About Forbidden Artists


What is the rate for licensed work and how do I book with a licensed artist?

Licensed artist rates usually range from $75 – $125/hr. Licensed artists are independent contractors, setting their own rates and doing their own booking. To see specific rates and portfolios and book with a licensed artist you can check out their portfolio on our website Click Here where their contact info will be listed. You can also call the general phone number for the shop to be put in touch with an individual artist or ask questions about who might be the right artist for the job.

General Tattoo Questions

How long will the tattoo take?

While the exact amount of time spent on a tattoo will vary greatly with design and experience of the artist, we should be able to give you an estimate before the tattoo. Our students can take longer than normal since they are new to the process and are being instructed during the tattoo. It is important to let your artist know if you need to be done with the tattoo at a specific time.

Do I need to make an appointment to get tattooed?

Appointments are recommended but are usually not necessary. If you have your heart set on getting a tattoo from one artist in particular, you should book an appointment to guarantee their availability. If you want to get a very large tattoo it would also be advisable to book ahead to give the artist time to work out your design. That being said, we very often have licensed and student artists available for walk in tattoos. To check availability for the day just call the shop number. It is also advisable to arrive at the shop earlier in the day, as more artists are available at that time. Student artists stop taking walk in tattoos at 6pm and licensed artists stop taking walk-ins at 8pm.

Can my bad tattoo be covered up or restored?

Very often the answer is yes to both questions. Restoring a tattoo to at or better than its original condition via recoloring and relining is usually fairly straightforward and is generally a very successful procedure. The amount of improvement that can be seen in even a short session restoring an old tattoo can be huge.

Cover ups are commonly requested and many of our licensed artists have a lot of experience with successful cover ups. In fact, some of our very happiest clients are cover up clients! It can be such a great thing to replace a tattoo you no longer enjoy with something new and beautiful.

How successful a cover up will be depends on several factors, including what the tattoo to be covered up looks like, how old it is, and what you would like to have it covered with. You may need to be more flexible on design options in order to ensure a successful cover up. Your consulting artist will listen to your ideas and give you recommendations based on what will likely be most successful in your particular case.

Can we tattoo over scars?

Oftentimes yes, although not always.

New scars: Fresh scars or scars that are still pink are not done healing and cannot be tattooed over. It may take a year or longer for certain scars to heal to the point of being tattooable.

Old scars: Old, faded, flattened scars are easy to tattoo over and present few challenges. Scars that are old but are very thick or cover a lot of area can be tattooed over but may require modification of the design in order to disguise them better. Tattooing cannot change the shape or texture of the skin, so even when ink is successfully placed in a scar it may still be possible to see the raised part of the scar in certain light. Scars may not hold ink as well as regular skin and may require more than one session.

Are there parts of the body we won’t tattoo?

There are parts of the body that students are not allowed to tattoo, mostly because they take more skill. As independent contractors our licensed artists set their own rules as to what parts of the body they choose to tattoo. If you want an unusual area tattooed your best bet is to give the shop a call and see who might be the right fit for you. Private rooms are available. We do not have a policy against tattooing hands or necks, but do advise you to take some time to consider if the choice to get a highly visible tattoo is right for you in the long term.

Does getting tattooed hurt?

In a word, yes, but it varies greatly between different people and locations on the body. Every individual is different and there is no way to predict how getting a certain tattoo will feel to you. Being well rested and well fed, as well as going into the tattoo with a calm, positive state of mind can be very helpful. We are here for you and will do everything we can to make the process as comfortable as possible, please let us know if you ever need anything. For those who know they are extra sensitive talk to your artist about booking multiple short sessions to complete the tattoo rather than one or two long ones.

What if I am allergic to latex?

Just let us know! We have non-latex alternatives for all of our equipment available.

Can I bring my children to the appointment with me?

Legally you may not bring minors into a designated tattooing area within the building. Aside from the legality of it, while tattoo shops are fun places to be for adults they can be dangerous and inappropriate places for children. For their safety and for the consideration of others please arrange for their care while you are at your appointment.


Payments and Deposits

How do deposits work?

Deposits work as a placeholder to guarantee your appointment date. Unless doing a walk in, all appointments require deposits. Deposit amounts vary by artist but are generally between $20 – $50. Deposits are non refundable. Deposits may be transferrable if rescheduling with advance notice; they are generally forfeit on reschedules within 24 hours of the appointment date, although this can vary by artist so make sure to ask about their individual policy. Deposits are included in the total cost of a tattoo and are subtracted from your last tattoo session.

What are drawing fees?

