You must be 18 years old, regardless of parental consent. This is the law (Tattooing of Minors Act 1969) Photographic ID will be required.
Unfortunately not. It is not advisable to undergo any tattooing procedure during this period. There is a very slim chance of passing on an infection to your baby however, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are having any issues with existing tattoos please do get in touch for advice.
The simplest answer is, yes. Tattoos by nature do hurt, although not as much as some might have you believe. After a short period of time your body’s natural pain killers (endorphins) kick in and make things much more manageable. Some areas may hurt more than others and everyones pain threshold varies. We will always aim to make you as comfortable as possible and recommend you follow our preparation guidelines.
Tattooing is not a quick process, nor should it be rushed as you will be living with the results for the rest of your life! Each artist works differently and the subject matter, placement, colour etc, will affect how long your tattoo will take. Your artist will give you a rough estimate for the time required before you book in. We will endeavour to stay as close to this as possible but please understand that this is an approximation and is not definitive. Making changes to the design, size etc after the original quote was given will also impact the final time.
Our artists charge varying fees. We offer hourly, full day and consecutive day sittings. Discounts may be available on multiple bookings, free reign portfolio designs and last minute cancellations. The cost will be discussed with you when making a booking request and you will be offered the best value for money appointment.
Deposits are essential to secure an appointment - No booking is confirmed without one being paid in full. The deposit amount will be decided by your artist and taken off the total on the day. This is NON-refundable. Should you need to move an appointment, we require 72hrs notice to rearrange and this can only be done once before we require a new deposit.
You’re welcome to show us your own design and reference images, these will be used as inspiration and to convey a theme to us. We will not copy another artists design.
No design work is done until your booking is secured with a deposit. Generally, designs are ready in the days leading up to your appointment. You will have ample time on the day of your appointment to make any tweaks to your design.
Yes we do cover ups. However, a successful cover up will depend on what you already have and what you’re hoping to cover it with. A face to face consultation is advised to assess your tattoo and discuss the design possibilities.
Yes & No. Scarring that is usually at least a year old isn't normally a problem however, this can vary depending on the type of scarring and how it has healed. A face to face consultation is highly recommended before booking.
We are personally unable to recommend that you apply or take anything prior to your tattoo. Numbing cream does not last all day and once it wears off, the pain can feel worse as your body has not had time to become used to the tattooing. Some creams can also affect the skin, meaning your artist has to work the skin harder than if you were not wearing it, which can lead to a harder heal. In regards to tablet painkillers, please do not take aspirin before coming for your tattoo. This can cause extra bleeding and reduce clotting which will impact the quality of your tattoo once healed.
They can but not easily! Unfortunately some tattoos are not suitable to be covered or can't be covered with the specific design you have in mind. In this case you can think about laser removal but we do not offer this service at the studio.
Let us worry about shaving you on the day of the tattoo. You can give the area a trim if needed but avoid shaving beforehand as this can irritate the skin.
The short answer is no. These tattoos will never heal well and won’t last, they may also be difficult/painful to remove.
Avoid the sun in the lead up to your appointment- we cannot tattoo sunburned skin! Make sure you are well rested, eat a well balanced meal and drink plenty of water. Take a shower and wear comfy clothes that you don't mind getting ink on. Bring a book, tablet, snacks etc and try to enjoy the experience. Booking a day or two off work if you’re in for a long sitting is a good idea too.
No children are allowed in the tattoo areas and cannot be left in reception. Please make childcare arrangements in advance.
Aftercare can vary depending on the location or style of tattoo. Certain lifestyle factors will also determine your individual aftercare routine. You will be emailed a copy of our studio aftercare instructions but please listen to any personal advise from your artist and ask specific questions if you are unsure about anything.
Our inks are all vegan friendly although, not all aspects of the procedure may be. If this is something you require please let us know in advance.
We recommend waiting a bare minimum of 4 weeks before going away to allow your tattoo time to heal. You will still want to wear high factor sun protection on the healed tattoo afterwards to prevent it from fading.
Yes. Please inform us of any specific allergies in advance.
99% of the time yes! However there are a few exceptions, in these small instances we may need you to seek clarification from your GP.
If you have a rash, sunburn etc in the area you are looking to get tattooed you will need to allow the area to fully heal before continuing.