Frequently Asked Questions

*Most Asked* How do I book an appointment with an artist?

You can do this several ways and its really easy.

1. Contact the artist of your choice via their Instagram, Facebook or Website Shop page. Usually they respond but you must remember, these guys tattoo more than they email, so if you don't hear back, its totally normal. A lot of artists like to meet you at the show and book right there. An easy way to find the artists contact info is simply to google search their name with the word tattoo after it. For example: Oliver Peck Tattoo.

2. If the above fails... EMAIL US and we will help you get in touch with the artist you like but remember, they still may be very busy. Which leads us to the last and most sure fire way of getting an appointment...

3. COME TO THE SHOW! This is how 90% of tattoo appointments are set up. The artists love meeting you and working out your dream tattoo with you present. If they are busy thats ok and normal, you have over 400+ artists to choose from and these are the best in the world.

We hope this helps, cant wait to see you at the expo!

1. How painful is getting a tattoo?

Well, everyone has a different pain threshold. Some people say it feels very mild while others think it feels more painful. Every person handles it differently however there are creams that will numb the pain if you need it.

2. Is the Hawaii Tattoo Expo Family Friendly?

Absolutely! In fact we cater to families by offering a Keiki Zone for the kids to play that has painting, bouncy castles, magic and much more. Also, kids 12 and under are always FREE.

3. How safe is getting a tattoo at your expo?

Extremely safe! We have an A+ record with the Hawaii Health Department 2 years in a row. Our artists ONLY use disposable needles and tubes which mean it is opened from the sterile package and used ONLY once on the client and then disposed of properly. We take all steps to ensure absolute safe handling at our show as well as inspiring safe practices beyond our show.

4. Will there be Food & Drinks at the expo?

Yup. We realize that most people come and stay 4-6 hours so we are fully stocked with many different types of food to eat. You will be able to find soft drinks as well as beer & cocktails. We promote safe and responsible drinking so please bring a positive mindset as there are many kids and families enjoying this event.

5. How much does a tattoo at your expo cost?

Tattoos in general are pieces of art that will be on you for life. You can find deals at our expo as there are many artists working however most artists hourly rate is $75 on up. Some of the more well known artists charge $150-200 per hour. Some artists will also just offer you a flat cost regardless of how fast or long it takes to finish the work. Its also very common and very respectful to tip your artist much like you would anywhere else. 15-20% is appreciated.

6. How much is parking? What other expenses can I expect?

Parking is usually anywhere from $5-$7. We have no control over this as the venue is in contract with a parking company who handles that. Other expenses to expect would be your ticket price of $20 per day but if you get your 3 day tickets you will end up saving money on the entire package. We are the most affordable expo in the world. Others charge $50-75 per day. Food & Beverages are another expense and of course your new tattoo and merchandise you may get from the artists or vendors. Enjoy!

7. How much are tickets usually?

We are the most affordable tattoo expo there is. If you go to see any show or concert on Oahu it starts at around $25-$35 for a few hours and can go up to $80 for 1 show. Other tattoo shows run $40-$75 per day. We are $25 per day or $65 for ALL 3 DAYS. Also, the price of your entry is deducted from your tattoo with participating artists. That means when you get a tattoo, your entry is FREE.

8. How long is each day?

Our days run around 10-12 hours per day. You are welcome to stay as long or as little as you like. We have many attractions that should keep you around awhile. Most people stay roughly 4-6 hours or longer

9. Will there be actual LIVE Tattooing & Piercing at this expo?

100% yes. You will be able to come to our expo and see the best tattoo artists in the world as well as Hawaii creating amazing works of art all weekend long from Friday- Sunday. Piercing will also be taking place by industry professionals. 

10. Will there be vendors to purchase things?

Yes, as this is a Tattoo & Art show you will find clothing vendors, painters, paintings, jewelry and many other cool items like cupcake makers and more at our expo. You also will find other vendors who are not in the tattoo industry who have cool items. There are much more artists booths then there are vendor booths however you will be able to find something for yourself when stopping in.

11. Will celebrities be there?

Yes. Every year many celebrities come out to our expo. Not just the tattoo tv stars that you see on LA INK, NY INK, Tattoo Nightmares & Ink Masters but from other tv shows and movies. Tattoos are for everyone. Last year we had some of the cast of Hawaii 50 and the guy from the Terminator.

12. What is not allowed at the expo?

NO Patches or Colors or Gang Affiliated Clothing

NO Knives / Weapons Etc.

NO Outside Food & Bev

NO Refunds Or Exchanges

NO Outside Chairs

NO Ins and Outs

NO Professional Cameras unless approved by PIAE

NO Pets unless registered service animal w/ papers

NO Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia

OK Cell Phones

OK Smoking Outside

OK All Ages Welcome

OK Ages 12 & Under Free

OK Fanny Packs

OK Digital Cameras

OK Disposable Cameras

OK Film Cameras

OK Hats, Beanies, Headware (non gang affiliated)