Tattoos

For us to prepare a quotation for you as quickly as possible, please could you provide us with an image (or images) that let us know either exactly what you want, or what you want incorporated into your tattoo. Please also let us know the following details:

  1. Your full name.
  2. Your email address.
  3. Your mobile number.
  4. The size (in cm) that you want your tattoo.
    Note: We need both the height and the width at the widest part.
  5. Where on your body you want the tattoo to be?
  6. Do you want the tattoo exactly like the image you have provided? Or do you want any changes made to any part, and if so, what?
    Note: It would be helpful to let us know in advance if you want certain parts to be removed or added in, colours to be changed, letting or wording added in, for example.
  7. Is this a cover-up tattoo? (If so, please also provide us with an image of the tattoo you wish to cover up)
  8. Do you want this tattoo done at our Glendene studio or our Browns Bay one?

This information can be emailed to us at: [email protected]

If you are not sure exactly what you want, or what you can get for your budget, we do offer free tattoo consultation appointments. Please email us for a booking.

What happens next?

Quotations and Design Viewing appointments

If you have made any changes to the image you provided, we also provide a free appointment for you to come in to view the design and make any further changes, if necessary. Not all tattoo artists do this free of charge, but it is all part of the Living Art service we offer you. However, if you want to take the design away with you before you get the tattoo done, you will need to pay. You will be told the cost of this at the time, and it would depend on the time taken for our artist to prepare the drawing.

After the quotation has been acccepted

As soon as we have prepared your quotation, we will either:

  1. Book you a free design viewing appointment at which you can, if you choose, either immediately pay your deposit and book the appointment there and then for your tattoo, otherwise you can book at a later date within the 30 day quotation period. These are generally only done for more larger and complex tattoo designs.
  2. Or if you have a smaller or less complex tattoo design, or there are no major changes that needed to be made to the design, we can book you in for your tattoo appointment.

*All deposits must be paid at the time of booking unless otherwise agreed in writing by either Robert Donovan or Bex (Assistant to Robert Donovan). [Please see DEPOSITS below.]

Bookings & Deposits

Please note that our tattooist, Robert Donovan, is an international award winner, and is well known for his excellent work. Tattoos are strictly by appointment only; absolutely no walk-ins. As he is an extremely popular tattoo artist, sometimes there can be a wait between quotation and appointment as he gets booked very quickly. However, we are confident that once you have your tattoo, you will believe the wait was more than worth it. We do our best to accommodate your appointment day/time preferences and will work with you to find the soonest one that fits.

Living Art requires a deposit on all tattoos to be made at the time of booking. (See* above).

The deposit required is:
Tattoo up to $200 = $100 deposit
Tattoos between $500 to $1000 = $250 deposit
Tattoos over $1000 = to be advised when booking

This is non-negotiable. It is to partly compensate your tattooist for his time should you fail to turn up

Deposits are non-refundable if you cancel within 24 hours of the appointment time, and no appointment time/date is guaranteed until you have made the deposit and it has cleared into Living Art Tattoos and Body Piercing Ltd’s account.

All deposits must be paid within 48 hours of booking and confirmation of the payment must be emailed in. If they aren't, the booking may be cancelled as we have many people waiting for appointments.

When you make your appointment, we will email you our bank details.

Please use your name/brief description of tattoo in the reference fields of your internet banking.

Very important - please don’t forget to email us proof of the deposit being made.

Confirmation of Your Appointment

When your appointment is booked, we will let you know the date and time. You will also receive an email and/or text message from our automated booking system. Upon receipt, please click ‘Accept’ to confirm this booking. Please note that a booking confirmation does not equal a guaranteed appointment; the guaranteed appointment only happens once the deposit has cleared into our bank account.

Payment Options

To help you afford your tattoos they can be done in stages. We also offer payment using LayBuy, Genoa Pay, QCard, InkPay, Visa, and Mastercard.

Living Art looks forward to assisting you further.

Tattoo Advice

Before Your Tattoo

  • Make sure you eat a healthy meal and get a good night’s sleep the night before you get your tattoo. This will ensure that you are well rested and less likely to feel dizzy and faint while getting your tattoo. When you are well rested, you can cope with the pain of a tattoo much better, and it will make for a more pleasant experience.
  • If you feel you need to take pain-killers, do not take pain-killers containing aspirin as this can thin the blood and lead to excess bleeding which can cause problems while you are getting your tattoo, and also during the healing process. If you need to take any pain-killers at all, standard paracetamol will be fine.
  • If your tattoo is throbbing, taking Ibuprofen will help. You can also wrap an ice-pack in a tea-towel, and hold it to the area for a short while. Do not hold it on for more than 10 minutes at a time as you can get ice burns.

Reasons why you should not consume alcohol before or after a tattoo

  • People often think that drinking alcohol will numb the pain of the tattoo, where in a lot of cases, it actually makes the pain far worse.
  • When you consume alcohol, your blood is thinned temporarily, and it means your blood takes much longer to clot. If you consume alcohol your tattoo will bleed more. When your tattoo bleeds more, it can flush out the ink from your tattoo, dilute the ink, and also make it harder for your tattooist to see what they are tattooing.
  • You bleed faster when your blood is thin, and this will escape from the wounds made while being tattooed. When there is excessive bleeding, your tattoo artist finds it difficult to see what they are doing, and therefore your tattoo’s quality may be compromised through no fault of the tattooist.
  • The tattoo ink can be diluted by the excess blood from the wound caused from the tattoo, and it can dilute the ink and your tattoo will most likely end up faded. Bleeding can also flush out the ink from the area that has been tattooed, and can leave the tattoo looking patchy.
  • Deciding to get a tattoo while drunk is not the best of ideas. You may end up with a tattoo that you regret because you made a bad decision while under the influence of alcohol.
  • When you are drunk, you can’t pay attention to what you are being asked, so you may approve a design you don’t like, the size and placement of it, and you won’t be able to listen to or remember the aftercare instructions.
  • If you are under the influence of alcohol, we reserve the right to refuse to tattoo you (or to continue to tattoo you) at any time during the process and for whatever reason (not limited to excessive bleeding or aggression). If this happens, your deposit will not be refunded, nor will any remedy be offered nor expected without further payment.
  • When you have consumed alcohol, you may still be intoxicated or be hungover, and may be feeling ill. You may also not be able to sit still which is most important when you are being tattooed. If your tattooist has to struggle to tattoo you, then they will either call time on tattooing you, or you will end up with a poor quality tattoo.
  • After getting a tattoo, blood and plasma can continue to ooze for two days after, and further alcohol consumption will thin the blood still further, and you will bleed more. Again, this can ruin your tattoo, and will delay the formation of scabs which means you will heal very slowly and be more prone to infections.
  • Further, while under the influence of alcohol, you could trip and fall, or lose your balance and knock your tattoo which may result in it being scarred.