"Frequently Asked Questions"

Are Tattoos Painful?

Answer is Yes. It requires the application of pigment under the first epidermal layer of the skin. Everyone has a different pain tolerance, and tattoo's are more painful for some than others. The larger the tattoo the longer it will take to do, so small tattoos hurt less than large ones. Also the location of the tattoo can be a factor for how painful the tattoo can be.

Do Tattoos Fade?

The Arcade uses the highest quality pigments found in the industry. These pigments are not cheap and not easy to find. We use nothing but the best. Our work is guaranteed to stay bright and sharp forever.

Can I Bring My Old Design?

Just about any design you can think of can be made into a beautiful tattoo. You are more than welcome to bring in your own design and one of our amazing artist can work with you to help bring the design to life. Some design don't always work well as a tattoo, but our experienced artists can help come up with a way to make your tattoo look great.If you already know what you want, but don't have a design we can custom draw one for you as well. Our Artists specialize in custom work, so either way we got you covered.

Can You Fix My Old Tattoo?

Old tattoos can be reworked into a fresh work of art. Color can be added to brighten your existing tattoo or with a little creativity even turned into a completely new (although larger) tattoo. There's no use in going through life with an old tattoo your not happy with. Thanks to the modern possibilities of the Oceanside Tattoo's experience, it can all be corrected.

Do You Use Sterile Equipement?

The Arcade is put on under the strictest of sanitary conditions. We use a totally disposable tattoo system! Every instrument is new before going into a high pressure, high temperature autoclave for approximately one hour. Everything is disposed of after every tattoo, and the entire area sanitized. Our procedure consists of individually wrapped instruments that are only opened in front of you. (If you choose to go somewhere else, insist on this same procedure.).

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost varies on the size of your tattoo, the complexity, and where you put it on your body. The Oceanside Tattoo freely admits WE ARE NOT THE CHEAPEST! The tattoo will be on your body for the rest of your life and you don't want to compromise on the quality and technique of the artist. Remember, you get what you pay for and only have one chance to get one tattoo on that one spot on your body.

Tattoo After Care

Leave Bandage on for at least one hour. After removing bandage wash area gently with antibacterial soap and warm water (DO NOT re bandage). Pat dry with soft towel or paper towel, and let dry. The first 48 hours is a crucial time in the healing process. Make sure during this time the tattoo is kept clean of any blood or plasma. For the next 14 days wash your tattoo 2-3 times a day and apply very thin amounts of Lubriderm fragrance free lotion after washing only. Keep using lotion until ALL signs of scabbing have disappeared (usually 7-21 days). Only apply lotion 2 times a day; morning and night, or after washing. DO NOT apply lotion without washing. DO NOT soak tattoo in water (lakes, ponds, ocean, sauna, pool, and bathtubs, etc.). DO NOT use tanning lotions on your tattoo during healing time (SUN DESTROYS TATTOOS). Use high quality and high numbered sunscreens on tattoo before going out into the sun (after tattoo is healed). DO NOT go to the public gyms and avoid contact with public workout equipment during healing process. In the event you have an adverse reaction, or in the event if you have any redness around tattoo please contact the tattoo studio where the tattoo was received.

Body Piercing After Care

• Packaged sterile saline (with no additives, read the label) is a gentle choice for piercing aftercare. Saline for contact lenses should not be used as piercing aftercare. Wound wash saline is available as a spray at pharmacies throughout North America.
• Sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon (.75 to 1.42 grams) of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz / 250 ml) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.


• WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
• SALINE soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution.
• If your piercer suggests using soap, gently lather around the piercing and rinse as needed. Avoid using harsh soaps, or soaps with dyes, fragrances, or triclosan.
• RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.• DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.


• Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.• During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
• Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
• A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
• Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty.


• Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, it is not necessary to rotate your jewelry.• Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.
• Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
• Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.WHAT TO AVOID• Avoid moving jewelry in an unhealed piercing, or picking away dried discharge with your fingers.
• Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiciens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other soaps containing triclosan, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
• Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care.
• Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.• Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
• Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
• Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.• Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygenic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as 3M™ Nexcare™ Clean Seals). These are available at most drugstores.
• Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.
• Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.