To set an appointment with Robia, you will first need to have a consultation. Consultations are free and can be done in person (which is best) or, for non-local clients, consultations can be done via email and phone.
During the consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss all the details of your tattoo and ensure you and Robia are on the same page. It will also allow for her to estimate the length of time it will take to complete the tattoo and quote a price.
Please feel free to contact the shop via phone (760) 451-9200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (* see below if emailing) to set up your free consultation.
A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to set a tattoo or permanent make-up appointment.
* If emailing, make be sure to include a detailed description and include the following:
- what the image is going to be
- where the tattoo will be placed on your body
- how big (using inches) the tattoo will be
- if the tattoo will be done in color or black and gray, or both
Then provide description. Examples: “I would like big bold lines and bright colors.” “I would like it to look feminine and dainty.” “I would like it to be dark and ominous.”
The more details you give her, the faster the process will be.
If you need help to design something, provide her with a detailed description of what you are hoping to portray in your tattoo.
What To Do
You would think I shouldn’t have to say the #1 thing to do to prep for your appointment but… Please come to your appointment clean, meaning freshly showered or any other way that you can make it so you are free from dirt and smell decent. Also clean clothing is a must. Being clean is healthier for you and your tattoo… and I greatly appreciate it.
Wear something you are comfortable in… something you don’t mind getting ink on. Also make sure what you’re wearing allows for the artist to easily access the part of your body you’re getting tattooed.
Please eat a good meal and drink plenty of water before your appointment. If you have an all day appointment, you may want to bring snacks or a lunch. Breaks will allow time for you to eat.
Hydrated skin takes ink better. So drink plenty of water the day/night before your appointment.
If you have a long/all day appointment, feel free to bring a pillow or blanket for additional comfort. Just make sure the items you bring are clean and you don’t mind the possibility of getting ink on them. You may want to cover them with a case.
What Not To Do
Please do not make plans or reservations immediately after the estimated time your tattoo will be done. Always leave a couple hours leeway as sometimes tattoos take a little longer than expected.
Please do not drink excessive alcohol the night before your appointment. Getting tattooed while hungover sucks. Also it will dehydrate you… remember your skin will take ink better when hydrated.
Do not drink alcohol or take pain killers (unless necessary for a medical condition) before you come in. Most tattoos will not be that painful. I will not tattoo you if you are obviously intoxicated.
Following aftercare instructions is vital to the healing and longevity of your tattoo and/or piercing. Please, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the below directions and feel free to call us with any additional questions.
Day One: Don’t leave your tattoo covered for more than 2 hours. The first day when you get home, gently wash your tattoo using a mild anti-bacterial soap and then “pat” dry. Put a very light layer of ointment on.
Day 2 and for 2 weeks after: Keep your tattoo OUT OF THE SUN. Wash it once in the morning and once in the evening, however, DO NOT “soak” the tattoo in a tub or any liquid. Pat it dry and apply a very thin layer of ointment. We recommend Aquaphor but A&D is fine. Apply enough to keep your tattoo from drying out and cracking but not enough to let it get goopy.
DO NOT scratch or pick at your new tattoo as tempting as it might be. After your tattoo is healed continue using a sunscreen. This will help keep your tattoo vibrant.
DO: Keep your piercing clean. Use a mild antibacterial soap to gently wash the surface of your piercing. Do not work the soap into your piercing. Once the surface area is clean and free of any “crusties” then gently move your jewelry around allowing any fluid to escape. If you are having a difficult time getting the scabs or “crusties” off your piercing, use a Q-tip with warm water. Do not pick at them. Rinse your piercing off and pat dry using a clean paper towel.
DON’T: DON’T TOUCH YOUR PIERCING UNLESS YOU ARE CLEANING IT. Don’t over-clean your piercing. Once in the morning and once at night is the right amount, unless you get extremely sweaty or dirty during the day. Then, clean it right after. Don’t take your friends’ advice on what to put on your piercing.
If you are not sure what to do, please call the shop immediately. We hope your new piercing heals well and you have no problems, however, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call or stop by the shop.