Here’s a list of common questions we are asked.
Q: Is getting a tattoo safe?
A: Of course they are. As long as you go to a reputable studio that is Health Department Approved. Queensland holds some of the worlds most strict laws relating to tattooing.
Q: Do tattoos hurt?
A: Everyone has different pain thresholds. But yes, it does hurt. Some people liken it to a “hot scratching feeling” or a burn.
The beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with it outweighs the little pin-pricks here and there. Remember.. No pain no gain!
For more on this please see our blog: Tattoos hurt! But here are some ways to make it less painful (https://customskinstattoo.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/tattoos-hurt-but-here-are-some-ways-to-make-it-less-painful/)
Q: How much do tattoos cost?
A: You get what you pay for. Yeah, there are plenty of people out there that will ink you at a cheap price, but you’ll be crying to us sooner or later to have it covered up. It’s also known that some tattoo studios also charge more depending on their rent (Eg Brisbane CBD or Gold Coast areas); this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be better though. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo, it is extremely disrespectful to the tattoo artist. The base price of any tattoo is $80, even if it’s a 1 cm line. All of our artists charge out at $150 per hour. But the price depends on the actual art work, the size, the time it will take to complete & also the detail.
Q: Should I tip my artist?
A: Tipping is a really nice gesture. We won’t say no 🙂
Q: What should I get, and where?
A: This is all up to you. You can choose what you want and to have it where you want it.You can choose a design off the internet, off our wall, out of one of our books, or of course we can create a custom piece for you… After all, we are called Custom Skins Tattoo!!
Q: Is it ok to get a tattoo if I’m sick?
A: Getting inked while your immune system isn’t 100% isn’t really a good idea. You need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo.
Q: Is it ok to get a tattoo if I’m drunk or hung over?
A: NO! Alcohol thins your blood, so you bleed worse. Because you bleed, the ink won’t stay in your skin and will be more than likely fade a lot quicker. You are also more likely to overheat and/or faint and alcohol intensified the effects of pain.
Q: My friend just bought a tattoo kid and wants to practice on me.. Should I ? It’s free?
A: NO! Your friend could be putting both of your lives in danger. They need a proper apprenticeship, the tattoo also needs to be done in a STERILE environment, which they more than likely haven’t learnt yet. They can start practicing on you when their mentor/master feels they are ready. For more info on this, see the following article from the Pro Tat Guide (http://www.protat.com.au/t_advice.html — Getting a tattoo at a mate’s place tonight? Please read this first.)
Q: Can I get a tattoo while pregnant ?
A: Once you leave the shop, you are left with a large open wound, and many people make bad decisions and don’t care for their tattoo the way they should, and it can become infected. Even if you do care for it well, you are still at risk for infection by going out in public.
Why put your baby at risk by being tattooed? What’s more important, the baby or the ink? We have consent forms every new client must read, fill in and sign. One of the questions is are you nursing or pregnant. If you answer yes, we will not tattoo you!!
Q: Can I get tattooed over a scar?
A: Yes, you can.