Frequently Asked Questions
For further details regarding anything, please contact the shop.
Is it safe to get a tattoo?
Yes, completely safe for most people Tattoos and piercings are safe, as long as each artist and the entire studio strictly adheres to Universal precautions and Blood Borne Pathogen Safety. You can be assured that Silk City Tattoo requires each artist to hold client safety as the first and foremost priority. We have the highest level of sterilization possible and go above and beyond all local health codes and laws. We do have a consent/waiver form which identifies certain instances when it would not be appropriate for an individual to receive tattoo or piercing, but these are rare instances.
Does it hurt?
Yes it hurts. But, there are lots of people walking around with tattoos and piercings so it's not unbearable. There are many sensations used to describe it depending on each person and what area is being worked on. Some people even like it!
Can I bring my own picture or drawing for my tattoo?
Yes. This tattoo will be on you permanently so we want to be sure you are totally happy. Bring anything you think might help to capture exactly what you're looking for your tattoo to reflect. We also have plenty of reference books available for ideas. No matter whether you know exactly what you want or don't have a clue, we will always work with you to design a custom piece of art that you will love.
I have a tattoo that’s really bad, can it be fixed?
Our artists can usually cover up or fix most tattoos-even really bad ones so you would never even know they were there. We are always honest though. If we don't think it can be successfully covered we will let you know and work with you on what options you do have so you will ultimately be happy. We never do a tattoo just to make a buck. This is a really good group of artists who take tremendous pride in their work and art. Be assured that the artwork on your body and how you feel about it is a reflection on them - meaning your satisfaction is VERY important!
What kind of aftercare should I do?
- Leave the bandage on for 1 to 2 hours. Do not re-bandage your tattoo.
- Gently clean your tattoo at least twice a day, using warm water and fragrance-free, antibacterial soap.
- Pat dry and apply a small amount of Aquaphor. Use only enough so that the tattoo is shiny.
- Apply Aquaphor as needed throughout the day; the key is not to allow your tattoo to dry out.
- Do not pick or scratch at your tattoo.
- After 4 to 5 days, you may switch from Aquaphor to a fragrance-free lotion, such as Jergens or Curel.
How much will it cost?
That depends on the size of the piece and the detail involved. Some pieces cannot be completed in one sitting. You will be given a quote once you meet with the artist and go over the details of what you want. Remember though, if another studio is willing do your tattoo super cheap BEWARE! Sometimes you get what you pay for and this is going to be on you forever. If you do go for the super cheap shop see question on fixing a bad tattoo!
What is your Deposit Policy?
- Deposits are MANDATORY, NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE
- Deposits are put toward the cost of your tattoo
- You may transfer a deposit to a new appointment date IF you reschedule a full 24 hours prior to the original appointment
- You do not show up
- You cancel your appointment
- You wish to reschedule an appointment with less than 24 hours notice
*You will receive a confirmation call and text notification 24-48 hours prior to your appointment. All appointments MUST be confirmed. Failure to confirm may result in cancellation of your appointment(s).
Are there any special requirements to get tattooed?
You must be 18 years or older for a tattoo due to local health rules and regulations. The age to tattoo in New Jersey is 16 with parental consent, but we do not tattoo minors as a shop policy. We are strict in our requirements to ensure proper age and that valid legal documentation is presented, so please call the studio at 973.238.9167 ahead of time to find out exactly what you will need to bring to your appointment.