Things  to  know


  • Make Sure You Have ID

You must be 18 or older to be tattooed at Benchmark Tattoo. We require valid identification for every individual that is to be tattooed. This is a MN state law.  No exceptions will be made.

  • Cash is preferred but cards are accepted

We do accept all major credit cards but cash is preferred. ALL CARDS WILL BE CHARGED A CONVENIENCE FEE OF 5%. We do not have an atm at the shop.

  • Friends and Family

We welcome and love your friends to come for moral support if needed, but we prefer you kep it to one person. If the shop is really busy, your friend may be asked to hang out at the front of the shop.

  • Pain Relief

If you are looking for a way to ease the pain during your tattoo Benchmark sells two different kinds of pain reducing products. Recovery Numb and Hustle Helper. They are available to buy in the shop or from our online store. We DO NOT advise using any topical pain relief that is not designed specifically for the tattooing process. Some numbing products can cause temporary changes to the outer layers of skin, which can affect the final outcome of the tattoo.

DO NOT use over the counter painkillers, prescription painkillers, alcohol or other drugs. They will cause an increase in bleeding. They will thin your blood and increase bleeding takes the tattoo ink out with it.

  • Eat Beforehand

Make sure you eat something wholesome and carbohydrate-based before leaving for the studio to keep your blood sugar levels elevated for the next few hours. A good sized meal should also help to keep you feeling alert and not too sluggish/drowsy.

  • Comfort Essentials

There are a few things you can take to a tattoo sitting to make things a bit easier for yourself. Make sure you make a bag up which contains a few items such as a snack/lunch (for tattoos over an hour), a fully charged cell phone, and maybe some headphones.

  • Wear Comfortable and Loose Clothing

Wear clothes that allow easy access to the area where you want to get the tattoo.

Example: If you are getting a thigh tattoo, wear or bring shorts. Loose clothing around the area that is being tattooed is also suggested so that the material will not rub on the newly tattooed area after your appointment is finished.

Also note there is the possibility of blood or ink on whatever you’re wearing on the day, so make sure you don’t leave the house in your favorite outfit.

  • Shower/Bathe Beforehand

Be sure to shower or bathe before your tattoo to ensure that your body is clean and ready to be tattooed. The area you intend to get tattooed should be clean and undamaged.

  • Don’t Shave The Area Of Skin That Is About To Be Tattooed

If your skin needs to be shaved, your artist will do it for you.

  • No children

For safety reasons we do not allow minors or children in the studio this includes infants.


Aftercare instructions