WHAT IS A SURF N INK FLASH DAY?
Your opportunity to get a kick-ass original tattoo at a ridiculously good price. Our artists have prepared several sheets of freaky flash that will be available for as little as $50 a piece for one day only.
WHERE IS THE NEXT EVENT?
All three Surf n Ink Studios!
Calling all ghosts and ghouls to celebrate our collective love for all things sinister. Choose from our seriously awesome original tattoo designs prepared by our artists specifically for the event. The designs range in size, subject, style and complexity and will be available for ridiculously good rates starting from ony $50. We’ll post previews of the designs on our Facebook Event Page, however the full range of designs will be available to view in our studios from 8:00am the morning of the event. Absolutely NO photographs are to be taken of our designs (otherwise we’ll put a spell on you… a curse really). First in, first served. Beat the line and come EARLY, EARLY, EARLY <— we mean it; our flash days are mightly popular. Registration opens at 9:45am. Tattooing kicks off at 10am. Entry is freakin’ free. No tickets required.
Miami One Shopping Centre Shop
Trickett Street Shop
‘Chinatown’ Surfers Paradise Blvd Shop
Where can I see what designs are available?
We’ll be posting ‘sneak previews’ on our Facebook event page to give you guys an idea of what will be available, but the full sheets will only be revealed in the studio windows at 8am the morning of.
What price will the flash be?
A variety of designs will be available from $50-$200.
Can I make changes to the designs? What about making them smaller/bigger?
No, sorry, all designs are as is. Exception: a design in colour can be tattooed in black and grey (but not the other way around); the price stays the same.
Will all the flash be available ALL day?
All designs can, and most probably will, be tattooed multiple times during the day. Its a good idea to make sure you’re at the front of the line however, as once an artist becomes booked out for the day, their designs will no longer be available.
Can I get tattooed more than once on the day?
To ensure we fit in as many people as possible, it’s one tattoo per person. Again, it would be a good idea to make sure you’re at the head of the line on the day so we can make sure you’re locked in with the artist and design of your choice.
What time are you open?
On flash days we kick off registration at 9:45 and first tattoos from 10am.
Should I line up?
Yes! Tattoos will happen on a first in, first served basis, so if you want to be certain of getting in, we’d recommend you come down EARLY and line up. Our last event saw people lining up as early as 3:00am and the event certanily drew a crowd.
What time can I start lining up?
That’s up to you. Last event there were people out front as early as 3:00am. Crazy!
Will there be somewhere to park?
Miami: There is underground parking in the centre.
Surfers Paradise Studios: There are several car parks throughout Surfers Paradise from as little as $9 a day.
Can I book in advance?
No, however, we will begin registration from 9:45am on Saturday morning, at which time we will give you an estimated appointment time for later in the day.
Can I be assured of getting tattooed if I turn up?
We’ll try to get to absolutely everybody, but obviously can’t be sure how many people will be here on the day. If you want to be certain, get here first.
Can I choose what time of day I get tattooed?
Unfortunately not. To enable us to see everyone that wants to be seen, we’ll be slotting people in with the artists in the order that they arrive and line up. That may mean you will have a period of time between when you first register and when you actually start tattooing.
Do I have to leave a deposit when I register for my tattoo in the morning?
All tattoos must be paid for IN FULL when you register. With the huge number of clients in and out the door all day, it’s a logistical pain in the ass to take deposits in the morning and then the balance of each throughout the day. Plan ahead and come armed with cash when you first turn up.
How can I pay?
Our studio is a cash only business, and as such does NOT have facilities to take payments via credit or debit card. There are ATM’s within 100 meters of all our studios however.
What am I supposed to do while I’m waiting?
Please also enjoy the other local business in the centre, or grab a few mates and a picnic and go chill out at the beach, or down a beer or two at a nearby pub (we didn’t say that!).
I don’t finish work until 5pm? Can I still get tattooed?
Call us before you come down after work and we’ll be able to tell you what each artist’s day is looking like. They want to tattoo and will do their best to tattoo you all.
SURF n Ink Studios are one of Australia’s most well-known speciality tattoo studios and the only studios with our distinctive cruizy, surf-life atmosphere and way of thinking.
SURF n Ink Studios have been host to guest artists that rank as some of the worlds top tattooing icons, such as Remis Cizauskas (LIT/IRE), George Mavridis (GREECE), David Alex Alexander (DENMARK), and Mark Halbstark (GERMANY), among others.
Our resident artists specialise in everything from rich black and grey, clean and solid traditional to full colour graphic ‘avant garde’ styles and more.
We provide quality artwork at reasonable prices, in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
At SURF n Ink Studios you will feel at home. Our staff is just like you – we don’t think we’re rock stars – we just want you to have a great tattoo and a great experience getting it. See you in the studios!
After having been not the happiest with my sleeve the past 5 years I finally had 5 hrs over the past 2 days tidying up what I have [...]. The money rose tattoo has come up heaps better with white added and ink that seems a lot blacker than before. [...] Thank you Ben Glancy for making it stand out and bringing it up to scratch!
