry, we do not do piercings.
How do I make an initial tattoo enquiry?
Feel free to drop into the shop, call us, or send us an email. If your tattoo is small and simple we can often book you straight over the phone or email. However, most pieces will require coming in for a consultation to talk more in depth about your new tattoo.
What is a consultation and why do I need one?
Consultations are an opportunity to discuss your ideas and meet with your potential artist in person. Please bring along any reference images (images on your phone are fine). Consultations are important for you and your artist to be on the same page about your tattoo design. At this time your artist will be able to give you an indication of price and availability. This initial consult is complimentary and last between 5-20 minutes, sometimes longer if you are discussing cover-ups or large pieces. After the consult, we can book your appointment; a cash deposit of $100 is required for booking.
Can I walk-in or do I need to make an appointment?
Walk-ins are always welcome and we will try to get you in if we can. All walk-ins are on a first come first serve basis. Saturday’s are dedicated to walk-in tattoo, we suggest you get here early because we fill up quickly!
Do you have a long waiting list?
This depends on the individual artist and the size of your chosen piece. Availability can range from day of to months, however it is always worth checking as appointments move around daily.
What should I be aware of before booking my tattoo?
- You must be 18 or older to get tattooed; a valid ID will be required on the day of your appointment. (We cannot accept parental consent for under 18’s).
- We cannot tattoo you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you have any medical conditions such as a blood borne virus etc, please make your artist aware of this during your consultation.
- We recommend no swimming or heavy sun exposure(including sun beds) for the first 3 weeks of your healing.
- A Cash deposit of $100 is required at the time of booking your appointment. This deposit is put towards the total price of your tattoo.
Can I see my tattoo design before my appointment?
We do not show clients their tattoo design before their appointments. Clients can view their drawing the day of the appointment, and make any changes necessary. Rest assured, years of experience have shown us that this is the best method for artist and lend the most satisfaction from the client.
How should I prepare for my tattoo on the day?
Please come to your appointment well rested and well hydrated. Eating food 1 to 2 hours prior to your appointment is highly recommended. Too much alcohol the night before is not a good idea, as this can thin your blood. Please be aware we will not tattoo anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Wear clothing conducive for getting tattooed, and please be relaxed upon arrival. We will shave the tattoo area for you, please do not do this yourself. We politely ask that friends/partners are limited to one only during your session. Bringing a large group of people can be distracting and potentially interfere with the process of the tattoo. Under 18’s, babies, dogs and bicycles are not permitted in the studio.
Also, plan your day accordingly. We do not rush the process of getting tattooed, so best to allow plenty of time for the appointment.
Can I use numbing cream?
We do not recommend using numbing cream. This can make the skin more difficult to tattoo and can sometimes affect how it heals. There is often a greater level of pain experienced once it has worn off.
Can I bring a friend/partner to my appointment?
One person is permitted to sit with you in the tattoo area. If you come with more than one person we ask that they sit in the waiting area.
How much will my tattoo cost?
We have a $80 minimum and generally quote based on size, detail, complexity, & location. For larger more detailed pieces we work at an hourly rate. We are often able to give an indication of price during your consultation. We take cash deposits to hold all appointments. This deposit is put towards the total price of your tattoo and is non refundable. The remainder of payment is due after each session. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable.
What is a deposit?
A deposit is required to hold all appointments. This deposit is put towards the total price of your tattoo and is non refundable. The amount of the deposit is determined by your artist. The remainder of payment is due after each session.
Which methods of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and credit card
What is your cancelation policy?
A deposit is required for all appointments, the deposit is applied toward the total cost of your tattoo. If your tattoo requires multiple sessions, it will be applied at the last session. All deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERRABLE.
In the event that you need to reschedule, we require an email, text, and/or phone call at least 72 HOURS prior to your appointment.
Cancelations will Automatically Forfeit Deposits, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Completely changing the design after the will also forfeit the deposit at the artist's discretion.
When do you take walk in tattoos?
Welcome Tattoo always offers walk-in tattoos on Saturdays. Every Saturday of the year, the shop operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and customers can sign up starting at 11 am out front of the shop. The shop opens at 12 pm, and the first few names on the list will return at 12:00 to be tattooed. For others on the list, they will receive a text message with a time estimate of when to return. Walk in Saturday is for flash tattoos as well as simple and straight forward tattoo ideas. In addition to walk-in Saturdays, Welcome Tattoo also accepts walk-ins during the week when availability allows. If you're looking for a walk-in tattoo during the week, it's best to call or check the availability with the shop and they will let you know if they can take you in, and also you can check their social media for the latest updates.