North Star Tatto

Frequently asked Questions

Q. Does it hurt?

Q. How much does it cost?

Q. Will it fade?

Q. Do you do cover ups?

Q. Is there anything you won't do?

Q. How old do you have to be?

Q. Can I have an apprenticeship?



Q. Does it hurt?

A. No tattoo is entirely painless, regardless of what some people may have you believe, though it does depend on the individual (everybody has a different pain thresh hold), and also varies a lot depending on the area of the body. Everybody has certain parts of the body which are more sensitive than others, but generally most people find that more bony places tend to hurt a bit more.

Tattooing can be uncomfortable, or irritating but is very rarely unbearable, if it was really that bad, so many people wouldn't get tattooed!

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Q. How much does it cost?

A. How long is a piece of string? It really depends on the design, the size and the amount of detail in it, with tattoos you are paying for the tattooists time so the longer the tattoo takes, the more it is likely to cost. We have a minimum charge of £25 for small tattoos so it could be anything above that. We try to give as accurate a quote as possible on big jobs so there are no surprises at the end of sessions, it works out at about £50 per hour but if you are having a lot of work done or there are other factors involved we may knock a bit off for you. We simply believe in giving you a decent amount of work for a fair price.

Don't be afraid to come in for a quote on any design before you decide if you want to commit to booking it in.

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Q. Will it fade?

A. All tattoos fade a little over time, but we do use top quality inks, and if you look after your tattoo it should stay bold and vibrant for many years. The main thing that really fades tattoos is the sun, if you want to keep your tattoos looking good, you should keep them out of the sun as much as possible, and use a really high factor sun cream, (like a kids one) on them.

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Q. Do you do cover ups?

A. Don especially enjoys doing cover ups, and we rarely turn anyone down. Most old tattoos can be covered or reworked, its just a matter of being creative enough. Really, you can only cover a colour with something darker than it is, but by using a lot of black line work along with purples, greens and blues, for example, most tattoos can be transformed in to something new and different.

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Q. Is there anything you won't do?

A. This is really up to Rosie or Don's discretion, but generally anything racist or deliberately offensive is going to be a no. We don't tattoo faces or genitals, and usually only tattoo hands or necks on clients who are already well covered. Also we will not tattoo you if you come in drunk!

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Q. How old do you have to be?

A. By law you must be 18 to be tattooed, with or without your parents consent. You must be 16 to be pierced, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Q. Can I have an apprenticeship?

A. No, sorry. We're not looking for anyone at present.

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Some Extra Advice

Do not come in for a tattoo after a heavy night drinking, not only will it feel more sensitive, but alcohol thins the blood causing you to bleed more, making the whole process a lot more difficult.

Getting your partners name tattooed on your body is not a great idea, sad to say, the tattoo often out lives the relationship and it may be difficult to get rid of.

Think long and carefully about your tattoo before you get it done, its going to be with you for the rest of your life, long after any fashion or trend has ended, a tattoo that is personal and meaningful to you is going to age much better than something copied from a footballer or popstar. Unfortunately, many people still look down on those with tattoos, and judge them on their appearance, make sure you think about this before getting any tattoos which are permanently visible, being tattooed can work against you in things like job interviews, or court appearances!

It is not advisable to get tattoos in languages you don't understand, we do not know Arabic, Latin, Chinese, or anything else, so any translations should be checked and double checked, mistakes are not always easily rectified!

Tattoo Aftercare

Please look after your tattoo properly, how good it looks when its healed depends on how well you look after it. Do as we advise and don't be lazy looking after your tattoo, or you will regret it later!

  1. Remove the clingfilm and wash gently but thoroughly with warm soapy water. Pat (don't rub) dry with a clean towel.
  2. Rub in a small amount of cream (we recommend 'bepanthen' nappy rash cream, available from most chemists or supermarkets, or from us) Do not use Vaseline.
  3. Recover with a new piece of clingfilm.
  4. Repeat this process 3 times a day for 3 days. Doing this will cut out the scabbing process, making the tattoo heal faster, keep its colour better, and reduce the risk of infection.
  5. After 3 days continue to clean the tattoo daily and apply cream or moisturiser whenever the tattoo feels dry. Continue this until all dry/flaky skin is gone.
  6. Keep your tattoo out of the sun until it is completely healed.
  7. It is okay to get your tattoo wet, but not to soak it for too long, so no swimming until it is healed.
  8. Do not pick or scratch at your new tattoo.
  9. Keep your tattoo clean. A tattoo is like a graze or a cut, if it gets dirt in it, it could become infected.
  10. If you are worried about anything during healing, or the tattoo needs touching up once it is completely healed just call in and see us.

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