Depending on the approach, placement, or idea, a touch up may be needed once the tattoo heals. Please note that it is completely natural to see a tattoo lighten up over the first few weeks of healing and that no tattoo heals as bright as the day it was completed. Once the tattoo is fully healed (four to five weeks), you will be able to notice if anything needs touched up. We do offer free touch ups (see exceptions below) within the first three months of receiving the tattoo. After this, there are many factors that come into play that can impact the overall look of the tattoo and that is why we are unable to offer free touch ups after a considerable amount of time has passed.
Touch up exceptions:
Not every part of the body will hold ink well. While we don’t tattoo many of these areas (see next section below), we do tattoo feet, hands, and the tops of fingers. These areas are known to have heavy skin regeneration and lots of “wear and tear” causing the tattoo to have a harder heal. It’s typical that within days you will start to see ink fallout and the overall piece be in need of a touch up by the time the tattoo is fully healed.
Don’t fear! This is to be expected. We’re happy to touch up these areas but there will be a charge involved due to the known healing and longevity problems.