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Answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Depiction Tattoo Insights


Here is a list of questions we get asked almost every day, and in order to make sure you get answers to all your questions, we’ve created this list, but if you have any other information you need on selecting an artist, getting booked for service or need anything else, please call us today!

  • What is the deposit and what is it for?
    We take deposits for every appointment set. They are non-refundable and used to solidify the appointment when you set it. The deposit amount will be applied to the final price of the tattoo at your final session. You must call the shop and speak to someone within 48 hours of your appointment to reschedule if needed. If you fail to show up for your appointment or call to reschedule within 48 hours, your deposit will be forfeited.
  • Does Depiction do piercings or sell jewelry?
    We are no longer offering piercings or jewelry at Depiction.
  • Does Depiction accept walk-ins?
    We usually work by appointment only, but we do occasionally post on our Facebook page if an artist has a cancellation or open spot for a day.
  • Do you have a shop minimum?
    Yes, our shop minimum for a small tattoo is $150. But we also have a “Get What you Get” deal for $80. (random tattoo design from gumball machine)
  • What if I live in another country or city?
    Depiction can work work with people all over the world. By working with our customers online as well as in our studio we can send designs to anywhere in the world instantly. Don’t let distance keep you from working with us on your next custom tattoo concept.
  • How would I go about setting up an appointment?
    Usually how our process works is you will take a look through the portfolios and pick an artist, then fill out our online consultation request form: then we can set up a 20-30 minute consultation for you to come in, sit down and talk to the artist about what exactly you are wanting. At the consultation you will set up the appointment and put a deposit down for the tattoo. Consultations are always free at Depiction! Our goal with every consultation is to get the complete picture of what your tattoo will be so that we can give you the best pricing, estimate the amount of time or number of sessions it will take as well as to ensure that we can prepare the best possible design for your new tattoo. FOR PIERCINGS, PLEASE NOTE: Our piercer Megan works every Wednesday through Saturday. She only uses American made titanium and gold jewelry. She will not pierce anyone under 5 years old. All minors must have their birth certificate and the parent's valid ID. The parent must accompany the minor while the piercing is being performed.
  • Should I eat before getting tattooed?
    Yes, definitely. It it highly recommended to eat within 1-2 hours of being tattooed. Having stable blood sugar bolsters your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are emitted during the tattoo process.
  • How long does it take for a new tattoo to heal?
    If taken care of properly, the healing process takes around 2 weeks.
  • If I have an appointment set can I ask to have the design sent to be prior to the appointment date?
    No, all drawings must stay in shop until the appointment. We do not send out or allow pictures to be taken of drawings or tattoos. Unless otherwise stated by the artist, designs usually aren't drawn up until a day or so before the appointment. However, there is plenty of time on the appointment date to make any changes needed to a design prior to tattooing.
  • How much does a sleeve cost?
    How much is a bag of groceries? How much is a car? It depends. For larger pieces we charge hourly. Pricing varies depending on size, placement and amount of detail. Depending on style, a sleeve can take anywhere from 4-10 sessions. The best way to get accurate pricing would be to set up a consultation to speak with the artist about your design ideas. Click the CONTACT link to send us a message.
  • How do I get started on my own custom designed tattoo?
    The first step is filling out the contact form and sending us the description of your custom tattoo design. It’s ok if you don’t have a specific idea or if you don’t have it planned to perfection; we will work with you to plan everything out from beginning to end. Once we receive your email we will custom quote you’re design and determine the correct size and send you a follow up email with a link to the corresponding deposit page. Once we quote your design and you make the appropriate deposit we will select the best artist for your design and have them contact you. Your Depiction Tattoo Gallery Artist will contact you with any questions they might have and you’re off! You will work one on one until your design is perfect.
  • What if my tattoo needs touched up?
    If one of our artists did the original tattoo (and wasn’t a finger tattoo) we can touch up the tattoo for free. If an artist who does not work at Depiction did the original tattoo, we would charge accordingly.
  • Can you cover up my tattoo?
    Probably. Tattoo cover ups depend on the tattoo you currently have and what your ideas for covering it up with. Flexibility is important when it comes to getting a cover up done - The artist will take your ideas and let you know options that will work the best. For cover ups, start by emailing the shop with a current image of the tattoo that you are wanting to cover up. Also, send over any images and a brief description of your idea(s) that you want to cover it up with.
  • How do I take care of my new tattoo?
    Visit our Aftercare page to view our aftercare instructions.
  • Can you help me with a cover up of a current tattoo?
    Yes we can! Again this is a Custom issue, Please send us a request form and we will guide you through the process helping you with your cover piece. We will need one or several clear pictures of the current tattoo.
  • How much will my custom design cost?
    All the design prices are broken down by size; Small, Medium, Large and Large Custom. You can find the prices under the How It Works tab and use them as a guideline. However every piece is ultimately custom priced based on the size and intricacy of the project. Once you send us your idea we can work with you to quote it and make sure it fits your budget. You have no obligation to purchase anything, all our quotes are free.
  • Is it possible to do any type or style of Design?
    Absolutely, we have talented artist who can tackle any project from photo realism to memorial pieces. The best thing you can do is send us your idea or ask us about your design and we will get back to you right away. We are also the only place in the world that designs large, XL and full sleeve designs.
  • Will you do a white ink tattoo?
    If you’re wanting a tattoo with only white ink, we can do it but want to ensure our clients understand how they heal. White ink can stay white, but most of the time it fades completely or turns yellow as it ages. We would recommend black or another color.
  • Can I get a tattoo if I am under 18 years of age? If I have a parental guardian present?
    No. You must be over 18 years of age to get a tattoo, even with parental consent.
  • Do your artists tattoo fingers/hands?
    Yes we do, but we first make sure clients understand that fingers and hands heal differently than other parts of the body. The fingers fade especially quickly and sometimes the ink falls out completely. The skin on your hands is just different and replenishes itself more often. We cannot guarantee finger tattoos, which means we would not do free touch ups, like we do with other tattoos.
  • What forms of ID do you accept?
    We only accept government issued picture IDs such as drivers licenses, passports, military IDs and state issued IDs. If you do not have a drivers license you are able to go to your local DMV and apply for a state issued ID for a small fee. We do not accept birth certificates or school IDs.
  • Who will be designing my tattoo?
    Depiction Tattoo Gallery has compiled the best talent from all over the world. Each Designer has their own strength, style and experience; we match you up with artists based on your Custom Tattoo Design needs. We have the top international tattoo artist from all around the world.
  • Will Sam tattoo on or around my dick?
  • What do I need to bring to my tattoo appointment?
    You must bring a valid government issued ID to every appointment, even if you have been in the shop before or are working on a tattoo that has already been started. It is also recommended to bring a drink and a snack.
  • How long will it take to finish my design?
    After you submit your design our artist/team will contact you to discuss layout, references and anything else they may need to get started. After receiving your initial sketch, we will get your personal feedback and make any changes necessary to start on the final drafts. We do not promote mass production but rather make sure every customer is 100% satisfied; based on the size and amount of revisions we take however long is needed.
  • Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant?
    No. Getting tattooed while pregnant or breast-feeding has the possibility of complications to your health and the health of your baby.
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