Steve's Tattoo and Body Piercing
FAQs
DOES IT HURT?
Yes it hurts, but it is tolerable and nothing you can't handle. It feels like scratch or a bad sunburn.

CAN I GO SWIMMING AFTER BEING TATTOOED OR PIERCED?
You want to wait at least three weeks before going swimming. This promotes good healing for your tattoo or piercing.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY PIERCING GETS INFECTED?
Please contact your piercer - You may not have an infected piercing. The problem should be able to be solved without going to the doctor. Your piercer will advise you to go to the doctor if need be. The doctor will then put you on antibiotics. This will clear up your infection within two weeks. However, if a piercing is properly taken care of there is no reason for an infection.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions. It's a lot like asking how much a car costs. The answer is really going to depend on what you want. The shop minimum for tattoos is $65. Pricing goes up from there. The size, location and the amount of detail for your tattoo will effect the price. Therefore the price may vary greatly from one tattoo to the next. Come in and ask your artist for an estimate if you need to know a price before you get started. DO NOT try to bargain with your tattoo artist like they’re some vendor in a Indonesian night market. You wouldn’t go to the grocery store or a restaurant and try to talk a clerk or a waiter into lowering the price. If all you have is a certain amount, ask the artist (preferably up front) if they can work with that budget. Your artist will try to work with you as best as they can. If they can’t then wait and save up until you have the full amount. Bargaining in a tattoo shop is an exercise in bad taste, and the quickest way to tick your artist off. If you’re tempted to bargain stop! If you cant afford the tattoo you want, talk to your artists and see if there’s a way to work out a payment plan (multi session/ pay as you go) or wait and save up. If you settle for something else, or even a smaller version than you really want, you’ll (probably) end up regretting it. Remember: “Good tattoos aren’t cheap, cheap tattoos aren’t good”. People who “price shop” for tattoos end up with inferior tattoos- don’t let that happen to you.

For large scale custom work we charge an hourly rate of $150.

Tattoo artists DO NOT get paid an hourly wage - they earn a percentage of the money you pay for your tattoo. They depend heavily on tips to support themselves. If you receive exceptional service, please show your appreciation by tipping.

Piercing Prices depend on the piercing -prices start at $35 and increase from there, all piercing prices Include piercing, jewelry as well as soap and sea salt. Call ahead for an exact price for a specific piercing.

CAN I DRINK BEFORE OR AFTER GETTING TATTOOED OR PIERCED?
Drinking Alcoholic beverages before a tattoo or piercing is prohibited.
As far as afterward, go right ahead. Have fun, but safely! Just remember if your tattoo still has a bandage on it, leave it alone. You can show your friends tomorrow - It will be there for the rest of your life.

WHEN CAN I CHANGE MY JEWELRY AFTER BEING PIERCED?
(recommended time may vary depending on your piercing) For a tongue 3 weeks, navel 3-6 months, nose 2 months eyebrow 2 months, earlobe 1 month, ear cart. 3-6 months, and nipples 3-6 months.

WHEN CAN I GET MY TATTOO TOUCHED UP?
You will want to wait at least 1 1/2 to 2 months before you get your tattoo touched up. This will give your skin enough time to regenerate and will make your touch up very simple. Most tattoos will not require a touch up for many years, if ever.

WHY CAN'T I GET MY TOES OR FINGERS TATTOOED?
It is not recommended. Any tattoo on your toes or fingers will distort over time. In a couple of years you won't be able to tell what your tattoo is. We only want to put a tattoo on your body that will look good for the rest of your life.

WHAT KIND OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept cash, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, traveler's checks and gift certificates. The gift certificates make excellent gifts for Christmas, Birthday, Wedding, etc...

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO GET A TATTOO OR PIERCING?
You have to be at least 18 to get a tattoo. NO EXCEPTIONS! You can be 16 and get your navel, nose, eyebrow, or ear cartilage pierced. You have to be 18 to get any oral or genital piercings. NO EXCEPTIONS!

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING IN IF I AM UNDER 18 AND WANT TO BE PIERCED?
Your parent or guardian needs to be present. You will need the minor's and parent's drivers license or state I.D. If the minor and parent have different last names, you will need a birth certificate or divorce papers. A school I.D. with a birth certificate will be accepted in place of a driver's license.
Custom Work VS. Flash
Custom Work
If you have an idea in your head we can make it into a tattoo. You can also bring in your pictures, T-shirts, hats, posters etc. for us to work with. All of this is considered custom work.

