Frequently Asked Questions


1925 Monroe St

Madison, WI 53711

(608) 819-8287


Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT

Wednesday through Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT

Sunday and Monday: Closed              

We are Appointment Only

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

How to Set Up 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 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. 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 cashThere 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 an 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! 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?

For anything custom yes. For small or simple designs message the shop's Facebook page.