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NORTH YORK INK

NORTH YORK INK
TATTOOS & PIERCINGS

Welcome to North York Ink! A local tattoo shop in Toronto providing our community with quality tattoos and piercings close to home. Located at the core of its district we are proud to be named after a rapidly growing community. ​​When hard work and devotion merge with passion and creativity, the possibilities are endless.

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Guest Tattoo Artists

YANI

Experienced tattoo artist who combines realism and graffiti elements. This is her first guest appearance in Toronto.

SARAH

Upcoming artist who specializes in vibrant, detailed mini tattoos and realism.

HEEK

Known for delicate, intense micro-realism. Frequently appears as a guest artist in Korea & Toronto.

what we offer

our services

Tattoos

We push the limits of our creativity to reach higher levels of artistry

Piercings

Piercings with Hand-Taylored Piercing!

Scalp Micro Pigmentation

One of the most popular hair loss treatments on the market.

Lip Blush

Improve and enhance the appearance of your lips.
THE HEALING PROCESS AND

TATTOO AFTERCARE

WET HEAL

The wet heal process is when your artist will apply a medical adhesive bandage onto your tattoo. This bandage can remain on your tattoo for 1-7 days. This medical bandage is considered your scab and you will immediately jump into ‘Day 3-7’ of the Dry Heal stages. 

The medical bandage allows your tattoo to heal and for you to be more carefree as the bandage is: 

  • Water resistance.
  • Micropores allow for breathing.
  • Keeps dirt and grime off.
  • Allows your tattoo to heal immediately.


If you’re able to keep the bandage on for 7 days your tattoo is well on its way to healing. 

If you sweat, remove the bandage and don’t allow the sweat to pool underneath.

If the bandage falls before that, DON’T worry. Your skin will revert back to the ‘Dry Heal’ Method. Follow all the steps in the Dry Heal process.

To remove the bandage:

  • Run the bandage under warm water to soften the adhesive.
  • Roll a corner up and start to pull and stretch the adhesive away from the tattoo. This will break the adhesive and allow for removal off of skin.
  • Allow soap and water to seep underneath bandage for easier removal.
  • DO NOT peel back from tattoo as this may remove healing skin and you’ll notice an imprint of your tattoo on your bandage.

Bandage Removal, First Wash & Keep Clean

Your tattoo is a fresh wound and must be kept clean. 

 

  • Remove bandage and give your tattoo a good wash with non-fragrance antibacterial soap. 
  • Pat dry with disposable paper towel and allow the tattoo to dry
  • Clean the tattoo at least twice a day for the next 2 days
  • Do not bandage again
  • Do not apply any aftercare products yet
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan

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Day 1-3

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Day 3-4

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DRY HEAL
Bandage Removal, First Wash & Keep Clean

Your tattoo is a fresh wound and must be kept clean. 

  • Remove bandage and give your tattoo a good wash with non-fragrance antibacterial soap. 
  • Pat dry with disposable paper towel and allow the tattoo to dry.
  • Clean the tattoo at least twice a day for the next 2 days.
  • Do not bandage again.
  • Do not apply any aftercare products yet.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.
Entering Scabbing Stage

Your tattoo has started to enter the scabbing stage and must be treated with care.

  • Your tattoo has started to form a scab and will feel drier and tighter. 
  • Clean your tattoo once a day unless dirty. Do not over wash.
  • Apply a sparring amount of Organic Tattoo Aftercare.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate your tattoo.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.
Scabbing Stage

Your tattoo is healing but should still be treated with care.

  • Apply your Organic Tattoo Aftercare products when necessary.
  • Your scab will start to flake and can fall off at any time.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate your tattoo.
  • Do not over wash.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.
Final Stage of Scabbing & Settling Ink

By now your scabs should have fallen off.

  • Continue to apply Natural Tattoo Aftercare.
  • Wash when necessary.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate remaining scab flakes.
  • Tattoo is still healing underneath even if all visible scabs are off.
  • Do not sun tan.

Day 1-2

Bandage Removal, First Wash & Keep Clean

Your tattoo is a fresh wound and must be kept clean. 

  • Remove bandage and give your tattoo a good wash with non-fragrance antibacterial soap. 
  • Pat dry with disposable paper towel and allow the tattoo to dry.
  • Clean the tattoo at least twice a day for the next 2 days.
  • Do not bandage again.
  • Do not apply any aftercare products yet.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.

Day 3-7

Entering Scabbing Stage

Your tattoo has started to enter the scabbing stage and must be treated with care.

