What kinds of tattoos can I choose from?
When it comes to today's tattoo designs, the choices are almost endless! Your first step is to browse some web
sites – chances are, you'll be overwhelmed by the sheer variety – there's tribal, celtic, traditional, biker,
Japanese, Chinese... the possibilities are endless.
If you know someone who has a tattoo, ask them where they got the idea. At Voodoo Tattoo Hawaii, we have albums of designs that you can look through. You don't have to make an appointment for this – just drop in and ask to look at designs.
How much does it hurt to get a tattoo?
When it comes right down to it, that's what most people really want to know! Actually, getting a tattoo is not
very painful nowadays because modern tattoo equipment is such that the needles go in and out of your skin very
quickly. You'll be completely able to carry on a normal conversation while getting your tattoo.
Of course, depending on your tattoo designs and location, the amount of discomfort can vary to some degree. Generally speaking, tattooing over bone - where there's little flesh or fat – hurts a bit more. So getting a tattoo on the fleshy part of your arm probably won't hurt much at all, but directly over your ankle bone or collar bone may be more painful – though still quite bearable.
Tattoo designs can also make a difference with regard to how it feels. Tattooing lines produces a different sensation from 'filling in', or tattooing blocks of color. Interestingly, though, there's quite a lot of disagreement over which hurts more! It seems to be a subjective reaction – some people find the lines more comfortable than the filling in, while others say just the opposite. Suffice it to say that neither is really all that painful.
Is it safe to get a tattoo?
If you go to a professional tattoo shop where the proper tattoo equipment is used, getting a tattoo is very safe. Decades ago there was concern about getting hepatitis C from tattoos, but this is something all professionals are very conscious of nowadays. If new needles are used for each and every customer, there is no chance of contracting a blood-borne disease. Most tattoo artists will be glad to set your mind at rest by showing you the unopened package of needles they will be using before the tattooing begins.
How much does a tattoo cost?
Tattoo prices vary according to the size and tattoo designs. Of course, a larger and more complex design will cost more than a smaller, simpler one – that stands to reason. To give you an idea, relatively simple tattoo designs that are quite small (about the size of a silver dollar) will usually cost about $50 to $75. Prices vary though, so the best thing to do is to ask. Bring your design – or just describe it – and we will be happy to quote you a price right then and there.
How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
Hawaii State Department of Health Regulation stipulates that no one under the age of 18 can receive a tattoo without consent of legal guardian.
When should I NOT get a tattoo?
You shouldn't get a tattoo if you're drunk or high (and our shop has a policy in place about this; we will
refuse to tattoo anyone who appears to be drunk or high or "just plain stupid").
The other reason for not getting a tattoo is if you're not sure. Wait until you do feel sure or just don't get one. This is not a good thing to feel ambiguous about. There are no specific medical considerations, but use your common sense. If you're sick, wait till you get better.