F.A.Q.


 

What we do and What we Don’t

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We DO:

  • Take walk-ins

  • Cover-ups

  • Finish work by another artist, depending on the circumstances

  • Take cash & cards

  • Take your health and safety very seriously

  • Treat you and your ideas with respect

We Don’t:

  • Tolerate racism, sexism, hate speech, or other discriminatory attitudes

  • Use your custom designs on others

  • Do tattoos that we feel aren’t technically sound

  • Know how much your sleeve, back piece, or other large tattoo will accurately cost at the first consultation: Large scale projects are generally charged by the hour.

 

Outside Tattoo 34 looking in the window from SE Hawthorne Blvd

your tattoo Artist(s)

HOW DO I CHOOSE A tattoo ARTIST? HOW SOON CAN I GET IN?

Our tattoo artists have different backgrounds, experiences and personalities (we think they are all super nice people who we trust to treat our clients with compassion and respect) and they all do a variety of tattoo styles. We highly recommend checking out the Artist pages and most importantly, come in to the tattoo shop. Come feel the vibe, check out portfolios and simply talk to the tattoo artist(s) about what you are envisioning. Our tattoo artists want the best for all of our clients (not just to get you as their client-it’s not a competition). We want you to have the best experience and the best tattoo. If an artist thinks someone else in the shop will be a better fit, they will not hesitate to recommend them to you.

In general, you can get in fairly quickly. We take walk-ins daily so if the tattoo you want is able to be done the same day, cool. If you do need to schedule an appointment, it depends on the tattoo artist as to how soon you can schedule. Each tattoo artist is responsible for scheduling and keeping their own appointments. If you have any concerns about this, let management know!


Money

WHAT’S THE MINIMUM? QUOTE? CASH ONLY? WHAT’S THE PROCESS?

Asking, "How much does a tattoo cost?" is similar to asking, "How much does a bag of groceries cost?" That varies hugely based on what is in it, how big the bag is, and where you're buying it. Many factors go into the price of a tattoo, including design, placement, and size. When determining whether to get a tattoo at one shop or another, price should be the lowest consideration. This is a life-long investment.

Our shop minimum is $80. We charge by the hour and the shop hourly rate starts at $150. The tattoo artist you work with will determine your price quote and the final cost. In order to get an accurate quote, the tattoo artist you want to work with needs to see you in person. Your price quote is also given based on the assumption you sit still during the tattoo. If it takes longer, the cost can be higher. Large scale projects can be quoted by session. More detailed info on pricing can be found on our home page.

We accept cash, debit and credit cards, and we sell and accept gift cards and eGift cards which can be purchased here. Please DO NOT try to barter with your tattoo artist.

Payments are always made the same day you get a tattoo, at the end of your appointment. Even if it’s multiple sessions and the tattoo isn’t totally complete, you pay for that specific session. Before you start getting tattooed, make sure you have a quote for that session and have enough money (cash or card) to cover the cost if it ends up being more. You can tell your tattoo artists if you have a budget and they can pay attention to the time (hourly rate).

If you are a walk-in the tattoo artist you are working with will give you a quote for what you are asking for. Depending on how well you sit still during the tattoo or any changes along the way, the final cost might be more or less. Be sure you have cash or card to cover it. You can tell your tattoo artists if you have a budget and they can pay attention to the time (hourly rate).

If you want to set up an appointment(s), you will leave a deposit (that goes toward the final cost of the tattoo) and can get a quote of what the expected price of the whole tattoo will be (this may not be the case with large pieces). Depending on how well you sit still during the tattoo or any changes along the way, the final cost might be more or less. Be sure you have cash or card to cover it. You can tell your tattoo artists if you have a budget and they can pay attention to the time (hourly rate).

If you are looking for a deal or want to get a “break”, please take in to consideration that this is what our tattoo artists do to make a living. The tattoo artists we have at our tattoo shop are passionate about their art work and love tattooing, please don’t take advantage of that. As an artist, any artist, it is hard to set prices or tell a client a quote when the product is your own skills and effort. Our tattoo artists are worth it, worth the cost, worth the time, worth the wait.


Scheduling or not/Cancelation policy

DO YOU TAKE WALK-INS? WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT? DEPOSIT?

We love walk-ins! Our best advice for walk-ins, is to get to the shop right when we open (at noon), even better if you can go Monday-Thursday. There will be less of a wait. If you do have to get on the walk-in list and wait, Hawthorne Blvd is a great place to walk, eat, and shop.

The best way to make an appointment is to first know which tattoo artist you want to work with. Once you have done the research and want to book with one of our tattoo artists, the quickest way to reach them is through their artist page. Each tattoo artist is responsible for scheduling and keeping their own appointments. The best way to contact them is different depending on the tattoo artist. If you have a problem getting in touch with a tattoo artist or if there is an issue with your scheduled appointment, please let management know. We strive to give our clients excellent customer service and responses in a timely manner. We expect the tattoo artists to represent that as well.

