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WIP – oriental sleeve tattoo

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A good day’s shading on this oriental sleeve I’m working on!

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Work in progress – tiger sleeve tattoo

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Thanks so much to Kerrard for traveling from Darwin for another session!  We’ve completed the top half of his sleeve and are now working on the tiger on his forearm.

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WIP – Raijin tattoo

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First session complete on this Raijin tattoo!  My client unfortunately had a bad experience with having his old tattoo lasered and it has scarred.  If you are getting laser done please let me know and I can recommend a reputable laser specialist for you.

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WIP – Raijin tattoo stencil

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I’ve finished this stencil of Raijin for an upcoming tattoo.  I love creating oriental tattoos, this is going to be fun to work on!

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Work in progress – new tattoo stencil

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This dragon stencil is going to be filling a gap on the back of a client in between older tattoos, looking forward to starting this piece.  Will post more pics soon!

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Work in progress – Sakura rib tattoo

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A great first session on this Sakura tattoo on the ribs, thanks so much to this lovely lady for flying to Melbourne for this piece!  Looking forward to the next session, always love working with cherry blossoms!

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Work in progress – Peony tattoo

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Another session completed on this Peony tattoo which is filling a gap on an inner bicep!  This session we worked on the colour, only a little more to finish off next time.  It’s a little red from today, will post healed pics soon!

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In the studio – work in progress

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When I get a little spare time I love to get in the studio!  I’m currently working on this self portrait and building up the under painting, I’m looking forward to getting back to it!

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What to expect when you get a tattoo

If you’re about to get your first tattoo you might not know what to expect.  Here are some helpful tips:

Firstly, it’s extremely important that you do your research to find the right tattooist for you.  What style to they specialise in?  How much experience do they have?  Look though their gallery to see if you like their style, what is the quality of their work like?   A lot of tattooists heavily photoshop their photos these days so be mindful of that also.  We do not over-saturate our photos so they are a true representation of our work.

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Once you have found the right tattooist for you, it’s time to get in contact with them and email through your ideas.  Give them as much detail as possible so they can calculate how many sessions you’ll need (please keep in mind this is an approximate due to the variables in tattooing).  Including where you’d like the tattoo to be placed, the size of the tattoo and a photo of the area to be tattooed.

If you are having an old tattoo lasered before getting some cover work done, please contact us and we’ll refer you to a reputable laser specialist.

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After the tattooist has established approximately how many sessions you’ll need, then a deposit and drawing fee is to be paid to book your dates (see Terms & Conditions).  We also book you in for a free design consultation to resolve your tattoo ideas, this usually takes around an hour.  Bring along hard copies of your ideas or files on a USB, a tracing of the area on your body where you want the tattoo is taken to work out the correct size.

After the consultation Clare will sketch a draft design, then we’ll book you in for a fitting – usually a week or two before we begin your tattoo sessions.  In the fitting session we’ll make sure the placement and size of the design is correct and make any adjustments necessary.  After the fitting session Clare draws the final stencil ready for tattooing.

If you love Clare’s work but don’t have a design already in mind, she will create a custom made tattoo design for you.  Please note that Clare does not copy any other tattooist’s work.  All of her work is custom and drawn freehand to suit, unless it is from a photo – a person’s portrait for example.

On the day of your tattoo session it’s very important to have had a good night’s sleep and a substantial meal two hours before the appointment.  But please DO NOT:

  • Consume drugs or alcohol within 24 hours of getting tattooed
  • Wax or shave the area prior to the appointment
  • Get sunburnt and/or have peeling skin

If you become unwell close to your appointment (including cold and flu) please contact your tattooist ASAP as they won’t tattoo you if you’re sick.  Don’t leave it until the day of your appointment!

Don’t forget to read your tattooist’s Terms & Conditions as well.  It’s common practice for you to pay by cash on the day of your tattoo session, before they begin your tattoo.

Don’t forget that tattoos are a life long investment.  It’s important to look after them properly (learn how to care for your tattoo here).  Make sure you do your research and find a skilled and experienced tattooist whose style you love, and have a great tattooing experience!

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How to care for your tattoos

It’s very important to care for your tattoo not only in the healing period, but long term to ensure the lines stay crisp and the colour doesn’t fade.  This is what we recommend to all our clients who have a new tattoo:

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DIRECTLY AFTER THE TATTOO SESSION

Thin layer of Bepanthen cream is applied to the tattoo upon completion of the tattoo and covered in cling wrap.  This cover remains on for 24 hours.

3 HOURS AFTER TATTOO SESSION
Remove the cling wrap and have a very hot shower.  Gently wash the tattoo with non-perfumed soap using your hands only.  Gently pat dry the tattoo, reapply Bepanthen and cover with cling wrap for the remainder of the 24 hours.

24 HOURS AFTER TATTOO SESSION
Repeat the washing process and reapply cream, cling wrap is no longer required.

DURING THE 4 WEEK HEALING PROCESS:
– Always wash your hands before touching the tattoo or applying cream.

– Apply Bepanthen cream 3-5 times a day for the first 2 weeks.

– Apply cream twice a day for the 3rd and 4th weeks.  Bepanthen, Hustle Butter or Shea Butter can be used.

– DO NOT swim in chlorinated or salt water

– DO NOT soak in the bath, have showers only

– DO NOT use any soap on the tattoo, except during the washing period

– DO NOT expose your tattoo to dirt, dust, grease etc

– DO NOT scratch or pick your tattoo

– DO NOT expose your tattoo to direct sunlight during the healing process.  This applies to the periods in between appointments if you are having multiple sessions.

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Once completely healed keep your tattoo covered for longevity, and liberally apply sunscreen when exposed to sun.  If you have any other questions please let us know!

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