1. Are needles ALWAYS new or can they be reused?
Needles for both tattoos and piercings should always be single use disposable and sterile! There is NEVER an acceptable excuse for reusing a needle. You should always see your needles opened from the sterilization pouch. If your piercer/tattooist "sets up" without you in the room watching, GET UP AND LEAVE! If they tell you there is a fee for a new needle, GET UP AND LEAVE! Your health and your life could be at risk. Don't let anyone treat your body with such disrespect! If you had already paid tell them you changed your mind and you want your money back. Don't be embarrassed to speak out for your safety. It's the artist re-using needles who should be ashamed! At Miraculous Creations needles are ALWAYS new and sterile! If you go anywhere else be sure they are doing the same.
2. Does getting a Tattoo hurt?
Receiving a Tattoo is more annoying than painful. The size and detail of your tattoos will determine how long it will take. You will go through a brief time of discomfort. But the tattoo will last for a life time.
3. Should I tip my Piercer / Tattooist?
Piercing / Tattooing is a personal service like hairdressing so many people do choose to tip as such. However when you don't tip a hairdresser, waitress, etc. you will usually receive the cold shoulder at your next visit. Piercers/Tattooist consider themselves to be professionals and will not treat you any different if you choose not to tip. If you do choose to tip you should base your tip on the cost of the piercing. For example our piercing prices are packages that include everything. So if your package price is $39.00 you should only base your tip on the piercing fee which is only $28.00 On a spiritual note tipping is good Karma and will come back to you in the long run.
4. My Piercer/Tattooist doesn't own an autoclave, but they buy pre-sterilized needles, am I safe?
NO! There is much more that needs to be sterilized than the needle. Your body artist must have an autoclave on site that you can see. For a safe tattoo the tube on the gun that the needle goes into also must be sterilized. For a safe piercing all tools must be sterilized as well as gauze pads, q-tips, elastic bands, corks etc. An autoclave is the only way this can be done. You should also be able to see current spore test results. This is a test performed at least once a month on a autoclave to be sure it's working properly.
Some so called body artists use innadequate procedures that they claim sterilize but they do not. Soaking in bleach or alcohol sanitizes, it does not sterilize. Sterilization is achieved through a combination of heat and pressure, so boiling does not guarantee sterility! If your artist is using these methods RUN!
5. Why do tattoos fade?
The most common reason is the sun. Sun bleaches the color out of a tattoo. It is important that you protect your investment by using a very strong sun block EVERY TIME your tattoo is exposed to the sun. I've found the sun block for lips a very handy way to do this. Another reason is improper after care while the tattoo is healing. Do not go in salt water, chlorinated pools, hot tubs, or spas while a tattoo is healing! Don't let your tattoo get a thick scab and never pick scabs! Tattoos performed by inexperienced tattooists often fade because they are not done deep enough, or done too deep causing scar tissue and excess scabbing.
6. How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?
The initial stage of healing averages about 5-7 days, usually followed by a slightly dry, flaky skin stage. Healing will be complete within a couple weeks.
7. How much do Tattoos , Piercings and Brandings cost?
Please call or come in for pricing, there are so many options available that it's impossible to list them all here.
8. I didn't research before getting a tattoo and I went somewhere that did an awful job. Can I get it redone or covered with a new tattoo?
Find a GOOD Tattooist and look at pictures of their cover-up work. Covering Tattoos is different than just doing a tattoo. When you find the artist you're confident in, work with him/her in choosing the right picture to cover it. And please don't quibble about price as a good cover-up artist is well worth what they charge. Remember Tattoos are on your body for the rest of your life! Odds are you got the bad job at a bargain price; you don't want to make the same mistake twice. How many things can you buy that last a lifetime? Wait until you can afford to have it done right!
9. My Tattoo swells when I go in the sun, why? And what should I do?
You are most likely allergic to one or more of the colors. In most cases this is a minor annoyance and can be prevented by applying a strong sun block when in the sun. If you still get swelling apply hydro cortisone cream, and take a dose of Benedryl. That should take care of it but in more severe cases you should visit your Tattooist. He/she can tattoo over the affected area with no ink and "bleed” the ink out. They could then do a spot test for other colors to redo it in. Only in the most severe and rare cases is laser removal necessary.
