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 BOOKING / FAQ  

  • How do I make an appointment?
    To ensure we value everyone's time, we have streamlined our booking procedures. All appointments are scheduled exclusively through the designated form. When filling out the form, please provide us with as many details as possible, keeping in mind that it will serve as your "consultation," and your design will be based solely on the images and descriptions you provide. Therefore, it's crucial that you provide us with as much information/ as many details as possible. Once we receive and review your request, we will touch base via email with the next steps in the booking process. (PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR JUNK/SPAM FOLDERS) *Please note that a deposit is REQUIRED for an appointment to be placed on the books. We will provide information on how to make a deposit once the design has been approved and is ready to be scheduled. *** No deposit - No appointment- No appointment - No tattoo ***
  • Do I have to have an appointment or do you take walk-ins?
    We are ONLY available by appointment at this time. Our tattoo shop is a very small, unique operation in a high-traffic tourist destination. Due to the significant demand for our artist's superior services, he remains exceptionally busy throughout the year; generally scheduling 2-3 months in advance. Unfortunately, we do not offer same-day online appointments. ALL appointments are offered FCFS (first-come/first-serve)
  • How much will my tattoo be?
    EVERY tattoo starts at our shop minimum of $200 (approx 1" x 1" ) basic location/no color and goes up from there based on many variables such as but not limited to: size/style/location/etc. Once you and the artist agree on all of the final details AT the scheduled appointment, the design will be placed on the grid, which will determine the final cost. This is to keep things fair and ensure uniform pricing for all clients. Due to the complex nature of our work and the many variables involved such as size, location, style, client individuality, last-minute changes, etc., we CANNOT give you a price range, rough estimate, guestimate, approximate, ballpark figure, roundabout, or whatever you want to call it... for a tattoo over the phone or email.
  • How does the deposit work?
    A deposit equivalent to the shop minimum is REQUIRED by each person requesting a tattoo; to secure ALL tattoo appointments and are non-refundable/non-transferable. Deposits are to secure a time slot and cannot be refunded, transferred, shared, gifted, used for a later date, etc. The deposit amount will be deducted from your total, and your balance will be due AT the appointment prior to starting the procedure. ​For multi-session tattoos, the deposit will be held as payment towards the last hour of the last session of the tattoo. Deposits will be forfeited in full in the case of:​ I do not appear for a tattoo appointment; I cancel or attempt to reschedule an appointment; I arrive more than 15 minutes late to a tattoo appointment; I arrive at a tattoo appointment without government-issued identification; I arrive under the influence of drugs/alcohol. ***No design changes will be made after paying a deposit, so again, please be sure to communicate your design details as effectively as possible before securing an appointment*** Upon paying a deposit you acknowledge that you have communicated your final tattoo design idea as thoroughly as possible and have reviewed the artist’s prior works to decide that the artist can implement your idea to your satisfaction. No drawings or drafts are emailed or otherwise previewed to clients before their scheduled appointment time. Please understand that creating a tattoo design based on a client’s concept is subjective and that variations may exist between your concept and the finished design. This is why we encourage you to provide us with as many details as possible when requesting an appointment. If the finished design is not to your liking at the appointment, minor changes can be made at the artist’s discretion. However, substantial changes to the design or the request for an entirely new drawing or draft will require a new deposit/new appointment date or time, and the original deposit will be forfeited as payment for the artist’s drawing time.​​ * Because Covid-19 and its consequences are no longer unforeseen, our deposit policy is in FULL execution as of Jan 2022. If at any point there are government orders for a shutdown, all clients on the schedule with paid deposits will be notified individually by email or phone to discuss options/refunds.
  • Do you do piercings or sell body jewelry?
    No, we are strictly a tattoo shop... offering ONLY good, solid tattoos.
  • How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?
    In the state of Tennessee (per § 62-38-211), you must be at least 18 years old and present a valid government-issued photo ID for proof. We do not allow ANY minors in the shop at any time.
  • Do you tattoo hands/face/feet?
