1. “Do Tattoos hurt?” Yes, they do hurt, but it is not anything you cannot handle. The best description I could give you would be a cat scratch However, everyone feels pain differently, and certain spots can be less tolerable than others.
2. “Are water colour tattoo’s different to regular tattoo’s? ….” No, they’re no different to any other tattoo. The procedure is exactly the same however, the technique (the way the ink is penetrated into the skin) is a little different. It is still the same certified ink like any other tattoo
3.”How do watercolour tattoos heal and hold over time?” As long as you look after your tattoo during the healing process by following the instructions and continue to take care over your life (minimum sun exposure, regular moisturiser etc.) you will enjoy your new tattoo for many years to come. However, because it is a watercolour effect your tattoo will heal lighter in some parts than others, this is deliberate! To recreate the effect on the skin. I recommend Oztatt skincare with all my tattoos.
4.”Do you use different ink to regular tattoos?…” No. I (Like every professional tattoo artist in a tattoo studio) only use the best grade tattoo ink available from a certified tattoo supplier.
5.”Do you tattoo other people’s designs on already completed tattoos?” No, and please don’t ask me as the answer will be NO. If you’re after one similar however, we can work something out and I can draw up another based on the design you have seen, but it will not be the same.
6.”Is there a fee for custom drawn designs?” Yes. A $70 drawing fee can be paid by pay pal or cash if a consultation is needed for your tattoo. THIS IS BECAUSE YOUR WATERCOLOUR TATTOO NEEDS TO BE PAINTED BY SCRATCH! By the time it is in a stencil form ready to be tattooed it is a complete piece of artwork on high quality paper, using high quality paint. This is done so you can see the finished piece before you get tattooed and we can create an accurate stencil that holds true to the integrity of how the paint behaves on paper. When translated onto the skin However, Please be mindful that small discrepancies are always going to happen purely because tattoo ink is NOT watercolour paint. It is a completely different medium and will behave differently. Please also keep in mind small changes are sometimes made to make sure the piece is customised to your body. This includes small drips, extra splashes and sometimes adding more watercolour effects so it translates in the best visual interoperation possible.
7.”When can I expect the design to be complete?” I rarely will get a completed design painted and sent back for confirmation any time before the night before your appointment. This is so I can really zone in on your particular piece, and it gives me time to paint it! Sometimes I will paint designs for a few days at least, so please be mindful that this stuff takes some time 🙂
8.”What if I want to make changes to the design after it has been painted and sent back for confirmation?” If, by the odd chance you’re not happy with the design and want to change some minor aspects or “tweaks” let me know and we can correct this before your appointment. If however you wish to change the major structure or have simply changed your mind about what you want you will need to pay another drawing fee of $60 and you will forfeit the original $60 drawing fee. PLEASE be certain on the design you’re after during the consultation and early booking process.
9.”Do you charge the drawing fee for your ‘up for grabs’ custom pieces?” No, these are pieces I have drawn for fun or side projects that I would love to tattoo. they do not incur a fee unless you wish to buy the artwork as well.
10.”Do I need to come in for a consultation?…” no, but I prefer meeting you face to face as sometimes things/ explanations of what you’re after can get jumbled if they’re not emailed properly! Consultations are free and generally last about 15 minutes and held at the studio. Although! Sometimes consultations are UN able to take place due to interstate clients or you’re unable to come in at a suitable time. THIS IS FINE! emails work really well so long as it is kept Simple, have a clear definition of what you’re after, have outlined the area you wish to get tattooed in pen or texta (and attached this photo as well), have reference pictures you can attach with your email, and a rough size of the piece you wish to be tattooed. Easy 🙂
11.”Do you charge an hourly rate? Or per piece?” I quote per piece on smaller items (hand size and smaller) However, I work on a system of “All Day” ( 6 hours+) or “Half Day” (up to 4 hours) I will give you an estimated quote, and then a more accurate quote once the design is completed.
12.”How many hours can I book in for?” I work a maximum of 7 hours in any sitting, and are allocated to the “Half day” or “All day” slots this is to reduce fatigue and body strain on myself and YOU! If you are from interstate, and need a whole day booking a 50% deposit is to be paid to secure your appointment and an hour break will take place in between, this ensures I am focused on your piece and enables you to have a stretch and grab a bite to eat in between.
13.”Where are you located?” Into the ivy arts collective is a private studio based in Glen Osmond, Adelaide Australia.
