Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Aftercare


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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

APPOINTMENTS FOR TATTOOS:

We make all appointments in person at the shop to give you the best tattoo. 

Just stop in the shop and we will get you talking with an artist and set up your appointment. A deposit is required for all appointments.

If you have an specific artist you want to work with, we recommend you call and set up a consultation at 402-474-5151. A consultation is free and time set aside for you to discuss your idea with your artist.

Deposits for Appointments: There is a $60-160 deposit (depending on size of tattoo and amount of drawing time involved) for all appointments. The deposit comes off the final price of the tattoo. 24 Hour notice is required to make any appointment changes or deposit is forfeited.

Which artist would you like to work with? Our portfolios are here: ARTIST PORTFOLIOS

*please note: some artists book our 2 days, and some 6 months (always worth the wait!)  Our front staff can help give you rough time estimates of the artist schedule

We make all appointments in person at the shop to make sure we schedule enough time to have a great drawing, and do a top quality tattoo. There are a lot of particulars to work out for a tattoo: exact sizing, fit on your body, details in the tattoo, and everything else that make a tattoo a perfect fit for you specifically. Talking with you in person is the best way to make the best tattoo for you. Appointments are recommended, especially for mid to larger sized tattoos, and multi-session tattoos.

Once your talking with your artist, they can give you a price estimate, time estimate, and answer all your questions.

If you have images on your phone we recommend bringing a printed hard copy to make the most of your time with your artist.

 WALK-INS FOR TATTOOS:

We have at least one Dedicated Walk-in Artist EVERYDAY!!

We set up all walk-ins in person at the shop.

Walk-ins are tattoos are about a palm to hand sized tattoos or smaller. We do them on a first come first served basis and tattoo the next client waiting, so we strongly recommend coming early, especially on weekends! If your tattoo will take more drawing time or tattoo time we can see if we can get you in with another artist that day or we can set up an appointment for another day.

Once your talking with your artist, they can give you a price estimate, time estimate, and answer all your questions.

Looking for a specific artist for a walk-in: Artists rotate for walk-in day you can call the shop at 402-474-5151 and see when your artist is doing walk-ins.

Appointments are recommended, as our artists do stay very busy, which is a good sign for you getting the tattoo, that means our artists have a great reputation and a lot dedicated clients. We do our best to tattoo as many walk-in clients as we can get in between our appointments, or when we have cancellations, and at the same time we are committed to not rushing any tattoos and giving everyone the time they deserve for a great tattoo. We set up all walk-ins at the shop on a first come first served basis. This way we can talk to you in person about sizes, location, and your personal design and make sure we allow enough time for a great drawing and a great tattoo.

Please note: we do all tattoos on hands, fingers, sides and front of neck by appointment only.

Do I need an appointment to get tattooed?

Appointments are recommended, but we do walk-ins everyday! Appointments are good for mid to larger sized tattoos, multi-session tattoos, cover-ups, or if you want to get in with a specific artist on a specific day. Otherwise, we do walk-ins everyday!

What is a tattoo consultation and how do I set one up?

Consultations are recommended for tattoos that may involve some extra drawing time, such as a cover-up or large scale tattoos, sleeves, etc or if you have a specific artist you are working with. A consultation is time to talk one on one with an artist and get the details ironed out so everything is ready and we book the proper amount of time for the appointment. Call down to the shop 402-474-5151 and schedule a consultation over the phone or you can stop in and set up a consultation. The tattoo appointment is then made in person at the consultation time, once we get all of the details worked out. Once your talking with your artist, they can give you a price estimate, time estimate, and answer all your questions.

I am from out of town, can I set up a TATTOO appointment?

We make all appointments and walk-ins in person. We have options for our out of town clients:

1. Walk-in: for palm-sized or smaller tattoos: You can stop in and do a walk-in the day you are in town, we set those up in person at the shop. We have at least one Dedicated Artist doing walk-in tattoos everyday! Walk-ins are tattoos are about a palm to hand sized tattoos or smaller. We do them on a first come first served basis and tattoo the next client waiting, so we strongly recommend coming early, especially on weekends! If your tattoo will take more drawing time or tattoo time we can see if we can get you in with another artist that day or we can set up an appointment for another day.

