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First Thing to do After COVID Lockdown - Get a Tattoo

The BC Government has announced its economic reopening plan. It will be a phased step-by-step process, but as each week and month progresses residents will be able to find some sense of normalcy, whatever that looks like this summer. Among the businesses that are permitted to reopen this month are personal services such as hair and nail salons and physiotherapy clinics – both of which require close-contact between a client and practitioner. The information is a little ambiguous as it applies to tattoo studios, but word on the street is that we too will be able to serve our beloved public in the very near future.  It makes sense, as tattoo studios have always had to follow the most stringent of health and sterilization requirements. Adrenaline Studios has always led the way in the capacity and after the arrival of COVID 19 on Canadian soil we upped our game to exceed all mandates. Learn more about what we’re doing to keep the health concern from breaching our doors.

With all of that out of the way, we now pivot to one thing that people across the city have been asking one another – what’s the first thing you’re gonna do after the lockdown? We have the perfect idea – get a tattoo. Here’s why.

3 Excellent Reasons to Get a Tattoo After the Lockdown

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COVID-19 Tattoo Shops

MAY 7 2020 UPDATE: Adrenaline Studios is currently in discussion with BC health officials and we are optimistic about reopening our Vancouver shops soon. Stay tuned for further updates.


MARCH 18 2020 UPDATE: Adrenaline Studios locations in Canada are temporarily closed while the country mitigates the spread of COVID-19. Please follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for real time updates. The following article still applies to when we reopen locations. See you again soon!


Allow us to start by stating that professional tattoo shops are among the safest facilities to be in throughout influenza season, especially Adrenaline Studios.

Sure, clients and artists come in close contact with one another, but there is a strict mandate in place that if an artist even has the slightest symptom of a cold or flu that they are to stay home. Beyond that call to action, Adrenaline has always followed and exceeded municipal, provincial, and federal health and safety regulations. Our Greater Vancouver studios abide by and maintain the tattoo and piercing safety standards laid out by the provincial government though HealthLink BC. Our Toronto Ontario parlor also complies with the explicit guidelines regarding sterilization provided by the city and province. But in light of the current coronavirus health concern we have stepped up our game even further. COVID-19 doesn’t stand a chance.

What We’re Doing to Keep COVID-19 Out of Adrenaline Studios

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How to Try Out a Tattoo

Still on the fence about getting a tattoo? Most of the time this is the case because you’re unsure of how it will look on you, and how others will respond – should you care about that sort of thing. Given the permanent nature of the procedure, you indeed want to make sure that you’ll be comfortable in your own skin after getting it done. There are actually some simple and practical ways to test out how a tattoo will look on you, so that you can move forward with the real deal with greater confidence. Here they are.

4 Easy Ways to Test How a Tattoo Will Look on You

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Where to Get a Tattoo as a Teacher

Historically the teaching profession was a bit more reluctant to adopt tattoos as a part of the “uniform”. But with body ink being more mainstream than ever before, younger and up and coming educators are no longer shying away from the idea. That said, the old guard still maintains in some local curriculums where principals, deans, and administrators may frown upon visible tattoos. Today we’re going to take a look at your options and a few other things to consider.

4 Things Teachers Should Consider Before Getting a Tattoo

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Where to Get a Finger Tattoo

On the middle one of course, and show everybody!

OK, all jokes aside, a lot of you are online and searching for information about where to get a finger tattoo. It’s definitely an expressive place to get inked and when done right will provide the impact you’re looking for. But first, there are a few things to consider.

4 Things to Consider Before Getting a Finger Tattoo

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Should I Get a Tattoo On My Neck

Glad you’re asking, because it’s a bold move that’s not for everyone. That said, a well done neck tattoo looks pretty damn good and is more common than you may think. Never mind Post Malone, more straight-laced celebs from Jessica Alba and Vanessa Hudgens to Moby have ink above the collar. Of course, they have a little less to worry about when it comes to being shunned at “the office” for getting stamped on your vampire-biter. Before you make your final decision, here’s what you need to consider.

5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Neck Tattoo

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Should I Get a Tattoo or Piercing

Interesting question. While somewhat related when it comes to social culture the two are inherently different. That said, the title indeed represents a frequently asked question online. In our never-ending duty to answer them ALL we are weighing in with key things to consider when you feel that you must absolutely decide between the two.

