DO YOU OFFER PIERCINGS TOO
I get asked a lot whether I also pierce. Tattooing and piercing may work harmoniously together, however, they are completely independent and very different disciplines/professions. Piercers are specifically trained to pierce through skin and there is a lot of study and expertise involved in offering/executing the art of piercing; not unlike tattooing. Piercers are not tattooers and tattooers are not piercers, unless you have studied both. So to those inquiring about whether I offer piercing, the answer is no I do not. And I have no intention of ever offering piercing. My tattoo studio will remain a private, exclusively tattoo studio!
ENVY INK STUDIOS CLOSURE FAQ
In March, 2018, we decided to discontinue business as Envy Ink Studios. Unfortunately our studio location was no longer suitable for our business, as new owners made it impossible for us to agree to new rental terms. With that change, we decided not to relocate Envy Ink Studios, but instead we dissolved our business partnership and went our separate ways.
WHAT CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE?
Aura Nox and I will no longer be collaborating.
Our shop phone number (519-267-6847) has been disconnected.
Our Envy Ink Studios emails service has been canceled: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com are no longer accessible, and should not be used as a way of contact.
Envy Ink Studios' physical location at 210 Samuelson Street, Cambridge, ON, has been permanently closed for business since April 1, 2018.
IS MY GIFT CARD STILL VALID?
Yes. Any gift cards or store credit given can still be put towards any service listed here. Anyone wishing to use their gift card towards lash lifts/tint services previously offered by Aura Nox of Envy Ink Studios may request this by contacting me.
TRADITIONAL TATTOO FAQ
ARE THE NEEDLES NEW?
Yes. I only uses the highest quality disposable/one-time-use needles and tubes, so nothing that comes in contact with skin is reused, ever. I use Cheyenne needle and cartridge combos, which are pre-packaged and pre-sterilized. These needles/tubes are the most sanitary and highest quality needles/tubes in the industry, and for your satisfaction needles are always opened in front of you for extra assurance of safety and sanitation.
CAN I VIEW THE FACILITIES BEFOREHAND?
Absolutely. Booking a consultation is a good chance to have a look around to make sure you feel comfortable. If you'd like to drop in to view the studio without discussing tattoo details, you're welcome to contact me to book a viewing.
DOES IT HURT?
Everybody has a different tolerance for pain and different parts of your body are more sensitive than others, therefore the pain is relative. Generally tattoos are not painless. It's always better to expect your tattoo to be painful because then you may be pleasantly surprised by how your body takes it. However, assuming a tattoo won't hurt at all pretty well guarantees it will hurt more than you expect it to. There are many factors aside from your "pain tolerance" that will affect how much a tattoo hurts, such as your diet, medications, how hydrated you are, even your mood.
CAN I NUMB IT?
Yes. Many tattoo parlors don't support numbing agents as they believe the pain is a part of the experience. I'm more concerned about the comfort and ease of both the client and myself; not feeling pain minimizes the chances of involuntary body movements associated with coping with pain and therefore can make a big difference in how long a tattoo session takes. Clients will be advised of numbing agents potentially affecting the healing process if they choose to numb, and I must be advised prior to the tattoo appointment if the tattoo will be numbed.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
Tattoos generally take 1-2 weeks to heal superficially, but it will take up to 6 weeks for your skin to completely heal. All of my clients are supplied with an aftercare guide with thorough instructions of what to do and what not to do. After 2 weeks you can resume any activities that aren't recommended during healing.
UV TATTOOS FAQ
WHAT ARE UV TATTOOS?
UV Tattoos are tattoos created using invisible UV pigment. Once the skin heals, the ink will be invisible unless under a blacklight.
ARE THEY SAFE?
My UV pigments come from a reputable and regulated supplier, a very well known and well received brand name of tattoo pigment in which most tattoo parlors use on a regular basis. No tattoo pigment is actually approved by the FDA because the FDA does not regulate tattoo ink, but UV ink has been approved for the food industry. There are no known issues with UV ink, or anything that separates this type of ink from regular tattoo ink. This pigment is relatively new to the market, (it's been on the market for approximately 20 years) so long term effects haven't been thoroughly studied at this time, however there hasn't been any indication that there should be cause for worry down the road.
ARE THEY TOXIC?
The MSDS sheets for the ingredients in the UV ink I use report a non-hazardous status. They are safe and non-toxic to use.
HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
There are many factors that determine how long the ink will react to a blacklight, which means the lifespan of this tattoo varies, however these types of tattoos should fade just as regular tattoos do, they just fade a bit faster.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT AFTERCARE STEPS?
The aftercare for blacklight tattoos is the same as any tattoo, however these types of tattoos do take a bit longer to heal.
PERMANENT MAKE-UP FAQ
IS PERMANENT MAKE-UP SAFE?
Having permanent make-up done is virtually risk-free when it's done by a fully certified technician. There are a lot of technicians out there who offer cosmetic tattoos at an abnormally low price, and it's important for you who are interested in having permanent make-up to understand the differences between somebody who is operating without proper training and those who have been taught professionally.
There are in fact many risks to having permanent make-up tattooed onto you, and these risks revolve mainly around the type of pigments used and the techniques. There are a few areas in your face where your dermis is unstable. Tattooing these high-potential problematic areas risks future pigment migration beyond repair. A permanent make-up procedure may appear to be done with quality results, however if you are a victim of an unprofessional procedure then what you must understand is that these issues will not arise until years down the line. A quick google search can enlighten you as to what is most likely in store for you should you decide to chance a cheaper alternative (uncertified technicians).
Micro-pigments are different than traditional tattoo pigments and tattoo pigments should never be used for a cosmetic procedure. The consistency of these inks will determine the ultimate type of pigment migration, coupled with technique.
For these reasons it is important that you have your permanent make-up done by a certified professional.
IS IT PAINFUL?
There is some pain involved in the procedures but the pain is minimal and will always vary depending on the procedure and your personal pain tolerance. All procedures are done while your skin is numbed by a high grade fast acting numbing agent, but in order for the numbing agent to take effect your skin must be gently pierced to allow the agent to be absorbed. This is the only pain involved during the procedures. Post-procedure your skin may feel slightly agitated for a few days.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HEAL?
Your new cosmetic tattoo will take 7-10 days to heal superficially, but will generally take 3-6 weeks for the colour to fade into its final shade. An initial touch-up may be done 3 weeks after your first procedure.
When your cosmetic tattoo is freshly completed, the colour will appear 50-70% darker than what it will ultimately become for the majority of its lifespan.
WILL MY FACE BE SWOLLEN/RED FOR THE WHOLE HEALING DURATION?
Post-procedure you will experience swelling and redness for up to a few days. In many cases though swelling will subside within a few hours. If possible it is best to plan your cosmetic tattoo procedure appointment for right before an at-home relaxing weekend, and stay away from social events and strenuous activity until the swelling dissipates. Swelling will be minimal though, but depends on how sensitive your skin is. You will be able to drive post-procedure with no issues.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE WEARING MAKEUP?
You can wear make-up 2 days post-procedure.
HOW LONG WILL THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
Generally it takes about 1-2 hours per procedure but can vary depending on your skin.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Permanent make-up --contrary to its name-- is actually only semi-permanent. It will last up to 7 years depending entirely on your skin and lifestyle. Generally it is advised to have an annual touch-up done to keep your permanent make-up looking fresh, always.
CAN I TATTOO EYELINER IF I WEAR CONTACTS?
Yes, however you should avoid wearing contacts for a few days post procedure, as contact solution can break down the pigment.