The first stage is for you to find some examples of the kind of thing you would like to have tattooed, so we have a visual reference to discuss. We completely understand that you may have an idea which you just haven’t found an example of, but it really helps the design process to have a clear understanding of your ideas. These can be tattoos you have seen or photographs of paintings, sculpture, animals, flowers… anything your heart desires!
Once you have a collection of images, we can discuss your ideas in detail, either in person, or by email or telephone. We don’t tend to provide preparatory drawings, as most of the design work we do will be straight on to your body. That way, we can make it fit as successfully as possible. Don’t worry though, you will of course see the design drawn on you before we start tattooing, and there is plenty of time to refine it before we commit to it in permanent ink.
Of course. But please bear in mind that your design might need to be adjusted to make it work as well as possible on your body. Try not to get too attached to an exact design before we’ve spoken about it, just in case.
You must be at least 18 years of age and you will need photo ID to prove it.
Quite possibly yes you can. I have a lot of experience in covering old undesired tattoos but I need to assess them on a case by case basis, so please get in touch so we discuss what you would like to have done.
It’s not so bad that you won’t want to complete the tattoo, so don’t fret. That said, you will feel it, so please make sure you get a good sleep the night before and a good meal before coming in for your tattoo. It’ll make it much easier. It’s also a good idea to avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before getting tattooed, as your body will be well rested and better able to heal. The best thing to do when you come in is to give yourself lots of time for your tattoo. Don’t be in a rush and always remember: relax and enjoy the process!
Absolutely. Every needle we use is sterile, single use and is professionally destroyed afterwards. All the inks we use are designed specifically for tattooing and conform to current legislation. We’ve been using them with great success for many years.
Every tattoo artist has their own recommended aftercare. Common sense goes a long way, but here are our recommendations:
Day of being tattooed: Leave the wrapping on until just before you go to bed. Remove the wrap and wash the tattoo well in warm running water (not sat in a bath). Preferably, wash with a gel or soap you’ve used before, one that isn’t heavily scented. Once clean, pat the tattoo dry with a clean towel and, once it’s dry, wrap it again with cling film overnight.
Day 2 and beyond: Remove the wrap when you wake up and wash and dry the tattoo. Continue to wash and dry the tattoo morning and night for at least 2 weeks, and start to use a little moisturiser. We recommend Vaseline intensive care (moisturiser, not petroleum jelly), but if you have a cream that is unscented and uncoloured that you know works for you, please feel free to use that. Please don’t use anything greasy and no oils. Remember, with creams, little and often is better than lots once a day.
You play a key role in how well your tattoo will heal and how good it will look in the future. Once healed, use sunblock if in direct sunlight, it’ll keep your tattoo looking good for longer.
Please don’t soak, sunbathe or sunbed, scratch or swim with the tattoo while it is healing.
The tattoo should be healed in two to three weeks.
As a rule of thumb, you can expect the first 5 or so days to be the scab stage, the next 4 or so days to be the flaky stage, and the next week or so to be the dry stage. We have a video on our Stories page explaining it all!
Unfortunately, that’s an almost impossible question to answer, because it really all depends on the size and intricacy of your tattoo. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your ideas, we can then give you an idea of the time involved.
Once again, it is virtually impossible to give an idea of cost without knowing your ideas in a lot of detail. Please feel free to get in touch and, once we know the details, we can give you an idea of the cost involved.
It isn’t the best idea to get tattooed when you’re unwell, but a minor sniffle shouldn’t be a problem. Bear in mind that your body will be fatigued from being tattooed, so to give your body the best chance of healing quickly, you should be in good health. If you’re uncertain, please contact us so we can discuss the best course of action.
We would strongly recommend against getting tattooed if you are pregnant. We wouldn’t tattoo you until you have given birth and are fully recovered. Although every care is taken to avoid infections, they are a possibility in processes that breaks the skin. It just isn’t worth the risk to your unborn baby.
We endeavour to be as vegan friendly as possible but there is often Shellac in black ink and we can’t guarantee there is no lanolin in the stencil ink we use. However we are happy to discuss using any specific products you may favour so do give us a call.
We only do permanent tattooing. Regarding ‘temporary tatttoos’ nobody can really guarantee that they won’t last far longer than advertised so we’d suggest thinking long and hard before committing to one.