Is it safe to get a tattoo?
Yes, completely safe for most people Tattoos are safe, as long as each artist and the entire studio strictly adheres to Universal precautions and Blood Borne Pathogen Safety. You can be assured that The Ink Rooms require each artist to hold client safety as the first and foremost priority. We have the highest level of sterilization possible and go above and beyond all local health codes and laws. We do have a consent/waiver form which identifies certain instances when it would not be appropriate for an individual to receive tattoo or piercing, but these are rare instances.
Do I need a booking?
we do have some ‘same day’ slots on a first come first served basis, though they may not always be the early morning slots. So if you decide you’d like to be tattooed that day you can either pop in as early as possible or phone/message ahead to see if we have any spaces left. Naturally, if we can’t fit you in on the same day, you can reserve the next available fixed appointment time with your preferred artist, all advance bookings must be made in person at the studio as we require a £50 cash deposit which of course is deducted from the price of your tattoo, on completion.
Does it hurt?
Yes it hurts. But, there are lots of people walking around with tattoos and piercings so it’s not unbearable. There are many sensations used to describe it depending on each person and what area is being worked on. Some people even like it!
Can I bring my own design?
Yes. This tattoo will be on you permanently so we want to be sure you are totally happy. Bring anything you think might help to capture exactly what you’re looking for your tattoo to reflect. We also have plenty of references available for ideas. No matter whether you know exactly what you want or don’t have a clue, we will always work with you to design a custom piece of art that you will love.
How much does it cost?
That depends on the size of the piece and the detail involved. Some pieces cannot be completed in one sitting. You will be given a quote once you meet with the artist and go over the details of what you want. Remember though, if another studio is willing do your tattoo super cheap BEWARE! Sometimes you get what you pay for and this is going to be on you forever. If you do go for the super cheap shop see question on fixing a bad tattoo!
Are there any specific requirements?
You must be 18 years or older for a tattoo due to local health rules and regulations. The age to get a tattoo at our Broughty Ferry location is 18. We are strict in our requirements to ensure proper age, so please call the studio at 01382 52 12 13 ahead of time to find out exactly what you will need to bring to your appointment. For any tattoo, you must present a valid drivers license or current photo ID which will be photocopied. Deposits are non refundable. If less than 48 notice is given for a cancellation, you lose your deposit and must leave another deposit if you wish to reschedule. If you cancel your appointment with more than 48 hours notice, you may apply your deposit towards your resheduled appointment.
Can you cover up a bad tattoo?
Our artists can usually cover up or fix most tattoos-even really bad ones so you would never even know they were there, also reworking existing tattoos, We are always honest though. If we don’t think it can be successfully covered we will let you know and work with you on what options you do have so you will ultimately be happy. We never do a tattoo just to make a few quid. This is a really good group of artists who take tremendous pride in their work and art. Be assured that the artwork on your body and how you feel about it is a reflection on them – meaning your satisfaction is VERY important!
Can we see the design before I book and pay for my session?
Our team can draft your idea into the perfect tattoo, although even the roughest sketch from you is a good start. We require a cash deposit before we can start drafting, which is refundable if you have the tattoo applied.
Please be aware that NO artwork is released from the studio under any circumstance, and that your drafting deposit is non-refundable if you decide not to have the tattoo applied.
Can any part of the body be tattooed?
It is our policy NOT to perform tattooing on the face or genitals under any circumstances. This is based on a long history of seeing people who regret existing tattoos in these areas. Whilst we agree it is the right of the individual to be tattooed in these areas, we reserve our own right not to provide the service. In other words, please don’t ask us to make exceptions, we welcome you to find a studio that will oblige you.
There are also some other areas of the body where the skin is very poorly suited to tattooing and a good result cannot be guaranteed. These include ears, toes, fingers, and the sides of the hands and feet. At The Ink Rooms, we like every client to be given a tattoo that will stay looking great for the longhaul, so we DO NOT apply tattoos to these areas. The top of the foot and hand, however, are fine. It’s a compromise of just an inch or so and it guarantees your long term satisfaction with the result.
If you have any questions which are not answered by this site, or you require any further information, please do not hesitate to call our friendly team on (01382) 52 12 13.
Will an anaesthetic be used?
We do not use anaesthetics for tattooing, for several reasons.
Firstly, the effectiveness of the product begins to drop as soon as it is cleaned from the skin’s surface. This is fine for an injection, but by the time skin is prepared for tattooing and the stencil applied, the anaesthetic is rendered ineffective. The other, MORE SERIOUS reason NOT to use a topical anaesthetic is that they are intended for single injection sites (ie catheter placement) during which an insignificant amount of the product enters the blood stream.
Tattooing makes multiple punctures in the skin introducing far more of the substance into the blood stream. This presents a risk of toxicity. Please DO NOT use topical anaesthetic creams before you are tattooed.