401 Highway 1 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
(Across from Paul's Discount)

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Do you do piercings?
           No.  Thanks for inquiring if we can help you with a tattoo down the line please visit us at www.velvetlotustattoo.com.

2. What are your hours?
          We are an appointment only studio so you will find us here at various times.  Mostly we schedule our appointments between the hours of noon and 8pm.  You can inquire about an artists availability by emailing the artist you would like to work with.  Please visit www.velvetlotustattoo.com and click on appointment requests.  Here you can find the information the artist will need as well as their email address.
 
3. Do you take walk ins?
          We are an appointment only studio.  This allows us to focus on our client who have a scheduled appointment.  We would like give you the same attention.
 
4. How do I get an appointment?
            Each artist does their own scheduling.  You can visit www.velvetlotustattoo.com and click on appointment requests.  Here you can find the information the artist will need as well as their email addresses.  Just email the required information to the artist you would like to work with and they will aim to get back to you within 24 hours or so with availability.  They can also address any other questions you may have.
 
5. How much does a tattoo cost?  Why don’t you do pricing over the phone?
            Our tattoos start at $80 and go up from there.  Larger designs, such as those bigger than a sheet of paper or so, are priced at an hourly rate of 120-150 an hour.  Many factors are considered in pricing a tattoo such as size, detail, location and amount of color.

6. Do tattoos hurt?
            Pain is relative.  We all feel it differently.  There is a discomfort that is more irritating and annoying than painful.  While described many ways, it is kinda like a cat scratch on a sunburn. 

7.  How old do you have to be to get tattooed?
            Iowa State law requires you to be 18 years of age with a valid, government issued ID such as a drivers license, non-drivers license, passport or military ID.  There is NO parental consent allowed in this state. 

8.  Do you use new needles on each client?
            YES!  Each tattoo is applied with new, sterile needles and tubes.  The pigment is poured in individual ink caps.  Ointments are single use.  All is disposed of after each client.

9.  Are you State licensed?
           Yes.  You can find licensed studios and artists online at www.idph.iowa.gov and typing tattoo establishment directory or tattoo artist directory in the search bar.  Our permit is visibly seen at the studio as well as each artists permit.  Once a year we are inspected by the health department and must have our inspection checklist posted for viewing at the studio. 

10.  What type of tattoos do you do?
            We like to custom design tattoos for our clients via a sit-down (consultation) appointment.  We do everything from flowers to animals, geometric, to traditional.  If your idea is not applicable to be translated to a tattoo we can educate you to what can work and still get across your idea.  We want you to have a long lasting, legible tattoo for years to come.  

11.  How long have you been in business and how much experience do your artists have?
             Velvet Lotus Tattoo opened in August of 2013.  Our artists have a combined experience of over 20 years.  For more information on our artists visit www.velvetlotustattoo.com and click on the artist page.  

12.  How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?
            On average, 7-14 days for the initial healing flaking to subside.  The underneath layers of skin can take anywhere in the month or so range.  

13.  Do you do touch-ups?
            Each artist will touch up work if necessary as long as you have followed all the care instructions given at the appointment.  The touch up is at no charge.  Feet, hands and fingers are an exception and may require a nominal set up fee.  This is discussed prior to doing hand or feet tattoos.
    
14.  Do you do permanent makeup/cosmetics?
             No.  Thank you for your interest.  If we can help you with a tattoo down the line, let us know. 

15.  Which artist would be best for my project/tattoo idea?
             Choosing an artist is really a personal decision.  Please visit www.velvetlotustattoo.com to view each artists work.  Reading their bios to get an idea of their personality may be helpful to you as well.  You can also see updated pictures of their work on the Velvet Lotus Tattoo Facebook page (www.facebook.com/velvetlotustatoo). Or our instagram @velvetlotustattoo.  You can also view work to help you decide at each artists instagram. Michelle Balhan @chelle515 or Blue Lockhart @blue.lockhart.  You may also want to contact your artist to set up a time to meet in person. 

16.  Why do you require a deposit to secure an appointment?
            To ensure you show up!  We may have been able to get another client in during your time slot if you were to no show.   The deposit helps compensate for our time. 
 
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