Booking and General Information

Thank you for your interest in my work! To request a quote, ask questions or book in, please email leehesketh@launchycat.com, making sure to include the following in your message:

- details of the design: this can mean either indicating the specific piece of flash you would like, or, if you'd like something custom-made, a description of the design you're after and/or some reference pictures detailing the sort of style of artwork you like, any sort of specific symbols/fonts/items you would like included, existing tattoos in the area if we're working around an existing piece, etc. - the more detail you can include at this stage, the better!

- size of the tattoo (in cm or inches)

- placement on your body

Please note:

- Before a booking is secured and any part of the design process can begin, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit (normally between £20-100 depending on the full price of the tattoo), which can be done either in-person or via PayPal (additional PayPal fees will apply).


- After discussing the details with you and securing the deposit, the design stage can begin. The aim will be to send the design to you for approval a minimum of 1-3 days before the appointment, however for particularly short-notice bookings (under 7 days) this may not always be possible. Once you have received the design, if there is anything you would like changed, please communicate this as soon as possible! If your design requires a lot of changes and you do not communicate this ahead of time to allow for scheduling, you may lose your appointment or be unable to get the tattoo done the same day.

 

- Once the appointment is booked, ensuring you arrive on time is solely your responsibility! If you fail to attend your appointment with less than 48 hours' notice or are more than 30 minutes late (15 minutes for small tattoos), your deposit may be lost and you may be required to pay a new one for any subsequent appointments. Similarly, if you fail to attend any free touch-up appointment with less than 48 hours' notice or are more than 15 minutes late, you may lose the free touch-up or be required to leave a deposit before a new booking is made.


-Any exceptions to the terms above are done solely at the artist's discretion.

 

Getting Ready for Your Appointment

Thanks for your booking! Before your appointment, please:

- Visit an ATM or bank if you need cash for the remainder of your payment (minus the deposit), as all tattoo payments are cash only. There are ATMs near the studio, however we cannot guarantee that they will be functioning on any given day, so it's best to be safe and have money ready in advance.

- Make sure you have something to eat and drink in the 1-2 hours before your appointment. If it is a longer session, consider also bringing a drink with you and having some snacks ready for breaks.

- Avoid any alcohol or recreational drugs on or the day before your appointment, as these may impact both your judgement and your body's response to the tattooing process, endangering your health and the quality of your tattoo. The artist reserves the right to turn you away if they suspect you are under the influence of any of the above.

- If you are taking antibiotics, please get in touch and reschedule your appointment as soon as possible for a date after your course of medication is complete. Antibiotics interfere with the healing process and your tattoo could be ruined and your health endangered due to the potential added strain on your immune system.

- If you suspect you may be pregnant or are breastfeeding, please get in touch and reschedule your appointment as soon as possible. Going through with a tattoo while breastfeeding or pregnant can put you at greater risk of health complications and may impact the health of your child!

- If you are on blood-thinning medication, please consider waiting until you have discontinued use before getting a tattoo. If this is not possible, please inform your artist as soon as possible and we will look into whether the session can be performed safely.

- If you have eczema, psoriasis or other irritations or temporary skin conditions in the area being tattooed, please wait until they have cleared up before booking a tattoo session. If you have scars in the area, they will need to be at least a year old (possibly longer; if in doubt, check with your doctor before proceeding) before they are safe to tattoo. Ignoring this risks complications such as your scars becoming more pronounced or the tattoo healing poorly or becoming distorted.

- If you suffer from any blood-borne illnesses (HIV, Hepatitis, etc.), please let your artist know as soon as possible! You will not be turned away on that basis, however it's important to know in case extra precautions are needed

- If you have any symptoms connected to Covid 19 (new and persistent cough, loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever), have recently tested positive on a Covid 19 test (PCR, lateral flow, etc.) or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or exhibited symptoms in the past week, please do not come into the shop. Get in touch via email and we can postpone your appointment until you have recovered and tested negative.

 

Tattoo Aftercare

Congratulations on your new tattoo! While the tattooing session may be over, the way in which you care for it over the next few weeks will also play a crucial role in ensuring your tattoo keeps looking its best and stays with you for a long time.

Remember - your fresh tattoo is an open wound, and proper aftercare and hygiene is critical to avoid infection and ensure good long-term results!

Please read and follow all of the instructions below carefully.


Cling film:

- Leave the cling film on for approximately 2 hours after the tattooing session. Once removed, do not re-apply.

Adhesive tattoo film (Second Skin, Dermalize, Yayo Guard, etc.):

- Leave the tattoo guard on for 3-4 days.

- During this time, some ink and blood may weep from the tattoo, pooling under the film in a bubble that may obscure the tattoo - this is normal, you do not need to do anything. If the bubble leaks, use a clean paper towel to clean the liquid, but do not remove the film unless a large part becomes loose.

- If you notice excess redness or itching start to occur around the edges of the film, this may be an allergic reaction to the adhesive - remove the film immediately and continue aftercare as below.

- After 3-5 days (or if the tattoo guard comes loose early on its own), it’s time to remove it. Running the area under warm water (consider doing this in the shower), slowly peel the film off the tattoo. Try to take your time - do not rip it off or peel quickly as this can irritate or pull on the still-healing skin and damage your tattoo!


Immediately after removing the tattoo film or cling film and then 2-3 times daily, wash gently with soap and warm water and pat dry with a single-use paper towel or allow to air dry - do not use a fabric (bathroom, kitchen, etc.) towel as even clean towels can be home to bacteria! Once dry, apply a very thin layer of tattoo cream or coconut oil - over-creaming can cause issues with healing and long-term appearance of your tattoo, so only use sparingly!

- Keep the tattoo away from dirt and dirty surfaces (including things such as dust, sweaty clothing, other people's hands, animals, etc.) and generally minimise touching where you can unless your hands are freshly washed; if you suspect the fresh tattoo has been in contact with anything dirty, wash it immediately, then apply a thin layer of cream per the instructions above.

- Avoid tight clothing - wear loose or no clothes over the tattoed area until healed.

- Avoid picking at scabs or scratching the area. If itching occurs, a light tap should help soothe the sensation.

- Avoid swimming, baths (showers are fine), saunas, or any other situation where your tattoo is submersed for long periods of time.

- Avoid extended exposure of the tattooed area to sunlight.

- If applicable, avoid overly-exerting the area with exercise - sweat can increase the likelihood of infection, and stretching the skin repeatedly could negatively impact the healing process.


Continue following the instructions above for 2-3 weeks, until the scabs have gone and the skin looks fully healed. During the healing process (particularly in the first week), some amount of swelling, redness and irritation is normal. However, if anything seems out of the ordinary or you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Around one month after the initial session (possibly longer if the tattoo has a lot of solid black/colour or if there are any complications), if you feel that your tattoo needs it, please get in touch for a free touch-up appointment!


For queries or follow-up bookings, email leehesketh@launchycat.com