Below you will find a number of questions regarding tattoos and the process of getting tattooed. If you cannot find an answer to your question please do not hesitate to contact us at the studio.
Q. What do your tattoos cost?
A. Unfortunately, there are so many variables that we find it impossible to offer quotations online. As a rough guide, a small tattoo, such as a name or short quote would cost around £40. A larger design, such as a half sleeve could start around £300.
Q. What advice can you offer when it comes to choosing an artist?
A. Remember your tattoo is going to be with you for life, so make sure you get the best artist you can find. At TimePiece Tattoo, our artist's are professionally trained and highly skilled. We know of customers who choose different studios based on price, only to find that their tattoo cost much more than expected, usually because the artist took so long to do the job. At least 30% of our work is covering up or fixing the mistakes made by other artists. Remember that tattooing is not just about producing a pretty picture. The quality of inks vary dramatically, as do the skill levels of different artists. A well designed tattoo that is applied incorrectly, with low quality ink, will fade quickly, so choose your design, your artist and your studio carefully.
Q. How old do you have to be to get tattooed?
A. You must be a least 18 years of age or older to get tattooed. Please do not be offended if we ask for photographic id, the laws on tattooing are quite strict, and tattooing a person who is under 18 is treated as assault on a minor. Having your parents consent does not change the fact that you must be 18 to get tattooed.
Q. Can you help me choose a design?
A. Our tattoo studio does not display tattoo designs or Flash as it is known in the industry. Wherever possible, every tattoo is designed on an individual basis, meaning that no two customers will have exactly the same design. To achieve this it is important that you visit the studio for a free consultation. We have access to thousands of images online and we will sit with you for as long as you need, showing you various options for design, placement, size and colours.Your chosen tattoo design represents our studio, so it is important to us that you have a piece of art that you are proud off, a design that will still look great in years to come.
Q. Do I have to make an appointment for a consultation?
A. No. Our studio manager is on duty every day from 10.am until 5.30, except Sunday and Mondays when we are normally closed. If you are travelling from outside the area it is a good idea to call ahead, just to make sure you can be seen.
Q. Do I have to make an appointment to be tattooed at your studio?
A. As all of our designs are one-off, custom pieces, we always need some time to prepare the design for each tattoo. Our waiting list varies depending on the time of year, but you can usually expect to wait anything from a few days for smaller tattoos to a month or more for more complex designs.
Q. How do I make a booking?
A. Bookings should be made at the time of consultation. A non refundable deposit is required to secure an appointment.This amount will be deducted from the price of your tattoo. If your tattoo requires more than one sitting, it will be carried over to secure each booking, and deducted from your final payment.
Q. Do tattoos hurt?
A. Yes, and No. Some people compare the feeling of being tattooed to a scratch. Some find it more painful than others, and some actually enjoy the process. In general our first tattoos are usually the easiest. Most people tend to fear the worst, and are relieved when they realise it is less than they expected. The bodies own defence systems produce endorphins that help us deal with the pain, and some clients find the process pleasurable. Others hate it, but come back again and again, simply because they love the finished product !
Q. Can I have a few drinks to help me deal with the pain?
A. We do not tolerate drunks or drugs in our studio. While the process of tattooing does not necessarily make you bleed (no more than a surface scratch) alcohol and many painkillers thin the blood, meaning that you bleed easier, which can result in a loss of ink. The more ink you lose, the more must be pushed back into the tattoo, and so you find that the tattoo takes longer, and may not heal as well as it should.
Q. If my body size or shape changes will it affect my tattoo?
A. In general, no. However, placement of a tattoo should always take into account possible changes to the body. Most of us will find that our waist line will expand as we grow older, but unless this change is dramatic, there is no reason your tattoo should look any different. Pregnant women find that their body can, with some work, return to its original shape and so their tattoos should stand the test of time.
Q. Do you do cover-ups?
A. With some creativity, it is possible to put a new tattoo over an older one, as is often the case when a relationship ends, and the client wants their partners name removed. The new tattoo will often have to be larger, and darker, but it is still possible to create a wonderful piece of artwork, over an existing tattoo that no longer serves it purpose, or was not applied properly to begin with.
Q. Do you offer semi-permanent tattoos?
A. Some beauty clinics offer what is known as semi-permanent tattoos or make-up. This is not something that we offer here at timepiece tattoo. We have been asked to cover some of these tattoos 5 or 10 years after their initial application, and they really did look a mess, so our advice is, if you want make-up go to a beautician, if you want a tattoo go to a tattoo studio.
Q. Do you offer permanent cosmetic tattoos?
A. Yes,we are often asked for this, especially from clients that have suffered hair loss due to medical conditions. This is charged at our normal published rate.