Proper care prior & following your procedure is necessary to achieve the optimum results you’ve just invested in.

Pre Care

(24-72 HOURS BEFORE TREATMENT):

FOR ALL TREATMENT TYPES:

  • IMPORTANT!!! Moisturize your treatment area 2-3 times a day and at least 3 days before your session. That will allow for a cleaner canvas and make the session go by much faster.
    • If you are coming back from ​your 1st session, use the aftercare product as instructed 2 times a day to keep the area moisturized.
    • If you have dry/flakey skin, please exfoliate to remove all dandruff in the area 3 days before the procedure up to the day of your appointment. For buzz cut clients, use our moisturizer provided or purchase Bepanthen as moisturize, which can be found at your local supermarket/pharmacy..
  • Healing takes about 10-15 days after each session.
    • If you are still flaking A LOT 3 days before your session, please let us know so we can reschedule the appointment.
    • If you’re flaking a little bit 72 hours before your session, please let us know so we can monitor and decide if you can come in or wait a few more days. You will lose your deposit if you come in with unworkable skin.

FOR SCALP TREATMENT:

  • Hair:
    • Wash hair before coming in as you cannot wash head shower immediately after procedure.
    • Do NOT leave product in hair before the procedure (including hair fiber, hair spray, leave in conditioner).
  • Haircut/hairstyle:
    • ​If you have a haircut you will adopt or continue going forward with after the scalp treatment, please come in with that haircut for best SMP outcome.
    • Make sure to provide at least 48 hours notice if you want to have our on-site stylist to cut your hair (price varies $15 per haircut, excluding when it’s free for your 1st complimentary consultation). Otherwise, make sure you get your haircut on the day of or day before your session and all sessions.
  • *Not following these rules will result in forfeiting your appointment and deposit and/or more.

(48 HOURS BEFORE TREATMENT):

To avoid excessive bleeding, please AVOID:

  • Caffeine (coffee, tea, soda) or Salty Foods for:
    • 24 hours minimum before your procedure no matter what.
    • 48 hours minimum before your procedure if you drink coffee 2x a day every day.
  • Alcohol for 24 hours prior to your procedure.
  • Pain relievers/killers (including Aspirin, Ibuprofen) unless directed by your physician.
  • Niacin, Vitamin D, multivitamins, and fish oil/omegas1 week before procedure, unless directed by your physician.
  • Blood thinners, unless directed by your physician. If you are on blood thinners we require a note from your Doctor allowing you to go off of them for 3 days prior to your procedure and the note must also have the Doctors approval for the procedure (Please make sure you stop taking these 3 full days prior to your appointment)
  • Exercising and/or excessive sweating one day prior to getting tattooed and for at least one week after. Heavy sweating will cause the hair strokes to blur and detail to be lost.
  • Waxing or tinting of eyebrows 3 days before.
  • Tanning or have sunburned face. Tanned skin will exfoliate at a faster rate and will effect the color as well as the delicate healing process.
  • *Not following these rules will result in forfeiting your appointment and deposit and/or more.

(4 DAYS TO 1 MONTH BEFORE APPOINTMENT):

FOR SCALP TREATMENTS:

  • If you dyed your hair or intent to, please advise right away. You’ll need a 4-7 days for dye to settle. You’ll need 30 days for skin to completely heal before you can dye your hair.

FOR ALL CLIENTS:

    • No prenatal supplements 1 week prior.
    • No sauna 1 week prior.
    • No deep exfoliation 2 weeks prior (example: chemical peel).
    • No retinal products, acne treatments or salicylic acid 4 weeks prior (check your facial/scalp products’ ingredients).
    • No Botox injections 4 weeks prior to procedure unless approved by your artist.
    • No antibiotics 2 months prior, during or until after your treatment.
    • *Not following these rules will result in forfeiting your appointment and deposit and/or more.

Day Of Appointment

Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out forms.
You have a 10-minute grace period, but arriving later require rescheduling with deposit forfeited.

See here for our “Cancellation/Rescheduling, & No-Show Policy”.

BRING:

      • ID: Evidence of the age will be examined.
      • If you usually wear contacts and prefer to not wear them during the session(s).

DEPOSIT FORFEITED IF YOU ARRIVE:

      • Not having followed our Pre-Care.
      • More than 20% of your scalp is flakey or has acne.
      • Sunburn on your treatment area.
      • Sick with a viral or bacterial infection.
      • Existing tattoo as too dark.
      • Under 18 years old.
      • Not have followed the Pre-Care instructions above.

Parking & visitors

PARKING:

      • Free unlimited + untimed street parking (except for 1 spot with green paint).
      • Free 3 spots reserved for clients #42, 43, 44 in small lot adjacent to building on 5th street.

THINGS TO DO:
It’s Japantown, so walk around! Food within the same block to 2 blocks including:

      • Fast food: Wienerschnitzel, Froster Freeze
      • Happy House Famous Teriyaki Express
      • Cielito Lindo (Mexican restaurant)
      • Cafe: @YC,
      • Roy’s Station Coffee & Tea, Banana Crepe
      • Korean: Omogari
      • Japanese supermarket: Santo Market (poke, sushi), Nijiya Market (cold dishes, sushi, bento, to-go box meals, drinks)
      • Hukilau (Hawaiian restaurant)
      • Japanese Restaurants: Gombei, Kaita Restaurant, Tsugaru Japanese Restaurant, Kazoo Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Maru, Minato Japanese Cuisine
      • Ramen: Maruten Ramen, Kumako Ramen
      • Chinese food: Wenzhou Fish, Noodles & More

***Japantown has strange hours, some stores are open after 5pm and other some closed on certain days.

VISITORS & CHILDREN:
CDC-OSHA guidelines does not allow observers (spouses, family, or friends) in the procedure room during the tattooing process. The law prohibits the tattooing of persons under age 18. The facility is not equipped for young children, so child care arrangements should be made prior to all appointments. However, there is a waiting lounge for those who do not need supervision.

NO PETS!