Interested in Getting a Tattoo?


We can sometimes take credit/debit cards (for deposits) but we do ask all of our clients to pay in cash. Being in the Uptown area, there are many local ATMs.

How old do I have to be to get a tattoo in North Carolina?

LEGALLY you MUST be 18 years of age.

If I am under the age of 18 years, but my parents are willing to sign for me, can I get tattooed?

No. This is not allowed by NC Regulations.

Cancellation Policy

A one-week notice is required to cancel or reschedule your appointment and keep your deposit. This is to make sure we have enough time to fill your spot, as we count on our clients being punctual and accountable. You must make real contact with the shop if you need to cancel. This means via phone, text, or email, where you have received a response. If you cancel or no-show two times in a row (regardless if you have given a one-week notice each time), all of your future appointments will be erased from the schedule and offered to other clients without any notice.

Do I have to have an appointment to get tattooed?
We are not currently accepting walk-ins. However, since there are times that we can take walk-ins for small/simple designs, we do suggest making contact via phone first.

Is your studio licensed by the state of North Carolina?

Yes! We are licensed by the state of NC under the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Health Section 15A NCAC 18A .3200. We are also Blood Borne Pathogens Certified and renew our First Aid Certification every year. We follow all NC laws.  We are also randomly inspected by the NC Environmental Health Services Section.

How do you provide a sterile tattoo procedure?

Needles arrive sterilized from the manufacturer. After a needle is opened and used on a client it is disposed of after a single-use.

Before tattooing, we begin by washing our hands. Then wearing gloves, we will wrap all equipment (ie. tattoo chair, bottles, clip cords, metal trays, etc) with barrier film to ensure our area is clean. When done tattooing we use a medical grade cleaner, such as Cavacide, to clean all surfaces. This cleaner kills all bacterial, viral, and fungal microorganisms such as AIDS, HIV, Hep A, B, C, MRSA, etc.

We use an autoclave sterilization device on the bottle and ancillary instruments utilized during the tattooing procedure. Our autoclave is independently certified and runs automatic programs designed for each load. It utilizes an indicator light, which results confirm that the cycle was successfully completed resulting in complete sterilization. We log the cycle in our autoclave log book and mark each sterilized pouch with the sterilization date. We regularly clean and maintain our autoclave and spore test it monthly with two separate testing procedures utilizing a testing control to validate the procedure. This is a step above what is required by the NC Code and is done to ensure your safety. Our spore testing process is done in-house, in our very own studio, so we can ensure the quickest action if any test would indicate a failure. Before tattooing, we set up our station wearing gloves, and wrap all equipment (ie. tattoo chair, bottles, clip cords, metal trays, etc) with barrier film to make sure we keep our area clean. When done tattooing we use a medical-grade cleaner, such as Cavacide, to clean off all surfaces. This cleaner kills all bacterial, viral, and fungal microorganisms such as AIDS, HIV, Hep A, B, C, MRSA, etc.  All of our artists are required to be tested for MRSA, HIV, and Hepatitis before performing any service at Canvas Tattoo to ensure your health and safety.

We have set in place practices and equipment to make sure you’re in the cleanest possible environment,  protecting both you and our artists and ensuring a safe environment for our future clients.

How can I book an appointment?

Schedule a consultation with an artist, pay a deposit, and schedule the needed appointments depending on the size of your tattoo.

What can I expect to happen at my consultation?

You will sit down with your artist to discuss your tattoo idea. We will brainstorm, look at some references pictures, trace out the body part where the tattoo is going so we can take flow into consideration. We will take notes on color preferences, and what the tattoo symbolizes for you.

What does it cost to get tattooed?

Every shop has a minimum for small tattoos. This is for tattoos that take 30 minutes or less to complete. At Canvas Tattoo, this price is $100. The price for larger tattoos ranges from $160 or $250 per hour, depending on the artist. How many sessions it will take to complete your tattoo will depend on the design, the placement, and your pain tolerance.

How can I best prepare for my tattoo?
Make sure you get a full 8-hours of sleep the night before and drink plenty of water. You want to be well-rested and hydrated to make the tattoo process go well for you. Avoid alcohol, and anything containing niacin in it 24 hours prior to getting tattooed. You will want to eat a larger meal 1-2 hours before your session to avoid feeling lightheaded. You can bring snacks or drinks, but we do provide candy, snacks, and drinks to keep your blood sugar where it needs to be. This happens when you experience a decrease in blood sugar levels during the tattoo process because your body is reacting to the pain via surges of adrenaline.

Can I take a pain pill or consume alcohol before getting tattooed to relax?

No. Consuming alcohol or taking pills of any kind can thin the blood and make it hard for the artist to do the best job possible. This can also lead to excessive scabbing during the healing process. It is illegal for us to tattoo someone who is under the influence. Also, any and all prescriptions MUST be disclosed to your artist to make sure your prescription will not have an adverse effect on your tattoo.

Can I use a numbing product before I come in for my tattoo?

Our artists request that you do not use any type of numbing product prior to coming to your tattoo. If you are concerned about pain, please speak with your artist before applying anything that could affect the healing process. Our artists are well versed in numbing products and can answer any questions you have prior to beginning your tattoo.

Can I obtain a tattoo if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
“No. The main concern is an infection, which is why it is not advisable to get a tattoo when you are expecting a baby or breastfeeding. Little information is available about the safety of skin dyes used for tattooing during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. It is possible that the chemicals in the dye may affect the development of the baby and an increase in exposure to blood-borne pathogens. While it is unlikely that tattoo ink will get into your milk supply, there is not enough data available for us to be permit tattooing during this time.”

Can I have an allergic reaction?

Although not common, allergic reactions can happen. We only use organic inks and most of the other products we use on the skin are all-natural or vegan. We ask each client about allergies before we begin the tattoo. It is important to be honest with your artist so they can use a different product if needed in order to avoid a reaction. Our preferred healing product is Saniderm, the Adhesive can cause a rare and minor reaction to your skin that can cause slight irritation and red spots, which will simply pass once the product is removed.

Gift Cards
Do you sell gift cards?
Yes, eGift cards are available for purchase in person or over the phone.