If you choose to go for custom work it is best to set up a consultation appointment so you can talk one on one with an artist to discuss your ideas. A consultation usually takes about a half hour, and you can set up an appointment for your tattoo at your consultation.

Flash Designs
Flash designs are stock designs we have on display on our walls and in books. These tattoos are already drawn and ready to go. You do not need a consultation if you choose to go with Flash. You can also combine multiple pieces of Flash together to get exactly what you are looking for.

You can also find ideas for tattoos at your local library or check out the internet - There are endless options! Just remember whatever way you choose to go the tattoo will be on your body for the rest of your life. Take your time and choose wisely!
Tattoo and Piercing After Care

TATTOO CARE

1. Leave bandage on for 4-12 hours
2. Wash your hands before removing your bandage and EVERY time before you touch or wash your tattoo. Remember, most infections are caused by dirty hands.
3. After removing the bandage, wash your tattoo with non-scented bar soap, warm water & your finger tips. Be sure to remove any blood, ink or petroleum jelly from the surface. Rinse & gently blot or pat dry with a CLEAN towel or air dry.
4. DO NOT bandage again or apply any sort of ointment or petroleum jelly.
5. Continue to wash tattoo 3-5 times a day for the first few days. Keep your tattoo clean & dry.
6. Weeping will occur the first 24 hours. Be sure to continue washing this off to avoid scabbing.
7. After a few days your tattoo will start to become dry and flaky. When this occurs you should reduce the washing to about twice a day.
8. DO NOT pick or scratch at your tattoo.
9. DO NOT soak your tattoo or otherwise submerge it under water.
10. DO NOT expose your tattoo directly to sunlight.
11. After your tattoo has finished shedding any scabbing that may have developed, you may begin applying a small amount of fragrance free lotion when needed. Using too much lotion will not help the tattoo.
12. If you have any questions before, during or after the healing process please contact your artist.

NON-ORAL PIERCINGS

As your piercing heals you will have a white/yellow discharge drying on the jewelry and on the piercing. This dried discharge is a normal part of the healing process. As long as you have this discharge, you should clean your piercing twice a day as outlined below:

BASIC CARE:

Many people find the following work well for cleaning their piercing:
1. Provon Medicated Lotion Soap or other non-scented bar soap and
2. Sea Salt

Twice a day clean your piercing with the soap you've selected (the shower is often a convenient place to do this):
1. Wash your hands thoroughly
2. Use warm water on a cotton swab to soften and remove all dried matter from the jewelry and around the piercing.
3. Place a small amount of non-scented bar soap on your piercing and jewelry.
4. Rotate the jewelry through the piercing 3-4 times to work the soap inside the piercing.
5. Leave the soap in the piercing for a short amount of time; 30 seconds or so.
6. Using water, rotate the jewelry through the piercing, rinsing all soap from the piercing and off the jewelry.
7. Gently dry your piercing using a clean paper towel or Q-tip.

Once a day, soak your piercing in a solution of warm water and sea salt:
1. Wash your hands (preferably with non-scented bar soap).
2. Dilute 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt into 8 ounces (coffee cup full) of water (preferably distilled). Note: using too much salt will counteract the effectiveness of the soak.
3. Directly soak your piercing for 15-20 minutes.
4. The solution does not need to be rinsed off, but directly dry your piercing afterward.

Avoid the following during the healing process:
1. Touching your piercing without prior hand washing
2. Oral and bodily fluid contact from others on the piercing site
3. Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide (harsh cleaning agents do more harm than good)
4. Anti-biotic ointments (Neosporin, Bacitacin, etc)
5. Submerging your piercing site in hot tubs, lakes or swimming pools for the first month of healing unless wearing a waterproof bandage.

Normal Stages of your healing process:
1. Soreness, tenderness in the first week or so (first month in the case of navel piercing)
2. Redness and a slight swelling (especially on vascular tissue such as the eyebrow)
3. Dried discharge for the duration of the healing
4. Itching (for a short period of time)

Warning signs of infection:
1. Greenish or discolored discharge
2. Increased redness or swelling
3. A pimple-like abscess forming on the piercing site

If you develop an infection
1. Leave the jewelry in
2. Contact a professional (local piercer, family physician, etc)
3. Do not ignore infection warning signs! Listen to what your body is telling you.

