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  • Charlotte Timmons Tattoo FAQ

    WHERE DO I START? 

    Charlotte books by appointment only.  All booking and consultations begin by using the booking form. To begin booking your appointment click here. Due to the high volume of requests please allow 1-2 weeks for a reply.  If you have a question or concern please feel free to reach out to the shop directly via phone, email, or live chat. 

     

    HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

    To begin booking an appointment with Charlotte use the booking form linked above. 

    For custom work:

    Please include some information about your tattoo idea, any reference photos, the size of the tattoo, and the placement. From here on out, Charlotte will work with you to make sure you are getting the design that you will love! Please be advised Charlotte may advise changes to the design based on her experience to make sure you get the best tattoo possible. You will also receive a price quote and an appointment date pending deposit.

    For flash or one-off designs:

    Please complete the form fill and include a photo of the one-off piece you were interested in. If your requested flash piece has been taken or tattooed already and is a one time design; Charlotte is always happy to make a similar, original design for you. This will be considered custom work. 

    Flash designs are meant to be repeated and are clearly marked in the Flash Highlight on Charlotte's Instagram. 

    Due to the high volume of requests please allow 1-2 weeks for reply. We do not recommend sending multiple emails. If you have a question or concern please feel free to reach out to the shop directly via phone, email, or live chat.

    I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT HOW DO I FIND YOU?

    Grit N Glory has moved to a private studio located at;

    214 Sullivan St. Unit 2F, New York, NY 10012

    When you arrive for your appointment; buzz Suite 2F, then use the elevator to find us at the end of the hall. If you have any trouble finding us please give the shop a call 212 253 2775. 

    HOW MUCH DOES A TATTOO COST?

    The shop minimum is $250. Tattoo pricing depends on the artist's hourly rate, though some flash or one-off designs may have a flat pre determined price.  Factors that effect the amount of time a tattoo will take and therefor the price include the size of the tattoo, the complexity of the design, and the placement area. 

    DO I HAVE TO LEAVE A DEPOSIT?

    Yes, we require all clients to leave a deposit when making appointments. After talking to your artist via email and receiving your
    appointment date you will be prompted to leave your deposit. This deposit goes towards the price of the tattoo. Deposits are nonrefundable. If the appointment needs to be rescheduled, you must notify your
    artist via email within 48 hours or the deposit will be forfeit. If you do not show up to your appointment, or are more than 1 hour
    late, the deposit will be forfeit. Note that there is a 4.5% New York City sales tax that will be added to the final cost of the tattoo.

    If you cancel your appointment, your deposit will NOT be refunded.

     

    WHAT KIND OF REFERENCE PHOTOS ARE BEST?

    It's best to send the highest resolution, clearest photo you can. This is especially important when requesting a pet portrait. If you do not have a clear, high resolution photo available Charlotte can do a likeness to your pet based on your favorite photos of them. 

     

    HOW DO I PAY FOR THE TATTOO?

    We accept cash or credit/debit cards. Remember that your deposit is deducted from the final amount. Note that there is a 4.5%
    New York City sales tax that lawfully must be added to the total price of your tattoo.

     

    WHAT IS THE HEALING PROCESS?

    Wash your new tattoo with a non-scented antibacterial soap. Wash the tattoo every morning, night, and once or twice
    throughout the day. A total of 3-4 times, when washing use lukewarm water as hot water may burn. After drying, pat dry
    gently with a clean cloth or paper towel.

    After washing use a non-scented hand lotion on the tattoo. Fragrance free Aveeno, Lubriderm, and Curel are all good brands.
    Use the lotion after every wash, and throughout the day whenever it feels dry.

    After 3-4 days the skin over the tattoo will peel like a sunburn, and it will come off in the colors of the tattoo, this is normal.
    You may have a few spots that form scabs, it is important not to pick these off and let them fall off naturally.