Drawing fees function similarly to deposits as a way to hold your appointment date; you will usually be charged either a drawing fee or a deposit; occasionally for very large work you may be charged both. Drawing fees are uncommon for smaller, simpler pieces; they are generally used in the case of larger, more involved work that will require significant time for your artist to design. Your artist will discuss whether or not there will be a drawing fee with you before you book the appointment. Drawing fees are not refundable and are not subtracted from the final cost of your tattoo. The cost of a small drawing fee is usually the same price as an artist’s deposit and in the case of more extensive work may be charged at an hourly rate.

How are prices for tattoos calculated?

Tattoo prices are based on how long a tattoo takes to complete multiplied by the artist’s hourly rate; generally there is no charge for a reasonable amount of small break sessions and set up for a tattoo. The minimum charge for licensed artists is usually $60 – $75 . On smaller pieces an artist may be able to give you a final price for the piece before you begin. Large, multiple session pieces are usually charged at an hourly rate, although your artist should be able to give you a time range estimate. If you have a budget you need to stay within for your tattoo it is a good idea to make your artist aware of this so they can design the tattoo to fit your needs.


What forms of payment are accepted and when do I pay?

We accept cash and all major credit cards. Larger tattoos are usually charged at the end of each session.

What is standard tipping etiquette for getting a tattoo? Can I tip a student?

Tipping is a lovely way to show appreciation to your artist but never required. Creative tips such as cookies or other fun stuff are awesome and are also a really fun way to say thanks. Licensed artist can accept cash or credit card tips. Standard tipping is similar to that of any service industry profession.


Rules and Regulations

Can I get tattooed if I am under the age of 18?

In Oregon you may not get tattooed while under the age of 18. A parent may not give permission for a minor to receive a tattoo. A minor may only be tattooed under the recommendation of a medical doctor to address a specific physical medical condition; doctors may not approve purely artistic tattoos for minors.

Can I get tattooed if I am intoxicated?

You cannot. Not only is it illegal to tattoo anyone who is intoxicated, but getting tattooed while intoxicated negatively affects your decision making processes and could make your tattoo more painful.


Tattoo Preparation and Aftercare

How can I prepare for getting a tattoo?

We want your tattoo experience to be as enjoyable as possible, and there are lots of things you can do to help make the process easier on yourself. Here is a short list:

  • Be as well rested as possible.
  • Be well hydrated
  • Be well fed. Eating a large, solid meal before getting tattooed is very helpful.
  • Don’t drink or party hard the night before. Getting tattooed hung over is no fun.
  • Don’t be drunk or on drugs.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • Bring a care kit for yourself of snacks, something to drink, and maybe a small blanket or jacket in case you get cold. A distraction like a book or charged phone can be nice too.

What should I wear when getting tattooed?

Casual, comfortable clothes that allow for easy access to the area being tattooed are best. Pajama pants and slippers are just fine by us. Remember that due to the extra stress sometimes you can get chilly while getting tattooed, so bringing an extra jacket or small blanket can be helpful. Anything that is complicated to get on or off or requires you to remove more clothing than necessary should be avoided.

What aftercare should I follow?




How long does a tattoo take to heal?

While a tattoo takes approximately a month to fully heal, it may appear visually healed by two to three weeks. Be careful with your healing tattoo and you will get a better result. For at least the first two weeks avoid any activities that may get your tattoo dirty, including camping, rugby and petting tigers. Avoid direct sunlight and soaking the tattoo in water for the first full month.

Can I go tanning?

Tanning is damaging to your skin and to your tattoos, both when they are healing and afterwards. During the first month after getting a tattoo the ink is not fully settled in the skin and is especially vulnerable to rapid fading from sun or tanning bed exposure. After the tattoo is fully healed exposure to sunlight or tanning will cause the tattoo to fade and lose its sharpness. This could happen fast or slow depending on your skin type and how much sun exposure you get. Tattoos that consist of solid blacks or greys tend to hold up better and stay readable longer on heavy tanners. Color tattoos, especially light pastel colors, are especially vulnerable to sunlight and can fade quickly if care is not taken to protect them. Covering the tattoo and applying regular high SPF sunscreen when outdoors is advisable. If you anticipate a lifetime of heavy UV exposure, please mention this to your artist so they can work with you to design a tattoo that will stand the test of time.

Can I exercise after getting tattooed?

It is not advisable to exercise heavily for the first week or two after getting tattooed, although the first three days when the tattoo is fresh are the most important to avoid. Sweating heavily and letting sweat sit on a tattoo are bad for it, and many environments in which exercise takes place are especially germ ridden. Gyms are a great place to pick up a nasty staph or MRSA infection. If you need to exercise, try to resist for at least the first 3 days and then make sure to avoid contacting the tattoo directly with any shared equipment afterwards. It is also advisable to wash or rinse the tattoo as soon as possible and change into clean clothing after exercising.

What should I do if I think my tattoo is infected?

If you think your tattoo is infected, contact your artist right away or call the shop number. You are also welcome to stop by the shop anyday between 12noon-8pm to speak with an artist about your concerns.