"Frequently Asked Questions"

Are Tattoos Painful?

Answer is Yes. It requires the application of pigment under the first epidermal layer of the skin. Everyone has a different pain tolerance, and tattoo's are more painful for some than others. The larger the tattoo the longer it will take to do, so small tattoos hurt less than large ones. Also the location of the tattoo can be a factor for how painful the tattoo can be.

Do Tattoos Fade?

The Arcade uses the highest quality pigments found in the industry. These pigments are not cheap and not easy to find. We use nothing but the best. Our work is guaranteed to stay bright and sharp forever.

Can I Bring My Old Design?

Just about any design you can think of can be made into a beautiful tattoo. You are more than welcome to bring in your own design and one of our amazing artist can work with you to help bring the design to life. Some design don't always work well as a tattoo, but our experienced artists can help come up with a way to make your tattoo look great.If you already know what you want, but don't have a design we can custom draw one for you as well. Our Artists specialize in custom work, so either way we got you covered.

Can You Fix My Old Tattoo?

Old tattoos can be reworked into a fresh work of art. Color can be added to brighten your existing tattoo or with a little creativity even turned into a completely new (although larger) tattoo. There's no use in going through life with an old tattoo your not happy with. Thanks to the modern possibilities of the Oceanside Tattoo's experience, it can all be corrected.

Do You Use Sterile Equipement?

The Arcade is put on under the strictest of sanitary conditions. We use a totally disposable tattoo system! Every instrument is new before going into a high pressure, high temperature autoclave for approximately one hour. Everything is disposed of after every tattoo, and the entire area sanitized. Our procedure consists of individually wrapped instruments that are only opened in front of you. (If you choose to go somewhere else, insist on this same procedure.).

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost varies on the size of your tattoo, the complexity, and where you put it on your body. The Oceanside Tattoo freely admits WE ARE NOT THE CHEAPEST! The tattoo will be on your body for the rest of your life and you don't want to compromise on the quality and technique of the artist. Remember, you get what you pay for and only have one chance to get one tattoo on that one spot on your body.

Tattoo After Care

Leave Bandage on for at least one hour. After removing bandage wash area gently with antibacterial soap and warm water (DO NOT re bandage). Pat dry with soft towel or paper towel, and let dry. The first 48 hours is a crucial time in the healing process. Make sure during this time the tattoo is kept clean of any blood or plasma. For the next 14 days wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day and apply very thin amounts of Lubriderm fragrance free lotion after washing only. Keep using lotion until ALL signs of scabbing have disappeared (usually 7-21 days). Only apply lotion 2 times a day; morning and night, or after washing. DO NOT apply lotion without washing. DO NOT soak tattoo in water (lakes, ponds, ocean, sauna, pool, and bathtubs, etc.). DO NOT use tanning lotions on your tattoo during healing time (SUN DESTROYS TATTOOS). Use high quality and high numbered sunscreens on tattoo before going out into the sun (after tattoo is healed). DO NOT go to the public gyms and avoid contact with public workout equipment during healing process. In the event you have an adverse reaction, or in the event if you have any redness around tattoo please contact the tattoo studio where the tattoo was received.