What should I get?
Ultimately, this is your decision. Remember that permanent cosmetic makeup is considered a tattoo and the decision of what to get should not be taken lightly. All of Chao's portfolios are available online on Yelp, Facebook, and Instagram for you to look at to help you get an idea of what you might want. Please understand not everyone has the same skin or heal the same. Once you have an idea, you may collaborate with Chao to come up with a what suits your vision. Remember natural beauty should be enhance not changed.
Who will tattoo me?
Chao does all the consultations and tattooing.
Does getting a tattoo hurt?
Pain is relative and all people have a different pain threshold. That being said, getting tattooed can sometimes be quite uncomfortable. Chao is very understanding of discomfort and do everything in her power to lessen it. She does numb each client on the procedure area and continues to numb through out the procedure to ensure every client has a pleasant experience. While it may be necessary to endure a few seconds of discomfort, at then end you will have beautiful permanent cosmetic makeup.
How do I care for my new tattoo?
After you get tattooed, your artist will provide you with a list of aftercare instructions. Please look for an email from Chao after your appointment. These instructions can also be found in the aftercare section of this site.
Why is my new tattoo flaky/peeling?
Peeling and flaking of a new tattoo is perfectly normal. Before it actually begins to peel, the tattoo will look like it’s covered with a whitish, cracking film. Then you’ll see white or translucent flakes of old, dead skin start to peel off. Some of these flakes may even contain some ink. This is nothing to be concerned about and perfectly normal. Do NOT scratch, pick, or peel the flakes; just like a scab, this will discourage healing and may cause scars. The peeling should be done in just a few days and your new tattoo will start to return to normal.
Can I get a tattoo over my scar, or mole?
Moles cannot be tattooed over. Scars however can often be covered but this depends on the age and severity of the scar. Please consult with Chao if you have a scar you wish to cover.
Can I get tattooed if I am diabetic?
In short, yes, it is definitely possible to get tattooed if you have diabetes. That being said,I it is important to let Chao know if you are diabetic so you and her can take the proper precautions when tattooing you. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for infection because the healing process takes longer than it would for someone without it. It may be necessary to limit tattoo sessions to 30 or 45 minutes if you have diabetes and it is ALWAYS a good idea to talk to your doctor first to ensure that you are healthy enough to get a tattoo.
Should I tip my artist?
Of course! Tattooing is a service industry and tipping is appreciated!
Can I bring my child or pet?
It is neither legal nor appropriate to bring children or animals into a tattoo shop. Animals, excluding service animals, are not legally allowed to be inside of a tattoo shop as it is not sanitary. If a service animal must accompany you, they cannot be inside of the procedure area. Children cannot be inside of a tattoo shop EVER . Just as a bar would be an inappropriate place for a child, so is a tattoo shop.
Can I bring my friends?
It is always nice to have a buddy with you for some support while you get tattooed. However, because of the size of her procedure area, we cannot allow more than one guest of a client in at a time. If you bring more than one friend they can have a seat in our lobby or stop by any of local restaurants and cafes to kill time.