FAQ - Tattoos

Of course it hurts, but you want me to say it doesn’t !! The pain is an external pain, not like an inside pain (e.g. toothache). It hurts less than a ‘poke in the eye with a sharp stick’. Anyone who wants a tattoo will be able to stand the pain.

We use the same equipment (autoclave) that a hospital uses to sterilise our equipment. We also use single use needle set ups for all customers.

You must be 18 years of age and have photo I.D issued by the government or province.

Yes, it can be anything you like but it will need to be converted into tattoo design. Some styles of artwork don’t work as well as others as a tattoo but we use our years of experience to guide you to ensure your tattoo is exactly what you are hoping for. Don’t forget we have literally thousands of tattoo designs for you to choose from if you get stuck.

It is impossible to quote a price without seeing a design. Custom tattooing costs according to the time involved. Larger and complex tattoos can cost thousands of dollars, while  smaller and simpler designs cost less. Simple names and really small things start at $80.

It is unusual that we will be free to attend to walk-ins for anything other than small tattoos. We recommend you come in advance or call to book and discuss your needs.

FAQ - Piercings

All piercings hurt for a few seconds, some more than others. Generally speaking your imagination is far worse than the actual piercing. It is always better to expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised. There are also numbing products available over the counter at chemists that you can use on most piercings to help reduce the pain.

The piercing generally takes a couple of seconds and fitting the jewelry takes a few seconds more. Once you are in the room most of that time is used for the  marking process.

We are unable to sell or apply numbing agents for you before the piercing procedure due to them being restricted pharmacy products. We can only give you rudimentary information on what to get, how to use it, and how long to leave it on for. We do however recommend consulting with your pharmacist if you have any specific concerns or questions regarding the use of these types of products.

Piercings do not heal in a couple of days or even weeks, they can take months and in some cases a year or more to completely heal. Being sick, having a impaired immune system, or sleeping on or bumping the piercing can prolong the healing process. It is important to continue cleaning and caring for your piercing for as long as possible, even if it looks healed.

It is recommended that you wait at least 6 weeks or longer before changing the jewelry for the first time. The exception to this is most oral piercings should be changed to a more appropriately sized jewelry after 3 weeks once the swelling has subsided.

It is important to remember the hole may be stable enough to change jewelry but your piercing is NOT fully healed at this time. When changing your jewelry, ensure you clean the piercing and your new jewelry thoroughly before taking it out and changing. We provide a change service for a small price.

Changing a piercing early can irritate and reopen a piercing. This can cause the piercing site to bleed, swell again, and become inflamed. If the proper care isn’t taken you may introduce dirt, germs or bacteria into the piercing which can lead to infection. If you do change your jewelry early, ensure you clean the piercing and your jewelry thoroughly before taking out and changing, and select jewelry suitable to long term wear. We provide a change service for a small price.

You are welcome to bring in your own jewelry, however you must arrive an hour prior to your piercing so the we can assess the jewelry’s suitability for the initial piercing and ensure it is adequately sterilized before the procedure.
We have a duty to sterilize all jewelry in a process that involves high temperature steam and heavy pressure. If there is any doubt that your jewelry will withstand this process undamaged, we will recommend selecting an alternative piece.

For the best results clean your piercing regularly with the appropriate products and avoid touching/turning/playing with or applying pressure to your new piercing. To reduce swelling apply ice to the area for thirty minutes each day. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines. We recommend you consult your piercer and follow the instructions on the piercing specific care sheet provided on the day.

We encourage you to keep cleaning your piercing two to three times a day during the initial healing period and at least once a day after that. Cleaning daily may sound like a chore but do you shower at least once a day? Well, your piercing is on your body so clean it at the same time!

We recommend either piercing wash, saline solution, or a low alcohol cleaning solution (such as EasyCare) in a bottle or spray form. Biotine is recommended for oral piercings. Each product has pros and cons that makes them more or less suitable for different piercings and people. 

No, you cannot heal onto your piercing and turning it will do more harm than good. Moving, turning, or playing with your piercing increases the likelihood of tearing, inflammation, and infection. All piercings are performed with non-porous, high polished metal so there is no risk of your new skin attaching to it. You may wish to gently move your piercing (with clean hands) to allow you to clean the area better but that is the most you should do. No turning or removing required!

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