Tattoo FAQ « The Ink Shack


Making appointments

The first part of getting a tattoo, and the most important is to know what and who you want to tattoo.

It is important to research your artist, and choose who you think will do justice to your ideas. The more references and sketches you have the better the artist will be able to understand your tattoo. We are here to advise in your tattoo designs, but the final judgment lies with our customers. Our artists will always try their upmost to put together a design that you are happy with, but advise on subjects such as styles and placements.

After this vital process, the next step is to arrange with your artist a date to be tattooed. We can only offer time slots with deposits (£10 per hour booked or £100 for a day booking) and then begin the drawing process. This entails talking with your chosen artist about your ideas (there is no need to book to do this) and getting either a hand drawing or photo reference together (dependant on your design) for you to take a look at. If there is anything at all that you are unhappy with, simply let us know and we can change it for you. If you are unhappy with your drawing before the arranged date, again, let us know and we can move your appointment back and honour your deposit. Unfortunately deposits are non-refundable so we do need to know if anything comes up that will affect your being tattooed.

We do accept walk in designs, but it is always best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Our artists work on different schedules so it is best to contact your artist directly to book appointments.


What we need to know

We have some questions on our consent forms (which are only seen by our artists) to ensure our customer’s and our own safety. Please read them thoroughly and answer them honestly.

If you know you will soon be in hospital whilst your tattoo is healing, please let us know the nature of the problem before booking in to ensure we can take the necessary precautions, especially if you suffer from a weak immune system.

When booking in for your tattoo make sure it is well in advance of going on holiday, not only is it a pain to be looking after a healing tattoo, but swimming pools, sea, and the sun can all affect the healing process. It is also for this reason we say to avoid sun beds, and bathing (showering is always preferential) It’s always best to be patient to get the best results.

Remember; A tattoo is permanent!


Tattoo Aftercare

Every shop has its own policy on looking after new tattoos. Below is our expanded aftercare;

Keep the dressing on for around one hour

Wash with lukewarm, soapy water (any soap will do, but the more natural the better)

Dab the tattoo dry with a clean dry towel, DO NOT RUB!

Apply a light smear of Bepanthen or Tattoo Goo to the tattoo. Remember to always try a test patch before being tattooed to confirm you’re not allergic to the cream you are using. Always purchase these products from a reputable dealer (no ebaying as you may be mis-sold the product).

For Bepanthen or Tattoo Goo, use for the whole healing period. We recommend Tattoo Goo for larger tattoos as Bepanthen can lead to clogging of pores.

For best results, use about 3 times a day for around 2 weeks or if the tattoo becomes dry/taught. Apply creams sparingly, it is best to have a glisten to the tattoo, don’t leave it bone dry and don’t soak it in cream.

Especially concerning foot and colour tattoos; if swelling is considerable wrap in cling film and place an ice box/bag of a certain green veg on the tattoo for 5 minutes to allow it to cool.

Fresh tattoos can produce lymph (clear liquid) which is your body’s way of dealing with the new addition. This is nothing to panic about, only a normal, natural part of the healing process.

DO NOT PICK YOUR SCABS! If the itching gets too much, try to either cool the tattoo down or give it a pat to curb the temptation of scratching.

Towards the end of the healing period, the tattoo may become ‘flaky’, this is nothing to worry about, it’s simply dead skin. Keep moisturising and no picking!

If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact us or consult your doctor.