Questions

1709 South Lamar Street
Dallas, Tx 75215
Shop (972) 863-3518
Tuesday to Thursday : 11am to 8pm
Friday / Saturday : 11am to 8pm
Sunday : 12pm to 4pm

Questions

Top Tattoo Questions we hear at J. Hall & Co.

Am I getting the best deal?

You are not buying a pair of shoes or a watch. Tattoos are not the same at every shop. Just because they have the same picture does not mean the end result is the same. If you are "shopping" for a tattoo based on price you are probably going to make a permanent mistake. The best price does not always mean the best deal and the highest price does not always mean the best tattoo. We have seen lots of beginning artists charging the same price as experienced artists because they think that's what they should charge as a tattoo artist. Price is the last thing you should look at, this tattoo is only a lifelong purchase.

Start with the shop itself such as is it clean. Look at the artists' tattoo portfolios. In the portfolios you should be judging the work not looking for tattoo designs. Look for clean consistent lines, solid colors and nice smooth fades. Any tattoo artist will say "sure I can do that" but look at the portfolios and decide for yourself if you think they can do the tattoo you're wanting, then ask how much it will cost.

Are you licensed? Yes we are licensed by the Texas Department of health.
What payment methods do you accept? Cash or Credit
Will the tattoo fade and need to be touched up? It really shouldn't provided you take care of it during the healing process and use sun block afterwards for the life of the tattoo and yourself. If you are in the sun a lot and don't protect the tattoo, it will fade.
Why do some look brighter than others? There are several reasons. The inks have a part in it as well as the artist applying the tattoo. Assuming we are doing the tattoo, Your skin tone is going to be the biggest factor. The more fare your skin is the brighter the tattoo will be, and of course the darker your skin, the less bright it will be. If you are really tan and start applying sun block, sometimes the tattoo will actually get brighter with as you lose the tan.
Is it safe and sterile? Yes. Tattoos (at J. Hall & Co. Gentleman Tattooers) are as safe as any visit to a reputable doctor or dentist. We use sterile and disposable equipment and supplies. Most people ask if we use new needles. Pre sterilized, new needles are readily available so even "scratchers" in their kitchen can get new needles. But, there is a lot more equipment than just needles. You must autoclave equipment for it to be sterile. We have our autoclave spore tested every month which lets us know the autoclave is working properly and sterilizing.

Preventing cross-contamination is as important as new needles. This is where your buddy in his kitchen is dangerous, even with his "professional equipment". He will not be able to properly sterilize his equipment, and most likely doesn't understand cross-contamination.

Cross-contamination is simply the spreading of germs from one surface to another. To prevent this we wrap anything that will be touched with a barrier film and do not touch anything else while performing the tattoo. For instance if you are getting a tattoo the artist should never answer the phone or reach into a cabinet without changing gloves. The artist are actually at a greater risk than the client because we are in our station's all day touching our counters and cabinets and etc. so if we contaminate a surface or item we will be at risk ourselves.

It's impossible to guarantee that you will not get an infection. We practice safe tattooing but what you come into contact after you leave is something we cannot prevent. An infection occurs from an outside organism coming in contact with the tattoo or piercing and not from the sterile equipment that we use.

Getting a tattoo or piercing is as safe as going to the doctor or dentist as long as proper procedures are followed.Even a doctor can not make that guarantee when giving you a simple shot. However there is absolutely no risk of the spread of Hepatitis B,C, HIV or any other bloodborne virus's or diseases as long as the proper sterile techniques and procedures are followed. This is a very simple answer for a very important subject. We take your health very seriously because this not only affects you, but ours as well, and the future of our own careers and of the art itself. If you have any questions about this please contact us.

