Shop Etiquette


This list is to guide you away from the things that annoy every tattoo artist whether they admit it or not. Most artists won’t tell you these things because they think that being honest means that they will lose your business, but at Black Hive Tattoo we’re just trying to make your tattoo experience awesome for both our clients AND our artists.

*We’re totally serious about all these annoyances, but these posts are DEFINITELY meant to be amusing, so enjoy!


THAT is why we don’t have one!

Your phones are fine….I guess. But we hate “shop” phones. Shop phones are for artists that don’t care about wasting your time. We figured out a long time ago, that if you’re in here getting tattooed, the last thing you want is us answering the question,”Do you have any openings today?” the whole time you’re getting tattooed. We don’t…no walk ins….suck eggs!

So….we got rid of our shop phone. If you want to get tattooed here, you MUST FILL OUT THE FORM! And don’t say you couldn’t figure it out when you see us out at a bar…just don’t. Every single page on this website has an “book an appointment” button! Don’t be that guy when you’ve been drinking.

To recap: Don’t drink and ask us dumb questions…wait…no. To recap: We don’t like phones.


We Don’t Like Children

Leave them at home. Children, especially crying babies, are distracting, and a tattoo studio CAN be a dangerous environment for a bored child of any age. Keep in mind, the more we’re paying attention to your baby, toddler, or teenager, the less of our attention your tattoo is getting. Besides, we’ve all got potty mouths.

We Don’t Like Minors

Meh…they’re ok, but due to the limitations set by the city of Jacksonville, because of our zoning, the artists at Black Hive Tattoo can’t tattoo anyone under the age of 18. At any rate, in our collective experience tattooing minors, even with parental consent, causes more problems than it cures.

If you are underage and want to set up an appointment for your birthday, it IS ok to come into the shop to have a consultation, give a deposit, and set your appointment for on or any time after your 18 birthday. In fact, it is better to come in about a month or two before to set it up. Please just make sure the artist you are speaking to is aware of when your birth date is to avoid any embarrassing cancellations when you get here.

If you are under 18 and are serious about your work, then you should seriously consider waiting to get the best tattoo you can get. If not, we will be here when you turn 18 to do your cover up.

We Don’t Like Crowds

Feel free to bring ONE friend, POSSIBLY (but preferably not) two, but after that, the rooms are too small, and they’ll have to wait in the lobby anyway. Remember, getting tattooed is NOT a team sport.

We Don’t Care About Your Clothes

Dress with getting tattooed in mind. We won’t be held responsible for getting tattoo pigment on your favorite white tshirt, so dress sensibly while keeping where you are getting your tattoo and how much it will bleed in mind.

We Don’t Like The Sun

If you come in for a scheduled appointment and you can’t get tattooed because of your sunburn or heavily peeling skin, you WILL lose your deposit! Then you’ll have to provide a new one to reschedule for another time. Don’t waste our time, don’t waste your money.

We Don’t Like Alcohol

….actually we do. BUT, don’t think it’s ok to go out the night before and get loaded before your tattoo. Stay home, eat well, and get hydrated! If you come in for a scheduled appointment and you can’t get tattooed because of your hang over, or you’re bleeding too much, you WILL lose your deposit! Again, you’ll have to provide a new one to reschedule for another time. AGAIN, don’t waste our time, don’t waste your money.

We Don’t Like People Showing Up Late

However, we also DON’T like it when you show up an hour early.

We gave you an appointment time for a reason: So we can structure our days and get everyone we can tattooed without a lobby full of people standing around.

Feel free to show up 5 or 10 minutes early, but half an hour or more is overkill.

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