20 October, 2016

FAQ

FAQ

 

Please read through the frequently asked questions before getting in touch to see if you can easily find an answer to what you are looking for.


Important Info


How do I contact you?

Whether you know already what you want, need some tattoo advice or ideas, best way to contact me is by sending me an email to alolocotattoo@gmail.com or by filling up and submitting the contact form here. It is very important you include all the info listed below in the answer to the next question.

Please do not use social media to contact me as I will probably take longer to answer as I do not use these platforms as a way of contact.

 

How do I get my appointment sorted or a free tattoo consultation?

Please, make sure you provide the following information in your message:

  1. Name, email, and Whatsapp phone number.
  2. Short description, concept, or title of your idea. If you have your own project in mind, please send over the theme of your tattoo in a couple of sentences to avoid long specific paragraphs.
  3. Few references if you have. Please, possibly do not send any photos of other artists' work pretending to copy-paste it. Each artist works differently.
  4. Photo of the area you want to get tattooed.

I am happy to take on ideas with the general theme as long as I am given creative freedom with the project.

 

In case you need some inspiration, you can always check out my portfolio here or follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest to find out about my latest work.

 

Is the consultation free?

Yes, it is. Welcome.

 

Can I get a cover up of an existing tattoo?

To answer that question it is essential you provide a good quality photo of the tattoo to be covered. Also, the face-to-face consultation is very important to define what kind of design could cover successfully the existing one.

 

Do you do colour tattoo?

No, I don't. I am specialised in black and grey tattoos. I use Silverback Ink , 100% vegan animal-friendly.

 

Why haven't you answered my email?

Due to the overwhelming demand, it's not always possible to reply to each email, but I do read every single message and really appreciate that you took the time to write to me. Please, be patient. I always try to get back to you ASAP.

 

How do I prepare for my consultation?

We will talk about your idea as soon as I receive all the main requested information previously described.

Be flexible and open to advice. Designing a tattoo might look very easy, but it isn’t. There are many factors involved such as body shape, type of composition, etc… As a tattoo artist, I’d just like to reach the best possible results.  

After the consultation the tattoo ideas, design, and position on the body discussed during a consultation can not change afterwards. Especially after we both agreed and the deposit will be paid.

I reserve all the right to may adjust a bit the images in terms to improve the design

 

How do I book a consultation? 

Depends. There are few options:

  1. Most of the time after I receive a clear answer by email, a simple Whatsapp video call or call is enough.
  2. You need to be in person if I need to understand more precisely and see for real how the measures and shape of your body are (in case I do not have a clear idea of the photos received by email).  Also, during the consultation, we will discuss your tattoo ideas and what is the best way I can represent them. Speak is free and tattoo is forever.

 

How much does the tattoo cost?

The price of a tattoo depends on many factors. I can give you an estimated price during the consultation. That's why is very important you provide a clear idea of what you would like to get.

The more details you give me, the more information I can give you, including an estimated price.

 

Can I see the tattoo design before the session?

No. You can only see it the same day just right before the tattoo session. One of the reasons I can't show it before is because I customise the tattoo according to the shape of your body and size. That's why I like to do long consultations with my customers, so I can fully understand what they really want to represent and make sure that they will be completely satisfied with the tattoo. Also, most of the time some ideas are already shown during the consultation especially if the consultation is made by a WhatsApp phone call.

 

How long will the tattoo take to complete?

The time takes a tattoo to be completed depends significantly on a range of factors such as tattoo size, skin type, placement, tattoo complexity and many other factors. An estimated number of sessions will be provided during the consultation, after discussing the tattoo ideas.

  1. How big will your tattoo be? Generally, the bigger the size of a tattoo, the bigger the amount of time to get it done.
  2. How complex will your tattoo be? The complexity of your tattoo will definitely determine the amount of time required to complete. The more details, the longer it will take.

 

How long does a tattoo session last?

The duration of a tattoo session might vary depending on the tattoo. I like to do day sessions that have an exact start time but not a finish time established beforehand.

 

How does the tattoo booking process work?

