Frequently asked tattoo questions

How do I make an initial enquiry about getting a tattoo?


For tattoo enquiries, please complete the tattoo enquiry form by clicking HERE. The form has all of the information we need to assist you. We will respond as soon as possible with a price estimate, recommendations and availability. We will also let you know if you need to book a consultation to discuss your ideas with the artist. If you haven't requested a particular artist, we will recommend one, depending on your preferred style of tattoo.




Do you accept walk-ins for tattoo appointments?


We are unable to accept walk-in appointments during Covid-19.




Will I need to pay a deposit to book an apppointment?


We take a non-refundable deposit of £40 to £100 for tattoo appointments depending on the tattoo price. Deposits can be paid by debit/credit card or with cash during your consultation. If you need to change your appointment date or time, please give us at least 48 hours notice or the deposit will be lost. Consultations are free of charge.




What will my tattoo cost?


We have a minimum price of £60. Prices will vary depending on size, location and design. For larger pieces we will charge at a rate of £80 per hour.




How do I look after my tattoo?


Your artist will explain the aftercare to you at the end of your appointment. You will also be given an aftercare sheet explaining everything or one will be emailed to you following your appointment. Some points to note to ensure proper healing are:

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before applying the recommended aftercare cream, and avoid touching or scratching the tattoo while healing.
  • Apply the aftercare cream as instructed by your artist and never let your tattoo dry out while healing.
  • Normal showers are fine, but never soak your tattoo under water during healing
  • Avoid swimming and tanning until your tattoo has fully healed
  • Your tattoo will scab and will be itchy during the healing period. Do not pick at the scab as this can remove some of the colour.
  • Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight during healing. Once healed, it's best to always apply a strong sunscreen to your tattoo if exposed in strong sunlight.




This is my first tattoo. Will it hurt, and can I use numbing cream?


Some areas of the body are more painful to tattoo than others. Most people find the experience bearable, and your body should get used to any discomfort. Our artists are very understanding and should you feel like you need a break at any time, please let your artist know. We do not advise using numbing cream, as this can make the area harder to tattoo. Additionally, there is usually more pain than normal once the effect of the numbing cream wears off.




How old must you be to get a tattoo?


You must be 18 years old to get a tattoo in the UK and we will not tattoo anyone under 18. Please ensure that you bring original photographic ID to prove your age. We cannot accept pictures on phones or photocopies of ID as proof of age.




What forms of ID do you accept?


We can only accept the following forms of photographic ID Drivers Licence Provisional Licence Passport National ID card with a clear picture, your name and date of birth.




Is there anything I should do before getting a tattoo?


Ensure that you get a good night's sleep the night before your appointment Avoid drinking too much alcohol on the night before your appointment. Alcohol can thin the blood. We will not tattoo anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Eat a good breakfast/lunch before your appointment.




How long will I have to wait for an appointment? Is there a long waiting list?


Waiting times for appointments vary throughout the year by season, preferred day of the week (weekends are generally busier) and by artist. For small tattoos we advise enquiring at least two weeks before your preferred date. For larger pieces, please submit your enquiry at least a month before your preferred date.




What measures are in place to make Studio 69 Covid secure?


  • We have completed a Covid-19 risk assessment to identify risks and put measures in place to remove or reduce transmission risks.
  • Customers are asked not come to the studio if they or someone they live with has symptoms of Covid-19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of taste or smell)
  • You must wash or sanitise your hands with hand gel on entering the studio
  • Customers must wear a mask at all times while in the studio
  • We have restricted the number of customers allowed in the studio at any given time. For this reason, please come to your appointment alone. No one will be allowed in the room with you while you are getting tattooed
  • Please maintain a safe social distance from anyone not in your household while in the studio.
  • We have stepped up our already rigourous cleaning proceedures for everyones safety
  • We have installed a perspex barrier at reception