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Alliance of Professional Tattooists

Association of Professional Piercers

National Tattoo Association

Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piercing
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Areas Served
Raleigh, NC  -  Durham, NC  -  Cary NC
NC State University Area

5535 Western Blvd., Ste 104 
Raleigh, NC 27606 [

Call Us
Tattoo Line
: (919)-233-1760 
Piercing Line:
(919) 233-9253

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thus 12pm - 10pm
Fri - Sat 12pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piercing Shop is located on the outskirts of Raleigh North Carolina, near the Cary / Raleigh Border. We specialize in Tattoo Design, Body Piercings, and Tattoo Scarification. We've been in business since 1991 and are an awarding winning and reputable Tattoo and Body Piercing Shop.

About Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piercing
Welcome to the world famous Warlock's Tattoo Parlor and Body Piercings of Raleigh North Carolina. We're Raleigh NC's oldest Tattoo and Body Piercing Shop. Our Tattoo Shop opened it's doors in Raleigh North Carolina in 1991. We are one of only two North Carolina Tattoo and Body Piercing Shops that are a member of the National Tattoo Association,  The Association of Professional Piercers and the Alliance of Professional Tattooists. Warlock's has also been certified by the Raleigh Health Department. Warlock's has been dedicated to providing to the Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill area the best, most attractive and cost efficient Tattoos and Body Piercings available in the Triangle area for over 15 years. Combined our Raleigh Tattoo and Body Piercing shop possesses more than 50 years of combined experience and we've completed more than 10,000 tattoos in the Raleigh area since we opened for business. At Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piercing, we consider ourselves to be artists. Yes, we can and do use sheets to create your work of art, but we feel confident in our ability to free hand at any time. This is left solely up to our clients. Warlock's has more than 5,000 tattoo reference sheets to assist you in your tattoo selection process.

Awards & Acknowledgements
It's important to know that in the Raleigh Durham area we are considered one of the most reputable Tattoo and Body Piercing Shops available. Since 1991 Warlock's has focused on providing only the best in design, service and price. We realize that our customers wear our product and that most happy tattoo customers will always come back. With that being said, our most valuable offering is our commitment to excellence in Tattoo color and design. Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piercing of Raleigh, NC has been fortunate to have won so many prestigious local awards and acknowledgements. Our Tattoo Shop has been voted best Tattoo Shop and Body Piercing in the Triangle by Spectator Magazine in 1999. Voted Reader's Choice Award for Best Raleigh Tattoo Shop and Body Piercing by Spectator Magazine in 2000. Voted Best Tattoo and Piercing Shop in Raleigh by Independent Weekly in 2004. Voted Best Tattoo and Body Piercing Shop in Raleigh by the Audience in May 2006!

Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piecing Sterilization Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piecing is dedicated to your safety.  All of our piercing and tattoo needles are single use only. Immediately after the procedure, they are disposed of in approved biohazard containers. All tattoo ink is drawn from single-service caps containing individual portions. The remainder is discarded after user with each tattoo. Any item that cannot be disposed of with eash use such as tattoo tubes, piericng clamps and taper pins is sterilized in an autoclave.

Our Sterilization Procedure Sterilization is a procedure that kills all microorganisms, including their spores. The sterilization procedure occurs in the autoclave. The autoclave consists of a steel chamber capable of withstanding more than 1 ATM or 15 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure. Pre-scrubbed, cleaned and bagged items to be sterilized are placed in the autoclave. As steam vapors enters the chamber, the air inside is forced out a vent. When the temperature inside the chamber reaches 100 degrees centigrade, or boiling, and all air has been removed, the vents are closed. Steam continues to enter increasing the internal pressure to 15 PSI above atmospheric pressure. 15 to 30 PSI at 273 degrees Fahrenheit for 55 minutes from cold start (45 minutes from hot start) adequately ensures death of all living microorganisms. In theory, all living material, including bacteria, fungi, spores and viruses are destroyed in 15 to 20 minuters. The extra time is a margin of safety. Additionally, the effectiveness of the autoclave in killing bacterial endospores is tested monthly by a third party laboratory using a sporestrip. Counter tops, tattoo and piercing chairs, and arm rests are thoroughly cleaned after each use with a broad spectrum germicidal solution.

