Frequently Asked Questions

 

Tattoo Appointments

The waiting time, and how far in advance you need to book your appointment will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Which artist you wish to book with

  • The time of year

  • Your own flexibility with when you are free

  • How long your appointment will be

Get a good night’s sleep and eat a proper meal before coming in for your tattoo.  Make sure to show up on time for your appointment.

Absolutely do not drink alcohol or take any recreational drugs. We can’t tattoo you if you arrive in a state of intoxication, and your deposit will be forfeited.

If you want up-to-date information on the waiting list for an artist, or the shop in general please email mmtattoo@iafrica.com or call us on

+27 (21) 423 0688

 

Cost

Our starting price for any small tattoo (no matter how small) is R900.

Tattoos that take less than 3 hours will be quoted specifically for that piece. Tattoos that take more than 3 hours will be charged at an hourly rate.

The cost is dependent on the style of the tattoo, the detail involved in the tattoo and the final size of the design as that will determine the amount of time your artist needs for the appointment.

We can give you a quote via email if you send through your ideas, your preferred size for the tattoo in centimeters and placement on your body.

Some ideas require an in-person consultation in order for us to advise on a quote, which we book via email on specific days and times so as to avoid interfering with the artists’ tattoo appointments.
If you are happy with the quote and would like to go ahead with the appointment, we ask a 40% deposit to secure a tattoo appointment date and time.

 

Under the age of 18?

We will not tattoo anybody under the age of 18, even with parental/guardian consent. It is against South African law to tattoo minors. Apart from it being against the law, getting tattooed at such a young age is a bad idea because teenagers’ bodies are still growing, which will cause the tattoo to distort over time.

 

Hand, foot and throat tattoos

We do not advise getting tattooed in these areas unless you are already pretty covered in tattoos on your arms, legs and torso. These are very visible areas which can cause a lot of attention and can impede your chances of finding employment.

These areas have thinner skin than the rest of your body, making it more difficult to get the ink in between the epidermis and dermis, often causing blowouts (blurry lines).

Even if your tattoo comes out perfectly, the tattoo will fade at a rapid and visible pace. These areas go through a lot. Your hands are involved in daily tasks and constantly being washed, promoting a quicker cell turnover. Your feet are often in socks and/or shoes daily, constantly rubbing up against your feet causing the site of the tattoo to be irritated.

However, if you wish to proceed with a tattoo in any of these areas, you will be given an additional indemnity form to sign acknowledging that you have been warned of the repercussions. Tattoos in these areas do not qualify for a free touch up. If a touch up is required, the artist will quote and we will charge according to the work that needs to be done. 

 

Cover ups

Tattoo cover ups may take up to 2 or 3 appointments to efficiently cover your existing tattoo. Artists are not responsible for any “shadowing” through of older work. A 100% cover up cannot always be guaranteed.

 

Aftercare

Your artist or the person at the front desk will go over this with you in detail at your tattoo appointment. In general, a tattoo will take a few weeks to heal and, in the meantime, should be treated like a sunburn or a scrape.

The bandage your artist places on the tattoo should be left on for several hours at least, as this helps keep out airborne bacteria. Once the bandage is removed, wash the area with warm water and a gentle, non-scented soap. It’s best to use your bare hands for this, and not a cloth or anything else which might be overly abrasive. You can definitely shower with a new tattoo, just avoid soaking it in water (pools, hot tubs and ocean swimming are off the cards for the first two weeks).

After a few days the skin over and around your tattoo will begin to flake and peel – let this happen naturally. Avoid picking at the tattoo or scratching it.  The itching may be really annoying, but it just means your body is healing properly.

 

No piercings done at our studio!!