13503-C SE Mill Plain Blvd., Ste. 5 - Vancouver


1. I am considering getting my first tattoo, where do I start?

Our shop does take walk-ins but it's best to plan ahead. Have a few concrete ideas about what you want done and how you want your tattoo to look on your body. Then, we invite you to come into the shop and peruse our many examples and artist photo books.  Each artist will have their own photo book with a sampling of their individual creative style of their work which can also be used for inspiration or clarification of your ideas. Choose an artist whose work or energy you like. Now you are ready to come in or call and set up a consultation with the artist you choose, and they will be glad to help realize your vision.

2. Once I've decided I want a tattoo, how does the process work?

After your initial consultation, the artists will draw a design for your tattoo. When you approve the drawing, you will set up an appointment to begin your new (or first!) piece. If you change your mind, be sure to call and give us at least 2-3 days in advance so your artists can book the time he held open for you. Since many shops book weeks in advance, the sooner you are able to cancel your tattoo the better. If you cancel without sufficient notice, your artists will keep your deposit.

3. How do I prepare for my appointment?

On the day of your appointment, come in ready to be tattooed.  It is important that you have not consumed alcohol or take any aspirin. It is absolutely an imperative that you are clear-headed, healthy, and make sure to have eaten a meal before the appointment! These conditions will ensure the best possible start for your tattoo, and help make the experience positive. How well your tattoo heals has everything to do with how well you take care of it afterwards, so be prepared to follow the aftercare instructions your artists provides. If necessary, your artist will touch up your skin art after it is healed (usually for free). We want you to be absolutely happy with your new tattoo.

4. How safe is tattooing?
Many people have concerns about the safety of being tattooed.  At Morning Star Tattoo Shop we are serious about our cleanliness and sterilization procedures. Our autoclaves are tested for spore count and needles are never reused, and we use only the highest quality inks and pigments. Our artists will be happy to discuss any concerns that you may have about tattoo safety. It is important to us that you be, and feel, safe in our shop.
5. Does it hurt?

Yes, as a general rule, it hurts. However, people experience the pain in different ways, and some places on the body hurt more than others. Most people find that the fear of being tattooed is far worse than the pain they actually experience. All kinds of people get tattooed, and almost everyone is able to tolerate the sensation. Some people even find that they really like being tattooed!

6. Do customers ever have to stop partway through a tattoo due to pain?

Although tolerances for pain differs from person to person, we haven't yet had a client who asked us to stop due to excessive pain.

7. How much does it cost?

Please check our posted rates and the artists. You will find these are the most competitive rates for reputable shops in the Vancouver area. We recognize that tattooing is not cheap, but we are sure that your positive experience and your satisfaction with your permanent ink is worth the expense. The artist will give you an estimate, but how much your tattoo ends up costing depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the design, how long it takes to place it on your body, and how well your particular skin takes the ink.

8. How do I pay for the tattoo?

We accept cash and all major credit cards.

9. What about tipping?

Common practice to tip your tattoo artist if you are happy with your tattoo, or felt you got extra attention. If you can afford it, a good tip is 15-20%, just like a restaurant, but any token of appreciation is welcome.

10. How should I care for my new tattoo?
11. What are some of the possible complications of tattooing?

Many people are worried about the possibility of getting an infection from being tattooed. It is very rare for a person in good health who takes appropriate care of their tattoo to get an infection. However, some people do have a reaction to the inks, or (more often) to the ointment or lotion used during the healing process. When this happens, the tattooed area may become itchy, or a pimply rash may develop. These reactions are not serious, but they can affect the way the tattoo looks when it heals, and they are sometimes uncomfortable.  Red ink is the most common to have a reaction from.

12. Can I bring a friend with me for support?

Yes, we can always accommodate at least one friend or family member in the tattoo or piercing room.