I just wanted to pass on another thanks for Marco, he did a chest piece for me last year and his work is awesome!!! So I'll definitely be back to you guys for more! :)
Best tattoo shop ever; great customer service and the artists here are second to none. If you are after an original piece or adding your special touch to your favourite design this is the place to go. Highly recommended.
Awesome studio and friendly people. Would recommend to anybody who is looking to get tattoos.
Great shop with GREATER award winning artists! I've been tattooed by multiple artists there and the work is amazing! One of my pieces won an award and I don't doubt I'll receive more high quality work from these awesome people!
Marco is a truly amazing artist, his tatttoo designs speak for themselves. The quality, creativity and detailing is beyond impressive. I highly recommend a visit into one of his shops! All the staff were extremely welcoming, and were happy to help. I wouldn't trust another artist - ill be back for a 3rd time!
Had a great time getting my tattoo done here; the staff are great and very approachable, the work is first class very professional. One-off designs so you really feel you are getting a great piece of art.
Great crew, friendly atmosphere and wonderful service!!! Thanks for being the friendliest tattoo shop on the GC :-D
"Just wanted to say that Shannon did a fantastic job of my mums name on my leg! It looks unreal, great clean tattoo studio and highly recommended!"
"Just wanted to say a huge thankyou to Marco for the work he did on my half sleeve mermaid today. His work was exceptional and I appreciate it very much; can't wait untill it heals so I can come back for session two!!"
SURF n Ink Studios offer a wide range of body piercing options including ear, facial, oral, naval, nipple, surface, skin divers and dermal anchors.
All piercings are completed using a needle, and not a piercing gun. For more information about the risks of piercing guns and the reasons we will only use needles, please click Needle vs Gun.
We recommend to call ahead to ensure a piercer is available for you at your requested time and location.
Tattoo aftercare cream is extremely important to the proper healing and outcome of a tattoo; for this reason, we will guarantee our work only 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.
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.
YOU MUST RETAIN YOUR HARD COPY OF THIS DOCUMENT.
If in the future you need to make a claim, you must present your warranty certificate to obtain your complimentary touch-up; keep it in a safe place!
All claims covered under our warranty must be made within 6 months from the date that you received your tattoo.
Aftercare Guidelines: The aftercare guidelines we provide must be followed exactly. Any variation in the care of your tattoo from these guidelines will result in your warranty becoming null and void.
Tattoo Aftercare Product: SURF n Ink Tattoo Studios has tested countless tattoo aftercare products and methods so that we can offer you the best products and advice. You must use the aftercare product recommended by SURF n Ink Tattoo Studio unless your doctor has advised otherwise. This warranty will become null and void if any other product is used.
Changes and Additions: Any additions to the tattoo, change of mind in the design, or change of mind the the artist tier level choosen, will incur additional charges. Additions or changes of mind are not covered under this warranty.
Cuts, Scrapes and Scaring: If an area of your tattoo becomes cut, scratched or the skin has been damaged in some way due to injury unrelated to the tattoo, a touch-up is not covered under this warranty.
Layers: Some artists tattoo in a painting-like manor, using ‘layers’. This means they will tattoo one ‘layer’ in a session, and then request that you allow the tattoo to heal, and come back for another session/s for additional layer/s. This process is often used to achieve greater detail, sharpness, saturation and a higher quality end product. This is not considered a touch-up and is not covered under this warranty. If your artist wishes to tattoo you in this way, he/she will notify you prior to beginning the tattoo to ensure your approval.
Unfinished Tattoos: In the event that your tattoo requires additional session/s for reasons including but not limited to; the session ending due to pain or sickness, the session ending due to other plans or commitments by either party or the tattoo is too large to finish in a single session; the following session/s will incur additional fees and is not considered a touch-up for the purposes of this warranty.
Warranty Claims: All claims for warranties must be made within 6 months of the original tattoo session date as written on the front of your warranty card. The artist who originally applied the tattoo will complete all touch-ups. If the tattoo artist is no longer employed at the time, another artist will be appointed by SURF n Ink Tattoo Studios to touch-up the tattoo at no extra charge. You must present this card at the time of booking your touch-up. Please allow a minimum of one week processing time from the date that you contact us, to the date that we can confirm a scheduled booking date and time.
Bookings and Cancellations: All touch-ups must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. If you do not attend your scheduled booking or cancel less than 48 hours prior to the booking, this warranty becomes null and void.
All drawing, sketching, researching and designing is completely free of charge at Surf n Ink, however we require an initial deposit prior to commencing design preparation.
For larger, multi-session pieces, your deposit will be deducted from your final tattoo session. For example, if your tattoo will cost $1500 over three sessions, you will pay a $100 deposit, $500 at your first session, $500 at your second session, and $400 at your third and final session.
Deposits are non-refundable, are required for all bookings and go towards the final cost of your tattoo.
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
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!