10. Does having body art mean you're a bad person?
Of course not ! It means you have the healthy confidence to express yourself in non harmful ways. This should be every parents desire for their children but unfortunately many people are caught up in ignorance and prejudice. I'm not only a piercer I'm also a Certified Hypnotherapist, Spiritual Counselor, Certified Practitioner of Metaphysics and member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists and I know human nature pretty well. In all my experience I have never seen any indication that the media's representation of people with piercings/tattoos is true. A common misconception is that body art wearers are drug addicts. Drug addicts spend their money on drugs not piercings or tattoos. Body art is a harmless form of free speech.
11. I'm really nervous... can I have few drinks before I come in?
Sorry but NO. Alcohol thins your blood causing bleeding, it can impair your judgment, it can make it difficult to sit still, etc. Instead be well informed on the procedure you want to receive, know what to expect, find a body artist you're confident in and comfortable with and you'll be fine.
12. Do I need an appointment?
We do accept walk-ins but suggest appointments so you don't have as long of a wait. We strongly recommend appointments for genital piercing because they take a little longer to set up for.
13. Can I get a tattoo or piercing while I'm pregnant?
NO! You must wait until after you've had your baby. It is possible to cause a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage).
14. How old do you have to be to get a Tattoo?
You must be 18 or older in Massachusetts, without exception.
15. Why can't I just use regular soaps to clean my piercing, tattoo, implant, or brand?
Bar soap should never be used as it collects germs sitting in the open air, and non- antibacterial soaps will not kill germs. The soap must be liquid antibacterial. We recommend Satin or Provon which is a liquid antibacterial, anti microbial, antifungal. Awesome soap and it's gentle and non-drying too!
16. Can I swim with my fresh tattoo?
No you shouldn't. You will lose your color if you burn or tan. You also must avoid getting sand, salt, lotions and oils on your tattoo until it is completely healed.
***There are many Tattoo and Piercing shops located in vacation areas. This is a very bad idea, for many reasons. Vacation time is NOT when you should be having body art done! You're not supposed to swim, tan, be on the beach, use hot tubs etc. with fresh body art of any type. The work is usually bad at vacation area shops because they don't rely on repeat business so their reputation doesn't matter. It is also important to be able to receive follow up care from your body artist so you should stick with a reputable salon near your home, place of work, or school. People who get work done on vacation usually regret it.*** Check out this link for more advice on swimming with your tattoo: Safe Swimming
17. I wanted to get my tattoo smaller but my Tattooist said it needed to be larger. Why?
In most cases that's a sign of a Tattoo artist that takes pride in his/her work and is concerned with your long term happiness. If your tattoo has a lot of detail in it and it's done too small it will look like a blurry mess, especially over time. By making it a little larger your detail will be fine, clear, and easy for everyone to see and determine what it is. It can be quite aggravating to always hear "What is it?" Trust in your reputable Tattooist's advice and you will be happier now and years from now.
18. Can I bring my own picture with me for a tattoo or do I have to choose one there?
Yes you are welcome to bring your own picture with you, or if you have the idea but no picture we can custom draw it for you. And of course we have thousands of already made pictures in every category and style to choose from if you like.
19. Do Piercings or Tattoos have Spiritual meaning or significance?
That depends on the person wearing them. Many people get them for aesthetic beauty, to others they're a form of speech, making a statement about their beliefs, and oftentimes they are spiritual and have a lot of meaning to the wearer. They often represent a specific event in the wearers life. Many people get them as a statement of strength or reclaiming their bodies after a divorce, drug or alcohol problem or after being the victim of a crime. It's a way of saying "This is my body and I'll choose what happens to it". For many others it's simply a fad with no meaning at all.
*** On a personal note - mine do have spiritual meaning. They represent my love for God, the power God has in my life and the strength God has given me. I have been blessed with a wonderful life and a wonderful family so I choose to give thanks by "decorating my walls with Spiritual pictures." ***
20. Can receiving Tattoos or Piercings be a Spiritual experience?
It can and for many people it is, but for many others it has no significance at all. Sometimes people get pierced to reclaim themselves (refer to question #65) in these cases the piercing experience itself can be very spiritually significant. It lets the light in and allows the darkness, pain, fear, anger etc. out. This for some people can be very healing. Some people receiving body art go into a meditative state which can be very cleansing to ones soul.