Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you have to be to enter the shop?


No one under age 16 is allowed in the shop. This is not our policy, this is state law. This includes young children and infants. We can not be liable for any hazards to young children. Due to the sensitive and permanent nature of the work being done here, we need to avoid any unexpected screams or other distractions an unaware child may cause. We also want to avoid exposing children to any imagery that parents may feel is inappropriate. No exceptions will be made. We apologize for any inconvenience to parents and babysitters.




How old do you have to be to get a piercing?


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. *Anyone caught using a fake ID will have the ID confiscated. The minor’s parents will be held responsible for any legal action taken by the city or state.




I am between 16 and 18, what can I get pierced?


Any piercing other than surface, nipples, or genitals. Minors may only get pierced with the consent of a 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. Gaurdianship papers may also be required if information does not match. Our minor policies exist both to protect our clientele and to uphold current laws. HFS 173.05 (1)(b) No person under 18 years of age shall be body pierced unless that person has an informed consent form signed by his or her parent or legal guardian in the presence of the operator. (c) No person under 16 years of age shall be body pierced




How old do you have to be to get a tattoo?


You must be at least 18 years of age to receive a tattoo. While the State of Wisconsin allows a minor to receive a tattoo with a physician’s consent, we do not honor this actice. NO ONE under the age of 18 will receive a tattoo from Blue Lotus Tattoo. *Anyone caught using a fake ID will have the ID confiscated. The minor’s parents will be held responsible for any legal action taken by the city or state.




How do I care for my piercing or tattoo?


Never use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on a piercing or tattoo.

The body is a complex organism and each person reacts differently, therefore troubleshooting over the phone or email can be difficult. Aftercare questions and concerns can be better answered in person. Please feel free to stop by any of our locations and talk with one of our many professionals.

We sell aftercare for both piercings and tattoos at each location.




Do you reuse your needles?


All the needles we use are single-use and are disposed of properly after each procedure in sharps containers located in each professional’s station. Needles are either sent to us pre-sterilized or they are sterilized in-house in our steam autoclave which is routinely cleaned, tested, and maintenanced. We never reuse needles!




How do you sterilize your equipment?


We use an autoclave, located at each of our studios. Autoclaves use pressurized steam as their sterilization agent. The basic concept of an autoclave is to have each item sterilized by coming in direct contact with steam at a specific temperature and pressure for a specific amount of time. Ours are cleaned every two weeks and is given a spore test once a month. Biological indicators, or spore tests, are the most accepted means of monitoring sterilization because they assess the sterilization process directly by killing known highly resistant microorganisms (e.g., Geobacillus or Bacillus species). The results of our spore tests are kept on site and can be viewed by anyone who is interested.




Can my friends watch?


In order to maintain a calm relaxed environment only one friend is allowed to observe a piercing or tattoo.




How much does a tattoo cost?


Please stop in to talk to one of our talented artists for an accurate quoting of a tattoo.




Can I take the tattoo design home?


All designs are property of Blue Lotus Tattoo. We do not allow designs to leave the shop.




Are you licensed?


We possess the license required by the City of Madison. Each artist/piercer holds a practitioner license as required by the State of Wisconsin.




How much do piercings cost?


The following prices are examples of starting points for each piercing. The jewelry price can change based on what you prefer in your piercing and the aesthetic you want us to help you achieve. All of our piercings start with the best and safest materials available in the industry from manufactures like Anatometal and NeoMetal for our Implant Grade titanium and Body Vison Los Angles for our 14 k gold and genuine gemstones. Our piercers are committed to helping you find something you will love that is just as unique as you are. For more information on the jewelry styles we use and why we use it please visit https://www.safepiercing.org/docs/APP_Initial_Web.pdf for a downloadable brochure.





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