How much does it hurt to get a tattoo?
When it comes right down to it, that’s what most people really want to know! Interestingly there’s quite a lot of disagreement over which hurts more, it seems to be a subjective reaction. The line work of the design or the ‘filling in’. Tattooing lines produces a different sensation from ‘filling in’, or tattooing blocks of colour. Suffice it to say that neither is really all that painful. Actually, getting a tattoo is not very painful nowadays because modern tattoo equipment is such that the needles go in and out of your skin very quickly. You’ll be completely able to carry on a normal conversation while getting your tattoo. Tattoo designs can also make a difference with regard to how it feels.
I don’t have a design, can you help me choose? First of all, if you’re going to have a design on you for the rest of your life, it’s wise to make sure it’s something you’re very keen to have done. It’s a good idea to have at least a concept of the tattoo you want, we can certainly help from there and advise the best way of getting what you want so it will look the best for you. It maybe that you have an idea and you want us to come up with a design for you, or you may just wish to choose from ‘Flash’ or from pictures or photos online etc. You can always email your ideas across, along with placement and the size you need to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will advise you the best we can!
Is it safe to get a tattoo? Yes!! If you stick with a registered tattoo studio, which basically means it’s been audited by the local council to ensure the tattooing procedure meets all hygiene standards in a safe environment, then it is perfectly safe. The only time it isn’t safe to be tattooed is if it is being done illegally out of someones house for example with poor substandard equipment and where the relative safety precautions are ignored. Don’t do it! Risking your health is just not worth the money you’ll save! In our registered studio all precautions such as brand new sterile needles are used with each tattoo and then disposed of, all equipment is bagged to protect everyone from any risk of infection.
How old do I have to be to get a tattoo? Tattooing of Minors Act 1969 : prohibits the act of tattooing anyone under the age of 18, it is therefore legal to get a tattoo in the UK at the age of 18 years old and above. It has been said that if you have your parents consent that you can get a tattoo at a younger age. This simply isn’t true! If you are 18 or over but are lucky enough to look young, please ensure you have ID.
What can I do if I decide I don’t like my new tattoo? Unfortunately, your options are limited. As stated earlier, the key is to make sure that you’re getting the tattoo you want before the inking process actually starts. Depending on the tattoo design, it’s possible that it can be added to and that might make the appearance of the tattoo more to your liking. Or you can look at tattoo removal methods – they are rather costly, but the results tend to be much better than they used to be. Cover ups are also an option but usually have to be a whole lot bigger and darker depending on the design you’re covering. That’s why we will apply an inked stencil to the surface of your skin before we starts tattooing – you’ll get to see what the tattoo will look like and to adjust the positioning of it if you need to. Tattoos are permanent so be sure on your choice. What’s more laser removal hurts far more than getting tattooed, so just make sure you get the right design to start with.
When should I NOT get a tattoo? You shouldn’t get a tattoo if you’re drunk or have taken any illegal high’s, and we have a policy in place about this; we will refuse to tattoo anyone who appears to be drunk, high or otherwise lacking the required judgement. Whats more, if there is alcohol in your system it’s alot harder to tattoo you as your blood can push the ink back out of your skin. This means the skin has to be worked really hard which will be painful and the tattoo won’t heal as well.
So if you’re booked in, please don’t drink any alcohol for 24 hours before. The other reason for not getting a tattoo is if you’re not sure. Wait until you do feel sure or just don’t get one. This is not a good thing to feel ambiguous about. There are no specific medical considerations, but use your common sense. If you’re sick, do wait till you feel better. If you have any skin problems, it’s best to point this out before getting tattooed in case it’s an issue. If you have any blood diseases such as HIV, you have a moral obligation to inform us about these. For women – Do not get tattooed if you’re pregnant. There are many reasons for this and if you need clarification you can find information HERE A tattoo disclaimer has to be signed by every client before a tattoo is carried out which we will go through with you.
Will a tattoo make it harder for me to get a job? Tattoos are a lot more socially acceptable than they ever were before and in most workplaces you should be judged on the basis of your ability. If you’re worried, why not get the tattoo in a place where office clothes will cover it?
For men at any rate, that still leaves a lot of choices. Even if you can’t keep it covered though, in this day and age it probably won’t matter. There are exceptions, of course; there are tattoos that are so prominent and controversial in terms of their appearance or content that they may cause problems for you, just as there are workplaces which are exceptionally conservative. You need to make sure that all aspects of your appearance fit your objectives, and that includes tattoos. But having a tattoo or two certainly won’t preclude you from being gainfully employed – not in this day and age!
We would however point out that having your face, head, neck or hands tattooed these will potentially make it harder for work placement.
Is there anywhere that you won’t tattoo? At present we won’t tattoo the face. Also with necks, hands and fingers we will firstly want to make sure you understand the future implications. If you have a fair amount of tattoo coverage already some consideration may be given. They don’t call them ‘Job Stoppers’ for nothing y’know!
Can I get addicted to tattoos? It isn’t true in the sense of a real addiction, but it is a fact that people who already have one tattoo are more likely to get another one … or so. It is possible to get ‘hooked’ on the excitement of getting a tattoo, just as some people get ‘hooked’ on shoe shopping, but that’s not a real addiction. Most people who end up with multiple tattoos do so simply because they like them.
How much does it cost? Tattoo prices vary according to the size and complexity of the tattoo designs. Of course, a larger and more complex design will cost more than a smaller one – that stands to reason. The best thing to do is to ask. Bring your design – or just describe it – and we should be able to quote you a price.
We are currently charging out at approx £60 per hour when actually tattooing, although prices vary depending on the time taken on design and stencil work which is usually worked into the price. Again, just email your idea and size through to get a rough estimate on price.