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Do I need an appointment?
No, but it helps. If you want a small tattoo come on in and in most cases we will be able to tattoo you on the spot. However if you are interested in a large scale, custom tattoo, we suggest you come in or call ahead to set up a consultation with one of the artists, who will then listen to your ideas and take notes. We will then set you up with an appointment (appointments require a minimum deposit of $50).
How much does a tattoo cost?
Our shop minimum is $75, but that’s just where we begin. The cost of a tattoo is determined by a number of different factors, the most common being size, placement on the body, detail involved in the design, and color vs. black & grey. Most times we will quote you a flat rate figure up-front, but for larger work the artist may choose to quote you an hourly rate.
I’m under the age of 18, can I get a tattoo if my parent/guardian signs for me?
No, the law states, that an individual must be at least 18 years of age to receive a tattoo in the state of Minnesota, furthermore we are required to check and keep proof of age.
How clean is the procedure at Red Lotus?
We can’t speak for everyone doing tattoos, but we take your health and safety as our highest priority.
Performing tattoos in a safe, clean and responsible manner is our number one concern. In the course of performing tattoos, we take a variety of steps to help ensure your safety:
Our tattoo needles are purchased pre-sterilized from companies that are required to perform stringent monitoring. Needles are disposed of immediately after the tattoo is performed in the appropriate medical waste container. Needles are never used more than once.
Our artists use disposable gloves for all tattoos. These gloves are changed throughout the procedure to avoid contamination of the client and surfaces in the tattoo room.
In addition to new single use needles and disposable gloves, you will also always see disposable ink holders, disposable razors, and disposable plastic barriers covering everything that is used in the tattoo procedure.
What should I expect during my first tattoo?
If you've never been tattooed, it is normal to be a little nervous or apprehensive as well as excited. Being properly prepared will help keep the experience fun. Everyone will have a slightly different experience when getting tattooed, but there are a few things you should keep in mind:
If you haven't eaten recently, your blood sugar is more likely to become low, increasing the chance for feeling lightheaded.
NO Alcohol before your appointment. In addition to making you dehydrated, the alcohol will make you bleed more, consequently having a negative effect on your new tattoo. Red Lotus will NOT tattoo anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
You should expect some blood. There is not generally much blood, but the amount does vary from person-to-person.
The amount of pain will also vary from person-to-person. In most cases however, the anticipation of getting tattooed is far worse than actually getting tattooed. The best way to deal with the discomfort is to accept it, relax and remember to breath. Tensing up and/or trying to fight the pain will increase your discomfort.
If you start to feel lightheaded, dizzy or faint, tell your artist right away. There is nothing wrong with taking a break. Trying to "tough it out" will only make you more uncomfortable and take the fun out of your tattoo experience.
Does it hurt?
Yes it hurts. We are breaking the skins surface and permanently imbedding pigment under the skin. The good news it doesn’t hurt nearly as bad as your imagination or your friends makes it out to be. The intensity of pain varies from person to person and between one part of the body and another. A good description of the sensation is to imagine bad sunburn and someone is drawing on top of it with a ballpoint pen, annoying pain not horrible pain.
Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Based upon the recommendations of doctors and other industry professionals and experts, we don't perform any tattoos on women who are pregnant. We also typically require that at least 3 months have passed, whether breastfeeding or not, before we will perform any tattooing services. This is something they can discuss with you if the situation arises.
With so many other shops in Minnesota, why should I come to Red Lotus Tattoo Parlor for a tattoo?
Because we are a high end, custom tattoo parlor, that specializes in both large and small scale, hand drawn custom artwork at an affordable price. Our artists will go the extra mile to ensure that you, the client has the best possible experience from the moment you walk through the door, right up until you walk out the door.
Where are you located in Coon Rapids?
Red Lotus Tattoo Parlor is located just off of HWY 10 and Hanson Blvd, just across the street from El Loro Mexican Restaurant, and right next to Pappy's.