Moon Tattoo
1736 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX, 78757

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David Poe

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Jonathan Bravo

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Tina Poe

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Kegan Eastham

Kegan Eastham

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About

Get to know us!

Moon tattoo started in 2016 to create tattoos for those who love the art and feel connected to the experience. We're not going to say that we're offering anything new, we're not. We love and create tattoos for the same reason that humans have been getting tattooed throughout history, it’s in our ancestry to decorate our bodies and tell stories. Our artists specialize in blackwork and illustrative tattooing. Moon is filled with bright natural light, we have a very chill and quiet atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy the artwork.

FAQ

Contact us if you have any other questions!

Moon Tattoo is at 1736 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757. This is the North central area of Austin. Look for our big mural while driving West on Anderson! Take a look at the map in the Contact section to help with directions.

We have a parking lot with plenty of dedicated spaces in the front and the right side of the studio.


You must be 18 or older, no exceptions. We don’t allow people under 18 inside the studio. Remember to bring a valid government issued I.D. with photo and date of birth to each appointment, you cannot be tattooed without showing your I.D. and signing a release form for each tattoo session.


Our artists are booked out in advance, you can set an appointment with the artist you are interested in.


Most artists do require deposits to secure appointments, but each artist manages their own schedule, deposits, and policies of how they handle them.

Our artists set their own hourly rates, flat rates, or minimums. The best way to move forward is to talk to your artist about the tattoo you are thinking of.


Tips are not expected but always appreciated, similar to other service industries.


A lot of the artwork at the studio was created by our tattoo artists and most of it is for sale! Please reach out to each artist to ask about pricing.


Eat before you come in, be well rested, and show up on time! Read over our preparation instructions for more details.


Please eat before you come in. You may bring contained snacks that do not make a mess and non-alcoholic drinks to consume during breaks in your appointment. No other food or drinks should be brought in or eaten by clients or guests in the studio.


Because of the risk of complications and the law we will not tattoo anyone under the influence. It will make for a worse experience for you and your artist.


Please don't. Nobody likes to get sick, contact your artist as soon as possible to reschedule, then stay home and get better! You need to be healthy to handle the discomfort and pain of the tattoo, your body also needs strength to heal the tattoo which will be difficult if you are fighting an illness. You should not bring your illness into the studio putting your artist and everyone else in the studio at risk. In certain instances, it is illegal for us to tattoo you if your body or skin is showing evidence of unhealthy conditions.


Yes, most tattoos hurt to some degree. Everyone will feel discomfort or pain differently as pain tolerances vary with each individual. You will feel the vibration of the machine, and light to moderate stinging as the tattoo is being applied to your skin. There may be some soreness after the tattoo session, you may also notice swelling and redness, this can remain for a day or more but typically lasts less than one week.


There are possible risks and dangers associated with the application of each tattoo because needles are opening tiny holes in the skin and depositing a foreign substance, pigment. These risks and dangers include, but are not limited to:

  • The possibility of discomfort or pain
  • The permanence of the markings
  • The risk of infection
  • The possibility of allergic reaction to the pigment or other materials used

We limit the risks of infection by exceeding the standards set by The Texas Department of Health. We maintain our work environment, our equipment, and use disposable single-use items. We don’t reuse needles, tubes, or pigment, all of that is thrown away after each and every tattoo. All surfaces are covered in barriers that are also thrown away, including our gloves, and everything is wiped with hospital grade cleaners, every time. These aseptic and sterile tattooing techniques greatly minimize the risk of cross-contamination.

When getting a tattoo, pigment is deposited into your skin using a tattoo machine. The machine moves solid needles up and down quickly to puncture your skin. With each puncture, needles penetrate your skin by about one millimeter in depth and the machine deposits pigment into the newly created puncture holes. This method creates your tattoo artwork while also creating an area of your skin that is now technically an open wound.

After your tattoo artist is finished, your body needs to heal your tattoo. Like any other wound you may have had, there are steps to follow that help your tattoo heal without infection, and in this case preventing the tattoo from rejecting or altering the pigment leading to your artwork being ruined.

Caring for your new tattoo properly is very important for your health, as well as to the quality and longevity of your tattoo. Keep your tattoo clean, limit exposure, and maintain moisture!

Your artist will provide you with instructions for taking care of your tattoo, follow their guidance and contact them if you have any questions. If you need more information, read our aftercare instructions.


At the time of your tattoo, your artist will provide you with some tips on how to care for your tattoo. If you have questions, reach out to your artist. If you are waiting for your artist to get back to you and need information quickly you can read the aftercare instructions, or download the instructions in PDF.


Each artist decides what subject and which placements they are willing to tattoo. However, at Moon we won’t tattoo any type of hate-based or blatantly obscene tattoos.


