What age must I be to get a tattoo?
You must be 18 years old to be tattooed at Dragon Tattoo Co. If asked you must provide a valid Photo ID or passport to prove your age.
Can I bring my own design?
Yes you can provide your own artwork or references although our artists may have to translate this into an actual tattoo. At the studio we have a huge range of ‘flash’ (pre-drawn) designs you can pick from or alternatively you can browse the internet for a suitable tattoo artwork.
Minimum Rate $80.00 for small Tattoos (typically 30 - 40 minutes work).
Hourly Rate: $150.00 generally for larger tattoos and detailed pieces.
Quotes are generally given on smaller to mid-sized designs but only via email or in person and are a guide only.
Deposits: A standard Deposit Fee $50.00 (non-refundable) applies to confirm all bookings.
Drawing Fee: Standard $80.00 (Further Charges may apply to large or complex designs). If applicable you will be advised by the Artist or staff member at the time of Booking.
Preparation for getting tattooed
Getting ready for a tattoo mentally and physically is important. It is best to get a good nights sleep, limit alcohol intake the day before and have something to eat in the hours before getting tattooed.
Drinking fluid is important both prior and during the tattoo process due to needing to retain hydration and to keep your blood sugar level stable. At Dragon Tattoo Co we remind you to bring a drink along and possible a sweet snack when looking to get tattooed this being especially important for first timers or clients doing longer sittings.
Once you enter the studio on the day of your sitting you will be required to fill out a Consent Form and possibly show proof of age (younger clients). Before beginning tattooing the artist or apprentice will shave the area to be tattooed and apply a stencil of the design (except where an artist draws the design directly onto the skin).
Once the Tattooist has set up their station and has you in the desired position the actual process can begin. At this point it is best that you RELAX, breathing normally and letting your own bodies endorphins do the work of dealing with any pain. Think about it - millions of people get tattooed each year and many return again and again for further work so remember although tattoos can be a little painful our bodies adjust to the discomfort and it can become a very rewarding experience.
During the tattoo your artist may give you some temporary pain relief such as a ‘numbing spray’ to make longer sittings possible and will usually take snack or drink breaks during the session.
On completion of your session the artist or staff member will put a soothing cream on the tattooed area and plastic wrap the tattoo. You should be given either a verbal or printed ‘Aftercare Sheet’ and told about how to properly care for your new tattoo.
Keep your tattoo wrapped for the first day changing the wrapping every 3-4 hours, being careful that the tattoo doesn’t ‘sweat’ in warmer weather. Wash the tattoo with warm soapy water to cleanse and apply a soothing antiseptic cream 3-4 times daily.
It is vital that the tattoo be kept moist with Bephanthen or a Tattoo Balm for the first week. Once the tattoo has initially peeled approx. 5-7 days you can stop using the aftercare cream and apply a quality skin rejuvenation product such as Vitamin E or Pawpaw cream. Continue to apply the rejuvenation cream 3 times a day over the next few weeks.
AVOID the following:
- Rubbing or picking your tattoo - will lead to scarring and secondary infections.
- Direct sunlight on your tattoo in the first 24 hours.
- Swimming in pools, spas or the sea within the first week or two.
- Sunbaking within the first 3 months - will fade the tattoo
- Shaving the tattooed area for at least 3 weeks.
- Tight or unclean clothing over the tattooed area.
- Shoes that rub the tattooed foot area. It is best to protect with cling wrap and remember to air foot and apply cream.
Sterility & Hygiene
The Dragon Tattoo Company utilises very high standards in the studio when it comes to hygiene and health. Our staff are trained in cross contamination prevention and all aspects of cleansing and maintaining a sterilised environment. All our artists use single use needles, inks and each set-up is fully discarded after use.All metal equipment and components if not disposable are scoured, ultrasonically cleaned and sterilised in a hospital grade ‘Siltex’ autoclave which is regularly serviced and maintained by an external testing company.