Frequently asked questions

DOES IT HURT?

Yes and no. Everyone has a different pain threshold and handle pain differently. If you relax and concentrate on breathing throughout your tattoo you will be able to handle it fine.

STERILISATION PROCEDURES

Single use needles only. Needles are discarded immediately after use and disposed of through incineration by a recognised medical waste company, as per government regulations.

All stainless steel instruments that are used go through a strict cleansing routine. They are first cleaned ultrasonically, then soaked in a chemical sterilising bath and finally placed into an autoclave. This destroys all bacteria and viruses (eg. HIV, Hepatitis etc).

The autoclave itself is tested regularly.

Disposable ink caps are used and discarded after each client.

Everything that touches your person is either completely sterile or new.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

R850.00 per hour – R600.00 goes to CHOC and R250.00 to the studio to cover expenses. The cost structure works on the size, detail, amount of colour and area of the body that the tattoo is going onto. We can not quote on a design that we have not seen clearly and at the correct size. Also, please understand that any quote you are given is a price GUIDE and not the end quote until it is drawn up by the artist and ready to be tattooed.

WHAT IS THE AGE RESTRICTION WHEN GETTING TATTOOED AT TATTOO-A-THON?

We do NOT tattoo under 18s and you MUST bring ID with you when you get tattooed so that we can check your age. Parental consent does not change our rules and there will be no exceptions.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO/NOT DO BEFORE/AFTER I GET TATTOOED?

Pre care: * No energy drinks, alcohol or drugs before or directly after you get tattooed.* Don???t apply topical numbing cream to the area as it can affect your skin cells.???* Don???t get the area sunburnt and your skin can???t be peeling.???* It is very important that you eat a meal before you get tattooed???* Bring a coke or some sweets to keep your blood sugar levels up.

After care: Your tattoo will be covered up for a minimum of 6hrs after which you will take the dressing off and wash really well with warm soapy water, using your hand only, pat dry with a clean towel and apply a small amount of SAVLON cream. Apply the SAVLON cream twice daily each day for two weeks while the tattoo heals. NO sun, sea or swimming pools for a minimum of two weeks during healing.

HOW DO I MAKE A BOOKING FOR A TATTOO?

Bookings are essential for the 17 October event day. You can make your booking online here and you will be required to make payment upfront via credit card, debit card or EFT.

OTHER GENERAL ENQUIRIES

For general enquiries please contact us on info@tattooathon.co.za.

For info on your tattoo design or booking, please contact the studio you have selected directly.

We will not copy or repeat other peoples tattoo designs without their consent.

We do not tattoo hands and feet (this includes wedding bands). If you have designs that need working on or any reference that you have collected that needs to be created into a design then you will need to see an artist a minimum of one week before your booking.

Please come prepared for your consultation!??? The sun will damage your skin and tone down the colours in your tattoo so avoid direct sun tanning and use a good blockout to preserve your tattoo.

On a dark skin black ink is a better option as colour will not be clear or very visible (remember that the ink goes beneath the colour pigment of your skin).

We are permanent tattoo studios.