    Continue with this wash and lotion regiment for 2 weeks. However it is a full 4 weeks before the tattoo is completely healed.
    During the healing process it is important to avoid getting dirt and fragrances on the tattoo, submerging/ soaking the tattoo
    in water such as in a bath, pool, or ocean (showers are fine), doing any activities that will cause excessive sweating or movement
    of the tattoo area (such as working out), sun exposure, and tight fitting clothing. If your tattoo becomes stuck to fabric such as
    your clothing or bed sheets, it is important not to rip the fabric off. First wet the fabric, and then gently lift if from the tattoo.

    Not abiding by these instructions could potentially result in infection and/or rough heal that may cause some ink to fall out.
    While in some cases these symptoms can be part of the normal healing process, if you experience excessive redness, swelling,
    pain, a bad smell, or have bumps or other unusual lesions it is important to let your artist know, and to seek the opinion of a
    medical doctor.

    If you have any further questions on the healing process, or need to reach your artist about unusual symptoms please contact
    your artist.

     

    Charlotte - charlotte.elanor.bookings@gmail.com

     

    MY ARTIST USED A TEGADERM WRAP FOR HEALING, HOW DOES THAT WORK?

    Tegaderm or Saniderm wrap is a special bandage used in the medical field for many purposes, including
    the healing of burns and to keep IV ports secure. Over the years tattoo artists have started using tegaderm for the healing
    of tattoos as it helps speed up the healing process, helps shield the tattoo from infection causing bacteria,
    and makes the after care process much easier for the client.

    While rare, some people may experience an allergy to the tegaderm.
    People that have an allergy to adhesives or bandaids usually experience
    an allergy to Tegaderm. If you’ve had these reactions in the past be sure to let your tattoo artist know.

    After your tattoo is complete, you artist will apply the tegaderm wrap, which looks like a giant,
    clear sticker over your tattoo. We advise leaving the wrap on for 4 full days
    before removing the wrap. The wrap is water proof so it is okay to shower with the wrap,
    however the wrap does not protect to heat so it is best to use lukewarm water.

    The first couple hours after the wrap is applied, you will begin to notice liquid forming and moving around underneath
    the wrap.This liquid is made up of excess ink and blood, and may appear dark in color. This is perfectly normal.
    The first two days wearing the wrap you will continue to have this wet, liquid build up underneath your wrap.
    The amount of liquid varies from person to person,
    depending on the individuals biology as well as the size and style of the tattoo you received.
    We do not recommend draining this liquid

    In some cases, if the amount of liquid becomes to heavy or too much pressure is applied to the wrap,
    the wrap could open up and the liquid could leak out.
    If it’s just a small opening, cleanse and dry the area, and re-seal with another piece of tegaderm or medical tape.
    If larger sections of the wrap begin to lift and the tattoo becomes exposed, remove the wrap early.
    Wash and dry the area and re-apply a new piece of tegaderm.
    If you do not have tegaderm then skip ahead to the “After Tegaderm” instructions.

    On the 3rd and 4th day using the tegaderm, you’ll notice the liquid underneath the wrap has dried
    and formed a dark film over the tattoo, again this is perfectly normal.

    Remove the tegaderm wrap at the end of the 4th or beginning of the 5th day. It will be similar to removing a bandaid.
    When removing the tegaderm, it’s helpful to be in the shower with water running over the wrap while your peeling it off.

    Around the 4th day is when the tattoo will begin to start peeling like a sunburn.
    The dead skin will shed off in the same colors as the tattoo,
    do not be alarmed as this is NOT the tattoo ink falling out and is a very normal part of the process.
    If your tattoo is already at this stage when your removing your tegaderm, you may notice some of the shedding skin coming off,
    stuck to the tegaderm wrap. This is normal. If your tattoo is not yet at this stage,
    you will notice it begin to start peeling within a couple days after removing the wrap.

    It is important to remember that tegaderm does not protect against heat or light. It is important to keep your tattoo out of the sun
    and to avoid hot water during your healing process.

