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.


Contact And Tattoo Consultation


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 channels as form of contact.

 

How do I get my free tattoo consultation?

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

  1. Name, email and phone number.
  2. Short description of your idea.
  3. Few references if you have.
  4. Photo of the area you want to get inked.

In case you need some inspiration, you can always check out my portfolio here or follow me on Instagram, Facebook 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.

 

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?

Bring your reference images with you (phone, USB…). We will talk about your idea face to face. 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.

 

Do I need to be in person for the consultation?

Depends. There are 2 options:

  1. Yes, you do. I need to understand and see for real how are the measures of the area you want to get tattooed. 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.
  2. If you live abroad, we can find different ways we can make it happen without needing to be in person.

 

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.

 

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, placement and tattoo complexity. 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 face-to-face consultation, if you decide to go ahead, a deposit will be required to book your tattoo appointment. The deposit will be deducted from the final cost of the tattoo. In case, you got more than one sitting, it will be deducted from your last session.

 

Where are you located?

I work in London, UK. Please, click here to see the address on the map.


Before The Tattoo Session


What shouldn’t I do before the tattoo session?

  1. 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.
  2. Do not apply any numbing cream or lotion on the tattoo area as this could affect the machine function, unless advised otherwise.

 

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.


After The Tattoo Session


How do I get a good looking black and grey tattoo and 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.