5 Things to Consider When Deciding Between a Tattoo or Piercing

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Private Tattoo Artist Shop vs Studio

There are three places to get a tattoo (not counting prison) – a walk-in studio, a regulated private shop, or private tattooist operating out of their own home (or similar) studio. The latter of the bunch may seem like a cool option, but it’s the least desirable and most risky choice. A reputable walk-in studio is ultimately the only option when it comes to your first or second tattoo, a statement of which is based on much more than opinion. Keep reading.

Why Choose a Reputable Studio Over an Independent Tattooist

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Where to Get a Tattoo for the First Time

You’re determined to get a tattoo and even have a design in mind, but now you need to decide where to put it. The final verdict is a crucial and plays a big role in whether or not you’ll experience “buyer’s remorse” as the days, weeks, months and years pass by. To help with your decision we have provided a practical guide on how to proceed. Follow the advice below and you’ll look back without regret.

4 Tips About Where to Get Your First Tattoo

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Tattoo Ideas for Families - Family Members

Avoid tattooing an old family portrait. Unless this is you (then please do it!)

Family Day in BC and Ontario (home to Adrenaline tattoo studios) is upon us. We have done an article on Tattoo Ideas for Dads and Tattoo Ideas for Moms, but in the spirit of the statutory holiday we wanted to focus on the entire family unit (age-appropriate, of course). There are designs and themes that you can get done together so that each one of you wears a “patch” to signify your unbreakable bond. Here they are.

5 Tattoo Design Ideas for Family Members

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Kobe Bryant Tattoo Ideas

On Sunday January 26 2020, the world lost a sports legend in a tragic helicopter accident. While this blog is typically not a sounding board for current events of this nature, there has been a surge in interest from sports fans looking to pay homage to the Black Mamba who in addition to winning 5 championships boasts a number of NBA records and an Academy Award (short film) to boot. The response to his passing has been much bigger than anyone has expected, with the story taking over Trump Impeachment hearings on CNN, and news programs across the world dedicating an entire day of broadcasting to discuss the tragedy and impact that Bryant had on the world of sports and entertainment. Below we have laid out some tattoo design ideas for heartbroken fans hoping to immortalize the well-tattooed icon in ink.

Tattoo Design Ideas to Honor NBA Legend Kobe Bryant

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Valentine's Day Tattoo Ideas

You already know not to get the name of your boyfriend/girlfriend tattooed. That relationship-dooming theme is rule number one when it comes to getting a tattoo you won’t regret. That said, with Valentine’s Day approaching you and your beloved want to get a tattoo that works both together and as a standalone. Below we have laid out five ideas to take to your local artist.

5 Regret-Free Tattoo Designs to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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How to Get a Walk In Tattoo - How Do Walk In Tattoos Work

By loose definition, a walk-in tattoo refers to when someone has not booked a consultation with an artist and studio prior to getting a tattoo. Simply put, you walk by, walk in, get inked. But is it really that simple? It is, and it isn’t. Below is what you need to know if you want to make sure it goes without a hitch.

6 Tips to a Successful Walk In Tattoo 

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Should Actors Get Tattoos - Where to Get a Tattoo as an Actor

With studios in Hollywood North, which includes both Vancouver and Toronto, we have a fair share of up-and-coming male and female actors as clients. As artists themselves they appreciate and want tattoos but many express concern over whether or not body ink will get in the way of getting a part. It’s one thing when you’re an established thespian and can call the shots as producers don’t mind dedicating time and resources to using makeup or CGI to cover up the tattoo. But when you’re cutting your teeth in the cutthroat industry they may not be as forgiving and hand a part to someone requiring less maintenance in the makeup chair. Still, you should not stress about expressing yourself with a tattoo, you just need to be a bit more mindful than the rest. Below is what you need to consider.

Where to Get a Tattoo as an Actor and What Else You Need to Consider

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What Makes a Tattoo Fade

We’re glad that you’re asking this question because it means that you are taking your existing, new, or up and coming tattoo seriously. It’s important for people to look at body ink as in an investment. We don’t mean for financial gain per se (although that is viable) but as an investment in YOU. Tattoos are intended to be an expression of oneself and/or who one hopes to become, so when it fades you feel as if you’re losing more than some well-defined pigment. By arming yourself with knowledge of what can make a tattoo fade over time you can take steps to prevent this from happening. Let’s have a look at the common culprits.

