Tattoos FAQ

How much will it cost?

At Adrenaline we charge an average of $175 to $190 per hour on larger pieces, with a minimum of $100.  Smaller work is priced by the piece.  If you are not sure as to how long a certain tattoo will take, you can bring in an image for an artist/staff to provide you a quote.

Are tattoos safe?

Yes. Tattoos are perfectly safe assuming that you are seeing a reputable artist in a shop that is following all health regulations, and assuming you are following the recommended aftercare given to you during the tattoo.

Does it hurt?

A little, but pain is relative as everyone has a different tolerance to pain.  People would not be returning for tattoo after tattoo if it was that bad. The benefits of the beautiful tattoo you get will far outweigh the discomfort getting it.

Can I use a numbing cream?

Any sort of numbing creams are really not recommended as they change the integrity of your skin. Numbing creams usually only last about a half hour before wearing off, which really isn’t long enough to get that much work done anyways.

How long does it take to heal?

In general, tattoos take around two to four weeks to heal, assuming that you are following the recommended aftercare.

What is the best time of year to get a tattoo?

Fresh tattoos cannot be soaked in any body of water or be exposed to sun.  This means no swimming or tanning, so the best time of year to get tattooed is cloudy or cold months.  Even after a tattoo is fully healed, you should always apply sun block to the tattoo whenever exposing it to the sun so the tattoo stays looking crisp longer.

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

At Adrenaline, you must be 18 years of age with valid government issued photo ID to get tattooed. In some cases and with limited tattooers, 17 with parental consent and valid ID on both parts, certain tattoos will be considered.

Do you do tattoo cover ups?

Yes, we can cover up your old tattoo. A free consultation with one of our expert artists with provide clarity on what can be accomplished.

Piercings and Body Jewelry FAQ

Does it hurt?

Pain is relative, as everyone has a different tolerance. People would not be returning for piercing after piercing if it was that bad. The benefits of the beautiful piercing that you get will far outweigh the procedure.

How long does it take to heal?

It really depends on the body part that is getting pierced. A tongue may heal in three weeks, where a nipple may heal in 12 months.  Healing times vary significantly, but make sure you follow all aftercare instructions.

What body jewelry material should I start with and why?

Titanium, surgical steel, and gold are the best options to start with as they are the materials found to have the least reactions in healing piercings.

Can I still breastfeed after piercing my nipples?

Yes. Your nipple is like a sponge and the jewelry will not block breast milk from exiting. Be sure to remove the jewelry before attempting to breastfeed, however.

Are piercings safe?

Yes. Piercings are perfectly safe assuming that you are seeing a reputable piercer in a shop that is following all health regulations, and assuming you are following the recommended aftercare given to you during the piercing.

How much does it cost?

Piercing cost depends on many variables such as body placement, style of jewel and material of jewelry. You can come in anytime to have one of our sales staff run you through all the options for the piercing that you are wanting.

How many sizes can I jump when stretching, and how often?

Just one size at a time to prevent damage.  You’ll need to wait approximately two months between stretches.

Why can I only stretch with certain materials?

When stretching, the skin in the earlobes micro-tears to accommodate the larger size. Titanium, surgical steel and pyrex are the materials found to have the least reactions in healing tissue. Organic options should never be stretched with as they are porous and can stick to the healing tissue.

Laser Tattoo Removal Vancouver / Toronto FAQ

Does it work?

The PicoSure is effective on all colours and skin types.  Its picosecond technology uses a photo-mechanical pressure wave that shatters the smallest target particles , without injuring the surrounding area, and requiring less treatments than traditional nanosecond lasers.

Is the PicoSure safe?

Unlike traditional nanosecond lasers that use photo-thermal technology to heat the ink particle, the PicoSure uses a more powerful pressure wave that better directs the energy into shattering the ink particles, minimizing the possibility of negative affect.

Does it hurt?

It may.  However, the procedure is very fast, much faster than applying the original tattoo.  A refrigerated cooling fan will also be used to alleviate the discomfort during the treatment.  The discomfort is likened to elastic band snaps.

How many treatments will be required?

There are a number of various factors that will affect the treatment response.  Age of tattoo, size, location, density of ink, quality of ink, health of the client etc. can all play important roles in how quickly clearance can be achieved.  Anywhere from 3 to 12 treatments may be required.

What is the recovery time?

Immediately following treatment, blistering or crusting may occur for approximately 7-14 days.  You must wait 8 weeks between sessions to ensure the lymphatic system can flush out shattered ink particles effectively.  If you are looking to tattoo the treated area, whether faded or removed, you must wait three months after the final treatment.

Will there be scarring?

With the PicoSure, incidents of scarring are very rare, and are usually the result of excessive and un-treated blistering.  Some people may experience hyper-pigmentation (the darkening of skin colour) or hypo-pigmentation (the lightening of skin colour), but this is usually temporary and normal skin is typically restored once healing is complete.

What is the cost of tattoo removal?

The price of laser tattoo removal in our Vancouver and Toronto studios is based on the size of the area to be treated and the number of sessions required.  Consultations are FREE of cost and your technician will offer packages based on the anticipated number of treatments.

Cosmetic Tattoos & Permanent Makeup FAQ


Permanent cosmetic makeup is cosmetic tattooing, a technique often referred to as “micropigmentation”, “micro-pigment implantation” or “derma-graphics”. This procedure is achieved using a machine which rapidly deposits colour pigment into the upper reticular layer of the dermis of the required area.


There is no definitive answer to the longevity of a cosmetic tattoo as it is dependent on many factors: colour pigments used, environmental factors such as exposure to UV light, tanning and not using proper sun protectants, your health and overall individual physiology. However, as with any tattoo or colorant (pigment) in general, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance every 2-5 years. This is something that we recommend, but that is not always necessary. Keep in mind, every individual and individual skin type will heal the tattoo differently; to ensure that you receive a free touch-up, you must come back within 3 months of your original appointment.


Most people will experience some discomfort, although it varies depending on each person’s pain threshold. A highly-effective topical anesthetic cream and gel are used during and before your procedure and every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable throughout.


At our Vancouver (Kitsilano) and Toronto studios, YES. Each permanent cosmetic procedure is done under strict sanitation and sterilization guidelines. A certified technician administers new procedures using disposable needles, tubes, caps, casings; anything that comes into contact with clients are brand new and sealed prior to your treatment. Pigments used are iron oxide based and contain FDA approved ingredients for permanent cosmetic use.


Yes! During this procedure, hair strokes are re-created to give the illusion of real hair and are tattooed using soft, natural tones that will complement the individual client.