  • Your tattoo has started to form a scab and will feel drier and tighter. 
  • Clean your tattoo once a day unless dirty. Do not over wash.
  • Apply a sparring amount of Organic Tattoo Aftercare.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate your tattoo.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.

Day 7-14

Scabbing Stage

Your tattoo is healing but should still be treated with care.

  • Apply your Organic Tattoo Aftercare products when necessary.
  • Your scab will start to flake and can fall off at any time.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate your tattoo.
  • Do not over wash.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.

Day 14-28

Final Stage of Scabbing & Settling Ink

By now your scabs should have fallen off.

  • Continue to apply Natural Tattoo Aftercare.
  • Wash when necessary.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate remaining scab flakes.
  • Tattoo is still healing underneath even if all visible scabs are off.
  • Do not sun tan.

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4864a Yonge St, North York,
ON M2N 5N2

Call Us:

(647) 501-8222

Email Us:

info@northyorkink.com


FAQs

This is my first tattoo, what can I expect?

Great! We love new comers! As a newbie, there are a couple things you are going to want to know before getting a tattoo:

  • You must be 18+ to get a tattoo.
  • You must not be under the influence.
  • We won’t tattoo anything insulting or offensive.
  • You must be sure you are ready for the commitment.
  • Set your tattoo goals and envision how you see yourself with tattoos.
  • Be kind. Respect the process. Have fun.


The tattoo industry can be a lot of fun, however – we take what we do very seriously. We love having our clients come back with cool ideas and we love helping you bring those ideas to life.


Our staff is here to help you through these four stages:


1. Conceptual stage

– Ideas , research, styles, themes, tones, references.


2. Placement Stage

– Real estate, size, flow, dry fitting.


3. Stencil Stage

– Stencil creation, sterilization, application, confirmation.


4. Tattoo Stage

– Session begins.

How much does a tattoo cost?

Our prices range depending on artist and experience. If you have an artist in mind give us a shout here!

I have an idea, can one of your artists help me?

Absolutely! If you’ve already got an idea you’re way ahead of the game. Let’s book you in for a Free Consultation and brainstorm some ideas together! Bring in some references, preferably on your phone or iPad, makes it easier to transfer over to us during consultation.

Do tattoos hurt?

In short, yes. But go read our article titled ‘No Pain No Ink’ and you’ll see it from a new perspective and view pain differently.


All tattoos hurt, but the level of pain you feel is all based on your own tolerance. Some areas that hurt certain people may not hurt quite the same for others. Which means: pain is subjective.


You may have heard about the heaviness of a person’s hand and how it can affect the pain level of the tattoo. This is true, needles going too deep past the dermis creates extra trauma to the skin.

Can I use numbing creams?

No. unfortunately. We won’t operate on skin that has been applied with numbing cream.


Reasons:


A. It can compromise the skin and make it harder for the artist to do their job.


B. The cream can compromise the ink.


C. If upon arrival, there is already numbing cream on, we will have to reschedule or wait till it passes. You will be charged for the artist’s time.

How old do I need to be to get pierced?

You need to be at least 18 years old to get a piercing without parental consent. If you are under 18, you will need your parent/ legal guardian consent & proof of a government issued ID.

Is titanium safe for piercings?

Titanium is the preferred material for initial piercings because it’s an elemental metal – it doesn’t contain nickel. Titanium is as strong as steel, but as light as aluminum.

 

It does not corrode, does not tarnish, It does not react to sunlight, salt-water, or any body chemistry. It is totally non-allergenic. It is the perfect solution for sensitive bodies that have problems healing piercings.

What do I need to do to prepare for my piercing?

Make sure you are hydrated and have eaten at least one meal. Low blood sugar could cause you to feel faint. Do not drink alcohol, take elicit substances or consume caffeine (coffee, energy drinks).

 

Our piercer is here to help you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your experience. Our experienced staff will help you choose the jewellery best suited for you from our collection.

 

We will work together to determine the placement of of your piercing to ensure that you’re happy with its final destination.

How do I take care of my piercing?

It’s easy:

 

1) WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

 

2) SALINE soak for five to ten minute 3 times PER day.

3) RINSE thoroughly after contact with water or soaps, to remove all traces of from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

 

4) DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper.

 

For more information check out (insert link)

Are Oral Piercings Safe?

Short answer – yes, Oral piercings are safe. There are many factors that can cause an oral piercing to become infected leading to complications during the healing process. Like any piercing you need to make sure you follow our piercing aftercare instructions to a T which you can check out here – (insert link to page).