6 Common Things That Cause a Tattoo to Fade

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Can You Remove Your Own Tattoo

Two traditional tattoo removal tools?

For the sake of your convenience we’re going to answer this one really quickly. The answer, is a resounding NO. But just in case you’re not yet convinced – here’s why.

5 Bad Things That Typically Happen When You Try to Remove Your Own Tattoo

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Best Time of the Year to Get a Tattoo - Christmas

While Christmastime and the Holiday season is a blast for most, it’s also pretty hectic. For that reason many people who plan on getting inked may put it off until a later date. However, if you take a moment to reconsider you’ll find that December may very well be the best time of the year to get a tattoo. Here’s why.

4 Reasons Why You Should Get a Tattoo During the Holiday Season

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Can You Get a Tattoo When You Have a Cold or Cough

It’s that time of the year. People all over Vancouver and Toronto (or wherever you live on this side of the continent) are walking around sniffling, sneezing, and coughing – all of which are due to the common cold. A few sick days away from work can be great but having a cold sucks if it keeps you from doing things you actually want to do. This is especially true if you have a tattoo planned in the days to come. Should you still go ahead with it? Let’s find out.

What to Consider Before Getting Tattooed When You Have a Common Cold

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Best Gifts for Tattoo Lovers

The Holiday season is upon us and you’re already scrambling for a great and personalized gift for that special someone in your life. The problem, is that the traditional route doesn’t cut it. There’s simply nothing of interest to be found at Best Buy, The Bay, Bed Bath & Beyond or Pottery Barn (what’s with all the B’s btw?). Heck, even Amazon doesn’t have the inventory to put a big and surprised smile on their face this coming December 25th. What are you to do with so few days left before the big day? Well, if that special someone is among the tattooed then you’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of practical Christmas gifts that will blow them away.

5 Practical Gifts for the Tattooed this Holiday Season

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Winter Tattoo Ideas - Winter Themed Tattoos

In search of inspiration?

We have already provided a list of tattoo ideas for those with a deep affection for the summer season. It’s only fair that we do the same for what is probably the second most favorite time of the year, or even first for many – we do live in Canada after all. Wintertime indeed denotes a way of life for many people around our northern nook of North America and there is nary a better way to show your affinity than with permanent ink. Stuck for ideas? Keep reading.

5 Winter Themed Tattoo Concepts for Fans of the Season

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How to Choose a Tattoo Removal Clinic in Vancouver and Toronto

So…can you remove this one spot?

Laser tattoo removal has become a hot topic of late. As myths and misconceptions fall to the wayside the public is quickly finding out that they have legitimate recourse to living with a tattoo they no longer want. But now comes the tricky part – choosing where to get it done. Below is everything you need to verify before making your decision.

5 Tips to Picking the Best Tattoo Removal Clinic

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Laser Tattoo Removal Myths

The are a lot of unknowns (for the general public) when it comes to tattoo removal, especially in light of recent developments in laser technology. For this reason, the uninitiated may be living with serious tattoo regret when they shouldn’t have to. This is compounded by the fact that there are a few common misconceptions floating around out there. Today, we’re here to clear up these myths.

8 Commons Myths About Laser Tattoo Removal

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When to Get a Tattoo Touched Up - Touch Up - Vancouver Toronto

Have you recently received a tattoo and found that the lines aren’t as clear, or the colors not as deep as you initially wanted? Or, have a few short years passed and taken their toll on the work, leaving it faded and less aesthetically pleasing as it once was? Whatever the case may be it sounds like you’re in need of a touch up. When is a good time to get it done? Let’s review.

How to Know When You’re Ready for a Tattoo Touch Up

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When to Get a Second Tattoo

Ready for another? Let’s do this….

You’ve checked that all-important first tattoo off of your list. You’re happy with it and like most people who get tattooed, want more. However, you’re wondering if you should head into your local parlor for another round right away or wait a little longer. Here’s what you need to consider.

