OUR STUDIOSBoth studios are recently refurbished. The waiting areas have plenty of books and flip charts full of designs, as well as tattoo magazines, which you can browse through at your leisure to gather ideas for your next tattoo. The artists also have their own personal reference books, covering most styles, if you cant find what you're looking for. The atmosphere is relaxed, to prepare yourself mentally for your tattoo, and the artists are friendly and will put you at ease if you are nervous about getting your tattoo done. Hygiene is paramount to the artists here. They only use professional equipment and sterile accessories in a sanitised environment. All needles are used only once. They can guarantee you the highest level of cleanliness and safety.
DESIGNWe can transform your ideas into a finished tattoo. Together, we can develop a custom, one off design for you. We produce professional designs and sketches at no additional fee. Thanks to our many years of experience, we know how to make your ideas in to the tattoo you dreamed of. Everything is possible - it's up to you. Be creative.
COVER-UPS AND REWORKSGot a tattoo done in somebody's house? Or maybe a newly opened studio? Not satisfied with the quality? We can optimise an old tattoo and work with it to getting it looking like you hoped it would the first time around. Have something you no longer like? Walking around with your ex's name on you? Laser removal is extremely expensive and hurts like hell. May be worth considering a cover-up. Cover-ups are completely new tattoos which can hide the original tattoo. Tattoos can also cover scars and similar skin characteristics. We will gladly advise you and have many years of experience, concerning these expert areas. Just ask us!
FEMALE ARTISTYou're a shy girl and want to be tattooed by a woman? No problem - Kirsty is based at our Hanley studio. She is friendly and professional and will gladly take the time to offer advice and produce a unique design for you.
Choice of artist/studio
This is probably the most important of all aspects of receiving a tattoo. If you are considering a tattoo, find the artist who fulfils your needs, artistically and professionally. Take a look through their portfolio, question them about their experience, and ask if you can view the tattooing area to ensure it is clean and sterile. Do your research!
Paying the price
Do not shop around for the best price! Remember, you are buying a piece of art, not a fridge! Tattooing is a trade in which you should see examples of the artists' work and question their knowledge. This is not a trade where you barter. You should agree a price or an hourly rate for the time and expertise of the artist.
Choosing a tattoo
Getting a tattoo is the most permanent commitment that many of us will ever make. If you are thinking, "but I can always get it removed", then you are definitely not ready for a tattoo.
Choose what YOU like! You have to live with the decision for the rest of your life.
You may want a custom tattoo, something created by the artist just for you, or you may find just the image you want in the flash designs in the flip charts on the walls of the studio or in the books. Flash designs are often altered slightly for each person anyway so you'll still have something unique.
If you want a custom piece, discuss your basic idea, size and colouring with the artist to achieve the look you want. It's usually better to leave the artistic aspects of your tattoo up to the wisdom and experience of the artist.
When it comes to tattooing, your imagination is your only limit!
Placement of the tattoo
Give the location of your tattoo considerable thought. It is there forever and may affect employment possibilities in the future. If you are concerned about the level of discomfort and pain involved, talk to the artist. They will be happy to discuss this with you - you will not be the first!