FAQ
 

F.A.Q.

HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT ?


Once you are ready, send our front desk a detailed email with a description of the design in terms of styles, size, body location, and your preferred dates to schedule. This will enable us to process your request quickly and efficiently.




HOW MUCH DOES A TATTOO COST ?


Based on the description of your project, we will give you an estimate. Final price is dependent on actual working time, size, complexity of the design, location on the body. There is a minimum billing for any small project.




WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED ?


The studio will accept cash or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard). No checks.




DO I NEED TO LEAVE A DEPOSIT IF I DECIDE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ?


Yes. A deposit is required by your artist to book an appointment. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable and will be applied to the final price of your tattoo. A 72-hour notice to change, cancel or reschedule your appointment is required. Last minute notice will result in a forfeit of your deposit and that you must pay another deposit to book a new appointment.




HOW CAN I GET A PRICE QUOTE ?


Please email our frontdesk with a description of your future tattoo in terms of style, size and body location. Or, feel free to come discuss your future tattoo directly at the studio without appointment. We’re always more than happy to help get you the information you need.




HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY TATTOO?


While visiting Tahiti and before your appointment, it is necessary to protect the skin area of your future tattoo from being burned by the sun. Please note that we will NOT tattoo on a burned or damaged skin. We also recommend that you rest well the night before, eat well before you come in, and remember to stay hydrated. If you start to feel woozy, have a soda. Sugar is your friend in this situation.
It’s best not to party hard the night before because alcohol can thins the blood for up to 24 hours. Excesive bleeding can also dilutes the pigments, affecting both the appearance of your tattoo as well as the healing process. Remember to stay calm and cool, you’re in very good hands. There’s nothing to stress over, it’s just a tattoo!




HOW LONG DOES A TATTOO TAKE TO HEAL?


It generally takes from 10 days to up to two weeks to “heal” on surface, but it takes a few more weeks for the skin to fully regenerate and the tattoo to settle. Always avoid sunburn on your new tattoo for at least two months. Sun UVs are the #1 enemy of a tattoo. To keep it looking sharp and beautiful forever, always protect it with a light sunblock when you plan to go tanning after it's healed.




COVID: WHAT ARE THE MANA'O TATTOO GUIDELINES?


Our sanitary protocols have been strengthened and regularly updated for your safety and ours. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO: - Wear face mask - Sanitize your hands before you step in (you'll find a sanitizer dispenser at the door) - Come alone, no guest will be allowed to enter the working area - Accept to have your temp checked upon arrival. - If you feel sick (Covid, cold or flu symptoms even mild, fever, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, etc) or have been in contact with someone who is sick in the last 14 days, please notify our front desk manager in order to reschedule your appointment. - Maintain social distancing in the studio - Avoid touching surfaces - Sanitize your hands regularly during the session, also before and after touching anything Be happy to get a new tattoo! Looking forward to seeing you soon.




CAN I COPY AN EXISTING POLYNESIAN TATTOO ?


The answer is frankly NO. Many people can find online a tattoo they like and then go to their tattooist "to get the same". It is a mistake to want to copy a Polynesian tattoo that is already worn by another person. Each Polynesian tattoo when created by a tattoo artist who respects Polynesian tradition will be absolutely unique, loaded with patterns and meanings that relate to the person who is going to wear it. Even in its general form, it is also unique and was created to suit the mophology of its owner. For example, we could find in it the person's family or their missing ancestors. Would you like to wear a tattoo that features the family, the story or the values ​​of someone other than yourself? Of course not! Therefore, the notion of respecting the uniqueness of a Polynesian tattoo belonging to someone else is not debatable, whether you are a tattoo artist or tattooed. Always go to a specialist tattoo artist who will know how to create your own unique Polynesian tattoo that will reflect exactly who you are, your history and your values.