FAQ

Can I schedule an appointment via email?

PLEASE CALL US TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. Calling the shop directly at 503.233.4292 is the second easiest way to schedule with your favorite Skeleton Key artist. We do our best to keep up with email, however sometimes things slip through the cracks. Thank you for understanding.

THE ABSOLUTE VERY BEST WAY to schedule an appointment is to come in to the shop and leave a deposit for your artist. Call the shop and find out when she or he will be in and have time to talk to you, and arrange a consultation.

What if I need to reschedule my appointment?

Please give us 24 hour notice and it won’t be an issue. If you do not, unfortunately we cannot refund your deposit. The best way to contact the shop, as stated earlier, is to call the shop at 503.233.4292. Please do not email or send a message via Facebook to reschedule your appointment.

Is a consultation free?

Yes! If you decide to go ahead with the tattoo, we will ask for a deposit.

What is your deposit policy?

Deposits go towards the price of your tattoo. Deposits are non- refundable. We require a $60 minimum deposit for each tattoo. If the work is complex the artist may require a larger deposit, to be decided at their discretion. If you need to reschedule we require 24-hour notice or you forfeit your deposit. We will apply your deposit to your tattoo as long as your artist receives 24-hour notice. If you choose not to get your tattoo after placing a deposit, you choose to forfeit that deposit.

How much do you charge?

We charge a minimum of $65.00 and $125.00 an hour, we also price by the piece for custom work. The minimum is slightly higher for feet, hands, and above the collar bone. We are willing to work within your budget!

Can you give me a price quote over the phone?

To accurately estimate the cost of a tattoo, we will need to see both you and the design in person. If a design does not exist, we will need to create it, and will then be able to give you a price quote. To schedule a consultation, please visit the shop, or call 503.233.4292 to set a time with the artist of your choice.

How much does a back piece, sleeve, full leg, etc. tattoo cost?

For any larger piece, we ask that you come in for a consultation and price can be discussed then.

Do you guarantee your work?

Yes, except for below the wrist or ankle, and above the collar bone.

What’s the deal with touch-ups?

Unless it’s brutally obvious you messed it up, or the tattoo is in a non-guaranteed area, then touch-ups are included in the price of your tattoo..

Do you do piercing?

Nope. However, we can refer you to some awesome piercing specialists!

Does a tattoo hurt?

Honestly, it truly depends on your pain threshold and where you want it done.

Some of our artists do have topical numbing agents, so please do not let the pain thing deter you!

Are you hiring?

No, but thanks for asking!

Are you taking apprenticeships?

No, but thanks for asking!

If I want a tattoo in a secret special place, or I am shy, would I have privacy?

Yes, absolutely. We want you to be as comfortable as possible.

Will you tattoo me if I’m high or have been drinking?

Absolutely not. Don’t even ask.

Can you tattoo on scars?

If it’s two years old or older it’s possible but please call to set up a consultation.

Can you tattoo my dog, cat, pet, kid, eyeball, or tongue?

No.

What about my palm, or the bottom of my foot ?

We can but the tattoo doesn’t last long.

Do you tattoo with black light or glow in the dark ink?

We have limited black light colors and there is an extra charge. We do not carry glow in the dark ink.

Can I email, myspace, facebook or text message you a picture of what I want?

You can, but we will still ask you to come in because it is very difficult for us to do a real consultation via electronics.

Can I bring in my pet, posse, gang, tribe, kids, flash mob, bowling team or softball league?

Support is good! Just please respect that other people may be getting tattoos. Pets and unsupervised children are not allowed in the shop.

Can I get a tattoo if I’m under 18?

Nope, sorry.

What if it’s almost my 18th birthday?

Call us when your 18.

What if I’m gonna be 18 in a day?

Call us in a day.

What if my parents will consent?

You have rad parents, see you when you’re 18.

Should I eat before my tattoo?

YES! You will be more grounded and comfortable. Plus, rumor says it might make the tattoo hurt less.

Can I use my college ID, library card, bank card or expired ID?

We will ONLY accept a valid state-issued picture I.D., a valid passport with a picture or your birth certificate with your social security card.

Many of the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions reflect our adherence to the Oregon State regulations regarding policies and practices for tattoo shops and tattooists. To learn more about Oregon State tattoo laws, go here.

If we have not addressed your question here, please call us at 503-233-4292

or email us at sktattoo [at] gmail dot com. We’d love to hear from you!.