To schedule an appointment with one of our tattoo artists we require a deposit (that goes toward the cost of the tattoo). The deposit is non-refundable. If you need to reschedule an appointment, we expect at least 24 hour notice in order to keep your deposit. See our home page for detailed information about deposits.


questionable Tattoos

PLACES OR CONTENT YOU WON’T TATTOO?

Our shop in general won’t tattoo hate speech or gang related tattoos. Hand, neck, and face tattoos are done on a case by case basis and at the tattoo artist’s discretion. Despite the progress society (and Portland) has made in accepting tattooed culture, there are still stigmas surrounding visible tattoo work. Because of this and our experience, we ask that you come in and talk to us about these locations before setting up an appointment.

We won’t copy other artists work. We are happy to work on a similar idea of something you found and like, but unless we have direct permission from the other artist, our tattoo artists will change up the piece and make it their own before tattooing it on you.


drawing

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN DRAWING? CAN I MAKE CHANGES AFTER THE ARTIST DREW IT? WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE IT AT ALL? CAN I SEE IT BEFORE THE TATTOO DAY?

You are welcome to bring in your own drawing, but it likely will be used for reference only. Your tattoo artist will draw up their own version to insure the best tattoo. Most drawings need to be made into a technically sound tattoo that works with the location of your body. If you are getting a large piece and want to see the drawing before the tattoo appointment, talk to your tattoo artist about an “art check”. We do not send clients pictures of the art work. Our tattoo artists will not draw designs for you to take to another tattoo artist.

If you want to make changes to the drawing, definitely communicate with your tattoo artist. We strongly believe it’s your tattoo and your body. Our artists won’t be offended or get their feelings hurt, but they may use your deposit to cover drawing time (at their discretion) if multiple changes are requested. To minimize that possibility, be prepared for your consult with your tattoo artist. Respect your artist’s time, have a solid idea of what you want and the style, or be open to their suggestions! Please bring in references that are not just of the content you want, but also of the style of other tattoos you like. There are so many interpretations of “a simple lion” or “a realistic rose”. The artist needs to know your idea or they will interpret it in their own way.

Our tattoo artists are just that: Artists. They want to give you a lifelong piece of art. If one of our tattoo artists has suggestions on size, placement or composition, please consider what they are saying. We only have experienced tattoo artists in our tattoo shop who we trust to have your best interests in mind. If you are on a budget simply let your tattoo artist know and they can work with you to figure out what works best.  

 

Pain

DOES IT HURT? NUMBING CREAM?

It is a tattoo. You will have small needles penetrating your skin and depositing ink. In most cases it will hurt. How much it hurts depends on many factors: your own pain threshold, where on the body you are getting a tattoo, if you have prepared (are well rested, have eaten, are hydrated, no alcohol, drugs, caffeine). Our best advice is to relax, don’t fight it or over think it. It will be over soon and the tattoo will last a lot longer than the pain ever did.

Again, pain is subjective and varies from person to person. If the area being tattooed is bony without a lot of muscle but lots of nerves (hands, feet, skull, flank, spine, etc.) it might hurt more. The general consensus for the most painful locations are: ribs, tops of feet, inside the elbow, and back of the knee.

Some of our artists will use topical numbing agents. Talk with your tattoo artists at your consult if you are concerned about the pain.


Tattoo day

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE? WHAT SHOULD I BRING? DO’S AND DON’TS?

  • Don’t shave the area to be tattooed. Your tattoo artist will do that for you

  • No drugs or alcohol at least 8 hours before your tattoo. It is not only illegal, but it can make the process more difficult, more painful and raise the risk of complications.

  • Have had minimal or zero caffeine (at least 6 hours before your tattoo).

  • You can not be pregnant.

  • No sunburns on the location you will be getting tattooed.

  • Confirm you are not regularly taking blood thinners.

  • Do not exercise the day of and best not to the day before as well. You need all your endorphins.

  • Don’t come in sick.

  • Do come well rested, having eaten (you don’t want to be starving or stuffed) and hydrated. Feel free to bring in snacks if it’s a long session.

  • Do bring headphones if you want to use your own device while getting tattooed. Respect the shops audio space.

  • Don’t play music, videos, stories, or have conference calls on your personal device without headphones. Respect the shops audio space.

  • Do shower and wear clean clothing (infection prevention starts here).

  • Do brush your teeth (bring gym/mints) and wear deodorant if that’s your thing. Your tattoo artist will give you the same courtesy.

  • Do wear clothing that allows your tattoo artist to get to the body part that will be tattooed and that will be LOOSE on your tattoo after. It is best to wear clothing you are ok getting tattoo ink on.

Depending on the placement of your tattoo, you may be required to remove certain items of clothing. To make things more comfortable, bring other clothing items such as a bathing suit top or shorts. We are an open tattoo shop, though we do have dividers if more privacy is your preference. 


Extra Bodies

CAN I BRING MY PARTNER, FRIENDS, CHILDREN?

Please don’t bring young children or overly opinionated friends and family, that might hinder you from getting what you want on your body.

We do not mind if you have someone or two with you. We want you to be as comfortable as possible and understand the importance of this, however space can be limited depending on how busy the tattoo shop is. We can not guarantee they can stay next to you the whole time, but the lobby isn’t far.

