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 my idea 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 Quality tattoo artwork.
This is a piece of art that you will wear for the rest of your life. Its the same principal why some brands of clothes/makeup/jewlery is more expensive than the other. The price is reflected by the items Quality. High Quality items = a Higher Price.
Tattoos are Expensive. Not everyone can afford Quality tattoos.
But unlike your expensive clothes/ makeup/ car/ boat ect., your tattoos will last forever.
If you want a tattoo that looks amazing, it makes sense to invest in your tattoo artwork.
For small-medium sized pieces: You can easily give your artist a realistic budget that they can follow
For large pieces (ex. sleeves, backpieces ect.) :
Because most tattoo artists find the amount of tattoing area, far to large to judge (depending on the complexity of the idea), tattoo artists will instead charge an hourly rate. Most tattoo artists with a high level of tattooing experience, will charge the same amount per hour, per city.
Also some tattoo artists may add on a small drawing fee, depending on the complexity of your idea, and the time it took them to work all of the elements of your idea together into an unbelievable work of tattooing excellence, that also accentuates your body's physique.;)
It does take a TON of both natural and excercised Artistic Skill , as well as a TON of time being Professionally Trained and Professionally Practicing the Skills of tattooing, for an Artist to be able to create Amazing, and High Quality Tattoo Art.
A good way to judge the cost of a tattoo by looking at it is, the more detail / color / hyper-realisticness of a tattoo = the more layers of ink and therefore more tattooing time the tattoo took to complete.
Hyper-realistic tattoos do well being seperated into two seperate tattooing sessions. White ink always goes into the skin better, without the area being swollen from the fresh tattooing process.
How many hours should I book?
To get some good ground covered on your sleeve or backpiece you would book your sessions 6 hours or more at a time. If you really want your arm or back done fast you can book 2 or a maximum of 3 full days in a row.
Medium sized tattoos are about 3-4hours (1/2 a !/2 sleeve)
and small tattoos can be anywhere from 45 minutes- 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.
Plus you dont want to risk passing on your cold/flu to your tattoo artist. If Bella gets sick, she can not go to work.
Also, If you are on antibiotics, Bella 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. (Most likely depending on the strength of the antibiotics)
So its definitely better to be safe, than sorry.
Is it Safe?
Absolutely. Artist Bella 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.
Bella uses 100% brand new tattooing equipment, on each and every tattoo client. She will set up professionally in front of you, having you oversee her take her brand new, sterile and sealed equipment/tattooing needles out of their sterile packaging, and dispose of all items afterward. (You dont have to watch her take the tattoo needles out of the packaging if you are feeling nervous. It is however, an offer of Bella's professional tattooing service, to view this if you choose)
Bella has gone above and beyond the current tattoo industry standards and studied "Safe and Sterile Tattooing Techniques" with leading tattoo industry professionals at SAIT. She is certified in safe and sterile tattooing practices. She also teaches apprentice tattoo artists these vital practices of preventing cross-contamination
Bella is comitted to diligently uphold, the highest level of sterility, at all times in her tattooing space, including before, during and after, your tattooing process.
How do I know if I've chosen the right tattoo artist?
To create your perfect tattoo and a tattoo that you will absolutely LOVE, this next point is critical...
"Always choose a tattoo artist who you admire their tattoo work, in the same style, that you want to get for your own tattoo."
For example, if you want to get a Rad
lettering tattoo, choose a tattoo artist whom you admire their
lettering tattoos. If you want an amazing
lion tattoo, dont go to a tattoo artist because they do amazing
pin up girls... do you see what were sayin?
How do I book an appointment?
To create your Perfect tattoo, including an easy breezy tattoo day, there are certain pieces of information that we need to recieve from you.
All of these important questions are listed on our Convenient "TATTOO IDEA FORM"
Artist Bella will review your tattoo idea , as soon as her tattooing schedule permits, and contact you to discuss your idea with you.
Im part way through my First big tattoo, and its an entire sleeve. How do I know if my tattooist is tattooing fast or slow?
If a tattooist has been professionally tattooing for 5 years or more, you shouldnt worry. After tattooing full time professionally for 5 or more years, all tattoo artists with about this amount of experience or more, tattoo at almost exactly the same rate of speed.
This is because there is a maximum amount of speed an afrtist can have while tattooing. This is because when the tattlo artist moves his hand over the skin too fast, the needles will just skip over the skin like a rock skipping over water. Which will cause the tattoo to heal with dotted lining and patchy shading.
Tattooists with less than 5 years full time tattooing experience may tattoo at a variety of different paces and their tattooing rates should be set to reflect their skill level, and make up for any extra time they take while tattooing.
How old do I have to be to get a Tattoo?
Legally you need to be 18 years old to sign a standard tattooing waiver.
Or Bella will accept 16 years old with
parent consent and
parent present at the time of your tattoo. This means that you parent, aka Mom or Dad (not step Mom, step Dad, Aunt , Cousin, Grandparents ect.) or your Legal Guardian (the person who can legaly sign a legal document for you) must sign in person at the tattoo studio, as well as be present for your Entire tattooing appointment. If your legal guardian is not Mom or Dad, please be prepared to show your Legal Guardian's court appointed form of legal guardianship.
Im part way throuh a Multi-session tattoo. My friend have says their tattoo artist would do it cheaper. Should I go see them instead to finish it?
Firstly, you need to remember that tattooing is a buisness. Every tattoo artist that wants or needs more buisness is going to say that they can do your tattoo better, faster and cheaper. Tattooing buisnesses are in competition with each other. Whether or not they can actually do what they say, is another story.
In reality, If you find yourself asking this question, there is a MAJOR FACT YOU ATE MISSING.
