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.

Andy-Tuesdays (OFF 26th June /24th July/31st July) 6-8 week wait for appointments

Leti-Wednesdays (OFF 4th July) 2-3 week wait for appointments

Adam-Thursdays (OFF 21st June) regular availability Thursdays and Fridays

Jay-Wednesdays-regular availability

Fam-Wednesdays -regular availability

Rose-Thursdays (OFF 21st June/5th July) 6 month wait for appoinments 

Paul-Tuesdays 3-5 week wait for appointments

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.

CURRENT WAITING TIMES

ROSE HARLEY-5 months

ANDREW HULBERT-6 weeks

PAUL HILL-4 weeks

LETI MORTIMER-2 weeks

FAM-Regular availability

JAY-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.

Consultations are an opportunity to discuss your ideas and meet with your potential artist in person. Please bring along image reference print-outs if you can (images on your phone are fine if not). From here your artist will be able to give you an indication of costs and availability.

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 (except 26th June /24th July/31st July) 6-8 week wait for appointments

Leti-Wednesdays (except 4th July) 2-3 week wait for appointments

Adam-Thursdays (except 21st June) regular availability Thursdays and Fridays

Jay-Wednesdays-regular availability

Fam-Wednesdays -regular availability

Rose-Thursdays (except 21st June/5th July) 6 month wait for appoinments 

Paul-Tuesdays 3-5 week wait for appointments

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/

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

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 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 our senior artists Adam Ruff, Fam, Jojo and Leti. 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.

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.

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 (mastercard) or AMEX.

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.

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

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 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.

 

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.