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.
Clean with antibacterial soap and warm water only – shower normally but avoid soaking in the bath.
Apply specialty tattoo aftercare cream or coconut oil (a fresh pot just for your tattoo) after cleaning the first time and for the next 2 weeks 2-3 times per day – when your tattoo looks dry. Coconut oil dries out especially fast and you may need to keep applying more frequently.
Never use ordinary moisturising cream in the healing process.
Don’t expose to sun, sunbeds, sea water, swimming pools, baths, or saunas for 2 weeks during healing.
Your skin will peel and reject some ink, which is normal. Don’t scratch or pick the area; instead, keep your skin moisturised with aftercare when your tattoo looks too dry.
Shower or bathe normally. Wash piercing gently with antibacterial soap only — keep shampoo and fragrances away from the piercing.
Apply tea tree oil, sea salt & warm water, or the BPA aftercare we sell, after washing, 2-3 times per day for the next 2-4 weeks.
Don’t touch your piercing without washing your hands.
If infection occurs (swelling, reddening, etc) keep the piercing in — take care to use your aftercare more than usual. If a keloid (which will appear as a small bump) develops, don’t be alarmed and take the aforementioned advice. A keloid is scarring after an infection has already occurred. See us if these problems persist.
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 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.