14.”Can I bring a Friend?” I prefer to work with just my client who is getting tattooed Plus, Your friends will get bored very quickly and it’s just not as fun standing around watching you get tattooed. The studio is also very small and space is limited However, if you would like to bring a friend please let me know in advance.
15. “What If I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?” I understand things happen. So, as long as you give me at least 7 Days notice I can cancel your booking and your deposit returned via pay pal, anything less than 7 days you will forfeit your deposit and design fee. If you wish to reschedule your appointment Your deposit can be transferred to the next available booking day, Unfortunately, being so heavily booked majority of the time you may be waiting a few months again before an appointment is available for you however, you will have priority.
I recommend all my clients to read this section.
This is my recommendations with a standard healing process, however! I do mix up my healing techniques as new products come onto the market- such as using a breathable bandage that can be left on for several days (basically skips all the diligent after care regime) – However this doesn’t work for everyone and if you’re allergic to adhesives or band aids- then it will not work for you.
This is also only recommendations; every artist will have a different way of healing techniques- and if you yourself have a hard and fast way that works best for you – then by all means continue.
-After the tattoo process you should leave the bandage on for no more than 1-2 hours (enough time to make it home) you will notice a collection of bodily fluids i.e.; blood and plasma, this is normal and once you remove the bandage you will NEED to gently wash the tattoo.
-I personally recommend you wash the tattoo with an anti-bacterial hand soap, (there is a great range in any local supermarket) to reduce your risk of infection but only need to use the antibacterial soap for the first 2 days- once a day! the other daily washes with a soap free no fragnace wash ( QV range is great!) The aim is to wash all of the natural forming bodily fluids and rid the skin of any Vaseline or topical ointments that were used during the tattoo process. Colour pieces especially need a good wash so gently wash two to three times if needed or when the tattoo no longer feel “slimy”. Use luke-warm water as opposed to hot water, which would burn the tattoo. It is important to wash the tattoo lightly, but PLEASE be sure to remove all ointment, blood, and any other residue. This will ensure you have set up your fresh tattoo to the best start to the healing process 😀
-After washing the tattoo, apply an ointment. I recommend Oztatt skincare. Stay away from vaseline and petroleum jelly as these clog the pores in the skin and limits the ability for the skin to breathe. THIS includes paw paw!!!! (sorry!) most paw paw ointments only have a tiny amount of paw paw in them.. the rest is VASELINE! It is VERY IMPORTANT to only use a very tiny amount of ointment or very thin layer over the tattoo. A great way to judge the right amount is a slight shine to the skin, Using too much ointment can over saturate the tattoo and cause excess scabbing or scabs to come off prematurely. It is NOT “the more the better.”
-I recommend use of an ointment for around 3-7 days. During these days wash your tattoo every morning right when you wake, and right before bed with an anti-bacterial soap. After the 4th day however, swap the anti bacterial soap for a low irritant and soap free version. This is because an anti-bacterial solution will take away up to 99.9% of bacteria on the skin, even the good kind that is necessary for your body to promote natural healing. It is important to wash the tattoo several times throughout the day with a low irritant soap free wash (after the first 4 days). The more you wash your tattoo, the less chance of fibres, dirt and any nasties to settle on your healing tattoo for long periods of time this is especially so for people with animals, as allowing these things to settle in to your tattoo is the #1 culprit for irritation and infections. It also promotes quicker healing time.
If your tattoo is in a hard to reach area, have a friend assist you, just PLEASE make sure they wash their hands thoroughly before they do so. This also goes for anyone touching or bumping your tattoo… including YOU! If you do not keep your tattoo clean, you run the risk of both infection and excess scabbing which could result in poor healing. During these first few days, depending on where your tattoo is located the tattoo may be prone to swelling, using a bag of ice (not directly on the tattoo, but around the area is fine), elevating the tattooed area, and taking ibuprofen can help reduce the swelling.
-Around the 3-7th day, you should notice your tattoo will begin to peel. The peeling can be similar to that of a sunburn peeling, only the skin will come off in the colours of the tattoo, this is normal but your skin will become very itchy. Under no circumstances scratch or pick at your tattoo no matter how much you want to. Don’t. Your tattoo is still in a very delicate stage and any picking or scratching will pull the ink right from skin. It can also encourage the wound to reopen.
