Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an initial tattoo enquiry?

If you are after a small palm sized piece (which is non-artist specific) we can usually fit this in as a walk-in midweek so pop along to studio at a time that suits you. If you would rather reserve a time slot please fill in our BOOK A SMALL TATTOO form here http://iamvagabond.co.uk/enquiries-bookings/make-an-enquiry/

If you wish to have a drop-in consultation with a chosen artist you can come along between 6-6.45pm to speak to them directly.

Andrew Hulbert-Tuesdays 

6-8 week wait for appointments

Anika Lukins-Tuesdays

Regular availability

Leti Mortimer-Wednesdays 

2-3 week wait for appointments

Adam Ruff-Thursdays

Regular availability Thursdays and Fridays

Jay-Wednesdays

Regular availability

Paul Hill-PATERNITY LEAVE BACK IN OCTOBER, CONTACT VIA INSTAGRAM @paulhilltattooer

Alternatively if you would like to guarantee seeing your chosen artist on a specific date please fill out our consultation booking form here http://iamvagabond.co.uk/enquiries-bookings/book-a-consultation/

Can I walk-in or do I need to make an appointment?

We can usually fit in small pieces (non-artist specific) midweek. So please pop along when it suits you or call ahead 07966516868

 

Alternatively see our Enquiries page for more information

Enquiries / Bookings

 

 

 

Do the artists have long waiting lists?

This depends on the individual artist and the size of your chosen piece. Availability can range from on the day to 5 months, however it is always worth checking as appointments move around daily. Senior artists are available for small walk-in pieces midweek.

AVERAGE WAITING TIMES

ANDREW HULBERT-6 weeks

PAUL HILL-PATERNITY LEAVE-BACK OCTOBER PLEASE MESSAGE ON INSTAGRAM @paulhilltattooer

LETI MORTIMER-2 weeks

JAY-Regular availability

ANIKA LUKINS-Regular availability

ADAM RUFF-Regular availability

 

 

 

yJAY-Regular availability

ADAM RUFF-Regular availability

Do you offer consultations?

Yes, we offer a free consultation service. Each artist has set days and these run on a first come first served basis from between 6-6.45pm, please fill in our online consultation form with your design details and you’ll receive an email confirmation from there.

Alternatively if you wish to have a drop-in consultation with a chosen artist you can come along between 6-6.45pm to speak to them directly.

Andy-Tuesdays 

6-8 week wait for appointments

Leti-Wednesdays 

2-3 week wait for appointments

Adam-Thursdays

regular availability Thursdays and Fridays

Jay-Wednesdays

regular availability

Anika-Wednesdays

regular availability

Paul-PATERNITY LEAVE BACK IN OCTOBER, CONTACT VIA INSTAGRAM @paulhilltattooer

BOOK A CONSULTATION HERE

http://iamvagabond.co.uk/enquiries-bookings/book-a-consultation/

Please note, providing your arrival at the studio is within the 6-6.45pm time slot you are guaranteed to be seen. Later than 6.45pm will need to be re-scheduled.

We kindly ask you to read over the following information before booking your consultation.

You must be 18 or over to have a tattoo and ID will be required on the day of your appointment. (We cannot accept parental consent for under 18’s).

Ladies, unfortunately we cannot tattoo you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you have any medical conditions such as a blood borne virus etc, please make your artist aware of this during your consultation.

We recommend no swimming or heavy sun exposure (including sun beds) for the first 3 weeks of your healing.

A non-refundable deposit of £40 (or £90 for larger hourly rate pieces) is required at the time of making a booking and we accept cash or debit card but unfortunately not credit cards (mastercard) or AMEX.*48 hours notice is required to re-schedule any appointment

What are your opening times?

The studio is open Tuesday-Saturday on the following times

TUESDAY-11am-7pm

WEDNESDAY-11am-7pm

THURSDAY-11am-7pm

FRIDAY-11am-5.30pm

SATURDAY-12pm-5pm

WE ARE CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (including bank holiday Monday)

First appointments start at 11am and last appointments depend on how long a piece will take.

How do I choose an artist

If your piece is non-specific to an artist E.g Using your own design/script/numerals/symbols then please fill in our BOOK A SMALL TATTOO form or call the studio on 07966516868, alternatively come along to your chosen artist consultation evening to discuss your design first.

We have regular availability for small pieces with artists Adam Ruff, Anika Lukins, Jay Rangel and Leti Mortimer. All of which are experienced in thin linework.

 

 

What should I be aware of before booking my tattoo?

You must be 18 or over to have a tattoo and ID will be required on the day of your appointment. (We cannot accept parental consent for under 18’s).

We unfortunately cannot tattoo you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you have any medical conditions such as a blood borne virus etc, please make your artist aware of this during your consultation or before making your booking.

We recommend no swimming or heavy sun exposure (including sun beds) for the first few weeks of your healing.

Do you take deposits?

Yes, we take a £40 or £90 non-refundable deposit depending on your quote.

