Gastown Tattoo Parlour
  • What is your SHOP RATE?

*As of January 2019 our shop base rate will be $200 an hour and our minimum rate will be $120*

Our shop base rate is $180 an hour.

Minimum rate is $100.

However, each artist reserves the right to charge outside the base rate as they see fit. Any questions on pricing can be brought up directly with your artist during your consultation. 

Our artists do not charge for consultation or drawing time, just the time you're in the chair.


  • What is the MINIMUM AGE to get a tattoo?

18 years old. No exceptions!

We require 2 pieces of I.D. for anyone who looks younger than 25. 


  • Do you take WALK-IN appointments?

Yes, we take both walk in and booked appointments. Walk in appointments are on a first come first serve basis and are subject to artist availability and design.  We recommend calling before you come so that you are not disappointed! Sometimes our artists will have cancellations and spots open up on short notice.


  • How do I make an APPOINTMENT?

Submit a request on our submission form and include the following:

  • Subject matter of tattoo

  • Sizing (does not have to be exact, you can use examples for scale)

  • Placement (where on the body you want it)

  • Reference photos (if you have any, please keep it to a minimum)

  • Ink Preference (black and grey or colour)

  • Budget (if you have one)

Someone will get back to you. First, the front must forward your request to the appropriate artist(s). Then they must wait to receive a response from the artist. Sometimes this can take a few days as there are many request for our artists to go through. Please be patient with us.

Email us back if you have not received a response in 72 hours. We then will follow up.


  • Do I need to pay a DEPOSIT in order to book?

Yes, a deposit is required in order to book an appointment. The amount will depend on the tattoo and how long it is projected to take. Deposits start at $50 minimum and can go up to $200 for full day appointments.  Your deposit will be deducted from the final total. If you give at least 72 hours notice prior and need to cancel, we can reschedule your appointment and roll your deposit over. Deposits, however, are non-refundable. It is the tattoo artist who would receive the deposit amount if you fail to make your appointment, not the shop.  Please call the shop to cancel or reschedule an appointment.


  • What form of PAYMENT do you accept?

We accept cash, debit, MasterCard, Visa and PayPal. No cheques and no Discover cards. Identification will be required for credit card purchases.


  • How do I CARE for my tattoo?

Your artist will explain to you in detail the aftercare instructions. Sometimes our tattooists will provide different aftercare advice depending on the particular tattoo.

Generally speaking, after the tattooing is complete, a thin layer of ointment and a bandage will be applied to the area.  After anywhere from a few hours to twelve hours,  you will remove the bandage and wash your tattoo with a mild soap, pat it dry with paper towel.  One effective technique for healing a tattoo is to simply keep it dry and allow it to scab up as quickly as possible. This usually takes a few days for it to get to this stage.  After a few days you can then apply either an unscented Lubriderm (which can be obtained at any drug store) or a tattoo aftercare product. 

DO NOT shave over your healing tattoo for a couple of weeks.  DO NOT soak your healing tattoo in water (I.e., swimming or baths).  After three days you can switch to an unscented skin lotion.  Your tattoo will begin to flake and peel after about three days. DO NOT pick at your tattoo or you can pull pieces of your tattoo right out.  When it stops flaking/and or peeling, you will notice a shiny appearance to your tattoo.  That shiny appearance will go away and your tattoo will be completely healed.  Please, always protect your tattoo with minimum 30 SPF sunscreen. This will help prevent fading of your tattoo.

If you have any more questions don’t be afraid to G.T.P. to ask!


You can email info@gastowntattoo.com or call the front desk 604-642-6556 / 604-915-3059

  • What is MICROBLADING?

Also known as brow feathering, eyebrow tattoos or eyebrow embroidery, we achieve your desired look by implanting colour micro-pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of a tiny, sterile, disposable needle. It is the process of creating semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos, using delicate hand drawn small tattoo strokes to look like natural hairs. The results leave you with defined brows to enhance the natural features of your face.


  • How does this DIFFER from standard body tattooing?

The purpose of microblading or feathering is to enhance the natural features of a client. It is softer and more subtle. It is meant to be natural looking beauty enhancement. The pigments we use for eyebrows are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired to allow the technician to make changes to colour and shape over the years as the client’s natural colouration and facial changes occur.


  • What are the BENEFITS?

Whether your brows are sparse and uneven, or you’re looking for a low-maintenance, polished appearance, brow tattooing can enhance your current arches.

