Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to get a tattoo?

Prices for tattoos at Golden Iron Tattoo Studio are based on an hourly rate.

When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for.

At Golden Iron Tattoo Studio the cost of a tattoo will be determined pending which artist will be doing the work, the nature/complexity of the design, and work involved. It is best to book an in studio consultation with one of Golden Iron Tattoo Studio’s artists. This will give us the ability to discuss your tattoo needs, and give you a better estimate of cost for your tattoo. It is difficult for our artist to give an exact quote without seeing a design.

To request a consultation, please send an email to info@goldenirontattoostudio.com

It is disrespectful to the artist to haggle over the price of a tattoo. If price is a concern, speak to your artist about simplifying the concept and design to match your budget.

Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are not necessary, but are a good idea. We take walk-in customers on a first come first serve basis, based on artist availability. For custom work it is best to book a consultation with your artist of choice to move forward with the design process and appointment booking.

Are walk-ins welcome?

Yes, walk-ins are welcome and will be addressed on a first come first serve basis, based on artist availability.

What is a consultation?

A consultation is an appointment booked with one of Golden Iron Tattoo Studio’s artists where you will meet with the artist to review the details and requests of your design. At this time the artist will go over the nature and possibilities of your request, and will be able to work with you to create the best possible outcome for your tattoo design. Keep in mind that not all ideas and designs are suitable for a tattoo, trust your artists opinion in what will you’re your tattoo the best it can be.

There is NO charge for the consultation.

We request that you bring with you any hardcopy reference materials for your artist to review during the consultation process, in the forms of images, words, drawings etc.. be prepared to leave these images with your artist.

Do I have to leave a deposit?

Yes, in order to schedule an appointment we require all clients to leave a minimum $100.00 deposit when setting up an appointment time or to have custom drawings done to be tattooed. This deposit then goes towards the price of the tattoo. If the tattoo requires more than one session, you’re deposit will be deducted from the last session. If you decide the design is not for you after consultation or choose not to be tattooed at Golden Iron Tattoo Studio, the deposit will be considered a drawing fee, and will cover costs of time spent creating your design.

If the appointment needs to be rescheduled, 48 hours of notice must be given or the deposit will be forfeit.

All deposits are non-refundable.

Is there a shop minimum?

The shop minimum is $50.00 plus tax.

How old do I have to be to get tattooed?

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to get tattooed.

Golden Iron Tattoo Studio requires all clients to produce proper identification upon request to get a tattoo. Valid proof of age examples are: a Driver’s License, Passport, Health Card with photo, or a BYID card.

The legal age to obtain a tattoo in Ontario is 18 years of age with valid identification. Clients that are 16 or 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent with proper identification in order to be considered for a tattoo. No exceptions.

Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is not a good idea to get tattooed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the body’s systems are already stressed. If you have further questions about this, it would be best to discuss it with your doctor.

What do I do if I want to get tattooed by a specific artist?

To request an appointment with a specific artist, please send an email to info@goldenirontattoostudio.com

Be sure to include the name of the artist, details of the type of work to be done, a rough estimate of size and area where the tattoo will be placed. Please attach any reference images (if available), and include your contact information where you can best be reached. (Email preferred)

What do I do if I need to cancel an appointment?

In order to cancel or reschedule an appointment you must call or email the shop or contact your artist directly 48 hours in advance of the scheduled appointment time.

Cancellations and rescheduling of appointments made inside of the 48 hour notification period will result in loss of deposit.

A new deposit will be required to reschedule your appointment.

All deposits are non-refundable.

Is it ok to get tattooed if i am sick?

Getting a tattoo when your immune system is not at 100% is not a good idea. You’re going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body will not be able to do if it is already doing battle against virus and bacteria. In addition to this, it is very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you are sick, and or contagious, we don’t want you in the studio. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you are feeling better, we will much more appreciate missing one appointment, than having to cancel all of our appointments if we are sick.

Does it hurt/how should I prepare for my appointment?

