Tattoo FAQs

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Do Tattoos Hurt?


The obvious answer is yes, tattoos do hurt, but the amount of pain you will experience is subjective to each person and comes down to a number of factors. What you should remember is that your skin is literally being stabbed by 1-20 needles at once over and over again – hundreds to thousands of times in one session.

The amount of pain you can expect to experience will also come down to the design and placement of your tattoo, any part of the body that has a little more muscle and a little more flesh will make for a less painful tattoo, like your thighs, upper arms or forearms, and shoulders. Places where the skin is a little more taut, like the "outside," or top of the leg rather than the calf. If you are planning your first tattoo we advise you to stick to these areas.  

With that said for every rule, there is an exception to the rule, and detailed tattoos may be uncomfortable even on fatty areas like the back or the stomach. 

Remember if your tattoo pain starts to become unbearable, there is absolutely no shame in mentioning it to your artist. The vast majority of artists will be more than happy to take a small break so you can recoup and 'get back into the zone’ 

How long does a tattoo take?

Tattooing is not a quick process, nor should it be rushed, as you will be living with the results permanently. The time taken to complete your tattoo will depend not only on the size of your tattoo, but multiple factors including the intricacy of the design, the colour and even the placement.  

How much does it cost?

The price of your tattoo will depend on the size and complexity of the design, also the placement. If you would like to know the rough price of your tattoo idea visit the studio and chat to our artist in a free consultation.  

How do I decide on a design?

Times have changed, once upon a time if you walked into a tattoo studio you would pick a design ‘off the wall’ or out of a book in the studio. This is known a flash art, tattoo artists would rely on flash art suppliers for their designs. 

Now tattoo artists can copy images of the internet and make changes to existing designs or more talented artists can design tattoos entirely off a client’s concept. If you are looking for a custom tattoo expect to pay a slightly higher price and for the process to take a longer time, from your consultation to end product as the artist will have to design your tattoo.

Remember that the design you chose will be on your body forever so make sure you are 100% certain on the design and that the placement fits your lifestyle. 

Should I have a drink before my tattoo to steady my nerves?

Drinking before a tattoo is a no-no. Alcohol thins your blood, which means excess bleeding. When you bleed more than normal, it can cause visibility issues for the artist, potentially compromising the quality of the design.   

What should I do on the day of my tattoo?

There are several things you should do before coming in for you tattoo. 

1. Firstly make sure that you have had something to eat and drink roughly an hour before your appointment. During the tattoo your body will react to the tattoo process a similar way it would react if you went into shock, due to the stress on the skin caused by the needles penetrating your skin. The endorphins that your body creates can cause a drop in blood sugar levels resulting in you feeling light-headed and even leading to nausea or fainting. So make sure the meal before your tattoo is high in natural sugars to prevent this. 

(Note: If you feel yourself becoming lightheaded make your tattoo artist aware so they can coach you through your light headiness, and send for refreshments to replenish your blood sugar levels)

2. Secondly think about what you are going to wear, this wont cross most peoples minds’ before they go for a tattoo. Especially for female clients this can be a detail forgotten that can leave you blushing, make sure that the outfit you choose will keep you modestly covered while lying down on the tattoo bench, also take into consideration the tattoo placement and what would allow easiest access to that area for the artist without having to take your clothes off. 

3. Thirdly depending on your plans after your tattoo is completed you might want to consider showering before your tattoo. We advise you not to shower 24 hours after completion of your tattoo to aid the healing process. So if you have a flight to catch or you are jumping on a night bus it is best to shower before so not to offend anyone in the seat next to you on your travels. 

You may also want to think about what you would like to bring to keep you entertained during your tattoo, whether it’s a charged smart phone and headphones or a book. Our studio has free WIFI so don’t threat if you don’t have anything downloaded to keep your mind off the tattoo.