So you're thinking about getting a tattoo, and naturally you have questions. A tattoo, especially your first tattoo, is a big undertaking for most people, and there are a lot of things that need careful consideration.
Have a look at the list below, hopefully you'll find the answer to your questions there. If you don't then just Email us and we'll try our best to give you an answer to your questions.
Is a tattoo safe?
Yes, a tattoo is perfectly safe if you go to a reputable tattoo studio. All tattoo studios in the Uk must be licensed in order to trade, they are overseen by the local Enviromental Health and must comply to very stringent health and safety requirements.
At Paper street studio, we ensure that all tattooing surfaces are regularly cleaned down after every tattoo, all needles are disposed of in a clinical sharps container, and all our soft clinical waste such as used gloves, wipe down tissues and anything else that has been used while doing a tattoo are disposed of safely and taken away by Cannon Hygiene.
Does it hurt ?
Simple answer to this is yes, just not as much as you think. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain so it's best not to listen to what everone has told you, because it could be totally different for you. I see a lot of people who are having their first tattoo and the most frequent reponse I get is "It doesn't hurt as much as I thought it would." Take from that what you will, all I can say is that we'll try to make the process as painless as possible, we're only putting ink in, not knocking nails in. It's a really friendly studio with free tea and coffee, and if you do find it hard going we can always stop and take a break.
As soon as your tattoo is completed your tattoo artist should tell you all about the healing process and how to look after it. Before you leave the studio your tattoo will get a dressing which you should leave on for the next few hours just to let the area calm down a bit, it will be quite sore. When you're at home you should remove the dressing and give your tattoo a good hot wash with warm soapy water, just using your hand. Do not use a flannel or a sponge as they can contain a lot of bacteria. After the wash, dab the tattoo dry, no rubbing, and apply some Bepanthen to the area. We would recommend that you then cover this with cling film, this ensures that the Bepanthen does not dry out and also protects the tattoo from infection. You should continue like this for the next few days, washing three times a day changing the dressing each time - You can never keep a new tattoo too clean! After a few days you should be able to leave the tattoo without a dressing, but continue with a little Bepanthen. You should also refrain from immersion in water, (swimming or baths) and avoid exposure to the sun or UV rays for the next few weeks as these could affect your tattoo.
What should I get ?
This is probably the hardest decision you'll have to make. There are a lot of different styles of tattoo, Old school, New school, black and grey, japanese etc. It used to be the case where you would go to a tattoo studio and pick a tattoo out of a book or off the pictures on the wall, that is the old fashioned way of doing things because tattooing has changed so much in the last twenty years and a lot of really talented artists have come into the industry. My philosophy is "If you can see it, you can tattoo it." Have a look on the internet, there are literally millions of pictures in many different styles, or you can pop into Paper street studio and have a chat with us and we can work out a design for you.
How much does it cost ?
There is an old saying that goes "A good tattoo is not cheap, and cheap tattoos are not good." - Very true. Really, you get what you pay for. If you're having a tattoo that can be completed in a day, something small let's say, then we can probably give you a price up front and that is the price you will pay. If you are looking to get extensive work done over many sessions such as a sleeve or a large back piece then we would charge out at an hourly rate. Get in touch with us and we'll do our best to give you an idea of price.