FAQ

Once you’ve chosen your preferred artist or artists, the next step is to book a consultation and stop by the studio, fill in our contact form or send a detailed email with the following information:

  • A description of the design
  • Some photo references
  • Your preferred dates

This will help us process your request quickly.

You must be at least 18 years of age to get a tattoo. It is against UK law to tattoo a minor, not even with parental consent. We also ask that you bring Photo ID to your tattoo appointment. No exceptions. Any reputable studio won’t tattoo under the age of 18.

This varies depending on the artist, the studio itself has a minimum charge of £100 per tattoo. The final price is dependent on the size, detail of the design, location on the body, and finally which artist you’ve chosen. All artist’s prices differ and all have different hourly rates, so it’s best to include your selected artist on the contact form or email you send, that way we can give you the closest quote possible.

The best way to get an accurate price is by booking a consultation with the artist for FREE. If you can’t travel to see them in person, then a detailed email is preferable. In order for us to quote your idea, we need to consider the subject, size, placement on the body and the amount of detail. We’re always more than happy to help get you the information you need, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Generally, our resident artists book up a few months in advance, so it’s always best to book before walking in. The term “walk-in” means walking in off the street and hoping to get an appointment instantly. Walk-ins are offered to the first available artist on a first-come, first-served basis. So if you have a preferred artist then it’s best to book in advance with them. We will always do our best to accommodate your request so if you are feeling lucky and do want to take a chance with a walk-in, you are more then welcome to pop by and see.

Yes. We offer a free consultation service. Each artist has their set days and these run on a first-come first-serve basis, and are available from 11am- 8pm. Please contact the studio to arrange a consultation.

Consultations are a great opportunity to come in and see the studio, get a feel for us and what we are about, discuss your ideas and meet with your artist in person. Please bring along an image reference, even if it’s on your phone, it makes it easier for the artist to see into your mind a little better. From here, your artist will be able to give you an indication of costs and availability.

Unfortunately, the answer is yes! But there are far worse things. We guarantee your comfort while getting tattooed and any artist will personally make sure you are in the least pain possible. All areas of the body feel different when getting tattooed, so some hurt more than others. But you will live to tell the tale, we promise!

We advise you to stay away from any harsh sunlight, sunbeds or doing any sunbathing after getting tattooed. As well as no saunas, steam rooms or swimming pools. So please leave it at least a month after getting tattooed before you enjoy any summer holidays.

Some tattoos take longer to heal than others. It takes at least two weeks to “heal”, but it takes months for the skin to fully regenerate. Each artist will give you an after care lesson, so you know how to best look after your new tattoo.

After your tattoo appointment, your artist will tell you how to best take care of your new addition. You’ll also be provided with a hard copy to refer to throughout the healing process.

In general, we recommend:

  • Remove the bandage within 2-3 hours after getting your tattoo. Do not re-bandage.
  • Wash your tattoo with an antibacterial liquid soap. Be gentle, do not use a washcloth or anything that will exfoliate your tattoo. Wash and then pat dry with paper towels.
  • Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. You may use Bepanthen, but we advise using all natural coconut oil. You want the thinnest amount possible. Wash and dry the area and then apply oil 3-5 times daily, as needed.

    The less oil the better, people often think that appling a thick layer will last longer but you will only ruin your tattoo, remember LESS IS MORE.
  • Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks – nothing abrasive or irritating.

    For a foot tattoo: go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in saran wrap, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.
  • Your tattoo will begin to peel. This is normal! Do not pick at the skin. Use a gentle, colour free, unscented lotion on the tattoo.
  • Use lotion for minimum 2 weeks, 2-3 times daily.

 

Things to avoid:

 

  • Do not pick, scratch, peel, rub or irritate your tattoo.
  • You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub.
  • You may not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 4 weeks. Even after those four weeks we recommend always using sun block on all your tattoos.The higher the factor the better.
  • Do not wear abrasive materials, jewellery, or shoes that rub against your tattoo while it heals.
  • Do not let anyone touch your tattoo unless they wash their hands.
  • Beware of gym equipment, wash it well before using it.
  • Try to avoid the gym for the first two days, after that make sure you keep the tattoo clean whilst in the gym and clean instantly after any training.
  • Always remember as little stress and plenty of sleep and a healthy diet will support the healing process.

 

  • In the first few days swelling and bruises may occur. These are a tattoo/injury-related reaction and there is no need to worry.

