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.
If you need a quick ballpark price check? CLICK HERE
How do I make an appointment?
Visit our Scheduling page to fill out our consultation form and we will contact you to answer any questions and set up your appointment. We require a $50 non-refundable deposit which goes towards the price of the piece.
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. Sorry, we do not copy other people’s custom tattoo designs out of respect for that artist and client, but we definitely can reference them as inspiration for your unique piece.
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 $100 for tattoos. For smaller pieces, done in only one or two sittings, you will get an upfront price that will average $120-$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.
Do you take walk-ins?
We accept walk-ins when artist availability permits. As a private studio we ask that you call ahead (217-253-2553) before dropping by as the door is locked during business hours to minimize artist distraction.
Do you take credit cards?
Yes. Vintage Karma accepts cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Sorry, personal checks are not accepted.
Can I Buy a Gift card or make a deposit online?
You can do both! CLICK HERE to purchase a gift card for yourself or anyone or make a deposit when booking an appointment.
Do you do piercings?
do you do coverups or fix tattoos?
Yes! All of our artists can perform coverups or reworks. If your coverup is large and complicated and other artists have turned you down, check out Ainslie’s coverup website. He specializes in the worst of the worst and loves the challenge.