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If you are new to tattoos getting a tattoo can often be a daunting process, even to seasoned collectors, choosing the right studio and artist is an important decision. To help you, below we have listed and answered some of the most common questions we hear every day. If you have any other questions we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Does it hurt?

If you have never had a tattoo, this is the first question for anyone thinking about getting one done! The sensation of getting tattooed varies on different parts of your body. Tattoos although generally lasting longer are not as invasive as piercings (A good tattooist should control their machine so the needle only goes into your skin a fraction of an inch) Probably the closest comparable sensation is to a cat scratching you. In other words, yes, getting a tattoo hurts a little bit, but not nearly as much as you’d think! Not a week goes by that the phrase ‘that doesn’t hurt half as much as I thought it would’ isn’t heard in the studio!

How much do your tattoos’s cost?

There are a number of factors that effect the cost of a tattoo, such as how detailed the chosen design is, the size, complexity and even where abouts on your body you would like it. For this reason it is hard to give an idea of price until we have seen your chosen design and discussed the specifics. However, all our artists are available to give you prices on designs in person or via email. Our pricing is based on our experience and the quality of work we know we will produce, though we always try to be as reasonable as possible with our pricing (We’re here for the love of tattooing as opposed to the money!)

Will you tattoo our own designs and drawings?

If you have drawn something yourself you are hoping to have tattooed on you, then we would love to hear from you! There is a strong possibility we may crispin up your design, make some changes (not every picture translates well onto your body) but any alterations will be made whilst working closely with you to ensure a fantastic final product!

Will you Tattoo from designs I have found on the internet?

If it is a well known, publicly available image or symbol (like a football crest for example) then yes we are happy to tattoo an image taken from the internet. However if it is a specific design created by another artist that has come from the internet we will NOT tattoo it. we are a professional studio and respect our industry. However we specialise in custom tattoo designs and will be happy to take the reference image you bring us and redesign it so it is a similar concept, but unique (this also ensures that you will have a piece that is just yours).

Do custom designs or consultations cost anything?

Absolutely not! In fact we invite people to pop in and see us with an idea or challenge. If you do decide to get a custom piece from us, all we take is a small deposit, which comes off the price of your tattoo when you actually come to get it done!

Am I allowed to change anything on custom or flash designs?

Definitely! We’re here to create the perfect tattoo just for you, this is a piece of art that is going to be on your body forever, and we want to make sure it is absolutely perfect, so that you’re as happy with it in 10 years as you are today.

I Am under the age of 18 but I have my parents permission-can i get a Tattoo?

100% percent NO. It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 in the UK. There are no exceptions. Anyone being tattooed who looks under the age of 25 will be asked to provide a form of photo ID (drivers license/passport) We also ask that anyone under age thinking of getting tattooed by using a fake ID should strongly consider the damage they could cause to the studio and the staff who work there.

Is it possible to cover up an old tattoo?

In most cases, yes! We will need to sit down and have a consultation to discuss what you would like to go over, and any idea’s you have for your new tattoo. Then we will create the new design so it covers the old tattoo as seemlessly as possible. Our aim is that the cover up will look like a new tattoo not just a big black smudge. There are of course some cases where the original tattoo is too big and dark to cover succesfully, in which case we can recommend a good tattoo removal studio.

Is it possible to refurbish and go over an old tattoo?

Our artists specialize in bringing old pieces back to life, see our galleries for some examples! There are odd occasions we see tattoos where lines are too close together to fix outright, however in these cases there are always options of expanding the original design, or covering it up with a completely new one.

Do you tattoo everywhere on the body?

Normally this decision is left to the artist, however by rule of thumb we generally don’t tattoo anywhere below the wrist (on the hand) or above the collar line (upper neck/face) however we do make the odd exception (other tattooist for example) so pop in and talk to one of our artists.

Can you tattoo on scars and moles?

There are a lot of scars we are able to tattoo over, however there are a few that we can’t. The best thing is to point it out to the artist when you come in for your consulation. Any scars/moles that cannot be tattooed over can most certainly be worked into and disguised within the design.

Can you numb the area to be Tattooed?

For a lot of reasons, we do not any kind of numbing solutions. Sprays and balms very rarely actually help with the pain and can lead to conplications in the healing process.  As for actual anaesthetics, only licensed medical professionals can legally give anaesthetics.

Are the tattoo needles used on only one person?

We take the health of our clients very seriously and absolutely never use a needle on more than one person, our tattoo equipment is sterilized and the studio religiously cleaned and disinfected after every customer.

What is the aftercare I should give my tattoo when it is done?

For aftercare advice please see our aftercare page.

Will my tattoo scab whilst healing?

As your tattoo heals it will eventually dry out and a scab will form. Ideally the scabbing needs to be kept minimal, if the scabs are damaged your tattoo will lose pigment and may scar. Bepanthen will keep scabbing minimal and may prevent scabs forming at all, depending on your immune system.

Can I have a bath/ shower whilst my tattoo is healing?

Do not soak your tattoo for a prolonged period of time, ideally baths, Jacuzzis, swimming pools and saunas should be avoided, however showers are fine. After your shower pat the area dry or allow to air dry. Rubbing the Tattoo, and picking especially, will not only ruin the design, it will also scar your skin. Apply a thin layer of bepanthen after.

Can I go on a sun bed or sunbathe whilst my tattoo is healing?

Avoid exposing your Tattoo to sun or sun-beds whilst it is healing, UV rays can damage the tattoo causing it to fade. Ideally after the tattoo has fully healed sun block should still be used on the tattooed area.

Can my tattoo get infected?

Be aware that Tattoos can become infected. Avoid getting anything dirty on your tattoo while it is healing. Pets can cover your Tattoo in hair, saliva etc so ensure your new Tattoo is covered before handling any animals. If your Tattoo does become dirty, wash it immediately with antibacterial soap, pat dry and apply the aftercare cream.

How long does it take to heal?

A tattoo can take 1-2 months to completely heal. Although the scabbing will disappear (with proper aftercare) within a couple of weeks, the Tattoo may still appear faint, or the skin may appear shiny and taut for up to a month after. Keep applying your aftercare cream at twice a day until the skin has fully healed. Most tattoos take between 4-6 weeks to fully heal. Following our aftercare instructions will minimize healing time and the risk of problems.

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