Q&A About Tats

More than you’ve ever wanted to know about tattoos.

The TATJACK staff can tap into probably 2 to 3 centuries of accumulated tattoo experience. We’ve done just that and listed every question our experts have ever been asked and came up with the best answers we could find.

If you have a question that’s not here, type it in the space below and include your email. We’ll get you an answer and include in the TATFAQ during our next update.

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  • Is TatJack a tattoo studio?

    Nope! We’re not a studio ourselves, thus being able to provide you with unbiased references to tattoo artists in your area.

  • How much does it cost to use TatJack?

    The price of your tattoo will be arranged by yourself and the artist you choose. TatJack is designed to help you to find a tattoo artist who is safe, reliable and comes recommended by others. Using Tatjack is completely free.

  • So, what’s the benefit of booking through TatJack?

    Many of our artists offer discounts on services when you book through TatJack. These discounts are unique to the business, so be sure to contact your artist for details.

  • Is TatJack safe?

    Our artists are local artists with existing shops and businesses so they are regulated by state law. We make every effort to provide you with references and recommendations. If these are not yet available, we encourage you to contact your tattoo artist with any questions you may have.

  • What kind of tattoo can I get from TatJack?

    As we mentioned, TatJack is not a tattoo studio. Instead, we are a service which matches professionals with tattoo seekers. We list body artists of every style so you can find yours by using our smart search engine.

  • I can’t find an artist in my area. What do I do?

    Please be assured that as TatJack grows, we will quickly expand our directory of artists. You can help! Tell your local artist about the TatJack service, and check back soon for listings in your area.

  • I don’t want a flash design. Can I get a custom tattoo?

    Absolutely! When you’re chatting with your artist, you can upload a picture directly within the chat. Show them your desired design, and they can quote you a custom price.

  • I got a great tattoo through TATJACK! How do I show it off?

    Share a picture of your tattoo with us! You can upload your new body art to TatJack using either our website or mobile app in the following updates. Please be sure to let us know who gave you your tattoo so that others can use their service too.

  • I booked through TatJack, but something came up. How do I cancel?

    If you know about your scheduling conflict 48 hours in advance, you can cancel your appointment. If it’s a last minute emergency (we know they happen), we ask that you reschedule your appointment. Your artist is depending on your arrival. If you cancel within 24 hours of the appointment, we will charge you $50 and pay it to your artist. Once again, the better way is to reschedule your appointment.

  • Should I tip my artist?

    Tipping your artist is customary. TatJack strongly encourages you to tip your tattoo professional. We will add this feature in the upcoming updates.

  • What is a tattoo?

    A tattoo is a permanent mark under the skin. The word “tattoo” comes from the Polynesian word “tatu” which means “to mark something”. The earliest tattoos were done with bone needles and charcoal. Those who got tattoos like this were probably very prone to infection or even death. So only the brave wore tattoos.

  • How long have tattoos been around?

    Otzi the Iceman, the preserved body found encased in ice in the Alps, had tattoos. He has been tentatively dated as having lived nearly 4000 years before Christ. Many Egyptian mummies from around 2500 years before Christ had tattoos. Tribes in every corner of the world from Africa to South America to North America to the South Pacific wore tattoos.

  • Psychologically, why do people get tattoos?

    Various cultures used tattoos for different reasons. In some places, it was to scare enemies. In others, it was to denote status. In some cultures, which did not have writing, tattoos showed a man’s achievement in taking heads and similarly,  a woman’s skills and marital status. In some places a tattoo around the wrist was believed to ward off disease. In others, a tattoo on the face denoted a criminal past or slave status.

    Studies show that today, 30% of adults in the US have at least one tattoo. They get tattoos to make a daring statement, to empower themselves, to create a unique work of art on the canvas that is their body and, to be cool. Some claim it is like cutting - the pain is self directed and defused anger and hate. And, of course, there’s always the famous drunken impulse, which cynics claim is why tattoo studios are often located near many bars and stay open late.

