514 State St., Madison, WI 53703 (View Map) | 608-819-8668 | Mon-Sat 12:00pm – 8:00pm, Sun 12:00pm – 6:00pm

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FAQs

In order to keep our artists and clients as safe as possible, we have implemented a few new guidelines:

  • We are requiring all clients and artist to wear a face covering at all times while in the shop. This is due to the close proximity that we will be working together. We encourage you to wear your own, but we will have masks available for those who don’t have them.
  • Please come to your appointment alone. We ask that any person not getting tattooed/pierced wait outside. This is in order to keep the number of people in the shop to a minimum at all times and reduce any unnecessary risk to everyone involved.
  • We ask that you show up to your appointment on time – not early. We don’t want people waiting around unnecessarily. We will be allowing extra time for appointments to limit appointments from running into each other. We will contact you if you are able to come early or if we are running behind.

The following is a complete list of our starting piercing prices. All initial piercings are done with surgical grade steel. Prices do vary for different metal types as well as gem sets.

You must be 18 years-old to obtain a piercing without the consent of your legal guardian. Minors of 16 years or more may receive certain piercings with the consent of their legal guardian. You must have a legal guardian present at the time of the piercing. You both must bring state issued picture ID (with matching last names or addresses). If the minor does not possess a state issued ID then a passport or a school ID matched with a birth certificate will work. Guardianship papers may also be required if information does not match. Our minor policies exist both to protect our clientele and to uphold current laws.

A child may also get their ear lobes pierced, but it is our shop policy that they must want it themselves and be able to ask for it. In this case we would need their birth certificate along with their legal guardians ID which must match the name on the birth certificate. If you are not a birth parent but are a legal guardian we would need paperwork to prove that.

Any piercing other than surface, nipples, or genitals.
Minors may only get pierced with the consent of a legal guardian.

In the state of Wisconsin you must be 18 with a photo ID in order to get tattooed, regardless of parent consent. No one under the age of 18 will receive a tattoo from Campus Ink.

For tattoos, our shop minimum is $80 and we run $125/hr after that. Each tattoo is priced individually base how how long it takes, unless stated otherwise (discounts/set price pieces)

For piercings, most start at $60 and go up from there depending on your jewelry choice. Call for more specific pricing

For the time being, walk-in’s will be treated as same day appointments by calling 608-819-8668 to check availability! We do typically have some availability most days for those looking to be spontaneous!

If you don’t know which artist you want to work with, please take a look at their portfolios to get a better idea of the work we each do. If you have no preference, that is also fine!

You can contact us via the contact form and we will get back to you in order to schedule a consultation appointment. Please fill out the form as completely as possible since this will give us the best idea of what you are looking for.

There is no charge for consultations but they are a very important part of the process. This gives us time to discuss your tattoo, placement, details, budget, etc. Not all tattoos need an extensive consult, but they are essential for large projects.

Once everything is worked out, we will take a non-refundable deposit that will go towards the cost of the tattoo and book your first appointment!

At this time we are all working by appointment only, due to the current Covid restrictions. A lot of the time we do have time for same day appointments though! Feel free to give us a call at (608) 819-8668 to check our availability!

Sometimes a tattoo needs a little more attention. Sometimes things heal rougher than we’d like. That is why we offer a free touch-up session within one year of finishing the tattoo on the majority of our work!

This is to address anything that didn’t heal well or any additional buttoning up your tattoo may require. This does not include changes or additions to the tattoo. Additionally, cover-up tattoos may require a second session to fully cover the old tattoo. This is normal and considered part of the actual work and not a touch-up.

Examples of things included in a touch-up:

  • Fixing areas that healed rough
  • Addressing any color or line fall-out
  • Dialing up details that healed soft.

Examples of things NOT included:

  • Major color changes – “I am thinking I would rather have this flower be purple instead of pink”
  • Adding additional parts to the tattoo – “Could you add a few more leaves,” “Can add background to this tattoo.”
  • Additional passes required for a cover-up

All touch-ups are done ONLY by the artist that did the original tattoo.

We understand that sometimes life happens and you aren’t able to make in within the one year deadline so, at our discretion, we may still be willing to do a touch-up on your tattoo. Please get in touch and we will go from there. This covers out-of-towners, military, etc. If you come in 3 years later and you’ve been living in the sun, then no, your touch-up isn’t included!

EXCEPTIONS TO TOUCH-UP POLICY

Hand / finger / high wear areas receive one free touch-up. Any touch-ups required beyond that are at the discretion of the artist

A tattoo is a stressful thing for your body so a little preparation will go a long way in ensuring a positive experience! We tell clients to treat your tattoo like you are running a 10k that day so:

  • Be well rested. Getting tattooed while sleep deprived hurts more and increases the chances of a poor heal.
  • Be well hydrated. We really underestimate how much being hydrated can help us!
  • Eat something before coming in and bring a snack. Drops in blood sugar can increase chances of passing out. Have a real meal, but do not overeat.
  • Do not drink alcohol the night before. Drinking interferes with sleep and also thins the blood.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that you aren’t afraid of getting ruined. Ink sometimes gets places it shouldn’t!
  • Bring something to distract yourself. A book, a tablet, etc. If you are planning on watching a movie or listening to music BRING HEADPHONES!

While we will allow one person into the booth with the client, we generally discourage you from bringing an entourage. Our shop fills up really fast and if you bring half a dozen people with you, it can get a little chaotic. Honestly, most people find that they do much better getting tattoo by themselves.

Aftercare

TATTOO CARE

1. Always wash your hands prior to caring for your tattoo

2. Leave bandage on at least 2 hours, or up to overnight

3. Remove bandage and wash immediately, do not re-bandage

4. Wash thoroughly with mild hand soap

5. Pat dry with clean paper towel

6. Once dry, apply a thin layer of moisturizing ointment

7. Repeat 1-3 time a day until it starts to flake or peal

8. Switch to lotion 2-3 time a day rather than ointment

3-5 weeks to be totally healed

*do not pick or scratch your tattoo*

*avoid hot tubs, pools, lakes, etc. during the healing period*

*avoid direct sunlight or tanning during the healing period*


Piercing Care

1. Always wash your hands prior to caring for your new piercing

2. Remove discharge with wet cotton swab prior to cleaning

3. Wash piercing with anti-bacterial soap, moving jewelry

4. Rinse piercing thoroughly with water

5. Dry piercing with cotton swab

*Do not use peroxide or rubbing alcohol during the healing period*

*Do not apply make-ups, oils, lotions or other beauty products during the healing period*

*No swimming or tanning during the healing period*

8-12 weeks to be totally healed

*oral piercings*

1. rinse with anti-septic mouthwash 10x daily

2. use cold water, ice, etc. to relieve swelling

3. avoid overly spicy, salty, and acidic foods

Our Location

Located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, Campus Ink couldn’t be easier to find. Being right on State Street, there are plenty of things to see and do (not to mention eat!) near the studio while you wait. There are also multiple parking garages within 2 blocks of the shop so parking couldn’t be easier either!