All work displayed done by Megan Wood
If you're looking to get a beautiful new tattoo that you'll be proud to show off, look no further. Megan a trained, licensed, and certified tattoo artist of 9 years, enjoys several different styles of tattooing and specializes watercolor, realistic color, and black and gray realism styles. Megan Only tattoos in her specialty styles, so please check out her portfolio for examples and schedule a consultation to further discuss your ideas.
Rose Noir is an award winning, state of the art tattoo facility using all of the best top of the line equipment from design to implementation to provide our clients with a luxury tattoo experience. From the start you will preview your tattoo design/mock-up on a 28" touch screen computer allowing quick and easy edits to assure your tattoo design is perfect for you. Stencils are printed directly from the drawing to provide total accuracy. During the tattoo you will experience the highest quality and most versatile tattoo machines that are powered a rotary motor which means a less painful and quicker healing tattoo for you! And if that's not enough, numbing gel is available to help take the edge off and to allow you to sit for a longer session. Upon completion you will not be sent home with saran wrap, that's for leftovers. You will be provided with the best in aftercare products and instructions. Appointments are required, so call today to schedule!
Tattoo consultations are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, and on
Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am until 12:00 noon.
Check out the FAQ section for tattoo information.
Tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul.
— Michelle Delio
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the tattoo process like?
A: Here at Rose Noir, we will start off with a consultation appointment. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes and is the perfect time to discuss ideas about the tattoo concerning placement, style, and subject matter. During that time, you will schedule an appointment for the tattoo itself. On tattoo day we will start by finalizing the design. Then we will move on to cleaning off your skin and getting you prepped for stenciling and/or drawing. Once the stencil drawing is perfect we will begin tattooing.
Q: How does a tattoo work?
A: A tattoo is a combination of pigments inserted inside the skin. This is done using needles that puncture tiny holes into both the dermis and epidermis layer of the skin, pushing ink into both layers. This causes trauma to the skin, so the human body steps in to heal itself. Liquid enzymes are sent to the surface of the skin to heal. The top layer, the dermis, will dry up and shed off as it renews itself. The lower layer of the skin, the epidermis, will heal but will remain intact (when aftercare instructions are properly executed). The epidermis is where the ink lies permanently. Ink particles will float around in between your skin cells for the remainder of your life (assuming you take great care of your tattoo!)
Q: Does a tattoo hurt?
A: Yes. Different locations on the body have different levels of sensitivity. In addition, each individual has a different level of pain tolerance and pain sensitivity.
Q: Can I take painkillers before my tattoo appointment?
A: It is generally not advised to be under the influence of drugs (prescription or otherwise) while undergoing a tattoo procedure. Some drugs can result in thinner blood and more bleeding, which is a negative for a tattoo. You are required to sign waiver and consent forms that state you are not under the influence. And of course, your artist can usually tell if you are inebriated in any way. It is unlawful to conduct a body art procedure on persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Q: What do I do to prepare for a tattoo? Is there anything I need to avoid?
A: Before your procedure drink lots of water and make sure you’ve eaten. Absolutely no drugs and alcohol- this may calm your nerves but often will make you bleed profusely which will hinder the tattoo procedure. Also, if you are intoxicated in any way, you will be turned away. Avoid any substances that thin your blood including doctor prescribed medications.
Q: Why do I have to leave a deposit? Why is it non refundable?
A: Deposits are required to hold your appointment date and time. Your artist will do hours of work on your design research and preparation before you even arrive. The deposit lets the artist know that you are committed to honoring your appointment.
Q: Why do many artists refuse tattoos on hands?
A: The skin on the hands (and areas of the feet) is quite different from the rest of the body. On the top of our hands, the skin is typically fairly thin. The top of the hand also features more bones making for a surface that is not smooth. Unsmooth surfaces can distort the design of the tattoo. The palm of the hand and in between fingers have very thick skin that is not suitable for tattooing. The needles and ink cannot safely and adequately penetrate leading to uneven saturation that results in premature uneven fading and ink blowouts.
Q: Is a tattoo permanent?
A: Yes, very. Think before you ink.
Q: What is the healing like for a tattoo?
A: At Rose Noir you will be given a healing patch that requires replacement. It will be worn for one week. During that time, you must avoid swimming or soaking, excessive sweating, and sun exposure. Find detailed instructions HERE
Q: Do tattoos fade? Will I need a touch up on my tattoo?
A: Tattoos that are not properly cared for can fade. Following all healing instructions is vital for a good clean heal. Beyond that, persistent sunblock use will prevent your tattoo from sun fading. Failure to care for your tattoo may result in the need for a touch up.
Q: Can I be allergic to the ink?
A: Yes, allergies to tattoo ink are not common, but they do occur. A patch test may be conducted before the procedure. In rare cases allergic reaction can occur years later. It’s best to consult with a physician if you have concerns.
Deposits are required for all tattoo appointments.
1. Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
2. A deposit is required to schedule an appointment. If you do not make a deposit, you do not have a reserved appointment.
3. The deposit covers time/effort used to prepare for your tattoo appointment (i.e. research, drawings, etc.). Design mock-ups are generally available one day before your appointment upon request, however your deposit does not guarantee a design preview.
4. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, your deposit is forfeited, and you may need to reschedule your appointment.
