Frequently Asked Questions 



How old do you have to be to have a piercing/tattoo?


The legal age for a tattoo is 18+ with valid photographic ID only; no parental consent is valid for tattoo work. However, for those who want a piercing, parental consent is needed for anyone under the age of 16 (excluding tongue, navel, nipple and genital piercings).  Anyone aged between 16 -18 years old need either parental consent or valid photographic ID (excluding genital piercings). Anyone who wants a genital piercing needs to be over the age of 18 years of age and have valid photographic ID.  

18+ for genitals piercings & for female nipple piercing. 16+ for tongue piercing & navel piercing.

Do I need to book an appointment?


Although we do offer a walk in service for bigger tattoos and multiple piercings it’s better to book just to make sure you have our undivided attention. A deposit is needed for all appointments and custom work; if you can not make your appointment please call us to cancel or rearrange, otherwise you will lose your deposit. 


What is the process for getting my tattoo design? 


We recommend you come to the studio for a consultation, this way you can talk with the tattooist about your ideas. You should bring in any reference you may have as this will help the tattooist design your tattoo. If the consultation is successful you will be asked to make an appointment and leave a deposit. This deposit will cover the cost of the tattoo design & will go towards the overall price of your tattoo.


What happens if I don't like the tattoo design?


If you are not happy with the tattoo deisgn then changes can always be made, and if you are still not happy then you can request to get your deposit back. 


I have an old tattoo can I get it covered up? 


Yes we do cover up old tattoos but you will need to come to the studio first to show us; as we will need to see if it can be covered up. It would be ideal if you had a vague idea of the design you want. 


Can we haggle on the price of my tattoo?


Although we respect the fact tattoos can be expensive, our artist are trained professionals and the tattoos are priced according to equipment costs and the time it takes. We will not charge over the odds, remember good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.


Where is the most painful place to get a tattoo?


Everybody’s pain threshold is different but some areas can be more sensitive than others, for example a tattoo on the foot can be a bit more sensitive to say the wrist or forearm, due to the density of skin tissue and nerve clusters. But as we say, you never know till you try!


How do I pay for my tattoo or piercing?


We do not have a card machine in the studio, we only accept CASH. Payment is taken before any work is carried out, so please make sure you have the cash ready. There is a free cash machine in the shop next door to the studio. 



Will I be told how to take care of my piercing/tattoo?


Every artist has been highly trained to deal with not only the tattoo/piercing in question but how to take care of it and keep it healthy. After your tattoo/piercing you will be given any information you will need and any products you will require to take care of your new addition.

Can I bring a friend for support?


Although our studio is not that big, we can accommodate guests you bring along for moral support. We have one of the most comfortable waiting areas in Sutton. 


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