Frequently Asked Questions
Does getting a tattoo hurt?
We’d be lying if we said it doesn’t hurt to get a tattoo. However, the pain from getting a tattoo is an irritation on the outside, like getting scratched over and over (and over). But it is manageable pain. We always say, if you REALLY want a tattoo – you’ll be able to handle the pain!
What’s the best (least painful) location for my first tattoo?
For most people, the least painful location is the upper arm. Even still, do you want your tattoo there? It might hurt a little less to get a tattoo on your upper arm, but you should really get it where you want it. If it’s your first tattoo, you won’t know the difference anyways! It’s extremely rare that we’ve had someone stop in the middle of their tattoo, and if you need a break – just tell your artist.
How much is a tattoo?
We can’t really quote prices without a design. Most artwork at Artform is custom, and pricing goes hand in hand with the design you choose. The larger the size, the more expensive the tattoo. For small and simple designs (names, symbols, etc) our shop minimum is $80.
What should I get?
As a custom shop, this is entirely up to you. If you need help, our artists all draw from a variety of different styles and sources of inspiration. Helping you settle on a unique and creative concept for your tattoo is one of our strengths.
Can I bring in my own design?
Of course. But, we love when you send us reference photos to .
How old do I need to be to get a tattoo?
You must be 18 to get a tattoo in the state of Pennsylvania. Nobody under 18 can be tattooed without parental/guardian consent.
No exceptions here, sorry kids.
What colors are best for my skin color?
Your skin tone dictates the best colors for your tattoo. If you have darker skin, expect for colors to be more subtle and muted. If you have light skin, colors will be brighter and more noticeable.*
Should I tip my artist?
It is never expected but ALWAYS appreciated!
Tattoo Aftercare Information
Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo!
When you get home: Remove bandage within 2-3 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage.
Gently wash your tattoo with an unscented liquid soap. Do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Only use your hands.
Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface.
The first 3-4 days: Rub a small amount of ointment/lotion on your tattoo. We recommend Aveeno or any mild, white, unscented lotion, free of dyes or Perfumes will do – whatever you know you’re not allergic to. Always use clean hands and do not place your fingers back into the container after touching your tattoo. Make sure to rub in so that it is not shiny, or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible. Pat off any excess with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not use Vaseline, petroleum or Bag Balm. Wash, dry and apply ointment 3-5 times daily, as needed.
On the first night, you may want to wrap your tattoo in saran wrap to prevent sticking to your bedding. Do not use any cloth bandages or pads, as the fibers of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process.
Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating. For a foot tattoo: go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in saran wrap, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.
After day 4: On the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin.
Use lotion for minimum 2 weeks, 1-2 times daily.
Things to avoid:
Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap, rub or irritate your tattoo.
You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub.
You may not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sun block.
Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.
Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, always keep in mind that this is an open wound...treat it as such!
Beware of gym equipment, wash it well before using it.
You can also:
Ice your tattoo to reduce swelling.
Elevate your tattoo, to reduce swelling.
Take short showers.
If you do not take care of your tattoo, it may become infected or damaged. Infections are very red around the outside of the tattoo and may have thin red lines extending from it. It may ooze, pus, or bleed abnormally. If you think your tattoo is infected, seek medical attention immediately.