All your questions about tattoos, answered.

Have a bunch of questions about tattoos? We have the answers.

If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, you may have a lot of questions before you make your way into the chair to get inked.

We sat down with Mark Eaton at Ivy and Oak Tattoo Artist Studio in Lake Park, Fla. to get answers to some of the most common questions and ask about common misconceptions when it comes to tattoos. We learned a lot, and we know you will too!

What should people know going in?
I think it’s important for you to have a strong understanding or at least a reasonable understanding of what it is you want.

What are your most asked questions?
Is it going to hurt? Yes, I’d say it’s definitely going to hurt. It feels like a cat scratch on a sunburn so if you can handle that you can handle getting a tattoo.

How much does a tattoo cost? That’s such a weird question, how much does a bag of groceries cost or how much does a car cost? It really just depends on what you want and how detailed it is.

Will this tattoo fade or will the colors fade? Back in the day, inks were less sophisticated but with modern inks now, we’re pretty assured that they’re in there for life.

What has been your strangest request?
It’s so vulgar I can’t repeat it.

What are some tattoos no one should have?
Getting someone else’s name tattooed on you is crazy. It’s the craziest thing you can do. If it’s your parent, it’s your kid, or you’ve been married fifty years or longer, that’s fine. Any other situation is absolutely crazy, in my opinion.

What are some myths everyone believes?
People think that ink fades if it’s in the lip, that’s a common myth. For parents, myths about tattoos is that you’re not going to be able to get a job. That’s crazy, we’ve had senators and presidents with tattoos, and we’ve had doctors who come in and want a sleeve from wrist to shoulder.

What’s the most painful place to get tattooed? 
That bottom of your foot or behind your inner ankle is super tough. I’ve had people covered head to toe get that spot done and they’ve said it’s the worst.

What are some common misconceptions?
What you see online absolutely does not reflect how your tattoo is going to look in a year, in ten years, in six months, in two weeks. Most of what you see online from everyone is either slightly photo manipulated or a brand new tattoo.

How do you keep your tattoo looking nice in Florida?
You’re going to want to keep away from the sun for the first two weeks and then anytime after the first two weeks you’re going to want to apply at least an SPF 40 for the duration of your life. UV will alter and damage your tattoos forever. No beach for the first two weeks, and soaking a tattoo is malicious and is a super easy way to ruin a nice new piece.