Booking, Payment, Process, and Aftercare
Rules for payment, booking and the tattoo process
All appointments require a confirmation fee and design fee before the appointment is finalized. The confirmation fee is non-refundable, and goes towards the total cost of the tattoo. If something comes up and you are not able to make your appointment, be in contact with your artist to find an appropriate solution. Drawing fees are non-refundable once the artist begins the design process.
- The drawing price is included as part of the total price if the tattoo is finished within 12 months after the first tattoo session (or the timeline that the artist and client agree on before the first session).
- Before starting the drawing process we will book a consultation appointment with you to make sure that all details are correct, and that the vision matches that of the client. (for smaller tattoos this may be unnecessary and will be addressed on a case-to-case basis)
- There will be one drawing completed for for each tattoo. If you want more variations to be drawn up or other changes to be made, additional payments may be necessary.
Hourly rates are charged for sessions longer than 3 hours.
One touch up is included in the tattoo price. However, we pride ourselves in providing quality work with the best available equipment and informing our clients of proper aftercare instructions.
When writing a message for a tattoo proposal, please include:
- Short description of the look and feel of the tattoo
- What style you want (we have artists that specialize in different styles, we can help place you with the right person for your design vision)
- Placement on body, rough size estimate and whether you want colors or black & grey
How to prepare for your tattoo appointment
- Do not drink any alcohol or use any drugs within 3 days before your session.
- Do not do any intense workout within 3 days before your session.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning within 3 weeks before your session
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before
- Do not drink energy drinks or more than one cup of coffee the day of
- Eat a big and nutritious breakfast
- Do not use perfume or cologne
- Do use deodorant, and bring some with you if needed
- A drink with high sugar content
- A few sugary snacks
- A good meal (longer sessions allow for snack breaks and one meal break)
- A clean blanket and pillow (optional)
- Something to read or watch with headphones (optional) – tattooing is very difficult and artists are often too focused to chat while the tattoo is being applied
- Comfortable clothes
DON’T bring (this is very important!)
- Your children
- Your pets
- More than one adult person
Congratulations with your new tattoo from White Hill Tattoo Studio! In order for your tattoo to heal as well as possible we advise that you follow the instructions below:
Leave the plastic alone – your artist took care to protect you and the artwork, and you are risking ruining the tattoo if you aren’t careful with the cover. Your fresh tattoo is an open wound, and especially vulnerable to infection. Leave the plastic on for four hours.
Aftercare and cleaning
After removing the plastic, clean the tattoo extra well with lukewarm water and mild anti-bacterial soap that is lower than 4.5 ph without perfumes. Clean the skin until it is smooth. Freshly washed hands are the only thing you should be using to touch your tattoo – DO NOT use towels, washcloths, or anything similar (this could ruin the tattoo).
Allow the area to dry completely before putting a thin layer of healing cream on the tattoo. It is best to use the cream 3-5 times a day until the tattoo is as smooth as the skin around it. DO NOT use vaseline on the tattoo.
It is very important to NOT scratch, pick, or peel the tattoo. Any interference during the natural healing process can ruin the tattoo.
Showers, Baths, and Swimming Pools
It is okay if the tattoo gets wet, but you should never soak the tattoo in the first three weeks after your appointment. In other words, you can take quick showers, but don’t let the tattoo be submerged in water, and don’t stay in the shower for longer than is needed. Being in wet/humid areas for too long can ruin the tattoo, so be extremely careful until the tattoo is fully healed.
Protection from the sun
Even after your tattoo is healed, you must protect it from sun exposure. If you are outside in the sun or will be exposed to ultraviolet rays (tanning salons, solariums, etc) we suggest that you use sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF. Not using sunscreen will cause your tattoo to fade quickly and age poorly.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your artist or the shop. We are here to help.