Pain is relative, and although everyone has a different tolerance towards pain, the process of receiving a tattoo can cause some minor discomfort. It has been compared to a hot scratching feeling. Ultimately, the process of receiving a tattoo, and the minimal pain that goes with it, is short term. The gains of going through this process will result in a beautiful piece of art that you can wear with pride for a lifetime. We suggest doing the following to help you stay comfortable during the tattoo process:

  • Get a good night’s sleep before the day of your appointment.
  • Have a shower. Brush your teeth. Don’t smell.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast that will not bloat or cause you any discomfort.
  • DO NOT be intoxicated during your tattoo session.
  • Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
  • Wear something comfortable that will allow your artist access to the area being tattooed.
  • Trust your artist.
  • Relax, sit back, and allow your artist to work without too much distraction.

Can I bring a friend?

Yes you may bring one friend into the tattoo workspace with you.

We are an open concept studio, so to avoid distracting our working artists, and to maintain an accessible, uncompromised workspace for our staff and other customers, please do not bring a large entourage with you for your tattoo appointment(s).

All staff members of Golden Iron Tattoo Studio reserve the right to remove anyone from the tattoo studio at any time. Children are not permitted in the tattoo procedure area.

Can I use a numbing cream?

Most numbing creams that are available to the general public result in short term numbing, and are topical creams that are not meant to be applied to open skin/ cuts or abrasions. Since a tattoo results in the breaking of the skin, we do not recommend these types of products.

What tattoo should I get/and where should I get it?

Design and placement of your tattoo is all a matter of personal taste. Artist at Golden Iron Tattoo Studio will give opinions on aesthetics in regards to both placement and design, but ultimately what you want and where you put it is up to you. Some things to consider when getting a tattoo:

  • Do you like the design?
  • Will it have a negative impact on your job/work/ family life?
  • Will it hinder future prospective employment opportunities?

Keep in mind that, although the coffee shop down the street doesn’t mind if your tattoos are visible, the office job/career/travel plans down the road of life may frown upon visible ink. Although maybe unfair, these are truths to consider. Think before you ink.

Can I bring my own design/do you provide design services?

Yes. Bringing your own design is a great option for your tattoo. It can be anything you like, but must be converted into a design that can be tattooed. Not all drawings or images are suitable for a tattoo. Booking a consultation with an artist at Golden Iron Tattoo studio will give you the opportunity to have a professional go over your design, and determine what will and will not work.

Is there anything you will not tattoo?

Yes. All artists at Golden Iron Tattoo Studio reserve the right to refuse work on anything they deem blatantly hateful, racist, obscene, sits above the collar, below the wrists, on or near genitals, or any other area on the body that may cause the artist discomfort. All artists also reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. Particularly mean, grumpy, annoying douchebags with poor attitudes, that are disrespectful, and too cool for the world. Leave your ego and attitude at the door. This will apply to the company you bring along with you as well, don’t let your friends ruin your tattoo experience. Golden Iron Tattoo Studio is a business and conducts its self accordingly.

Healing and after care

Tattoos take between 7-10 days for the initial healing process. It can take up to 2 months for your skin and hair to grow back to normal. A new tattoo takes about three to four weeks to look as if it was always there. Following the aftercare instructions given to you by your artist is very important during this time.

Your artist will give you after care instructions at the end of your appointment and will review the instructions before you leave the studio to ensure you understand how to care for your tattoo. These instructions are as important as the application of the tattoo itself, and directly affect how your tattoo will turn out.

Scabbing, flaking, peeling, dryness are all natural parts of the healing process. Severe scabs that are deep and thick may indicate a need to change your aftercare routine and should be addressed with your tattoo artist.

Do you do free touchups?

Yes. Artists at Golden Iron Tattoo Studio do one free touchup on work originally tattooed by themselves within three months of the original sitting. Tattoos exempted from a free touchup include: hands, feet, fingers, necks, white tattoos and anyone who had a blatant disregard for the aftercare given to them. Exemption of a free touchup will also include anyone who no-shows for a scheduled touchup, therefore disregarding the importance of the artist’s time.

Is my tattoo pemanent?

Yes. It is a permanent mark(s) in your skin. You cannot rub or wash it off. If you want it removed you will need to find a laser removal clinic. Think before you ink.

Will my tattoo fade/age/lighten, will the color hold?

All Tattoos fade or lighten over time to some degree. Think of your skin as a filter over the tattoo. Darker skins will mute or obscure the color. Lighter skin will allow the color to be more vivid. As your skin ages the colors of your tattoo will fade.

