FAQ's
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Q: How old do you have to be to get a tattoo?
A: You must be 18 years old in the state of Iowa to receive a tattoo. There are no exceptions to this rule.
​We also require a valid, PHOTO ID with birthdate. A drivers licence, state ID, or a passport are all accepted documents.


​Q: How much do tattoos cost?
A: Prices range for every tattoo, but the shop minimum is $60. We charge an hourly rate of $100 for larger pieces. We also require a deposit to design your tattoo. The deposit amount is $60-$100. The price of the deposit will be deducted from your final cost. All deposits are non-refundable.

Q: Do I need an appointment to get a tattoo?
A: We are primarily appointment only. However we can sometimes fit small tattoos in between appointments. It is best to stop in and let an artist take a look at what you are thinking of getting and we can see what we can do for you.

Q:Can I bring my child in to watch me get tattooed or pierced?
A: NO! Children are a distraction, also this is no place for a child (language, music, art, and movies that we watch are sometimes very inappropriate for children). 

​​Q: Do I need to tip the artist?
A: Tipping is not required, but is greatly appreciated. If you are happy with their work, let them know.

Q: Are you taking apprenticeships?
A: We are not offering any apprenticeships at this time.

Q: How old do you have to be to get a piercing?
A: If you are between 14-18, We can pierce you if you have your parent/legal guardian with you and they have a valid, photo ID. Ear piercings are the only piercing we perform on anyone under 14.

Q: Do I need an appointment for a piercing?
A: Walk-ins are available during the week, we recommend an appointment for Saturdays (piercings and jewelry changes).
Understand that if you come in for a walk-in, you may experience a long wait time. ​





Tattoo Aftercare


​​Your new tattoo has a clear, adhesive bandage covering it. It is normal for the area to become warm and to have sweat, plasma, and ink collect underneath the bandage. Keep this bandage on for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, remove the bandage. Wash the tattoo and surrounding area with a gentle cleanser, making sure to rinse thoroughly. Blot with a clean, soft towel (no rubbing), and let the tattoo air dry for about 10 minutes. Then apply a hypo-allergenic (free of dye and scent) skin lotion. Continue washing and applying lotion, 2-3 times a day for the next 3 weeks. As your tattoo heals, it can be itchy and irritated. This is a normal part of the healing process.

DO NOT scratch or pick at any scabs or peeling skin that may develop.
DO NOT apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or antibiotic cream.
DO NOT soak your tattoo in the tub or shower. Get in, get clean, get out.
DO NOT go into swimming pools, hot tubs, rivers, etc. for a minimum of 2 weeks, or until your tattoo is fully healed.

If you experience severe swelling or burning, red bumps/other signs of a rash, or have severe pain, contact your artist or a physician immediately.

Dubuque Tattoo Club, LLC
563.845.0767