We operate a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you are unable to make your appointment please let us know as soon as possible. Failure to give us at least 24 hours notice will result in a minimum cancellation fee of £60 being charged. This will be deducted from any deposits previously paid. If no deposit has been paid an invoice for the £60 will be emailed/mailed to you.
For premium healing of your tattoo you should aim to be in good general health. Healing will be best if you do not currently have any type of infection, including the flu, and look after yourself in terms of diet, smoking and alcohol. Alcohol must be avoided immediately after procedures as it increases bleeding. Avoid aspirin for the same reason. IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO HAVE A TATTOO IF YOU ARE TAKING ANY BLOOD THINNING MEDICATION.
If your tattoo is kept moist (ideally) it will form a film, which will peel away / wash off, 3-7 days after your tattoo. This would normally be a scab, but will not harden if kept moist. We recommend using Bepanthen to keep from forming a thick scab and to aid the skin’s recovery. The film may appear to contain tattoo ink, which is only a surplus your skin does not need and will not result in loss of colour. If allowed to dry, the tattoo scab will fall off, and may take colour with it, although if left to come off naturally this should be minimal. Do Not pick at the scab if you let one form, as this will result in areas of missing colour and can even scar or become infected. Later, a light scab may form after the film has removed, which is preferable to a thick scab forming.
As your tattoo finishes the first healing stage (around 7-10 days later) it can become quite itchy, and some healthy skin around the tattoo borders may also shed. The general tattoo healing stage is considered 7-10 days for initial healing, and 3 weeks for full healing, however people heal at different rates and it can take 4-5 weeks for complete regeneration of epidermal cells. We recommend you wash your tattoo with water only and pat dry with a clean towel. Do not soak the tattoo. If you suspect your tattoo is infected you may require antibiotics and should consult a doctor. Signs of infection may include redness and swelling around the tattoo.
We would strongly recommend that you do your homework and think serously about how you will feel about the tattoo in years to come. We would usually try to discourage partner/spouse names as all too often circumstances change but as an alternative you might consider an image to represent that person, ie. their favourite flower. Try not to follow a trend. What is fashionable this year may look dated soon after but a carefully considered design that is unique to you should never date. Just remember that whatever you choose will last forever and laser removal is painful.
An important part of our job is to work with you to create a design that you will be happy with so bring all of the ideas and reference material you have to us and we’ll create a unique piece of art that you can wear with pride.
This has to be the most frequently asked question, our answer is always the same. Everyone has a different pain threshold so what is painful for one may not be for another. There are however certain areas that are generally less painful or uncomfortable than others, for instance forearms, shoulders and back. Feet, ribs and inside of arms seem to be more so but remember if it was really that bad nobody would come back for more!
We always do our best to make you comfortable and relaxed which can go a long way towards easing the pain too.
It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 and we would never compromise our reputation by bending the rules. If you are lucky enough to look under 18 we would ask for photo ID before commencing any tattoo.