This page exists to communicate some good-to-know, general information about getting tattooed by me and about making everyone's experience the best it can be.
By now I'm sure you've spoken with my lovely assistant, Carla. She truly makes everything possible for your tattoo experience to happen, so please be sure to treat her kindly! If you need anything regarding scheduling, have questions about your appointment, or you want to take her out for drinks, email her!
Sometimes it can take a little while for all of the moving parts to come together and make your appointment a reality, and all sorts of things can slow the process but it will happen eventually! We all have lives and kids and stuff going on so if we take a little while to get in touch, please know it isn't personal.
Day of your appointment
Please make sure to be on time. There's no need to come early. We know traffic can be a little fussy in Colorado, so if you think you are going to be later than 15 minutes please let us know.
What do I bring with me? What do I wear?
- Wear comfortable clothes: Loose clothing works great, and it's good to have some flexibility to access harder to reach areas.
- Bring a hair tie. If you have longer hair, you might like to have a hair tie with you to put it up. I don't want to get inky/goopy stuff in your hair!
- Bring something to drink and a snack if you like: We have water and candy available at the shop, but if you have a preference past that its a good idea to bring something with you. Sometimes blood sugar levels can drop a bit post-tattoo so having something to eat can help with that.
- Position: There's a 99% chance I'll have you laying down in some way for your tattoo, so if you would like to have a pillow with you, or want to consider your fashion choices for the day, its a nice thing to know ahead of time.
- Bringing friends: Feel free to bring a friend with you if you like, but please keep in mind that space is limited in our cozy shop. We just want to ensure everyone who is getting tattooed with us is having the best experience they are able to, as well.
- ID: The state of Colorado requires you to bring an ID with you at the time of your appointment for your paperwork. You must be 18 to get tattooed in CO, there are NO exceptions or "with a parent" exemptions I am willing to break.
Regarding Your Design
Please communicate with me if there are things you want, design alterations, or color preferences. There's no ego involved in my decision making, and as your tattoo is most likely going to be on you forever, definitely let me know what you think beforehand.
I typically will have a drawing ready for you the day you come in for your tattoo. If there are any changes or alterations you would like to make to your tattoo once you see it they are easily done in person.
We accept both card and cash at Sol Tribe.
Some good things to know ahead of time about me are that I might not make much eye contact with you, and I might seem very uncomfortable the first time (or couple of times) we meet. It's not personal! I have Aspergers Syndrome, and while I am fairly "normal" by most standards I do still struggle with much of my interpersonal relations. I am easily mis-read as seeming rude or aloof at times, and it's never my intention. Never, ever, ever. You my find that I ask you the same questions every time you see me, I also might talk too much if you bring up Sci-fi or physics. I LOVE talking about those things. Also show me pictures of your dogs.
The only picky things I ask is that you don't hug me, take pictures of me, or wear heavy perfume to your session. :)
It's over! Now what? Once we finish up a session I'll go over aftercare of your tattoo with you. It's really straightforward and not at all complicated. However, the basic gist of it is here, too.
- Leave your tattoo bandaged overnight. 12-24 hours is fine so don't feel like you have to rush to take it off first thing in the morning.
- Wash the tattoo really well, in whatever temperature water is comfortable to you. It does not have to be scalding or frigid to work properly. Soap like Dial is fine.
- Pat your tattoo dry with a paper towel. It should not be goopy or sticky anymore. If it looks like it might be, or is a bit shiny, go ahead and wash it off again and make sure to get the sticky layer off of those spots.
- Apply Aquaphor very lightly. You want to make sure to rub it in about the same as you would if you were putting lotion on your hands, it shouldn't be laid on thick at all. Your tattoo needs air to heal, too.
- Use Aquaphor sparingly, usually when the tattoo is feeling tight or itchy only. If it doesn't feel that way, don't use it. Your body will let you know when it needs some moisture.
- After about 3-4 days you can switch to a fragrance free hand lotion, keeping the same idea in mind of "applying when itchy".
- Flaking is normal. If you have some heavier scabbing or cloudiness make sure you refrain from picking or over-worrying. It will heal evenutally, and if you need a touch-up its always free. :)
While your tattoo is healing you probably want to take a break from the gym at least for a few days. Don't re-cover your tattoo for any reason, especially with anything that will trap moisture against it. Loose clothes are fine. Wait to go swimming for a couple of weeks post-appointment.
If you have other questions regarding the healing process please feel free to get in touch with us, we are happy to help!
Send me healed photos!
I love seeing my work in the wild, so feel free to tag me on Instagram if you like, or email me pics!