Some of us prefer to read shorter articles, therefore the list is reduced to one important question.
Should I visit the studio if I want a tattoo?
- tattoos are lifelong artworks, and if I were you, I would visit the place where I want to have my artwork made.
- the tattoo artist will not only check the design that you want, but he will examine your skin, and he will measure the area to be tattooed and the position of the muscles
- you need to be here in person in order for us to give you pricing and so that you can pay the deposit to book an appointment and sign the contract
(Exception: If you live very far away, and you have already been our customer before, then please contact our manager, Ildikó Jenőffy, who will provide you with what you need online)
…this was the compact version. But tattoos are so complex, that further questions may arise.These should not be short discussions; therefore, the following script will not be a quick read. I will answer the FAQ based on my quarter century of experience, and you may find things to consider even if you already have tattoos. First, I would like to clarify some terms, because I think most of our customers have misconceptions about them.
Professional experience, professionalism and so on:
Cleanliness in the studio
On what basis should I choose a theme?
How big tattoo should I choose?
First of all, it is really all the same for us if you choose a small or a bigger design. Both types will be created with the same attention to detail, so it is you, who has to know how large a design you want to begin with. Your first tattoo should be a palm-size image, this is easily endurable for anyone, so it will be easier for you to decide if this kind of art is for you or not. In the case of smaller designs, it is really important to put them where they fit. I.e. do not have them put on your humeral muscle or scapula, because if you continue tattooing later, this decision will surely cause problems.
An ideal solution is when a body part is fully covered with a single theme, since this is the best way to arrange the composition. This is of course a bigger project, it needs several appointments. The best practise is when the appointments after the first meeting are grouped on two following days. The two-day period is enough to create a bigger surface, and the four-week healing process (two weeks per appointment) can be shortened to two weeks. It requires more time than a small tattoo and you will have to endure more pain as well, but this is the way it must be done, and if you do not, your tattoo will be completed much more slowly. However, if you are not so much ambitious, choose some smaller design, because the larger one is not a good fit for everyone.
Although a whole arm or a calf is really a lot of work, but tattooing your back is in a different category. Among other things, it is even a challenge for people who already have several tattoos. If it is your first tattoo, then this is the ‘forget it’ category, but even if you have some tattoos you should think twice before starting such a big project. It is obvious that a back tattoo can be imposing, but on one hand it will try your pain tolerance, patience and your wallet. On the other hand, it is quite time consuming and the continuous recovering period is not easy to endure. Therefore, it works only if you are able to focus on the project during this time period. This is not a ‘now-and-then’ project, so wait patiently until you feel ready for it and you have enough free time.
One last note about tattoo size. TV shows imply that two appointments are enough to complete a whole arm or back tattoo. Reality is quite different. To make a detailed design, and work on your skin as deeply as is needed to create a long lasting tattoo with long lasting colour and contrast, we need a lot of time. Making a bigger premium quality tattoo takes a long time.
How does an idea become a design for your tattoo?
As I mentioned before, you should choose a theme you have a stong connection to. A more personal feeling can be added, but no overdrawn. Just think, in a Japanese Haiku, a cherry blossom simply means a cherry blossom, its beauty is its essence. A tattoo can be meaningfully symbolic, so you may think of an image that symbolizes your theme. If you have got your theme, then you can build common ground with the tattoo artist during a personal appointment. This will include both your request and the tattoo artist's advice based on professional consideration - forming a healthy combination of the two.
We always try to take your requests into account as much as we can, since it is you who will wear the tattoo. However, we consider the professional characteristics of the given design, so do not expect us to use a composition or colour palette that is inappropriate or incorrect, just because some non-professional thinks it’s a good idea. The personal discussion, agreement on the design is of high priority, as it is the first step in creating a high-quality tattoo, which you can proudly wear in the rest of your life. On top of this, we have to meet in person to measure the exact dimensions.
The next step – the tattoo artist elaborates a plan on the basis of your agreement until the date of your tattooing. The plan we present to you is the result of a working process, which has removed all the questions, but it may change during the planning phase. This plan is not the tattoo itself, but a clear visual concept, on the basis of which we can make your tattoo. Depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo, we check together a few days in advance (or in the case of a smaller tattoo, just beforehand) and if everything is all right, then the tattooing process can start.
