"Frequently Asked Questions"
Does it hurt?
It doesn't tickle.
How old do I have to be?
You must be at least 18 yrs of age to receive a tattoo from Trinity Tattoo Co. The state of Virginia does not require you to be 18 years old to recieve a tattoo as long as a parent or guardian is present and will consent, HOWEVER we will not tattoo under 18 regardless of parental consent.
What type of payments do you accept?
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Is it safe and sterile?
Trinity Tattoo employs only the most experienced tattooists and piercers, who are required to have certifications in First Aid, CPR and Blood Borne Pathogens. The certifications ensure that our staff is knowledgeable in the proper handing and disposal of biomedical waste, blood borne pathogen awareness, sanitation, and sterilization procedures to maintain an aseptic environment for your protection. In addition, all sterilization equipment is maintained in proper working order and tested regularly by an independant 3rd party. We have quarterly inspections with the local Health Department to ensure we are abiding by the guidelines set forth to maintain a license.
How is a Tattoo done?
Modern tattooing is performed with specialized electric tattoo machines and pigments. Tattoo artists are trained for years in the technical application skills required to properly apply a tattoo. The tattoo machine pushes pigment just under the surfaceof the skin with a small grouping of needles. A tattoo is a cosmetic medical procedure that should only be performed by a licensed tattoo artist.
What is the shop minimum?
$60.00 (it does not matter how small the tattoo is...the set up and break down to provide a clean and safe tattoo is the same regardless of the size of the tattoo.
Do you charge by the hour?
Yes! The pricing of tattoos is highly dependent on the level of detail, time intensity, or size & placement of a piece. A “flat-rate” estimate may be offered when appropriate; an hourly rate is typically designated when planning for larger and/or intricately detailed pieces or tattoos that require multiple appointments to complete. If you find cost, time and budget information essential to confidently progress through the planning process, we invite and encourage you to visit our studio. Consulting with one of our experienced artists is beneficial, informative, and encouraged; offering our clients the chance to express ideas and inspiration directly with an artist while also establishing a collaborative partnership.
How long do I have to be out of the sun?
Until the tattoo is healed...anywhere from 7 to 14 days.
How long do I have to be out of the water?
You can shower daily (and we hope you do) but do not submerge your tattoo in water such as a hot tub, pool, lake, river or ocean for at least 10-14 days. Do not wear restrictive clothing over the tattoo where it may be wet and sit on the tattoo for any length of time.
I am coming to VA Beach on vacation and want to get my tattoo...when should I get it done?
Our best suggestion is to get it done close to the last day of your stay. We do not want to impeded upon your vacation time and all the fun in the sun Virginia Beach has to offer. However, be careful as to not get sun burned or even remotely pink....you will be very disappointed when our artist tells you that you cannot get tattooed. So wear lots of sunblock and play to your hearts content and get your tattoo right before you leave.
Do you offer military discounts?
We are asked often...do you offer military discounts? We always have the urge to spout out all the reasons why the answer is no. We want to address this so that our current clients and future clients understand our position.
Many local businesses offer military discounts to show appreciation for our local heroes. At Trinity we define many of our clients heroes...the single mother, the cancer survivor, the Navy Seal or EOD, the school teacher who so patiently teaches our children. Our friends who are policeman, who risk their lives on the street you live on, not just the streets of Iraq. The firefighters and the doctors at our hospitals. The way we pay it forward is by holding charity art shows or food drives. If we offered military discounts then we would not be able to donate the $100, $200, and $300 dollar gift certificates for all of the charity benefits that request them to raise money in silent auctions and raffles. The American Diabetes Assoc. American Cancer Society, MS Foundation, Wounded EOD Warriors...there are so many more that we would have to say no to if we offered discounts on our services.
So please understand that the reason is so that a group as a whole may benefit, instead of an individual. Trinity Tattoo is a service based business. We compensate our artists very well for the services they provide, which leaves little margin for Dave and I as small business owners once cost to advertise, lease on our space and operating costs are accounted for and we would like to continue to donate for many worthy causes.