Please be respectful of how small our studio is and how little extra seating there is. For this reason, we only allow one guest per client if you feel it is necessary to bring someone. Please ask your artist ahead of time if your guest is allowed to be near you while you are getting tattooed and be understanding if the answer is no. If the answer is yes, please remind your guests to keep their hands to themselves and not touch you, and not touch anything in the tattoo area. We want you to get the best tattoo possible, and that means limiting distractions, infections, and movement.

No children under 18 may be in the studio at any time.


Tips and advice for getting tattooed

Etiquette

Be clean

Your artist will be very close to you and working on your body for several hours during your tattoo appointment. Taking a shower, brushing your teeth, dressing in clean comfortable clothing before you come is the right thing to do. Don't be the smelly kid!

Dress for the day

Thinking of where your tattoo is going to be placed, put on clean, comfortable clothing that can be easily moved or removed to give your artist access to that area of your body. Your artist shouldn't have to be constantly moving your clothes around, and you also shouldn't be moving around trying to keep yourself covered. Make it easy for your artist to give you a great tattoo Wear pasties if you are concerned with staying covered.

Keep in mind that your clothing could get stained with ink near the tattoo, also consider how it will feel against your skin after the tattoo is finished.

Don't wear tight clothing that is going to rub against your fresh tattoo, this will be very uncomfortable for you and could damage the tattoo and slow the healing process.

Be on time

Your artist has several people that they need to work with each day, please be on time to your appointments so that your artist's schedule does not get thrown off. Treat it as you would any other appointment you have to be on time for, the doctor, dentist, your hair stylist! You want your artist to have enough time to give you their full attention.

Be aware of your artists late policy and their cancellation policy, as well. It could impact your deposit or future appointments.

Don’t drink or take drugs

Don't drink heavily starting the day before getting your tattoo, it can thin your blood and impact your tattoo session! Drinking heavily after getting your tattoo can also slow your healing.

Don't do drugs before you come in for your tattoo, we need you at your best so that you can sit through the tattoo without causing anyone or yourself any additional stress.

Remember that we won't tattoo you if you are under the influence, no alcohol or drugs are permitted in the studio. Take is easy for these couple of days!

Kids stay home

Tattoo studios are not the place for children. Biohazard containers, tools, supplies, and so on are not safe for wandering hands or fallen toys. Tattoos also usually take several hours which can get boring for anyone not getting tattooed, at any age. For these reasons we don't allow children under 18 years of age in the studio under any circumstance. We also do not tattoo anyone under the age of 18, per state regulations.

Don’t bring your entourage

Your artist (and any other artists working at the time) need to concentrate while tattooing, and additional people mean additional distractions.

Moon Tattoo is also pretty small without places for your friends to hang out.

Keep still

The more you move during your tattoo, the longer it is going to take for your artist to get through the work. Moving could also significantly alter the way your tattoo looks, and your artist may need to take longer to fix parts of your tattoo. All of this extra time could mean more pain and cost for you, so it's best to relax and try to remain as calm and as still as possible.This includes talking, laughing, playing on your phone, etc.

Keep your hands to yourself

There are many items in a tattoo studio that are biohazard and should not be touched for your own safety. Do not use the trash cans marked with orange biohazard stickers. Do not touch items in an artist's work area while they are tattooing or after they are done as it will be covered in biohazard materials.

What is biohazard? Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste or biomedical waste, is any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood.

Please also ask before touching an artist's personal items in their station. Any books, drawings, papers, artwork, toys, etc. should be considered their personal property and not a library or toy box for anyone to go through.

There are magazines and books available for you to enjoy while you are visiting, these can be found next to the couch.

Understand your artist’s deposit policy

Each artist manages their own deposit policy. Some artists will have non-refundable deposits, or specific rules about how far in advance you need to notify them if you need to reschedule your appointment.

Chat with your artist about their specific policies and get your questions answered before you schedule your appointments and put money down!

Don’t forget your I.D.

To comply with state regulations, you need to bring your valid (not expired) government issued I.D. with you to each tattoo appointment. We will take a copy of your I.D. each time along with the tattoo release form that you fill out and sign.

Remember that you won't be able to get tattooed you if you forget your I.D.

Don’t ask your artist to copy

Decide to work with a tattoo artist whose work you love! Bringing in artwork from someone else that you want your tattoo artist to copy is insulting and looked down upon in the industry.

Trust your artist to come up with an original idea that's made just for you and wear it proudly.

How to make tattoos hurt less

Get a good night’s sleep

Being well rested before your tattoo sets you up with a good amount of pain tolerance. Longer sessions, and more sensitive areas are easier to manage after a good night's sleep.

