Information on Getting
Tattooed at Heart & Arrow

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it is illegal to tattoo under 18s, sorry but its the law. If we think you look under 18 don’t be offended if we ask you for photographic I.D.-Just take it as a compliment.

If you would like to book with us you can contact us either through the online form, Email, Facebook, telephone or by coming directly into the studio. To secure a booking we require a deposit. The amount of deposit is dependent upon the length of the sitting booked. You can pay a deposit in a number of ways,  PayPal, Bank transfer or cash, details will be given upon request. A deposit is only refundable if we are given at least 48 hours notice prior to the booking.

As we have heaps of designs to do, we only do designs for customers who have left a deposit & booked in. The design will be done a week prior to the the date of your sitting. We will contact you regarding this. If you do have any designs, references or ideas that you like and that can help us out send them over asap. It will able us to create the perfect custom tattoo for you.

On the days leading up your tattoo we would be grateful if you could read and bare in mind the following.

  • Avoid any alcohol or drugs. These can seriously effect your tattoo and state of mind and we want you feeling in tiptop condition.
  • Eat well, sleep well and be in overall good health. These can also have a vast impact on how well you can take a tattoo and your bodies capability of healing afterwards.
  • Avoid shaving the area. We don’t mind a bit of hair. The last thing your skin needs is a bad case of shaving rash days before.
  • If you do need shaving (most of us do) don’t worry we will do this just before we put on your stencil, to provide minimal irritation to the skin.
  • Avoid the sun, sunbeds or fake tan from the area you are getting tattooed. Its  a nightmare to try and remove and burnt skin does not heal well, so we may have to reschedule your appointment.
  • Buy a tube of BEPANTHEN Nappy rash cream ready.

On the day of your tattoo please arrive 15 minutes prior to your booking time to allow us to size up your design. Everyone has different taste in music, If you think ours is terrible your more than welcome to bring your own ipod/phone and earphones to drone it out. We are a friendly bunch of people so if you need a break, a trip to the loo or fancy a cuppa don’t hesitate to ask us.We do have privacy blinds and are more than happy to have them up. We also have both male & female tattoo artists, so if you have a preference we don’t mind.

On the completion of your artwork it will be a bit sore. It will feel a bit like sunburn and you will bleed a little.Before you leave us we will put a dressing on your tattoo to protect it for a couple of hours. We usually recommend leaving the dressing on for at least 3 hours. In some cases even overnight.When you remove your dressing, it will be pretty sore and gooey. Wash the tattoo with warm water with un-fragranced soap. Let the tattoo air dry for a couple of minutes. Use BEPANTHEN cream 3-4 times daily, applying only a thin layer. If you are unable to cream your tattoo regularly or are in a dirty or dusty environment your tattoo artist may recommend further dressings to protect it and prevent scabbing. To redress a tattoo, use clean hands, apply a layer of BEPANTHEN then apply a wrap of clingfilm. Leave this wrap on for no longer than 6 hours. Your tattoo should take 2-3 weeks to fully heal. During this time we recommend no picking or scratching the area, wear loose fitting clothing, avoid contact with jewelry and other objects,sunbathing, sunbed, Jacuzzi, swimming, fake tan, scented moisturizers, perfumes and any other irritants in the area. Tattoos on the hands and feet are prone to healing poorly and your tattoo artist will advise you regarding touch ups. If you let your tattoo scab up or pick or scratch at the area it can dramatically effect its healing. If you have any problems we are more than happy to help you out.

We hope to see you soon, if you have any queries please give us a call.