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ShowOff Ink Artistry-New Haven Tattoo St


Does your tattoo need to be touched up?  This is the process when your artist takes a look at your tattoo after it has completely healed and fine tune the line work and shading if necessary. We want your tattoo looking as best as it can, so if your artist has not already advised you of our touch-up policy please do not hesitate to read through it and give us a call.

How long do I have to wait before doing the touch ups? Well it all depends on the size of the tattoo, the complexity of the design, and how gently the work has healed.  If you experience long healing times (more than two weeks) or noticeable shinny-ness on the healed tattoo it is very likely that you will need touch ups.  Allow time for the skin to settle down to a more normal condition before having your touch ups (1-5 months, but no more than 6 months). 


What to look before before asking the artist for a touch-up? Sometimes the need for touch ups is obvious, as in the absence of color which was present before the tattoo healed or even missing lines.  Other times the need is less apparent, but your artist will be able to spot areas of the tattoo that need to be touched up. Only your tattoo artist can asses their own work.

How long do touch-ups take? They can take five minutes, or several hours, depending on the size of the tattoo, and on the way that the tattoo has healed. Visit your artist a few weeks after the tattoo has finished peeling, to allow them to assess the need, if any, for touch ups.  Together you can make plans on how to schedule time for the work.


If the fault of the tattoo needing a touch up lies within the artist, then the touch up will be executed by that artist for no additional charge to the client. However, if the touch-up is a direct result of the client failing to properly care for the tattoo during the "aftercare" stage, for example, the artist will be able to tell if the custom picked at, scratched, did not moisturize correctly, the client will have to pay for the touch-up. 

We will not be responsible for doing finger, inner lip, and/or hand tattoo touch-ups free of charge, due to the fact that the client is told before hand that the tattoo will be on a surface area that fades quickly (due to the oils on the skin). If clients would like those particular tattoos to be touched-up, we will gladly do so, but at the normal rate of the original tattoo. 

In addition, our tattoo policy at ShowOff Ink Artistry only applies to customers that have gotten their tattoos done at our location. If customers are seeking a touch-up for tattoos done by an artist currently working at our location but was executed at another location, our touch-up policy DOES NOT apply. We will gladly assist in doing the touch-up, but the artist will assess the proper rate for which they will charge the customer at that time.

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