How old do I need to be to get tattooed?
It is against the law to tattoo anybody under the age of 18 years old (Tattooing Of Minors Act 1969). It is a common misconception that those under the age of 18 can get a tattoo with parental consent. We will not tattoo anybody under the age of 18 so please do not ask us. If we believe that you look under 18 we will ask for photographic I.D. Please note that under 18s are not allowed on the premises.
Do I need an appointment?
An appointment is not always neccessary. However, this can depend on which artist you are wanting to tattoo you. Walk-ins are available most of the time, but please bear in mind that during busy periods you may have to wait a short while. If you are wanting a large or custom tattoo then a booking is required as the artwork will need to be prepared in advance.
How do I book an appointment?
All appointments require a deposit, of £20 per hour, so you will need to call in to the relevant studio to make a booking. We do NOT take bookings over the internet or phone.
Do you design tattoos?
Yes we do design tattoos. You will need to come in to the studio for a free consultation. Bring with you some reference materials so that the artist can get an idea of what you have in mind. To get a design drawn up you will need to leave a £20 deposit. This is to show that you are serious about getting tattooed. This deposit is not refundable but will be deducted from the cost of your first appointment.
Can I bring my own design in?
You are welcome to bring in your own design. Please ensure that it is printed out at a reasonable size and in good quality. The image needs to be clear in order for us to work from it.
How much does a tattoo cost?
Prices start at £15. This is our minimum charge and is required to cover the cost of the artist setting up. We do not do anything any cheaper so please do not ask. There is no average price. Each price is unique to the tattoo. Larger work is priced at either £100 or £150 for the first sitting and £60 an hour there after.
Does it hurt?
Yes it does but what you really want to know is how much it hurts. Its not nearly as bad as you may imagine. The sensation is not like that of having an injection but more of a constant vibration. Its not unbearable, more annoying. You will be amazed how quickly the body releases endorphins (painkillers), which dullens the pain significantly. The pain will vary according to where on the body you're getting tattooed. Remember you are volunteering for the experience. The amount of pain will vary on your psychological attitude. Do not drink or take drugs for pain relief prior to getting tattooed.
The artist will explain the process and talk to you throughout the tattoo to put you at ease.
Why won't you tattoo me if I've had a drink?
Both alcohol and aspirin thin your blood. This promotes excessive bleeding, making it extremely difficult for the artist to tattoo you. In addition, our artists to do not appreciate dealing with drunks.
Do you use numbing cream?
We do not supply any form of pain relief. If you wish to apply numbing cream, such as Ametop or Emla, prior to coming for your tattoo that is down to you. However, these creams can toughen the skin which makes the artists job a lot more difficult and you may find that you will need to come back to have your tattoo touched up. There will be a charge for this. Also, numbing creams only last for approximately 30 minutes of tattooing so you will find that for most tattoos it will wear off part way through.
Can I choose which artist works on me?
Yes we are more than happy for you to request a particular artist. However, some of our artists may have a waiting list and therefore you may need to book. All of our artists have a number of years experience. Each artist has their own style so for certain tattoos we may recommend an artist for the design you want. Please note that this does not neccessarily mean that they are better than any of our other artists overall.
I have a tattoo I don't like anymore. Can you cover it for me?
We are able to cover the majority of tattoos. You will need to call in to one of our studios and speak to one of our artists. Come along with some ideas of what you may like it covering with. Bear in mind though that you may be limited as to what will cover it properly. This doesn't necessarily mean that you are limited to a large black tattoo, but for example a portrait won't be able to cover a large tribal tattoo, a colour japanese piece may though.
What aftercare do you recommend?
The artist will talk you through aftercare instructions when they have finished tattooing you. You will also be supplied with a card outlining all the points the artist discussed with you, as a reminder when you get home.
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