Getting a tattoo is sometimes a daunting experience, especially if you've never had one before and you don't know what to expect, so here are a few answers to some commonly asked questions.
Do you have eftpos? We certainly do!
Does it hurt? The age old question, tattooing is an industry that has evolved over the years, with newer, quieter machines being made and techniques that are certainly a lot more gentle than they used to be! In saying this, tattoos do hurt, but it is a pain your body can handle, and after a few minutes your brain will release endorphins to help you deal with it. The best way to describe it is like a continuous bee sting, it's more annoying than anything! Your mind set also has a lot to do with how you handle your tattoo, if you sit there and think to yourself how bad it is and how much it hurts, it's going to hurt more, whereas if you do some breathing exercises to relax yourself, bring along some headphones and listen to your favourite music or even have someone there to talk to to distract you will help you handle your time in the chair! Make sure you have a good meal that fills you up just before your appointment, and if you are having a big tattoo bring along some soft drink or lollies to keep your energy up as it is quite a draining experience! Some areas do hurt more than others, but everybody is different and handles the pain differently, what may not be particularly painful for you, somebody else might find troublesome.
Can I get a tattoo if I am under 18 and have my parent's permission? The answer is NO!! In the state of Queensland it is illegal to tattoo a minor, WITH OR WITHOUT parental consent, and we DO NOT make exceptions, not even if your child is only a few days away from being 18, or has already been tattooed at a younger age!! There are hefty fines for everybody involved, and jail time for the artist is a possibility in some cases! If you look under 25 you will be asked for ID, so be prepared, and do not be offended if you are asked.
How long until I can swim/get my new tattoo wet? Our job is to give you a beautiful, top quality, unique tattoo that will be with you forever, YOUR job is to look after it! Soaking your tattoo in any sort of water, whether it be chlorinated water, salt water, fresh water, or even your shower water can have damaging effects on your new tattoo, it is recommended not to have it submerged for more than a few minutes at a time, even while showering, for AT LEAST 2 weeks. Your tattoo is an open wound, you need to keep it as free from bad bacteria as you can, so going swimming in a public pool or lake or soaking in a bath is a very bad idea, and can lead to infection which means you tattoo will not heal to it's full potential. An infection may more than likely result in loss of ink which will leave your beautiful tattoo resembling that of a backyard job! You must be careful even when applying your aftercare cream, always wash your hands before you apply it and if you put too much on your tattoo it will cause your body to develop big, thick scabs, and when those scabs fall off they may take the ink with them.
Can I fly after getting tattooed? This question all depends on where you're getting tattooed, and how long the flight is- if the tattoo is on your back and it's a 24hr flight, you are going to be very uncomfortable! The seats on an aeroplane are not the cleanest of places either, harbouring all sorts of nasty bacteria. You can get a breathable patch to cover your tattoo or if it's too large to be covered with a patch, have a clean shirt you can put over the back of your seat so you have some sort of protection. If the tattoo was on your shoulder or chest for example, you wouldn't have a problem.
How much for a sleeve? The pricing of a tattoo all depends on a few things such as what the tattoo is, where it's going, how big it's going to be etc. Something as big as a sleeve or say a back piece would usually go under our hourly rate ($165 an hour), and the artist can help you work out the design & how many hours per sitting it will take to finish your tattoo, odds are it's going to be a lengthy process, and a lot of it depends on the amount of detail involved- an extremely intricate piece can take up to 20 hours plus! Whereas something more basic and traditional may take a lot less. Depending on how well you sit, you could have your tattoo finished in just a couple of big sittings or it could take several smaller sittings. For singular pieces we will give you a set price, this also will be determined by size, detail and location, the minimum price to get tattooed at Airlie Ink is $120, so it starts from there and goes up.
How do I look after my new tattoo? The Airlie Ink staff will give you the full run down on caring for your new work of art on the day, and if you are still not 100% sure we provide aftercare instructional leaflets at the front counter for you to take home for your own convenience.
If you have any more questions do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help!