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:
It has happened many times, that the tattoo artist who applied for a job at our studio was said to have 18 years of professional experience (though his works did not prove it), but when I asked him in which studio he had gained his experience, the answer was that he had not even worked in any studios at all. The officially acknowledged professional experience is when the tattoo artist runs an enterprise with an official tax number, or he tattoos as the assistant of someone who does. So, the applicants mentioned above, have no professional experience at all. Unfortunately, the word ‘professional’ has lost its original meaning. Nowadays, you can be considered a professional if you are able to draw a straight line with the tattoo machine. However, a professional – in our terms – has decade(s) of experience, the tattoos he has made and the service as a whole (i.e. the equipment of the studio, asepsis or hygiene, health responsibility and so on) are premium quality. You should also choose a studio where the tattoo artist works legally, as bootleg work is not rare in this field. Everybody works legally at our studio.
Cleanliness in the studio
This does not only mean that the tattoo artist complies with health codes, but also emphasizes that he collects and stores the hazardous waste such as bloody napkins, used needles, needle modules, grips etc. then transports it to an official depot where they are neutralized, and he can get a certificate proving he did so. Unfortunately, most tattoo studios simply forget about this step (they simply smuggle the hazardous, infectious waste among the communal waste). Though this is kind of a hidden part of the tattoo profession, I recommend that if you consider yourself a ‘green’ person, to have your tattoos or piercings made in studios where the hazardous waste is officially exterminated. Our studio is committed to this method, our partner is the Ökoprofil Kft. (http://www.okoprofil.hu
On what basis should I choose a theme?
The answer is easy on one hand, but difficult on the other. Clearly, you should choose a theme you have some connection with, or you like. But try to avoid stereotypical, ordinary or trendy designs, as your tattoo is lifelong. In deciding on your unique design you should also be reasonable – the worst idea is to try to summarize your entire life into one single design, as it would be the wrong interpretation of the case, when someone collects several tattoos through the years each connected to one period of his life. Therefore, choose tattoos that symbolize (!) the important things in the given period of your life.
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?
There are several styles in the genre of tattooing, but there is no tattoo artist, who would be able to make all kinds of designs with the same professionalism and patience. To be prepared to do all kinds of requests, you can choose from five excellent tattoo artists, who have their own field at our studio. Of course, the personal preference is important, but the final decision also depends if the design you want is included in the specialities of the given tattoo artist, and whether he is willing to make it. The best tattoos are born from the harmony between the customer and the tattoo artist.
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?
There is not too much involved in preparation but the things you have to do are very important. Choose a part of your skin that has no or very few moles. If it is not possible, and your moles would be at an inconvenient place, then we recommend having them removed with laser. Tattooing on dry and suntanned skin is the most difficult and slowest process, so we recommend not to sunbathe and start preparing your skin with creaming at least a week before your appointment. On the day before your appointment, carefully shave or epilate (be gently rather than perfect) your hair on the surface of your skin. 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?
Before starting we have discussed the most important things about your design, and if everything is OK, The next step in the tattoo process is to deal with your skin. After sterilizing your skin, we place a stencil on it (or if this method cannot be applied, we draw the design onto the skin). At this stage, you can check the design's position, and if this is also OK, the needle can be applied to your skin. Although pain is subjective, we use Lidocaine cream during the work to reduce pain if possible. It is very important for you to stay still while your tattoo is completed. It is ideal to have two breaks in the case of a 4-hour long meeting. This is good for both of you and the tattoo artist, but if you keep standing up more frequently, or squirming all the time, you will cause delay and prevent the artist from focusing, and the process will take much longer. Bring some sandwiches, snacks with you, which you can consume during the breaks. Tattooing you when you are hungry will make you tired very soon.
The final look of your tattoo depends 75 percent on the professionalism of the tattoo artist and the quality of the equipment. The remaining 25 percent depends on the effective recovery process. 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?
The fresh tattoo should be bathed in warm water for some minutes, which speeds up and helps getting the secretion off, then, in cold water to close the pores. This may be a bit inconvenient, though very effective. After this, you should apply a thin layer of cream. Then - during the first 5-6 days – it should be covered with a foil to protect your skin from being injury (i.e. clothes, bedding can stick and rub). We recommend the Suprasorb foil, which lets your skin breath. 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?
Children under the age of 6 must not enter our studio. Anyone under the age of eighteen is allowed only with parental supervision. We may undertake tattooing for those who have reached the age of sixteen but only with parental supervision and permission.However, this does not mean that we will automatically create a tattoo just because a parent approves of it.
