COMMON QUESTION FROM OUR CLIENTS
HOW MUCH DOES A CONSULTATION COST?
Consultations are free!
WHAT DOES A CONSULTATION ENTAIL?
This is your opportunity to sit down with your tattoo artists to talk about your tattoo. Your consultation will take approximately 30 minutes and in this time you will discuss your tattoo subject, style, size and placement. If you have specific images or ideas, make sure you bring them along with you to this meeting. Your artist will then design your tattoo based on these ideas.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY NEW TATTOO?
We will advise you about tattoo aftercare and how to look after it to ensure that it heals for the best results.
We have Tattoo Tonic Aftercare balm available for sale at $12/20 (per 25ml/60ml container).
We also have Recovery Derm Shield, a latex-free, transparent matte film adhesive bandage at $10 (per 2x A5 size sheets pack). Remember to factor this in if you plan on buying some to take home with you.
I DON’T LIVE IN WELLINGTON AND AM UNABLE TO COME TO A CONSULTATION. HOW DO I DISCUSS MY TATTOO WITH MY CHOSEN ARTIST?
It is important to us that you really love your tattoo, so we make every effort to ensure that you can discuss your ideas with your artist, whether in person or remotely via phone or internet. Each artist has their own preferred method/s of contact, so get in touch with us through our Contact & Bookings page and we will put you in touch with the best artist for you and your tattoo.
WHEN WILL I SEE MY DESIGN?
You will see your design at your tattoo appointment (except in exceptional circumstances). You select your tattoo artist based on their artistic style and their portfolio (and their personality). After consulting with you, your artist takes time and care to create a design to your own individual requirements. Once your tattoo artist has completed your design you may wish to make alterations. To prevent miscommunication, it is best that any changes you wish to make are discussed with your tattoo artist in person.
WILL YOU SEND ME MY DESIGN?
No. Our tattoo artists take a lot of care and time to ensure that your own unique requirements are met. Until your piece of art is in your skin and paid for, the design belongs solely to your tattoo artist. In order to protect its integrity we do everything we can to ensure that it cannot be replicated somewhere else, on someone else.
I REALLY LIKE A TATTOO I’VE SEEN ON SOMEONE ELSE. WILL YOU COPY IT FOR ME ON MY SKIN?
No. We take every effort not to plagiarise another tattoo artist’s work. If you like an artist’s work, you should try to book in with them for your tattoo. Often this is not possible, so we would encourage you to bring a picture of any tattoo/s you like to your consultation to discuss it with your artist. Together with your artist you can discuss what it is that you like about the tattoo/s so that they can come up with an original design for you with these ideas in mind.
HOW LONG WILL MY TATTOO TAKE?
This is dependent on a number of factors including tattoo size, style, colour, placement and your discomfort/pain threshold. The more information you can share with you artist during the consultation process, the more accurately your artist can estimate the length of time your tattoo will take.
HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST?
Again, this is dependent on a number of factors including tattoo size, style, colour, placement and your discomfort/pain threshold. The more information you can share with you artist during the consultation process, the more accurately your artist can estimate the cost of your tattoo. Our artists each have hourly and full day rates. The full day rates enable you to relax into your tattoo session (and the more relaxed you are, the less painful the process is!) Your tattoo is an investment for life.
WHY DO I NEED TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
The deposit is paid to protect both your and your tattoo artist’s time. Once you have paid the deposit, your appointment time is secured (no longer available to other clients).
Our tattoo artists are sought after professionals and are often booked out weeks to months in advance. This is not their hobby. Tattooing is how they earn their living. Your tattoo artist produces a design for you and turns up whether you do or not. If a client cancels or reschedules their appointment without giving their artists reasonable notice, the tattoo artist loses some of their income. In the event of a late appointment change or no-show the deposit helps to pay for the tattoo artist’s lost work time and time spent designing your tattoo.
See our deposit policy below for more details.
HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO GET A TATTOO?
In the case of a client who is 16/17 years old, we ask their parent, or legal guardian, to come in on the day of the appointment to fill in a consent application form. We also ask to bring photo IDs of both the client and parent/legal guardian.
Once all the paperwork is in order, the parent/legal guardian is free to leave if they want to.
In case of an under 18 years old client, our artists will also avoid tattooing readily visible areas such as legs below the knees, forearms, hands, neck and chest.
IS THE STUDIO CLEAN AND SAFE?
Where New Zealand only has guidelines to encourage good practice and cleanliness in tattoo studios, we choose to follow the strict rules on sterilisation and cleanliness set out in the U.K. and Europe.
Before each tattoo, we clean the station with a medical grade disinfectant and cover up beds, armrests, work benches and instruments to create a sterile field. We only use sterilised single use needles that are disposed in clinical sharps bins after each tattoo. Most of the ink that we use is vegan friendly, made of organic pigments and complies with EU standards. It is poured into single use ink caps before each tattoo.
Instruments are cleaned in our digital autoclave.
Our stations are cleaned after every tattoo with medical grade disinfectant to ensure there is no risk of cross contamination between our clients.
The rest of the studio is cleaned every morning to keep it nice and fresh.
DO YOU STILL HAVE A QUESTION?
Once you have contacted us to book your tattoo appointment you will be asked to pay a deposit to secure your booking. Until we have received your deposit, your appointment slot is available to other clients.
All deposits are non-refundable.
Should you need to reschedule your appointment, if you give more than 2 full working days’ notice, any deposit you have already paid will be transferred to your new appointment slot.
In the event that you cancel your appointment or give less than 2 full working days’ notice to reschedule, your deposit will be kept by the tattoo artist to offset lost revenue.
On the day of your tattoo appointment, your deposit will be deducted from the total cost of your tattoo.