5. Rescheduling appointments: you may retain your deposit if 2 weeks notice is given. If proper notice is given, you may reschedule and the deposit will be applied to your new appointment. You may reschedule your appointment once, more than once will require an additional deposit and your original deposit will be forfeited.
6. Deposits cannot be not transferred to other tattoos or other people.
7. Deposit required will range from $50-$400 and is determined by the artist.
8. Your deposit will be redeemed on the last session when the tattoo is multiple sessions.
9. You have up to 6 months from the date the deposit is placed to schedule your appointment.
10. Because of the full schedule, designs are drawn up one or two days before the appointment date. Unfortunately, I cannot give finalized deigns or much attention and communication months or weeks before scheduled appointments. If you feel you need constant contact about your tattoo design, I am not the artist for you.
After Care Instructions
Applying and removing patches:
Applying and removing patches:
-The first healing bandage is applied immediately after a tattoo session. You will have irritation, redness, bleeding, seeping, and ink collect under the bandage. You will notice plasma (looks like clear watery liquid), ink, and blood trapped in the bandage. This is NORMAL and part of the heling process. Don’t freak out over this. You will also have swelling and burning which can be reduced with ice packs or ibuprofen.
-Remove 1st bandage after 24 hours, peel off slowly and wash thoroughly with plain hand soap - no exfoliating beads, no oils, no scents. (You may consider removing your Saniderm under warm soapy water in the shower to loosen the adhesive.) Pat dry with a paper towel and let air dry for 2-5 minutes. Blot with paper towel before applying new healing bandage.
-To apply 2nd bandage remove the paper backing first, apply sticky side to tattoo, then remove plastic backing. During the next 6 days you may still have some plasma, ink, or blood. (If you have an excessive amount of liquid collecting under your bandage, contact the shop to obtain another fresh bandage.) You may notice the skin looks dry or “cracked”- this is normal. Remove this 2nd bandage after 6 days. Wash again and apply lotion, aquafor or coconut oil if your tattoo appears or feels dry or is peeling.
DO NOT REMOVE BEFORE SIXTH DAY. Doing so will result in color loss and can require a touch up at an additional cost. (If you remove the Saniderm early please contact us immediately for alternate healing instructions. It is harmful to the tattoo and to your health to leave a healing tattoo untreated.)
-Use plain lotion/aquafor/coconut oil for several days or weeks until skin is smooth again. You will most likely experience peeling. Your tattoo is fully healed when your skin is smooth and no longer shiny. This can take several weeks or several months. Everybody’s skin is different. If your Saniderm peels up before the 6th day, carefully cut the excess off. If the tattoo is exposed place another small piece of Saniderm (or similar product) to cover it.
-Possibility of skin irritation: Some people may experience slight allergies to the adhesives used in medical bandages like Saniderm. This can appear as redness or itchiness around the edges of the bandage. It can also appear as clogged pores that are similar to small pimples. People with sensitive skin may experience reactions- it is recommended to follow these healing instructions unless you experience signs of infections (next page).
While your Saniderm/Ultraderm is on DO NOT:
- DO NOT soak your new tattoo- no baths/swimming (running water/showering is ok). Soaking can lead to major infections.
- DO NOT apply soap, lotions, oils, on or around the patch
- DO NOT allow shampoo/conditioner to run down the patch
- DO NOT sweat excessively- this can push ink out and weaken the adhesive patch- sweat will collect under the Saniderm and smell bad and clog your sweat glands resulting in bumpy skin
- DO NOT move or stretch your tattooed skin excessively until it is fully healed (up to 14 days)
- DO NOT allow pets or animals to come into contact with your healing tattoo (if contact occurs with exposed (uncovered) skin, wash immediately with antibacterial soap, apply plain lotion or A&D ointment)
- DO NOT allow plants (such as when gardening) to come into contact with your healing tattoo (if contact occurs with exposed skin, wash immediately with antibacterial soap, apply plain lotion or A&D ointment)
-Most importantly, do not listen to your friends who say you can’t have a tattoo wrapped that long. This product is much different from what they’ve used before. This is not saran wrap.
Signs of Infection:
Signs and symptoms of an infection include but are not limited to, redness, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, red streaks going from the procedure site to towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or pus-filled drainage from the procedure site. Seek medical care if you have a fever, extreme pain 3 or more days after the tattoo procedure, spreading rash well outside of the tattooed area, worsening and spreading redness around the tattoo, blisters on the tattoo, red streaking around tattoo, or foul odor and pus drainage.
How it works:
After a tattoo your skin is left damaged so your body begins working immediately to heal itself. Your body sends liquid enzymes to your skin’s surface. These dry out and become scabs. With a tattoo, it is vital to avoid scabs. The healing patches allow the enzymes to stay moist and therefore heal your skin without drying out. The patches are breathable so your skin is not suffocated. The patches also keep your new tattoo clean and safe from outside bacteria, dirt, lint from clothing, etc. which will help prevent infection. Furthermore, the patches help to protect your clothing and bedding from ink and blood that seeps out during the first several days.
Long term care:
Keeping your skin moisturized will keep your tattoo looking shiny and bright.
Always wear sunscreen, tanning and sun fading will make a tattoo look dull.
*If for any reason you are unable to wear your Saniderm for the full 7 days, please click HERE for further aftercare instructions.*