Black, Bold, Solid – Tattoos & Illustrations
Black, Bold, Solid – Tattoos & Illustrations

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get tattooed under 18 with my parents consent?

No. You must be over 18 with a valid photo I.D. to have your tattoo done. Passport or driving license are also accepted.

Do I need to book an appointment?

Walk-ins are welcome, but in some cases we prefer to work by appointment as most of the work we do is original or custom. Appointments can be made in person, over the phone or via email (if you live out of town).

Is a deposit required?

A deposit of 20 or 50 euros (not refundable) is required to secure your appointment. It can be paid in cash or via credit/debit card. That comes off the final price of your tattoo if you show up for your appointment.

What if I miss my appointment?

Once you have booked an appointment and left a deposit, you must give us 48 hours notice if you can’t make it so we can reschedule it or you will lose the deposit.

Do you charge for consultations?

No. All consultations are free of charge.

How much will my tattoo cost?

This question is generally followed with a response of “Come in, and we will have you talk to an artist”. The tattoo pricing is dependent on many details (ie. size, location, detail, coloring, and artist). Our shop minimum is 50 euros, and all of our artists are reasonably priced.

Can I bring my own design?

Yes. You can either come by the shop to discuss about your ideas or e-mail the designs, references or any details regarding the size and placement.

What are “The Specials”?

The Specials are tattoos that the tattoo artists designs and will put on your body for a very low price just because they really would like to do that particular piece!

How long is your waiting list?

The waiting time for drawing depends on the size of the piece. Drawings can be sketched at the time or take up to 2 weeks.

What are your safety practices?

We strive to maintain levels of cleanliness above and beyond industry standards. We stay updated on the best sanitation practices and preventative measures by taking seminars designed specifically for the tattoo industry. All of our tattoo needles are bought pre-made and sterilized by the manufacturer, and are disposed of in proper sharps containers after single use. We also use tubes and grips (the parts that house the needle during the tattoo) that are single-use disposable, and sterilized by the manufacturer. All of our tattoo inks are bought from companies who are approved in EU and Spain. These companies should be able to present Material Safety Data Sheets upon request of any potential tattoo collector. If you have any other questions about disease prevention and sanitation practices, please feel free to email us or ask during your tattoo appointment.

How do I aftercare my new tattoo?

Tattoo aftercare is so important because you need to ensure your tattoo heals properly (no scabbing, scarring, or lost pigment) that way your tattoo is as beautiful, crisp, and vibrant as it was intended. Tattoo aftercare is very simple, all you have to do is follow a few easy guidelines. While our aftercare instructions are based on years of practical experience, backed by a keen understanding of the skin healing process in humans, we are not doctors or medical professionals. So don’t mistake this advice for that of a medical professional. If you have sensitivities or allergies, let us know before the tattoo. If you notice anything unusual during the healing process, don’t hesitate to contact us or seek the advice of a medical professional. Note that each artist has developed their own slight modifications, so always go with what the artist has described to you during your appointment. After each tattoo session the tattoo artist will explain to you all the necessary process and will also provide a written document to you with all the guidelines.

What do I need to do to prepare for my tattoo?

Make sure you get a good night of sleep before you get tattooed and eat a good meal before you come in. We have insider info to indicate getting tattooed while sleep deprived, hung over or hungry is not a great idea. Comfortable clothes are a must. Make sure you wear clothes that leave the area you’re getting tattooed easily accesible (skinny jeans for thigh tattoos are bad!). There’s also a chance some ink may get on your clothing so don’t pick anything you’re overly attached to.

Are there any health conditions or concerns that may prevent me from being tattooed?

The following conditions may increase health risks associated with receiving body art: diabetes, hemophilia, skin diseases, lesions, or skin sensitivities to soaps, disinfectants, etc.; a history of allergies or adverse reactions to pigments, dyes, or other sensitivities; a history of epilepsy, seizures, fainting, or narcolepsy; the use of medications such as anticoagulants which thin the blood and/or interfere with blood clotting; and hepatitis or HIV infection. Please consult a health care professional if you have any concerns or questions about pre-existing conditions or medications. 

How about pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Tattoos are a permanent form of artwork etched into the flesh and are not without risk. As with piercings, local and systemic infections are the most prevalent risks of tattooing. Already present tattoos, on the breast or elsewhere, do not affect breastfeeding. The possibility of the ink migrating into the mother’s blood plasma and then into the milk-making cells of the breast, is next to impossible. However, it is still possible to have allergic reactions to the tattoo inks. 

Many, if not most, professional tattoo artists won’t knowingly tattoo a woman who is breastfeeding or will actively discourage a new mother from doing so. The theory behind this is that the body needs time to heal the tattoo and it is harder to do so when the body is producing milk. It also lessens the possibility of any infections from being passed on to the baby. A newborn baby is far more vulnerable to any possible changes in breastmilk than a nursing toddler. 

What should I bring with me?

Mostly importantly a valid ID. No exceptions. The second most important thing, a method of payment. We can do cash, credit or debit. 

We also recommend you bring things to keep you busy, happy and distracted. Laptops, Kindles, iPods, iPads, books, are great ideas. Lastly, if you’re sitting for a long session, snacks are good to be handy. There are plenty of local restaurants that deliver, but it’s good to have something to quickly eat. Take a look here on how to prepare yourself for large sessions. 

Do not bring your children in the shop and do not leave them in the car. If you have children, you need to get a babysitter during your tattoo.
If you are sick, re-schedule your appointment. We don’t want to bring your germs home to our families making them suffer because of your lack of common sense, selfishness, or lack of respect for others.

Does my tattoo needs a touch up? 

Less subject matter, at larger sizes, is the general rule for a successful tattoo composition. Success means the ability to withstand the aging process by being clear, bold, and readable at a distance.

To achieve this, subjects within the overall design must be sized large enough to provide adequate space between details, in order to allow the tattoo to undergo its natural aging process.

As a tattoo age it blurs out a bit, losing sharpness, and its colors fade a bit, losing contrast. So if it contains elements at too small a size, or too many tightly grouped details, the overall appearance becomes muddy and cluttered looking.

Therefore, to keep a tattoo looking great for the maximum amount of time, the artist’s design challenge is usually to “say more, with less.” Small elements and details must be used strategically.

All tattoos, whether big and bold or with small “risky” details, will age and deteriorate over time. Repeated exposure to lots of sunlight accelerates this process. The aging effects will simply be more quickly and easily noticeable on any tattoo with a busy design or tiny details. They’ll also be more quickly and easily noticeable on pastel colors than on bold primary colors or dark shades.

Therefore, all tattoos can be refreshed and made new again with a re-work session after 10-15 years. Tattoos that are likely to need this maintenance sooner are any that see a lot of sun exposure, are composed of busy designs full of small elements and tiny details, or that feature lots of light pastel colors.