Benefits include:

  • The look of naturalfull and even brows
  • Semi-permanent, allowing adjustment to your brow shape as you age or as beauty trends change
  • Waterproof
  • Camouflages sparse areas for a natural look
  • Can hide scars

  • What are your CREDENTIALS?

Reputation is everything. Gastown Tattoo has been in business since 2011 and we have developed a reputation over that time as doing quality work and offering exceptional customer service. We have done thousands of tattoos and offer a first class environment. Our pricing is always fair and we stand behind our work. All of our staff are professionally trained.

-Currently we are offering quality microblading at a competitive rate of $500.

-We use only the top European and North American made pigments and blades.

-We are fully insured.

-The pigments we use do not contain ferric oxide which means that we have the ability to laser it off in the rare event that you were not satisfied with how the procedure turned out.


  • What can I expect from the PROCEDURE?

Pre Appointment:

For best results, we recommend the following:

  • Stop using skin thinners (vitamin A, glycolic acids, exfoliation) on the brow area 2 weeks prior to your appointment
  • Do not consume alcohol, caffeine or blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen, or Niacin) 24 hours before your procedure, to avoid excess bleeding
  • Avoid working out the day of your appointment
  • Avoid sun/ tanning bed exposure for 3-4 weeks BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your deposit. As your skin exfoliates from a sunburn, it will take the tattoo pigment with it
  • Some cosmetic procedures should be completed prior to your brow tattoo:

o   Brow waxing/shaping (2 days in advance)

o   Brow tinting (1 week in advance)

o   Cosmetic botox/fillers (2 weeks in advance)

Consultation & Brow Design: (30 min)

Please bring any brow example photos that catch your eye. As artists, we will work with you to shape and design a set of brows that highlights your natural facial features. From there, we choose a pigment match based on your skin tone and hair colour. This consultation can occur prior to your actual microblading appointment or done the same day before we begin.

Numbing and Eyebrow Mapping: (45 min)

To begin the process we map out the brow to find the most optimal shape for your face, thereby creating what would have grown in naturally.  Also,  we want you to be as comfortable as possible Prior to the procedure, a topical anesthetic (5% lidocaine ointment) is applied. We also layer an additional numbing agent during the tattooing.

Tattooing: (60-90 min)

Your microblading specialist will carefully create small strokes of pigment that mimic the appearance of natural brow hair within the designed shape.

Post Appointment Healing:

The full, deep healing process takes 6-8 weeks; however, your visible top layers of skin will heal after 2 weeks. Your brows will experience a few normal mild side effects (slight redness, itchiness and peeling), which clients compare to the feeling of a sunburn.

Expect your tattoo to appear darker for the first 3-5 days. After day 4 or 5, light peeling will occur, revealing lighter and softer hair strokes.

Long-term aftercare is crucial for the longevity of your brow investment. More information is available near  the bottom of this page.


  • How much does it COST?

The initial appointment is $500.

Recommended first touch up is $150.

Annual touch up (1-2 years after initial service is $275.

*For clients wanting annual touch ups on brows done elsewhere a consultation is required to determine the pricing.

For freckles, the initial appointment is $150.


  • How will it look in the HEALING PROCESS?

Healed results will vary from person to person. Your results will vary depending on skin type, lifestyle and the immediate and long-term aftercare of your new tattoo. Once healed (after 6 weeks), the colour will reduce by 30-50 percent. Patchiness and lightness can be perfected during your second session.


  • Will I need a TOUCH UP?

The majority of clients require 2 sessions to have their brows perfected. Touch up appointments can be made 2-3 months after your first visit. Clients with fuller brows may not need additional touchups; however, clients with little or no natural brow hairs, or have corrected work, may need further density added.

After we’ve achieved your desired brow, an annual touchup is highly recommended to maintain the tattoos.


  • How long will it LAST?

Your brow tattoo will last 1-3 years depending on lifestyle, sun exposure and skin type. Oilier skin types tend to fade quicker than drier skin types.


  • Will it be PAINFUL?

To ensure maximum comfort during the procedure we use a topical numbing with 5% lidocaine prior and during your procedure. Since pain tolerance and sensitivity varies individually, we can’t say exactly how it will feel for you. The procedure uses a smaller needle than traditional tattooing and should hurt significantly less. Clients have related the procedure with eyebrow threading, plucking multiple hairs at once or a light scratching of the skin.


  • Will this remove any NATURAL HAIR?

We incorporate as much of the natural brow hairs as possible. Any strays that lay outside of the brows design will be removed.


