do I need to be?
To get a tattoo you need to be at least
18 years old. To get a piercing you need to be at least 18 years
old. ID may be asked for if you are lucky enough to look younger.
a tattoo hurt?
Pain is relative. Everyone has a different
tolerance for pain. We are not going to kid you though, it does
hurt, just not that much. Some compare it to a "hot scratching
feeling." But, people would not be returning again and again for
tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad. Most of us are not into
pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with
wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there.
What is the
When it comes to tattoos, you get what
you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there
that will charge very little. But, look for quality, and be willing
to pay for it. Never haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is
disrespectful to the artist. Think of it this way: This is a piece
of art you'll wear for life. Depending on the time and number
of visits it would take to do your tattoo determines the price.
If you have an idea of exactly what you want our artist will always
price the work up before starting to avoid any misunderstandings.
I get and where?
This is all a matter of personal taste.
You can get whatever you want, and whatever our artist is willing
to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have
us create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your
own imagination. As far as where you should get it goes, just
keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles
you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where
it can be easily covered up with normal clothing.
What to do if
I am feeling ill?
Getting a tattoo when your immune system
isn't at 100% isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength
and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your
body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against
virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it's very inconsiderate
to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing
the germs onto others, particularly our artist. If you have an
appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well
Don't put sunblock on a new or fresh
tattoo, follow our artist's aftercare instructions and keep your
tattoo covered or shaded with clothing for the first few weeks.
You can use sunblock once your tattoo has finished peeling and
has grown its first protective layer of skin. Sunblock alone is
not going to be sufficient for a new tattoo if it is exposed to
direct sunlight for long periods of time. A tattoo is usually
considered well-healed after about 3 months.
How long before
the skin heals?
Tattoos generally go through several
different stages of healing. Immediately afterward, your skin
might look raw and feel tender to the touch, though this should
only last a day or so depending on how large your ink is and where
it's placed. For instance, a tiny tattoo on your arm might feel
fine after a few hours, while a large piece in a sensitive spot
like your ribs could take days to feel normal again. To repeat...
A tattoo is usually considered well-healed after about 3 months.
How will I know
if it has healed completely?
Close your eyes and run the tips of
your fingers across and around your tattoo. If there are any bumps,
raised areas, or hard scabs, then you know your skin is not back
to normal yet. The area should feel exactly the same as the skin
around it. If you can tell by touching it where your tattoo begins
and ends, or feel any skin irregularities, then you simply need
to wait a little longer. Patience is a virtue, people so don't
mess up your fine ink work by picking at it, shaving over it or
exposing it to harsh elements before it has fully healed.
I have some
more questions though?
Getting a tattoo can be a daunting
experience especiallyif it is your first. Our artists are here
to help and want you to be able to show your tattoo off with pride
so just ask if you have any questions or concerns. Advice and
information for before, during and aftercare are all available
from our friendly artists so don't be afraid to ask a question
even if you think it sounds silly.
We have tried to list as many of the frequently asked questions
about getting a tattoo.
We are here to help and our friendly artists we be only too happy
to answer and questions you may have that are not covered here
We want you to feel at ease but you won't if you have a nagging
doubt about something that is lurking in the back of your mind so
- Health and Safety verified
- Experienced artists
- Clean and welcoming studio
- Plenty of free parking
Appointment bookings are required for a tattoo but feel free to
call in and see us or give us a call on 01235 797182 if you have
any questions or are ready to book.