How much do tattoos cost?
This varies on a number of factors, such as size, placement and the complexity of the design. Our shop minimum is $80 with an hourly rate of $140 for custom work, with the exception of Dan Martin who is $160 an hour. Additional charges for custom work may apply. Custom work typically requires an additional nonrefundable drawing deposit as well.
How long can I expect the colors to last?
If you follow our aftercare instructions and protect it from the sun, your tattoo will last a long time.
Can I request a custom design?
Absolutely, mostly anything can be done. The majority of our work are custom pieces.
I have an idea in my head. How do I get the idea tattooed on me?
Find a tattooist whose style you like, talk to them about your idea, let them draw it for you and let the tattoo begin.
Can you quote me a price over the phone? How about via e-mail?
We cannot quote over the phone. It’s almost impossible for us to give an accurate quote without speaking to you directly and seeing the design, where you want your tattoo and how much time will be involved.
What if I don’t like my tattoo after it’s done?
Well… You’re shit out of luck. Make sure everything is satisfactory BEFORE you begin. And keep an open mind — tattoo artists aren’t Xerox machines and tattoos are a handmade product. A little artistic influence from your tattooist is a good thing. It’s best to let them do their thing.
Will a tattooist work with me on a design?
Absolutely. Don’t be afraid to voice your ideas. However, you should listen to your artist’s suggestions. This is what we do for a living and we have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t.
How can I see examples of a tattooist’s work?
Ask. All our tattooist have portfolios showcasing what they can do for you.
Do you let anyone into your tattoo parlor?
No kids, drunks, drug addicts or bums. We prefer people who bathe regularly.
Is Scorpion Studios famous for scorpion tattoos?
No. Scorpion is a name we inherited from the days when you had to have a dragon, tiger, or some other tough moniker attached to your name so people could tell you were a true tattooist. Times sure have changed!
Do those tattoo kits you can order in the magazines really work?
No. Don’t even think about tattooing. Leave it up to the professionals.
Do you do cover-ups or fix others work?
Yes, all the time. People always come in with a poor tattoos that they want fixed up.
How can I get started in tattooing?
Don’t. There are better things for you to do. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.
Why do you have tattoos?
The same reason as everyone else… to look tough.
Can you send me a picture of what I’m looking for?
We do not send out any drawing, flash or pictures of our artwork or tattoos. Not in the mail, not in e-mail, not in a box, not with a fox.
Do I need an appointment?
Generally. Scorpion Studios is known for custom work and it’s often hard for us to take walk-ins due to our appointment schedules. We’re happy to consult with you and we’ll do what we can to get you in. We do have an artist, Steven Kissinger, that takes walk-ins on Fridays and Saturdays, 2-10, first come first serve.
Is there anything else I should know?
The general rule of thumb is tattoos should reflect who you are and what you like. Take your time and make sure your tattoo will be something that you can live with forever. Don’t be limited to what a studio has on hand. Sometimes part of finding the perfect tattoo involves explaining your ideas to the tattooist, and/or bringing in reference materials.
Also, you should never “price shop”. Tattoo prices are based on quality as well as time and prices vary from artist to artist. Please don’t gamble with your skin. A cheap tattoo now may cost you hundreds of dollars to fix later or even worse, may cost you your health.
Tattoo aftercare is vital to the longevity of your tattoo. How your tattoo looks 3 months or 3 years from now depends on how you treat it. Follow these easy steps to promote a healthy tattoo:
Remove the bandage in 4 to 12 hours. Wash your hands, then wash your tattoo with warm to hot water and an antibacterial soap. Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean towel and then let it air dry until it’s completely dry. You may apply a very thin layer of triple antibiotic ointment for the first couple of days, 2 or 3 times a day, but over doctoring your tattoo is not recommended.
After a few days apply a thin layer of fragrance free moisturizing lotion or pure coco butter, 2 to 3 times daily for the next 2 to 3 weeks. Flaking or peeling is a natural part of the healing process. Please don’t scratch or pick at your tattoo. Also keep out of direct sunlight and don’t soak your tattoo while it’s healing. That means no baths, hot tubs, pools, ocean, lakes, etc, showers are fine. After your tattoo is healed, always use a strong sunblock while in the sun, and remember to moisturize your skin with lotion. It’ll help keep your colors fresh.