    Due to the many variables, we do not recommend or guarantee tattoos on the hand/fingers/wrist; neck/face OR ankles/feet/toes. We believe part of being in a professional trade and respecting the craft is educating our clients and helping them make good tattoo decisions. Along with various issues such as rapid exfoliation, frequent hand washing, being in constant contact with something (socks, shoes, pants), etc.. these areas do not heal like other body parts and generally tend to be sensitive/prolonged. These areas are also known to "fall out" quickly and typically require a touch-up, for which we charge full price. We understand some folks don’t care and just want the tattoo. We are more than happy to accommodate the request. However, we always try to be as transparent as possible beforehand to ensure there are no shortcomings or misunderstandings either prior to scheduling in or when you see the healed tattoo for many years to come.
  • Can my kid(s) hang in the shop while I get tattooed?
    We respectfully ask that you DO NOT bring children or groups of guests with you to your appointment. We are a very small shop, with little extra room; please limit your guests to one at a time. We want this experience to be focused completely on you and your new artwork! We'd be happy to make suggestions for activities in the area for those clients with families/friends looking for something to do while you are here - Gatlinburg offers a lot to explore, and we know you'll all have a great time! There is a trolley service available throughout the immediate area and a stop right in front of the shop! (Blue and Yellow Route) We know vacations are busy, and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule if possible.
  • Do you offer cover-ups/ reworks of old tattoos?
    No, as a shop policy, we do not offer cover-up or reworking of tattoos created by other artists. We strongly recommend seeking out an artist close to your home for these types of services, as they typically require several sessions and touch-ups that our busy schedule simply does not allow for. Our shop specializes in crafting trinket/souvenir-style tattoos; catering mainly to vacationing clients.
  • Where are you located in Gatlinburg?
    376 E Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738 From Downtown Gatlinburg (1/2 mile): Keep right (northeast) at Light 3 (E Parkway). Traveling about 1/2 mile; you'll see us on the right side of the street. Across from Pizzeria of Gatlinburg and next door to Fox Place Salon. From Pigeon Forge (7.3 miles): Head southeast on US-441 S/TN-71 S/Parkway. Follow the signs for Gatlinburg as you continue along the Parkway about 7 miles. Turn left at Light #3. Traveling about 1/2 mile; you'll see us on the right side of the street. Across from Pizzeria of Gatlinburg and next door to Fox Place Salon. You can also reach us by Gatlinburg's Free Trolley on the Blue and Yellow Routes
  • Do you have parking?
    Yes, we have free on-site parking. For the safety of our clients and artists alike, our facilities, both inside and out, are also well-lit with audio and video monitoring 24 hours a day.
  • I forgot to pick up my t-shirt/hoodie on the way out, can I purchase these online?
    You sure can 😀 please visit our online store here.
  • Touch-Up Policy
    All touch-ups MUST be done after healing (2-3 weeks) AND no later than 90 days from the date of the original application. Beyond that, it’s considered a new tattoo and you can get it “touched up” when you book your next paid tattoo appointment. We charge full price on all touch-ups on: hand/fingers/wrist/neck/face/ankles/feet/toes. At World Famous Smokies Tattoo, we uphold the utmost standards of cleanliness throughout all of our tattoo procedures. It is crucial to acknowledge that the client maintains complete responsibility for their aftercare. REMEMBER: The healing process is half the work! Once leaving the studio the tattoo will be an open wound that you are responsible for. Tattoos can take between 3-6 weeks to heal. During this time, how you treat your tattoo is fully out of the control of the artist. Any reactions that may occur as the result of lax aftercare or poor hygiene are the client's responsibility. Aftercare instructions are given to the client before leaving the studio (on the back of your car decal) & detailed support is available on our website or by email thereafter if needed. IF your tattoo requires a touch-up, it will be determined once it’s fully healed, BY the artist, once contacted with a current image of the tattoo. A deposit is required to secure ALL appointments. Deposits are collected to secure the artist's time and will be refunded back to you on the day of the appointment. IF for any reason you do not attend the appointment the deposit will be forfeited in full, and kept as compensation to the artist for the missed appointment. Not all tattoos NEED a touch-up, especially if cared for during the healing process. We can tell if a tattoo is improperly cared for, and we will charge FULL price for a touch-up in these circumstances.
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