Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to book an appointment?
A: It is ideal to book an appointment, however, we will happily take walk-ins. Stop by or call to get tattooed or make an appointment.
Q: How much will my tattoo cost?
A: We can’t give accurate quotes over the phone or over e-mail. The best thing to do is to come in and have a consultation. We can give you an estimate of how long your tattoo is likely to take and about how much it will cost you.
Our shop minimum is $100, and we charge $175 per hour.
Q: Can I make an appointment over the phone, or e-mail?
A: We prefer not to make appointments over the phone or e-mail, as we require a deposit for all appointments. If you are traveling, arrangements can be made. We are always willing to work with you and your needs.
Consultation time slots are fine to schedule over the phone. Consultations are complimentary. This will be where you get with your artist and discuss your tattoo ideas. From there, you will need to leave a deposit to reserve a specific time slot. We accept cash and cards as forms of payment.
Q: Do you offer gift certificates?
A: We sure do! We offer gift certificates from $100 and up.
Q: Can I bring my own design?
A: You can bring in your design, although all of our tattoo artists excel at drawing and can turn your idea into an awesome custom tattoo.
Q: Do you do piercings?
A: Fist Full of Metal Tattoo does not offer body-piercing or body-jewelry.
Q: What if I have to cancel my appointment? Is my deposit refundable?
A: If you must cancel an appointment, please give us as much notice as possible. Our shop policy regarding this is as follows: cancellations, no-shows or re-scheduling that is done with less than a 24-hour notice will lose the deposit.
This does not mean your tattoo design is gone forever, it simply means that the deposit you left with your artist will no longer apply towards the cost of your tattoo.
Deposits are non-refundable / non-transferable. They apply towards the initial tattoo, and drawing, you discuss with your artist at the time of your consult.
Q: How do I pay for my tattoo?
A: Fist Full of Metal Tattoo accepts payment by cash or cards. We do not accept checks. Please, no haggling, come prepared to pay the price you have been quoted.
Q: Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant?
A: We are not able to tattoo women that are pregnant or nursing.
Q: Is a tip included in the cost of the tattoo?
A: The tip is not included in the price of the tattoo. Tipping is both appropriate and appreciated.
Q: How long until I have to “touch-up” my tattoo? Will it age?
A: How your tattoo will age depends on the size, placement and design as well as your own genetics. How you heal the tattoo will also be a major factor in its longevity. Be willing to be flexible and take your artist’s advice on the size and location of your tattoo. Our tattoos are guaranteed and we offer follow-up and touch-up appointments when necessary.
Q: What should I wear?
A: For your own benefit, wear something you will be comfortable in, something casual. There is always a chance you will get some ink on your clothes, so consider something that isn’t your Sunday best.
Q: Is your environment safe for tattooing?
A: At Fist Full of Metal, we comply with all standard sanitation procedures, and then some. Our equipment is sterilized in an autoclave, which is what hospitals use to sterilize their equipment. Our ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ rooms are on site and up to state standards.
Q: Will you tattoo minors with a parent?
A: You must be 18 years old to get a tattoo in the state of Washington. We do not tattoo minors; no exceptions. It’s worth the wait!
Q: Can tattoo ink cause an allergic reaction?
A: It is possible to be allergic to anything, and there is always the rare case, however allergies to the inks are very rare. If you do have concerns, please consult with your doctor prior to scheduling an appointment.