Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know before coming in for your next tattoo

Where are you located?

The Blue Gem Tattooing is located at 2250 University Ave. Green Bay, WI

Do you do piercings?

No, we currently do not offer piercings of any kind.

How much does it cost to get a tattoo?

Prices vary greatly depending on artist, size, and placement, the best way to obtain an estimate is to come by the shop and share your idea. This ensures that we understand what you are looking to accomplish and we can let you know exactly what it is going to take to get there.

Is there a shop minimum?

Yes, the shop minimum for a tattoo is $100

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

You must be at least 18 years old to get tattooed at The Blue Gem Tattooing or any tattoo shop in Wisconsin.

Are walk-ins welcome?

No, we are normally booked for appointments weeks in advance so getting a walk-in appointment currently is not possible. If we do not have walk-in time available we will discuss what you're looking for and set up an appointment as soon as we are available.

Do you require a deposit to hold appointments?

Yes, we require all clients to leave a deposit when making their appointment to be tattooed. This deposit then goes towards the price of the tattoo. If the tattoo requires more then one session, your deposit will be taken out of the last session. Deposits are nonrefundable. If the appointment needs to be rescheduled, 48 hours notice must be given or the deposit will be forfeit.

What do I do if I want to get tattooed by a specific artist?

Each artist has a link to individual contact forms on their artist pages. Please contact them through the form and they will reply to you at their earliest convenience.

What do I do if I need to cancel an appointment?

In order to cancel or reschedule an appointment, you must call the shop during business hours (11am - 7pm) or contact your artist directly. 24-hour notice is required prior to appointment, otherwise, any deposits made toward the appointment will be lost. Please note that all messages left after 7pm will not be checked until the following day.

What do you recommend for aftercare?

What to expect:

Your tattoo will take about two weeks to heal. It will be tender for the first few days, then it will develop light scabs and appear crusty, these will gradually flake off. Don't pick at the skin as it heals, let it heal naturally! During this period the tattoo may look ugly and it may seem that the color is falling out with the scabs. Don’t worry, this is normal. The last stage is when the tattoo looks healed but is still waxy or shiny on the surface. The directions below should be followed until the tattoo is fully healed.


Leave the bandage on for at least 2 - 3 hours. Remove the bandage and do not re-bandage it. Wetting the bandage while removing it will help prevent it from sticking to your skin.

Wash your hands, then wash the tattoo using mild soap and warm water, rinse the tattoo off and pat dry. Do not scrub hard on your new tattoo! Each day keep the area clean and apply one of the recommended aftercare products 2 - 5 times a day. Don't use too much! When it begins to flake and peel, cut down to washing once a day and apply the aftercare product twice a day.

Aftercare Products:

No Vaseline, baby oil, alcohol, alcohol-based products, peroxide, mineral oil, bag balm, Vitamin E, Aloe, Noxzema, natural remedies, etc. these are not good products for healing tattoos.

Do’s and Don’ts:

You can shower as normal but, for the 2-week healing period do not submerge or soak your tattoo in any way. No swimming, hot tubs, or saunas. It will interfere with healing and can cause infections and scarring.

Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for the 2-week period. Keep it covered with clothing.

Do not pick at the tattoo! Let the scabs fall off naturally. No scratching, rubbing or abuse to the tattoo in any manner.

Once your tattoo is healed, you may go in the sun but keep in mind the sun rapidly fades your tattoo and if you plan on being in the sun, use sunscreen to protect it. Don’t use sunscreen for at least a month after getting a tattoo and try to test an area to make sure you don’t have a reaction.

Once the tattoo is healed please stop back to show your artist. We have a 60-day touch-up period. If there are any minor imperfections we will go in and take care of those and make sure your tattoo is looking great!

Important notice:

The tattoo is not guaranteed when you leave the studio. We have given you the very best in art, the very best in color and the tattoo was applied expertly under the most sterile conditions. You are responsible for its care as the skin heals. Follow these guidelines and enjoy your new tattoo!

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