  • Can you do FRECKLES?

Yes we do. Using the same method as we do with the micropigmented eyebrows, we can create realistic freckles on your face which will fade away in time. Please email the shop to find out about rates, etc.

The initial appointment costs $150.  


  • Possible to have the procedure when PREGNANT /BREASTFEEDING?

Although microblading is a safe and low risk procedure, for your own safety and peace of mind, Gastown Tattoo will not tattoo any clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you discover you are pregnant and have an appointment scheduled, please notify us so we can reschedule and make future arrangements.


  • Does it work for EVERYBODY?
  • If you have extremely oily skin, the hair stroke eyebrow technique will NOT work well for you. The constant production of oil will cause the hair strokes to heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdery than defined.
  • If you have little to no existing hair, your tattoo will appear more two-dimensional than those clients who have more hair naturally.
  • If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner.
  • If you are iron deficient or anemic, your pigment may fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure.

  • How will it AGE?

During your appointment, we will analyze your skin’s undertone to anticipate how pigment colours will fade in the future. We also mix pigments to ensure the colour blends well with your existing eyebrow and hair colour.

The majority of tattoos stay true to colour and lighten naturally over time; however, in some cases colours may fade to different tones according to the individual’s response to the pigments.

Many factors affect these changes, such as lifestyle and iron deficiencies. At your follow up appointment, we will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial colour. Special formula alteration to correct the colour and to prevent further change is made at this time. Your eyebrow tattoo will eventually look softer and have more of a “powdered” look. This happens with all clients as the skin ages. To keep your hair strokes looking good, a refresher appointment is suggested every 1 to 2 years. Results vary with each client.


  • Is this procedure STERILE?

Yes. We pride ourselves on our reputation of being a clean and sterile studio. We only practice with single use, disposable needles. This means each set-up for a new client is safely discarded afterwards. Each of our stations are thoroughly disinfected before opening and after each procedure throughout the day. Our shop has been in business for over 5 years with a track record that speaks for itself.


  • How to CARE for my microblading tattoo?

Aftercare (The treated area is an open wound, and can become infected easily if not taken care of properly)

  • Keep area dry from all liquids for 7 days after treatment. All liquids will expand a wound and create extra scabbing, as well as creating unwanted pigment migration.
  • Disinfect the treated area twice a day with q-tip and a small amount of saline solution.
  • In case of irritation and swelling, a very small amount of bacitracin can be used on the area during the first 4 days
  • DO NOT use any other ointments, creams or antibiotics on the area besides the ones that I give to you!
  • After day 7 you can use gentle soap to clean treated area.
  • No workouts for 48 hours post procedure
  • No saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools, lakes or rivers for at least 2 weeks
  • Avoid smoke, dust, dirt and debris for the first 7 days
  • No sunbathing or tanning for at least 3-4 weeks
  • No tinting, chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser or botox for at least 3-4 weeks
  • No makeup or cosmetics on treated area for at least 10 days
  • DO NOT SCRATCH, ITCH, RUB, TOUCH or SLEEP on treated area while healing!!!!

You can email info@gastowntattoo.com or call the front desk at 604-642-6556 / 604-915-3059

  • What makes our tattoo removal service UNIQUE or BETTER than others out there?

The bottom line is getting the best results possible. We put extra time and attention into every client and each treatment, knowing that they deserve only the best. We do a thorough consultation with each client to ensure the most beneficial tattoo removal strategy is used as well as to ensure you don’t have any pre-existing medical conditions which may lead to unwanted risks. Different skin types can handle different intensities of the laser. Being affiliated with a tattoo shop as well, we have a good idea as to how to approach your tattoo removal, whether it be preparing it for a cover up or removing it entirely. We can recognize characteristics of your tattoo (type of ink used, depth of ink) that can help us better predict what sort of results you might expect. Clients that come to us are seeking expertise, quality, and experience that comes from specializing in one laser service, tattoo fading and removal.

  • We have done over 3000 laser tattoo removal treatments over the past few years and have received the appropriate training. Experience and proven track record is a must in this business.

  • We do not charge for consultations.

  • We are fully insured. Make sure you ask any tattoo removal operator if they carry the appropriate professional liability insurance.

  • We use one of the best and safest lasers on the market that is designed for tattoo removal purposes not other aesthetic purposes

  • We have multiple wavelengths to treat a range of colours (1064nm, 532nm and 650nm). Many lasers out there have only one or two different wavelengths.