Do you do coverups/rework/fix tattoos?

Yes. We suggest booking an appointment for consultation with the artist of your choice so they can better assess the tattoo they will be working with. In regards to cover-ups: A cover-up will always be significantly larger than the original tattoo. Tattoo ink is not opaque, so a cover-up is more about disguising the old tattoo. Very dense, dark, and raised scar tattoos are difficult to cover, may require more than one tattoo session, may result in portions of the original tattoo to still be slightly visible, and are accepted at the discretion of the artist.

Please send an email to info@goldenirontattoostudio.com and be sure to include a picture depicting the current tattoo to be worked on.

Can you tattoo over a scar or stretch marks?

It depends on the severity and maturity of the scar. This is judged on a case-by-case basis. In general, a scar should be at least one year old, and have healed to your skin color. Please send an email to contact@goldenirontattoostudio.com to book a consultation with the artist of your choice so they can better assess the skin they will be working with. Scar cover-ups are accepted at the discretion of the artist.

Can I tan?

Tanning can, and will, damage and fade a tattoo. If you absolutely must tan, we recommend a SPF 30+ sun block. In general it is best to stay out of the sun and tanning booths, especially during the healing process.

Do you do all white tattoos?

All white tattoos are accepted on a case by case basis. The reason for this is all white color tattoos don’t necessarily heal all white. The color of your skin plays a major role in how your color tattoos heal, and white is no different. White tattoos run the risk of not showing up at all and/or yellowing over time. White tattoos will be accepted at the discretion of the artist.

Do you do piercings?

No. Golden Iron Tattoo Studio only does permanent tattooing.

Do you do ultraviolet/black light tattoos?

No.

Do you do inner lip tattoos?

No.

Do you do temporary tatoos?

No.

What is the best time of year to get a tattoo?

You can get a tattoo any time of the year, but keep in mind that your skin takes more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.

Will the hair grow back over my tattoo?

Yes. The skin will still be the same as before. If you have dark or long body hair it might obscure the tattoo, if the tattoo is too small.

Can i shave the area of my new tattoo?

It is best to wait until your tattoo is fully healed before shaving the area. Shaving over scabbing, flaking, peeling, and dry skin can be dangerous to your tattoo. Follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your artist. For further inquiry please contact your artist.

Where is the shop? Is there parking close to the studio?

The Studio is located at 401 Spadina Avene Toronto, On. Just outside of Kensington Market, in China Town. We are situated on the east side of Spadina Avenue, across from the Nasau Street – streetcar stop, between College Street and Dundas Street.

There is pay parking supplied by the city of Toronto behind Golden Iron Tattoo Studio accessible from Cecil Street (one street north of the studio on the East side of Spadina Avenue.)

Rates for parking are subject to the City of Toronto Green P parking.

Is it safe to get a tattoo at Golden Iron Tattoo Studio?

Yes. Golden Iron Tattoo Studio is a licensed tattoo studio in compliance with the Public Service Setting program (PSS) under the City of Toronto Municipal Licensing & Standards; Municipal Code Chapter 545.

Golden Iron Tattoo Studio is regularly inspected by Toronto Public Health (TPH) and is in compliance with their standards for sterilization and cleanliness procedures for the application of tattoo, as part of the City of Toronto Body safe Program.

All of our tattoo needles are single use pre-sterilized and packaged items and are disposed of immediately after each procedure in a certified sharps container. Absolutely no needles are reused.

Our tattoo artists use completely disposable single use, pre-sterilized and packaged tattoo tubes, minimizing the risks of using improperly sterilized tools. Absolutely no tubes are reused.

All work surfaces and non-critical items such as wash bottles, machines, chairs/beds, lamps and wires used during the tattoo procedure are protected using single use plastic barriers, and are disposed of after each procedure. Absolutely no barriers are reused.

Golden Iron Tattoo Studio uses single use non latex disposable nitrile gloves. Absolutely no gloves are reused.

All of our artists at Golden Iron Tattoo Studio are trained in proper setup and cleanup of our workstations, inclusive of cross contamination/prevention, and maintenance of approved hygienic conditions.

For further inquiries in regards to our facilities and procedures at the studio please contact us directly.