Why should you get tattooed at Lucky Soul Tattoo?

Lucky Soul Tattoo has been around since 2001, and our reputation speaks for itself. Perhaps most importantly each of our artists are licensed by the State of Connecticut as Tattoo Technicians, having also completed bloodborne pathogens training and basic first aid. We are the top-rated tattoo shop with our area Health Department, and practice with the utmost concern for cleanliness and sterility. Our shop is clean through and through, and you can see it from the moment you walk in. We hold ourselves with pride – and it shows.

We also pride ourselves on being the friendliest shop around and do our best not only to provide our clients with tattoos that they will love, but also to make each client feel completely comfortable and at ease. We like to consider our clients family, and you will notice the difference right away. Too often we hear our clients complain about their experiences at other shops; they felt pushed aside, unimportant, or like a nuisance to the artist. We’ve heard clients complaining that the environments were unsettling, uncomfortable, or harsh. Rest assured, you will never feel that here at Lucky Soul Tattoo. Not only will you be happy with your experience, but you will also be happy with your new tattoo! We love our job, we love our shop, we love our clients – and it shows.

Lucky Soul is also one of the top-rated shops in Southern Connecticut, being voted Best Of New Haven many times - first in the New Haven Advocate and now on CTnow.com. Thanks again to all of our great clients for showing us the love!

How old do you have to be to get tattooed at Lucky Soul?

Lucky Soul Tattoo does not tattoo people under the age of 18, even if they have parental consent. Until then, feel free to save your money so you can afford a great piece when you turn 18!

How much do tattoos cost? Is there a deposit?

Our shop minimum is $100, most pieces will exceed this price, however. If you are looking to do a larger, more intricate tattoo, we do work by the hour, which means the prices vary greatly. Some tattoos will only take a few hours; some can take multiple sittings. If you have questions about this, feel free to ask the shop manager or an available artist when you stop by.

Tattooing is a serious art form. In this business, “you get what you pay for.” If you are interested in getting quality work, you have to invest not only time, but money. The artist will work very hard to perfect your design and execute it. They spend many hours before your appointment finalizing the drawing and ideas, so keep in mind there is a lot of time put in ‘behind the scenes’ as well as actual execution of the final piece.

We do require a deposit. Depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo, the deposit will range from $100 to $200. This deposit secures your appointment, and will be taken off the last hour of your tattoo. ** THE FINE PRINT: Deposits are refundable with two weeks notice of cancellation, meaning you can come in and get your money back. If you cancel with within 48 hours of your scheduled appointment (but less than 2 weeks) your deposit will be kept on file at the shop for a rescheduled appointment. If you cancel with anything less than 48 hours notice you will lose your deposit completely and a new deposit will be needed to make another appointment. Lastly, we will hold deposits for only three months after a cancellation has been made, assuming it was made with proper notice. If you do not reschedule your appointment within three months of your cancellation you will lose the despot and a new deposit must be left with the shop. NO EXCEPTIONS. (So please, don't make us the bad guys and follow the rules)

Do you take walk-in appointments? How do I make an appointment?

Some of our artists are booked for the next couple of weeks; some of our artists are booked for the next couple of months. Due to our artists’ busy schedules, we do suggest you make an appointment ahead of time if you have a specific artist in mind. However, we do try to accomodate walk-in's as much as possible. We ask that you call the shop or email us if you'd like to get tattooed and we will do our best to get you in!

In order to make an appointment we suggest emailing the shop directly - luckysoultattoo@gmail.com - be sure to include any reference images or ideas you may have, what size you'd like to get the tattoo, where you'd like to have the tattoo done on your body, and what days and times you are available as well as your phone number- and we can get started talking about your tattoo that way. If you have a particular artist in mind please let us know, otherwise we can recommend an artist who would best suit your piece!

We require a $100 to $200 deposit to hold an appointment spot depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo. We can take the deposit in cash, or on card and we do send out deposit invoices online as well. We are no longer able to make appointments or take deposits over the phone, unless the client lives out of state.

Do I get a consultation?

This is up to your artist. They will decide if a consultation is necessary based on their availability and the size/complexity of the tattoo. With larger or more complex designs, often times the artist or manager will set you up with an appointment two weeks prior to your tattoo appointment. This way they can get a chance to talk with you directly about your piece.

What do I need to do on the day of my appointment?

Everyone likes to prepare themselves differently before coming in to get tattooed. It’s not a great idea to drink heavily the night before your appointment. Having a hangover and getting tattooed is no fun. It’s also a good idea to get a good night’s sleep the night before. You should also eat a couple of hours before you come in. The healthier you eat, the better. Your blood sugar drops while getting tattooed, so eating beforehand helps keep it up. You should also stay hydrated before you come in — the more water you can drink the better!

Also try to limit the amount of people that you bring with you to your appointment. Our space is limited and only one of your companions will be able to sit with you while you get tattooed. Although we do like meeting new people and want you to have a good experience, this is not a hang-out session and friends can be distracting to the artists. Make a plan to meet your friends after and relive your experience with them.

This is my first tattoo, what is getting tattooed like?

First-time clients often ask this question, and it can be difficult to answer. The experience depends on the size and location of your tattoo. The tattooing process does involve pain, but it is not unbearable. (If it was, no one would get tattooed!) ; Some people compare the pain to a bad sunburn. Many people worry about the pain involved in the process of tattooing. Some think they should allow this to dictate their placement or sizing decisions.

If you are passionate about your tattoo idea, don’t let it dictate where you place it, or how large it will be. The pain is worth it to get the piece you want! Pain is temporary, but the art will last forever.

