How much do you charge for a tattoo?
We charge both by the piece and for larger work by the hour. The shop minimum charge is $80 for any tattoo taking 20 minutes or less, and the hourly rate of $160/hour for tattoos taking longer than that.
How can I contact one of your artists?
Call us at 415-554-0408, e-mail us at email@example.com, or stop by the shop!
When are you open?
Lampblack Tattoo is open from noon–8 p.m. every day.
Do I need to make an appointment or can I just walk in?
We are both a street shop and a custom parlor. We want to tattoo all day, every day. If we can, we will always take anyone as a walk-in as fast as possible. Larger pieces usually require a consultation and a good bit of planning, so most of the time we must book appointments for this type of work.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment, you will typically need to come to the shop for a consultation with an artist. For out-of-town clients, we will do our best to make the process work for you even if a face to face consult is not possible. Once you have decided to book the appointment, we do require a non-refundable $100 deposit, which is applied to the total cost of the piece. We do not charge for consultations or drawing, only the time spent applying the tattoo.
What are your sanitary procedures and how do you sterilize your equipment?
We utilize proper modern sanitary procedures for every tattoo with autoclave-sterilized stainless steel tubes and autoclaved single-use high-quality needles. We use the finest American-made pigments in disposable caps and all other tools are barrier protected and all supplies are clean, single-use disposable. Our autoclave is biological spore-tested by a third-party testing company with verified documentation.
Can I bring my own design?
Yes, you are welcome to do so; however, our artists may need to re-draw it in order to make it more suitable for tattooing. Also, we are fully capable in creating any custom original design for you in all styles.
What does "lampblack" mean?
Lampblack is a by-product of the combustion of oil (such as in the oil lamps that used to be commonly used for light prior to the discovery of electricity). It is the oldest known black pigment and was traditionally used for tattooing.