" ABSOLUTELY NO ONE, BUT YOUR TATTOO ARTIST , CAN TATTOO THE AMAZING CUSTOM DESIGN THAT THEY HAVE CREATED FOR YOU."
This is because Your tattoo has been
created CUSTOM for you with THEIR mind. The way they will DRAW IT, PLACE IT and SHADE YOUR TATTOO is UNIQUE TO YOUR ARTIST Alone.
If you think that you can go to the artist down the street and get the same design, you are WRONG. Each artist creates designs Unique to their CREATIVE ABILITIES , TATTOOS WITH THEIR OWN UNIQUE STYLE AND HAS THEIR OWN LEVEL OF TECHNICAL TATTOOING SKILL. so NO, you can not just go down the street and get the same tattoo art, let alone, get the same custom tattoo art for Faster and Cheaper. That is a Lie.
Even a small simple tattoo, when tattooed by two different tattoo artists, will look different after being tattooed.
You chose your tattoo artist for a reason. You love their style. You know that they are talented. You need to stick with your artist so they can complete your perfect tattoo for you.
With large tattoos that take multiple sessions to complete, your tattoo artist will have spent a lot of time for you already, researching your tattoo idea, planning how to lay the tattoo out on the area of your body that you have chosen, and a ton of time drawing up the perfect custom piece for you. If your artist cares that much about giving you an amazing tattoo, and they have put in several hours of behind the scenes time, consulting with you, booking you, preparing tattoo supplies for you, drawing your tattoo and a session or two tattooing you, it would be a very large slap in the face to turn around and go to some other artist because an uneducated person has misled you to think that another artist is capeable of the same art.
ART IS SPECIFIC TO EACH ARTIST. THIS INCLUDES THE ART THEY CREATE, THE STYLE IT IS TATTOOED, HOW IT FEELS GETTING TATTOOED, AND HOW YOUR FINISHED TATTOO LOOKS WHEN IT IS HEALED. If you see a large, multi session tattoo on the internet, NO OTHER TATTOO ARTIST can CREATE art exactly like that, but the artist who tattooed it.
Sure you can have an artist do their best to copy a tattoo, but large Custom tattooing comes from the mind and the skills of the tattoo artist that created it. Each person's mind is different and created tattoo art with different tattoo ideas.
Besides, if you jump ship and switch tattoo artists, part way through your multi-session tattoo, you will end up with your next artist not having a clue what some of your lines or shaded bits are supposed to be. This will take your new tattoo artist, a hell of a lot more time to complete, than if they had started the entire tattoo in the first place. And you will end up paying your second artist for the extra time it takes them, to figure out how to match the original artists shading and to somehow creatively continue with or possibly cover over these mystery lines, and/or shading.
So make sure to Do the right thing MORALLY and the right thing FOR YOUR WALLET and stick with the artist you have chosen. Your friend is unfortunately very, very mistaken.
How old do you need to be to get a piercing?
There are no specific age laws in BC, therefore it is up to the Tattoo / Piercing Studio to decide what they deem as appropriate. If you have any questions about this, please contact Bella directly.
Minimum age with parent consent and parent present during the entire appointment
Ear lobes 8-16 years of age
Ear Cartilidge (ex. Daith, Conch, Tragus, Industrial ) 14- 16 years of age
Naval (belly button) piercings 14 - 16 years of age
Face piercings (ex. Lip, Nose, Eyebrow) 14-17 years of age
Must show Id for both your child and yourself. We hope for you to provide , at minimum, a birth certificate of your child's and photo ID for yourself. If your last names do not match then your name must be on their birth certificate or a change of name certificate, marriage certificate or legal guardianship document must be provided. This is set only to protect your children from getting piercings without your consent. If you have any questions or problems with the above ID requirements, please contact Bella directly with a list of Identification that you can provide for yourself and your child. She will review the ID you can provide and she will accomodate you ,the best she can, while considering your specific circumstance.
Minimum age without parent consent
Ear lobes, Ear Cartilidge (ex. Daith, Tragus, Conch, Industrial) , Naval (bellybutton) piercing, are 16 years of age. We feel that if you are old enough to drive, then you are old enough to get these types of piercings without your needing your parents accompanyment.
All above piercings without parent consent must show some sort of photo ID such as a drivers licence with your photo and birth date. If you do not have a drivers licence than any type of photo ID (ex. school ID) with a bith certificate will suffice.
Must be 18 years of age or older for tongue piercing, face piercings (ex. Lip, Nose, Eyebrow) without parent consent, nipple piercings and any piercings in private areas of the body.
Do I need an appointment to get a Piercing?
Bella is a Full time Tattoo Artist, therefore, yes it is best to text / email the studio to set up a piercing appointment. The studio phone number for texts is 778 747 1994. The studio email is PlatinumTattoo@hotmail.com Subject. Piercing appointment. Please send what you are wanting pierced, your age, your ID, and your Availability including weekday times.
We are listing Texts and Emails as the best to make an appointment, as Bella can easily read these on her small (very short) intermittent breaks, while tattooing and send you back the absolute quickest response, with available open times for your piercing.
How do you not pass out when getting a piercing?
It is very important to keep your blood sugar levels at appropriate levels before a piercing. Always eat a meal before both a piercing or tattoo. Stay relaxed, dont get tense / worked up / sick to your stomach feeling. Its only a quick, sharp, pinch and it is never as bad as you think it will be. Bring you own large bottle of water to the studio and stay hydrated before, during and after the piercing process.
How long after taking a piercing out, do you have to wait to get it re-pierced?
The area needs to be fully healed before re piercing. This usually means waiting at least 3 months. It does depend on the person and the area. If you have questions, please contact Bella directly at PlatinumTattoo@hotmail.com with your piercing questions and photos of your current piercing area.