Tattoo Shopping: How to get the best tattoo.

1. Do your research, the internet is an invaluable tool, find websites of your local studios and check out the styles of the artists in your area. Look for the shops/artists you like on social media like facebook, there are likely to be updated more often with new photos.

2. Have an idea of what you want, even if its just a concept. Think about where on your body you would like it to be. Do an image search for tattoo ideas, but be careful that you don't choose someone elses custom tattoo picture from the internet for your own.

3. Visit the artist or artists in person. Have a look around the shop, get a vibe from the place, ask questions. See if they are friendly and helpful.

4. Don't price shop for the cheapest deal. Quality tattoos aren't cheap. Cover ups and lazer removal definitely aren't cheap.

5. Get a custom drawing. You are going to wear the tattoo for life, its like permanent jewelry or clothing. Have it drawn to fit and flow nicely on your body, in the style that you most prefer.

6. Be in control. Don't let your friend or loved one control your part of the conversation when you are consulting about your tattoo design with the artist. Be confident in what you want, don't let yourself be railroaded into something you don't want.

7. Accept that the tattoo is going to hurt. Tattoos hurt, but its topical and tolerable for the most part. Obviously some areas on the body hurt more than others, be prepared to endure through it gracefully.

8. Tip your artist. If you are truly a kind person, throw a tip to your artist. Even a little means a lot.

9. Follow your aftercare instructions. How you treat your tattoo has a permanent effect on how it will look when its healed.

Want a Custom Tattoo?

We require non refundable fees for custom drawings. This is not a deposit. Fees are for drawing time only. Drawings are made for you to get tattooed. You may not use the artwork for any other reason. In order to protect the artists work; you do not get to keep the design, photograph the deaisgn, have the design emailed, or posses the design in any way. Artists own their designs and if not tattooed within a year can be used for prints, t-shirts, or any other outlet they choose.

$20 Single Drawing $40 Cover-Ups

$40 Half Sleeves $50 Full Sleeves

We do drawings in the order that they come to us. Drawings can take a month or several months depending on how many drawings are in front of yours. Please Have Patience. You are able to come into the shop to view the design once it's done. You are able to make changes to the design, as long as it's not a whole new design idea. That would be a new drawing and a new fee. Once you are happy with the design, we will set up a time that is convenient for you to get started. Thank you for considering a custom tattoo from COSMIC TATTOOS. If you have any questions give us a call 704-334-2707.

Deposit Policy

Deposits are nonrefundable - no matter the circumstances, and nontransferable to another person or design. The deposit for tattoos under $100 will be the entire amount of the tattoo. Tattoos requiring 1-3 hours will require $100 deposit. Tattoos requiring 3-5 hours will require $200 deposit. Tattoos requiring 5 + hours will require a $400 deposit. Any changes to your appointment must be made a minimum 48 hours in advance. You must show up for your appointment within 20 minutes of the scheduled time.

If you show up at the agreed time and date for your appointment the deposit will be deducted from the price of your tattoo. If you cannot show up for your appointment for any reason, you will lose your deposit and will have to put down a new deposit for a new appointment. Thank you for understanding our policy on appointment deposits.

Important Tattoo Aftercare

Directly after getting tattooed your artist will cover the fresh area. You should leave the bandage on for two to three hours. As soon as you remove your bandage, wash your tattoo thoroughly. Do Not use antibacterial soap. Just soap up your hands with a mild soap such as dove, or ivory, and wash the fresh area with your hands. Never use a washcloth or any rough material to wash your tattoo until the scabs or peelings have naturally fallen away. This can cause premature scab removal, thus loss of color. You cant wash the tattoo off, so don't be afraid to really wash it, using your hands. After washing allow your tattoo to air out overnight. Never re-bandage your tattoo.

As long as the tattooed skin feels warm to the touch, leave it alone. It can take 2-3 days for the heat to go away, don't use any product on it during this time, and be super quick in the shower. When the heat is gone and the skin feels dry and itchy, rub in a small bit of lotion, until its not slippery anymore. Please do not experiment just use one of the lotions that we recommend, Original Eucerin Lotion, Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion, and Original Lubriderm. You don't need a huge bottle; a travel size bottle will be plenty.

Do Not Under any Circumstances use any medicated product, ointment, oil, gel, grease, or anything that looks or feels like Vaseline! Wear loose cotton clothing over the tattooed area. Cotton allows your skin to breathe, where polyester does not.

DO NOT go swimming, do not soak in the hot tub, and do not soak in the bath until the scabs or peelings naturally fall away. Be quick in the shower for the first week or two. Chlorine and saltwater or soaking in general will cause a thick scab to form or mushiness which will cause longer healing time, and loss of color, guaranteed.

Keep out of direct sunlight for at least a month. The sun will peel the paint off a car, so naturally it can have an effect on your tattoo. Thereafter always apply strong sunblock lotion before going into direct sunlight. DO NOT use sunblock on your tattoo while it is still healing!!!!!! Wash your hands before you touch your fresh tattoo and NEVER let others touch your fresh ink with their dirty hands!

Scabs or peelings will be the same color as the ink, this is normal. If the tattooed skin looks like it is seeping, mushy or spongy, you may have over moisturized it. If this happens, leave it alone and let it dry out. It takes a full month for your tattoo to heal completely. At best it will flake and peel like a sunburn. If it gets mushy and scabs form don't pick at them. After the scabs are gone, you will likely have a thin film of dead skin over the tattoo, making it look kind of milky. This is dry dead skin that will eventually flake off on its own. Never pick at or peel your tattoo!

If you have any questions call us at COSMIC TATTOOS 704-334-2707 HAPPY HEALING!