How do I care for my new tattoo? What does the healing process entail?

Here at Lucky Soul, we recommend you keep your new tattoo covered for a few hours – anywhere from 2-3 hours, or sometimes overnight. When you remove the bandage, wash your tattoo with mild soap and water. Only use your hands to lather your tattoo. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive to clean your new tattoo. It is OK to shower, and we recommend that you do – your friends and family will thank us for that! You can clean your tattoo while in the shower. We do recommend that you wash your tattoo three times a day when possible, and pat your tattoo dry with a clean towel – don’t rub! After the tattoo is dried apply a very thin coat of ointment – stressed, THIN coat – ointment should be just a bit tacky to the touch, not overly heavy or ‘gloppy’. We suggest you think of it as you would sunblock, apply the ointment and gently rub it into your skin. Do not overdo it, this can lead to clogged pores and slowed healing time. We suggest using Bacitracin, Aquaphor, or the natural healing ointment we carry in the shop. The ointment is only $6 a tub.

You should use the ointment for 3 days. After that it is time to switch to a lotion or skin cream that does not have heavy oil or scents– Cetaphil, Eucerin, or Lubriderm are good choices. Continue to use the lotion while the tattoo is healing.

The healing process usually takes two to three weeks. During that time you do not want to soak your tattoo. So you should avoid baths, pools, Jacuzzis, and oceans, and you also want to keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight. If you have a vacation planned, you should get your tattoo after you return.

Most tattoos scab a little bit. If this happens, do not pick at the tattoo. If you pull the skin off, you risk pulling the ink out of your skin. That means you will need a touch-up.

When your tattoo heals, it will be really itchy! Don’t scratch the actual tattoo! You can scratch around it, or you can slap it, to alleviate the itchiness You can also apply some lotion, which will help with the itchiness.

We do our best to provide you with a great tattoo, we’d rather your tattoo heal great the first time, so please treat your new work with care.

What does the cover up process entail?

This depends on the tattoo you want to get covered up. If a tattoo is especially dark or large, it can be difficult to cover up. The smaller, lighter, or more faded the tattoo is, the easier it is to cover. In most cases, in order for a cover-up to be successful, the new tattoo must be larger than the existing tattoo. If you are interested in having an artist do a cover up for you, the best thing to do is come down to our shop. If an artist is available they can look at your tattoo and give you a few ideas about what your cover up will entail. Certain tattoos are better covered up with certain colors or designs, and they’ll let you in on that, too. It’s best to come in with a basic idea, but an open mind. In some instances, our artists will suggest that you get laser treatment on the tattoo. This will fade the tattoo and make it easier to cover.

Are there any types of skin you can’t tattoo?

It is rare that we come across someone whose skin is not able to be tattooed. There are, however, areas of the body that do not hold ink well, such as the inner lip, fingers, palms and sometimes the feet. In these cases your artist will recommend the best placement to help your skin hold ink the best. If you choose not to listen to our recommendation we cannot guarantee that your tattoo will heal properly, so please heed our warnings.

We often have clients who come in hoping to cover up a scar. When it comes down to covering scars or burns you will want to wait until the scar has healed past the ‘pink’ stage and turns lighter/whiter. A scar or burn usually takes about a year to heal before it is able to be tattooed. If you tattoo the injured skin before it’s ready, the skin could reject the ink. So, it’s best to be patient. You can use vitamin E oil on the affected area to help the skin heal and prepare it to be tattooed. Sometimes people do have other skin issues, so if you are concerned with any issue at all, it’s best to speak with an artist directly.

Are there any tattoos that you would not recommend getting?

As stated above, there are certain areas of the body that do not hold ink well. It is very important to listen to your artist if they suggest that you don’t get tattooed on a particular part of the body. Also, certain designs do not lend themselves well to tattoos, and your artist will know best. If you leave our shop and go down the street asking for the same tattoo, odds are you will hear the same response. If you go down the street and they do the tattoo for you, and it heals like crap and looks just as bad as we said it would – there won’t be much we can do to help you at that point. We want to give you a tattoo that will look great forever, so the best thing to do is listen to our advice. You may not want to hear what we have to say, but we don’t give recommendations unless they are called for, so it’s best you listen to a professional.

You may also want to think about tattoo trends and give these types of tattoos some hefty thought. Will you really want that dragon wrapped around an 8-ball with a tribal dagger in five years? Probably not. Give your tattoos some thought and get something that has meaning to you. For an example of ‘trending’, white tattoos are currently very popular. In most, if not all cases, white ink tattoos heal up to look like dirty skin and in the end are not very attractive. Typically it’s not a good look, and we don’t recommend doing it. (besides, the fad will be over soon, trust us!). If you insist, with certain limitation we will probably provide you with the tattoo – but we won’t be able to accommodate multiple touch-ups or re-colors when the tattoo heals exactly as we suggested it would.

All in all, come in with an idea that means something to you, and then listen to our ideas and recommendations. When you come in with an open mind you will get the best tattoo possible.

Is Lucky Soul Tattoo a clean environment?

Lucky Soul is proud to say that we are one of the top-rated tattoo shops in Southern Connecticut, and it is for good reason. We hold sterility with the highest regard, and practice OSHA standards as well as Universal Precautions. Each of our artists are trained and well versed in the proper cleanliness techniques. We use hospital-grade equipment, and have an autoclave on site. Most of our equipment is single use. The equipment that isn’t is made of surgical steel and sterilized using the same procedure you would find in a surgical hospital. If you have any questions feel free to ask us about our practice and procedure, we would be happy to show you just what we do to keep both you, and ourselves, safe.