  • We get resultssee our real client pics


  • How are tattoos REMOVED?

Q-switched lasers are used at Vancouver Tattoo Removal and are effective and safe for all skin types.  Laser energy is directed at the tattooed area for a fraction of a second, passing harmlessly through the outer layer of the skin and targeting the tattoo ink directly. The laser fragments the ink, allowing your body to absorb it and break it down naturally. Earlier methods involved the use of dermabrasion, salibrasion, surgery and C02 lasers, but these methods left behind scarring or lighter skin in place of the tattoo. Also commonly seen on the internet are tattoo removal creams—which do not work (some of our clients have tried these other methods before coming to us and some have been scarred by these creams and chemical injection techniques).


  • How much will it COST?

Pricing starts at $80 per laser treatment and our maximum per session is $180 (for a very large tattoo).   If you have multiple tattoos we price by total size. So, you might have 2 small tattoos and it might only cost you $80 per session to treat both at the same time.  Extremely large tattoos such as big back pieces and full sleeves will have to be broken into separate sessions.  During your free of charge consultation we will give you a quote for how much your tattoo removal will cost per session. Payment by cash, Visa, Mastercard or Debit cards. No checks.


  • How many SESSIONS would I need?

Each person is unique as their tattoo therefore results vary depending on multiple factors. Home-made, or very lightly applied tattoos are generally not as deep and contain lesser quality ink that breaks down easier.  Older tattoos come out faster than recently done tattoos. Blow outs can often be corrected in only one session. Fading a tattoo for a cover-up most often requires a few sessions. Laser sessions are spaced out 6 to 10 weeks apart. The longer you wait between sessions, the better results you will have. Time is a very important factor in this process as your body needs time to get rid of the broken down ink. The number of treatments depends on the amount of ink used, type of ink, depth of ink placed in skin, location, age, colours, and each person’s individual health considerations. Some parts of the tattoo can come out extremely fast (I.e., light shading) while deeper line work and certain colours will take longer to come out.


  • How do I BOOK an appointment?

There are a couple of options. You can call the front desk at the shop (Gastown Tattoo Parlour) at 604-642-6556 or 604-915-3059. The counter person usually works from 11am-6pm each day. Or, you can email us at info@tattooremovalvancouver.com. You can start off with just a consultation or have your first session immediately following your consultation.

Please note: if you don’t show up for your appointment we will require you to pay a $25 deposit the next time.  Please call the shop to cancel an appointment if you are not able to make it and give at least 24 hours notice. Cancellations cannot be made online through Schedulicity.


  • Do I need a CONSULTATION?

This is the first step. A consultation is required before any laser treatment. It involves taking a health history, evaluating the tattoo, explaining the procedure, reviewing risks and benefits, options, answering questions, and establishing the price per treatment. Clients must be at least 18 years of age and have photo identification. Consultations are free of charge. We can also give you a quote as to the price we would charge per session if you send us a photo of your tattoo.


  • Can I remove a BRAND NEW tattoo?

Unfortunately we cannot apply lasers to brand new tattoos that have not fully healed as this would pose a risk to your skin and not effectively remove the ink.  Tattoos normally take about 4-6 weeks to heal. We ask that your tattoo is at least 2 months old before we laser it.  Generally speaking, the older the tattoo is the easier it is to remove.  So a newer tattoo is going to require more sessions than one that is least a year or two old.


  • Is it possible to only have PART of a tattoo removed?

Yes, we can often fix blown out lines, or remove parts of shading or other line work that you are not happy with. We can block out the other parts of your tattoo so that they laser does not hit there.


  • Is it PAINFUL?

Yes, it can be. The laser emits light in very short flashes called pulses. The impact of the pulse is described as a snap of a rubber band or a hot pinprick. Different people have different pain thresholds. We use ice packs to cool the skin and help reduce the pain. In our opinion ice packs are as effective as the air blowing devices that some places may use.

We also sell Zensa topical anesthetic for $40 per tube that you can apply an hour before your appointment. Many patients say that this takes away up to 50% of the pain. So come down to the shop to pick one up before your appointment.

Keep in mind, the laser procedure is very short in time (a small tattoo might only take 20 seconds). Usually by the time you leave our facility the pain is already gone and it just feels like a sunburn. Most of our clients say that it was not as bad as what they expected it to be.


  • Are there SIDE EFFECTS?

