Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Questions
Dose it hurt
This is number one in our Frequently Asked Questions simply because it is surprisingly just that. The simple answer is, yes it does. However, not as much as some people might like you to believe, as after a short period of time your body’s natural pain-killers (endorphins), kick in and make things much more manageable. The pain of a tattoo is often likened to a mild burning sensation or a cat scratch.
Can I use numbing cream or pain killers?
This is a less frequently asked question than you might expect. You can use numbing cream, but very few tattoo studios will recommend it for several reasons. Firstly, it needs to be applied several hours before you sit for your tattoo and can only last for around thirty to forty-five minutes. Tattooing being an art-form and therefore not an exact science, means that sometimes there could be a period of waiting past your appointment time, while the tattooist finishes off a piece of work that took longer than expected. This makes it very difficult to time the application of the cream. Secondly, even if you manage to time its application correctly, the potential short working period of the cream makes it a very limiting to anything but the simplest and smallest of tattoos. Lastly, if your tattoo is not finished before the cream wears off, then the pain will come back with a vengeance! Your body has been fooled and will not be producing those handy pain-killing endorphins, so will be hit with the force of the returning pain with no protection.
From the tattooist's perspective, the creams can cause the skin to become a little puffy in some customers. This means that the tattooist needs to work harder to get the ink into the skin, which can cause additional trauma. This will obviously have some repercussions during the healing process and can create an undesirable amount of scabbing during that time.
Some tablet pain killers can also cause a problem. Aspirin is the biggest problem as it thins the blood and reduces clotting, this will cause excessive bleeding during your tattoo, which will affect the quality of the finished tattoo. Aspirin will also extend the healing time that your tattoo needs so it is best avoided. Paracetamol will have little effect (positive or negative), other than a placebo. Ibuprofen based painkillers can give minor pain relief during the process, by reducing localised swelling, and will not hinder the tattoo in any way.
Is It OK to Get a Tattoo if I'm Sick?
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 your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you're feeling well again.
Do you sell all the aftercare products I’ll need?
We sell after inked for tattoos this is the only aftercare we recommend and as far as we are concerned the best on the market.
what are your terms and conditions.
We will not tattoo anyone who is any of the following:
-Under the legal age of consent (18 years old.)
-Intoxicated through alcohol or drugs.
-Anyone we believe to be mentally unstable.
-Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding.
We require a 50% deposit at time of booking. This deposit is non refundable within 48 hours of your appointment. Deposits will be refunded in form of a gift voucher (Excluding Sundays and Mondays)
Please note that your deposit doesn’t just secure your appointment slot, it also secures your design. If you change your design once you have booked an appointment, you will lose your deposit.
It is the patrons responsibility to complete the tattoo disclaimer form before having any tattoo work commenced! (Including any names or script)
Please turn up 15 minutes before your appointment time to give us enough time to run through your design with you and fill out the necessary paperwork. If you don’t turn up 15 minutes before your appointment, we do have the right to refuse you.
If you book out a day session and finish early of your own accord - you will still have to pay for the time initially booked out.
We offer one free touch up appointment to anyone who purchases our recommended tattoo aftercare at time of booking or at their appointment.
If you have any current or recent medical problems or are on any medication, please inform desk staff when booking an appointment, as in certain circumstances a doctor’s note may be needed before the artists are able to tattoo you. Failure to provide the relevant information at the time of booking WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF YOUR DEPOSIT.
We have two different quotation forms, please note that most of the prices given are categorised as completed quotes.
For larger continual work such as a full sleeve / back piece, you will pay for the amount of time taken to complete this work at our hourly rate of £65PH.
For a set piece, you will be given a fixed price based on how much this tattoo is worth rather than the amount of time taken to complete this!
Due to environmental health legislations food or drink are not allowed to be consumed in these premises. We are allowed only the person being tattooed in the treatment area.
For your personal safety and security, video linked security cameras maintain constant recorded surveillance of this station. Video evidence can be used in a court of law.