Keeping with the vow not to deceive our clients, we admit it might be uncomfortable. However, a few minutes of discomfort will reward you with a lifetime personal treasure. Be warned… once you have been tattooed, life will never be the same! So enjoy!
We don’t give discounts, deal etc, instead we offer a program that is simple, as you buy you build points, and when you build enough points we give you a gift card. The 1st is for $25.00 the 2nd is $75.00 and the 3rd is $125.00, this in the long run save you more than any deal you might get otherwise.
Blue Star Tattoos Inc. independent lab for spore testing is Enviro-Tech Laboratories, Inc
We offer gift cards (certificates) for any of our services, body jewelry or other products. They are available for any amount you would like.
No, not until your tattoo is fully healed about 15 days, if you go into a hot tub, pool, ocean, lake, etc. you risk damaging your tattoo.
Your deposit will go toward your last session, and you pay for each session when it's finished. We accept major credit cards and (preferably) cash.
Webster's dictionary defines etiquette as," the forms or codes to be observed in social or official life; conventional decorum; the code of polite society." Strip away all the fancy words and you're left with 'common decency' and basic manners. For some reason there seems to be a belief that tattoo/piercing studio etiquette differs from the commonly accepted set of guidelines by which most people conduct themselves, it doesn't .
- Feeling 'green' or 'funny.' Tell your artist right away (don't try to tough it out) so that he/she can deal with it. Your artist is prepared for it and knows how to handle it.
- Any concerns you might have about getting tattooed. Your artist is there to work with you and make the experience as easy as it can be.
- Any medical issues you have (i.e. pregnancy, diseases, medication).
Will the studio show you their autoclave’s latest “spore test” that confirms proper sterilization is done once a month?
- Can they explain sterilization procedures to you?
- Is any ointment, pigments (inks), water, or any other item removed from a universal container reused or returned to its container after having been used on a client?
- Do the artists wear gloves, and do the change them during the tattoo?
- Are new sterile needle removed from autoclave bags in front of you?
- Do they destroy and dispose of needles in a sharps container?
- Are Samples of the artist’s work openly available?
- Do the artist wear clean clothes and maintain a clean working environment? If the studio is not clean, is the equipment?
- Do they have their CPR, First AID, and Bloodborne Pathogens training certificates.
A tattoo may be expensive, but it costs about five (5) times as much to have a tattoo removed. So think about what you are getting tattooing on your body before you do it.
If you like to be tattooed by a particular tattooist, please do call for availability
Tattoos can cause problems if you are allergic to the material in which the Pigment (ink) is made out of and dissolved in. Now days with every Tom, Dick, and Harry in the businesses. A professional tattoos artist knows what’s in is inks. There is a lot of companys out there sell ink and will not tell you what’s in it. Some have latex, and plastic in them, that’s way many professional tattooist make their own inks, so they know what’s in them. An allergies are unusual, but does happen occasionally. The tattoo will swell and itch. In serious cases, a doctor may need to surgically remove the tattoo.
We also ask you to consider this: As a business, we rely on the money we make from tattoos to help pay our employees and to help us stay in business. If we are willing to turn away these types of tattoos, there must be a very good reason.
Never get a tattoo from a “scratcher” (a nonprofessional tattooist). Who may set up shop out of a home or van, or even a studio. An amateur is, simply and obviously, untrained. Scratchers/Amateurs do not practice safe tattooing (because they don’t know how) and you’re placing yourself in great danger by using them. And costly fixing Scratchers/Amateurs work is not easy and will run you a pretty penny to fix.
While it is possible to get an all-white tattoo, our artists choose not to do them because they very rarely hold up well over time and very often start to take on a "yellowish" appearance, even after a short period of time.
When choosing an artist, you need to find an artist whose style of work you like.
Do your homework and plan ahead. Have your ideas about what you want done and how you want it to look on your body.
Although tolerances for pain differs from person-to-person, we haven't yet had a client who asked us to stop due to excessive pain.
A good tattoo is not cheap. The minimum price in many professional studios is $65-$100. Custom work can cost $150 per hour, and up. A professional Tattoo artist who works for less may be cutting corners on sterilization to save money and putting you at a higher risk of disease. You will find these artist don’t last long in the business. We recognize that tattooing is not cheap, but we are sure that your positive experience and your satisfaction with your permanent ink is worth the expense. The artist will give you an estimate, but how much your tattoo ends up costing depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the design, how long it takes to place it on your body, and how well your particular skin takes the ink.
People most commonly react to red inks.
We will try to include any support person you bring along, and we are mostly able to. Sometimes our space is limited and we are not able to fit another person in the tattooing room.
Many people have concerns about the safety of being tattooed, Performing tattoos in a safe, clean and responsible manner is our number one priority. In the course of performing tattoos, we take a variety of steps to help ensure your safety:
California Penal Code 653 requires you to be 18 years of age in order to be tattooed, no your parents can not sign for you. Yes it’s the law.
Each new needle set is packaged in an autoclave bag, dated, sealed and autoclaved. “New” means nothing if it’s not been autoclaved! All ointments, pigments (Inks), gloves, cups, razors, etc.., are discarded after each procedure. NOTHING IS REUSED. Then all work surfaces are disinfected with viruscidal preparations designed to eliminate contamination.
How well your tattoo heals has everything to do with how well you take care of it afterwards, so be prepared to follow the aftercare instructions your artists provides. Your artist will touch up your skin art after it is healed in about 15 days (usually for a small fee). We want you to be absolutely happy with your new tattoo.
You should expect some blood. There is not generally much blood, but the amount does vary from person-to-person.
An autoclave is a machine that creates intense steam-heat and pressure to over 270 degrees Ferinhite, and pressure greater than 25 lbs. These extremes will kill any living microorganism known to mankind. DO NOT confuse autoclave sterilization with dry heating, boiling, alcohol soaks, or flame heating. NONE of them substitute for proper equipment and cannot guarantee sterilization. Any autoclave being used for sterilizing tattoo equipment should be tested (called a spore test) by an independent lab at least once per month. We spore test both of our autoclaves monthly. In addition, we use a combination of package indicators (which react to heat exposure) and integrators (which react to time, temperature and pressure) to monitor every autoclave load.
This should be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, it's not. If you didn't know that tipping a tattoo artist is customary, YOU DO NOW! Tattoo artists DO NOT get paid an hourly wage, they earn a percentage of the money you pay for your tattoo and that's it. They depend, heavily, on tips to support themselves. You wouldn't NOT tip a waiter unless the service was really bad, would you? It's second nature for you to tip a waiter, he in a service business just like your tattoo artist.