5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Second Tattoo

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Horror Movie Character Tattoos

With Halloween fast approaching we figured it a good time to touch on a very popular tattoo theme – horror movies. Or more specifically, horror movie characters. Iconic (and a bit psychotic) characters of slasher cinema have long been transferred onto the skin of scary film fans and they certainly serve as conversation starters at cocktail parties, job interviews, and the like. For those of you having a tough time deciding on which demented personality to get inked (there so many to choose from) we have laid out the timeless few that you won’t regret.

Top 5 Horror Movie Characters to Tattoo

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How to Prepare for Laser Tattoo Removal

Have you been hit with tattoo regret? Don’t fret, because you’ve got options. With advancements in laser tattoo removal you have a truly viable means to getting rid of bad ink. But before you move forward with the procedure, take note of the following preparations.

5 Steps to Preparing for Successful Laser Tattoo Removal

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Tattoos You Won't Regret

Fear of regret is the one thing that keeps most people from getting their first tattoo. You know you want it today, but you can’t help but wonder what you’ll feel about it in a few years from now. It’s a fair concern, and to be honest the tattoo removal business would not survive without regret. However, the future remorse you’re worried about is only impending if you choose the wrong design and tattooist. We have already provided a guide to making sure you choose the right studio and artist, so today we’re following with a list of five surefire tattoo themes that you will NEVER regret.

5 Tattoo Concepts You Won’t Ever Regret

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Can You Play Sports After Getting a Tattoo? What to Know

We get a lot of athletes in our studios. It makes sense, given that a tattoo can certainly help enhance an athletic physique. But of course fitness spans far beyond aesthetics for most, and many of you plan on diving right back into your favorite sports soon after getting a tattoo. But after some thought you realize that it may not be a good idea, especially when there is hard contact with others, equipment, and even a hard playing surface. Today we’re going to take a look at popular sports that you may play casually or competitively and whether or not it’s a good idea to participate before your tattoo has completely healed.

5 Sports to Avoid Before Your New Tattoo Has Healed

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Can You Get Two Tattoos in One Session or One Day

You’re ready to roll on your first or next tattoo but for the sake of efficiency (or whatever) you want to knock out two in one sitting. Can it be done? Of course. Two tattoos may be no different than getting a big or complicated ink job in a single session, but as with any work, there are some things you need to consider first. Here they are.

What to Consider When Getting Two Tattoos in the Same Day

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Can You Fly After Getting a Tattoo - Day After

For whatever reason you’ve got a flight scheduled within 12 to 72 hours after getting a fresh tattoo. We won’t judge, and for the most part this really won’t be a problem, especially if you’re leaving on the back half of that timeline. That said, some insight will go a long way towards deciding whether or not it’s a practical choice. If you want to know more about general travel (including implications of a given destination) after getting a tattoo click here. Otherwise, for those who have to fly out on the day of or very soon after getting inked we encourage you to read below.

3 Things to Know About Flying After Getting a Tattoo

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Where to Get a Tattoo Designed Drawn Up

A successful tattoo starts with the original design. It’s the blueprint, and as such your decision as to where to get the initial artwork done is a critical one. There are many options available and today we’re going to review the common few so that you can make a more informed choice about where to put pencil to paper before putting ink to skin.

Four Common Places to Get a Tattoo Designed / Drawn Up

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Can You Go in the Ocean After a Piercing

We answered the public’s question about whether or not you can go in the ocean after getting a fresh tattoo, but as a full service body-mod studio, it’s time to touch on the same query as it applies to ocean activities post-piecing. We’re entering the dog days of summer (at press) after all and you want to maximize your time in the sea before the leaves begin to fall. Do you have to postpone your piercing? Not necessarily, but there are some things you need to know before diving in.

5 Things to Know Before Going Into the Ocean After Getting Pierced

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Can You Tattoo Over a Bug or Mosquito Bite

Summertime is bug bite season from coast to coast in Canada, but for the same reason (exposed skin) it’s also a popular time to get a tattoo. Unfortunately the former is a poor precursor to success for the latter, and that is of concern for those who have a formal or informal date set to get inked. Do you have to skip your appointment, and potentially put off the tattoo you’ve always wanted? This may be a heartbreaking prospect for those who have a tight schedule or have traveled to town (Vancouver or Toronto, for instance) to get a tattoo in the first place, but all is not necessarily lost. If you have been bitten by a smitten insect and have a tattoo on the way, be sure to read below.

