Do handpoked tattoos hurt more than machine tattoos?
Handpoked tattoos are less abrasive on the skin than machine tattoos, so usually they hurt less in comparison. For some people it can be a relaxing pleasant experience. Some places on the body hurt more than others and everyone has different pain thresholds. Try not to drink alcohol the night before as hangovers can make the skin more sensitive. Have a good breakfast and bring something to snack on if your booked in for a long session.
What are hand poked tattoos?
Handpoked tattoos are created without machine. I attach the needle to a chop stick and gently poke the needle into the skin whilst dipping the needle in ink. They take a bit longer to do than machine tattoos as I am doing it all by hand, so you have to be patient :) The length of time it takes to do a tattoo is based on the placement on the body, the detail and size of the piece.
How do I book an appointment and what is the booking process?
Books are closed at the moment. Sign up to the newsletter to recieve an email notification when they are open.
If you have a custom piece booked in I will draw out your design and send it to you a day before your appointment so you can let me know if you need anything changed.
Do you do cover-ups and use coloured ink?
No, I prefer to work in black and because my style is so delicate it doesnt work well over cover ups
Where are you based and how to I get there?
Im based at a private studio just above Ernest:
1 Boyd Street
It’s cash only at the moment, the nearest cash machine is a few minutes walk at Tescos (NE2 1TB) or if you prefer you can pay me via PayPal or bank transfer.
There’s free parking outside the studio but you can only stay for 2 hours max.
If you are coming from Newcastle Central Station you can get either walk which takes only 20 minutes or get the Metro. For the Metro get 1 stop to Monument and change trains. Get on the train going towards The Coast for 1 stop to get off at Manors. It’s about a 7 min walk from Manors Metro to the studio.
This is my first tattoo, whats it going to be like?
When you arrive you will fill out a consent form in the waiting area. After that I will take you to the studio section where I will be set up for you. I will prepare the skin by cleaning it and shaving it. I will then put the stencil on of the tattoo design, this gives you the opportunity to look at it in place, and let me know if it is in the exact position you want it, if its not we can easily move it no problem. When you're happy with the placement we can let the stencil dry while I finish setting up the needles and ink. Then I begin the tattoo!
Do you use Vegan ink?
Yes I use Dynamic black ink and it is vegan.
Can you copy this tattoo?
No I dont copy other peoples work. Please dont send me other peoples work as reference either.
Do handpoke tattoos fade?
Handpoke tattoos dont fade more than machine tattoos. All tattoos change over time. Lines go slightly thicker in the healing process and as they age. Fineline tattoos are more prone to needing a touch up more so than bolder tattoos.
What advice do you have before my tattoo appointment?
How much will it be and how long will it take?
Prices depend on size, detail and placement so just fill out the booking form and I can give you a quote. I usually cant tell you exactly how long it will take but can give a rough time frame if you need it.
I cant travel to see you, can you design a tattoo for me that I can get someone else to tattoo?
No sorry, I only design tattoos that I can tattoo myself. I only have time to draw up the designs thats are booked in.
If I change my mind, can I get my deposit back?
No, sorry. Deposits are non-refundable, the appointment can be moved once if given more than 48 hours notice. Only book in if you are 100% sure you want to go ahead with the tattoo.
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
Yes you can bring one person with you if you like. No big groups please :)
Can you add to an existing tattoo I have?
No, I dont usually add to exisitng tattoos sorry.
What is a FLASH design?
Flash designs are designs that I have drawn up for you to choose from. When my books are open they will be posted in my story highlights for you to look at and if youd like one then take a screen shot of it to add to the booking request form. All my designs are only tattooed once unless otherwise stated.
What should I wear for my appointment?
Wear comfy clothing and nothing tight on the area youre getting tattooed. Make sure you wear something that I can access the area for the tattoo well.
When are you taking bookings again?
My books will reopen sometime in September. Keep an eye on my instagram or sign up to my newsletter to receive booking updates. Thank you