Frequently Asked Questions.


Do you take walk-ins, or do I need an appointment?

We’re happy to take walk-ins when we can, but we can’t guarantee availability. It’s probably a good idea to make an appointment which you can do by calling us on 0122 463 9977 or by using the form here. Consultations with an artist are usually scheduled in advance to allow both you and the artist the time to plan for your meeting. It is best to bring any and all references to this meeting to help the artist understand what you would like to achieve with your session.

Regarding appointments, our artists usually open their books for a set period of time, and if you are successful in securing a session, the appointment and consultation process will start. Through recent experience, spaces tend to go rather quick so we also operate a ‘waiting list’ for people who potentially can take a space should there be a last minute cancellation.

How do I make an appointment?

If want your first tattoo or session with one of our artists, we encourage you to pop in to the studio anytime for a consultation first. This will allow you and the artist the chance to discuss your piece and answer any questions you have. After the consultation, you can schedule your appointment(s) with our shop manager.

New clients will be required to make a deposit before the artist will begin drawing your tattoo, and the appointment will be scheduled. This protects our artists from no-shows (yes, they do happen!!) and will be directly applied to the cost of your tattoo. Just give us a call or stop by the shop to schedule a consultation. When you meet with the artist (don’t forget to bring print-outs of any reference materials with you), we’ll be happy to set up an appointment for you.

Is your shop licensed?

Absolutely, and all of our artists have the required certification. In addition to being licensed, our artists take their stations extremely serious ensuring that cleanliness and sterilization is our top priority.

Can I get tattooed if i’ve been drinking / taking drugs?

Sorry… but definitely not. House rule is that we won’t tattoo anyone who’s been drinking or appears to be under the influence of drugs.

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

We will not tattoo anyone under the age of 18 with no exceptions.

How much does a tattoo cost?

That will depend on how long it takes the artist to complete the work. Our black and grey artists prefer to work on full day sessions as it gives you more time with them to work on your piece. If it’s something really big like a sleeve or a back piece, they are usually done in sessions, usually 6 to 8 hours each, and we can spread those out as far as you’d like, so the cost is spread out, too.

Do I tip the artist?

If you feel like your artist did a good job (which they will of course!) and provided you with what you wanted, then sure, a tip would be not only appropriate, but also very much appreciated – the milky bars are on them!

Does getting a tattoo hurt?

Yes it hurts and the reality is it’s hard to tell you how much it hurts because it varies so much between different people, due to eveyone having differnt pain level thresholds. We always encourage our customers to come to the studio well rested, being hydrated, having eaten something, staying relaxed – the better you’ll be able to sit through your session. You will also be entertained by the antics in the studio, especially the banter between artists so come prepared to have an enjoyable experience.

Can I use a numbing cream or an anesthetic?

Creams can sometimes get wiped off pretty quickly as the artist does the work, so they don’t even work that well. It’s entirely up to you, but please be aware that it could make things a little harder on your artist as they change the texture of your skin and affect how well your skin takes ink. It’s your call, but we’d really advise against it to protect the finished piece – remember the pain is worth the gain!

Is it safe to get a tattoo?

Of course and we take a lot of pride in our having a modern, clean and very well looked after shop. Our artists go through the same cleansing routine with every session and we’ll take every precaution with you. Please be aware, though, that there is a risk of infection if you do not properly care for your tattoo.

Some tattoo after care advice can be found here and during your session or visit to the studio we will be more than happy to advise you on the use of healing creams etc.

Tattoo Aftercare.


This advice is given as a reminder of the advised aftercare for your new tattoo. Getting a new tattoo involves breaking the skin surface so there is always a potential risk for infection to occur afterwards. Your tattoo should be treated as a wound initially and it is important that this advice is followed so that the infection risk can be minimised.

Minimising Infection Risk Guidance Tips:

  • Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking of the new tattoo site to reduce the risk of introducing infection;
  • Always wash and dry your hands before and after handling a new tattoo area;
  • Your new tattoo will consist of an area of tiny skin breaks, caused by the tattooing needles, so it should be kept covered afterwards for at least an hour using the sterile, non-adherent dressing, applied by your practitioner. This dressing is only intended to get you home without the treated area catching on clothing, or being exposed to the air. The dressing will also help to stop any bleeding / fluid oozing, but should be removed before it dries on the treated area;
  • After removal of that dressing, gently wash the tattoo with warm tap water and pat dry with a clean hand towel or tissue. Do not rub or skin will become irritated;
  • If possible, shower rather than bathe whilst the tattoo is healing so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented;
  • Do not use skin products on the treated area that have not been recommended by your operator or are not intended for open wound healing. You may apply moisturising cream 2-3 times a day to assist healing and prevent skin cracking, but avoid petroleum based creams as they may affect the colour of the treated area. There is generally no need to use any other skin creams / antiseptic products and you should not share skin products with others;
  • After approximately two weeks, any scabbing should have gone and been replaced with new, intact skin. The area should be completely healed in a further 10-14 days;
  • Avoid swimming, sun beds and sun bathing until your new tattoo is fully healed, as direct sunlight/chlorine can interact with tattoo dye pigments causing skin irritation and inflammation;
  • Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation to a new tattoo site;
  • Always keep a new tattoo covered and protected if working in a dirty / dusty / oily environment;
  • If you have any problems / queries, contact your tattooist initially. He / she will refer you onto your GP if there are signs of adverse reaction/infection.

Should you have any further questions about your new tattoo please contact us and we will assist where we can.

Yarson Tattoo Studio


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