Tattoo FAQ

Do tattoos hurt?

Yes! There is minimal pain involved with the process of getting a tattoo. Many people compare tattoo pain to a bee sting or scraping a sunburn. But it depends on the person because each person has a different threshold for pain.

Do tattoos hurt on certain body parts more than others?

Yes! Many feel that certain body parts are more sensitive to tattoo pain than others, such as the stomach, ribcage, calves, and the inside of arms. Again it depends on the person.

How much do tattoos cost?

Each tattoo costs a different price depending on size, level of detail, and sometimes the part of the body being tattooed. Pieces are priced either by the piece or by the hour depending on client’s needs and the size of the piece.

Do you reuse needles or ink?


How long do tattoos take to heal?

On average about 2 weeks, it again depends on the person’s immune system and overall health. View our “Aftercare” tab for more details.

What product should I put on my tattoo for healing?

We suggest vitamins A & D ointment. View our “Aftercare” tab for more details.

How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?

In the state of Tennessee you have to be 18 years old to be tattooed, regardless of what mom says! However, Tennessee allows minors to get preexisting tattoos covered up, with parental consent.

Do you do Blacklight or Glow in the Dark tattoos?

No we do not use black light or glow in the dark ink for tattoos because they are not FDA approved, and there are too few scientific studies concerning their long term safety

Can I get my old, ugly, or badly done tattooed covered up?

Absolutely! Come by the shop and talk with one of our artists about your cover up!

What is involved in getting my tattoo covered up?

Talking to your artist about what your interested in using as a cover up and go from there.

How long do I leave the bandage on my new tattoo?

We suggest leaving the bandage on your new tattoo for no longer than 1-2 hours before removing it to clean it. View our “Aftercare” tab for more details.

Should I re-bandage my tattoo?

Under most circumstances you should never re-bandage your tattoo, but consult your artist for specific instructions.

How long does it take to do a tattoo?

Each tattoo takes a different amount of time depending on the size, orientation and location of the tattoo as well as the level of detail involved. Ask your artist how much time to expect your tattoo to take.

Will antibiotics hurt my fresh tattoo?

We do not recommend using antibiotics on tattoos because not all antibiotics contain the same ingredients and not all people are made the same. Many people have allergies to the ingredients in antibiotics, so it is best to stick to Vitamins A & D ointment or another product dedicated to tattoo healing, those products are designed to be used by anyone, including people with allergies. Always consult your artist about tattoo aftercare to ensure the best method of healing for you!

Can I catch a disease from getting a tattoo?

There are very few ways to catch diseases from getting tattooed. However the possibility is out there. That is why it is a good idea to make sure your artist uses an Autoclave sterilization system on his/her equipment and never re-uses needles. If you are unsure whether or not they use clean needles, don’t get a tattoo from them! Make sure your artist open sterilized packages in front of you.

Can I drink/use drugs before, during or after getting my tattoo?


Can I lay out in the sun / in a tanning bed after getting a tattoo?

We recommend not getting sun on a fresh tattoo until it is healed completely. And then the tattoo should be covered with at least an SPF 30 sunblock to keep the tattoo from fading. By following these instructions you can keep your tattoo looking bright for a lot longer.

Can I go swimming / lay in a hot tub after getting a tattoo?

In order for your tattoo to heal properly, you should not submerge your tattoo for at least the first weak after getting it.

Can I get tattooed if I’m pregnant?

No you cannot. There are far too many hormones that are changing the female body and this is not a time to get a tattoo.

Will my tattoo fade?

Yes tattoos and skin will fade over time. This process can be halted by protecting your skin from UV rays.

Are tattoos really addictive like everyone says?


Are tattoos Demonic or Anti-Spiritual?

This particular question is one that has been asked for thousands of years. Tattoos are in fact not demonic; however they have been used in very negative ways since their conception. We at Freedom Tattoo Inc. feel that the spiritual question can best be answered by your own convictions about tattooing and the wearing thereof. We hope that this will allow you to have a better understanding of the tattoo world.

Can I get a tattoo over a birthmark or scar?

Birthmarks? Not usually. Scars? Yes.

Do you tattoo hands, feet, genitals, or faces?

Typically that depends largely on the client. We have a responsibility to watch out for our clients and give advice. Some tattoos and placements could cause some problems for an individual in the future.

Will my tattoo distort if I gain or lose weight?

Only if a significant loss or gain occurs.

Does Freedom Tattoo Inc. sell tattoo equipment or supplies?

No we do not

What is tattoo ink made from?

Carbon based natural pigments, alcohol and glycerin.

Is tattoo ink safe for my body?

Yes, completely made from all natural items and approved by the F.D.A.

Do some colors hurt worse than others?

No that is definitely an urban legend.

Will my tattoo turn green?

Only if it has green ink in it! Many people have seen green and blue ink for may reasons including age, tanning, that was the only color available, or homemade pigment.

Can I get my name tattooed on me in Chinese, Japanese, or some other language?

Sure you can, but understand that your name translated into another language (especially Asian, Hebrew, and Arabic) isn’t necessarily the same amount of letters and may not even exist in that language. If you plan to get your name done in another language then do a little research beforehand and know what you are getting.