FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How much do you charge?
We base our pricing around a $125.00 per hour rate. If a tattoo is on the smaller side, a price quote can
be given during a consultation. A tattoo priced in this manner generally costs between $60 and $375.00,
and takes up to 3 hours to complete. The studio minimum is $50.00 for overhead and equipment.
Larger work is priced at the hourly rate. We NEVER charge to design your artwork. You will only be
charged for the time spent tattooing your skin.
2. How old do I have to be?
You must be 16 years of age or older, no exceptions. In the event that you are under 18 years old,
you MUST come to the studio and obtain a consent form. You will need to have this form notarized
elsewhere and bring it back on the day of your tattoo. You must have a valid driver’s license or other
government-issued ID card that matches the information on your notarized form. Also, your parent
or legal guardian must be present with his or her ID card, as well. He or she must approve of the
final design before it is applied to your body. Anyone 18 or older must present valid ID prior to being
tattooed. There are no exceptions to this, no matter how old you may look.
3. Do you take walk-ins? Or do I need an appointment?
We do take walk-ins as time allows. However, on-demand open time slots can be hard to come by, as
we are very appointment-based. If you need or want a specific date and time with a specific artist, it is
best to book this time in advance. If you are planning to “walk-in” for a tattoo, call as early in the day as
possible to improve your chances of getting tattooed. Keep in mind that many tattoos call for advance
planning, and may not be able to be completed the same day.
4. I’m from out of town and want to plan a tattoo for when I’m in your area. How should I go about
We have many clients across the U.S. and all over the world. If you would like to get something done
in a specific time frame, we can plan some aspects of the design in advance using photos and email.
Contact us and provide as much information as possible, and we are happy to work with you.
5. I don’t really know exactly what I want. Can you help me?
Of course! That is why we are here. That being said, it is helpful to have a jumping off point. We are
not mind readers and it’s helpful to have some idea of what you like. Looking at photos, paintings, and
other artwork is sometimes helpful. Our favorite thing is to design something unique based on a loose
6. I already have a design picked out. Will you tattoo it?
Yes, you may absolutely bring in ideas or references. However, we will not take on a tattoo that we feel
will have a poor appearance when it is finished. Changes may need to be made to a design in order for
it to look its best. Keep in mind that pre-made tattoo designs (“flash”) can be a useful starting point,
but, really, do you want the same thing that many other people probably have? In most cases we can
take a flash design and turn it into something that is not only unique, but better in appearance than the
7. Is there a tattoo design you won’t do?
There are a few things. Racist imagery is one thing. Also, if you are a minor, we will not be tattooing any
names of boyfriends or girlfriends on you, even if your parent permits it. We will not tattoo the neck,
hands, or face of a minor, as it can be very difficult to find gainful employment later. There are some
locations of the body which often don’t hold up very well over time, such as the soles of the feet and
palms of the hands. We use our own discretion in these matters, and unfortunately have to turn things
away from time to time.
8. I got a tattoo somewhere else and I don’t like it. What are my options?
We definitely need to see the offending tattoo to know what can be done with it. We do a large number
of cover-ups and reworks and are happy to show you some examples. With cover-ups, it is our goal
to cover the existing tattoo completely, so that no one would ever suspect that the original tattoo was
ever there. You may like your existing tattoo, but notice that it has spread out, lightened, or become
distorted over time. We may be able to restore your tattoo to a fresh, vivid appearance, or update it to
a more modern look. Keep in mind that if you have received a tattoo that you are not happy with, you
must wait until it has healed completely before we can work on the area.
9. I have a scar I want to cover with a tattoo. Is this possible?
It may be possible. It’s hard to tell without seeing the scarring and knowing the history of the wound
(how old is it, how extensive, etc.). Generally older scars, over 7 years old, are easiest to cover. Again,
we will need to see it to let you know your options.
9. Do I have to avoid anything while my tattoo is healing?
Yes! For around 2 weeks, your body is healing a wound. That wound must be kept clean in order to
minimize the risk of outside infection and have the possible end result. You should avoid ocean water,
pool water, and excessive direct sunlight while your tattoo is healing. It is an excellent idea to plan your
tattoo at a time that you will not be around places where large numbers of people are in close contact.
That means avoiding gyms, airports, cruises, theme parks, and the like. If this is impossible, we can give
you pointers on how to best minimize your risk of outside infection.
10. Should I do anything to prepare for my tattoo sitting?
Feeling healthy and relaxed on the day of your tattoo is the best course of action. Do not drink any
alcohol or use any illicit drugs prior to your tattoo. You should eat a full meal just before being tattooed.
You may bring food and beverages with you, or obtain refreshments at the gas station across the street.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol the night before, as the resulting hangover can make a tattoo more
difficult to endure.
11. Is a tip for my artist expected?
Tipping for a tattoo is common, but not necessary. If you are happy with your tattoo, feel free to tip
your artist if you like.
12. I have a medical condition that I think may prevent me from being able to be tattooed, but I really
want one. What should I do?
You should talk with your doctor about how risky a tattoo procedure might be to your health. We take
special precautions in the event of a client with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes. Being
honest with us and with your doctor is the key to the best possible outcome. Keep in mind that we will
not tattoo you if you are pregnant or nursing, as a tattoo may pose unforeseen risks to your baby.
13. I really want a tattoo, but I’m concerned about the risks to my health. Can you explain further?
Yes, we always invite the opportunity to educate people about the possible risks of a tattoo. While
tattoos normally pose minimal risk as long as they are performed using the proper techniques, things
like infection, allergic reaction, and scarring are always possible complications. Feel free to stop by and
we will address any concerns you may have.
14. How clean is your studio? I don’t want needles re-used on me.
Needles are always single-use. We take many precautions to prevent disease transmission, including
proper sanitation, sterilization, and disposal procedures. You may always request to see our
documentation, which include autoclave logs, training logs, operation manuals, and Florida Department
of Health records. We here take a lot of pride in our standing in the community with regards to the
public health, and in our relationship with the Health Department. Monster Monkey Studios is a
member studio of the Florida Professional Tattoo Artists Guild, which is a non-profit organization that is
committed to safety and integrity.
15. I don’t want a tattoo, but I need another sort of artwork. What else do you do?
We at Monster Monkey Studios do other types of artwork as time allows. Business logos are one
example. We have done designs for organizations, such as Greyhound Pets of America, and also for
individuals, such as creating custom artwork for homes and offices. We are happy to refer you to other
local artists if we are too busy or unable to suit your request.
16. Do you do piercings?
We have offered piercing in the past, but currently do not due to a lack of demand. We may consider
offering piercing in the future.
17. Do you sell tattoo or piercing supplies?
18. Are you a smoke shop?