How do I book an appointment for a tattoo? 

The best approach is to come into the shop and make an appointment, in person, with the artist of your choice.  Or, you will find we have a comprehension form on our website where you can fill in all pertinent information and an artist will contact you within 48 hours.  

Walk-ins are absolutely welcomed; however, they are based on an artists’s availability, so making an appointment is encouraged!

Do I need to book an appointment for a piercing? 

No, piercings are first come, first served.  We always have at least two piercers on and can typically accommodate our clients within a few minutes of walking in. 

How do I book an appointment for permanent cosmetics? 

Contacting Heather Pica with New Image Permanent Cosmetics directly at is the best approach.  Please make sure to mention that you’re contacting her through Nathan’s Tattoos and Piercings.   

Do I need to put down a deposit for a tattoo? 

When making an appointment for a piece, a deposit is taken. The deposit pays for the artist’s time when drawing the one-of-a-kind design and to ensure that the client will adhere to the agreed appointment time.  The deposit is applied toward the final cost of the tattoo and is nonrefundable.  Appointments can be modified with 24-48 hour notice. 

What is the minimum cost for a tattoo? 

We have an $80 minimum for tattoos.  We include a one year guarantee on our tattoos; if it doesn’t heal perfectly, we will touch it up for free. 

How old do I have to be to get a tattoo? 

In the state of California, one must be at least 18 years of age to get a tattoo.  We do not make any exceptions to this rule as it is illegal.  Please being photo identification with you when getting tattooed.  If you don’t agree, feel free to write a letter to Jerry Brown.   

How old do I have to be to get a piercing? 

Minors accompanied by their parent or guardian may get a piercing.  However, to receive a genital or nipple piercing, one must be 18 years of age or older.  Again, anyone under 18 is illegal and photo identification must be provided.   

Does it cost to talk to a tattoo artist or piercer? 

Our tattoo artists and piercers are more than happy to spend time chatting for free whether it be by phone or in-person at the shop.  You will only be charged when you commit to an appointment or procedure.   

What steps are taken to ensure a safe piercing or tattoo? 

Aseptic technique is used in every procedure.  Every needle is sterilized, used once and then disposed through a biohazard disposal company.  We wear latex and nitrile gloves that are appropriately changed to avoid cross contamination.   

Every tattoo artist and piercer has successfully completed a course in Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control Management for the Body Art Practitioner.  This training complies with the L.A. County Body Art Program for Bloodborne Pathogens and the current OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard and guideline for regulation 29 OFR 1910.1030. 

What do I need to do to prepare for my tattoo or piercing? 

Before getting one’s body art, we suggest that one comes in well rested, sober and in good health, preferably after eating a nutritious meal.  If there are any health concerns, please ask us.  If we cannot answer your questions, we will direct you to your healthcare provider.   

What kind of jewelry does Nathan’s carry? 

We initially pierce with implant grade materials such as implant grade titanium (ASTMF138) and implant grade stainless steel (ASTMF136), niobium and 14k and 18k gold. Our jewelry is internally threaded and hand polished; as well as made in the U.S.  We stand behind our jewelry.  If you have any issues with our jewelry, we will fix it or replace it for free! 

How can I special order jewelry?

Contact Crystal at or 818-340-5969 to enquire about jewelry or order a custom piece!  See our jewelry page for the professional jewelry brands that we proudly carry and offer! 

What languages can we accommodate at Nathan’s? 

Nathan’s is PROUD to say that we can accommodate clients in English, Spanish, French, German, Flemish, Farsi, Korean a little bit of Japanese! 


We are professional piercers and tattoo artists.  That means you are going to receive the utmost level of care when getting your next body modification.   Nathan’s is a reputable establishment where all employees are Bloodborne Pathogens, CPR and First Aid certified. 

We view our profession as an art form and with great reverence.  This means we do not carry or sell any form of drug paraphernalia as we feel it has no place in our industry.  We employ people with a strong ethical foundation and a great value system to ensure that our clients are treated kindly.  We believe that only through continuous education, both our staff and our customers, we will be able to provide the highest quality tattoos and piercings possible. 


All of our piercers and apprentices take advanced training courses and attend seminars year-round.  We learn the newest techniques, about the proper jewelry and aftercare and interface with our colleagues who are looked upon as some of the best piercers in the world.  Our walls are covered with our certificates from these training seminars.  This is a large financial investment on our part, but one that we feel is best for our clients and for the shop in the long run. 


We want you to be happy with your tattoo; we take great pride in our work- we want your tattoo to look good!  If you need assistance with customizing, designing, sizing and/or discussing your piece, we are more than happy to help.  We offer free touch-ups within a year of getting your tattoo, except in the case of negligence on the client’s part.