Laser tattoo removal is a safe procedure with minimal risks. The chance of scarring is less than 2%, if you follow the after-care instructions. The risk of scarring can increase for dark skin tone, poor circulation, immune system deficiencies, taking Accutaine, some health conditions, taking certain medications, or having a history of keloids or elevated scarring. Any scarring pre-existing before the procedure will remain after the tattoo ink has been removed. During our pre-screening process we will ask you some health-related questions. If we feel that you are in a high risk category, we may decline doing the procedure on you. If you have had an extreme amount of sun exposure on the area to be treated we also we decline doing this procedure on you (may cause hypo or hyper pigmentation).


  • Do all inks RESPOND THE SAME?

No, but black ink removes the best. Red, orange and warmer colours respond well. Yellow is variable but can be removed. We can also be effective on a lot of green inks.  Some blue and purple inks are more challenging colours to remove but our laser can sometimes remove them although complete removal cannot be guaranteed. We can’t remove white ink tattoos and we rarely offer removal of permanent makeup pigments (they may contain an oxide which turns black when in contact with a laser).


  • Will the tattoo be REMOVED COMPLETELY?

In many cases, yes. It is very common to achieve at least 90-95% fading. However, it is very important to know that over 100 types of tattoo inks are used today and some of them react differently to the laser treatment. Without the standardized of inks used it makes it difficult to predict the degree of removal of any tattoo. We can never guarantee 100% removal — no laser provider out there can guarantee 100% removal on every tattoo.


  • Can COSMETIC EYEBROW tattoos be removed?

Although we don’t generally remove cosmetic tattoos (because the ink is often different), there are times we can laser eyebrow tattoos that did not turn out the way you wanted. We can do a test spot to see if the pigment will respond positively to our laser. At our shop, Gastown Tattoo, we recently added microblading services as well (fine hair stroke realistic, semi-realistic eyebrow tattoos). So our specialist can come up with a complete plan to fix and replace your existing eyebrow tattoos.  Check out www.gastowntattoo.com/microblading for more info on that service


  • What to expect AFTER removal procedure?

An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red/swollen/bruised for up to 72 hours. Blistering can occur. It is quite common for the treated area to feel itchy after the treatment.  Following the steps below will help ensure that your skin heals up nicely following the treatment.

1. The treated site should be kept clean and dry while it is healing, and out of the sun. Clean the area gently with soap and water and gently pat the area dry.  If a blister forms, it is important not to pop it or pick at it. You can apply neosporin, polysporin, aquaphore or aloe vera to it.  A shower can be taken the next day (use lukewarm rather than hot water), and the site should not be scrubbed. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next several weeks as the body disperses it.

2. You should apply cool compresses (ice packs) as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation.

3. Do no pick at the blister or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.

4. Do not wear make-up or any other cream on the area for 48 hours.

5. Wear a sunblock (SPF 25 or higher) over the area following the treatment.

6. It is recommended that you regularly massage, with aloe vera, the treated area to help speed up the body’s ability to disperse the ink. It is also important to drink 5 to 10 glasses of water a day for the first week to assist lymphatic drainage.

7. If the area looks infected contact us or visit a doctor immediately.  Call us if you have any concerns (604-642-6556 or 604-915-305). We are here to help!


You can email info@gastowntattoo.com or call the front desk at 604-642-6556 / 604-915-3059

  • Are your sterilization procedures LEGITIMATE?

Our shop procedures and guidelines are approved and administered by the Vancouver Coastal Health authorities.

Needles, ink, ointments, gloves and surface coverings are all one-time use disposable products.

We have a sterilization room which contains our high performance Ritter M9 Autoclave. This is one of the industry’s best autoclaves used for sterilizing equipment and is currently used in hospitals. Each month we are also responsible for submitting spore tests to maintain quality standards.

Tattoo tubes are placed in an ultrasonic cleaner, scrubbed, then run through the autoclave to ensure they are clean and sterile for use.

Each station is fully sanitized after every appointment.

When you come by our shop feel free to ask for a tour and we can go over our procedures with you!


You can email info@gastowntattoo.com or call the front desk at 604-642-6556 / 604-915-3059

  • Why do you have TWO PHONE #s?

You can reach us at either number! 

Our shop expanded in November 2016. Now we have a third level studio that requires a different phone line. This also helps distribute the traffic of callers in order to better assist our customer requests. 

If you are intending to make a payment over the phone (i.e. deposit), we prefer to be reached at 604-642-6556.


You can email info@gastowntattoo.com or call the front desk at 604-642-6556 / 604-915-3059