Frequent QuestionsOpen All Answers

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

Yes, you must be 18 years old in order to receive a tattoo in the State of Maine. Parental permission does not allow us to tattoo anyone under 18.

What do I need to bring with me to my tattoo session?

You must bring your government-issued photo ID to your appointment and be ready to answer a few basic medical questions (such as if you are diabetic, or are on any medications). We're required to photocopy your ID for our records.

How much do tattoos cost?

Each of our artists price their work individually. Generally they fall in the range of $150 - $200 an hour. Sometimes our artists will forego the hourly rate and quote you a price up front and stick to that price even if the work takes longer than predicted. You can use our Request Quote Form to get a personalized quote and scheduling information from your favorite artist.

What if I'm pregnant, or have a medical condition or allergy?

We avoid tattooing those that are possibly pregnant, have epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, hemophilia, or allergies to latex, metal, or cocoa butter. For the safety of our artists and clients, we cannot tattoo those who have a communicable disease/infection such as Hepatitis or MRSA.

Why is it important to be tattooed in a sterile environment?

The tattooing process creates small holes in your skin that can allow bacteria and viruses to enter your body. The most widely known diseases are HIV and Hepatitis. These are known as blood-borne pathogens because they require contact with the blood in order to spread the infection. This is why we have specific healing instructions to help you keep your tattoo clean while it heals up.

Diversified Ink utilizes one-time-use ink containers and needles, our artists wear medical-grade gloves, and we sterilize all of our equipment in a hospital-grade autoclave to kill any and all pathogens. All of our staff are also Bloodborne Pathogen trained by the Red Cross and licensed by the State of Maine. If you have any questions about our safety and cleanliness procedures, please give us a call or stop by the shop. We can even give you a tour and show you how we stay clean and sterile to protect our clients.

Are tattoos really permanent?

Medical technology has come a long way in recent years. There are surgeries and laser treatments available; however, these are extremely costly and can take months or years to remove a tattoo completely. Please make all your tattoo decisions with the idea that it will be permanent, or at very least will cost 10x as much to remove as it does to apply.

Do tattoos hurt?

Maybe. It depends on the person. The best descriptions we've heard say that it feels like a ballpoint pen writing firmly on your skin. Others describe it like an animal scratch level of discomfort. It's really not that bad at all and we find most people can tolerate it very easily. It's more of an annoyance than a pain in most cases.

Do I tip my tattoo artist?

It is entirely up to you. We graciously accept tips, but they are not required. If you do decide to tip your artist, you may do so in cash, or by adding it to the total amount we charge your credit/debit card at the end of your session.

Do I need an appointment for a tattoo?

Our artists work almost exclusively on an appointment basis. We will post about any open walk-in slots on Facebook when they come up.

Do I need an appointment for a piercing?

We offer all of our piercings on a walk-in basis. We recommend coming in as early in the day as you can. We also recommend calling ahead if you're driving a long distance to make sure our schedule hasn't shifted.

We do offer specialty piercing appointments for infants and very small children

Can my child get a piercing?

Minors interested in a piercing must be accompanied by their parent/guardian who must bring their state-issued photo ID and the minor's birth certificate bearing the parent/guardian's name.

What forms of payment do you accept for tattoos/piercings?

We always accept cash. We also accept debit and credit cards. We CANNOT accept personal checks.

Contact Us

Shop Hours

  • Everyday, 10:00am - 6:00pm

  • Tattoos by Appointment Only
  • Watch Facebook for Walk-In Opportunities

Piercer Available

  • Thurs-Sat, 10:00am - 5:30pm

  • Piercings are Walk-In Only
  • Morning Appointments Available for Young Children (Ear Lobes Only)

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