 

Properly fitted jewelry is also crucial to reduce risk of damage to oral structures like teeth and gums. Once the initial swelling has subsided, we encourage you to return to our studio to downsize your jewelry (get smaller jewelry).

 

Make sure you find a safe, clean studio who’s piercers use appropriate sterile, disposable instruments, ALWAYS.

Tattoo FAQs

This is my first tattoo, what can I expect?

Great! We love new comers! As a newbie, there are a couple things you are going to want to know before getting a tattoo:

  • You must be 18+ to get a tattoo.
  • You must not be under the influence.
  • We won’t tattoo anything insulting or offensive.
  • You must be sure you are ready for the commitment.
  • Set your tattoo goals and envision how you see yourself with tattoos.
  • Be kind. Respect the process. Have fun.


The tattoo industry can be a lot of fun, however – we take what we do very seriously. We love having our clients come back with cool ideas and we love helping you bring those ideas to life.


Our staff is here to help you through these four stages:


1. Conceptual stage

– Ideas , research, styles, themes, tones, references.


2. Placement Stage

– Real estate, size, flow, dry fitting.


3. Stencil Stage

– Stencil creation, sterilization, application, confirmation.


4. Tattoo Stage

– Session begins.

How much does a tattoo cost?

Our prices range depending on artist and experience. If you have an artist in mind give us a shout here!

I have an idea, can one of your artists help me?

Absolutely! If you’ve already got an idea you’re way ahead of the game. Let’s book you in for a Free Consultation and brainstorm some ideas together! Bring in some references, preferably on your phone or iPad, makes it easier to transfer over to us during consultation.

Do tattoos hurt?

In short, yes. But go read our article titled ‘No Pain No Ink’ and you’ll see it from a new perspective and view pain differently.


All tattoos hurt, but the level of pain you feel is all based on your own tolerance. Some areas that hurt certain people may not hurt quite the same for others. Which means: pain is subjective.


You may have heard about the heaviness of a person’s hand and how it can affect the pain level of the tattoo. This is true, needles going too deep past the dermis creates extra trauma to the skin.

Can I use numbing creams?

No. unfortunately. We won’t operate on skin that has been applied with numbing cream.


Reasons:


A. It can compromise the skin and make it harder for the artist to do their job.


B. The cream can compromise the ink.


C. If upon arrival, there is already numbing cream on, we will have to reschedule or wait till it passes. You will be charged for the artist’s time.

Piercing FAQs

How old do I need to be to get pierced?

You need to be at least 18 years old to get a piercing without parental consent. If you are under 18, you will need your parent/ legal guardian consent & proof of a government issued ID.

Is titanium safe for piercings?

Titanium is the preferred material for initial piercings because it’s an elemental metal – it doesn’t contain nickel. Titanium is as strong as steel, but as light as aluminum.

 

It does not corrode, does not tarnish, It does not react to sunlight, salt-water, or any body chemistry. It is totally non-allergenic. It is the perfect solution for sensitive bodies that have problems healing piercings.

What do I need to do to prepare for my piercing?

Make sure you are hydrated and have eaten at least one meal. Low blood sugar could cause you to feel faint. Do not drink alcohol, take elicit substances or consume caffeine (coffee, energy drinks).

 

Our piercer is here to help you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your experience. Our experienced staff will help you choose the jewellery best suited for you from our collection.

 

We will work together to determine the placement of of your piercing to ensure that you’re happy with its final destination.

How do I take care of my piercing?

It’s easy:

 

1) WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

 

2) SALINE soak for five to ten minute 3 times PER day.

3) RINSE thoroughly after contact with water or soaps, to remove all traces of from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

 

4) DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper.

 

For more information check out (insert link)

Are Oral Piercings Safe?

Short answer – yes, Oral piercings are safe. There are many factors that can cause an oral piercing to become infected leading to complications during the healing process. Like any piercing you need to make sure you follow our piercing aftercare instructions to a T which you can check out here – (insert link to page).

 

Properly fitted jewelry is also crucial to reduce risk of damage to oral structures like teeth and gums. Once the initial swelling has subsided, we encourage you to return to our studio to downsize your jewelry (get smaller jewelry).

 

Make sure you find a safe, clean studio who’s piercers use appropriate sterile, disposable instruments, ALWAYS.

Welcome to North York Ink! A local tattoo & piercing studio providing the community of North York with quality tattoos and piercings close to home. When hard work and devotion merge with passion and creativity, the possibilities are endless.

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