Eat a good meal

You want your body to have ample long lasting energy in the form of good food. This energy reserve will allow you to manage the pain of getting tattooed a lot more easily than if you had not eaten. Please eat within an hour of our appointment before coming in. Please do not bring food into the studio. You may bring contained (non-messy) snacks for your breaks.

Don’t come in if you are sick

Thinking selfishly for a moment, you want your body in the best condition to handle getting the tattoo and then to heal the tattoo. If you are sick, your body will be weaker, it will hurt more, healing will be slowed, and the eventually healed tattoo could have sub-optimal results.

Thinking of others, you also don't want to get your tattoo artist or anyone else in the studio sick.

Reschedule as soon as you are starting to feel sick, stay home to rest, and feel better quickly.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water every day has a direct impact on your skin quality. Having your skin in the best condition possible will help your overall tattoo session and the healed tattoo. Staying well hydrated will also make you feel better throughout the tattoo session.

Don’t drink alcohol the day before

Alcohol dehydrates you and drinking a lot can make your blood thinner, both of these things will make the tattoo process harder which could make the tattoo take longer than usual and hurt more. Set yourself up with a lot of water instead!

Stay relaxed

Just as important as preparing your body physically, is staying calm mentally. Remembering to breathe nice and slowly can help you manage through the tattoo.

Tattoo longevity

Stay out of the water while healing

Soaking your tattoo in water while it's healing can cause a lot of the ink that was supposed to stay in your skin to leak out. Depending on what kind of water you are getting into, you could also be introducing bacteria into the tattoo that is still trying to heal, and we want to avoid infections! Both of these can result in a horribly healed tattoo that you will not be happy with and may need to get redone.

Showers are fine, but do not soak in the bathtub, or swimming pool, lake, river, hot tub, or in any other form submerge your tattoo in water for long periods of time during the healing process. Keep it clean and follow your artist's aftercare instructions!

Protect it from the sun

Exposing a fresh and still healing tattoo to the sun could make it hurt like a sunburn and could impact the healing process. After your tattoo is healed, still keep it protected with sunblock or clothing. The sun will make tattoos fade and blur faster than most other things you could expose them to.

Go bigger

After many years, tattoo pigment will start to migrate in the skin. This is what causes the blurred look of aged tattoos. If your tattoo design is too small, the natural blurring and aging could collapse important details of your tattoo and cause the image to become less recognizable over time.

However, if you go with a larger tattoo, the details will be more spaced out on your skin. Even with some blurring the details will not merge together and your tattoo will look great for decades.

Moisturize regularly

Moisturizing is great for your skin even if you don't have tattoos! For your tattoos regular moisturizing helps keep them looking bold and bright for a long time by keeping your skin soft and supple. Overly dry skin can become flaky, cracked, or damaged which can also impact your tattoo over time. A little extra care will be worth the effort!

Black will hold up better

Black outlines are recommended in your tattoo because they will hold up over time. White linework doesn't often last or show up on most skin tones. Listen to your artist's recommendation for the best result!

White is risky

Using white as the standalone ink for your tattoo is often recommended against. White ink is harder to work with than other color inks, it's usually thicker and can go into your skin inconsistently or even make your skin slightly raised permanently after it heals. It was not created to be used as an outlining ink.

White can fade quickly, and on some skin tones will not show up well at all since it sits below your natural skin pigmentation after it heals. Your individual result could be an inconsistently faded yellowish, grayish, or beige tattoo.

Because of these reasons most professional tattoo artists will stay away from white ink tattoos, they know that in most instances the tattoo will not look the same after it has healed and will not last for their clients.

Consider body placement

There are some areas of your body that will not take ink as well as other areas, for example fingers, palms, side of your feet. There are also areas that will be hard to heal, like the top of your feet if you have to wear shoes everyday.

Sunlight will fade your tattoos, so the areas of your body that are always out in the sun will fade faster than other areas that stay protected.

You should also think of how your body might change in the future, pregnancy, significant weight gain or loss, or sagging skin.

Talk to your artist about your specific situation and their recommendations for you!

Stay hydrated

Drinking water in general is great for your skin, and that includes your tattoo. Proper hydration helps with elasticity, and will keep you and your tattoo looking fresh, supple, and youthful.

Take care of yourself

Even though there isn't a way to know how your tattoos will look for the rest of your life, the tattoo longevity tips are things you can do to give yourself the best chance at having great looking and long lasting tattoos. Overall, give your tattoos as much attention and care as you give to your general health. This way, your tattoos will age as well as the rest of you does.

Get a touch-up

As you age, so does your skin and so will your tattoos, it is inevitable. Be open to the option of having your tattoos touched up if you want them to continue to look fresh. You most likely won't need to do this very frequently, unless your tattoos are in tricky spots that are notorious for healing out, or being exposed to the sun often, for example. There isn't an exact science to when you'll need a touchup, if ever, as everyone's body is different, but think about getting it if you see the need.

