Hardwire Tattoo Shop of Jacksonville, NC

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Frequently Asked Questions

We accept walk-ins on a “first come, first serve” basis. If you are interested in a particular artist, you are more than welcome to request them, or may contact them through their contact information. Larger pieces may require some time to put together, and we suggest contacting your preffered artist ahead of time in order to iron out any details before your visit. Appointments can be made with a $50 non-refundable cash deposit that will go towards the total price of your tattoo.
Tattoos: The state of North Carolina requires an individual be at least 18 years of age to get a tattoo, no exceptions.
There is a $50 shop minimum, but without seeing what exactly it is that we’re doing, we can’t guess at a price. A good rule of thumb is that the cost of the tattoo is decided by how much work it will be for us to do, so things like size, location, detail, color, etc. all factor into what we charge. The best way to get a quote is to visit one of our locations and one of our artists would be happy to consult with you.
Yes, but obviously if it were unbearable we would not be in business. Think about all the people you see around you with tattoos on a regular basis; it is annoying, but it only lasts a little while, and once you’re done you’ll have something that you can enjoy for the rest of your life.
Tattoos generally take about two weeks to heal, during which time its on you to care for it properly.

We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Apple Pay.  Additional fees may apply to credit card usage, but we also have an ATM available in-house.

We recommend that you eat well and are well hydrated when you come in to get work done. Generally speaking, passing out or getting sick is a result of your sugar levels dropping, so keeping that up is key. Additionally, although a drink may be ok, its best not to have any alcohol beforehand, as this will not only cause you to bleed more, but will also make our jobs more difficult. The only other recommendation is to stay calm. Everyone gets the butterflies before having work done, but try and remember that we’ve been working on people every day for decades; you’ll make it through this just fine, and working yourself up will only make something that should be exciting for you a frightening experience. 


Tattoo Aftercare

You may also want to take along your own razor, however the ones we have in-house do not have a gel strip made from glycerin. And of course, you’ll want your tattoo-care products to be vegan as well. Try The Merry Hempsters Vegan Hemp Tattoo Balm, Black Cat Vitamin Infusion Serum, Ohana Organics Tattoo Butter, or even jojoba oil, olive oil, or shea butter. 
Hardwire Tattoo use razors with NO gel stripe.
Kuro Sumi
SkinCandy / Bloodline
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Eternal Ink
Electric Ink USA
Silverback Ink
World Famous Tattoo
Waverly Color Co (Dark Black is also vegan)
Alla Prima Ink Feldman
Pelikan –black is vegan 
Fusion Tattoo 
Classic Color Systems 
Good Color 
Intenze Tattoo Ink Unique – Perma Pro
Max Tattoo Inks
    Max brands includes: Makkuro Sumi Blacks, Makkuro Sumi Colors, Azayaka 
Live Tattoo Colors
Universal Blacks
Cobra Inks
Flashing Colors
Glam Colors
Pure Colors

Buy an alcohol free mouthwash such as Biotene or Alcohol Free Crest. Swish 2-3 times a day. It is best not to smoke, or try to at least cut back on your smoking. Avoid oral contact with anything irritating such as: alcohol, spicy, salty, sugary or highly acidic food and drink. Swish with distilled water every time you eat, drink, or smoke. Continue this process until healed, about two weeks.

Remove the bandage after about an hour and begin a regiment of washing 3-4 times a day with a good anti-bacterial soap, preferably one that is non-scented such as dial or lever-2000. Be sure to only use your hands when washing, no washrags, and when drying only pat, don’t scrub. After each washing apply a small amount of A&D ointment, just enough to make it shiny. The ointment is petroleum based and will clog your pours should you apply too heavily. Continue this process for the two weeks it will take your tattoo to heal.

• While your tattoo is healing, avoid direct sunlight, sand or soil, perfumes or any kinds of alcohol or peroxide based products, and soaking in water. Showers are obviously fine, but no swimming, baths, hot tubs, etc. Your tattoo will likely scab and itch; do not pick at it, scratch at it, or otherwise mess with it.

A&D ointment is petroleum based, and will attract pet hair. Unfortunately pet hair has a lot of bacteria and should be avoided, so if they get into your bed you should change the sheets and keep them off for the duration of your healing process. 

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