We’ve written a list of some of the questions you may have. We recommend that each of our clients reads this before booking their tattoo as there may be something you haven’t considered. If your question isn’t listed please drop us a line or pop into the studio.
You must be 18 to be tattooed at Parlour. We do not tattoo anyone under 18 regardless of parental consent. Every client will be required to provide a valid form of ID (Passport or Driving License).
Yes, our artists can do cover-ups. Please come in and talk to us about your options as each cover-up presents it’s own challenges. We will work with you to find a design that works for you but also functions effectively as a cover-up.
You can pop into the studio at any time for an informal chat with the shop manager or any available artist, however we recommend booking a consultation. A consultation is free, we only require a deposit once your tattoo is booked and before we begin drawing your design.
Everyone’s pain threshold is different, some people find it uncomfortable, others are remarkably zen throughout the whole experience. Most people say it isn’t as bad as they imagine and many liken the sensation to ‘kitten scratches’. Many people find the outline more uncomfortable than the shading.
Designs will be provided in person once you’re at the studio at which point any changes can be made.
Feel free to bring along one person for moral support; however they must remain in the waiting area whilst you are tattooed.
Wear something you feel comfortable in that also allows easy access you the area you are about to be tattooed. Tight fitting garments are not a good idea and remember that you may get ink or blood onto your clothes when travelling home after the tattoo.
We accept credit/debit cards, cash and paypal for online bookings.
We require a 50% deposit for all bookings, which is redeemable against the total cost. Your deposit holds the date of your appointment for you. We will not advertise this time to anyone else, and as a result, deposits are non-refundable to client’s cancelling with less than 14 days notice, arriving late to an appointment or re-scheduling less than 48 hours prior to appointment. Deposits go towards covering artists time spent preparing for your tattoo and to loss of earnings if they are unable to re-book an appointment.
Remember, if you have any questions you can call Studiotrap on 020 8670 9438
- Your artist has wrapped your new tattoo, this is to stop infection, your artist will instruct you on exactly how long to keep this covering on, but the rule of thumb is 2 – 4 hours. The bandage will collect a lot of ink and blood, so be careful of your clothing when you remove the covering.
- Once you have removed the bandage have a shower and gently wash the tattoo, removing the Vaseline and excess ink with warm water and a mild anti-bacterial soap (we recommend Carex).
- Apply a moisturising cream, we recommend Hustle Butter. Good alternatives are Dream Cream from Lush and Bepanthem which is a nappy rash cream that works well on tattoos and is available in most supermarkets and pharmacies.
- Eat some comfort food and get an early night!
Take care of your tattoo, be sensible! For the next three weeks make sure you;
- Wash the area and apply moisturising cream twice a day, don’t over wash, it’s not necessary.
- Have showers, not baths, and avoid swimming or soaking your ink.
Avoid tight clothing.
- Expect skin to be itchy and a little flaky whilst the work heals, do not pick the scabs! You can slap the area to relieve itching, or just resist it altogether.
- Do not shave the tattooed area, treat it carefully, as you would a burn or scrape that is healing.
- Itchiness should only last for the first few weeks or so – if your tattoo stays raised, itches uncontrollably, is red around the design, is continuously hot to the touch, or you’re just concerned don’t hesitate to contact us for advice. Infected tattoos are extremely rare but can happen, and it’s always worth getting it checked out if you’re worried about it.
- Keep the artwork away from direct sunlight whilst it heals. When it’s completely healed, if you do go in the sun make sure your tattoo is covered in a high SPF, or better yet, keep it covered to avoid fading.