Important notes

Pay attention to the address on the map

Pay attention to the building address! There is another tattoo shop very close by on W Anderson Ln, and some people get confused walking into the wrong tattoo studio looking for Moon Tattoo or our artists.

Our building is 1736, and it is written in big white letters above the front door, the signs say Moon Tattoo everywhere: On the door, above the building, on the side of the building in the mural, as well as at the street on the pylon. Check out our building photos if you need to! Hopefully you won't get lost

Prep and Aftercare

Your artist will tell you how to take care of your tattoo. Download the PDF.


Have these items on hand

  • Mild, fragrance-free soap
  • Fragrance-free deep moisturizing cream
  • Fragrance-free general skin moisturizer
  • Paper towels
  • Clean loose fitting clothing, and clean bedding that can get stained
  • Optional: Transparent waterproof wound dressing

Preparations and the day of the tattoo

  • If you are feeling ill reschedule as soon as possible
  • Moisturize your skin daily for at least a week
  • Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before your tattoo, instead stay well hydrated with water
  • The evening before, shave the area that is to be tattooed
  • Wear appropriate, clean, loose fitting clothing that can get stained
  • Be well rested and relaxed
  • Eat a nutritious meal about an hour before you come in
  • Plan on leaving with a bandage on, do not remove it before your artist tells you to

Day 1, 2, and 3

  • The morning after your tattoo, wash your hands before removing the bandage, always wash your hands before touching your tattoo
  • Clean your tattoo gently with hot water, soap, and your fingertips until it no longer feels slippery
  • Using a paper towel gently dab your tattoo dry, do not wipe
  • Gently apply a thin layer of the deep moisturizer
  • Wear clean loose clothing over your tattoo
  • Repeat the above steps once or twice per day
  • Refrain from exercising the area of your body that was tattooed

Day 4, until you are no longer peeling

  • Clean and dry your tattoo as you had been doing
  • Gently apply the general moisturizer
  • Never pick at the skin, or scratch at the tattoo, instead clean and moisturize

Until 6 weeks pass after tattoo day

  • Keep it clean
  • Apply the general moisturizer whenever the skin feels dry
  • Do not submerge in water; no swimming, soaking, tubing, sauna, or hot tubs
  • Do not expose to direct sunlight

After 6 weeks you should be fully healed and can go back to your usual activities. Remember to always wear sunscreen to protect your tattoo and to limit fading.


Texas Department of State Health Services

We are required to provide these minimum instructions:

  • For at least two weeks, minimize exposure to the sun
  • Do not go swimming
  • Properly cleanse the tattooed area
  • Apply antibiotic ointment
  • Use sterile bandages or other sterile dressings when necessary

Consult a healthcare practitioner at the first sign of infection or an allergic reaction, and report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the application of the tattoo to the artist and to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group at 1-888-839-6676.

News

Keep up with us!

Save the date and get your tickets, Moon Tattoo will be at the Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival January 26-28, 2018 at the Palmer Events Center in our hometown Austin, TX.

Moon Tattoo will be at the Star of Texas tattoo convention 2018.
Moon Tattoo was at the Dallas Tattoo Expo 2017.

The 2017 Dallas Tattoo Expo was a lot of fun! We were so honored by all of the clients who came to get tattooed by David and Jonathan and the ones who stopped by to say hello. We're looking forward to the next one!

One year!

Happy Birthday, Moon Tattoo! In April of 2017 Moon will have been open one year. We blinked and this first year flew by! It was filled with so many amazing clients who got beautiful tattoos, wonderful visiting guest artists, we made so many new friends and welcomed back some old friends as well. The Moon Tattoo family has grown with new permanent artists and scheduled more guest artists for our second year. We will also be traveling to tattoo conventions. We are so grateful for it all and looking forward to what this second year will bring.

Moon Tattoo turned 1 years old!

Awards!

Best Tattoo
Artists in
Austin
2017

A big thank you to our amazing clients for the support you've given us since we opened in April of 2016. It means the world to us to be able to make art everyday that adds to your life. Your support has also helped us be featured by Expertise.com as one of the top artists and shops in Austin for 2016 and 2017!

Hiring

We are hiring full time tattoo artists in Austin, TX.

You have professional shop experience, a great portfolio, and do custom work. We have a relaxing studio that is free from drama, drugs, or alcohol. We make our customers feel comfortable by being friendly and respectful, and provide a space where you can thrive as an artist.

Guest spots also available!

Interested? Contact us!

Moon Tattoo is hiring full time tattoo artists

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Moon Tattoo

1736 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX, 78757
(512) 670-6666
Tuesdays - Sundays 11 AM - 7 PM
Closed Mondays