Is it necessary to make an appointment?
Yes! The best practice to make an appointment at our studio is when you visit us personally after a short telephone / Email / Facebook conversation. A tattoo is permanent and irremovable, painful to get. This means that it is a huge responsibility for the tattoo artist, so a design-agreement via Email or phone cannot substitute a personal meeting, on the basis of which, we can plan an artistic, unique, custom design for You. During this meeting, we can make an appointment, and develop a plan for your tattoo. A tattoo is everlasting; therefore, it is advisable to consider every step in advance. 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?
You have to leave a deposit when you order your tattoo. In the case of smaller tattoos this amount is not very much but if you choose a huge tattoo that needs several sessions to complete, the deposit may be a considerable amount. The deposit is deducted from the final price at the last session, when the tattoo is completed. Until that, you make all your appointments with the deposit (no extra payment needed).
How long must I wait for an appointment?
Our studio is famous for its high quality, so usually, you have to wait for long. In the case of a complex design, the tattoo artist also needs some time to prepare. If your design is small, we will likely find you a date sooner. We ask you to book appointments you can definitely keep, otherwise, you not only inconvenience the tattoo artist but also cause an increased wait time for other customers.
Is it possible to cancel an appointment?
Of course. If circumstances arise that make you unable to keep the appointment then you have to inform us by phone at least 72 hours in advance, or you will lose your deposit. 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?
In order to have a stress-free tattoo procedure we provide a peaceful environment in our professionally equipped studio. Apart from the financial conditions, you need time and endurance. We recommend not to bring a person under 18 with you.
Do we deal with covering older designs?
Yes, but you have to know that covering an old, botchy design will force you to make several compromises and listen to the advice of your tattoo artist, who will try to tackle the task according to the best of his ability to ensure your new tattoo looks good on your skin.
Do we use UV colours?
What are the steps to create a design?
1-2 weeks before your appointment we make a plan, which we send you via Email, Facebook or give you personally for review, so that if you want to change something, we have enough time to do it. Devote enough time to discuss personally. The more details you discuss with your tattoo artist, the more probable it is to come up with a plan that fits your requirements. The bigger tattoos are made in custom sizes to fit your body dimensions. To do this, we need an exact knowledge of the body part where your tattoo will be made, as the tattoo design planning is highly influenced by the available surface.
What is a tattoo?
During the tattooing process, we get the colours dissolved in liquid under the upper skin layer, using a tattooing machine with different needle configurations. To do this, we use sterile needles and single-use grips to guide the needles. Before tattooing, the used colours are poured into small single-use cups, which – together with all the used needles, needle-modules and grips – are transported as hazardous waste. During the sessions, you will feel pain of different intensity. After a session, you usually ache as if you were wounded or scratched. During tattooing generally, blood and secretion come out of your wounds. Swelling may occur. After the recovery period, scab is expected to form on the tattooed surface. Slight colour changes may occur during the recovery period or the next years (i.e. fading), as a result of direct sunlight or from tanning salons. In most cases the original colours can be restored by adding colour again. Some people’s skin tends to bleed, so their tattoos (or a part of them) swell for some or long time. You have to realize from the start that a tattoo (like your skin) is aging, and besides the fading process of colours, the aging of your skin may cause a shift in the pigment structure (fine lines may become rougher).
What equipment does our studio work with?
Our studio uses professional quality equipment, sterile, single-use grips, needles, needle-modules. Our colours are purchased from internationally recognised wholesalers and imported legally.
How much is a tattoo?
We make mostly unique design for unique price. The price is defined by the quantity of work, the complexity, size and elaboration of the design, the chosen body part and the skin-type. Bigger tattoos cannot be priced exactly, though we can define an approximate price in the case of smaller designs based on our many years of experience.
How long does a tattooing process take?
Making a modern tattoo safely requires lots of equipment, so a bigger tattoo, which can be completed during several sessions, needs 3 to 6 hours per session. The calculation of the price is based on the working hours of that day, but at least 3 hours are counted even if a session does not last for 3 hours (and if it is not our fault). 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?
Warranty can only be applied in cases when you follow our guide for recovery. If your tattoo needs repairing during the warranty period, please, show it to the tattoo artist and consult with him about the next steps right after the recovery period.
What to do and what not to do before tattooing?
We recommend you not to consume bigger quantity of alcohol, drugs or blood thinner medicine (except if you are ordered by a doctor) during the 24 hours right before being tattooed. 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.