Once you have decided on a tattoo idea, researched the styles and techniques you are drawn to, go to our artists’ portfolios both here and on Facebook (in the photo albums) to see the style of work they enjoy and excel in. Find an artist whose work you like. If you can’t decide, contact only one artist at a time to set up a consultation.
Mermaids Tattoo Studio is a custom artwork and appointment based studio but we welcome walk-ins subject to size of tattoo, readiness of design, and artist availability. Call the studio if you are interested in the first available appointment by any artist.
Bring your well-researched ideas and reference materials (not cell phone photos) to your appointment. Your artist will discuss your subject matter, review your materials, measure and trace the area. She will discuss tattoo process and give you an idea of the cost. This is the time to ask any questions you have. Consultations last 20-40 minutes.
Your artist will take a non-refundable deposit of $100 at the consultation that goes toward the price of your tattoo and her drawing time. The deposit will be forfeited if you decide not to get tattooed or do not show up for your appointment. For larger pieces requiring more time and research, an actual drawing fee may be required in addition to a deposit to hold your appointment.
If you need to make changes in your design, talk to your artist as soon as possible. We spend several hours researching and drawing each tattoo design. Small changes might be easily made but larger ones may require rescheduling or another deposit if not made with enough time or if your new idea requires new artwork. Give your artist as much information to work with at the beginning as possible.
Please arrive on time, rested, and well hydrated. Eat a meal or hearty snack before coming in. Do not use drugs or alcohol prior to appointment, and avoid caffeine and blood thinners like aspirin or ibuprofen. Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the area being tattooed. If your session is longer, bring a healthy snack. Pay attention to your sun exposure prior to your tattoo appointment. We cannot tattoo sunburned skin. Call your artist as soon as possible if you are sick.
If absolutely necessary, please reschedule 48 hours or more before your day of appointment. Your artist needs as much time as possible to refill the space in her schedule.
Yes. To be tattooed you need to be 18 years old with a current state ID or passport. We will copy your ID or passport on the back of your release form. You cannot get tattooed without a valid photo ID.
You are welcome to bring a supportive friend with you to your appointment. If the space that day in the studio allows it, they can sit with you. Ask your artist before your friend takes pictures.
Tattooing hurts. The amount depends on many factors like how relaxed you are, where on the body the tattooing is, how prepared you are, and your health. Sometimes the fear of pain is a lot worse than the pain. Sometimes people like it. We’ve been in your shoes when being tattooed ourselves, so ask us if you are nervous or curious.
We charge based on the amount of time it takes to tattoo your body. Our rates are $180 per hour, with a $100 minimum. Mermaids Tattoo accepts cash and credit/debit cards. We can estimate the amount of time a certain piece will take but there are a number of factors involved in the final cost. When we make an estimate we take into account the size of the design, the complication of the design, and the location on the body. While you are being tattoo, factors include how well you sit (e.g., still and relaxed), the health of your skin (e.g., sun damage), and distractions from other people. Let us know at the consultation if you have a budget you want to work with.
A tattoo takes about two weeks to heal and several months to settle in. Your artist will give you aftercare instructions for the initial healing but taking care of your new tattoo is your responsibility. During the healing process, keep your tattoo clean and moisturized, stay out of the sun, protect it under loose, clean clothing, and use common sense. Stay out of hot tubs, swimming pools, the Bay and ocean, and saunas. Questions? Ask us.