About Us

Welcome to Klika Tattoo

If you are looking for the top tattoo shop in Phoenix, AZ, look no further than Klika Tattoo. We specialize in portrait tattoos, lettering tattoos, color tattoos, custom tattoos, and tattoo cover ups, with more than seven years of industry experience. We have been providing clients from all across the state of Arizona with quality tattoos for nearly a decade, and have the testament of our many loyal fans and clients on our side!

There are many great tattoo artists in Arizona, which is why we are so proud to be amongst the top-rated parlors in the area. We love what we do, and it is a true passion, which ensures our clients that they are receiving our best possible work at all times. We have a modern facility which uses state-of-the-art autoclaves and sterilization procedures to ensure the safest methods at all times.

Our artists are all CAL-OSHA certified, an annually renewed certification, in the latest standards for handling equipment and using anti-cross contamination techniques. We guarantee your comfort and safety at all times—from our friendly, welcoming tattoo artists to our use of all new tubes, inks, and needles for each customer. All of our equipment is used one time, then thrown away. Responsibility is our ultimate goal, which only furthers your overall satisfaction with your new tattoo.

We cater to tattoo newbies and collectors of all ages and styles. We appreciate the opportunity to work with individuals at any stage of their tattoo journey. While appointments are always recommended, we do gladly accept walk-ins at our Phoenix, AZ studio whenever possible. Please contact us today to speak with our tattoo artists, and book your session!

our services

Tattoos

At Klika Tattoo of Phoenix, AZ, we know that your tattoos are special and personal statements, in addition to begin beautiful images. As such, we work to offer a wide range of artistic styles that cover many of the most popular types of tattoos that our customers request. With more than seven years of industry experience, our tattoo shop goes the extra mile to provide exceptional work across all categories of tattoos, including:

Tattoo Cover Ups

Do you have a tattoo from the past that needs some help? If you have an old blob of sunburned skin and ink that once resembled a butterfly or rose, you need a tattoo artist that is an expert in tattoo cover ups. In Phoenix, AZ, Klika Tattoo is the expert in tattoo cover ups, offering creative and complete solutions to turn your old tattoo into a beautiful new piece of artwork. To begin, come to our tattoo parlor for an initial consultation.

Color Tattoos

Klika Tattoo of Phoenix, AZ is the top local shop for quality color tattoos. Our custom tattoos and custom color tattoos are amongst our most requested pieces, thanks to our level of skill, dedication to the craft, and creative aesthetics. Whether you have an image on paper or simply an image in your head, we offer the opportunity to work closely with a talented, dedicated, professional tattoo artist who can make the color tattoos of your dreams a reality that will have people stopping you in the street to admire your work.

frequently asked questions

Are Tattoos Safe?

Yes, as long as you go to a reputable artist that is following all recommended safety precautions.

What should I expect when I go to get my tattoo?
  1. Paperwork and Payment
    • Once you have decided on your tattoo design and your artist, you will be required to show valid identification for proof of age. You may also be asked for your address and phone number, so your artist can contact you in the future if need be.
  2. Get Comfortable
    • After your paperwork is filled out, you will be seated in the tattoo chair. Sometimes this is in an open work area, and sometimes a private room depending on the location of your tattoo.
  3. A Clean Shave
    • Now it is time for the preparation. The area of your body you have chosen for your tattoo will be cleaned, usually with rubbing alcohol. Then, any hair will be removed from the area by shaving it with a new disposable razor which will be discarded after being used.
  4. Starting with Temporary Ink
    • Most studios today use a wonderful machine called a thermal-fax to make their stencils. This saves on literally hours of tracing time by simply inserting your tattoo design into the machine, and it transfers it onto a special thermal paper in seconds. However, some artists do still prefer to draw directly on the skin.
  5. Preparing the Tattoo Machine and Other Equipment
    • It is at this time that your artist will start preparing their tattoo machine. The inks will be placed in little tiny cups called “ink caps”, and the needles and tubes will be removed from their sterile pouches and placed in the machine. Clean, distilled water will be poured into a cup for cleaning the needles during the tattoo process and to change from one color to the next.
  6. Starting the Linework
    • Now it is time to get down to serious business! A little ointment will be placed over your transfer design for a few reasons. One is that it helps keep the transfer on longer without accidentally rubbing it off, and it also helps the needle to slide along the skin more smoothly, which is certainly going to be more comfortable to you! After the ointment is applied, it is time for the first line. If you’re nervous, don’t hold your breath. Some people have passed out during a tattoo, and trust me – it wasn’t the pain, it was the panic! Take a nice, slow, deep breath and try to relax. The first minute or so will the be roughest. After that, your skin will kind of get used to it and the pain will begin to subside.
  7. Shading and Coloring
    • Once all the linework is done, your artist can breathe a little bit easier knowing that they won’t have to worry about the transfer anymore. Now it’s time to get creative with a little shading and possibly color. Depending on the size of your tattoo, your artist may switch to a different set of needles called magnums (or mags) which are designed for coloring and shading. They may even switch tattoo machines altogether. The shading and coloring can go along quite quickly, and before you know it…you’ve got a complete tattoo.
  8. The Finished Tattoo
    • Your artist may like a picture of your tattoo for their portfolio. They’ll clean it up real good, and sometimes even apply a hot towel to it first. Then they’ll take a picture, and this is a good time for you to get a shot, too, if you brought a camera along. Taking a photo after the protective ointment is applied causes a glare, so it is best to do it now. If for any reason you do not want the artist to take a photo, just say so. You are not under obligation to let them.
  9. Dressing and Bandaging
    • Now that your tattoo is finished and clean, it needs to be treated just like a wound. A protective layer of ointment will be applied to the tattoo to prevent invasion of airborne bacteria that can cause infection. Then a bandage will be applied, and it will be taped up to make sure it is secure. It is important that you keep this bandage on for the amount of time your artist instructs, which brings us to our last step: aftercare.
  10. Receiving Aftercare Instructions
    • Your artist will now give you aftercare instructions. These should be given both verbally, and on a piece of paper for you to take home with you. It is important that you listen and follow the instructions you are given. From this point on, it is your responsibility to make sure your tattoo is well taken care of. The artist cannot be blamed if you get an infection because you didn’t follow directions.
    • We recommend After Inked products for after-care and maintaining the health of your tattoo, which we have available at the shop.
Does it hurt?

Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain. I’m not going to kid you, though – it does hurt. Just not that much. Some have compared it to a “hot scratching feeling”. But, people would not be returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad! Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there.

How much is it going to cost?

When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will ink you cheap, and you’ll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. If you can’t pay for quality, don’t bother. This is not a bargain bin. It is a piece of art you will wear for life.

Should I tip my tattoo artist?

Tipping is a really nice gesture! But, there are no real solid ground rules for tipping.

What should I get? And where?

This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have them create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your own imagination. As far as where you should get it goes, just keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where it can be easily covered up with normal clothing.

Is it OK to get a tattoo if I’m sick?

Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn’t at 100% isn’t a good idea. You’re going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won’t be able to do if it’s already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it’s very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you’re feeling well again.

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