What to Expect from your Piercing Possible redness around the piercing for a few days to a couple of weeks. Be nice to your piercing and it will be nice to you. Possible bleeding for a day or two, longer for some genital piercings. Swelling usually last 3 to 5 days but can last...Read More
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Meet Fluid Ink Staff
Chad – Tattoos and Piercings/Owner
I have been tattooing and piercing for over 15 years. I have tattooed in Michigan, Wisconsin, South Dakota and finally in Minnesota where I opened Fluid Ink Tattoos and Piercings in 2001. I love doing custom designs from my own inspiration or whatever my customers bring in. I have a ton of hobbies but scuba diving, antiquities and oddities are true to my heart. Swing by anytime and say hi, set up a consultation and get your next tattoo or piercing at Fluid Ink Tattoos and Piercings.
Rod – Tattoos
Shipwreck grew up in Grand Rapids, MN and came down to the twin cities to begin his apprenticeship at Fluid Ink. He really enjoys tattooing neo-traditional, new school or anything that he can color bomb! He has been at Fluid Ink for a year now and when he is not tattooing you can find him drumming, drawing, painting, or long boarding.
Matt aka Big Matt has been with Fluid Ink for a year now. He grew up all over Minnesota and came to Fluid Ink to complete his apprenticeship. Now tattooing full time he enjoys doing black and gray, realism and neo-traditional pieces. Aside from tattooing Big Matt likes listening to music and drawing. Stop in and check out his portfolio today!
Josh- Front Desk
Josh is currently a full time student at Hamline University, originally from Northfield, MN. He began his time at Fluid Ink by getting tattooed here and ultimately applied to work the front counter. He has been running the front counter for just under a year and it is something that he really enjoys! If you come through to set up an appointment, buy some jewelry, or just to say hi, Josh would be happy to help you out!
Amanda “Panda” - Front Desk
Lewis – Front Desk
I don’t tattoo or pierce, but I write poems and that’s kind of painful, right? Anyway. I received two things in my time at Hamline University: a degree in creative writing, and a handful of tattoos from Fluid Ink. When I’m not writing poetry or scheduling your appointments, I’m probably working on bicycles or poetry projects for my incredibly small press (Beard Poetry), running my poetry slam and open mic, or at one of my five part-time jobs. Why did I want to work behind the counter here? I love helping people find the things that really complement their lives, whether that’s a new tattoo artist, a gold hoop, or a new place to live, and I’m always up to just sit, chat, and talk work or not-work. When I told Shelley that I “love talking to customers,” that wasn’t just an interview line. So stop in and see what it’s all about. I promise you’ll feel as welcome here as I did.
Adam – Web Master
I am the web master and photographer for Fluid Ink. Tattoo work isn’t just an art, but a passion for me as well.
Your tattoo when completed is 50% done, the other 50% is how good you take care of it. Follow these instructions and of course if you have any questions, please contact your Fluid Ink tattoo artist.
Again, if you have any questions, concerns, or accidents, please contact your Fluid Ink tattoo artist as soon as possible. Thank you.
Does it hurt?
Yes, it will be the worst pain you will ever experience in your life!!! In reality, of course it will hurt however every single person is different, some areas hurt more or less than others, and it depends on your general pain tolerance.
How soon can I change my jewelry?
This will vary from piercing to piercing. Your best bet is to consult your Fluid Ink piercing professional.
How soon can I drink alcohol with a fresh oral piercing?
You should wait a minimum of 2 weeks.
Do you numb the area being pierced first?
No, of course not, we want you to feel every bit of the piercing experience. There is some extremely rare instances where numbing may occur, but those are extreme piercings and as always, consult your Fluid Ink body piercing professional.
Can I go swimming?
Not in the first month unless you use a tegaderm patch. Don’t know what a tegaderm patch is? Ask your friendly neighborhood Fluid Ink body piercer.
How much does a piercing or tattoo cost?
Piercings are a set fee but vary from piercing to piercing, so stop in and ask how much a particular piercing is. For tattoos, this varies largely on what you want, where it’ll be, how big it’ll be, how much color is involved and the general amount of detail. The shop minimum is $60 for any tattoo regardless of what it is.
How long does a tattoo take?
Tattoos can take a few minutes or several months or more. If you are looking for a small, single ink design it could be an hour. An extensive sleeve could take up to a year with multiple sessions required. To get an accurate assessment, stop in and talk to one of our talented tattoo artists.
What happens if I start but can’t finish?
Tattoos hurt, there is no doubt about that. Worse case, tough it out and get the outline finished. Some things you can do to make the experience less stressful is to make sure you eat something before getting your tattoo. Bring a bottle of water and stay hydrated before getting your tattoo. Apply a basic lotion to the area your going to get tattooed. And bring something that you can use as a distraction such as an MP3 player, a book or magazine, or anything else that you can use to keep your attention; including a friend to chat with.
I’m vegan and want vegan safe ink, do you have that?
Yes, yes we do. Please make sure that you alert your tattoo artist of your ink needs so they can plan ahead accordingly before getting started.