Please read below for common questions concerning tattoos at HOWL Gallery.
Q: Do you tattoo minors?
A: No, we DO NOT tattoo minors. Though it is legal in the state of Florida with consent, HOWL does not practice the tattooing of minors. Please wait until you are 18 and visit us then!
Q: How much do you charge for tattoos?
A: Tattoos start at $50 and go up depending on size and detail. You must speak with an artist to get an estimate.
Q: Do you have a minimum on tattoos?
A: see above.
Q: Can I go swimming with a fresh tattoo?
A: We recommend waiting at least 2 weeks to swim with a new tattoo. You can sometimes get away with swimming sooner than that, but we can not guarantee the tattoo will be unaffected. If your tattoo scabs you should NOT swim. The most important thing to remember is to keep the tattoo clean. Wash it with an anti-bacterial soap if you go in any pools, hot tubs, etc. Your SAFEST best is to avoid hot tubs and pools since they can be breeding grounds for bacteria. For this reason we encourage everyone to wait at least 2 weeks to allow the skin to heal over from a recent tattoo session.
Q: How long will my tattoo take to heal?
A: Usually your tattoo will peal like a sunburn within 7-14 days, and will be fully healed after 3-4 weeks. We recommend keeping a thin coat of Black Cat Salve, A&D ointment or Aquaphor on your tattoo for the first 3-4 days and then fragrance free lotion as needed. If you scab, refrain from using ointment as this will cause the scab to get soft and fall off.
Q: What kind of tattoo ink do you use?
A: We use only the very best ink designed for tattooing that passes strict European Union ingredient regulations. USA laws on ink are virtually non-existent, which is another reason to only go to reputable tattoo studios.
Q: Are your needles single use?
A: Both our needles and most of our tips/tubes, depending on artist, are single use and disposed of after each tattoo. They are pre-packaged and sterilized during the manufacturing process. A medical grade autoclave is used for sterilizing everything else, including grips, squeeze bottles, etc. The autoclave is tested every 40 hours of use by a labratory to ensure that it properly sterilizes. Proof of sterilization is provided to anyone who requests it. We consider ourselves on the forefront of tattooing and are constantly updating ourselves on current sterlization and health safety standards.
Q: Are your tattoo artists licensed?
A: Tattoo artists are licensed as of 2012 in the state of Florida.
Q: Do you do touch-ups or fix-ups?
A: Yes, stop by and we can take a look at it. If we did the tattoo, the touch-up is usually free. If someone else did the tattoo, we may or may not want be able to help.
Any other questions please email us or call (239) 332-0161