Q: Will it hurt?

A: Pain is subjective, and though some areas of the body tend to be more painful than others for both tattoos and piercings, ultimately everyone is different and will therefore respond to pain differently. Tattoos are often described as discomfort rather than intense pain, while piercings are quick but can be sharp. But the way we see it, any pain you experience during the procedure is short-lived and well worth the payoff of a lifelong tattoo or piercing that you love!



Q: Is it safe?

A: So long as you are visiting a reputable shop, then yes tattoos and piercings are absolutely safe. At Perfect Image, you can rest assured that your artist has been thoroughly trained to take all necessary precautions to protect you as well as themselves. For more info, see our Tattoos or our Piercings pages.



Q: How much will my tattoo or piercing cost?

A: The price of your tattoo will depend on size, detail, location on the body, etc. Sometimes you will be charged by the piece and sometimes you will be charged by the hour, it all depends on what you’re getting. We offer free consultations with any of our artists, so you can sit down with them to discuss ideas and get a better idea of price. The price of your piercing will depend on the location of the piercing and the jewelry that you choose, and can range quite a bit. You’re welcome to stop by the shop at any time to take a look at our selection and inquire about specific pricing!



Q: How do I take care of my new tattoo?

A: Each Perfect Image location provides an aftercare package that contains everything you need for a successful healing, with products that we know work. Along with daily care for your tattoo there are some things that should be avoided:


  1. ​Don't Pick It - Your tattoo will get flaky, even sometimes a bit scabby. It is crucial that you do not pick the skin or scabs, let them fall off naturally. Removing the skin prematurely will pull out pigment from your new tattoo. Wear light clothing, if possible, and protect your tattoo from dust, sand, and pet hair for the first week. Ensure your sheets and clothes are clean as well to prevent infection.
  2. Don't Soak It - You should avoid swimming polls, hot tubs, lakes, saunas. and baths until the tattoo is completely healed.
  3. Don't Sun It - The damaging UV rays of the sun will cause a healing tattoo to fade. Once the tattoo is fully healed you can use a sunblock with a high SPF to protect your tattoo from fading.



Q: How do I take care of my new piercing?

A: Each Perfect Image location provides an aftercare package that contains everything you need for a successful healing with products that we know work. Along with daily care for your piercing there are some things that should be avoided:


  1. Don’t Touch It - It’s absolutely vital that you do not pick at or play with your piercing while it is healing. You should only touch your piercing when you are cleaning it and you should have clean hands washed with an anti-bacterial soap before you clean your piercing.
  2. Don’t Soak It - Avoid swimming while your piercing is healing. Chlorine pools, chlorine hot tubs, salt water pools, and salt water hot tubs will dry out your piercing and prolong healing. Lakes and oceans contain bacteria that can cause infection.
  3. Don’t Bump It - Try and keep your new piercing safe from getting hit, bumped, smacked or squished. Even the smallest trauma can prolong healing or cause it to reject. Helmets, jewelry changes, moving or sleeping on your piercing are all things that can prolong healing or cause your new piercing to reject and should be avoided while your piercing is healing.



Q: Can I bring my own design to an artist to get tattooed?

A: Absolutely! Our tattoo artists welcome clients' original ideas. Bring references, sketches, or images to your consultation to collaborate on a design that suits your vision.



Q: Can I bring a friend with me to hold my hand?

A: Usually! We recommend checking with the artist you'll be working with directly as they may have different preferences, space restrictions, etc. But more often than not it's totally fine!



Q: What's the best way to prepare for my appointment?

A: Whether you're getting a new tattoo or piercing, you'll want to prepare for your appointment the same way. Make sure you're well-rested, hydrated and have eaten a meal within 2 hours prior to your appointment. Refrain from consuming alcohol for 24 hours prior to your appointment as it thins your blood and can affect the process. In the case of tattoos, make sure you're wearing something that allows for easy access to the area you're getting tattooed. As for piercings, make sure if you're getting a body piercing that any clothing that will be in contact with the piercing afterward is clean and comfortable. 

If you have any questions or concerns not mentioned on this page, please do not hesitate to contact your local Perfect Image location or just stop by any time, and we'll be sure to help you out!