DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Appointments are not required, but they are a good idea. We take walk-ins whenever possible, but availability varies from day to day. For custom work, it is best to make an appointment so that we can consult you and draw your design.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Appointments must be made in person in the studio. You can call ahead to schedule a consultation, or just stop by. If there is a particular artist you are interested in speaking with, check their artist’s page to ﬁnd out which days they are in the shop. Please bring printed copies of any reference material you may have. You will need to leave a minimum sFr 100.00- cash deposit to secure the appointment. The amount of the deposit will be deducted from the final price of the tattoo (for multi-session tattoos, it will come off the price of the final session).
HOW CAN I MAKE A TATTOO APPOINTMENT IF I DONʼT LIVE NEAR BASEL?
If you are coming from out of town, you can schedule an appointment ahead of time by contacting us. Please let us know the dates of your trip, what you want to get (design, size, placement), and if there is a particular artist you want to work with. Feel free to send any images you would like us to use as reference.
HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST?
The short answer is, it depends on the tattoo. There is a minimum price of sFr 150.- that applies to all tattoos, no matter how small. Any tattoo that can be completed in a single sitting will be charged at a flat rate that is determined by the artist and is based on the size, placement, and design (complexity) of the tattoo. Larger pieces—anything that takes more than one session to complete—are charged by the hour, at a rate of sFr 200/hour. It is very difficult to estimate how long a multi-session tattoo will take, as it depends on the design, how you sit for the tattoo, etc. Tattoo sessions are usually 3-4 hours long and can be scheduled as far apart as you like, so that the cost of your tattoo is spread out over time. For specific estimates or price quotes, please come into the studio and speak us in person. Please, if you have a budget, let us know so we will keep it in mind in designing your tattoo.
CAN I PAY FOR MY TATTOO WITH A CREDIT CARD?
We accept CASH only. There is a bank machine downstairs.
CAN YOU DO A DRAWING FIRST SO THAT I CAN SEE WHAT THE TATTOO WILL LOOK LIKE
We cannot do drawings for tattoos unless you have committed to getting tattooed by leaving a minimum sFr 100- deposit. Once you have made an appointment, an artist will do a drawing for your tattoo. The drawing will be ready by the day of your appointment, and any changes that you want to make to it can be made at that time. If you want to see a drawing before your appointment date, you may make arrangements with your artist to do so. In certain cases—large-scale pieces and cover-ups, for example—the artist will draw the design directly on the skin with markers.
DO YOU DO TEMPORARY/HENNA/AIRBRUSH TATTOOS?
No. We only make real tattoos.
DO YOU DO ULTRAVIOLET/BLACK LIGHT TATTOOS?
Nope. We canʼt vouch for the safety of such chemically reactive inks, so we donʼt use them.
DO YOU DO ALL-WHITE TATTOOS?
Some of our artists do, sometimes. All-white tattoos are tricky, because itʼs almost impossible to guarantee how they will look. They really only show up on pale skin—remember, youʼre seeing the ink through a layer of skin, so the darker your skin is, the less visible a pale color will be. Sometimes they end up looking weird and yellowish, and sometimes they donʼt show up at all. Sometimes they age weirdly. If you want a white tattoo, just know that itʼs kind of a crapshoot. If you want an all-white tattoo, please come into the shop and speak to an artist in person about it.
CAN YOU FIX/COVER A TATTOO I ALREADY HAVE
We are happy to touch up or rework old tattoos, or to cover them, if we can. Whether or not we can depends on the existing tattoo. The best thing to do is come by and show us what you have so we can let you know what is or isnʼt possible. Keep in mind that a cover-up will always be significantly larger than the original tattoo.
DOES IT HURT?
Pain is relative, but…yes. It’s not unbearable, but it’s not exactly fun, either. In general, it is more painful if your system is already stressed for any reason. If you are sick, hungover, didnʼt get enough sleep, etc. it will probably hurt more. The best thing you can do is get a good nightʼs sleep, make sure to eat and drink plenty of water before you come, and relax.
WHAT IS THE MOST PAINFUL AREA? WHAT IS THE LEAST PAINFUL?
It varies from person to person. The difference between the most painful spot and the least painful spot isnʼt really that big, so you might as well get the tattoo where you actually want it instead of where you think it will hurt less.
ALCOHOL OR DRUGS BEFORE I GET TATTOOED?
No WAY! For one thing, we wonʼt tattoo anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Alcohol also thins the blood, makes it harder to sit still, and turns most people into jerks.
CAN I USE ANESTHETIC/NUMBING CREAMS?
Itʼs ultimately your decision, but there a few things to keep in mind. Numbing creams can change the texture of your skin and how it takes ink, which can affect the ﬁnal appearance of the tattoo. They also arenʼt particularly effective, since they get wiped off pretty quickly as the tattoo is being done. Basically the risks (possibly screwing up your tattoo) arenʼt worth the minimal rewards.
IS TATTOOING SAFE?
Yes. We take every precaution possible with regard to hygiene. However, there is always a possibility of infection if you do not properly care for your tattoo.
CAN I GET TATTOOED IF I AM PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?
We will not tattoo you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding..
HOW DO I KNOW YOUR SHOP IS CLEAN?
We take every precaution possible with regard to hygiene. We use sterile, single-use needles and disposable gloves. All other supplies are either single-use or medically sterilized. Our autoclave (thatʼs a fancy word for sterilizer) is tested once a month by an outside service to make sure it is functioning properly.
STILL HAVE A QUESTION?
If you don’t see your question listed here, please call the studio +41 (0)61 225 9025 or contact us.