Questions about Tattoos
We’ve compiled the frequently asked questions to help you make a decision about your tattoo and also look after that new ink.
Why choose us?
Here at Galaxy tattoo we like everyone to feel welcomed, relaxed and important. We believe that body art should be accessible to everyone. No matter your budget, small or large, we believe that you should be able to have a tattoo.
Tattoos should be enjoyed and be an enjoyable experience for everyone, so here at Galaxy we try our best to help you have a fun, relaxing day. We enjoy listening to our customers stories, having a laugh, a cry and maybe a singalong with our in house singing tattoo artist Lea!
We have a great team here at Galaxy, we all have different styles and specialisms so you will definitely find something you are looking for, if not the team love a challenge and will create your perfect tattoo with you.
Questions about the tattoo process
Is there an age requirement to get a tattoo?
Yes, you have to be 18 years of age and over to be tattooed, ID will be asked for and possibly photocopied which will be then kept with your signed consent form.
How should i prepare for my tattoo?
It is always a good idea to have a good sleep the night before your tattoo, having a good breakfast before your appointment is always helpful.
Do not drink alcohol the night before your appointment.
Bring sugary drinks and snacks to your appointment.
The best advice is to relax and enjoy the experience.
Can i get a tattoo while pregnant?
We will not tattoo you if you are pregnant or breast feeding. It’s well known that infections can occur as result of the tattoo, indirect or direct. Here at the studio we do our best to keep high hygiene standards and only use disposable equipment, Karen also has an up to date certification in infection control, but infections can happen at anytime. We would hate for something to happen to you or your baby, so to be safe we advise you come after the pregnancy.
For breast feeding mothers we also advise your come when you have finished breast feeding altogether.
How much does it hurt to get a tattoo?
Not going to lie, yes all tattoos hurt, the intensity of that pain depends on how good your pain threshold is. There are different placements on the body which are places that hurt less than others. A lot of customers say the ribs, hand and chest area are quite painful, less painful places include arms, wrists, ankles and shoulders.
Everyone is different, you won’t know until you try it for yourself.
How long will my tattoo take?
The time to complete a tattoo usually depends on the size, complexity and how well you sit for the artist.
How do I look after my new tattoo?
Once the artist has finished your tattoo they will clean it and apply some aftercare cream on it, they will then wrap it with clingfilm which we recommend to keep it on for 2 hours, then with clean hands, wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap and warm water, pat it dry with kitchen roll. Then leave it for 20 minutes to air dry before applying aftercare balm or cocoa butter.
If you are in the sunshine with a new tattoo always apply factor 30+ sun cream, this will help your tattoo to last longer.
Do not swim for 2 weeks while the area is healing.
Avoid the gym for the first few days after having a tattoo.
How long does it take for tattoos to heal?
Your new tattoo can take 2-3 weeks to heal. If you are diabetic the healing process may take longer.
Can I have a shower or bath after having a tattoo?
Yes you can shower or bath after your tattoo, for the first day keep to quick showers or baths and pat the tattoo dry with kitchen roll as towels can leave fluff in your tattoo which can then become infected.
Is it normal for my tattoo to feel hot or itchy?
It’s normal for the tattoo to feel
- hot the first few day after the procedure.
- to be red around the area that has been tattooed. This should settle after a few days.
- to scab over.
- become itchy….it’s very tempting but don’t pick or scratch your tattoo, colour can become faded if you do this.
It’s not normal to:
- be red and swollen a week later
- to have puss coming out of the tattoo
If you have any of these symptoms contact your GP for medical advice