Additional Tattoo Questions

How old do you have to be to get tattooed? You must be 18 (and prove it) in the State of Texas to get tattooed, period.
Can my parent sign for me? No. All tattoo clients must be over the age of 18 and have valid state or federal issued photo ID.
How do I know if the tattoo shop is clean? We use the highest standards of cleanliness and sterilization techniques. Our tattooers strive to go far beyond what is dictated by the Texas Department of Health. Cleanliness and safety are of the utmost importance. As for other shops, take a look around. Do you like what you see? Trust your eyes and instincts. Does it look/ smell clean? If you have any doubts, go somewhere else. Better safe than sorry. Ask if there is an autoclave on premises and if so, do they spore test? The answer to both questions should be yes and they should be able to show you proof. The artist supplies should be sterile, single-use needles, disposable, and the artist should change their gloves frequently during the tattoo process. Smoking, eating and pets should be restricted on the premises.
What can I do to prepare for my tattoo? Please bathe/shower and pop a breath mint. (Our tattooers will do you the same courtesy.) Eat a good meal within 2 hours of your tattoo appt. No alcohol 8 hours before your tattoo. Avoid caffeine and energy drinks the day of your tattoo. Happy, healthy people heal better. Getting tattooed when you are sick, post or pre-surgery or extraordinarily stressed out is not ideal. Furthermore, people with compromised immune systems (e.g. diabetes, Hepatitis, HIV) typically take longer to heal and are taken on a case by case basis.
Should I eat before I get tattooed? YES. It is ideal to eat within two hours of being tattooed. Having stable blood sugar bolsters your immune system and helps the body deal with the fluctuation of endorphins, which are emitted during the tattoo process.
Do you have to make an appointment to get a tattoo? No, you do not. You can stop in any time to talk about a tattoo or get one. If one of our tattooers are available they will be glad to tattoo you on the spot as long as their schedule permits. An appointment guarantees you a set time and day.
Can I make an appointment over the phone? Yes. Tattoo appointments require a $100 nonrefundable deposit, depending on the scope of the artwork, and can be made in person or via Paypal, depending on the individual situation. The deposit shows our tattooists that you are as commited to getting your tattoo as we are to doing it. Deposits are absolutely nonrefundable and are applied towards the cost of the tattoo. Do not make an appointment unless you are sure. Deposits are good for up to 6 months. 48 hours notice is required for cancellations or reschedules. We do not give reminder calls, and ultimately you are responsible for showing up to your appointment. *at the consultation appointment: PLEASE BE PREPARED WITH PRINTOUTS OF IDEAS OF STYLES YOU LIKE. A printout is a physical piece of paper with an image on it. Not your computer, not your iphone.
Is my deposit refundable? No. If you choose not to get tattooed your deposit pays for the artists time in drawing up your design. Failure to call or no showing on an appointment results in a loss of your deposit. For tattoos that take multiple sittings, the deposit will be applied to the last sitting.
Can I bring my child to my tattoo appointment? We strongly recommend against it. Think, baby in a bar. It's just not a good idea.
Can I bring in my own drawing? YES. We encourage you to bring in your own artwork or references and ideas to use, to draw you a custom tattoo! The more the better. Your tattooer may need to rework personal drawings based on the drawing's "tattooability". Artwork is "unveiled" on the day of the appointment, based on information, examples, and tracings gathered at the time of the consultation. If your tattooer feels a preliminary showing is necessary, They will call you to come in earlier. Artwork is usually shown at time of your tattoo appointment and can be modified at that time if needed. We take pride in producing tattoos that meet both the client's needs as well as addressing design issues that are necessary for a tattoo to last, and look good, over the course of a lifetime. Simplicity is key. Any minor requested changes to the design, will be done on the day of the appointment. Extensive reworks may require a reschedule. Artwork is done in the days leading up to, if not the day before the appointment. Your deposit will be applied to the cost of the tattoo. If you choose not to be tattooed, the deposit is considered a drawing fee/appointment retainer fee, and is nonrefundable.
How does your pricing work? We set prices based on the size of the tattoo, the amount of detail and how long the artist will be working. The shop minimum is $100.
Is your ink Vegan friendly? Yes.
Do you do cover-ups? Yes but not every tattoo can be covered. We will need to see the tattoo you want to cover. Size, color saturation and location all factor in to whether your tattoo can be covered well. Often times people need to have a few laser treatments prior to getting their tattoo covered or reworked.
