Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk

                                                                                       Tattoo Hygiene Rating **** 4 Star


“Tattooing is perfectly safe when done by a professional tattooist. Check the following to insure that this is the case...”

  4. Ask to see a portfolio. This is a collection of photographs of finished work. If you choose to bypass this one very major detail, you have no assurance of the skill level of the tattooist, and you deserve what you get. Also, an artist's portfolio presentation speaks volumes about his or her professionalism.
  5. Ask to see an autoclave. An autoclave is an instrument that sterilizes instruments by exposing them to steam and pressure for a period of time. Instruments should be individually packaged with a new, sterilized set-up being used for every customer. There should also be a record kept of regular use of the autoclave and a certificate to show the autoclave is serviced regularly.
  6. Also check the following; New needles, Disposable gloves, barrier films, hard surface disinfectant, hand-washing areas with antibacterial soap, and general cleanliness of the studio. Remember it's your tattoo, your health, your life, and therefore your responsibility. Getting tattooed by someone who does not practice safe tattooing methods can get you sick. Hepatitis, TB, and fungal infections... the list goes on... are all possible risks associated with improper sterilization and cross-contamination prevention.



What can I expect to pay? Tattoo pricing has much to do with the type of work your getting. Generally, small tattoos are priced up front, based on the amount of work the design will take to complete. Large-scale custom work is usually priced by the hour, and this is negotiated with your artist. This is often a much better way to go, because you get much more for your money this way.


Alcohol and Drugs!! We DO NOT Tattoo or Pierce anyone who is drunk! People don't make the best decisions when intoxicated (drugs or alcohol), and tattooing drunks sucks... really... they smell bad, they bleed, they won't sit still!!


Prescription Medications and Getting Tattooed First, we recommend speaking to your doctor before getting tattooed if you are taking any medications. Use some common sense here, if you are on blood pressure meds, or are at risk for such things associated with heart problems, talk to your doctor. From our experience, it is also not a good idea to get tattooed while taking oral antibiotics, due to the antibiotics working overtime trying to expel any foreign bodies that are introduced.


How much does it hurt? The answer is different for everyone, but it's never as bad as people expect... not with a good tattooist. The sensation is similar to a cat scratch, and the tattoo feels similar to being bruised and burned for a few days afterward. It generally hurts most in the first 15-20 minutes, then you get used to it. Honestly, the more you relax, the easier it is. It's just a tattoo!! But if you are still worried we offer Numbing for those who want it.


Can I bring my own design? We can work from any reference you bring us, or that we have on hand at the shop. The internet, library, greeting cards, t-shirts, fabric and wallpaper patterns are all good places to look. Or give us a sketch (no matter how sketchy), talk to us about size, area, style, budget, and turn us loose. Good artists put allot of effort into developing their styles and we all prefer to "do our own thing". The most important thing is that you get what you want... You've got to wear it!! ...and remember its FOREVER so making the right choice is really important !!!


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