Do tattoos hurt?

I don’t care what anyone says, tattoos do NOT feel like they were licked on by unicorns! Pain varies by the client’s individual pain tolerance,
the area of the body being tattooed, and the how long your session is.

How old do I need to be to get tattooed?

You must be 18 years of age to get tattooed in the state of North Carolina. No exceptions!

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, Visa and MasterCard. We also offer financing! Check out our financing page for more details.

How does financing work?

For military, you must be active duty with at least a year left in the service with access to your MyPay account. There is up to 24mo terms with up to $7,500 approvals. There is a $500 minimum on all financing. For the general public, there is no credit check, but you must have an active checking account with bank imprinted checks. We require 25% down for this type of financing with options of 3mo, 6mo, or 12 mo terms and up to $1600 approvals. You can walk in or call to set up a time to come in. Get financed for one tattoo, a session piece, or multiple tattoos! Want a sleeve and a chest piece? We can make that happen! Check out our financing page to find out complete details.

Is it safe and sterile?

All of our tattoo and piercing work is performed utilizing state-of-the-art equipment that is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized to ensure the safety of all of our guests. We make extensive efforts to certify a clean environment. Health code regulations and standards are not just followed, but exceeded.

What is the shop minimum?

Our shop minimum is $50.

Do you have a portrait artist?

Yes! We typically have between 1-2 amazing portrait artists on staff.

How do I reschedule my appointment?

We require 48 hours notice to reschedule an appointment. Please call us at 910-346-2059 with any scheduling issues.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes! We do accept walk-ins on a first come, first serve basis; but to guarantee your spot, it is best to set up an appointment.

Do I need a schedule consultation to make an appointment?

Yes and no. In order for your artist to figure out all of the details of your design, you will need to do a consultation with an artist. From there, your artist will know how much time to put aside for your appointment and a game plan to properly design the tattoo to your specifications. It is best to come prepared for your consultation with any reference pictures that pertain to your tattoo. Most artists will not do a consultation if they are already tattooing, so walking in to do a consultation may be hit o r miss. To guarantee a time to speak with an artist, it’s best to call a head and schedule.

Do I need to put down a deposit to book an appointment?

Yes. Deposits amounts vary based on the piece, your artist and their availability. Your deposit will ensure that your spot is held for your appointment and goes toward the time your artist spends designing your tattoo. Your deposit will be deducted from the total cost upon completion of your tattoo. Please see our full deposit policy for full details!

Are deposits refundable?

No, deposits are nonrefundable, but they can be transferred to a new reservation provided you follow our deposit policy. We require 48-72 hours notice for rescheduling.

Can I use a numbing cream for my tattoo?

We do not recommend using any type of numbing cream prior to your tattoo due to the fact that it can distort and swell the skin, making it difficult for the artist to tattoo.

How much will my tattoo cost?

Tattoos vary in price based on concept, size, detail, and how long it will take to get done. When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for.

Should I tip my artist?

To tip an artist shows that you thought the artwork you just received was well worth what they charged and you were happy enough to add a little.
It’s not required, but it is appreciated!

Can I shave after getting a new tattoo?

Once your tattoo is completely healed, you can shave without worry. If you shave before it is healed, you run the risk of damaging your new artwork. Just wait!

Is it ok to lie out in the sun or go in the tanning bed after getting a new tattoo?

Absolutely not! Follow your artist’s aftercare instructions and keep your new tattoo out of the sun/tanning bed until it’s completely healed to ensure proper
healing. Do not put sun block into your fresh tattoo!

My friend started tattooing at home, should I trust them?

NO! Your friend could be putting you in great danger. They do not have the necessary permits and experience to be tattooing. At Elite Tattoo Gallery, our artists are experienced and have gone through an extensive apprenticeship. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness and sterilize all equipment. Save yourself the trouble and possible infection or disease!

Will you guys have a tattoo party at my house?

NO! Tattooing is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly and a true artist takes their craft very seriously. Part of this is doing things the right way and keeping
our clients’ safety and health at the forefront of every decision we make.The cleanliness of the environment you are being tattooed in, sterility, disease contraction, cross contamination, and the ability of the artist who will be doing the work are all things that you need to consider. We will not jeopardize the health and safety of our clients.