Studio Policies



Aftercare Instructions




A Consultation is an opportunity for you to meet your artist and begin creating your custom tattoo. During your consult you work on your design with your artist and also discuss cost. All appointments and ideas for your tattoo must be open to the artists' artistic freedom. The proper reference image is chosen by the artist to achieve realism in the tattoo.  Consultations are appointments that do not require a deposit and they last about 30 minutes.



Appointments are required for all tattoos, accompanied by a non-refundable deposit. The deposit is applied to the final balance of the tattoo. You have 5 BUSINESS DAYS prior to your appointment to reschedule. All scheduled appointments have a 4 to 8 hour minimum, and all tattoos require multiple sessions.

 Deposits do not expire. Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE, meaning that if you no show, change your mind, cancel or reschedule your appointment AFTER 5 BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT, your deposit will be forfeited. If you wish to book multiple days, a deposit is required for each appointment. All appointments are subject to change.



Per Illinois state law: You must be 18 with proper identification for any tattoos.

Acceptable forms of ID for a minor are: Driver's License or State ID.

We will not tattoo anyone under the age of 18.



While we value your business, there are times that we will need to reschedule your appointment due to unforeseen circumstances. Some of our artists are booked out further in advance than others, which can lead to a further date than anticipated. We ask that you please be patient while we work on rescheduling your appointment if this situation arises.



We do not offer Body Piercing at Dark Water Studio.