General Questions

  1. Do you accept walk-ins?
Unfortunately, due to a high demand we are only able to schedule appointments.  
  1. How much does it cost?
The cost of the tattoo depends on the size and complexity. You will be given an estimate after we contact you and more specifically, at time of your consultation.  
  1. Does it hurt?
Yes, tattoos hurt. Everyone has a different pain tolerance, but expect some degree of discomfort during the process. Dustin does his best to reduce the level of pain but still create a quality, lasting piece of artwork.  
  1. What should I expect when I contact you?
Dustin’s assistant will reply to your request. You will be asked to schedule  a consultation during which you will meet with Dustin to discuss your ideas. If you choose to proceed with scheduling an appointment, you will be asked to leave a nonrefundable $100 deposit which will go toward the total cost of the tattoo.  
  1. What information do I need before my tattoo appointment?
Dustin will ask that your skin is clean and free of any lotions or perfumes. You will be asked to sign a release form.   Please be aware that it is generally not advised to get tattooed in the following circumstances:
  • pregnancy
  • poorly regulated diabetes
  • some types of heart disease
  • or if you are taking immunosuppressive medications (like steroids or chemotherapy to treat cancer) or are on anticoagulants (blood thinners)
  1. How do I contact you?
Please email mail@swinkstattooemporium.com for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Healing Expectations

  1. The tattoo will scab over and become itchy. This is part of the normal healing process. Do not scratch at the tattoo.
  2. It will take approximately 10 to 14 days for the tattoo to heal completely.
  3. During this time, avoid direct exposure to sun and chlorinated pools.
  Monitor the tattoo for excessive swelling or redness.  Consult a physician if you are concerned about the healing process.   Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about your tattoo.


  1. Leave the tattoo wrapped for at least 2 hours.
  2. After removing the wrap, wash the tattoo with warm water and antibacterial soap, and air dry.
  3. Apply a triple antibiotic ointment to the tattoo.
  4. Continue to apply a triple antibiotic ointment 2 to 3 times daily for the first 2 days.
  5. After 2 days, apply a high quality, fragrance free (lanolin free) lotion to the tattoo several times a day to maintain it’s moisture.