I am from out of town, can I set up an appointment?

We have several options for people who live out of town:

1. Walk-in: You can stop in and do a walk-in the day you are in town, we set those up in person at the shop. Come early, especially on a weekend! We do walk-ins first come first serve and are a 2 hour or less tattoo including drawing time. We have select artist doing walk-in tattoos everyday, and rotate on Saturday. If there is time, all the artists will do walk-in tattoos!

2. Stop in and make an appointment: Stop down in person at the shop as soon as you get in town and we can set up a time to get tattooed; sometimes we have time that day, and most times we can set up an appointment a few days out if you are still in town. (some artists will book out months in advance you can always call to get an estimate of their scheduling). We make all appointments in person at the shop to make sure we schedule enough time to have a great drawing, and do a top quality tattoo.

3. Make a consultation and then an appointment: You can come in to the shop and make a consultation with your artist when you are in town. During the consultation your artist can take exact measurements and layout for the tattoo and then we can make an appointment for next time you are in town. This works really well for large multi-session tattoos, cover-ups, and tattoos that require some extra drawing preparation time. We make all appointments in person at the shop to make sure we schedule enough time to have a great drawing, and do a top quality tattoo.


What forms of payment do you accept?

We prefer cash but except all marjor credit and debit card. We charge a 5 dollar fee for all credt and debit card transactions.

BODY PIERCING: Can I make an appointment or can I do a walk-in?

You can do either one! We do a lot walk-in body piercings at the shop, and you always welcome to stop in! We do walk-ins on a first come first serve basis between appointments.  Our Body Piercer is off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Appointments are super easy to set up, just stop in to the shop and talk to one of us and we will take care of you.

  BODY PIERCING: How much does it cost?

Most of our piercings are: $35-$70 including jewelry. Some specialty piercings are more, you can call our piercer and he will be happy to answer all your questions:217-367-5320, or email them at: newlifetattoos@yahoo.com

Do you use new needles and pigments?

Absolutely. All needles are new. Always. All equipment is single service, which means that each needle and tube set is individually packaged, dated, sealed and sterilized. Ointments, pigments, needles, gloves, razors, plastic barriers, and ink caps used in applying your new tattoo are discarded after use. After the tattoo is finished, the artist disinfects the work area with a chemical that kills all viruses and bacteria.

How do you sterilize your equipment?

An autoclave. It is the only acceptable means of equipment sterilization in the tattoo shop. They work by using a combination of heat, steam, and pressure to kill pathogenic microorganisms. We keep detailed logs of the autoclave use, and our autoclave’s efficiency is tested and monitored monthly by an outside laboratory.

How do I chose an artist?

Our portfolios are proudly displayed in our lobby, and ON OUR WEBSITE HERE . We encourage you to look for a tattooer whose style you like best. We have an experienced crew of diverse artists known for quality tattoos. We can help you find the person best suited for the tattoo you are looking for.

Is NewLife Tattoos a licensed Shop?

Yes! We have been licensed and in busines since 2001 we are the oldest established shop in Champaign . Getting a tattoo by an amateur in their home can be very dangerous, especially if they have no knowledge of sterilization or safe operating procedures. The money spent on a professional tattoo studio is well worth the assurance that the only thing you will get is a tattoo.

Is there anything I should  do before I get tattooed or pierced?

Yes, be well rested and eat well. Drink plenty of fluids. Bring your VALID ID and wear appropriate clothing. Mostly though, just relax and have a good time.

Is there anything I shouldn't do before I get tattooed or pierced?

Do not drink alcohol, do not be sunburned, and do not take drugs other than prescribed by you doctor. (any drugs including aspirin, etc.)


Can you make this tattoo smaller?

Yes, we are skilled enough to make a tattoo really small and detailed, but that will not make a good tattoo. No matter who applies the tattoo, or how a tattoo is applied, the ink will migrate a bit over time. A tattoo is inside of skin cells and not on top of paper. Lines applied too close to one another will blur together, and in some cases alter lettering or destroy a design a few years or even months down the road. Your tattooer is a professional and we want your tattoo to look good. Of course we are skilled enough to make a very small tattoo, but not at the expense of doing a bad tattoo. A large part of the art of tattooing is to make a tattoo that looks good for a lifetime. Listen to your tattooer's advice and make your tattoo a size that will last and be enjoyed for years.

Can I bring in my some pictures and reference material or my own design?

Of course! We work with your ideas! Bring in whatever will help us get an idea of what you are looking for. If it is in digital format(on your phone), we recommend bringing in a hard copy(on a piece of paper) for your artist to make the best use of your time with your artist.

Do people pick designs off the wall?

Sure. That is a great way to get the correct reference to begin to make a great custom tattoo. All of the designs we have here are hand painted by tattooers. We have taken great time to find the best reference in the world to help you assemble top quality tattoo.

What is flash?

This is the term for the designs on the wall. All of the flash at NewLife is hand painted by tattooers. A lot of our flash is drawn, inked, and watercolored by the tattooers at NewLife, the ones who will be doing your tattoo. Which means your tattooer has taken the time to develop his skills, efficiency, designing ability, and artistic prowess in tattooing. This is the sign of true craftsmanship. Our walls and books are filled with quality hand painted flash we proudly use daily in the tradition of all the good tattooers before us.

Will you tattoo a person under 18?

NO! You  must be 18 with a valid state issued ID to be tattooed. It is ill legal to tattoo any person under the age of 18 in Illinois

Will you pierce a person under 18?

YES!  13 is the youngest age we will do any body piercing . We need a photo ID from the minor as well as the legal guardian who must accompany the minor and must remain present during the piercing.

What type of ID do you accept?

A valid State or government issued photo ID.

Drivers license, State ID ,Passport ,Foid card ,Military ID

How can I get in touch with you?

The quickest way and most accurate way to get all your questions answered is to stop by the shop. You can also give us a call AT 217-367-5320 or send us an email at newlifetattoos@yahoo.com.

Please allow 24-48 hours for an online response, we will do our best to answer quickly!