FAQ

 

 

WHAT ARE THE COVID-19 GUIDELINES?


We want to ensure that the studio is a safe environment for both customers and artists, and so we have put some guidelines in place to adhere to this. Please bring and wear a face mask or shield to your appointment, and to come alone to your appointment to allow for social distancing. If you are feeling unwell, or have a high temperature, loss of taste/smell or continuous cough please let us know as soon as possible so that we can reschedule your appointment. We are still taking cash payments, however, you are also welcome to pay via paypal or card as well. 


HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

 


Have a browse through our artists via the artist page to see if you have a preference for your design, if not we're more than happy recommending you an artist for your ideas. Please then contact us via the contact form, email us directly to hiddenhandstattoo@gmail.com or feel free to pop on by for a consultation! Please have the following information ready: Your ideas, size (in cm/inches), placement, picture references and if you have an artist preference. Once this has been sent, we will get back to you shortly! 

 

 

DO YOU OFFER CONSULTATIONS?

 

Yes! We're happy to do consultations over email or in person. Consultations are free of charge and it’s a good opportunity for you to get some good advice on your tattoo and chat about ideas, as well as have a browse at the studio. We book consultations for half an hour so you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your thoughts and ask questions. If you would then like to go ahead with booking the tattoo after the consultation we would then require a £100 deposit.

 


HOW MUCH IS A DEPOSIT?

 

We would require a deposit of £100 in order to secure your appointment. We take the deposit to ensure that the artists don’t spends hours doing design work then have people decide to go elsewhere or not show up on the day of an appointment. Deposits are non-refundable so if you change your mind we keep it for the time the artist has invested. The same applies to completely changing the idea of the tattoo. You may also lose your deposit if you cancel without at least 48 hours notice. Deposits are valid for 6 months.

 

 

DO YOU DO WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS?

 

Walk-ins are welcome, however, on a first come first serve basis. To guarantee an appointment or if you were wanting a specific artist it is best to book in advance and you can do this by using our contact form or by emailing us. That way the artists have more time to design your idea and give you the best tattoo possible! If you're close to the studio you can always give us a call on 02033023830 to see who is available.

 

 

HOW MUCH DOES A TATTOO COST?

 

It is difficult to give an exact quote on a tattoo as there are too many factors involved. Price will vary depending on artist, design, size, location on the body, how well you sit, how good your skin is for tattooing and a variety of other factors. The shops' minimum is £100. Please fill out the contact form and will get back to you with a estimated quote. We will sometimes give you a price range when quoting which allows for any changes in design or size on the day of your tattoo.

 

 

WILL IT HURT?

 

Pain is dependent on each individual. Some people find it easy, others struggle a bit more. Our best recommendation is to make sure you’ve had a good nights sleep before hand, make sure you’ve eaten and, above all, ensure you’re in the right mindset. If you accept that there will be some discomfort and spend your session chatting away to your artist, you’ll hardly notice it! Remember that pain is guaranteed, suffering is optional.

 

 

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO GET A TATTOO?

 

You must be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo. It is against the UK law to tattoo a minor, even with Parental consent. There are no exceptions to this.

We also ask that you bring Photo ID (such as a driving license or passport) to your tattoo appointment. If you are just turning 18, we are happy to answer your enquiries and to book you in for a date for after you turn 18.

 

 

CAN I BRING ALONG ALL MY FRIENDS?

 

If you really feel the need to bring friends along for moral support then they can come. However they won’t be allowed in the tattooing area and so will spend most of their day sitting in the reception area looking at our artwork. For the benefit of your friends, the artist and yourselves we recommend you just bring yourself along to the appointment.

 

 

CAN I DRINK/TAKE DRUGS BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?

 

The simple answer to that is no. If you turn up and we believe you to be under the influence of anything we will refuse to tattoo you and you will lose your deposit. Not only is it disrespectful to the artists but it also makes tattooing you a lot more difficult and the tattoo probably won’t heal properly.

 

 

WILL YOU TATTOO MY HANDS/NECK/FACE?

 

Getting a tattoo on any visible part of your body is a big change. Even if you have a couple of tattoos already it will be down to each individual artist and whether they feel comfortable doing it. However, do not be surprised if we refuse to do it for you.

 

 

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN WITH ME?

 

It depends on how old they are. If they’re 18 then by all means bring them along, but they won’t be able to watch you get tattooed. If they’re under 18 then please don’t bring them along. We aren’t a nursery and can’t watch your children for you. Your best bet is to leave them at home with a friend or babysitter.

 

 

I HAVE A PICTURE OF A TATTOO I FOUND ONLINE, CAN YOU DO IT OR ME?

 

We will never copy anyone else’s work or design. It’s disrespectful and morally wrong. We can always use it as reference for your own design, drawn in one of our artists style, but it will not be a copy.

 

 

HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY TATTOO?

 

We accept cash, card or Paypal deposits. On the day, sessions can be paid for with cash or on card. Payments on card will incur a 2.75% surcharge as that is what we are charged to take your payment (making a £100 deposit £102.75). To avoid any charges, plan ahead and visit the bank to get cash beforehand.



CAN I GO ON HOLIDAY WITH A FRESH TATTOO?

 


We advise that you avoid harsh sunlight and bathing after getting your fresh tattoo. This includes sunbeds, sunbathing, as well as no saunas, steam rooms or swimming. We recommend leaving it at least a month after getting your tattoo before doing these activities.


HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY TATTOO?


The best thing to do in preparation of your tattoo is to be well-rested, hydrated and to have a good meal at least 2-3 hours before your appointment. If you feel easily faint or weak during your tattoo it is good to have a sugar filled drink to help keep your blood-sugar levels up. Please avoid partying the night before.

 

WILL YOU EMAIL ME THE DESIGN TO ME WHEN IT’S READY?

 

As a general rule we don’t send designs out of the studio for a few reasons. One being that we have been stung before by people taking that design somewhere else and getting it tattooed (badly) by someone else. Secondly, we find that when people have a copy of the design they tend to over analyse it. They start showing it to their partners, friends, parents, brothers, sisters, cousin, pets and anyone else you can think of! All of a sudden all of these people become experts on tattoos and start deciding that if you changed ‘just this little bit’ then it’ll make it better. Trust us, we’ve been doing this long enough that we know what will work and what won’t. Most of the people you show the design to, won’t have a clue! Instead we find it’s better if you come in and see the design in person so that you can make any comments about it to them and discuss it with them.