If you like, after about three to six weeks, you can come to the studio for a visual inspection of the tattoo and we can give any advice if necessary.

We currently accept cash or Paypal payments. Unfortunately we do not take Credit or Debit cards yet. And no cheques. It isn’t 1985.

Yes. A deposit is required in order to secure an appointment. Deposits are non-refundable and you will need to let the studio or your artist know if you can’t make an appointment. If you let us know at least five days before your appointment that you can’t make it, then you won’t lose your deposit. Deposits are applied to the final price of your tattoo so don’t worry it’s still your money, it’s just a small investment upfront.

Different artists require different amounts. Most deposit costs are based on the size of the tattoo and the amount of time needed to complete the tattoo. We will inform you of the deposit amount needed when you request your booking date.

A deposit holds your tattoo space. If you fail to turn up then you will automatically lose your deposit but the artist will have lost more from the time wasted. The deposit amount will come off the total cost of your tattoo, so you don’t pay any extra. If you cancel within the five days leading up to your appointment, or the day of your appointment, then your deposit will be non-refundable and in order to rebook, you will be required to come in and pay another deposit. If you cancel before the five days leading to your appointment, you may be refunded 50% of your deposit. Each artist is very busy and time wasters are a pain when it comes to tattooing. People who don’t show up cause delays for serious clients who are waiting desperately for an appointment. The deposit in a no-show case will cover the tattooist for some of their wasted time.

The best thing you can do is to be well-rested. You will find that your pain tolerance is a lot higher when you are feeling your best. It helps to have a good breakfast, and to stay hydrated, too. If you feel weak or faint, then have a sugar filled drink. It’s also best not to party the night before, alcohol thins the blood for up to 24 hours and can dilute our ink pigments, affecting both the appearance of your tattoo as well as the healing process. Remember that we are here to help, so don’t stress, we will look after you throughout your tattoo.

Please contact the studio right away with your reason for not wanting to get your tattoo and you can hopefully recover 50% of your deposit back, if you are within the 5 day cancellation period and have a valid excuse. “I forgot to take the day off work” or “My mum won’t let me get tattooed” are not valid excuses and you will not receive 50% of your deposit back. Please be genuine with your excuse or at least original.

Definitely not! We do NOT discriminate or judge your ideas, each client is different and we respect all reasons for wanting each individual tattoo. To give you the best tattoo possible, our artists will help to direct you towards the best design and placement for your idea, using their experience and knowledge. We are the professionals, but it’s your body.

Each of our tattoo artists have their own unique style. Please make yourself thoroughly acquainted with the artist’s work via the artist portfolio on our website before sending us a request. Although our artists may look similar at first glance, each one is very different from each other. It is very important that you have checked out the artist’s work and are happy with your choice. We can always recommend an artist best suited to your idea if you are unsure.

Not a problem, we would simply need to make the new tattoo work around your current tattoo. This means your desired new tattoo design may need tweaking. You may also need to seek laser removal for us to do the best job possible, we will recommend the best solution for you. It’s important to note that cover-ups are not as easy as seen on TV. Many people have seen the dreaded TATTOO FIXERS programme, which unfortunately gives false hope for most cover-ups. We do NOT want to blast a big, black, out-of-contrast, dense tattoo on you that won’t heal or cover well. It is best to come in and talk with a member of staff about your options. You can send us a picture by email if you think it’s small or easy enough for us to figure out, but 9 times out of 10 a chat in person is always best.

Generally, we can tattoo over scarred or damaged skin. What matters is that the scar is healed fully. Seek advice from your doctor or GP if you have severe scarring. It’s always a good idea to come in and show us in person, but a photograph over email could also help us advise you. Please don’t worry if you have self-harming scars, we want to help you overcome a hard time in your life.

Tattoos on fingers can only be done under certain conditions. It is important to understand that a tattoo on a finger will never look as delicate or refined as hoped. Tattoos on fingers tend to heal slightly differently based on the skin itself and the general wear and tear when using your fingers. If you still wish to get your fingers tattooed then we are happy to do so, you will be reminded of the problems prior to your tattoo. It’s also important to take into account that some professions don’t allow hand tattoos. We care about your future and unfortunately we still live in an age where tattooed people are often discriminated against. If you want to have a more refined, subtle tattoo, we can offer you much better choices on other areas of the body. All advice is free.

