Q: How Can I Tell If My Tattoo/Piercing Is Infected?
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All fresh tattoo and piercing work will show some irritation. Signs of infection are severe pain, hot redness, swelling and/or a puss discharge (with or without the presence of blood), or a foul odor emanating from the area.

Q: How Can I Become a Tattoo Artist?
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tattooing is a complicated and skilled trade. Young artists come in as “apprentices”. apprenticeships through legitimate shops are few and far between.

Q: Why is my Tattoo Peeling and Flaking Off?
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Peeling and flaking of a new tattoo is perfectly normal. After the tattooing process, a thin layer of white blood-cells will form a light scab over the work area; before it actually begins to peel, the tattoo will look like it's covered with a whitish film. The flakes that come off may even contain some ink. DO NOT scratch, pick or peel them. It will all be done in a few days and the color of your tattoo will start to return to normal.

Q: Should I Tip My Tattoo Artist? Is it required?
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Tipping is a really nice gesture! But, there are no real solid ground rules for tipping.

Q: How much do Tattoos Cost?
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When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will ink you cheap, and you'll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. This is not a bargain bin. It is a piece of art you will wear for life...

Q: How long does getting a tattoo take?
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The time it takes to do a tattoo depends mostly on the design. The size, complexity and where the tattoo is being applied all factor into this.

Q: Can I get this design smaller/bigger?
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You can always make a tattoo bigger, assuming you have enough skin. Making it smaller will depend on the size and complexity of the design. There are certain limitations in tattooing which prevent responsible artists from doing things TOO small.

Q: Can my old tattoo be fixed?
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This will depend on how badly your tattoo is messed up. Though some tattoos can be touched up, In general completely covering up the old tattoo is more preferable to trying to polish up a mess.

Q: Can I get this tattoo covered?
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Most likely, Yes! We have extensive experience in this area. Our artist will work with you to determine what style of tattoo you are interested in, and what type of subject matter you want. Be flexible though, many times what you may want might not work the best.

Q: Can I bring in my own tattoo design?
A: Yes, we encourage it. Bring your own design or just your idea and let our artists visualize it for you.

Q: How do you sterilize your equipment and do you use new needles for each customer?
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The Living Canvas uses new single use needles for each tattoo. An autoclave is used to sterilize all other instruments used in the tattooing process, from tubes to the forceps used for piercing. Per Erie County Health Department regulations, our autoclave is regularly tested and sent to a third-party laboratory to ensure that it is working properly.

Q: How old do I have to be to get a tattoo/piercing?
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By Erie County Law you must be 18 or older to get a tattoo and at least 16 (with parent or guardian present) to get pierced. We do not tattoo anyone under the age of 18, period.

Q: Do I need ID?
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Yes, By Erie County Law you must have photo ID with you. (no matter what your age) A photocopy of your ID will be placed along with your records. Any identification having your picture and date of birth will do.

Q: Why are tattoos so expensive?
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Expensive is a matter of perception. What else can you buy that will last you the rest of your life?

Q: Does getting a tattoo hurt?
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Of course it hurts, but not that much. You'll be fine.

Q: Do you take walk-ins?
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Yes, if an artist is available- but the best way is to come in, speak with an artist and set up an appointment.





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