Here you will find the questions we are asked time and time again + aftercare instructions for your new tattoo or piercing:
Should I do anything special before coming in for a tattoo or piercing?
A: You should always, always, eat a good, healthy, breakfast or lunch two hours or less before your session. This helps stabalise your blood sugars and adrenaline which can spike during a tattoo session and even during a short piercing. Bring snacks and drinks for longer tattoo sessions! Get a good night’s sleep… and don’t party hard the night before, as alcohol thins the blood. Otherwise, you should be all good to go.
Do I have to stop by for a consultation beforehand?
A: If you live in London, it is essential. Before you email, please drop in. Though we live in information age with expansion of digital communication, it is still not a perfect medium to go over a design that will stay on your skin forever. Call us old-school, but we prefer real face-to-face time with our clients to better understand individual desires and to give professional input regarding your ideas. For international clients, initial email communication is usually preferred, and we’ll do our best to make arrangements for you abroad.
Can I bring friends along?
A: Sometimes, it is possible for one person only to sit with you for part of your session. This really depends on how much space we have on the day. If it’s not possible, please don’t be offended – our tattooists and piercer are at work and need the space to do so.
Can I see an artist’s drawing before I book and make a deposit?
A: This is not possible. Because the deposit goes towards the designing time and energy our tattooists are putting into their days, the design is still work, and a deposit is required before any drawing takes place. This means that seeing the portfolios inspires you to trust that they are the right artist for you.
Can I make changes to my design?
A: Absolutely. You may be able to see the design beforehand, give feedback, and your design will be reworked if arrangements are made with your tattooist beforehand. Designs can’t be sent back and forth by email, because of the communication barrier. Your design will be ready on the day of your tattoo and you can still make the finishing touches together!
Is there any difference in the quality of vegan inks versus non-vegan inks?
A: There is no difference. In fact, some of the most reputable and respected ink companies in the UK and the USA, such as Intenze, Eternal, and Kuro Sumi, are widely used by tattooists for all styles. We speculate that because the vegan community is growing larger and larger, these companies must have been put under pressure to alter their ingredients so they are suitable for vegans. As a matter of scrutiny by these companies, they have tested and trialled their recipes to omit animal glycerin, for example, to replace it with plant glycerin. Your colours will stay bright and your blacks will stay black — without the bone char!
Do you provide numbing cream for tattoos?
A: Not at the moment. If you want to use your own numbing cream, we recommend buying a kit from Hush online. Please let us know if you will be using numbing cream, then let us know as you’ll need to apply it roughly an hour before your session.
Can I get a touch-up if some ink rejects?
A: Yes. Within one month of your session, please tell us if your skin rejected any small lines or other areas. We will touch your tattoo up on the house. Ideally, clients would not need touch-ups if the healing went completely smoothly, but sometimes a bit of ink does fall out during healing.
Remove cling film after 2-3 hours.
Wash tattoo with antibacterial soap and warm water to remove any petroleum jelly off the skin
Let it air dry or paper towel off
On the next day, complete a routine of cleaning with plain soap and water when it looks dry, scabby, or rejects the ink and apply an aftercare cream. Usually this is 2-3 times per day.
Apply either Hustle Butter or another cream specifically made for tattoos. Coconut oil (a fresh pot) can work well for small tattoos or black & grey tattoos.
Don’t use normal moisturiser in the healing process – only your tattoo cream. Only use a thin layer and don’t over-cream it. Don’t pick or scratch your tattoo while it’s healing. Don’t soak in the bath, sunbathe, or have a sauna for two weeks while it heals. Cover your tattoo with cling film if you’re working in a dirty environment or with animals. Keep mindful of exercises that stretch the skin and be sure to wash it afterwards.
Tattoos generally heal within 2-3 weeks.
Don’t touch or play with your piercings!
Apply an aftercare for around 1 month: Either pure or diluted tea tree oil, sea salt & warm water, or our BPA aftercare
Some piercings take longer or shorter to heal depending on your body. You’ll know it’s healed when it feels neutral with no pain or swelling. Than you are free to change your piercing.
Keep makeup, strong cleaners, and fragrances away.
If infection occurs or keloid scarring occurs, keep the piercing in and clean more than usual. This will make sure it does not get worse.
Piercings generally heal within 2-4 weeks depending on the body.
The mouth heals itself relatively quickly.
For tongue and smiley piercings, buy and use a new toothbrush immediately after your piercing.
Wash your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash (without alcohol) 2-3 times per day — especially after eating, drinking, and smoking.
You will instinctively know if a food is too hot, spicy, or otherwise irritating to your piercing; avoid those foods during healing.
Oral piercings generally heal within 1-3 weeks depending on the body.