    After Tegaderm:
    Give the tattoo a good wash with warm water and an antibacterial soap. We recommend Dial hand soap.
    Wash the tattoo at least twice a day, morning and night, along with whenever the tattoo may become dirty for the next two weeks.
    Allow the tattoo to dry, then apply a non-scented hand lotion after washing and whenever needed for the following two weeks.
    Whenever the tattoo feels dry and tight, it’s best to re-apply the lotion.
    We recommend non-scented Lubriderm and Aveeno lotions.

    While the majority of the tattoo healing is completed in the first two weeks, it does take four weeks for the tattoo to be fully healed.
    For tattoos that experience a rough heal (experiencing scabbing, allergic reaction or infection) it may take longer then usual.

    While rare, as tattoos are wounds, there always runs a chance of possible infection.
    If you believe your tattoo could be infected, contact the studio, or your artist directly and consult a medical professional.

    After your tattoo is healed, it is best to continue to regularly lotion your skin, and wear sunscreen over your tattoo
    when your tattoo is exposed to the sun to help your tattoo last as long as possible.

    There are no silly questions! If you have any questions about your healing process,
    please feel free to contact your artist directly or give us a call at our shop at (212) 253-2775.

    I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT! WHATS NEXT?

    We're excited to see you for your upcoming tattoo! 

    Here are a couple of tips to help prepare you for your appointment.
    - Wear or bring comfortable clothes that allow the tattoo artist to easily access the area of the body they are tattooing.
    - As tattooing involves ink, it's best to not wear clothes you mind getting messy or ruined as the ink does not easily come out of clothing,
    we are not responsible for ruined clothing.
    - We have designated space for clients personal belongings,
    however space is limited so please only bring necessities for during your tattoo process.
    - Please shower before your appointment.
    ( No one likes a stinky!)
    - It's best to get a good, full nights sleep before the day of your appointment as it will help with your pain threshold and general mood.
    (No one likes a meany!)
    - Always eat a full meal before getting a tattoo, as well as drinking plenty of water.
    - Bring snacks, drinks and water to your tattoo appointment as it's best to keep your blood sugar and energy up.
    There are multiple places to buy these things around the shop if you'd like to come by early to purchase them prior to your appointment.
    - Bringing headphones and reading material are great ways to pass the time while getting tattooed.
    - Please do not drink (or take blood thinners if okayed by your doctor) the day prior to your tattoo appointment as it could cause excessive bleeding
    during the tattoo process which could result in clouded vision for the artist, the pushing out of ink,
    poor healing and the inability for the healing bandage to adhere. 
    - Please fill out a release form and upload a copy of your ID before your tattoo appointment.
    Please read the paperwork thoroughly and let us know if you have any questions.
    - Make sure to let us know about any allergies you have prior to getting tattooed.
    Common allergies that can affect the tattoo process are allergy to Latex, Bandaids and adhesives found in them,
    Tegaderm or Sandierm, Nickel (heap jewelry), soaps, ointments, and iodine. 
    - For payments we accept cash, credit cards including Visa, Master Card, Discover, and Amex, and PayPal.
    - All tattoo deposits are non-refundable.
    - If you are running late, or need to reschedule please let your artist or the studio know as soon as possible.

     

    HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR SHOP POLICIES:

    - By New York law, all tattoo clients must be 18 years of age and over. There are no exceptions, including parental consent.
    - By New York Law, all tattoo clients must have a valid ID which includes both your name, date of birth and clear photo in order to be tattooed.
    This includes state ID’s and passports.
    - By New York law, clients cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you appear intoxicated service will be refused.
    - Due to Covid-19 safety guidelines we ask that you please come alone to your appointment.
    - There is a 4.5% NY County tax added to the price of your tattoo. 
    - There are no persons under the age of 18 or non-service animals allowed in the tattoo area due to health and safety issues.
    If you have a service dog please give the studio a call ahead of time at +1 (212) 253-2775 and ask to speak about an upcoming tattoo appointment.