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The Dolorosa Tattoo Company is a custom tattoo shop now in 2 locations; Studio City, CA since 2007 and Echo Park, CA since 2020. We are proudly artist owned and operated. Feel free to browse through the work of our artists.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Our shop minimum is $100 and the hourly rate for most of our artists is $180. But prices can vary greatly.

Q: How can I pay?

A:We accept cash and all major credit cards. We do not accept personal checks.

Q: What should I expect when I go to get my tattoo?

A: Tattoos take time. Please be prepared to wait as your design is finalized. Having plans set up for your day after the tattoo is usually a bad idea. You should eat before your tattoo. Have a full stomach, and be mentally prepared!

Q: Can I use some kind of numbing cream?

A: We do not recommend that you use numbing cream.

Q: Should I tip my tattoo artist?

A: 5-20% tip is customary.

Q: Is it OK to get a tattoo if I’m sick?

A: If you are contagious or have had a fever within the last 24 hours, we will not be able to tattoo you out of consideration for your artist and other clients.

Q: I just got a new tattoo on my leg – can I shave?

A: Once your tattoo is completely healed and smooth you can shave. Give it at least 2-4 weeks.

Q: When should I not get a tattoo?

A: You can NOT get a tattoo if you are pregnant or breast feeding, intoxicated, if you’re having doubts, or if you’re under 18.  You may not want to get a tattoo while on your period, as you can be more sensitive to pain.

Q: Do I need an appointment?

A: We take walk-ins, so an appointment is not required but it is recommended. We do try to accommodate all walk-ins but without an appointment, you may have to wait or possibly come back if all of our artists are busy.

Q: What do I bring to the consultation appointment?

A: You can bring any reference photos that you might have that you want to show your artist. You will also want to bring cash or card to pay the deposit for booking your appointment.

Q: Can I have a drink before I get tattooed?

A: NO.

Q: Should I eat before I get tattooed?

A: Most definitely.

Q: Can you tattoo over a scar?

A: Yes, if the scar is fully healed and mostly smooth to the touch. It must be healed for a minimum of 6 months and not red or irritated.

Q: How long can I expect my tattoo to take to heal?

A: It should take about 2-4 weeks for your tattoo to fully heal.

Q: Do you do free touch-ups?

A: We do offer complimentary touch-ups within the first three months after your tattoo is done. However, if any touch-up work to the tattoo is needed due to the client’s negligence, there will be a fee.

Q: Is there anything you won’t tattoo?

A: We are willing to tattoo almost anything, within reason, and if there is anything that a certain artist feels uncomfortable tattooing, we will refer you to someone that will be comfortable doing it.

Q: How do I get a price quote?

A: You can get a price quote by stopping by the shop and having a consultation with one of our artists. If that doesn’t work for you, feel free to call or email our shop manager. Our manager will be able to assist you in getting a price quote, as well as booking an appointment or consultation. Please keep in mind that while we would like to give exact price quotes, they are just estimates and the price could end up being more or less than what you were quoted.

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