White tattoos are popular BUT only with very few people and they look different when healed. In principle, we avoid white tattoos because they turn yellowish over time. This is due to the fact that the human skin in not transparent and is a yellowish color, so, as the tattoo heals under the skin it will look slightly yellowish. So we regret to inform you that white tattoos aren’t as nice as they look in the pictures, but if you do still want a white tattoo and you are happy with this info, then come in or send us an email.

If you follow the tattoo aftercare instructions poorly then sooner or later you will not be happy about it. Sometimes the colour of the tattoo can fade away if you choose to ignore our advice. Scratching your tattoo to the extent that some areas of the skin may become damaged isn’t good, also applying to much oil can cause subtle lines to become wider than before. Please follow the instructions of the tattoo artist, so that your tattoo will heal quickly and cleanly. Following our aftercare rules plays a large part in the final result. You should also never forget that your tattoo artist has invested a lot of time in order to provide you with the best possible result. So wear your unique artwork with pride and care for it properly.

We would love to tattoo everyone but unfortunately we can not tattoo you if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or If you have Atopic Dermatitis in the area you want to be tattooed, it is just not tattooable.

Your personal life isn’t our business, but we do ask that you don’t come into the studio drunk or high on drugs. The outcome of the tattoo will be affected by your choice of what you put into your body and we will not tattoo anyone seriously drunk or high on drugs. Please wait until after getting tattooed.

Yes, friends are welcome but they’re unable to come into the booth while you’re being tattooed as it causes a distraction. We do have a really nice chill out area for people to hang out in, given they are well behaved. Please note that anyone caught misbehaving, causing damage or making our staff feel uncomfortable will be asked to leave.

This isn’t a problem at all, a lot of artists tend to draw your design either in the morning of your appointment with a fresh head or with you on the day and time of your appointment, unless stated otherwise. So don’t worry if you change your mind, just let your artist know before the appointment or on the day. If you are scheduled to see a design before getting tattooed then please give the artist enough notice by contacting them directly ASAP.

We don’t offer any on-site parking but there is loads of residential parking around. There are lots of parking apps available to download to your phone that can help you find a spot. We would always recommend having someone drop you off or pick you up.

Yes, when tattooing we do break the skin so you will bleed, but it is minimal and the artist will constantly be wiping it away. If you are worried about fainting from the sight of blood please inform your artist before hand so we can help calm you.

If you had your tattoo done with us and think you need a touch up, then please send either the artist an image of your healed tattooed or send one to the studio and we can then advise you. Sometimes it’s easier to come in and show us. If you’ve had the tattoo elsewhere then we can still fix it up but it would be treated as a new tattoo.We welcome these requests.

This all depends on the individual artist and the size of your tattoo. Availability can change day to day. Some artists are busier than others and are booked up months in advance, however it is always worth checking as appointments move around daily and cancellations do happen. You might get lucky. Check out Twitter and Instagram for cancellation updates and artist’s personal profiles too.

We recommend talking to your artist beforehand about numbing cream, as some artists are not comfortable with it. This is because it can make the skin more difficult to tattoo and can sometimes effect how it heals. There is often a greater level of pain experienced once the cream has worn off too, and some creams don’t last as long as your tattoo session, if your artist is comfortable with you using a numbing cream then they will recommend which creams are suitable and will also explain how to apply them. You can discuss this during a consultation with your artist.

Each artist will feel differently about  areas of the body they will and will not tattoo. The areas of the body most artists are not comfortable with are normally sides of the fingers/palms, the inner lip, below the ankle and the soles of the feet. These areas tend to be very difficult to heal and are prone to drop-outs and blow-outs. We can direct you to an artist that feels more comfortable in tattooing your requested area as long as you are aware of the healing outcome. We can and will tattoo hands, necks and faces, however they all require a consultation.

Not directly, no. Please be aware that our artists will not directly copy another artist’s design. However, each artist is willing to take inspiration from certain pieces and will take pride in creating their own original version for you. We want to respect you and the owner of the original tattoo by giving you something unique.

Yes, all of our ink brands are vegan friendly, unless stated otherwise by the artist. Please make sure you tell your artist before getting tattooed that you require vegan friendly ink, just to make sure.

Unfortunately there is no piercing service at this time, we specialise in tattoos.

Your tattoo will only ever expand or reduce at the same rate as your skin, it will not distort in shape. If you are worried about this, we can explain further during a consultation.