Frequently asked questions
Does it Hurt?
Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance of pain. It does hurt, just not that much. Some clients refer to it as cat scratches or merely just annoying. It has been said that Heather's "Claim to Fame" is how Gentle she is. Heather has 10 years Professional Tattoo Experience. She runs a "Rotary" tattoo machine which is a new breed of tattoo machines and is Much more gentle than traditional tattooing machines. And if you really want to know if tattoos hurt that badly, just ask Heather. Shes been told shes a big pussy when she gets a tattoo. And she has tons of them. So they really cant be that bad, if shes covered in them ;)
How much is it going to cost?
When it comes to tattoos, you really do get what you pay for.
(Thats why you buddy is covered in crappy tattoos that were FREE from his neighbor when he picked up his new Ebay tattoo machine for $29.99 ;))
Yes there are people out there that will charge very little. But your tattoos will be sure to reflect that price.
When looking at tattoos, look for Quality tattoos and tattoo artwork.
This is a piece of art that you will wear for the rest of your life. If your going to invest money in expensive clothes/makeup/jewlery, there is no sense in getting a cheaply done tattoo.
Tattoos are Expensive. Not everyone can afford Quality tattoos.
If you want to look like a million bucks, invest in your tattoo artwork.
For small pieces: You can give your artist a realistic budget that they can follow
For large pieces (sleeves, backpieces ect.) :
Most tattoo artists charge an hourly rate.
After a tattoo artist has been tattooing for about 5 years, they mostly all tattoo at about the same speed. An artist can only move his/her hand so fast over the skin without the needles being able to put ink into the skin.
The more detail / color / hyper-realisticness= the more layers of ink= the more time.
How many hours should I book?
To get some good ground covered on your sleeve or backpiece you should book your sessions 6 hours or more at a time. If you really want your arm or back done fast you should book 2 or 3 full days in a row.
Medium sized tattoos are about 3-4hours (1/2 a !/2 sleeve)
and small tattoos are about 1-2 hours
Should I book a Tattoo if I'm sick?
Absolutely not. If you have a cold or flu your immune system is down and it will take much longer to heal a tattoo.
If you are on antibiotics, artist Heather Gellately advises that you wait until they are finished taking the antibiotics, to book a tattoo, as there is the possibility of your body rejecting the tattoo ink, and pushing the ink out of your fresh tattoo.
And that would just be a total waste of time and money if your tattoo doesnt stick.
So its definitely better to be safe, than sorry.
Is it Safe?
Absolutely. Artist Heather Gellately only uses the Best and Highest Quality Professional Tattoo Supplies from the Top Canadian Tattoo Suppliers. That means that all of her supplies and Guaranteed Sterile and backed as such from her Professional Tattoo Suppliers and Manufacturers.
Heather runs a 100% brand new tattooing equipment on each client. She will set up professionally in front of you, having you oversee her take her brand new sterile and sealed equipment out of the sterile packaging and throw it away after.
Heather has gone above and beyond the current tattoo industry standards and taken a 3 day course studying "Safe and Sterile Tattooing Techniques" at SAIT. She is certified in safe and sterile tattooing practices. She also teaches apprentice tattoo artists these techniques and believes highly in upholding the highest level of sterility at all times, before, during and after, the entire tattooing process.