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Got Questions? We've Got the Answers!

Are you planning to get tattooed or are already a frequent client of the shop? We’re not just about the ink, we’re about the entire experience. Here’s all the answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

Location & Hours

Where is Thundering Shrimp Located?

Our address is 7901 Emerald Dr. Units 11, 12 and 13, Emerald Isle, NC and we are located on the TOP floor of the Veranda Square Building across from the BP. 

What are your hours?

We are open Tuesday-Saturday 11-7ish.
We operate on "Island time" and if you have been in the area long enough, you know what that means.

Is your shop Wheel Chair Accessible?

Unfortunately, no. We are located on the 2nd floor and the building does not have an elevator.

I’m on vacation, when is the best time to get tattooed while I am visiting?

Most of our vacationers are in town for a week or more at a time. We want you to be able to explore our beautiful area and enjoy all that nature has to offer. That being said, please wait and get tattooed on the last day of your vacation. To ensure the best healing, your tattoo can not be in the sun, have sunscreen applied to it, or be in the pool or ocean.

General Tattoo Questions

Do I have to make an appointment, or do you accept walk-ins?

For larger pieces that require more drawing time, such as custom designs, we highly recommend making an appointment. A "walk-in" tattoo is a tattoo that will take less than 30 minutes of an artist's time to prepare and at most, 1.5- 2 hours to complete. We schedule appointments during the week and try to leave availability between appointments to take care of those who would like to walk in. During the summer to accommodate the busy season, we ONLY do walk-ins on Fridays and Saturdays. Our artists also have small, custom, ready to go designs just waiting for a new home! 

What is the best way to book an appointment or consultation?

We highly recommend you take a look through the portfolios and decide on who you would like to work with. Fill out a consultation form and our front desk manager will get back with you to get the ball rolling. You are also more than welcome to call the shop or stop by and talk to us in person! We do not answer DM’s on Instagram or Facebook.

Can I bring my own drawing to my appointment?

Sure thing, but keep in mind, not everything is “tattooable”. We will take your design or drawing and create something that will be uniquely yours that will also work within the parameters of how a tattoo works in your skin.

Do you offer numbing cream for tattoos or can I use my own numbing cream for my tattoos?

We do not carry numbing cream to sell in the shop.

If you decide to use your own numbing creams, please consult with your artist for guidance since there are a lot of variables.

Are there any types of tattoos you don’t do?

Our shop knows a thing or two about how tattoos work, heal and last. We believe in 10 feet in 10 years. You should be able to tell what a tattoo is 10 feet away, 10 years from now.  All tattoos expand and change with our bodies. It is pigment being placed inside living tissue. We want all of our client’s tattoos to heal effortlessly. For these reasons, we do not do watercolor style tattoos or color realism tattoos. We also do our tattoos at an appropriate size that it needs to be, to stand the test of time. We also do not do neck, face or hand tattoos.

Do you do henna or temporary tattoos?

We do not have the supplies or time to work with temporary tattoos. We do the real deal here folks!

General Piercing Questions

Do you offer Piercings?

Yes! Our piercer Chris is here at the shop Wednesday-Friday 1-7ish and on Saturday 11-7ish.

What types of piercings do you offer?

We specialize in Nostril, lobe, navel, nipple, helix, conch, tragus, diath, industrial, rook, septum and snug piercings. They are priced $30-$80 depending on the piercing and type of jewelry. We offer Titanium and Surgical Steel Jewelry.

How old do I have to be to get pierced?

If you are under 18 years old, you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian with proof of legal guardianship.

Do we use a gun or needle for piercings?

We never use a “piercing gun” to pierce our clients. These piercing guns are made of plastic parts making them impossible to sterilize. Not only that, they cause too much trauma to the area to be pierced due to how they work. Using a needle is always the way to go.

Do I have to make an appointment, or do you accept walk-ins?

We schedule appointments during the week and try to leave availability between appointments to take care of those who would like to walk in. During the summer to accommodate the busy season, we ONLY do walk-ins on Fridays and Saturdays.

Pricing

What is your shop minimum?

The shop minimum is $80. This minimum covers the artist's time and the cost of the supplies to do even the smallest of tattoos.

How much will my tattoo cost?

If your tattoo will take approximately 2 hours or less, or you came in as a "walk-in", you can ask your artist for a quote. For larger, sessional pieces we charge $150-$200/ hour depending on the chosen artist. We do not give price quotes over the phone or email. There are also NO “TAP OUT PRICING”.

What is your deposit policy?

Consultations are always free. There is no charge to come in and discuss your ideas with an artist. If you book a tattoo appointment, we require a non-refundable deposit of $80.00 to hold your spot. When you book time with an artist and put down a deposit, that is when the commitment is made and they will start to work on your drawing. Deposits are then cashed in towards the cost of your tattoo on the day your tattoo is completed. All deposits are non-refundable even if you change your mind. With the proper notice that you would like to hold off on your tattoo, reschedule, or make changes within 48 hours before your scheduled appointment, your deposit will stay on our records for 1 year only. If you do not call or show for your scheduled appointment, your deposit will be considered abandoned and in order to reschedule, a new deposit will be required. You may only reschedule 3 times before a new deposit will be required. 

Should I tip my artist?

Tipping is never required but always appreciated!

Think of it like going out to eat at one of your favorite restaurants. You leave a percentage of your bill to show your gratitude for the level of service provided.

Other Questions You May Have

What is the best way to book an appointment or consultation?

We highly recommend you take a look through the portfolios and decide on who you would like to work with. Fill out a consultation form and our front desk manager will get back with you to get the ball rolling. You are also more than welcome to call the shop or stop by and talk to us in person! We do not answer DM’s on Instagram or Facebook.

I filled out a consultation form. How long will it take to hear back from someone?

Please allow 48 hours to receive an email from our front desk manager. We are closed on Sunday and Monday so any email sent Saturday evening, Sunday or Monday, will not be answered until at least Tuesday when we re-open.

Does filling out a consultation form guarantee an appointment?

It does not guarantee a tattoo appointment, but does give you time to speak with an artist in order to properly plan for your next tattoo project. At the time of the consultation, and all goes well, you will then set a time for you to get your tattoo done in the future.

Can I bring my kids with me to my appointment?

Yes, but we prefer that you do not. We are a family business, so well-behaved children are welcome. However, please keep in mind that this is an adult industry. There is no censorship of language in a tattoo shop nor is the conversation always PG. Some clients may be uncomfortable getting tattooed in particular places on their bodies while kiddos may be peeking around. We have an open shop with not a lot of privacy. There is often nudity, cuss words and sometimes even tasteless jokes. Our waiting area is not very large and children tend to get bored easily. We ask that if you do bring your children, please be respectful of the intense focus our jobs require, and take them outside. This all being said, it may be wise to find a babysitter and enjoy your kid-free time for yourself!

Can I bring a friend to my tattoo appointment?

We all understand that getting a tattoo can be a painful and nerve-racking process and you may need a hand to hold or support from a loved one. This is fine with us, we only ask that you try and limit your company to one friend as our tattoo area is only so big.

Why didn’t my artist post a photo of my tattoo?

Please do not take it personally if your artist does not showcase the tattoo they did for you, as there could be a number of reasons. Sometimes we do a lot of the same types of tattoos and only like to post certain tattoos to show some variety in our portfolios. It could also be that we did not get the best photo of the tattoo and only like to show off our best work, a crappy photo looks terrible in a professional portfolio.