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Welcome to the FAQ

Getting tattooed is exciting! Especially if it is your first one! The one thing it should NOT be is scary, confusing, or in any way not your own choice to be tattooed or collect a specific type of tattoo. Here is a growing collection of Answers to some of the questions I am asked most often. If your question is not answered here, scroll to the bottom to submit your question to have it answered immediately as well as a chance for me to feature it here!  All questions answered by Nickhole Arcade directly, and without revealing any personal information about you, only the question being asked.

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Frequently Asked Questions

An ongoing series of informational entries. Feel free to submit a question at the end of this page.

Q: "How long before I can go swimming after I get tattooed?"

January 15, 2018

A: TWO WEEKS at least! It takes 14-21 days or longer for your body to regain control over the surface of your broken skin.  Check the Tattoo Care page to see the exact instructions and other list of NO NO's to stay clean and safe!

Q: "Why Aren't there many photos of YOU online?"

February 14, 2018

(that's me with the big eye! photo and eye art by Erica Keeling)

A: I am a very private person and believe my tattoo skills have nothing to do with what I look like or what body parts I do or don't have.  I also feel that in the past people have chosen me (and even insisted on me, much to my own discomfort) as their artist without ever seeing my work, basing my artistic worth on my gender, or citing the rarity of being tattooed by a female artist. I understand some folks are more comfortable with a female artist, and I respect that. However, over the years a few I have felt anxiety upon unwanted attention, and not having many selfies helps.

Q: "How do I heal my tattoo?"

March 15, 2018

A: Healing your tattoo is pretty simple if you don't touch it unless you're washing it with clean hands. Please follow my descriptive instructions by clicking the "info" drop-down menu at the top of the page, then selecting "Tattoo Care".  I've also got a video on YouTube that explains it! If you have a question about your healing progress, come by so I can see you or call the shop. 360-705-2901

"What should I do if I already was forced by my lover (or an ex) to get their name (or a gang symbol) and I didn't want to?"

February 14, 2018

A: I am sorry that you are going through this. I will help you remove or cover it for free and we will heal the trauma together with reiki.  Chances are that if a person did this to you, there's likely many other traumas riding below the surface that you haven't been able to access or heal. Be sure to start at the booking page and when the time comes on the form, mark "accept my donated tattoo".  This will fast track your application as I prioritize these opportunities to heal together. 

Q: "What should I do if someone wants me to get their name or some other tattoo and I don't want to?"

February 14, 2018

A: First of all, your body is yours.  When someone behaves this way, it is usually a sign of serious insecurity in themselves and thus, the relationship.  You should never do anything that YOU personally don't want to do especially when coerced or persuaded by a jealous or untrusting partner. Getting a tattoo to please anyone besides yourself is likely going to end in regret.  Tattoos should be your own choice.  I'm happy to talk to you about this further, if needed, just email me!

Q: "What does 'BOOKS CLOSED' mean?"

March 15, 2018

A: "BOOKS CLOSED" is a term tattooers will use to indicate that they are currently not taking appointments either because they are busy, or preparing to travel or move, etc. My books are always open to my existing clientele to finish, touch up or talk about a tattoo. That means if I tattooed you before, and you want to finish the project, you can book for my next available spot. However new clients must start at the booking page when books are open.  You can find out when my books are open or closed by visiting my instagram profile @waterproofblack.

"Why Don't you have a waitlist?"

February 14, 2018

A: I used to, and it doesn't work for me. It works kinda like a brick wall. Instead I will open and close my books at will based on my current workload. Once I'm a few months out, or have enough projects that I feel my focus is tight, I close my books. This ensures my focus is not too widely spread amongst projects, and that each person receives the full magic of their tattoo ceremony.

Q: "How Booked out are you?"

February 14, 2018

A: I'm usually booked solid for at least a few weeks, sometimes a few months in advance. On rare occasion, I'll have space available due to a reschedule or cancellation.  If you want to get on my cancellation list, just send me a message. My books are always open to my existing clientele to finish, touch up or talk about a new tattoo.  That means if I tattooed you before, and you want to finish the project, you can book for my next available spot.  New clients must start at the booking page

Q: "Can I get a tattoo if my parents sign for me?"

