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Tattoo FAQ

Before contacting our support team, we have put together a number of frequently asked questions for you to try and assist you with any queries you might have. If you need further support, please email us at

How should I prepare for my tattoo?

A good breakfast is highly recommended, and too much alcohol the night before is not a good idea, as this can thin the blood. Please be aware we will not tattoo anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Depending on what time your appointment is, please try and make sure you have had something to eat and drink about an hour before.

How long is the consultation?

Due to COVID-19, appointments are 40 minutes long, and a quick consultation is included in that time.

  • Make sure you are prepared before your appointment - decide on the design you would like beforehand - if you need any help, feel free to call the store or email

What should I wear?

Make sure you dress so that you can easily expose the area that you are likely to get your tattoo. Also, the tattoo will be dressed afterward, and we wouldn’t advise any tight clothing going on after this. Tattoo ink may stain clothing, your tattoo artist will do his best to keep your clothing clean. Though there is always a possibility of getting ink on your clothes, so dark clothing is favourable.

Are there any areas you refuse to tattoo?

We will not tattoo the face, palms of the hands or soles of the feet.

Is it safe to swim and sunbathe with a fresh tattoo?

We recommend at least 6 weeks before exposing a fresh tattoo to sun/sea/swimming. This is due to the risk of poor healing and infection.

Will it be itchy? Will it peel? If it does, is there anything I can put on to help this?

Itching is a very normal part of healing a tattoo. As tattoos only break the very top layer of skin it is likely to itch and flake a little. It’s very important to not pick or scratch at your tattoo.

Can I use numbing cream before getting a tattoo?

We do not recommend the use of any numbing cream. These types of creams block your pores and absorb into the skin making it very hard to tattoo. Tattoos done after the application of numbing cream are at a very high risk of fading or “pushing the ink out”.

Is it okay to get a tattoo if I'm not feeling well?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please get in touch with us to rearrange your appointment.

Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn't at 100% isn't a good idea. You're going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won't be able to do if it's already doing battle against virus and bacteria.

I just got a tattoo on my arm/leg - can I shave?

It will take some time for your skin to heal enough for you to shave again and it can vary from person to person.

Can I exercise with a new tattoo?

You should avoid exercise for at least 48 hours. Ink Done Right states that tattoos can take up to six weeks to fully heal. Depending on the size and placement of your new ink, you may want to refrain from working out until the skin is fully healed.

Will my tattoo change if I gain/lose weight?

Potentially, it's more likely if the gain is significant. Your skin is very stretchy naturally anyway so you probably won’t notice a difference in the ink!

Are there any other restrictions for getting a tattoo? 

We cannot tattoo you if you have taken any blood thinning medication 24 hours beforehand (e.g. Aspirin). Taken any recreational drugs or alcohol in the 24 hours beforehand. Are pregnant or are nursing. You must have eaten in the last 4 hours before getting your new tattoo, to avoid feeling ill or faint. We will also require ID to confirm that you are over the age of 18.

How long does it take to heal?

It can be up to 6 weeks before your tattoo is fully healed. You will know when this is complete as the tattoo stops being shiny.

How long does a small tattoo take to heal vs medium vs large?

It does vary in time slightly, depending on the size and how well your skin is taking the ink as some people have softer skin than others.

What can I do to keep it from fading?

Moisturise! Over time tattoos do settle into being matte on your skin so its very important to keep your skin hydrated and always wear an SPF of at least 50 on all your tattoos.

Is there anything I can do to help it heal? What is the recommended aftercare?

We recommend Hustle Butter. It’s a premium tattoo aftercare cream with the consistency of a thick moisturiser, a little bit goes a long way. Your artist will tell you when you can remove the bandage covering the tattoo, once you have done this rinse the tattoo under lukewarm water and wash with a mild soap, we recommend Sanex 0%. - Wash your tattoo with clean hands, using warm soapy water. Rinse the area with cold water and pat dry. - Normal showering is fine just do not soak your tattoo or rub with a towel. - Apply Hustler Butter 2-3 times a day until your tattoo is healed. - Your tattoo will scab whilst healing, do not pick at the flakes as this can cause the colour to be pulled out. - Avoid swimming or suntanning until your tattoo has healed. - Apply high SPF sunblock for the life of your tattoo to prevent fading.

Can I ask for help on what design would suit me?

Of course! We are happy to do consultations to discuss what would suit you best.

What are the most/least painful areas to tattoo?

Everyone is different; What is painful for one person, the next may not feel. Generally, people find ribs and anywhere over a bone to sting a little.

How much will the tattoo fade?

Tattoos age, much like your skin. Over the years and years to come, you might notice a slight depigmentation of the ink however a little moisturiser will usually bring this back to life.

Is there anything I can do prior to my appointment to reduce pain?

Tattoo pain is very minimal, a little like light cat scratches - but it’ll be over really quickly!

Can you do a test one before? (with a pen?)

We have a book of printed stencils that you may hold over different areas if you’re having a little trouble deciding.

Can I bring my own design?

Not at the moment, we have a selection of predesigned tattoos for you to choose from.

How old do you have to be to get a tattoo?

18+ only! This is the law. And we require physical ID in the form of a passport or drivers license ONLY. We do not accept pictures or scans of either.

Can I cancel my appointment? Will I get my deposit back?

No, tattoo deposits are non-refundable.

Are A&M tattoos vegan?

All of our inks are vegan friendly.

Can I bring a guest along with me?

Sadly due to COVID-19 we won't be allowing guests to come along with you, as we will strictly be allowing just you & the tattoo artist into the studio.

Will I need to bring my ID?

Yes, always! We reserve the right to ask anyone for ID in accordance to tattooing laws. If you cannot produce valid physical government issued ID then we WILL refuse to tattoo you.

What will happen during my appointment?

Your tattoo journey with us will look somewhat like this… When you arrive, you fill in necessary forms and choose your design with our specialist staff. During the appointment: your artist will confirm design and placement, show you all the equipment he is going to use is single use and sterile. Then he will start tattooing! He will also explain any necessary risks and precautions.

Klarna is a payment method which allows you to buy now and pay later and is available at checkout. Once you've placed your order using Klarna, you'll receive an email from them within 2 days with payment instructions, you will also receive your usual Astrid & Miyu confirmation email. You'll then have 30 days to complete the payment online.