Tattoo FAQ

Caring for your new tattoo is pretty straight forward, and every artist will have slightly different advice. In most cases, the goal is simple – speed up healing and prevent infection. For a more in depth guide, see our tips below.


Is getting a tattoo safe?

Absolutely. We follow every safety precaution to ensure that our equipment is sterile. On top of this, we use new, individually wrapped needles for every tattoo

Does getting a tattoo hurt?

We’d be lying if we said it doesn’t hurt to get a tattoo. However, the pain from getting a tattoo is an irritation on the outside, like getting scratched over and over (and over). But it is manageable pain. We always say, if you really want a tattoo – you’ll definitely be able to handle the pain!

What’s the best (least painful) location for my first tattoo?

For most people, the least painful location is the upper arm. Even still, do you want your tattoo there? It might hurt a little less to get a tattoo on your upper arm, but you should really get it where you want it. If it’s your first tattoo, you won’t know the difference anyways! It’s extremely rare that we’ve had someone stop in the middle of their tattoo, and if you need a break – just tell your artist.

How much is a tattoo?

We can’t really quote prices without a design. Everything at Top Shelf Tattoo is done custom, and pricing goes hand in hand with the design you choose. The larger the size, the more expensive the tattoo. For small and simple designs (names, symbols, etc) our shop minimum is $50.

What should I get?

As a custom shop, this is entirely up to you. If you need help, our artists all draw from a variety of different styles and sources of inspiration. Helping you settle on a unique and creative concept for your tattoo is one of our strengths.

Can I bring in my own design?

Of course.

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

You must be 18 to get a tattoo in the state of New Hampshire. Nobody under 18 can be tattooed. No exceptions here, sorry kids.

What colors are best for my skin color?

Your skin tone dictates the best colors for your tattoo. If you have darker skin, expect for colors to be more subtle and muted. If you have light skin, colors will be brighter and more noticeable.

Contact Us

Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 9pm | Saturday 12pm - 9pm | Sunday 12pm - 6pm

ink@topshelftattoogallery.com
603.232.2231

657 Elm St. | Manchester, NH 03101