Frequently Asked Questions…

How do I book a tattoo appointment with you?

Email me through the form on the Contact page located here. Myself or my assistant will review and call or email you back with info on my current availability, leaving a deposit, getting a consultation if needed, as well as any questions about your idea I may have. Its that simple!

Where are you located?

I can be found at my shop Okami Tattoo along with a great team of artists, in central northern New Jersey. The shop address and info is:
Okami Tattoo
www.OkamiTattoo.com
2915 Route 23 South
Newfoundland, New Jersey 07435
Shop#: (973)697-0032 -for general shop inquires.
My assistant: (862)200-0323 -for booking new and existing clients with me.
I also travel to various conventions around the country, though stops change yearly. If you’d like to see me at a city or convention near you please send me a suggestion or recommend me to your local event coordinator.

How much will my tattoo cost / how long will it take?

This can be a difficult question to answer. For a smaller, or single session tattoo I may be able to give you a set price based on the level of detail and time it would take. If you have a budget you would like to work with please share it with me and we can discuss what options we have to explore.

For larger and multi session pieces I tend to book and charge by the session. I offer half-day and full-day sessions, both at a discounted rate than my hourly. This helps make sure we have the time to invest in the project without ever having to rush or stop short.

As for how long it will take: Well, as long as it takes to complete to a standard we both feel happy with. This too can be hard to estimate. There are so many variables in the tattoo process and not every project is the same. Certain pieces and styles may require me going back into areas that have healed from previous sessions to layer shades/colors, build up lines, add more black or increase the saturation of areas. This overall quality and longevity of the piece is alway the priority on my end. (right after safety).

Please email me through the contact page for my current rates and booking policy. thanks!

When will I see the artwork for my tattoo/ the drawing?

You will see the drawing at our scheduled appointment. When you arrive at the shop I will be as prepared as I can with the best design I have. Should you feel the need for any alterations we will use our time together to make it as perfect for you as we can. 

The reasons for this are many. One of them is that every appointment is different and unique, and can required varied amounts of time to prepare. If the person who booked before you has an idea that takes a lot of time to prepare, it will be longer before I can get to the next project in line. If the client before you requires little prep time on my end, then I will be able to prepare yours much sooner. Designs can be finished anywhere between a few weeks ahead, to the morning of your appointment. Some subject matter I may even be so familiar with that I draw it directly on the client with markers prior to tattooing, and I may only have a plan sketched out. 

The  propose for our consultations and emails is to give me as much and any information and specifics about the piece that you feel need to be included(or not included). From there I always ask you allow me artistic license to create the best fitting, most readable, and best looking tattoo possible. I appreciate the same level of trust and creative freedom from you too. If you need to have me change anything from there we can invest that time together at your appointment until we are happy. 

This is the same way I’ve gotten tattooed before too. Even after being on a waiting list for over a year, even when driving 3 hours each way. I saw my artwork in the lobby when I got there. I’m sitting here now still super happy with em. 

What if I want to show it to my spouse before hand?

This is an issue to work out between the two of you prior to booking with me. If I book us an appointment I consider it between myself and the person I book with. Thats really my concern, the person I’m tattooing. I am not necessarily agreeing to try and meet the expectations of a third person I haven’t met and/or consulted with prior. If in your relationship you feel you cannot get your tattoo without first getting the ok from your partner, you can send a picture of the design once you come for your appointment, and we can use our time together to make any alterations if I feel they are reasonably doable. 

What is is the age requirement to get tattooed by you?

18. Sorry, no exceptions. This also applies to all artist at Okami Tattoo.

How do I take care of my tattoo / what is the aftercare?

Your new tattoo will be bandaged. Your artist will tell you when to take the bandage off, depending on what we did that day and how we wrapped it. Once you take the bandage off, you will not re-bandage the tattoo. It is very important that you protect your new tattoo from dirt, chemicals, germs, and basically anything else you would not want to get in an open wound….because your tattoo is an open wound. You should wait to remove the bandage until you are in a clean place and can properly treat it. First, and any time your going to touch your healing tattoo, wash your hands.

Once you have removed the bandage wash the tattoo gently with your hands using a mild soap. The soap should be as free as possible of alcohol, dye, and fragrance. Do not use body wash. Rinse the tattoo thoroughly, and pat it dry with a paper towel or clean lint free cloth. Then, allow the tattoo to air dry for about 10 minutes. One of the more common issues with healing a tattoo, it trapping too much moisture. If you do not allow the tattoo to dry before applying ointment, you will most likely trap residual moisture under the ointment.

Next,(make sure your hands are still clean!!) you should apply ointment/lotion. Use only enough to make the tattoo slightly shiny, but not covered or smothered in it. Blot off any excess. After about 15 minutes, you may need to blot the tattoo again, as this will keep it from overly scabbing. Do not re-bandage your tattoo. I recommend washing, drying, and applying ointment 1-3 times a day, until it is healed. Lotions I recommend are Hustle Butter and Aveeno.

Depending on various factors, your tattoo will begin to peel like a bad sunburn after 3 days to a week. This is totally normal and may look like little colored flakes.
Swimming, baths, and soaking your tattoo are all bad for a healing tattoo, as is exposure to the sun. Stick to quick showers.

Your tattoo is an open wound, and may be slightly red, sore, or swollen during the healing process. It is also normal for the tattoo to leak some fluid(it may appear to be ink leaking). Keeping it clean is the most important part, followed by the right amount of moisture. Make sure your hands are clean whenever you touch it, and try to wear loose fitting comfortable clothes…that are not going to leave lint or fibers in your healing wound. Some people may be allergic to certain ointments, and should be aware prior to use. Some things to watch for include “bubbling”, excess “oozing” and break outs around the area of the tattoo. These can be signs of too much moisture(too much ointment or not letting the tattoo dry enough before applying). They can also be signs of reactions to the ointment, soap your using, or other irritants getting into the tattoo. If this occurs, stop applying ointment all together and simply keep the tattoo clean, letting it heal on its own. When in doubt, see your artist or your doctor.

Do not pick it. It itches, and that sucks, i know.



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