At this stage in the healing process you can switch from using the ointment to a non-scented, low irritant lotion Such as; Sorbelene, Aveena, or vitamin E cream. For the next 2 weeks, keep washing the tattoo by this stage your everyday shower will be enough, and regularly moisturising the skin will prevent cracking and bleeding. There may be a few scabs on your tattoo that take longer to come off then others, this can also be normal and some can take up to a few weeks to come off. If this happens just let the scabs fall off on their own and be mindful not to pull them off prematurely, as this could result in loss of ink. If however they are unusually tight or large you can massage the area gently with a lotion. The whole healing process takes anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks However, everyone has different healing times and things like smoking and illness as well as poor diet and low hydration will affect you body’s ability to recover quickly. Be kind to yourself, rest and eat well. Remember Tattoos are an open wound, you must treat it like one! Keep it clean guys! It is very important.
Things to avoid during the tattoo healing process:
– Sleeping will be a hurdle especially for the first few days when your new tattoo is still fresh. Try not to sleep on your tattoo, you may need to find a temporary solution while sleeping like sleeping in a way you’re not usually accustomed to. Also, allow the tattoo to breathe, by this I mean stay away from bedsheets and pillows as much as you can! Not only will the tattoo become stuck to your clothing and linens during the night if allowed to settle, it will leave a colourful imprint on your sheets, which will never EVER come out!! Should you wake up and your clothes are stuck to your tattoo, do not rip them off, this will result in ripping off scabs as well as letting fibres into your tattoo which will cause irritation and infection. Instead wet the area of clothing that is stuck to the tattoo with water and it should become unstuck.
-Avoid submerging the tattoo. Soaking in water could cause scabs to come off prematurely. Also avoid swimming due to possible bacteria and irritants in the water. So no salt water, lake, pool, or bath tub for 2 weeks! Showers are fine.
-Keep it out of direct sunlight. Your new tattoo will not like the sun anyway and will burn and create a fuss, but allowing it to be uncovered in the sun can cause huge problems and jeopardise your tattoo. Please remember your healing tattoo is extremely sensitive and delicate during the healing process treat it nicely! If you will be un avoidably in the sun for long periods of time a loose cotton or breathable shirt that covers your tattoo is the go.
-Avoid wearing tight clothing that will rub onto the tattoo, excessive rubbing can lead to infections and loss of ink. Ladies, this also includes the bra line. Try to wear loose fitting cotton clothing over the tattooed area so that it’s breathable, or if you’re not in public, go without! The first few days of healing the tattoo will tend to “ooze” in the colours of the tattoo that tend to stain fabric so please be aware of this, Dark colours and loose clothing!
Infection is not very common but It may happen here is a list of what to lookout for;
– How to tell if your tattoo is indeed infected? some key signs of tattoo infection are a red haze surrounding the tattoo after its already past a week or more of the healing process, which also could be accompanied by a white haze over sections of the tattoo, indentation of the tattoo, extreme scabbing which may turn green or yellowish, bad smell, and puss. Contacting your tattoo artist so they may confirm whether or not your tattoo is infected and ways to combat the infection is a good idea, although the best way to deal with an infection is by calling a physician, they will know the absolute best way to combat your infection and may prescribe you antibiotics. Most of the time it is from a small fibre or animal hair caught in the open wound… if you wash the area with anti-bacterial soap and allow it to dry out completely it usually removes the foreign object and allows the tattoo to heal again.
-The best ways to avoid infections are by keeping your tattoo clean and by making your artist aware of any sensitivities or allergies you may have before getting tattooed. For example I use latex gloves during the tattooing process, if you have an allergy to latex let me know ahead of time so they can switch to nitrile gloves. Also, many people have a sensitivity to certain tattoo inks, red ink is a common colour that people have a sensitivity to because of the nickel content in that particular colour. An easy way to tell if you have a nickel allergy is by wearing a piece of cheap costume jewellery, which is usually nickel coated, and will discolour your skin black or green. If this happens, I recommend re thinking any red based inks this includes Orange, pinks, Purple, and some blues.
After your tattoo is healed
-In order to keep your tattoo looking good for as long as possible, it is important to keep your skin moisturised, this will also keep your colours nice and bright! when you’re going to have prolonged sun exposure, use sun block to help avoid fading. Touch ups are common practice, and many artist’s will offer them at a heavily discounted rate, however it is a great idea to revisit your artist in a few years for white highlights and other light colours that can become dull.