FAQ & Shop Policies

Q: What are your sterilization standards?
A: Imperial Tattoo meets and exceeds all Ontario Health Board standards: All of our staff is knowledgeable in sterilization and cross contamination prevention, and takes great care to adhere to the required practices. Brand new pre-sterilized needles are used for each tattoo application, and both needles and needle bar are disposed of thereafter in sharps containers. All sharps are picked up regularly and incinerated by a professional medical waste disposal company. Tattoo tubes and non-disposable equipment are logged and processed through a steam autoclave that is spore tested bi-monthly via Germiphene Corporation’s BSAFE sterilizer monitoring program, these results are available to the client upon request. Barriers are used on all applicable surfaces and equipment to prevent any cross contamination.

Q: Can I book appointments over the phone?
A: Consultation appointments are free and may be booked over the phone. Tattoo appointments may only be booked over the phone if you have a standing deposit with Imperial Tattoo. Deposits are a minimum of $100 dollars cash or debit, and are taken at the end of a consultation appointment and applied to the final sitting of your tattoo. We do not accept credit card as a method of payment for deposits, although you may pay for your tattoo with Visa or Master card. Requested deposit amounts may increase with larger work.

Q: Can I book appointments over email, Facebook or Twitter?
A: No, we do not book appointments online, please call the shop.

Q: Do you tattoo people under the age of 18 with parental consent?
A: No. There are no exceptions.

Q: What is a tattoo consultation?
A: A consultation is an appointment booked with a tattoo artist, generally for larger and more complex custom work. Consults are booked either at the beginning or at the end of the day, and usually run no longer than half an hour. It is requested that you bring a hard copy of any reference materials that you’d like your tattoo artist to use as a source for your tattoo, so that he or she might have a clear understanding of the direction you’d like to take your idea. Please feel free to ask the tattoo artist for any advice on your design, remember, they are professionals and can offer a specialized opinion and suggestions of what will work, and what might not be tattoo-able!

Q: What is your hourly rate?
A: Our hourly rate is $150.00 per/hr. Ronan’s rate is $175.00 per/hr. Our minimum charge is $100.00.

Q: Do you offer piercing as well?
A: No we’re exclusively a tattoo shop.

Q: Do you sell gift certificates?
A: Yes we do.

Some Shop Policies to Note:

  • Because of the nature of our business, we request that no one under the age of 18 enters the premises. This includes infants.
  • No animals are allowed into the business.
  • Photo identification is required every time you get tattooed and you will be asked to fill in a consent form.
  • No more than two acquaintances are allowed into the tattoo booth during your tattoo. We understand that individuals may like company/support, but please understand too many people in a booth can be distracting to the tattoo artist.
  • We do not tattoo any racist/fascist imagery or gang related tattoos. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.