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! 18 will come faster that 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.
Everyone heals differently. Above all, listen to your body.
Your tattoo was applied with sterilized and/or disposable equipment. Extreme precaution was taken to ensure your tattoo was applied in a clean, safe manor. Your artist will apply a cream to the tattoo and cover it. The rest is in your hands…
Your tattoo will bleed and release fluid (a gooey substance, not pus) after tattooing has seized; usually for no more than 24 hours. In the first 3-5 days, the skin will flake and scabbing will occur. Most clients complete this stage within 3-5 days. After that, your tattoo is healed (aprox. 6-10 days in total).
Heres what you have to do…
*Remember: your tattoo is an open wound; keep it clean, free of infection, and never touch it with unwashed hands.
STEP 1 WASH Remove cling wrap after about 3 hrs (if your session ended late, you can wait until morning). Wash the area gently with warm water and a non-perfume liquid soap. Bar soaps are a breeding ground for bacteria – don’t use them. It’s important to remove all excess fluid. If you do not, it will create a scab and may cause poor healing. Pat dry with clean paper towel. Do not use cloth towels. Apply a thin layer of tattoo aftercare or Bepanthen. Listen to your body; it may need air, or may be lacking moisture and need covering again.
STEP 2 Determine your day’s activities. Are you going dirt biking or staying in? If you’re going to be around dirt – keep the tattoo clean and covered. If your home – it’s optional. If clothing is an issue, use a cling wrap covering to stop any friction for the first few days. Stay away from strenuous activity and excessive sweating. This is especially important for tattooed feet; the more you walk around, the more they will swell.
STEP 3 Apply tattoo aftercare 1-2 times daily until it is healed ensuring you do so with freshly washed hands. Do not over-moisturise or let it dry out. Listen to your body. Do not use moisturizers not intended for tattoos i.e. perfumed hand cream etc.
THE OTHER RULES…
- Don’t submerge the tattoo in water; i.e. ocean, lakes, pools, baths and spas. Shower as normal.
– Don’t expose your fresh tattoo to the sun.
– Don’t pick at your flaking/scabbing tattoo.
– In the long term: cover it when possible from sunlight exposure and use lots of sunscreen.
FINALLY… come back and visit us; we love to see how our work heals!
“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!