5 Things You Need to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo After You’ve Sustained a Bug or Mosquito Bite

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Can You Get a Tattoo on a Bruise

Sorry Pope, that face tattoo will have to wait another week

In what seems to be a never-ending series of articles answering questions about getting a tattoo when your skin exhibits a differing characteristic than “the norm” we’re touching on one literally sensitive spot – a bruise.

Some of you have a tattoo planned or already scheduled, but due to some activity, sport, or outright hijinks you now not-so-proudly wear a bruise on the intended area of your tattoo. Can you still proceed, or do you have to wait until it heals? Given that the latter may throw off your plans (travel, etc.) you prefer to move forward, but have some pressing questions. Well, we’ve got answers.

What You Need to Know About Tattooing Over a Bruise

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Can You Get a Tattoo on a Tan

With the right artist you can successfully tattoo on top of freckles, scars, stretch marks, and of course over bad tattoos. However, one question that often pops up in the summer is in regards to whether or not you can tattoo over a tan. After all, the surface of your skin will have changed moderately to significantly, depending upon how long you’ve been out there under the big yellow ball this season. Then, there are those of you taking naps on UV beds or standing on guard at spray-tan salons which can be more impactful that natural Vitamin-D. Whatever the case may be there are indeed some things to consider before getting a tattoo soon after getting a butterscotch tone. Let’s investigate.

What You Need to Know About Tattooing Over a Tan

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Can You Get a Tattoo Over Freckles

Hey there good lookin’, looking for some advice about tattooing over freckles? For starters, it’s entirely possible. Freckles are awesome and when you’ve got equally awesome ink to complement your look you elevate your distinctive style. But like with anything, it doesn’t hurt to gain some insight into what may or may not impact your decision to move forward today. Let’s get to it.

What You Need to Know About Tattooing Over Freckles

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Where to Get a Tattoo If You Want to Hide It at Work

In a recent article, we dropped data on how in 2019 (and beyond) a tattoo can actually help your career by boosting your unique and personal brand. However, some remain stuck in jobs with a boss who is a total a$$ and need to keep their new tattoo under wraps. Today, we’ll help you navigate around this conundrum with some advice on where to get high impact ink while keeping it hidden from the higher-ups.

5 Great Places to Get a Tattoo Without Catching Attention from Your Boss

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Summer Tattoo Ideas

The first official week of summer is here and it’s your time to shine as you shed inhibitions, show some skin, and express yourself.

The summertime is indeed a defining one for many people, and if it’s the one time of the year when you truly feel complete, why not complete the picture with a tattoo to pay homage to the season? If you’re stuck for ideas on how to represent this with ink, check out the list below for inspiration.

5 Tattoo Ideas to Express Your Love for the Summer Season

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How-to-Save-for-a-Tattoo

There’s a reason that many people who want tattoos don’t have one, or more, yet – cost. For a quality tattoo (would you want any other kind?) you’re looking at an average of $175 to $190 per hour depending upon size and complexity. While there is no arguing the value of an expert work of art that you will wear on your body for a lifetime, you do need to budget for it, which may require some cost cutting in other areas of your life. We’re certainly no strangers to this topic, as clients often express to us the many ways they were able to set aside some extra dough for their investment in self-expression. Below, we’re sharing practical tips to how you too can make it happen. By following the advice (as it applies) you can get the tattoo you’ve always wanted instead of the one you can only afford, today.

5 Practical Tips to Saving Money for a Tattoo

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Getting a Tattoo in the Summer

Have you noticed that the weather is hot and girls are dressing less, and checking out the fellas to tell ’em who’s best? Are you riding around in your Jeep or your Benzos, or in your Nissan stting on Lorenzos? Then you know what time of the year it is!

“Summertime” lyrics aside, the solstice is indeed upon us and while many are planning a wave of summer activities and itineraries, a good number of you have a new tattoo on the mind. After all, you’re going to be flashing a lot more skin in the 2.5 months ahead and adding a little something to your surface is a great way to celebrate the season. But alas, you’ve also heard some say that a tattoo in the summer is a bad idea. It’s not. It’s completely fine as long as you’re armed with a plan, and that’s what we’ve laid out for you below.

5 Tips to a Successful Summertime Tattoo

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