Can I bring my own design?

Of course. In fact, if you have reference material or images that have inspired your design ideas, it really helps during the consultation process! Please bring images with you printed out on paper – images on your mobile are no use! Alternatively, feel free to bring images with you on a USB stick.

I will not usually tattoo a design exactly in your original sketch: as a tattoo is an image on a three-dimensional surface, and as the medium of tattooing (ink-in-skin) lends itself much more successfully to certain techniques and aesthetics than others, a design on paper or a screen will usually need to be adjusted before it will really look its best as a tattoo! Please don’t be offended if a design you bring with you needs to be changed in this way – it is a fundamental part of the process to ensure your tattoo looks as good as possible, both now and for the rest of your life.

That said, military badges, sports team logos and similar iconographies will be reproduced faithfully and accurately, of course.

It should go without saying that I will not copy a tattoo design or actual tattoo which you have printed out from the Internet – it is usually disrespectful to both the original artist and their client to reproduce work on this way (think how you’d feel if your tattoo, designed entirely and especially for you, appeared on someone else’s body). Do feel free to bring in examples of other tattoos you’ve found which indicate the kinds of details you’re interested in, and we can then work together to create something personal, bespoke and unique!