 

After the consultation, if you decide to go ahead, a deposit will be required to book your tattoo appointment. Normally the request is for one deposit for each day of booking. The deposit will be deducted from the final cost of the tattoo. In case, you got more than one sitting, it will be deducted only from your last session and not during the process. In case, you got more than one sitting (for example a full sleeve), as a customer you have the obligation to respect the process which means that each appointment has to be with a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 3 months gap, until the end of the project. Just in very rare situations, this rule can change and only if clearly requested by email and agreed by myself before the deposit is paid. Remember that it is your own responsibility to respect the appointments given and to be on time. The deposit is not refundable. No matter the reason.

* In case of booking during a tattoo convention or guest spot, the appointment date cannot be changed.

 

What shouldn’t I do before the tattoo session?

  1. Do not show up to your tattoo appointment sunburnt in the area I need to tattoo. If you are in the sun in the next few weeks either wear a factor 50 suncream protector or cover the area. Look after your skin.
  2. Do not take any alcohol, caffeine, energy drinks, or aspirin 24-48 hours prior to your tattoo session as they are blood thinners and will make it harder for your skin to absorb the ink and sit still.
  3. Do not apply any numbing cream or lotion on the tattoo area as this could affect the machine function unless advised otherwise.

If you do not follow this advice, your appointment will be cancelled and your deposit will be lost. Also, you will be at the back of the waiting list if you want to rebook.

 

What should I do before the tattoo session?

It is very important to prepare your body properly for the tattoo experience in order to make it as painless as possible.

  1. Eat a healthy full meal beforehand to manage better the pain and face longer tattoo sessions.
  2. Drink lots of water! Stay always hydrated before and during the tattoo session. The consumption of water will boost your skin’s elasticity and, therefore, it will allow me to work better on your skin. Also, it will smoothen the experience and help you heal faster.
  3. Rest and have a good night’s sleep the day before your tattoo session. Also, I suggest to book yourself a day off afterwards to allow your body to recover more quickly.
  4. Bring water and snacks (something high in protein and sugar) to eat while on breaks in order to maintain your fluids and blood sugar levels up during the tattoo session.

 

What do I wear for the tattoo session?

During the tattoo session, it is advisable to wear comfortable clothing that offers easy access to the area to be tattooed. Also, I recommend clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting a little stain with ink.

 

Due to the Covid-19 situation and Government continuous changes in regulations, it is very difficult to provide a proper answer to dates and appointments. 

Alo Loco reserves the right to change appointment dates with short notice.


Aftercare


How do I get a good-looking black and grey tattoo and a healthy healing process?

After the execution of your tattoo, you will be told how to look after it in the best way possible.  Know how to care for your tattoo afterwards as it will be your responsibility. Help your skin heal quickly and better following these tattoo aftercare instructions. 

 

What should I do after the tattoo session? 

  1. Apply a tiny amount of tattoo aftercare cream such as Hustle Butter Deluxe or Hustle Butter CDB Luxe, which you can get from Killer Ink here. Make sure you order it way before needed after the appointment. Do not use Vaseline or petroleum.
  2. You can shower (not long) but you may not soak your tattoo until it peels completely.
  3. Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo.
  4. Remove the cling film within 2-3 hours after getting your tattoo and wash your tattoo with PH neutral soap (fragrance free) just using your hands. Make sure your hands are always clean before touching or cleaning the tattoo.
  5. Gently dry your tattoo with a paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface. 
  6. Keep your tattoo hydrated and Wash it 3 times a day (1 time with PH neutral soap and 2 times with only water). Apply the cream 3 to max. 5 times a day.
  7. Wear clean, soft and losing clothes over your tattoo to avoid possible irritation and cross contamination. 
  8. Allow the scab to fall off naturally.
  9. After the scab stage, keep the area moisturized.

 

What shouldn’t I do after the tattoo session?

  1. Do not pick, scratch, peel, slap or rub your tattoo.
  2. Do not use any cloth bandages or pads, as the fibres of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process.
  3. Do not wear tight clothing, abrasive materials or jewellery that rub against your tattoo.
  4. Do not swim, soak or hot tub for 2 weeks.
  5. Do not get in contact with sand or any dirty until it is completely healed.
  6. Do not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks. After that, you must use high protection sunblock.