FAQ

Where are you based??

I work at Purple Rose Tattoo Studio in Bristol, I do work odd hours and by appointment only so if you would like to come and chat please email first!

The studio number is 0117 3300123

And the address is:

56 Staple Hill Road

Fishponds, Bristol

BS16 5BS

I also have guest spots around the UK, the dates and locations can be found on my travel page.

How do I book in?

The best way is to email hannahcalavera@hotmail.co.uk
with:

  • Your Name-
  • Phone number-
  • Subject matter: What would you like to have tattooed? How specific your ideas are or how open you are for me to go crazy on your design.
  • Whether you want it in Colour or black and grey:
  • Style –Realism, New School, Neo Traditional? If you are not sure please include an example or two of tattoos you enjoy the style of.
  • Placement on the body:
  • Size- in inches or cm OR “full sleeve” “full leg” and “full back” and roughly whether you have for example a large or small arm!
  • Length of time you can feasibly sit. Whether you would prefer longer or shorter sessions:
  • Any reference material you have amassed-these could include things like colour schemes, tattoos you like, poses of birds or happy little pet faces:
  • If it is a cover up, a photo of your existing tattoo next to a ruler or an easily recognised object such as a mug or biscuit:
  • Where you are based, and whether you are want to get booked in for Bristol or one of my guest spots.
  • What days and dates suit you best, weekends tend to get booked up super fast so if you can do weekdays you will probably get in faster.

I will reply within a week and suggest a consultation so we can measure the area, have a bit of a chat and take a deposit (this can be taken in cash, Paypal or via bank transfer)

Deposits will roll over until, on the last session-it will be deducted from the final amount.
If you need to reschedule or cancel you must do it 48 hours in advance to carry your deposit over, by phoning the studio, or emailing AND RECIEVING A REPLY within 48 hours of your appointment. Deposits are non refundable but can be transferred if you need to change your appointment.

If you have paid a deposit but have not made contact or scheduled an appointment within 6 months I am afraid your deposit will be lost.

Touch ups

Touch ups are free if you get in contact within a month and have taken care of your tattoo, I will be able to tell if you have picked or neglected it! If you don’t get in contact within a month of having it done, touch ups will be minimum charge- which is £50

How much does a tattoo cost?

The overall cost of a tattoo will depend on a number of factors- how large the tattoo will be, whether it is colour or black and grey, how well you sit, the placement of the tattoo (rib tattoos typically take longer than anywhere else) and the amount of detail in the design.
The best way of getting a ballpark quote is to come in and chat about your ideas, or emailing me with the specific details of your tattoo idea.

However, please remember- a quote is an approximation

the tattoo will cost what it costs depending on how many hours it will take.

How long will it take?

See above, although everyone’s skin is different so time will vary from person to person, it also depends on how well you can sit for it. If you take lots of breaks or move a lot it will take longer. However, I am quite a fast tattoo artist.

How long is a day session?

A day’s tattoo session is around 5-7 hours of actual tattooing time and it starts at 11am. Because it is a set price it is the best value for money, however if you don’t sit for the whole amount of time you will still be charged for the day so make sure you can sit before booking. For the day sessions I recommend that you come prepared with lots of food, painkillers, comfortable clothes and anything you want to keep you entertained (books etc) it is a very chilled out environment so some people even wear pyjamas and bring pillows!

When can I get my tattoo?

Currently I have a wait of around 2 months but may be able to fit you in to the odd space, so it’s best to email or keep an eye on my Facebook page or Instagram

I want a tattoo by you but you have recommended I go to
someone else – why?

I want you to get the best tattoo you could possibly get and therefore if I
feel that someone else is more specialised in the style and subject matter
that you’ve requested I will be honest and tell you. Tattoo artists have their own artistic style and direction they want to work with and if you research your artist well you will
relate to their work. You need to choose someone who is on the same wavelength and an artist you can trust with your design.

If you wanted a full colour sleeve you would not ask a person who specialised in script and blackwork to do your tattoo, similarly if you ask me for something you see no examples of in my portfolio (eg- tribal, script, stars)- please don’t be offended if I refer you to someone else.

Is there anything you won’t tattoo?

Yes, anything that doesn’t sound like it will fit my style of work. Also faces, genitalia, hands (this includes finger tattoos), necks (unless you have a huge amount of tattoo coverage) and anything which is racist or horribly offensive. White ink only tattoos do not heal or age well so I won’t do those either I’m afraid. But I do love to tattoo most other things so feel free to email me your ideas, especially if they’re unusual!

Can you sketch something before I book in?

Sorry but as I’m so busy I will always take bookings and a deposit
before I start the drawing process. Once you have booked in though, I usually draw things up a week or so in advance depending on how busy I am. A lot of the time now I freehand on with sharpies on the day of the tattoo as I find it fits the body better.

Can you send me the design?

This is a tricky one, sometimes I can upload a low resolution sketch of your tattoo to facebook or Instragram but the majority of the time I am too busy to do this. If it is a large piece then you are welcome to pop in and see it closer to the time of the tattoo  but I’m used to people trusting me to do what I think is going to work best as a tattooist. Especially as I tend to freehand on a lot of the design with skin markers on the day. If you need to see what it looks like step by step then I am probably not the tattooist for you. However if you like my portfolio, are confident in vocalising your ideas at the time of initial consult and are happy to put your trust in me then I guarantee I will put 100% of my time and effort into your design and making the best tattoo for you.

I want this exact tattoo that I’ve seen in a magazine/on a celeb/
found on the internet…

I’m afraid I only do custom tattoos; However I can take your idea and redraw it in my style so it’s still the same idea but a one off custom piece.
If you go to a good tattoo artist you will always get the best results if you let them interpret your idea rather than copy.

I have a tattoo I want covering- can you do it?

Yes, I love doing cover ups! I usually will need to see your original tattoo in person to see if it is possible. Sometimes you may need to have laser treatment, but I won’t recommend it if you don’t need it.
Certain subject matters can cover old tattoos better than others but we can
discuss what you want the final result during a consultation.

How old do you have to be?

18, it is illegal to tattoo someone under the age of 18 no matter what. Any tattooist willing to tattoo a minor is not going to be a good artist or have great ethics so are best avoided! I have covered and lasered so many tattoos that people have gotten underage, sometimes because tastes have changed but mostly because the tattoos were done so badly the person has hated it almost immediately (but then had to wait until they were 18 to get it sorted by a decent artist!)

Can I pay by card?

I’m afraid not! We don’t have a card machine but you can always do a bank transfer.

Do I need to do/bring anything when I come in for my tattoo?

It’s best to be as comfortable as you can, I recommend wearing appropriate clothing that you won’t mind getting ink on (expensive/white garments are not a great idea!) Think about the placement of your tattoo. If you’re getting work on a sleeve, wearing a vest is useful. If its a rib/backpiece you might want to bring a cardigan you can wear backwards to keep warm. If its your legs wear stretchy lounge pants etc.

Eat a good meal before you come in, It’s a good idea to bring snacks and sugary drinks too to keep your blood sugar up.

Does it hurt?

Yes, a little, depending on area and your pain tolerance. Overall I wouldn’t worry,
it is nowhere near as bad as you think it will be but if you are really nervous
about pain management then there are things you can buy. Most pharmacists’
stock EMLA or AMITOP creams and you can buy Dr. Numb from Amazon. Please bear in mind though that you would need to put this on about an hour and a half before your tattoo starts. The numbing effect usually only lasts for half an hour and most people find it can negatively affect the healing of larger tattoos.

Do you have specific aftercare instructions?

Yes, please take a look Here and Here

 

Thank you for reading my FAQs you saucy thing x