FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO YOU ACCEPT WALK-INS?

NOTE: DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING WALK-INS OR SAME-DAY APPOINTMENTS. All tattoo appointments must be scheduled ahead of time in order for us to comply with enhanced health and safety related processes and procedures. 

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

The most efficient way to set up an appointment is to reach out to the artist you are interested in working with directly, as all of our artists handle their own client booking. If you are not sure who you'd like to do your tattoo for you, feel free to email the shop and we are happy to provide you with a recommendation. Contact information for individual artists may be found on their bio pages on this website, or on their Instagram pages. NOTE: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT AS OF OCTOBER 2020, ALL OF OUR ARTISTS CURRENTLY HAVE A BACKLOG OF WEEKS TO MONTHS BEFORE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SCHEDULE NEW CLIENTS, DUE TO THE EXTENDED COVID-RELATED BUSINESS SHUTDOWN EARLIER IN THE YEAR. PLEASE CONTACT THE SHOP FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

HOW MUCH DOES A TATTOO COST?

Tattoo pricing varies based on size, level of detail, and artist, so we are unable to quote prices over the phone--the best way to get a quote is to have a consult with one of our artists. Our shop minimum is $150 per client.

DO YOU REQUIRE A BOOKING FEE?

Yes, all tattoos require a booking fee (deposit) prior to scheduling an appointment. Booking fees are non-refundable, and are taken off from the total cost of your tattoo (they are NOT in addition to the total cost). The specific amount of the fee for each tattoo will be determined by your artist and is generally based on the overall size of the tattoo.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept cash, credit/debit, and PayPal.

DOES GETTING A TATTOO HURT?

Yes, there is pain involved with the tattoo process. The pain is only temporary & far from unbearable. Making sure to eat some food and hydrate before your appointment will help. We do not recommend the use of numbing creams, as these can interfere with the tattooing process.

CAN YOU FIX OR COVER UP AN OLD TATTOO?

Most likely, yes! The tattoo industry has come a very long way in a short period of time. We would love to breathe life back into your older tattoos. Stop in and show us what you'd like to get done, or shoot us a photo via email to unkindnessart@gmail.com. Please keep in mind that not all tattoos can be covered; we may instead recommend contacting The Finery's laser tattoo removal specialists to lighten it instead. We work very hard to ensure every tattoo is as great as it can be. Feel free to call or come in for a consultation about the best option for your fix.

WILL MY TATTOO FADE?

Maybe. We will give you aftercare instructions and information on how to prevent fading. A proper sunblock should always be placed over a tattoo when exposed to the sun. 10-15 years after getting the tattoo, there will likely be some wear & fading; however, keep in mind that the skin you have without tattoos will also look different in 10-15 years as your body ages!

DO YOU TATTOO MINORS?

We CANNOT tattoo anyone under the age of 18, even with parental consent.

IS IT SAFE TO GET A TATTOO?

Yes!! Unkindness Art utilizes hospital-grade sterilization throughout the entire tattoo process and only uses disposable needles. We employ this fully disposable process in order to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of our staff and visitors. We adhere to extremely strict standards for sanitation throughout the shop in order to keep our staff and clients as safe as possible. 

DOES YOUR SHOP DO PIERCINGS?

WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDED AFTERCARE?

No, we do not have a piercer at our shop and do not have the ability to put in or take out piercings, nor do we sell piercing supplies. 

In order to ensure the best possible healing of your new tattoo, we use Saniderm medical-grade adhesive breathable bandages as part of our aftercare routine. You will be provided verbal aftercare instructions by your artist, as well as written instructions to take home with you, and can always call or email the shop if you have questions about how your tattoo is healing. 

WHERE SHOULD WE PARK?

Please be aware that we are located in downtown Richmond and do not have off-street parking available. Many of the streets around the shop are metered or have hourly parking limits. Your best bet for street parking may be found in the residential neighborhoods north of W. Broad Street, from Belvidere to 2nd Street. Alternatively, there are multiple nearby public parking lots that offer low daily/hourly rates (a list of these lots may be found on the Richmond City website). The GRTC Pulse bus system runs down Broad Street where the shop is located. You may also wish to consider using Uber/Lyft! 

WHAT COVID-19-RELATED PRECAUTIONS ARE YOU TAKING?

T disinfected throughout the day
•    Tattoo stations are set at least 6 feet apart from each other and we will never have more than 10 people in the shop at a given time
•    All artists and staff wear masks and gloves at all times and will wear either an apron, jacket, or other clothing that is specifically worn only at the shop
•    All artists and staff are practicing social distancing/isolation measures and best practices at all times outside of work, and are monitoring their own health daily
 

The health and safety of our clients, artists, and staff members are our number one priority. As the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, we are continuously monitoring the situation and taking all recommended precautions in order to minimize any risks to anyone at the shop. We have ALWAYS adhered to the highest levels of safety and sanitation at the shop. Additionally, currently we are also:

 

-operating by appointment only and NOT accepting walk-ins or same-day appointments; we are NOT open to the general public

-artists generally see only one client per day, and client start times are staggered to minimize lobby crowding

-tattoo stations are set at least 6 feet apart and artists are working staggered shifts to minimize the total number of people in the shop at any time

-all artists, staff, and clients are asked to wear masks AT ALL TIMES

-common areas and items are sanitized throughout the day and hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the shop

-clients are asked a series of health-screening questions prior to their appointments, and temperatures are checked upon entry

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