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!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PERMANENT MAKE-UP FAQ
DO YOU STILL OFFER PERMANENT MAKEUP?
As of March 2019, I discontinued offering cosmetic tattooing services. These discontinuations include; micropigmentation services of permanent eyeliner, eyebrows and lips; and paramedical tattoo services of camouflage tattoos and nipple/areola restorations.
WHY DID YOU STOP?
Cosmetic tattoos have never been my sole focus, they were always more of an addition to traditional tattooing born from my passion for makeup/beauty. My main services have always been traditional tattoos though, and when complications arose in upkeeping quality cosmetic tattoo pigments and supplies, I decided to discontinue all services which require those pigments and supplies and to instead solely focus on traditional tattoos.
WHAT IF I PREVIOUSLY HAD COSMETIC TATTOO WORK DONE BY YOU AND WOULD LIKE A TOUCH UP?
Unfortunately I will no longer be offering any touch up services either, and any clients who wish to have more cosmetic tattoo work done will need to search elsewhere for a technician. If requested I can recommend a couple colleagues.