Can you fix/cover-up a bad tattoo I have? Probably. A consult is typically required to determine what imagery is necessary to adequately cover the old work. Be prepared to go at least 50-70% larger than the tattoo you want to cover. Our artists can give tattoos new life without covering them up. FYI: The most frequently covered up tattoos are lovers names.
Can you recolor my old tattoo? Yes. However each tattoo is different and this is decided on a case by case basis. If your tattoo is very blurred or small we may recomend covering it.
Do you do free touch-ups? Yes, on the artistis own work, if needed. One free touch-up is included within 6 months of the tattoo appt. Fingers, feet, palmer surfaces, lips and white tattoos are an exception to this rule. Another exception would be blatant disregard of the rules of common sense and tattoo aftercare. The final exception to free touch-ups is if you blow off your artist. Future appointments may require higher deposits, gifts or cost you more money. It all depends on how badly you offend me. If there is an actual infection, a physician will help you get healthy, hopefully without allowing personal prejudice against tattoos or tattoo artists to cloud their professional responsibility.touch-up appointment, thereby disregarding the importance of my time and efforts.
Can you tattoo over a scar? It depends on the severity and maturity of the scar. This is judged on a case-by-case basis. In general, a scar should be at least one year old.
How do I take care of my new tattoo? Review our extensive Tattoo Aftercare Guide for all the information you need to heal up right.
My new tattoo is peeling or there was bruising, is this normal? Yes. Some peeling or flaking is totaly normal. Also, depending on how sensitive your skin is you could experience bruising following the tattoo. In any case, if you are concerned, please call the tattoo shop or stop in for the artist to look at it.
How long can I expect my tattoo to take to heal? Tattoos take between 7-10 days for the initial healing process. What do I do if I think it's infected? More often than not, what people perceive as an infection, is actually an irritation. Allergic reactions or infections are extremely rare. If you think there is an issue, please come speak with your artist.
Do tattoos hurt? Yes. No. Maybe. It all hurts to a degree. Pain varies from person to person. They are an annoying pain that is more than tolerable. Most people compare getting a tattoo to the discomfort of a cat-scratch on a sunburn. Relax, don't fight it and it will all be over soon or in 3-4 hours, depending upon the size of the tattoo. If tattoos were terribly painful no one would have them and if they were easy everyone would have one.
What is the most painful place to be tattooed? It all hurts to a degree. Pain varies from person to person. General consensus is stomach, sternum, ribs, back of the knee and palms of the hands are up there with the most painful. Don't choose an area or a size based on the pain factor. The tattoos beauty will last for decades longer than the minimal difference in sensation.
What area of the body is hardest to heal? Blood flow is an integral part of the healing process so the closer to the heart the better the healing. Healing of the calves can take longer based on that fact. The other significant factor affecting healing is the friction. Tattoos of the torso where pants can constrict and where pivotal movement is constant can also take longer to heal. Areas of the body with natural seams, like elbows and knees can also heal rough.
Can I have a drink before I get tattooed? No. It is illegal and ill-advised to get tattooed while you are under the influence. It will not make your experience any better. It actually makes the process more difficult for you and the artist and raises the risk of complications.
Can I get tattooed while pregnant or breast -feeding? No. Getting tattooed while pregnant or breast-feeding can negatively impact both your health and that of your baby.
What if I'm allergic to latex? Inform your tattooer of any and all allergic tendencies. I can use latex alternatives.
Is it normal for my new tattoo to scab? Scabbing, flaking, peeling, dryness are all natural parts of the healing process. Severe scabs that are deep and thick may indicate a need to change your aftercare routine and should be addressed with your tattoo artist.
Can I tan? Any form of tanning can and will damage and fade a tattoo. If you are a sun worshiper, we recommend a SPF 80+ sun block. In general it is best to stay out of the sun and tanning booths, especially during the healing process.
Is there anything you won't tattoo? Our artists reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. Especially mean, nasty, rude people, or people with bad attitudes. Feel free to take your attitude elsewhere.
What if I don't like it? Our artists will always give you the absolute best tattoo they are capable of. It is best to circumvent the need for tattoo removal by choosing your artist and your design wisely. Check our artists recent work. Josh Hall, Pappy McCall, Michael Gehrt. Remember that you are getting a tattoo that you want to be able to live with for the rest of your life. Tattoo removal is still a painful and time consuming process.