FAQ and Aftercare

At Lower East Side Studios, we pride ourselves in safety and sterilization.  All of our tattoo and piercing professionals are trained to work under and adhere to the guidelines set forth by Toronto Public Health.  Our studios are inspected and spore tested every two weeks.

Should you have any questions or concerns about sterilization or safety please do not hesitate to ask our staff.

Policies
You must be 18 years old with photo ID to get tattooed.
You must be 16 with photo ID to get a piercing.
All Jewelry sales are final.

Pricing
Our shop minimum for a tattoo is $80. Tattoo prices will vary depending on the size and complexity of a piece, as well as the amount of time it will take to complete.

Walk Ins
Walk-ins are always welcome, but are treated on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure your spot please book an appointment. A minimum deposit of $20 is required to hold an appointment time. The deposit amount will be held against the price of your tattoo. Deposits are non-refundable. 24 hours notice of cancellation is required to retain your deposit.

Consultations
You do not need to book an appointment for a consultation session. We are more than happy to have you come by our studio at any time to meet with an artist and plan your tattoo. All of our artists are experienced and very knowledgeable in the field.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my tattoo cost?
The cost of a tattoo varies depending on the design. Most tattoos can be quoted as soon as an artist sees the design. Larger or custom pieces may be charged at an hourly rate. Stop in to the shop with your design at any time to get a quote.

I know what I want but I can’t draw.  How do I get a custom tattoo?
We offer a large selection of tattoo drawings and art in house and even a rough sketch to get your design across will assist our artists in creating the tattoo you want.  Google image searches and libraries are also good resources to find designs that are along the lines of what you want.  Our artists are the best and anything you give them will help them to craft the design you want.

How long will my tattoo take to heal?
Your tattoo should be healed in two weeks to a month if you are properly following our aftercare guidelines.

Do you use new needles for every tattoo?
Yes, new needles are used for every procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us. 416 267 7300

Tattoo Aftercare

Remove bandage after 24 hours.
Wash the area thoroughly with a new bar of mild unscented soap, to gently remove any excess ointment, pigment, blood or plasma. Gently pat your tattoo dry.
Let your tattoo air-dry for at least 4-6 hours before applying lotion.
At first, use a non-greasy, unscented moisturizer such as Lubriderm or Dermassage.
Do not over moisturize.
After a few days, you may apply more of the moisturizer, and more frequently.
Be careful not to damage the skin in any way by wearing tight clothes, hockey equipment, etc.

The skin should naturally flake off as whitish dry skin. A thicker scab may form.
DO NOT PICK AT IT!

At this time, a greasier moisturizer may be used such as Vaseline / Polysporin. This process should take 2-4 weeks.

The new layer of skin on your tattoo will be shiny. It will not be fully healed until the skin is no longer shiny. This takes approximately 8-10 weeks.

Make sure to keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight and do not swim in any public water for the first 2 weeks of healing.

Piercing Aftercare

Facial piercings should be cleansed twice daily until fully healed.

Apply a non-iodized, unscented sea salt and water solution (2 tsp salt to 500ml water) to both ends of the piercing and let the solution sit for 60-seconds. Wipe away any discharge with a cotton swab.

Oral piercings may be rinsed with a non-alcohol based antibacterial mouthwash (e.g. Oral B), or a pre-mixed sea salt and water solution (2 tsp / 500ml) for 60-seconds – especially after smoking, eating or drinking anything other than water. Avoid dairy products for two weeks after getting a fresh oral piercing.