From idea to tattoo.
1. The Consultation & Design Process
So before we get any ink into your skin we generally set up an initial consultation. This gives you a chance to make sure we are the studio for you and gives your artist the opportunity to get to know you and understand exactly what it is you are looking for in a tattoo.
During your consultation you will be asked a few questions about style you, placement and size. This will help your artist not only understand the design criteria but also establish how long the piece will take to complete.
When you visit the studio to discuss your tattoo we encourage you to bring as many references as possible to give your artist a visual aid as to what you want your piece to look like. If it is easier you can always send these images over to the artist before you arrive via email, Facebook Messenger. or direct message us on Instagram @vellumtattoo.
If visiting us in the studio isn't practical we can organise a phone consultation with your artist although we do encourage you to meet your artist in person to make sure you are comfortable with them and the space.
Once your consultation is complete and the artist has gained a full understanding of what you are looking for the design process will begin. d
Depending on the type of work that you are wanting your artist may send designs over to you before your appointment to ensure they are working along the right lines. This also gives you the opportunity to ensure everything is as you pictured in your head whilst allowing the artist time to amend anything before your appointment.
2. The Tattoo Appointment - what to expect.
Hand Drawn Preparation
This tattoo involved a small amount of cover-work and was to be a half sleeve based upon Japanese watercolour prints. The finished tattoo is shown on the right partly healed and partly fresh as it took three sessions to complete.
Some DO's and DONT's for your tattoo appointment:
- BRING YOUR ID! Environmental health now requires us to check Identification documents for all of our clients, not just those under 25.
- Ensure you have eaten a good meal within an hour of your appointment time. Tattooing can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar levels and so it is always a good idea to make sure your sugars are up and stable. You are welcome to bring snacks and food with you.
- Wear WARM and CLEAN comfortable clothing that can be removed and allows access to the tattoo area. A zip or button-up cardigan is a good idea especially if you are having your arm tattooed as you can still wear most of it to keep you warm whilst leaving the tattooed arm exposed.
- Make sure you drink plenty of water the day before and the day of your appointment, this will help the healing process.
- Being distracted helps! You are welcome to bring along headphones and music or a film to watch - something to keep yourself occupied as being tattooed can be very very boring!
- Give yourself enough time for your appointment. Feeling rushed tends to add to the anxiety.
- Make sure you have enough parking, you will need at least 2 hours longer than your predicted tattoo time.
- Wear white or new clothing - tattooing is messy and we cannot guarantee that your clothing will remain clean and new looking!
- Do not drink alcohol or take asprin in the 24hours before your tattoo, these thin your blood and will make you bleed more possibly causing loss of ink and slowing down healing rates.
- Sugar-load! Don't eat nothing but sugary food and drinks before your tattoo, this will de-stabilise your sugar levels and can lead to fainting and light-headedness, please eat a balanced meal with carbs and proteins at least two hours before your tattoo appointment. You are welcome to bring snacks and food with you.
3. After Your Tattoo
Once your tattoo is completed it will be dressed and sealed from the environment. Please leave this dressing on until the next morning to give your tattoo a chance to heal a little before being exposed to the outside world and all it's bacteria. Your tattooist will go through our aftercare instructions with you and give you them in writing but if you have any questions or you are not 100% sure if something is normal just drop your artist a message and they will be happy to help. You can also find a copy of our aftercare instructions here