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Wilmington, NC Tattoo & Design Studio

Welcome to Good Graces Tattoo, a private tattoo & design studio founded on quality craftsmanship and solid design sensibility. We strive to deliver solid tattoos and good design solutions in a calm and engaging atmosphere. Located upstairs in the old white brick building on 118 S.17th Street just outside of downtown Wilmington, NC. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm offering custom tattoo design, illustration and digital design work. Good Graces Tattoo is predominantly by appointment only but can accommodate walk-ins when available. Thanks for stopping by!

COVID-19 UPDATE

We will be providing all information on display that you already see around town and should be well aware of at the moment. Nothing should be too new around here, but we will be asking you to please be respectful of others and yourself and follow the few simple guidelines below.

– Please wear a mask to your appointment. If you do not have one, we can provide you with one.
– Please call the shop upon arriving for your appointment. The doors will be locked in between appointments.
– Please wash your hands upon entering the shop
– Please come alone to your appointment.
– Please keep 6’ distance between yourself and the other artists here.
– If you are sick, have travelled outside of the US less than 2 weeks prior to your appt or show any signs or symptoms, we will gladly reschedule your appointment.

Although walk-ins have always been welcome, please try and call prior to coming in. We can most likely conduct a consultation over the phone. We are just trying to limit the foot traffic thru the shop and the capacity of individuals in the shop at any given time. Our shop isn’t typically that high traffic, but we do continue to ask – just as we did prior to closing, to come to your appointment alone. For the time being, we are only allowing individuals who are getting tattooed into the shop. All consultations will be done over the phone and/or via email. We will also have an additional release form with a few standard Covid questions that will be accompanying your standard release form.

This is for your safety and ours. Please be respectful to others as well as yourself by abiding by these policies as we continue to navigate thru this. We will be reaching out to our appointments affected by the pandemic and will be rescheduling them throughout the week. Thank you for your patience and patronage.

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Good Graces is currently, and has been operating BY APPOINTMENT ONLY since we reopened the first of June. If you’re looking to get tattooed immediately or same day, it most likely isn’t feasible. We are currently fielding daily requests from folks and playing catch up on back burner appointments from being shut down for 2 …

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FAQ

Can I bring a friend?

A: Sure. It’s always nice to have someone accompany you if you’re a little uneasy about getting tattooed, especially if it’s your first. However, please limit your crew to 1-2 people.

Can I bring my child?

A: Please make arrangements for childcare before coming to get tattooed. A tattoo shop isn’t the best place for children. Often there is language and other visuals not suited for young eyes and ears. In addition, it is not recommended by the Health Department.

Do I need to leave a deposit for an appointment?

A: Yes. A deposit is the only way to secure an appointment. Your deposit covers the artists time for research and preparing the drawing. It also goes towards the final session of your tattoo. If it is a small tattoo, it will go to the final cost of the tattoo. Deposits are typically $50 for smaller pieces and $100 for pieces taking more than an hour. If you cannot make your appointment(s) please provide at least a 48 hour notice. The deposit is non-refundable and is subject to void if you neglect to fulfill your obligation to make it to your appointment(s).

Do I need to tip?

A: Tattooing is a service, and tipping is always appreciated but never expected. Tipping as a general rule in a service industry is a common courtesy and recommended to be handled just as you would a stylist, waiter and/or waitress.

Do you do design work?

A: Yes. Our studio offers design and illustration services on a custom basis.

Do you do piercings?

A: No.

Do you have a shop minimum?

A: Yes, but it depends on who you prefer to get tattooed by. Each artist has their own minimum.

Do you take credit cards or are you cash only?

A: We take all major credit and debit cards, however, cash is always preferred.

Do you take walk-ins?

A: No. All of our artists book by appointment only. If you would like to get tattooed, please contact the artist you wish to work with via their individual page to set up a time for a consultation and/or tattoo.

How do I book a consultation?

A: Booking a consultation is the best way to ensure you are on the same page with the artist. Times for consultation vary depending on the artist, but your best bet is to try and book consultations when we open and close to ensure our undivided attention.

How do I book an appointment?

A: The best way is to come to the shop and talk in in person. Aside from that (especially if you are from out of town) you can give us a call and set something up that way. We are a small operation, so bear with us. We will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

How do I find your shop?

Our shop is at 118 S. 17th Street in the big white brick building on the left hand side of the road. We are upstairs in the building. You’ll enter on the south side of the building through a common area and come up the stair case into the shop. We have signage that hopefully points you in the right direction.

What are your hours?

We are open Tuesday through Saturday from noon-7pm.