    Whatever the reason, virtually all people feel a tremendous rise in self confidence after getting a tattoo.

  • Do people have regrets?

    Yes. Some do. Some don’t. Strangely enough while pretty much everyone feels a burst of self-confidence, once tattooed, about 3 weeks later women begin to lose that empowered feeling, while men do not. Perhaps it’s similar to how women go to the mall to buy things, then decide to return most of the items shortly after. Fortunately, tattoo removal technology is readily available for those who have second thoughts - more women have exploited this option than men. Overall about 1 out of 4 people have some regrets while roughly 17% of people get their tattoo removed.

  • If I get one tattoo will I get more?

    It seems one tattoo leads to another for most people. But the second tattoo is seldom an impulse decision. In fact, research shows that a period of 4 to 7 years usually goes by before most people get a second tattoo. But most people who keep their first tattoo eventually do get another.

  • Are there any groups that do not allow tattoos?

    If you are considering your future at this point, be aware that many employers simply will not hire you if you have visible tattoos. In some cases, they will likely fire you if you get one while employed. Generally law enforcement does not allow tattoos. Nor do the elite branches of the military. All branches of the military have rules on tattoos which may restrict your tattoo choices before you seek entry. People of the Jewish faith do not get tattoos - which made the holocaust arm tattoos even more humiliating. Muslim countries practicing Sharia law do not allow tattoos and you might find yourself in serious trouble if you travel there with visible tattoos.

  • How much do they cost?

    How long is a string? It depends on a lot of factors. So prices could vary from $100 to $10,000. Most artists charge by the hour and the good ones charge from $300 to $500 - like lawyers. The larger the art, the more colors, location and how many breaks you need to recover from the pain all factor in. Also consider the fame of the artist and the location of the studio. The TATJACK artist list gives an idea of costs for the country’s top artists so that’s a great place to start!

  • What do people think of tattoos?

    Some people find them disgusting. Desecrating the temple. Scrawling tasteless graffiti on something that is already a work of art. Others like us find them exciting, daring and a form of timeless art. Research claims that Americans with tattoos say they feel sexier (34%) and more attractive (26%) when inked. Many who don't have tattoos however, think people who do have them are less attractive (42%), more rebellious (57%) and less intelligent (31%). So you will get the entire gamut of reactions when your body art is visible. But don’t worry, the main thing is how do you feel about the artwork that is you. 

  • What percentage of the population have tattoos?

    Until recently, it used to be only old sailors, prison inmates, bikers and gang affiliates who had tattoos. Today, roughly 30% of adults in the US have a tattoo. The age group with the most tattoos are young people, aged 18-29.Out of that population, 49% have tattoos. In the UK, it’s the 30-39 year old group who have the most tattoos. Of that population, 35% of them have one. In the US more men have tattoos than women. In the UK, more women have tattoos than men. Make of that what you will.

  • What if the artist makes a spelling mistake?

    It is very seldom artist make a spelling mistake. Honestly, it’s usually you. The artist will illustrate whatever you want - even if it’s wrong. Generally he or she will show you a sketch of how the ink is going to look and this is your chance to correct grammar errors and revise your original idea if it’s incorrect. Responsible artists will try to dissuade you from doing something dumb. But they cannot force you to be sensible. After all it’s a permanent part of you and the artist usually cannot change that, except perhaps by merging it with another more complicated tattoo. This will likely be resolved with an excess expense. You can however, have tattoos removed today fairly easily, so all is not lost.

  • How are tattoos created?

    It is, strangely enough, a very scientific and meticulous process. In general, an electric needle punctures the skin 50 to 300 times a minute and injects dye past the outer epidermis into the underlying dermis. Scientifically, dye particles are too big to be absorbed by the body’s white cells so they remain.

    And yes, there can be blood and pain involved. Essentially, here’s the kind of procedure you can look forward to:

    1) First the artist cleans all of the equipment in an autoclave, like they use in hospitals.