A Tattoo Overview
Tattooing and other body modification date back as far as human existence. It is unsure exactly when and where this form of art originated, but it is assumed that the first tattoos were discovered by accident. Perhaps a person received a wound and unintentionally rubbed soot into it, causing the mark to become permanent, even after healing. The first records we have of tattooing comes from the ancient Egypt. Paintings on walls have suggested the use of tattoos, and date as far back as 2000 BC. Hieroglyphs feature individuals with unnatural markings on the body. Today, tattooing has become more of a fashion statement. It's not uncommon to see just about anyone with a tattoo. As it becomes more and more common in society, it's also become more acceptable. Some still consider tattoos to be nonsense. The placement of any tattoo is very important. Since this is a permanent mark, making sure that you are happy with where it is going to be on the body is crucial. If you want to be able to hide the tattoo as you age, or for any other reason, placing it in an inconspicuous area or somewhere that can be easily covered by clothing is wise. Many people use tattoos to accentuate certain parts of the body. A woman might choose to place a tattoo on her lower back or abdomen to draw attention to the curve of her body. A man might choose to place one on his bicep or upper back to draw attention to the definition of his muscles. Lower back, hip, abdomen, ankle, and foot tattoos are examples of more feminine placements. Upper back, shoulder, and arms are good examples of more masculine placements. Although having a tattoo is your choice, it's up to you where you decide to place it. If we all followed these guidelines, we'd all look the same. Some people experience allergic reactions to the ink, latex gloves, or ointment used to cover that tattoo after it is done. If you know you have any of these allergies, talk to your tattoo artist to see what can be done about it. For instance, if you know you have an allergy to latex, ask your artist to use a different kind of glove while he/she is working on your art. If you're not sure whether or not you have an allergy to the ink used, ask your artist to put a dot of the ink he/she plans to use and keep it on your skin for twenty-four hours. If you have an allergy, itching and discomfort will occur. Diseases, such as Hepatitis B and HIV can be transmitted through tattooing needles, work stations and other equipment. All needles should be new and freshly sterilized, and disposed of directly after use. Tattoos do hurt, and where you get them placed determines how badly, and what kind of pain you will experience. Tattooing on bone, such as the spine or elbow, not only causes pain, but a uncomfortable vibration. It may make it seem as if the machine is puncturing deeper than it actually is. Tattooing a more fleshy part of the body, such as the stomach, inner thigh, or underarm may cause a more sharp, pinching type pain. When preparing to get a tattoo, don't drink any alcohol the night before or the day of, as it thins the blood. Asprin also thins the blood, which makes it more difficult for your artist to see what he/she's doing. Also, part of the stencil used for the design may be wiped away when the artist wipes at the blood. Eat normally before you get your tattoo. If you're sick or your immune system is weaker for any reason, you may want to postpone your appointment until you are in better shape. Getting a tattoo is not for everyone. Some people want the design but can't stand the pain involved. Asking for a different, less painful design halfway through the process or having your artist stop mid-way looks far worse than not having it done at all. Be prepared and remember, they stay with you for life. Know that Warlock's is dedicated to provided all customer's with the most sterile, painless experience possible. The above information is placed on this page for your benefit!

Suggested AfterCare for New Body Piercings... 
Your new piercing may secrete a small amount of clear fluid called lymph, this is normal and healthy. As this fluid dries throughout the day, it becomes hard and somewhat sharp. It is very important not to move the jewelry until this crust is removed. The easiest way to remove this crust is with hot water. Once the jewelry and piercing are clean on both sides, apply a moderate amount of a mild liquid soap to the area. Gently work up a lather over and on the piercing. Slowly, move the jewelry through the piercing six to ten times. If you feel a sharp sensation, check to make sure all of the dried material is removed before proceeding. Let the soap remain in contact with the piercing for about one minute. Then rinse with clean water for at least one minutes more. Always use a clean towel to pat dry. Cleaning your piercing more than two times a day may weaken your body's own natural defenses. The use of anti-bacterial ointments such as Bacitracin and Neosporin is generally discouraged. Ointments may block oxygen from the piercing as well as providing a place for stronger contaminants to breed. Alcohol is considered an ineffective cleaning agent, as is witch hazel. Hydrogen peroxide may sometimes create scar tissue with repeated use. It is a good idea to make sure that you sleep on clean sheets or with clean sleeping clothes. For ear piercing it is wise to avoid public telephones. You should also thoroughly disinfect the phones in your home and office. Be careful with hair care products and harsh shampoos. You should never touch your piercing with dirty hands. Avoid rough handling of a new piercing. Genital piercings should be protected from foreign body fluids until fully healed. The importance of good nutrition must not be overlooked. A quality multi-vitamin, taken in accordance with the manufacturers directions, should be considered mandatory. A well balanced diet, stress reduction and sleep, all contribute to problem free healing. During your healing time, a little extra attention to your health and well being will be well worth the effort. Piercings must go through two healing phases. During the first healing stage you are vulnerable to infections and other problems. Follow your piercers direction closely. The second phase is a seasoning and toughening up phase. After these two phases are complete the piercing may be considered permanent and manipulated to your liking. We encourage follow up visits for periodic check ups. We are never too busy to answer any of your questions. When in doubt, call us. Or better yet, stop by.

Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piercing does not claim to be physicians. Our suggestions are based on our training, experience, study and common sense. We encourage our clients to speak with their piercing-knowledgable physicians about any concerns they may have. We cannot be held responsible for any mishaps, problems, repercussions or infections arising from your decision to be pierced. You will be pierced by an experienced piercer utilizing sanitary techniques and equipment that meet or exceed current industry standards.

North Carolina areas served include:





Chapel Hill

Brier Creek

Research Triangle Park

Wake Forest


NC State University Area



Holly Springs



North Carolina

Triangle N.C.




For more information please contact Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piercing of Raleigh NC.

5535 Western Blvd., Ste 104 
Raleigh, NC 27606 [

Call Us
Tattoo Line
: (919)-233-1760 
Piercing Line:
(919) 233-9253

2006, Warlock's Tattoo & Body Piercing, Raleigh, North Carolina

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"My brother has two tattoo's from Warlock's Tattoo and Body Piercing and strongly recommended that I visit Byron Wallace, the owner of Warlocks Tattoo and Body Piercing. I live in Cincinnati and traveled all the way to Raleigh because of the cost and skill that Byron obviously has. Warlock's not only gave me a new tattoo for less than half the cost of all Tattoo shop in Cincinnati but they also repaired my first tattoo that I received a few years back. I will definately come back to Warlock's for my third tattoo. Personally, Byron's ability matches the ability of the most skilled Tattoo artists."

-- John from Cincinnati, OH


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