General hygiene practices to promote the healing process:
1. Wear clean clothing and maintain clean bedding and towels (avoid using laundry detergents with stain-removing enzymes; those enzymes can destroy the delicate new tissue your body is forming).
2. Eat a nutritious diet (some professionals believe that a mild zinc supplement can aid in the healing process).
3. Avoid toxins in your body (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, etc; these chemicals reduce the body's natural immune system).

Navel Piercings:
Avoid wearing clothing which will rub against the piercing and cause irritation. If you tan, be sure to keep all tanning ointments and oils out of the area. Certain movements, such as exercise and sexual intercourse, may also irritate the piercing. During the initial healing time, try to accommodate your piercing and keep it comfortable. Again, listen to what you body is telling you (if something hurts, it's probably damaging the tissue).

Ear Piercings:
Be careful when pulling clothing over your head. Be careful combing and brushing your hair. If you use telephones or stereo headphones on a daily basis, wipe them off with Lysol at least once a day. Be sure to shield your piercing from any hair care products your use. If you are cleaning your piercing in the shower, do so after you shampoo.

Facial Piercings:
Be careful pulling clothing over your head. Be careful combing and brushing your hair. Shield your piercing from any hair care products you use. It is imperative to keep all cosmetics out of the piercing area. Cosmetics or other facial ointments or lotions can cause serious irritation.

Nipple Piercings:
Male: Some men find that taping a piece of gauze over the piercing may prove to be more comfortable as it prevents the jewelry from moving or "bouncing" around.

Female: Most women find that wearing a well-fitted bra is more comfortable than not wearing a bra at all. Some sort of protectent (such as a sterile gauze pad or halved panty-liner) worn on the inside of the bra keeps the piercing and the bra clean.

If the bra is too tight, migration of the jewelry may occur; a larger size should be worn. Female nipple piercings typically take longer to heal than male due to the hormonal changes which occur during the menstrual cycle. Women may notice increased sensitivity, redness and/or discharge during or prior to the menstrual cycle. Be patient with your body. During your monthly self-breast exam examine the area behind your breast and under your armpit for any bumps or abnormalities. These can often indicate an infection in the piercing prior to symptoms near/around the piercing.

Genital Piercings:
You may resume having sexual intercourse as soon as it is no longer uncomfortable. However, it is very important to practice protected sex, as exposure to other people's bodily fluids can easily start an infection. Also, remember to be gentle with your piercing as it heals. Too much abuse can result in a prolonged healing time. It is important to wear clean, preferably cotton, underwear during the healing period. You may experience some bleeding for 12-48 hours. If you experience heavy bleeding which does not appear to be clotting, please contact us or your physician. A light bandage can be worn to absorb bleeding. For women, a panty-liner changed frequently usually works well. For men, some gauze padding inside a rubber glove or condom usually works well. It is also a good idea to urinate after cleaning your piercing to flush any cleaning agents from the urethra; don't worry, your urine is sterile to your own body.

If you have ANY questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or stop in to see us.

ORAL PIERCING
After care products which work well for most people:

Tongue Piercings:
1. Listerine (diluted 75% water and 25% Listerine)

Lip, Labret and Beauty Mark Piercing:
1. Items listed under tongue piercings and
2. Provon or other non-scented bar soap

Note: The use of Listerine in full strength or other alcohol-based mouth rinse is not suggested due to the damaging effects on the newly formed tissue.

Cleaning procedures which work well for most people:
"Tongue Piercings:*
1. For the first 3-4 weeks, rinse with Listerine and water solution every time you eat, drink or smoke. Use approximately one capful and rinse for 60 seconds. Do this 4-6 times daily (6-10 times daily if you are a smoker).
2. Wash your hands with non-scented bar soap and check the tightness of your jewelry. Check tightness of jewelry at least twice daily. Talking and eating can sometimes cause the balls to loosen.

