FAQ

We’ve written a list of some of the questions you may have before being tattooed. We recommend that you read these before booking a tattoo with your chosen artist, as there may be something you haven’t considered. If your question isn’t listed here, please do drop us a line or pop into the studio, your artist will be happy to help.

Do I need an appointment?

The artists working at Parlour do occasionally cater for walk-ins, however they can be extremely busy, so we cannot guarantee their availability. Please feel free to make a booking HERE

How much will my tattoo cost?

Until your artist has spoken to you about your design ideas, it isn’t possible to provide a price, however we have a rough guide to their pricing that can be found HERE

How old do I need to be to get a tattoo?

You must be 18 to be tattooed at Parlour. Artists working at Parlour do not tattoo anyone under 18 regardless of parental consent. Every client will be required to provide a valid form of ID (Passport or Driving License)

Do you cover up old tattoos?

Yes, some artists working at Parlour do cover-ups. Please come in and talk to them about your options, as each cover-up presents its own challenges. They will work with you to find a design that’s best for you but also functions effectively as a cover-up.

Can i get a Tattoo if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding

Artists working at Parlour, unfortunately, can not tattoo anybody currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do I need to book a consultation?

You can pop into the studio at any time for an informal chat with an available artist, however we recommend booking a consultation with your chosen artist. A consultation is free; artists only require a deposit once your tattoo is booked and before they begin drawing your design.

Does getting a tattoo hurt?

Everyone’s pain threshold is different, some people find it uncomfortable, others are remarkably zen throughout the whole experience. Most people say it isn’t as bad as they imagine, and many liken the sensation to ‘kitten scratches’. Many people find the outline more uncomfortable than the shading.

How do I book an appointment?

Come and visit us in person to make a booking and discuss your tattoo with your chosen artist. Alternatively use our online booking form HERE.

Will you send me my design before the appointment?

Designs will be provided in person once you’re at the studio at which point any changes can be made.

WILL YOU SEND ME MY DESIGN BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT?

Your artist will show you the design they’ve made for you, in person once you’re at the studio, at which point any changes can be made. Your artist will have made the design for you, based on your instruction and the details you’ve discussed with them.

Can my friend come with me when I get tattooed?

Feel free to bring along one person for moral support; however they must remain in the waiting area whilst you are tattooed, and for the privacy and comfort of other guests and artists, no photography or filming is permitted without consent.

What clothing should I wear when I’m getting tattooed?

Wear something you feel comfortable in that also allows easy access you the area you are about to be tattooed. Tight fitting garments are not a good idea and remember that you may get ink or blood onto your clothes when travelling home after the tattoo.

Do you accept Credit Cards?

Yes, at Parlour we accept Visa Debit, Visa and Mastercard, on behalf of the artists.

Do you require a deposit?

The artists working at Parlour require a 50% deposit for all bookings, which is redeemable against the total final cost of your tattoo. We request this on their behalf, at the time of booking. Your deposit guarantees the date and time of your appointment with your artist. They will not advertise this time to anyone else, and as a result, deposits are non-refundable to client’s cancelling with less than 14 days notice. Arriving late to an appointment, or re-scheduling less than 48 hours prior to appointment, will also result in loss of deposit. Deposits go towards covering artists’ time spent preparing for your tattoo and to loss of earnings if they are unable to rebook an appointment.

how do I become an artist at parlour?

Parlour provides the very best facilities for tattoo artists to service their clients. In doing so, we attract the best artists in their field. We currently have no available permanent space for artists, but if you are interested in tattooing at our facility, please email us and we will contact you if and when space becomes available. We occasionally have spaces for short-term guest artists; if you are interested in guesting at Parlour, please get in touch.

Aftercare:

 

Remember, if you have any questions you can call Parlour on 0203 006 2604 and ask to speak to your artist.

 

  1. Your artist has wrapped your new tattoo; this is to stop an infection. Your artist will instruct you on exactly how long to keep this covering on, but the rule of thumb is 2 – 4 hours.  The bandage will collect a lot of ink and blood, so be careful of your clothing when you remove the covering.
  2. Once you have removed the bandage, have a shower and gently wash the tattoo, removing the Vaseline and excess ink with warm water and a mild anti-bacterial soap.
  3. Apply a moisturising cream recommended by your artist. Good options are Sorry Mom, Dream Cream from Lush, Bepanthem, (which is a nappy rash cream, but works well on tattoos, and is available in most supermarkets and pharmacies).
  4. Eat some comfort food and get an early night!

What next?

 

Take care of your tattoo, and be sensible! For the next three weeks make sure you;

 

  • Wash the area and apply moisturising cream twice a day, don’t over wash, it’s not necessary.
  • Have showers, not baths, and avoid swimming or soaking your ink.
  • Avoid tight clothing.
  • Expect skin to be itchy and a little flaky whilst the work heals, do not pick the scabs! You can slap the area to relieve itching, or just resist it altogether.
  • Do not shave the tattooed area, treat it carefully, as you would a burn or scrape that is healing.
  • Itchiness should only last for the first few weeks or so – if your tattoo stays raised, itches uncontrollably, is red around the design, is continuously hot to the touch, or you’re just concerned don’t hesitate to contact your artist for advice. Infected tattoos are extremely rare but can happen, and it’s always worth getting it checked out if you’re worried about it.
  • Keep the artwork away from direct sunlight whilst it heals. When it’s completely healed, if you do go in the sun make sure your tattoo is covered in a high SPF, or better yet, keep it covered to avoid fading.