We recognize that each individual has an idea of what they’re looking for in a tattoo. That said, there is a wide range of information that we can provide you to help make the process as easy as possible.

There are a variety of factors to consider when determining the cost of your tattoo. Size (in inches), location, style, color use, and more all help to comprise the cost of your tattoo. The best idea is to visit West River Tattoo to talk with an artist in person. We can learn a lot from a conversation and consultation that we can’t from phone calls and emails.

This is another question that changes from person to person and tattoo to tattoo. Once a consultation is completed with a West River Tattoo artist, he or she can give you a time estimate. When planning for your appointment, please remember that the time estimate is just that, an estimate. There is the possibility that your tattoo can take less time, or more time, than originally discussed. Your artist will convey that to you during the process.

We highly encourage you to bring in anything that might be inspiring you to get your tattoo. This will allow us to get the best vision possible for what you’re envisioning, and ultimately help make the process as easy as possible.

You don’t necessarily need an appointment to get a tattoo, but it does help. We are a small shop, and there are times when all artists are occupied with current customers. Walk-ins are happily accommodated if the schedule permits. Ultimately, your best bet will be to schedule an appointment in advance.

Definitely listen to your tattoo artist. All of the artists at West River Tattoo have years of experience and are skilled professionals. Their ultimate goal is to provide you with a beautiful piece of art and will be honest with you if something could jeopardize that goal.

Tattoos can be a fantastic experience to share with someone close to you, but we do recommend keeping it to one person. The tattoo booths are not meant to accommodate several people, so just be smart. If you don’t need to bring someone with you, come alone. Your artist is more than happy to carry on a conversation with you too!

Your artist is going to work very hard to make a tattoo for you that will look good and last forever. Showing some appreciation for this is definitely recommended. Tattoo artists rarely get to keep the total amount that they charge you for your tattoo. The lion’s share may go to paying the rent for the shop or booth they work out of, and for the materials they use to actually make your tattoo. Tipping shows your artist that you appreciate the work they do for you, and helps them to be able to continue doing business and tattooing to the best of their ability.

Currently, we do not have a piercing artist on staff. Our artists can certainly make a recommendation to you to another shop in the local area that can provide you with piercing services, so feel free to ask!

We do a lot of cover-up work at West River Tattoo. There are some determining factors that go into this answer though, so we recommend a face to face consultation with one of our artists to help explain what options you have available.

Our artists use multiple methods for tattoo aftercare. Both methods are available below.

  1. Remove Bandaid after an hour.
  2. Gently wash with antibacterial soft soap.
  3. Pat tattoo dry and air dry for 20 minutes.
  4. Wash 3-5 times a day for the first 5 days.
  5. Sparingly apply Aquaphor 3-5 times daily after washing. Be sure to blot off excess.
  6. After it is appx. 50% peeled, switch to an unscented/alcohol-free lotion.

If your tattoo artist provided you with healing sheets after your piece is completed, your aftercare is slightly different.

  1. Remove clear sheet after 24 hours.
  2. Wash tattoo with antibacterial soft soap.
  3. Let air dry for 30 minutes.
  4. Apply a second sheet and leave on for 5 days.
  5. Remove sheet and wash with antibacterial soft soap.
  6. Use unscented lotion for 3 days after removal of the second sheet.