The ultrasonic is a piece of equipment that use vibration and a soap/water mixture to break up the ink particles on the tube. This is NOT sterilizing equipment. After the equipment is cleaned and disinfected it is then ready to be put in the autoclave. The autoclave uses heat, steam, and pressure to kill any and all bacteria. The instruments are in the autoclave at 270+ degrees and 27psi (pounds per square inch) for 15 minutes. The state of Iowa requires 250 degrees at 15psi for 15 minutes.
YES!!! All the needles and pigments that the artists use are single-use only and are disposed of as medical waste after each client.
We do not give price quotes over the phone because it is impossible to give you an accurate price without seeing the design you want. The size, detail, color, and placement on the body all determine the price. Trying to price a tattoo over the phone is like calling a furniture store and asking how much furniture is.
According to Iowa State Law, you MUST be 18 years old. You may NOT get tattooed with parental permission. We require a valid state ID, Driver License or military ID to get a tattoo at Skin Kitchen Tattoo.
It depends on the tattoo. The size, detail, placement and how well you sit all determine how long your tattoo will take.
Yes, tattoos hurt. The pain involved is more irritating and annoying. It feels alot like a cat scratch or a bee sting.
Jack has been tattooing since 1993. He has been published in multiple magazines, and has won several awards for his tattooing. Jack does truly enjoy doing all styles, though he is most well-known for his photorealistic black and gray. He believes that the customer should have a good idea of what they want, but is more than willing to help them realize their full vision. Although he’ll use whatever means necessary to give you the best tattoo, Jack usually prefers to work freehand. That involves drawing the design directly onto the skin with a non-permanent pen before applying the tattoo.
DaVo became the first professional trained piercer to operate in Iowa when he started piercing at Creative Images in Des Moines in May of 1994. After leaving Creative Images in February of 1995, he went on to open his own studio the Axiom in March of 1995 in what is now called the East Village area of Des Moines. In October 1999 he closed the studio on E. 5th St. and moved into Skin Kitchen Tattoo where he and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio continue to operate today.