Frequently Asked Questions


1925 Monroe St

Madison, WI 53711

(608) 819-8287


Walk-In or Appointment?

  • We are an appointment only studio.
    Please contact us well in advance to get the tattoo you want when you want it.

  • "I stopped by the shop and no one was there!" This happens when we are appointment only. If we don't have an appointment, or we have finished for the day, we might not stay at the shop. To avoid this confusion, book an appointment. Trust us we'd love to see you.

Before you Book an Appointment

  • Have an idea in mind of the tattoo you want.

  • DO NOT call for someone else, it's impossible to communicate effectively through additional people.

  • Email is the best way to start a consultation.

  • Smaller tattoos (lettering, punctuation or simple designs smaller than 2 inches) may not require a consultation, but booking an appointment is the best way to get the tattoo you want when you want it.

What to Bring to a Consultation

  • Unless specified by the artist you're working with, most of the artists at A Dead Anchor prefer to work through an online consultation. The time while we are at the shop is dedicated to our client for that day.​

    • What to Bring to get a Tattoo

  • A government-issued I.D. (Driver's License, Military I.D. or Passport), NO STUDENT I.D.s.

  • Eating and bathing before a tattoo is helpful for you and your tattoo artist.

  • Wear comfortable/loose clothing that allows access to the tattoo area and covers your junk (or lady junk).

  • DO NOT bring children under 18 to the shop. Feel free to bring one or two friends/family for support.
    If the shop is very busy, only one person may be allowed with you during the tattoo.

  • Charge your phone/tablet or bring a book. You will be sitting in one place for longer than normal.

  • Bring cash or visit one of the ATMs in our area (Tobacco Plus, Neuhauser Pharmacy or Associated Bank).

  • Remember to keep breathing, don't hold your breath. Let your artist know if you need a break or are starting to feel sick. During long sits your artist may need a break as well.


Consult Sheet

Call ahead for piercing availability, (608) 819-8287.

Walk-in piercings may not be possible if you show up without calling first.

Must be 18 (with I.D.) or 16 with a parent (both must have I.D.) to get pierced.

For piercings message the shop facebook page for availability. 

Must be 18 (with I.D.) or 16 with a parent (both must have I.D.) to get pierced.


When we are with our clients 100% of our time is devoted to them. If we haven't answered your phone call, no need for panic! You can leave us a message or shoot us a message on our shop facebook page. The shop facebook page is like our phone.

How much does a tattoo cost?

Tattoo prices are based on the size and complexity of the tattoo. Our artists will work with you to determine the ideal size and amount of detail for a price quote that fits your budget. The minimum price for a tattoo is $100 for a very small tattoo (initials or a simple design, about the size of a quarter).


How can I pay for a tattoo?

We only accept cash!  There are several ATMs near our location.

Do you accept walk-ins?

No, we are by appointment only. Appointments are better for you and the studio!

How do I schedule an appointment?

The best way to schedule an appointment with us is to send messages to the shop Facebook or email and artist.

Do tattoos hurt?


Do I need to bring in my own references/designs?

You can absolutely bring in your own designs! They can be printed or emailed to the artist. We will also have a consultation to help turn your ideas into great tattoos.

I am 16 years old, if I bring my mom can I get inked?

No. You must be 18 years or older to get tattooed.

I can't find your shop, where are you located?

Our address is 1925 Monroe St. There is a big purple 1925 sign above our door! Go in, down the hall on the left side, turn right and follow the stairs down, then look left.  We love hiding! lol

How much is ____ piercing?

Our body piercings start at $60 per piercing. Industrial piercings are $80 . Nipples are $120.

I want to get this (retail brand) nose ring, do you carry those?

We do not carry retail jewelry, we will only poke you and give you the standard jewelry. But the jewelry is included in the piercing price!

Can I bring my student ID?

No. You must have a government or state-issued identification, driver's license, passport, military ID, etc.

I am 16 years old, can I get ____ piercing?

Yes! You must bring a parent with you, and both of you must have your I.D.

Should I fill out a consultation form?

 For anything custom yes. For small or simple designs message the shops Facebook page.


Tuesday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday-Saturday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Sunday & Monday: Closed              

Consult Sheet