This can be taken by debit card or cash during your consultation at the studio or via online banking/Paypal (£2/£5 fee for Paypal transactions) We do not except credit cards, some international cards/AMEX.

Should you wish to change your appointment date/time we require 48 hours notice or a deposit will be lost and a new one required to re-book.

No-shows/late cancellations will result in lost deposits.

How should I prepare for my tattoo on the day?

A good breakfast is highly recommended, and too much alcohol the night before is not a good idea, as this can thin the blood. Please be aware we will not tattoo anyone under the influence of drink or drugs.

We will shave the tattoo area for you, please do not do this yourself.

We politely ask that friends/partners are limited to one only during your session.

Children, dogs and bicycles are not permitted in the studio.

Will I see a design before my appointment?

Designs are ready to view during your appointment with plenty of time to make changes with your artist before it is tattooed. Sizes and orientation can all be adjusted on the day too.

Can I use numbing cream?

We do not recommend using numbing cream. This can make the skin more difficult to tattoo and can sometimes affect how it heals. There is often a greater level of pain experienced once it has worn off.

Are there any areas/tattoo's you refuse?

The areas of the body which we do not tattoo are the sides of the fingers/palms, the inner lip and the soles of the feet. These areas tend to be very difficult to heal and are prone to drop-outs and blow outs.

We do not tattoo in white ink alone as this tends to turn an off-white yellowy colour over time.

We can tattoo tops of hands, necks and faces, however these would require a consultation.

Please be aware that our artists will not directly copy another artists design, however we are willing to take inspiration from certain pieces and create your own original version for you.

How much will my tattoo cost?

We have a £50 minimum (£60 for hands)  and generally quote on size and detail. For larger more detailed pieces we work on a £100 an hour rate.

We are often able to give an indication of price over email, but for larger work your artist will give you a quote during your consultation.

We take deposits to hold all appointments and this is either £40 or £90 depending on your quote.

The remainder of your payment is due after your tattoo has been done

Please note that all deposits are non-refundable. 48 hours notice is required should you wish to re-schedule your appointment.

Which methods of payment do you accept?

Cash is easiest for us and some debit cards are fine.Paypal (plus fee) transactions for your deposit and remainder of your payment are accepted. Unfortunately we do not accept credit cards AMEX or some international cards.

Can I bring a friend/partner to my appointment?

We politely ask that friends/partners are limited to only during your session.

Our studio is small therefore your friend/partner must take care not to move around the space or lean on the tattoo chairs. This can be distracting for the artists at work. A member of the team will show them where to sit.

Artists working downstairs will ask for friends/partners to remain upstairs whilst the tattoo is being carried out.

Under 18’s, babies, dogs and bicycles are not permitted in the studio.

Thank you for your understanding

Are you a licenced studio and do you have sufficient needle disposal in place?

Yes, we are a fully licenced studio and pride ourselves on having excellent levels of cleanliness. All of our needles are one-use disposables and our artists follow strict health and safety guidelines.

We use certified medical waste and sharps disposal contractors.

 

Which ink brands do you use? Are they Vegan friendly?

We use Dynamic black, Intenze, and Eternal ink.

These brands are all vegan friendly.

Do you do piercings?

Sorry we do not do piercings

Do you offer laser removal?

We do not have a laser removal service here but we can recommend The Reset Room in Hoxton

 

Do you do cover-ups?

We occasionally work with cover-ups, however we would need to see you for a consultation to determine if this is the best option for you.

Will my tattoo change if I gain or loose weight?

Your tattoo will only ever expand or reduce at the same rate as your skin, it will not distort in shape.

Can I exercise with a new tattoo

Exercise is fine, as long as the area is not knocked. Contact sports e.g Rugby are generally not advised until fully healed, due to the risk of knocking off scabs. swimming is not advised for at least 3 weeks.

After exercise make sure you wash the area with warm water and PH balance soap.

 

Is it safe to swim and sunbathe with a fresh tattoo?

We recommend at least 3 weeks before exposing a fresh tattoo to sun/ sea/swimming. This is due to the risk of poor healing and infection.

It is always best to wait until after a holiday before having a new tattoo

How do I look after my new tattoo?

Your artist will explain how they would like you to look after you tattoo, this can vary piece by piece.

Generally we recommend to do the following

• Remove your dressing after 2-3 hours ( Unless otherwise advised by your artist ).

• Wash your tattoo with clean hands, using warm soapy water.

   Rinse the area with cold water and pat dry.

• Normal showering is fine just do not soak your tattoo or rub with a towel.

• Apply Aveeno cream 2-3 times a day until your tattoo is healed.

( Unless otherwise advised by your artist ). Do not allow your tattoo to dry out.

• Your tattoo will scab whilst it is healing, do not pick at the flakes as

   this can cause the colour to be pulled out.

• Avoid swimming or suntanning until your tattoo has healed.

Apply a high SPF sunblock for the life of your tattoo to prevent fading.