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This page provides help with the most frequently asked questions about tattooing.

Also, if you have other questions, you can use the email address or the booking form and you will certainly receive the answer in the shortest possible time.

Does a tattoo hurt?

All tattoos hurt a little bit. Some areas will hurt more than others and sometimes you will barely feel it, but all tattoos are bearable, otherwise people wouldn’t be extensively tattooed.


The best thing to do to minimise the pain and anxiety of getting tattoo is to stay calm and don’t tense up, breathe slowly and accept that it will hurt a little.


Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing and that you have eaten and had a good night’s sleep beforehand. Many people chose to take a pain killer such as ibuprofen an hour before the tattoo and find that this helps to take the edge off.

Where is the least painful place to get a tattoo?

Everyone’s pain threshold is a little different so this will vary from person to person. When thinking about the placement, you should have the tattoo where you want it not where you think it will hurt less, the pain will be short lived, but the tattoo will be permanent.


In general, the places that have more contact in day to day life hurt less (such as upper arms/legs). However when choosing the placement of your tattoo it would be advisable not to take this into consideration as pain is temporary but the tattoo placement is not.

Where is the most painful place to get a tattoo?

It is commonly acknowledged that the ribs are one of the most painful places to get tattooed.

How much does a tattoo cost?

The cost of your tattoo will vary depending on the size, placement, design and artist. The best way to get an accurate price estimate for a tattoo is to have a consultation with the studio or artist and we will then be able to advise you on the price. We also offer 0% finance options for larger projects.

How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?

The general healing time for a tattoo is 7-14 days. This does not mean that it will hurt for 14 days but you may find that is it a little itchy and scabby. Each artist will provide you with suitable aftercare instructions for the tattoo you are having. In general, the best advice is to keep it clean by washing with hot water and a natural, perfume free baby soap for the first few days and then to make sure you use a recommended tattoo aftercare cream to moisturise the healing tattoo. Never pick the scabs off a healing tattoo as this will result in colour loss and patchy healing.


You need to keep a new tattoo out of prolonged contact with water for 14 days, so no swimming or long soaks in the bath. Showers are fine though. It is advisable to keep any tattoo out of the sun and to always use factor 50 sunscreen.

Can I see the design before my tattoo appointment?

Your design will be ready to view in the studio on the day of your appointment. If there are any small changes that you want to make there will be plenty of time for you to chat with the artist and they will be more than happy to amend the design.

Can I get a memorial tattoo using ashes?

For contamination reasons we do not tattoo using ashes.

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Please fill out the form for if you’d like to get tattooed or if you have a general enquiry. Try to add as much detail as possible so we can achieve the best results for you. Dependant on the design, further consultation may be required.

Deposits are required to secure an appointment. All deposits are deducted from the final price of your tattoo and are non-refundable.

Deposits can be paid direct in the studio, alternatively bank details are available on request.

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