Lip, Labret and Beauty Mark Piercing:
1. Perform all the items listed under Tongue Piercings.
2. Use a cotton swab with warm water to remove all of the dried discharge from the outer piercing site.
3. Place a small amount of non-scented bar soap on the area and lather it in place.
4. Gently move the jewelry back and forth several times.
5. After moving the jewelry back and forth, rinse the area thoroughly.
6. Avoid using harsh cleaning agents (hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, Neosporin, etc)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL ORAL PIERCINGS:
1. Keep your mouth to yourself for the next six weeks. This includes oral sex and deep, wet kissing. This also includes sharing smoking utensils, cigarettes and sodas.
2. It is a good idea to quit smoking during the healing time. If you can't quit, cut back greatly. The sucking motion (as with straws or hard candy) will put unneeded pressure on the piercing.
3. Do not play with your piercing while it is healing. This sort of excess abuse can result in a prolonged healing time, and cause the piercing to tear.
4. It is a good idea to get a new toothbrush at this time.

Tongue Piercing general info:
1. You will likely experience tongue swelling with your piercing. Ibuprofen and ice can help reduce the swelling. It is a good idea to reduce the amount of talking you do, and reduce your intake of hot foods and beverages. Eating soft foods will reduce the amount of chewing and make eating more comfortable. Be sure to keep your fluid intake high, even though you may not be eating as much as you normally do. Also, it is a good idea, when showing your piercing to people, to simply open your mouth and let them look - do not try to manipulate the jewelry in and out of your mouth while you are healing.
2. You may notice a sore spot on the bottom of your mouth where the ball rests against your palate. This will toughen up, or callus, in a few days. If the irritation persists, contact your body piercer.
3. You may notice a divot on the top of your tongue where the ball rests. This is very normal and will go away.
4. Your tongue may develop a whitish or yellowish protrusion of skin out from the top or bottom of the piercing site. This is a normal part of the scar tissue forming, and will go away.
5. Your initial jewelry is oversized to accommodate swelling. After 2-4 weeks, you may come in and purchase a shorter piece of jewelry. Downsizing your jewelry will save wear and tear on your teeth and gum line.

Lip, Labret and Beauty Mark Piercing general info:
1. It is unnecessary to eat special foods, but take your time eating. Until you have adjusted to having the jewelry in your mouth, you could bite it while eating, slow down.
2. If you have a labret stud in your piercing, be sure to check the tightness of the ball and the disk a few times daily with clean hands.
3. It is very important to keep all cosmetics, lotions, perfumes, etc. away from your piercing as those products may cause severe irritation.
4. You may notice irritation on your gum lines from the disc on your labret stud. The irritation should subside in a few days. If it doesn't, it is imperative that you come in and change to a different style of jewelry. Once the tissue of your gums is damaged, it will not repair itself.

Feel free to call with any questions! Phone 608.251.6111
Things To Consider Before Getting A Tattoo
* Eat a good meal at least two hours before getting tattooed.It makes the tattoo session a lot easier!
* Do not drink heavily or do drugs the night before or day of your tattoo.
* Avoid getting tattooed if the area of skin is dry, sun burned, has scars, or has acne.
* Apply lotion to area of skin being tattooed everyday for a week prior to tattoo.
* Make sure your body is healthy enough to be tattooed (No Cold, Flu, HIV, Diabetes etc.).
* Avoid getting tattooed before a vacation, joining Sports, life guarding, and going to a water park.
* Is your design choice able to be a good looking tattoo? It may not be able to be a tattoo if it is too small or has too much detail.
* Take your time when choosing your tattoo. It is going to be on your body for the rest of your life.

Safety Guidelines
Safety First!
At Steve's Tattoo we are just as concerned with the customer's safety as we are with our own. It all starts with proper hygiene: bathing, hand-washing, clean clothing etc.

Before and after every tattoo and body piercing we clean our area with antimicrobial spray. Every customer gets a one time use needle, when being tattooed or pierced. All needles are also sterilized before hand in our autoclave. The tools used in piercings and the tubes used for tattoos are all scrubbed until spotless, and then sterilized. Disposable ink caps are used to put your ink in, to ensure that every customer gets their own supply of ink.

Our artists and piercers wear disposable latex or nitrile gloves.

We follow these basic guidelines very strictly, along with the universal precautions for cross-contamination. We are proud to say that we helped set the state of Wisconsin guidelines and regulations for tattooing and body piercing. If you have any addition questions please contact us!