Frequently Asked Questions


1925 Monroe St

Madison, WI 53711

(608) 819-8287


Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT (by appointment only)

Wednesday through Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT (by appointment only)

Sunday and Monday: Closed              

What makes A Dead Anchor Tattoo different?

We are a Private Customs Studio

  • We are by appointment only. We may offer same-day appointments, but it is rare.

  • Please fill out a consult form for your artist of choice well in advance to book the tattoo you want to get when you want to get it.

  • Although our hours of operation are listed on Google, if we do not have an appointment, or we have finished for the day, we may not stay at the shop. So, if you show up and the lights are dark, it's likely because we didn't know you were coming! To avoid confusion, book an appointment. Trust us, we would love to see you.

Before You Book an Appointment

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

  • DO NOT call on behalf of someone else. It is impossible to communicate effectively through additional people.

  • Filling out a consultation form online for the artist of your choice is the best way to start a consultation. Our consultation forms are free, hosted online, and we will communicate with you via email because it is the most effective way for us to keep all our requests in one place.

How to Set Up a Consultation

  • Unless specified by the artist you're working with, 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, so we rarely offer in-person or phone consultations. Please fill out a consultation form for the artist of your choice on their respective website.

What to Bring to Your Tattoo Appointment

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

  • 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 friend or family member for support.

  • 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.

Piercing Appointments

  • Call ahead, (608) 819-8287, or message the shop Facebook page for piercing availability.

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

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. Our shop minimum is $250, as we tend to take larger scale projects. If you're looking for something smaller, please consider giving us a call first.


How can I pay for a tattoo?

We only accept cashThere are several ATMs near our location.

Do you accept walk-ins?

No, we are by appointment only. Please fill out a consultation form and set up an appointment with your artist of choice in advance.

How do I schedule an appointment?

When you fill out a consultation form, your tattoo artist will communicate with you via email to set up a time and date that works for your schedule and ours. Some of our artists take tattoo deposits to book appointments. Please read each artists FAQ section of their website for more information.

Do tattoos hurt?


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

You can absolutely bring in your own designs if you so choose! They can be emailed to the artist during the consultation process, or printed and brought in at the time of your appointment.

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! Enter the middle door between the two street facing shops. Once inside, go straight through the door and hallway. On your right there will be a staircase; take the stairs down one floor an there will be a door immediately to your left. That is our shop. We love hiding! lol :)

If you need an elevator, rather than taking the staircase, go straight and go down one level. Once exiting the elevator walk straight until the woman's bathroom sign is on your right. Turn left, and there will be a staircase up and a door in front of you. The door in front with the A Dead Anchor sign is our studio.

How much is a ____ 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 use 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 a ____ piercing?

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

Should I fill out a consultation form?

Yes. Please click on the artist's profile of your choice and fill out their consultation form. It makes everything easier and more efficient for everyone involved!