Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book in for a tattoo?
If you would like to please fill out the contact form which is on the homepage with details about your tattoo idea.
Do you design my tattoo?
All designs are custom drawn for you once an appointment has been secured with a booking fee. Designs are drawn up for the day of your appointment. When you arrive at your appointment you will see your design have a chance to make changes if you wish to.
Where is your studio located?
The studio is based in North Bristol near the M5/M4 motorway interchange and located on various bus routes as well as Bristol Parkway train station close nearby. The studio is licensed to South Gloucestershire Council and also holds treatment and public liability insurance.
How do I pay the booking fee?
A booking fee acts to reserve the time for your appointment as well as payment towards your tattoo. Once a time and date is agreed you will be given a Paypal link to make a payment online. Booking fee's are non-refundable. Deposits are carried over until the tattoo is completed.
What if I need to rearrange my appointment?
Rearranging an appointment is dealt with on a case by case basis. If you need to rearrange your appointment with good notice I may be able to change your slot subject to availability.
How much do you charge?
Kat gives a set price per design which will you will be notified of when booking in. For large-scale work a day rate applies. If you have a budget in mind, be sure to let Kat know.
How can I pay for my tattoo on the day?
Kat has a card machine so you can pay by card, apple pay or cash.
How can I prepare for my tattoo?
Bring surgery snacks or drinks with your appointment. It is important that you eat before getting tattooed. By eating beforehand it ensures your blood sugar levels aren’t low and reduces the risk of feeling faint or dizzy.
Make something that your clothing is comfortable and don’t wear anything you wouldn’t want to get ink stains on as tattooing can get messy.
Before getting tattooed please don’t go out partying the night before, and there really is nothing worse than getting tattooed on a hangover!
It is against the law to tattoo person’s under the age of 18. Bring photo ID with you to your appointment.
Can I bring someone with me to get tattooed?
If you wish to bring someone with you please run it passed Kat first. The reason being that the studio is small and being able to bring someone with you depends on what you are getting tattooed and for how long.
How do I look after my new tattoo?
When the tattoo is completed it is covered with Dermalize protective film which can be left on for 24hours. When removing the film do so in a hot shower. Wash the area with warm water, pat dry and apply healing balm using your fingertips apply a small amount to your tattoo. Continue to do this 2 - 3 times a day ntil the skin has healed which usually takes around 1 - 2 weeks depending on the indvidual. Always make sure to wash your hands before touching your tattoo during the healing phase. I recommend El Gato Negro Tattoo Healing Balm which is available to buy at the studio for £3 or coconut oil.
Always keep the tattooed area clean.
Repeat 3-5 times a day for 2 weeks or until the skin is healed.
For 2 weeks avoid swimming, hot tubs, baths or prolonged submersion.
For the first month avoid prolonged direct sunlight and tanning.
DO NOT scratch or pick tattoo.
DO NOT let anyone touch your tattoo.
REMEMBER a tattoo is an open wound.
Following these instructions will ensure your tattoo will heal well and keep your tattoo looking its best.
I’m going on holiday or I’ve just come back from a holiday, should I wait to get tattooed?
It’s advised to wait around 2-3 weeks until exposing your new tattoo to the sun, so it’s best to allow ample time for your tattoo to heal before going on a holiday in a warmer climate. If you are sunburnt or excessively tanned you won’t be able to be tattooed until your skin has recovered so please bear that in mind when booking a tattoo after a holiday.
Do you carry out a Vegan tattoo procedure?
Frequently I get asked about vegan tattooing and about the products I use. So I’ve put together a list of what I use before, during and after the tattooing process. Being vegan doesn’t just relate to what you eat, but what you consume. That means anything that contains animal or animal by-products, as well as anything that has been tested on animals. I am very conscious of the products I use and always choose vegan options even if it costs a bit more, where possible. Here is a list of the products I use during the tattooing process that are vegan to the best of my knowledge:
Uniglove Nitrile Gloves
Vegan Spirit stencil paper
Electrum stencil primer
World Famous Inks
Select Black Razors
Panthera Green Soap
El Gato Negro tattooing lube – used for stopping the skin from healing whilst being tattooed
El Gato Negro aftercare balm – to keep a new tattoo moisturised and aid the healing process
Dermalize Protective Film for aftercare
These products I use when tattooing, either I don’t know if they are vegan or they definetly aren’t vegan:
Grip tape for wrapping around my machine
Plastic coverings to cover cables and my tattoo machine
Bactine pain relieving spray – used but not necessary - used on longer sessions
Medical-grade hand wash
Clean Ink disinfectant spray and wipes – needed to disinfect surfaces like my workstation, couch, armrest, power supply and machines
These products that aren’t likely to be, or are not vegan are used for hygiene purposes which are unavoidable when dealing with blood and pathogens.
All the products that touch the skin and that I use, are vegan, and I am always searching to find vegan alternatives that don’t compromise hygiene standards. I’m sure as veganism continues to rise, it will be more common that products being used in tattooing are vegan. Although many tattoo products do state that they are vegan they are not officially certified by a third party. You can find me on the Vegan Tattoo Studios directory as well as on the Bristol Vegans website.