2. Looking for a larger tattoo or to work with a specific artist: If you are looking to get tattooed by a specific artist, or have a larger tattoo you can make a consultation. Consultations are recommended for tattoos that may involve some extra drawing time, such as a cover-up or large scale tattoos, sleeves, etc. A consultation is time to talk one on one with an artist and get the details ironed out so everything is ready and we book the proper amount of time for the appointment. Call down to the shop 402-474-5151 and schedule a consultation. Once we get all of the details worked out the tattoo appointment is then made in person at the consultation time for the next time you are able to come to town. Once your talking with your artist, they can give you a price estimate, time estimate, and answer all your questions.

3. People who are in Lincoln for several days or weeks and are open to any artist: Stop down in person at the shop as soon as you get in town and we can set up a time to get tattooed; most times we can set up an appointment a few days out if you are still in town. (some artists will book out months in advance, so if you have a specific artist you want to get in with, we recommend calling in advance to get an estimate of their scheduling, and making a consultation). We make all appointments in person at the shop to make sure we schedule enough time to have a great drawing, and do a top quality tattoo. For military and people who are visiting for several days this works really well. Once your talking with your artist, they can give you a price estimate, time estimate, and answer all your questions.

How much will my tattoo cost?

All price quotes are done in person at the shop by the artist doing your tattoo.

Our artists want to be able to talk to you about your tattoo in person and get exact size, location, and all the other important details worked out with you so we can give your tattoo the time and attention it deserves. We have a $60 minimum for our single service set up for each tattoo.  Most single session tattoos at our shop are between $60-$400 depending on size, time, placement on your body, and detail.

We price large scale work like sleeves and backs are by the session.

For large scale tattoos we recommend a consultation with your artist. Once your talking with your artist, they can give you a price estimate, time estimate, and answer all your questions.

I have heard you do a lot of community charity, when are you doing the next one?

Community and Charity Click Here

Is it true the artists at Iron Brush helped write the body art laws?

Yes! We are proud to say that we helped spearhead the implementation of safety standards for the tattoo and body piercing trade. We worked with the governing bodies to help them write a much needed body art code. We first worked with the Lincoln Lancaster Health Department to write the health code which is in place for Lancaster County. Then, we helped the State of Nebraska to write the state laws for body art and safety standards that are now in effect state wide!

Do you use new needles, pigments, and jewelry?

Absolutely. All needles are new. Always. All equipment is single service, which means that each needle and tube set is individually packaged, dated, sealed and sterilized. Ointments, pigments, needles, gloves, razors, plastic barriers, and ink caps used in applying your new tattoo are discarded after use. After the tattoo is finished, the artist disinfects the work area with a chemical that kills all viruses and bacteria.

How do you sterilize your equipment?

An autoclave. It is the only acceptable means of equipment sterilization in the tattoo shop. We have five autoclaves in our sterilizing areas. They work by using a combination of heat, steam, and pressure to kill pathogenic microorganisms. We keep detailed logs of the autoclave use, and our autoclave’s efficiency is tested and monitored by an outside laboratory.
For more information, see our sterilization procedures page.

How do I chose an artist?

Our portfolios are proudly displayed in our lobby, and ON OUR WEBSITE HERE . We encourage you to look for a tattooer whose style you like best. We have an experienced crew of diverse artists known for quality tattoos. We can help you find the person best suited for the tattoo you are looking for.

Do you have to be licensed to be a tattooer in Lincoln?

Yes. We worked with the health department to develop health regulations for practitioners and studios. Getting a tattoo by an amateur in their home can be very dangerous, especially if they have no knowledge of sterilization or safe operating procedures. The money spent on a professional tattoo studio is well worth the assurance that the only thing you will get is a tattoo.

