Tattoo aftercare cream is extremely important to the proper healing and outcome of a tattoo; for this reason, we will only guarantee our work if our clients have our recommended aftercare product and are able look after their tattoo during the critical healing stage. At the end of every tattoo session, we offer our clients the opportunity to purchase an aftercare product from us. With the purchase of this aftercare, our clients receive a Certificate of Limited Warranty document. This document guarantees that we will touch-up their tattoo within six months of the original session for free. For a full list of the conditions of this warranty, please see Certificate Of Warranty.
Please note: if at the end of your tattoo session you choose NOT to purchase an aftercare product from us, a free touch-up is not covered under our warranty.
We do not charge by the hour, we charge by the piece or session. This works out better for both artist and client because it removes pressure about time and time constraints. At SURF n Ink we want the best results for each of our clients and strive every day to do just that. It is best to come in and chat with us about your design and we’ll be able to give you a quote. Remember tho, that tattoos are for life, so choosing an artist who’s skills and style are best for you should be your sole deciding factor when choosing your artist.
Queensland legislation states that it is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18. Sorry, but we won’t break the law for you! Eighteen will come faster than you realize anyway!
As a shop policy, all body piercing clients must be over the age of 18. We will perform ear piercing on clients over the age of 15.
Appointments can be made in person or over the phone. Consultations are free but to have a design drawn or to book an appointment, a $50 – $100 deposit is required (this can be made by credit card over the phone). Your deposit goes towards the cost of your tattoo. If you need to reschedule, please call at least 48 hours in advance.
We can’t stress enough how important following our tattoo aftercare guidelines is! Getting a tattoo is only half the battle… then it’s up to you to ensure your tattoo heals properly. Heres a copy of our tattoo aftercare guidelines. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW OUR EXPERT ADVICE.
STAGE ONE – The 1st 48hrs
- Keep it clean
- No sun, sand or swimming
- No tight fitting clothing
- No working out
AT THE STUDIO: Your artist has applied your tattoo using strict infection control procedures and single-use equipment. It is now up to you to keep it free from bacteria and infection. Your artist will cover your tattoo with a bandage or plastic covering to protect it from microscopic bacteria and infection. Do not remove it until __________________________*.
*The time frame to remove the bandage will vary depending on the time of day your tattoo session finishes, the size of your tattoo, as well as the type of covering applied.
STEP ONE: REMOVE PLASMA
Start with freshly washed hands. Carefully remove the bandage, wash the area and remove all plasma (the gooey stuff). Use a mild, non-perfume liquid soap and your hand, and rub slowly and gently until your skin is smooth. This can be done in the shower. Do not use bar soap, loofah’s or cloths. Warning: failing to remove the plasma will result in hardening. This hardened scab-like plasma is then very likely to fall or rub off, taking pieces of your ink with it!
STEP TWO: “FLUSH & CLOSE” YOUR PORES
Once plasma is removed, turn the water to as warm as you can handle it and run the water over your tattoo for a few seconds. Next, turn the water to cold and leave your tattoo under the water for a few more seconds. This process will flush out access plasma and close your pores to assist in keeping your tattoo free from bacteria and infection.
STEP THREE: AIR & MOISTEN
Pat your tattoo dry with clean paper towel (do not use regular towels or cloths) and leave uncovered for 20-60 minutes being careful not to touch it or rub up against anything. Next, with freshly washed hands, apply a small amount of tattoo aftercare over the entire tattoo. Do not saturate the tattoo, just keep it moist; only a thin layer of aftercare is required. Your tattoo may need to be covered again with plastic wrap.*
*When to cover? If there is any risk of the tattoo touching anything that has not been freshly cleaned (i.e the seat of your car or the bus, your bedsheets, your jewellery, dust from a construction job… basically anything at all!), then cover it again with plastic wrap.
STEP FOUR: REPEAT
Repeat steps one and three every 4 to 8 hours. Do this for the next two to three days, always washing before applying aftercare cream.
STAGE TWO – Don’t Scratch
Once all the plasma has been released, your skin will continue the healing process by creating a barrier of defence. Sometimes the skin feels plastic-like or hardens slightly at this stage. To keep your tattoo from drying out, continue to apply your tattoo aftercare product on clean skin as required (usually 2 or more times daily).
Your tattoo will begin to flake. Most people will experience an itching sensation during this stage. (If you don’t – consider yourself lucky!) Do not pick at or scratch your tattoo! Allow the flakes to fall off naturally. Warning: this step is extremely important. Picking at your tattoo is one of the worst things you can do to it and can result in dropouts and delayed healing. Continue to apply your tattoo aftercare product on freshly washed skin during this stage.
STAGE THREE – Stabilization
Your tattoo is no longer flaking and appears to be healed. Your skin will continue to re-build itself and the skin will need to ‘settle’ into its final form. Sometimes it can take time for the vibrancy of your tattoo to really shine through. It can also take some time before your skin is ready for another session in the same area. Be patient! Stay away from exfoliating scrubs for a while too!
All tattoos will fade to some degree over time, especially colours. The degree and speed that your tattoo fades will depend almost entirely on the amount of sun you expose it to. So if you want your ink to stay vibrant, moisturise your tattoo frequently and always, always, always wear sunscreen! We recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen that is zinc free such as Original SIN Sunscreen or Inkcare Anti-Fade Moisturiser.
“The two things artists love the most are clients who are patient and clients who allow breaks to recharge both artist and client; developing stronger links, and allowing their creativity to peak every time.”
PRIOR TO THE SESSION
Pain killers and numbing agents – You may wish to take a non-aspirin pain killer such as Neurofen, about a half hour before your session. Neurofen contains anti-inflammatory, which assists with the swelling. Note: Asprin makes your blood thin – you don’t want that! Numbing agents such as Xylocpline and Emla are not recommended as preparation for a tattoo as they change the consistency of the skin, disrupting the process.
Food and Drink – Eating prior to getting tattooed will keep your sugar levels up! Avoid alcohol within 24 hours prior to getting tattooed.
Things to Bring – Extra pain-killers, just incase, food/snacks/drink, distracting devices; i.e. ipod, portable dvd player, book, magazines etc., comfortable clothes and/or a pillow. (The more comfortable you are, the more relaxed you will be.)
HOW TO COPE DURING THE SESSION
It’s ALL about MIND OVER MATTER! Realize that it’s only a temporary sensation and accept it. Do not fight it. Do not wish for it to stop. Concentrate on your breathing. Imagine that every breath in makes you stronger and every breath out releases all discomfort. Put yourself in another place. Meditate. Think happy thoughts and get excited about your new piece of rockin artwork!