Who will make my tattoo?
How much is a tattoo?
The question is somewhat incorrect, because you do not pay for the tattoo itself, but you hire the working hours of the tattoo artist, while he is creating the pattern on your body. It can be half an hour if you choose a small pattern, but making a complex design may last for 30-40 hours. In addition, we work on your skin, that means, the nature of it affects the number of hours. Last but not least, the safe, professional quality tattooing needs special equipment, and before tattooing, there is the planning session and the preparation of the stencil, which requires many, many work hours before the tattooing process could begin. Then, transporting and destroying the hazardous waste are all parts of the whole process, so pricing depends on all these things.
What do I have to do before tattooing?
Then, you only have to arrange for free time on the days your tattoo is being created. Because our lives are busy this is not at all that easy. But it is Your Day, Your Tattoo, which lasts for your whole life, and you deserve this time. We provide a peaceful environment and professionalism, you only have to sit still during this period.
The Process of Tattooing
How is tattooing done?
A fresh tattoo equals a bruise in medical aspects. During the first days, you will feel as if you got sunburned. Since the needle is used on the surface of your skin, this part has to heal. This period can last from some days to three weeks, depending on the speed of recovery and the intensity of the tattooing. Our work will be easier and it speeds up recovery if you prepare your skin with cream during the week before. Recovery time is shorter in the case of tattoos on your back, stomach or chest than on your limbs. A thin layer of scab forms on the surface of the fresh tattoo, which will come off on its own. The blood and wound fluids together with the unwanted colour will disappear from your tattoo in the first days. This often misleads the ones who are not so experienced: if some colour fades it does not mean your whole tattoo is disappearing, only the unnecessary quantity is getting removed. So, do not panic. This is a completely normal part of the recovery. After some days, the upper skin layer peels off of the tattooed surface, and a new, thin, glossy layer forms. You will feel itching, but this is also part of the recovery process. The complete recovery may take one to one and a half months.
How to deal with your fresh tattoo?
You should not let the scab dry off, as it may become vulnerable, which can easily effect your tattoo’s final look. To prevent this, the skin surface should be rubbed thinly with a special cream for two weeks several times a day, which not only protects the tattoo from drying, but helps recovery too (Heile- heile Tattoo, Tattoomed, Hustle Butter). To use other types of cream is prohibited. You must not scratch the scab formed on your skin, because the fresh skin may be injured. During the recovery phase you must not swim, sunbathe, use a sauna or solarium, or do sports. On one hand, your body works hard to recover, on the other, sweating, overuse of the skin surface and over-soaking may cause much damage to the tattoo. After recovery, you should take care of your tattoo, protect it from drying and strong sunlight to prevent it from losing its colours.
Terms and Conditions
The summarized version below does not contain all of the Terms and Conditions, it only highlights some important questions.
What is the starting age for tattooing?
Is it necessary to make an appointment?
If you live very far from Sopron, and a personal meeting is impossible, please, contact us for the necessary information.
Is it necessary to leave a deposit?
How long must I wait for an appointment?
Is it possible to cancel an appointment?
Please, consider, you do not pay for the tattoo itself, but you hire the time of the tattoo artist. Moreover, our tattoo artists make you a unique tattoo, which needs unique plan. Until the day your tattooing process starts, we create the necessary plans. You are not charged for it separately. After making your appointments, if you decide to cancel your order, we cannot pay your deposit back, but if you decide to have your tattoo made after all, for another 12 months we comprise your deposite in. Our price bid is valid for 12 months after starting the tattoo sessions.
May I bring someone with me to the appointment?
Do we deal with covering older designs?
Do we use UV colours?
What are the steps to create a design?
What is a tattoo?
What equipment does our studio work with?
How much is a tattoo?
How long does a tattooing process take?
In the case of smaller designs, which can be completed in one session, we can tell the time it needs to be created. The preparation time of a bigger design, which needs several sessions (i.e. back tattoo), is impossible to estimate.
Is there any warranty for the completed tattoo?
What to do and what not to do before tattooing?
Do not sunbathe, use a solarium or suntan cream during the week right before being tattooed.
Our work will be easier and it also speeds up recovery if you start preparing your skin with cream at least a week before.
Since you may spend several hours at the studio, bring some drink, chocolate, sandwiches with you, otherwise you may feel sick.