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 12 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.
Nik – Tattoos/Floor Manager
Whereas I grew up maybe a stone’s throw away from Fluid Ink, I have been most of the way around the world one way, then the other, and back again. I Served in the US Navy for seven years and underwent my tattoo apprenticeship in 2001 in a small shop just outside Oak Harbor, WA. I apprenticed under Fat$ Arnott and his family of tattoo siblings: Laurie, Flash and Reno. Being that I served in the US Navy, I quickly fell in love with good old Traditional and Japanese styles of tattoo work that I had been so exposed to. And, seeing as how so much of modern tattooing originated from the Navy, it’s no wonder I fell in love with tattoos and their rich history! I have only tattooed professionally for my career as a tattoo artist, which will be 9 years in February 2011.
I do prefer to work on custom pieces that I just dream up rather than reproduce from photo reference, but that doesn’t mean I won’t do other things. I do enjoy tattooing traditional/old school, Japanese, Celtic knotwork, as well as traditional and new age tribal styles. Also, I am one of the few tattoo artists you’ll come across who actually enjoys tattooing celtic knotwork, let alone, enjoy designing it from scratch too!
Rod – Apprentice
Jeffrey – Front Desk
What Jeffrey should have wrote: Hi, I’m Jeffrey. I have been with Fluid Ink for over a year and love being here. The tattoo community and culture offer so much creativity and flexibility for artistic interpretation. That kind of creative freedom is what brought me here and allows me to express my mind and assist customers in getting the art they want.
What Jeffrey really wrote: Hi, I’m Jeffrey. What’s up ladies? Stop on in and give me a holla!
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 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.