February 14, 2018

A: Nope. BUT: If you are impatiently counting the days until your 18th birthday, and tired of waiting to get tattooed, I offer black henna. Black Henna is a temporary solution that works similarly to hair dye and allows time to plan, rehearse, try on, and temporarily wear a design to check if you want what you think you want, and where.  After all, placement and size are just as important as the image you desire. Plus it's a great opportunity to practice being on time and sitting still during your session before it is permanent.  Parent or legal guardian must accompany minors to appointments.

Q: "Do you tattoo minors?"

February 14, 2018

A: Absolutely not.  It is illegal in the state of Washington to tattoo anyone under the age of 18.  If someone tattoos you as a minor anyway, that person is breaking the law. If that person doesn't care about that law, I wonder what other laws they don't care about... like being licensed, insured, or sanitary? NOT WORTH IT AT ANY PRICE! Also, fun fact: the #1 tattoo I cover more often than names are first tattoos done illegally.  PLUS as a minor your job is school, so you should be focused on your schoolwork while you can still get a free education and not daydreaming about tattoos or distracting other students with how cool you are.

Q: "Can you tattoo dark skin?"

February 14, 2018

A: I can tattoo any body as long as they are 18+ (with valid ID) and able to complete a consent form with or without assistance.  Any suggestions or adjustments in regard to skin tone  are made with respect to ensure tattoo readability as the skin tone increases and contrast lowers.  I treat each person as an individual creature who is 100% unique.  The only categories really are based on preferred tattoo style or project details, not the personal information or physical body of my client.

Q: "Did you go to school to be a tattoo artist?"

February 14, 2018

A: I apprenticed with my Master, Eddie Lin (shown), owner of Skin Factory Tattoo and laser removal of Las Vegas, NV. Eddie is an expert portrait artist and laser removal professional. He recently opened a sister shop on Maui, Hawaii! He's responsible for my love of black and grey tattoos, HR Giger, and taught me so much about tattooing.

Q: "Can I drink before my appointment ?"

February 14, 2018

A: No.  It's important that you come to your appointment sober.  Otherwise important things like spelling, placement, or symmetry that you normally would catch, might go unnoticed if you're feeling loose.  Having a drink after is fine so long as you are of legal age and don't get so drunk that you forget to take care of your tattoo. Stay hydrated! A good rule of hangover prevention is to drink a glass of water for every cocktail or beer etc. 

Q: "Do you do Microblading ?"

February 14, 2018

A: I actually do a much more permanent and clean brow by using my trusty tattoo machine.  It requires little to no training to get into Microblading which only offers semi-permanent makeup.  Microblading is basically cutting tiny nicks into the superficial layers of the skin and flooding the area with pigment. These paper cuts do not equate to permanence and often, clients who had microblading done elsewhere by inexperienced artists report immediate irritation and quick fading results.

Q: "Do you do Permanent Makeup, too? "

February 14, 2018

A: YES! As a licensed professional tattoo artist, I am also licensed as a permanent cosmetic operator.  I'm currently offering beauty marks, freckles, eyebrows, and scar removal.  Eyeliner, winged eyeliner, lips, and lipliner coming soon!

Q: "Will it hurt? "

February 14, 2018

A: This is my second most-asked question of all time.  Again: every tattoo is different, and every body is different.  I think it is more annoying than painful, and only hurts a little when getting started. After about 20 mins, tattoos go numb.  I also offer numbing products, please ask if you're interested in these options.

Q: "How much are tattoos? "

February 14, 2018

A: This is my most-asked question of all time.  Every tattoo is different, and every body is different.  Ultimately, whatever you'd like it to cost, based on how long it takes or based on your personal budget.

What's your question? If it wasn't answered above, ask me directly!  

These go straight to my phone, so I will answer you as soon as possible! 

There are no stupid questions. I love hearing from you. Let me know what’s on your mind. 

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