    2) Materials are all contained in hygienically sealed bags and only opened in front of the client when work is about to start.

    3) Generally, the artist and the client will have a rough drawing of the work to be performed.

    4) Once the drawing is agreed upon, the body area is shaved and sterilized as your artist draws a thin outline of the artwork.

    5) Then the artist will use thicker needles to create thicker lines.

    6) Shading and color follow, overlapping to ensure there are no undyed areas.

    7) Often the client will need a short break to recover from the aches.

    8) Once the art is finished, any excess blood is cleaned off, the tattoo area is covered with antiseptic and a bandage is put over the tattoo area.

    9) Artwork usually heals within a couple of days. 

  • Do tattoos hurt?

    Yes. They do. Many people take a break or two during the work to get pass the pain. It depends on your personal pain threshold, how large the tattoo is and its location. Obviously some places on your body are more sensitive than others and skin that is close to bone is always more painful.

  • How long do tattoos take?

    For fairly good ones, assume 3 to 6 hours. Maybe bring a rubber chew toy to grit your teeth on :)

  • Can tattoo artists give me anesthetics?

    Your tattoo artist can only give you over the counter painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen but likely will not do so because these kinds of drugs thin out the blood and reduce the clotting factor. Honestly, you will bleed a lot more than you normally would having ingested drugs or alcohol. Often, they do not dull the pain that much anyway. So just grit your teeth and be patient. It’s all part of the glorious experience.

  • Is there any privacy in tattoo studios?

    Most tattoo studios do have a privacy room or cubicle for work on intimate body parts. Depending on your level of exhibitionism, you can probably have your work done in the shop window as well. It’s up to you.

  • Will the artist take photos of me?

    Artist may take photos of the work to add to their portfolio. Whether they need your permission or not to do so depends on what you do in answer to the next question.

  • Who owns my tattoo?

    Under current copyright and trademark law, the tattoo artist actually owns certain rights to your tattoo and can display photos of it, put similar designs on other people and even sue you if he or she doesn’t like the way you are displaying that tattoo. There are a great deal of lawsuits wending their ways through the courts on this issue right now - usually involving celebrities.

  • Can I will my tattoo to my heirs?

    Yes you can. There’s a certain ‘Ewwww” factor to it, but your tattoo can be cut off, cured, stretched and framed for posterity. Contact a company named Save My Ink Forever.

  • Can I cover old tattoos with new ones?

    Depending on the design and the body part, often you can merge an old tattoo into a new one. But you cannot tattoo over top of an old tattoo with any hope of it looking great. 

  • Can I get tattoos removed?

    Yes. They are burned off with lasers.

  • Does it cost a lot?

    Again, depends on the tattoo density and the laser removal studio. Could be more than the original tattoo.


  • I'm a tattoo artist. How do I list my studio?

    TatJack is looking for tattoo artists to join the family. You can do this via our website or mobile app. You'll simply create your login information and input your business address, upload profile picture ,phone number of your shop. Then you will be directed to our add photo section where you can add your beautiful art. We suggest you to add one photo at a time for more visibility.

  • How much does it cost to use TatJack?

    TatJack is designed to help you to find your next customer with peace of mind. Using Tatjack is completely free.

  • How many photos I can add for one tattoo?

    You can add up to 6 photos for one of your art. Or you can add 6 different arts with same price and description. We suggest you to add one photo at a time for more visibility for your art in search results. 6 photos will be only visible to customers if they click on your photo. So make sure you choose the best photo for your first slot when you upload.

  • Do I have to accept booking requests? What should I do When I receive a booking request in the app?

    Tatjack is making booking requests more comfortable for you. We know you are busy most of the time and customers won't see your availability in real time. When a customer requests an appointment in the app, you can accept, decline or offer new date/time. This way you will always be top of your schedule. In the future, we will bring the convenience of real-time booking system free of charge.




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