As we are all aware, the Ontario Government has imposed a 4 week long “EMERGENCY BREAK” Lockdown, beginning April 3rd and running to at least May 1st. Once again, we find ourselves closed as part of the Province’s effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, and in particular the new variants of COVID (easier to spread, and potentially more deadly).
Anyone with an appointment will receive a notification that the appointment is cancelled, and we’ll do our very best to get you back in as soon as humanly possible once the newest lockdown is lifted. In the meantime, we wish all of you and your families the best — stay healthy and we’ll see you on the other end of this.
— all of us at Nighthawk.
When we return, we will likely be back in either RED or ORANGE. as outlined in the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.
Both Level RED and ORANGE still means no procedures that disturb the mask. So:
No nose/septum piercings, procedures or removals
No lip/mouth piercings, procedures, or removals.
Masks are mandatory, and Provincial COVID protocols are in effect.
Please feel free to contact the studio if you have questions about how the changes in COVID-19 Levels may impact your appointment. As usual, all other COVID measures remain in effect, including the requirement to wear a mask and observe social distancing protocols. Please, do not bring guests to your appointment, as they will not be allowed to stay.
TATTOOS and LASER REMOVAL: The return to LEVEL RED or ORANGE does not impact/or change your procedure. All COVID protocols will be in effect. We are trying to keep all tattoo related consultations online or by phone, to limit the number of people in the studio itself. Call us at 519-767-0801 for any tattoo related questions or to book.
BODY PIERCINGS: We have set up an online booking link (CLICK HERE) to make things easier, and it can also be found through our google page, Instagram and Facebook page, as well as our piercing page. This is an online portal for booking piercings ONLY.
MANDATORY SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Any and all persons entering Nighthawk Tattoo are REQUIRED to have a mask on, as per municipal/provincial regulations, and for the safety of our artists and clients. Please bring your own, otherwise you may have to purchase one from us. If you do not wear a mask, either by choice or due to a medical condition, we ask you to simply hold off on making an appointment until such times as when the mandatory mask requirements have been lifted and we can safely accommodate you.
There will be a hand sanitizer station at the entrance to the studio, and must be used upon entry. Please limit the amount of personal effects you bring into the shop, as bags, bulky items, coats etc will not be allowed into the tattooing/piercing areas. Cell phones will need to be wiped down with disinfectant if you choose to have them out in the studio.
No visitors or support people will be permitted in the shop at this time. Clients only. For minors receiving piercings (under 16 years of age, an accompanying adult is allowed).
This will not be news to you, but obviously if you are feeling any cold or flu-like symptoms; have left the country in the last 14 days; or have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please call or email to reschedule your appointment. Showing up sick will get you sent home. Please, be considerate!
The health and safety of our clients, artists and the community around us are our top priority. If you have any questions about any of the above, or to talk to staff about tattoos or piercing appointments, please reach out either by email or phone.
-all the best, Laurie, Mac, Sally and Mark
from left: Mark (Piercing), Emily (front desk), Laurie (Tattooing), Sally (Laser Removal), Mac (Tattooing). Picture courtesy of Breila Rose Photography
Nighthawk Tattoo’s studio (free parking and fully wheelchair accessible!) is located at 951 Gordon St (Gordon St. and Kortright Rd in Guelph’s South End.) Feel free drop by anytime after 1pm Tuesday to Saturday to book your tattoo or laser appointment, or for your walk in piercing!
Established in 1992, Nighthawk Tattoo and gallery is proud to be the City of Guelph’s premiere tattoo and piercing studio, and has proven over the last two decades to be one of the most popular body art studios in Southern Ontario. Nighthawk Tattoo offers professional tattooing and body piercing in an atmosphere that is both friendly and welcoming. Tattoos by Laurie Stewart or Mac Young are by appointment only. Piercings by Mark McAlpine are done on a walk in basis. Gift certificates in any amount for tattoos or piercings are available for purchase at the shop.
Affordable, Professional Laser Tattoo Removal
Nighthawk Tattoo is proud to offer professional tattoo removal. Whatever your reason to remove your tattoo (to make room for new work, to erase that youthful mistake, etc) we offer safe, simple and effective laser ink removal with our expertly trained Laser Technician, Sally Watson, and with the latest in laser technology. Call the shop at 519-767-0801 for more information.
Safety is paramount at our studio. In addition to providing our clients with quality custom artwork and professional body piercings, our goal is to educate our clients and to promote body art health and safety information to the community at large. Nighthawk Tattoo is one of the few Tattoo Studios in Ontario to have a close working relationship with members of the Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Health Unit, as well as other health provider organizations in Guelph and surrounding area. Professional Piercer and educator, Mark McAlpine works directly with the Health Unit on Body Art health and safety presentations to area schools, as well as independent presentations at the University of Guelph, The Hillside Festival, The John Howard Society and more. Mark has also acted as an expert consultant on several tattoo and piercing safety projects.
We are proud to be participants in Public Health’s new project that puts a personal face on the important work the Health Unit does in within our community: