Yes, we prefer appointments. We ask that you come in to the studio to make an appointment. we require a $20 deposit on all appointments made. If you live out of town we will make an exception for the deposit.
There is no magic number. On average through 7-14 days for scabs and flakes to disappear. The underneath layers of skin take longer to heal, anywhere from 2 weeks to a month.
Skin Kitchen Tattoo opened its doors in November of 1997. Jack has been tattooing since 1993 and DaVo has been piercing since 1994. For more information on our other artist go to our Artist Page.
We do everything from flowers to portraits and everything in between. We do custom drawings as well. As long as ou can give the artists a good enough of an idea of what you want they can draw it for you. The only exception to this is if your idea will not lend itself well to being tattooed. They will aid you in getting what you want.
The State of Iowa requires that all tattoo shops have a permit to operate. Every tattoo artist in Iowa must also have a tattoo permit. We are also inspected once a year by the Health Department
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.