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NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! Noon - 11pm everyday.
4531 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Formerly Subculture Tattoo
Getting to the new shop is easy, exit the 101 at Van Nuys Blvd. and turn South towards Ventura Blvd. We're on the right hand side, a half block past the first light (Hortence St.) across from the Gelson's shopping center. Shop can be tricky to see due to tree in front, we are neighbors with the Pet Grooming Shop.
There is plenty of parking on the street, although they are metered for two hours until 8PM.
We use an AUTOCLAVE just like a hospital. We sterilize twice, once so we can handle the items then again after they are individually wrapped. We use more time and pressure than is required(45 minutes/20-25 pounds pressure) at 245 degrees farenheight. We are assured instruments are sterile by using the finest equipment and servicing it regularly. We get tattooed here, so we want the best for us, as well as you.
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Common Sense Tattoo After Care Instructions:
The first rule is to use common sense...
Do not touch or let others touch your new tattoo unless their hands are freshly washed thoroughly...
Keep your tattoo clean, and do not expose to hostile environments or chemicals...
Do not let unqualified people tell you what to do, if you have a question, refer to the care instructions that came with your tattoo, or contact your tattoo artist...
Leave the bandage on 12 to 24 hours...
Wash thoroughly with soap and water. This is an important step, make sure you remove all the grease and the residue...
Blot dry, do not rub. Allow to dry well before covering with clothing. High bacteria locations, like feet, change your socks twice daily...
Do not compress the fresh tattoo with tight clothing or belts, etc...
With clean hands put a non-greasy lotion on your tattoo 3-5 times daily, rub in throroughly, do not leave a coating or residue...Do not use bacitracin, polysporin, neosporin or any other topical antibiotics. Greasy lotions will cause you to loose color and prolong healing time...
Do not soak, swim, or sauna for at least two weeks...
Do not expose to sun for at least three weeks...
Do not pick at or otherwise traumatize your fresh tattoo...
Your new tattoo will heal in about two to three weeks. Maybe less if you followed the instructions carefully...
What you can expect:
scabbing phase 3-7 days
dry flaky skin phase 3-7 days
leathery phase 3-7 days
Frequently Asked Questions answered by a tattoo artist who has been in the business thirty odd years.
Q: The first and most asked question by far is, "Does it hurt?"
A: OF course it hurts, but you want me to say it does not!!!
The pain is an outside pain (irritation), not an inside one (tooth ache).
It hurts less than a "Poke in the eye with a sharp stick"
"Anyone who wants a tattoo will be able to stand the pain."
No, you do not need to be drunk to get a tattoo...
In fact, if you are obviously under the influence of drugs or alcohol, any professional artist will refuse to tattoo you. "Only drunks, can stand drunks long enough to put a tattoo on a drunk."
Q: Will hair still grow through my tattoo?
A: Yes, the skin will still be the same as before. If you have dark or long body hair it might obscure the tattoo, if the tattoo is too small.
Q: Is it safe ?
A: We use the same equipment (autoclave) that a hospital uses to sterilize our equipment. We also use disposable setups for each tattoo.
Visit your tattoo artist to insure the instruments are individually wrapped and sterilized.
Q: Can I bring in my own design?
A: Yes, it can be anything you like, but it will need to be converted into a tattoo design. Some styles of artwork do not work well as a tattoo, but we use our years of experience to guide you with the selection of the artwork and style.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: It is impossible to quote a price without seeing a design. Custom tattooing costs according to the time involved. Larger and complex tattoos can cost thousands of dollars, while smaller and simpler things cost less. How that works out for you is : an average small tattoo cost about $100. Names and really small things cost about $50 or less. Do not forget we have literally thousands of tattoo designs for you to choose from. We have been in business for over 30 years, and we are habitual collectors.
Q: How old must I be to get a tattoo?
A: You must be 18 years of age and have a picture ID issued by a government or state.
We do not tattoo minors with or without parental permission.
Q: How can I pay?
A: We accept cash, Master Charge, Visa, travelers checks and money orders.
We do not accept personal checks. (sorry)
Q: Is it permanent?
A: Yes, but all tattoos will age. Sun, improper healing, and poor health, will affect the final results. ┬'├"├║Your skin is not linoleum", all tattoos age. How well they age depends on the size, and placement. Older tattoos can be redone and recolored. Unwanted tattoos can be covered with a new tattoo (cover up) or removed (laser).
Q: What about healing?
A: A new tattoo takes about three weeks to look as if it was always there, but they heal like any other scratch or scrape, or approximately two weeks.
Q: How do the colors turn out?
A: Think of your skin as a filter over the tattoo. Darker skins will mute or obscure the color. Lighter skin will allow the color to be more vivid.
Q: Can I be allergic to the colors?
A: It is possible to be allergic to anything, however allergies to the colors is very rare. If you do have allergies, you might want to consult your doctor, for the proper tests and for an explanation.
Q: If I am pregnant, can I still get a tattoo?
A: Pregnant women, or anyone with a chronic serious condition, should get the advice of their doctor before getting a tattoo.
Q: Where is the least painful spot?
A: Probably the upper arm, yet it is more important to get your tattoo where you want it as opposed to getting it where it might hurt 10% less. If you've never had a tattoo, how would you know the difference? The most important fact is your tattoo should be fun, and part of the fun is getting it where it will work the best for you. I have never had anyone stop in the middle of a tattoo, (although everyone thinks about stopping), because the pain was unbearable.