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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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Aftercare2

The majority of your new tattoos healing process will be done within the first two weeks. However, the skin is still healing and takes 4-6 weeks to heal fully. All the pain, scabbing and discomfort happens in the first couple of weeks - after that, it may be a little sensitive, but not painful.

As the skin heals, usually about a week after the tattoo was done, the itch sets in. This is 100% normal and happens to everyone. I recommend using a thin layer of Palmers Cocoa Butter moisturiser. This should help, but whatever you do, don't pick at the tattoo - that will result in scarring and a bad heal.

Policy6

Before a tattoo session, there are hours of work that go into designing and preparing for a tattoo before you sit in my chair. Deposits help to ensure you make it to your appointment and that I haven’t done hours of work for nothing.

18. Always 18. Nope, I can't tattoo someone with parental consent... in the UK, the minimum age for a tattoo is 18.

I work on an appointment-only basis. Because all of my work is custom, it has to be planned and designed in advance.

Start times are pretty much set in stone because they're planned out for the day. If you're more than an hour late, the appointment is cancelled and the deposit will not be refunded.

If you don't arrive for your tattoo session on the set day/time, you will lose your deposit. If you wish to rebook, it will be like starting the booking process from scratch and you'll have to pay another deposit.

If you wish to move your appointment, I require 48 hours notice - any less time than this will result in losing your deposit and having to start the booking process again.

These policies are in place because as a self-employed artist, I rely on working to make a living. A lot of time and effort with designing and setting-up goes into the session prior to the appointment. Having a deposit in place protects against no-shows.

If you wish to move your appointment, I require 48 hours notice - any less time than this will result in losing your deposit and having to start the booking process again.

These policies are in place because as a self-employed artist, I rely on working to make a living. A lot of time and effort with designing and setting-up goes into the session prior to the appointment. Having a deposit in place protects against no-shows.

Preparation4

Make sure you are well rested, well hydrated, and have eaten recently. Aside from that, take a shower, charge your phone or tablet up to full, and don’t bring in your 50 closest friends, their cousins and a pet lizard.

It’s more important to be comfortable than to be fashionable. Looser is better than tighter, and keep in mind you want to be able to cover up certain places that might show, depending on where you're getting your tattoo. There's always the high risk of ink getting on your clothes, so think Primark rather than Gucci.

First thing, come talk to me about it. The best large pieces always start with a solid plan, not just bits and pieces loosely tied together. I can do a sleeve or back piece with existing work in place, but it will always be compromised and would look better if you come in with a plan from the start. Sleeves and back-pieces are done over multiple sessions and each session is charged at a fixed day-rate, so plan ahead and save your money so that you can tackle these large-scale pieces.

You should not get tattooed when you are:

  • Drunk
  • High
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pre-Surgery
  • Post-Surgery
  • When you don’t know what you want
  • When you can’t afford it
  • When you’re sunburned
  • When you haven’t showered
  • When you have your kids with you
  • If you don’t have a valid form of ID
  • Being pressured into it
Will It Hurt?1

Everybody's pain tolerance is different, and every person you talk to has a different description - some say sunburn, some say a cat scratch. It all depends on the body placement and the type of tattoo, but it's definitely a bearable pain. Some tattoo artists are heavy handed, but I always put your comfort first and use the gentlest process possible.