Is getting a tattoo safe?
The safety of our clients is of utmost importance at Mid Altering Tattoos. We ensure that all tattoo and piercing instruments and materials are either thrown away or sterilized in a high-pressure, high-temperature autoclave after each use.
All artists are annually updated on Bloodbourne Pathogen Control, First Aid and CPR. Every surface of our sterilization room is stainless steel so not only does it look great, but it is hygienic and easily cleaned. Weekly spore testing is conducted to ensure our autoclaves are efficient and working properly.
Does it hurt?
The answer is yes. Having needles pierce your skin hurts. The proper question is ‘How much does it hurt, and can I handle it?’ It’s not nearly as bad as what you might imagine. The pain comes from the cluster of needles on the tattooing machine piercing your skin rapidly. This sensation, however, doesn’t feel like the pain of an injection – it’s more of a constant vibration. You will be amazed at how quickly your body releases endorphins, which dulls the pain significantly.
The pain will vary depending where on your body you get tattooed. Skin right above bones tend to be more painful than other areas. In addition, certain types of needles seem to hurt more than others.
NOTE: Do not drink alcohol or take drugs for pain relief purposes prior to your tattoo session(s). Both aspirin and alcohol thin blood and promote excessive bleeding. Aspirin also decreases the clotting of blood, which will slow down healing.
Can I look around the shop?
Don’t let the shop intimidate you when you first walk in. All of our staff are welcoming and would love to answer any questions you may have.
The first thing you should do is take a minute to look around. You’ll encounter some flash (stock illustrations) on the walls. These will most likely lean toward the traditional; Skull and crossbones, roses and the like. There are also artist portfolio books to view each artists work.
"I love my tattoo now and will definitely be going back for my next tattoo. Friendly staff and clean environment."
- Jade F.
What are the chances my tattoo will get infected?
Slim. Tattoos rarely get infected. Infection is usually dependent upon the client. Average hygiene will prevent infection of a tattoo.
Can I drink alcohol before I get tattooed?
No, not even one or two drinks. Alcohol is a blood thinner, it makes you bleed more than you would normally, therefore, forcing more ink particles out of your skin making your tattoo look “weak” or faded. We also have no way of knowing that you’d pick the same tattoo sober as you would buzzed. It doesn’t kill the pain, it makes you more fidgety and it’s against health code.
What should I do before I get tattooed?
Don't get tattooed on an empty stomach, wear loose comfortable clothes that you do not care about the possibility of getting stained, and plan on coming when you do not have any time constraints.
Feel free to call us with any questions you may have.