FAQ, Policies, and Aftercare

Vintage Karma is different from most other tattoo studios. So, if you are thinking about getting your first tattoo or if you already have tattoos but it is your first time coming to us, you probably have a few questions.   We welcome any and all questions, so feel free to ask us. Below are some of the more frequently asked ones we get.

General questions about how to get the perfect tattoo and the tattooing process are answered in HOW TO GET THE PERFECT TATTOO.   It is a very quick and informative read.

If you are looking for how to take care of your new tattoo CLICK HERE.

How do I make an appointment?

You must come in to make in appointment. We need to review the image to be tattooed to make sure it is the correct size and to note any necessary changes. We require a $50 non-refundable deposit which goes towards the price of the piece.  Long distance clients may book appointments via email and Paypal us a deposit.

CLICK HERE to read our full policy regarding appointments and deposits.

Can the artists draw something up for me?

Yes! We  have a special knack for translating peoples’ ideas onto paper and skin. Bring any ideas, images, concepts, or objects to the studio and we will interpret it into your special tattoo. It is always a good idea to call ahead (217-253-2553) and book a consultation with us, that way we can sit down without distraction to begin the creative process.

I’m not 18 yet, can my Mom sign for me?

Illinois law prohibits the tattooing of minors. More info can be read here.

How much do you charge?

Shop minimum is $60 for tattoos. For smaller pieces, done in only one or two sittings, you will get an upfront price that will average $100-$150 per hour of work depending on which artist is tattooing you. For larger pieces done over a period of many sittings, you will be charged a flat hourly artist rate. We need to see the image before we can quote a price.  If you have a budget that you need to keep a piece within, we will design the piece to best fit the price you are working with. Please call for piercing prices.

Do you take walk-ins?

We accept walk-ins when artist availability permits.  However, It is always a good idea to call ahead (217-253-2553) before dropping in as the artists book up quickly.

Do you take credit cards?

Yes. Vintage Karma accepts cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.  Sorry, personal checks are not accepted.

Do you do piercings?

As of January 1, 2018 we discontinued body piercing in order to focus 100% on being the best tattoo studio in Central Illinois and organizing future Odd Markets.  If you would like to get a piercing we suggest our friends over at Almost Famous at the Marketplace Mall in Champaign, IL.