Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an initial tattoo enquiry?

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

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  • PLEASE NOTE ALL CONSULTATIONS ARE TEMPORARILY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. PLEASE EMAIL STUDIO@IAMVAGABOND.CO.UK TO BOOK IN.

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 a couple of weeks, however it is always worth checking as appointments move around daily. Senior artists are available for small walk-in pieces midweek.

Do you offer consultations?

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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 enquiries form and we can advise you from there. You can also call the studio on 07966516868 or alternatively come along to your chosen artist consultation evening to discuss your design first.

We have regular availability for small pieces with our resident artists 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 £60 or £100 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?

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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 £60 minimum (£70 for hands)  and generally quote on size and detail. For larger more detailed pieces we work on a £120 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 £60 or £100 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?

We accept most debit cards.

We accept cash.

Paypal (plus fee) transactions for your deposit and remainder of your payment are accepted.

Unfortunately we do not accept AMEX or some international cards.

Can I bring a friend/partner to my appointment?

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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.

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.

What are the guidelines for getting tattooed during Covid-19

Please arrive on time for your appointment, as we may not be operating a waiting area during this time.

Please also come alone, we are unable to cater for extra guests during this time.

On arrival at the studio the door will be locked. 

Please knock and flash a “peace” sign and our manager will let you in, taking your temperature at the door. 

Please use the hand-sanitisation provided on entering the studio

You will be required to wear a face mask

Please aim to minimise layers of clothing and accessories (coats, scarfs, hats and jewellery).

We will be unable to provide refreshments during this time. Please bring your own water bottle to your appointment.

Please complete our digital consent form which will be emailed to you. Please complete this 1 hour before your appointment to minimise waiting room time.

Thank you for your cooperation

What precautions are in place for providing studio safety during Covid-19?

All of our artists will be required to wear face masks during your appointment.

Stations have been reduced to allow social distancing with screens also in place, creating separate working areas.

There will be a protective screen in our reception area.