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Frequently Asked Questions

We at Pair-A-Dice Tattoo and Body Piercing believe that you, the client, have the right to know what measures are being taken for your protection. The infection control measures preformed by our studio exceed regulations and represent the very latest in technology in order to prevent and eliminate the spread of infectious agents. We would like to take this opportunity to acquaint you with some of these measures so that you can be assured that everything possible is being done to protect your heath and well being.

Can I get H.I.V. or AIDS?

HIV is a very delicate virus and does not last long outside of the body. Nor is it spread through casual contact. Generally, the virus is transmitted when sufficient quantities of blood are introduced into the body of another. The structure of a tattoo needle does not lend itself to HIV transmission. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there has never been a case of HIV transmission from tattooing in the United States.

What about Hepatitis?

The disease to consider when getting tattooed is Hepatitis, unlike HIV, it is a very hardy virus that can withstand long periods outside the human body and can be transmitted through little more than a scratch with an infected needle. To combat this and any other infectious blood borne pathogens, Pair-A-Dice Tattoo autoclaves their single service equipment, uses individual portions of ink and lubricant, utilizes barrier protection and uses EPA registered virucide to clean their stations between clients. We also dispose of used needles according to OSHA guidelines. These procedures are called standard precautions. Basically we treat everyone as if they are infectious. That way, everyone is protected and the potential for infection is reduced to next to nothing.

What is single service equipment?

All equipment should be single service. This means that each needle and tube set is individually packaged, dated, sealed and autoclaved. The tattoo artist or piercer should open a fresh set of tubes and needles, forceps and any jewelry in front of you. Any ointments, inks, gloves and needles, razors etc. are discarded after use.

What is an autoclave?

An Autoclave is a machine that uses heat, steam and pressure to kill all pathogenic microorganisms and their spores. We keep an autoclave log for each of our autoclaves and they are spore tested by an independent laboratory once a month to insure they are in proper working order. An autoclave is the only accepted means of equipment sterilization in a tattoo/ piercing studio.

Why does the tattoo artist or piercer wear gloves?

Gloves should be worn when ever a procedure is being done that will break the skin. This protects both you and the artist from any blood borne pathogens that may be present.

How should I pick a tattooist/piercer?

We of course would recommend our artists here at Pair-A-Dice, but if you go somewhere else be cautious and remember all the information you have read in this FAQ. In the State of Alaska tattoo artists and body piercers are occupationally licensed and regulated by the board of barbers and hairdressers. These licenses, along with a Alaska State business license and a Certificate of Sanitary Standards issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation must hang in public view.

Any professional will recommend that you look at their portfolio of photographs and drawings. Most often, the picture will have been taken right after the work was completed so redness and swelling are common. In spite of that, there are things you can look for. Are the lines of the tattoo clean and smooth or broken and jagged? Do they meet up? Does the tattoo artist work in the style that you are looking for? Do piercings look like they are placed to accent anatomy? Is the artist/piercer able to answer your question in a professional experienced manner? Are the artist, piercer and employees clean and well groomed? Is the studio neat and clean? What you see up front is a good indication of what you will see elsewhere in a studio.

How do I pick a design?

In our studio we have thousands of designs to look at or choose from. You can also bring in a sketch or drawing. If you can't find something that reflects your personal taste one of our artists would be more than happy to draw the tattoo of your dreams.


"The bitterness of poor quality long outlasts the sweetness of a low price!"

Price should in no way sway you in choosing a studio. Professionals cannot compete with the inexpensive and inexperienced "scratcher" that perform services in their house for $20.00, or the wanna-bes that happen to scrape up enough money to open a nasty shop for a short period of time. If you are educated about your decision to get tattooed or pierced you will be able to avoid these people and their shops. If you want something for cheap be prepared for the consequence in the future like getting a larger cover up or painful tattoo removal or even more serious, a disease. What a bargain!

The studio rate for a tattoo is $135.00 an hour with a $80.00 minimum. We can not accurately quote prices with out seeing the art first. Prices on piercing vary with body part and the jewelry chosen but feel free to e-mail, call, or come in and look at our large selection of jewelry and than get an accurate price for your piercing.

This is my first tattoo/piercing what should I expect?

Getting a body modification can be a very exciting experience and being prepared for what to expect can keep it fun. You should be free of drugs and alcohol, well rested and well fed. If you are tired or your blood sugar is low, you may experience a higher level of discomfort. The best thing to do is just relax and try to accept the discomfort. Fighting or tensing will only increase the pain. If you start to feel faint or queasy tell your artist/piercer right away. There is nothing wrong with taking a break. If you need to change position or stretch, sneeze or wiggle for any reason let us know before you do it.

Religiously follow the aftercare we give you! Do not listen to your friends, mother or physic adviser we have been doing this far longer. You can actually screw up the tattoo/piercing during the healing process.

How old do I have to be? What do I need to bring?

You must be at least 18 years old to get tattooed in the State of Alaska. Parental consent for tattoos is not allowed. If you are under 18, and want a body piercing, you will need signed parental consent (if you are over 18 you can leave your mom at home). A state issued ID or passport is required for everyone regardless of age or procedure.

We hope that we have helped educate you on your decision to get a tattoo or piercing. At Pair-A-Dice Tattoo we are not only concerned about the outcome of your Tattoo or piercing but your safety as well. We invite any question that you may have.

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