Lakeland, Florida's newest tattoo and piercing studio

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Frequently asked questions

Below you’ll find answers to some frequently asked questions.

1. How much do you charge?

We base our pricing around a $100.00per hour rate. If a tattoo is on the smaller side, a price quote can be given during a consultation. A tattoo priced in this manner generally costs between $50 and $350.00, and takes 3-4  hours to complete. Larger work is priced at the hourly rate. We NEVER charge to design your artwork. You will only be charged for the time spent tattooing your skin.

2. How old do I have to be?

You must be 16 years of age or older, no exceptions. In the event that you are under 18 years old, you MUST come to the studio and obtain a consent form. You will need to have this form notarized elsewhere and bring it back on the day of your tattoo. You must have a valid driver’s license or other government-issued ID card that matches the information on your notarized form. Also, your parent or legal guardian must be present with his or her ID card, as well. He or she must approve of the final design before it is applied to your body. Anyone 18 or older must present valid ID prior to being tattooed. There are no exceptions to this, no matter how old you may look.

3. Do you take walk-ins? Or do I need an appointment?

We do take walk-ins as time allows. However, on-demand open time slots can be hard to come by, as we are very appointment-based. If you need or want a specific date and time with a specific artist, it is best to book this time in advance. If you are planning to “walk-in” for a tattoo, call as early in the day as possible to improve your chances of getting tattooed. Keep in mind that many tattoos call for advance planning, and may not be able to be completed the same day.

4. I’m from out of town and want to plan a tattoo for when I’m in your area. How should I go about this?

We have many clients across the U.S. and all over the world. If you would like to get something done in a specific time frame, we can plan some aspects of the design in advance using photos and email. Contact us and provide as much  information as possible, and we are happy to work with you.

5. I don’t really know exactly what I want. Can you help me?

Of course! That is why we are here. That being said, it is helpful to have a jumping off point. We are not mind readers and it’s helpful to have some idea of what you like. Looking at photos, paintings, and other artwork is sometimes helpful. Our favorite thing is to design something unique based on a loose idea.

6. I already have a design picked out. Will you tattoo it?

Yes, you may absolutely bring in ideas or references. However, we will not take on a tattoo that we feel will have a poor appearance when it is finished. Changes may need to be made to a design in order for it to look its best. Keep in mind that pre-made tattoo designs (“flash”) can be a useful starting point, but, really, do you want the same thing that many other people probably have? In most cases we can take a flash design and turn it into something that is not only unique, but  better in appearance than the original idea.

7. Is there a tattoo design you won’t do?

There are a few things. Racist imagery is one thing. Also, if you are a minor, we will not be tattooing any names of boyfriends or girlfriends on you, even if your parent permits it. We will not tattoo the neck, hands, or face of a minor, as it can be very difficult to find gainful employment later. There are some locations of the body which often don’t hold up very well over time, such as the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. We use our own discretion in these matters, and  unfortunately have to turn things away from time to time.

8. I got a tattoo somewhere else and I don’t like it. What are my options?

We definitely need to see the offending tattoo to know what can be done with it. We do a large number of cover-ups and reworks and are happy to show you some examples. With cover-ups, it is our goal to cover the existing tattoo completely, so that no one would ever suspect that the original tattoo was ever there. You may like your existing tattoo, but notice that it has spread out, lightened, or become distorted over time. We may be able to restore your tattoo to a fresh, vivid  appearance, or update it to a more modern look. Keep in mind that if you have received a tattoo that you are not happy with, you must wait until it has healed completely before we can work on the area.

9. I have a scar I want to cover with a tattoo. Is this possible?

It may be possible. It’s hard to tell without seeing the scarring and knowing the history of the wound (how old is it, how extensive, etc.). Generally older scars, over 7 years old, are easiest to cover. Again, we will need to see it to let you know your options.

10. Do I have to avoid anything while my tattoo is healing?

Yes! For around 2 weeks, your body is healing a wound. That wound must be kept clean in order to minimize the risk of outside infection and have the possible end result. You should avoid ocean water, pool water, and excessive direct  sunlight while your tattoo is healing. It is an excellent idea to plan your tattoo at a time that you will not be around places where large numbers of people are in close contact. That means avoiding gyms, airports, cruises, theme parks, and the like. If this is impossible, we can give you pointers on how to best minimize your risk of outside infection.

11. Should I do anything to prepare for my tattoo sitting?

Feeling healthy and relaxed on the day of your tattoo is the best course of action. Do not drink any alcohol or use any illicit drugs prior to your tattoo. You should eat a full meal just before being tattooed. You may bring food and beverages with you. Avoid drinking too much alcohol the night before, as the resulting hangover can make a tattoo more difficult to endure.

12. Is a tip for my artist expected?

Tipping for a tattoo is common, but not necessary. If you are happy with your tattoo, feel free to tip your artist if you like.

13. I have a medical condition that I think may prevent me from being able to be tattooed, but I really want one. What should I do?

You should talk with your doctor about how risky a tattoo procedure might be to your health. We take special precautions in the event of a client with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes. Being honest with us and with your doctor is the key to the best possible outcome. Keep in mind that we will not tattoo you if you are pregnant or nursing, as a tattoo may pose unforeseen risks to your baby.

14. I really want a tattoo, but I’m concerned about the risks to my health. Can you explain further?

Yes, we always invite the opportunity to educate people about the possible risks of a tattoo. While tattoos normally pose minimal risk as long as they are performed using the proper techniques, things like infection, allergic reaction, and  scarring are always possible complications. Feel free to stop by and we will address any concerns you may have.

15. How clean is your studio? I don’t want needles re-used on me.

Needles are always single-use. We take many precautions to prevent disease transmission, including proper sanitation, sterilization, and disposal procedures. You may always request to see our documentation, which include autoclave logs, training logs, operation manuals, and Florida Department of Health records. We here take a lot of pride in our standing in the community with regards to the public health, and in our relationship with the Health Department.

16. I don’t want a tattoo, but I need another sort of artwork. What else do you do?

We at Rock City Tattoos do other types of artwork as time allows. Business logos are one example. We have done designs for organizations, and also for individuals, such as creating custom artwork for  homes and offices. We are happy to refer you to other local artists if we are too busy or unable to suit your request.

17. Do you do piercings?

Yes we do.

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