Is there anything I should I do before I get tattooed or pierced?

Yes, be well rested and eat well. Drink plenty of fluids. Bring your VALID ID and wear appropriate clothing. Mostly though, just relax and have a good time.

Is there anything I shouldn't do before I get tattooed or pierced?

Do not drink alcohol, do not be sunburned, and do not take drugs other than prescribed by you doctor. (any drugs including aspirin, etc.)

How do I take care of my Tattoo or Body Piercing?

Tattoo Aftercare
Body Piercing Aftercare

Does it hurt?

This is a very popular question. In a professional environment it is annoying, and it does sting a bit. The more relaxed you are the easier the process, and within a few minutes your body will release endorphins (which are natural pain killers) that ease your discomfort. The experience is different for everyone and everyone’s definition of the discomfort will be different. It is impossible to say exactly how it will feel for you. Generally, everyone does just fine. Some spots do hurt worse than others. A few general rules do apply. The more muscular areas (upper arm or calf) will hurt less than the bonier areas (elbow or ribs). Sensitive parts of your body will sting a bit more to get tattooed: “If you are ticklish there, it’s probably going to hurt a bit.” It really is best to get tattooed where you want it, based on your aesthetics. The placement of the tattoo is solely up to you, because the tattoo will be there long after the pain fades. If it were that painful, people wouldn't keep coming back for a second, and third, and fourth, and, on and on

Can you make this tattoo smaller?

Yes, we are skilled enough to make a tattoo really small and detailed, but that will not make a good tattoo. No matter who applies the tattoo, or how a tattoo is applied, the ink will migrate a bit over time. A tattoo is inside of skin cells and not on top of paper. Lines applied too close to one another will blur together, and in some cases alter lettering or destroy a design a few years or even months down the road. Your tattooer is a professional and we want your tattoo to look good. Of course we are skilled enough to make a very small tattoo, but not at the expense of doing a bad tattoo. A large part of the art of tattooing is to make a tattoo that looks good for a lifetime. Listen to your tattooer's advice and make your tattoo a size that will last and be enjoyed for years.

Can I bring in my some pictures and reference material or my own design?

Of course! We work with your ideas! Bring in whatever will help us get an idea of what you are looking for. If it is in digital format(on your phone), we recommend bringing in a hard copy(on a piece of paper) for your artist to make the best use of your time with your artist.

Do people pick designs off the wall?

Sure. That is a great way to get the correct reference to begin to make a great custom tattoo. All of the designs we have here are hand painted by tattooers. We have taken great time to find the best reference in the world to help you assemble top quality tattoo.

What is flash?

This is the term for the designs on the wall. All of the flash at Iron Brush is hand painted by tattooers. A lot of our flash is drawn, inked, and watercolored by the tattooers at Iron Brush, the ones who will be doing your tattoo. Which means your tattooer has taken the time to develop his skills, efficiency, designing ability, and artistic prowess in tattooing. This is the sign of true craftsmanship. Our walls and books are filled with quality hand painted flash we proudly use daily in the tradition of all the good tattooers before us.

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MINORS AND AGE RESTRICTIONS:

We tattoo and pierce over 18 only with a valid ID. Valid ID is an non-expired identification that is state or government issued and contains your birth date. Some examples are: drivers license, state ID card, passport, or military ID.

What type of ID do you accept?

A valid State or government issued photo ID. Valid ID is an non-expired identification that is state or government issued and contains your birth date. Some examples are: drivers license, state ID card, passport, or military ID.

What are your hours?

Monday-Saturday noon-9pm.

Where are you located?

We are conveniently located at 226 S. 16th (16th and M Streets) in Lincoln NE. See our contact page for more info.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We are cash only with an ATM on site.

How can I get in touch with you?

The quickest way and most accurate way to get all your questions answered is to stop by the shop. You can also give us a call at 402-474-5151.

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