We love children, but please make other arrangements for them during your tattoo appointment. We want you and your tattoo artist to be fully focused on the job at hand.

However, there may be our own children in the tattoo shop. The owner’s children, as well as a couple of the other artists kids, may come and go or hang out in our tattoo shop. We are a family-owned and operated tattoo shop and it is important for us to be in the same community as our children’s school. We believe in the importance of community and family and sometimes those may mix. Our children like the shop dog (read below), have been taught what is appropriate behavior and are used to being in this space. While we are sure your children are amazing humans, we still ask that our clients young children not be present during your tattoo appointments.

 

 Tip

SHOULD I TIP? HOW MUCH?

Your tattoo artists strives to make your experience exceptional. If you are happy with your tattoo and the service your tattoo artists provided at our tattoo shop, a tip is greatly appreciated. The tattoo artists only receive a percentage of the cost of your tattoo, but all of the tip! Tips typically range from 10-30% ($10-$30 per hour) but more than that is never a bad thing. A cash tip is preferred, but not necessary. When the tip is cash (even if you purchase the tattoo with a card) it can go straight to your tattoo artists and they don’t have to wait for it.


After care/healing/Touch-up

IT ITCHES, IS THAT NORMAL? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?

It will itch. That means it’s healing! But don’t scratch it, scratching can cause scarring.

Our trained and licensed tattoo artists take every precaution to prevent infection. If you do not take proper care of your tattoo after leaving our tattoo shop, it can easily become irritated. Your tattoo is a wound, keep it clean! An actual infection or allergic reaction is very rare. Scabbing, flaking, peeling, dryness and a hazy appearance are all natural parts of the healing process. If you think there might be an issue, come in to the tattoo shop and speak with your tattoo artist.

For the best outcome, keep your tattoo out of the sun until it is healed and then use sunscreen. Any form of tanning can damage and fade your tattoo. Don’t soak your tattoo in any water and keep it clean from dirt or sweat while it’s healing. Using clean towels, sheets and wearing clean clothes is always a good idea.

Your aftercare affects the healing process and quality of your tattoo. Make sure to plan appropriate down/healing time after your tattoo. For specific after care instructions see our home page. Blood flow is necessary for the healing process so the closer to the heart the better the healing. Healing of the lower legs and feet can take longer because of this. Also, be aware of friction on your tattoo and wear loose clothing. Tattoos where clothing constricts and where movement is constant can lead to longer heal times. Areas of the body with natural seams, like elbows and knees, can have a harder time healing as well.

After 2-3 weeks it should be ok to resume your normal activities. Also at that point it’s ok to keep working on a multiple session tattoo or get a touch up. For detailed touch up information, see our home page. If you have any other questions about your healing please do not hesitate to contact us during business hours, at the tattoo shop.

Safety/health

HOW DO I KNOW IF THE SHOP IS CLEAN AND ARTISTS ARE BEING SAFE? TATTOO OVER SCAR? VEGAN-FRIENDLY?

Cleanliness and safety are at the top of our list of priorities. We use the highest standards of cleanliness and sterilization techniques dictated by the Oregon State Health Licensing Department. Our tattoo artists supplies are sterile, single-use needles and disposable or autoclaved sterilized tubes. The tattoo artists wash their hands frequently and wear gloves (once wearing gloves they do not touch anything else that isn’t your skin, or anything not properly wrapped and covered). Eating, drinking (besides water), and pets are restricted on the tattooing floor.

Please let your tattoo artists know before starting a tattoo if you have any allergies or health concerns. The tattoo artists can be prepared and do their best for you if they have all the information.

We can tattoo over scars, but it depends on the severity of the scar. A scar should be at least one year old before you get evaluated for it’s tattoo-ability. Covering scars is on a case by case basis and depends on the tattoo artist. Come in for a free consult.

We do use all vegan inks and inks that we feel are the best (safest and brightest) tattoo pigments in the industry.


Wes Anderson, shop dog

IS THAT LEGAL? WHAT ABOUT MINE? CAN I PET HIM?

While it is true that pets or other animals are not permitted in the business facility, this prohibition does not apply to service animals recognized by the American with Disabilities Act (as stated in the Oregon General Standards for Tattooing #331-915-0070).

Wes belongs to our shop manager and tattoo artist Kimber Teatro. He is there when she is. If you want to come in and say hello to Wes, check out Kimber’s artist page for her work days. A good general rule is to always ask a pet owner before touching their pet, but in general Wes loves attention.

Wes and other service animals are welcome in the tattoo shop, but are not permitted on the working tattoo floor. Please let your tattoo artist know at your consult if you are allergic to dogs/animals or if you have other concerns.

We are permitted to ask that a service animal be removed from our premises if it is not under control and the handler fails to act to gain control. A handler may also be asked to remove a service animal that is not housebroken, is behaving aggressively, or is otherwise posing a threat to human health and safety. 


 If we have not addressed your questions or concerns on this FAQ page or on our home page, and you need further assistance, give us a call during regular shop hours (noon-8pm). 503-235-3606 or send an email to info@tattoo34pdx.com. We’d love to hear from you and add what might be missing on this site.