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Q. What is the minimum age for getting a tattoo?

A. In the UK, the legal age for getting a tattoo is 18. Tattooing anyone under this age is  illegal.

 

Q. Can parental consent allow someone under 18 to get a tattoo?

A. No, tattoo shops are not allowed to make exceptions based on parental consent. Violating this rule could lead to the loss of their license to operate.

Q. How much does a tattoo cost?

A. The cost of a tattoo depends on several factors, such as size, placement, and design complexity. Most tattoo shops have a minimum charge, and prices start from there. To understand how tattooists price their work, you can read our article on "How Much Does A Tattoo Cost?"

Q. Can you get a tattoo while pregnant or breastfeeding?

A. It's advisable to wait a full year after pregnancy to get tattooed. It’s also advisable not to get tattooed while you are breastfeeding.  Potential health risks such as infections and ink allergies can occur, so it's not worth risking your health during this period.

Q. How can I choose a reputable tattoo artist and studio?

A. To find a reputable artist and studio, research local tattoo shops, read reviews, or ask for recommendations from friends and family. Choose an artist whose portfolio aligns with your desired style.

Q. Do tattoos hurt, and how can I minimise the pain?

A. Tattoo pain varies based on factors like location, individual pain tolerance, and tattoo size. Preparation and self-care are crucial. You can read our article on "5 Effective Ways To Reduce Tattoo Pain" for more information.

Q. Do I need to take a day off for a tattoo appointment?

A. Regardless of the tattoo's size, allow plenty of time for your tattoo appointment. We usually advise to take the day off so you're not rushing to other commitments, have someone waiting for you or worse, rushing your artist to put something permanent on you for the rest of your life. The process involves tasks such as filling out consent forms, design discussions, stencil application, tattooing, breaks, payment, and more. It's physically demanding, so you'll likely need the rest of the day to recover and begin the healing process.

Q. How should I care for a new tattoo?

A. Your tattoo artist will provide a comprehensive aftercare plan. Different styles of tattooing can require different aftercare methods. Typically, this includes washing the tattoo with mild soap, using specialised tattoo aftercare cream, avoiding activities that cause excessive sweating (as sweat can carry bacteria), and refraining from submerging the tattoo in water until it's fully healed. Follow your artist's instructions carefully.

Q. How long does it take for tattoos to heal?

A. Tattoo healing usually takes about 3-4 weeks. Properly following aftercare instructions is essential to ensure a smooth healing process.

Q. Are there health risks associated with tattoos?

A. While tattoos are generally safe, there are potential risks such as infections, allergic reactions (particularly to red ink), and complications if proper aftercare is not followed. Choose a reputable artist and diligently follow their aftercare guidance.

Q. Do tattoos fade or change over time?

A. Yes, tattoos can fade and blur over time due to factors like sun exposure, aging, and skin changes. To help tattoos withstand the test of time, avoid getting overly small designs with elements too close together, as ink can spread over time. Your tattoo artist can provide guidance on this.

Q. Are there restrictions on tattoo designs?

A. Most tattoo artists and studios won't replicate other artists' designs without permission or rights to do so. Offensive and racist tattoo requests are typically refused.

Q. Can I get a tattoo over a scar or an existing tattoo?

A. Whether you can tattoo over a scar depends on its age. Scars usually need to be at least 2 years old before they can be tattooed over. The skin in scarred areas may have different characteristics, affecting how tattoos appear. For existing tattoos, the feasibility of a cover-up depends on the level of detail and colour. Cover-ups often require darker ink to effectively conceal the original tattoo.

Q. Do hand-poke tattoos hurt more than machine?

A. Generally they hurt less and are less invasive than a tattoo machine. For more info on hand-poke tattoos, check out this article and FAQs on hand-poke tattoos.

Q. Can you donate or give blood after you've had a tattoo?
A. You will have to wait 4 months before you can donate blood and this includes semi-permanent make-up, microblading, piercings and acupuncture.

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