What level of pain can I expect from my tattoo?

It is without doubt that all tattoos hurt and the longer the session the more painful; tattoos take a lot of energy. Certain body parts typically hurt more than others however each individual has different pain thresholds therefore what may be painful for others could be way more tolerable for you!

What should I get and where?

It's down to personal choice but if you're not 100% sure on an idea/ design keep looking. Some clients go to specific artists for their style and some let artists have free reign of their design.

Where are the best places to look for tattoos?

Remember a good tattoo artist will never copy the exact image, they will endeavour to follow the clients brief however each design will be unique per client.

Can I have a tattoo over a mole?

Tattoo artists generally avoid raised moles. One of the first indicators of skin cancer is a change in size/shape/colour of a mole. If it has been tattooed over with pigment, it may hinder your ability to spot any colour differences. The best advice is to speak to your doctor if you have any questions before having the tattoo done.

How long does a tattoo take?

Tattoo sessions can vary on the design that has been chosen, more detailed pieces can take a number of day sittings each being between 7-9 hours where as smaller pieces can take less time. 

What is the best aftercare advice after having a tattoo?

The best after care advice is from your tattoo artist, they can advise clients how best to look after their tattoo at the end of the session, as most artists have their own methods. The worst thing to do is ask friends or google! We are always available to help.

How can I prepare for a tattoo?

  • Have a good, balanced meal at least an hour before your tattoo begins

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration before and during the tattoo session

  • Wear comfortable clothing for sitting in and a piece of clothing that exposes comfortably the part of the body that you want to have tattooed

  • Bring some music and earphones 

  • Your tattoo will be similar to a minor medical procedure so go easy on your body afterwards

How much is a full sleeve?

This is the most difficult question for a tattoo artist to answer as prices depend on different factors, like final design, style of work, size of the client, how well they sit etc. We will always give you a rough guide to time and cost dependant on the design you have asked for, but be aware this is an estimate and not a final quote.

What can prevent me from having a tattoo?

As long as you are generally healthy and don’t have any skin diseases or infections in the area, there are very few medical reasons why you can't  have a tattoo. Clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding we would recommend to delay having a tattoo. Please inform the tattoo artist  of any medication you are taking. If in doubt seek medical advice.

Can I have a tattoo before I go on holiday?

We wouldn't recommend having a tattoo before you go on holiday as the sun can cause your tattoo to blister, peel, swell and discolour. You should leave a minimum of 4 weeks between a fresh tattoo and a holiday. Similarly, we will not tattoo burnt or heavily tanned skin, so please allow at least 3 weeks cooling off after a holiday before having a fresh tattoo. For further in depth information around healing a tattoo, and how to care for in particularly in the summer months, check out our blog post here. 

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