Tattoo FAQ’s

Does it hurt?

All tattoos will hurt slightly and that is the honest truth. Some areas are more sensitive than others. Our tattoo artists will do their very best to minimize any pain and to keep you as comfortable as possible during your appointment.  You can of course take breaks throughout your appointment, just make sure to let you artist know whenever you need one!


How much does it cost?

Each tattoo is quoted individually – to get an accurate quote please send an email to oldlondonroadtattoos@yahoo.co.uk! Make sure to include image references, as well as an idea of the placement and size in cm, so we can assist you as best as possible.


Do I need to book in advance or can I walk-in?

We accept both pre-booked and walk-in appointments! If you’re looking for a walk-in appointment the best way to check our availability is to pop into the studio or to give us a call on 0208 549 4705! If you have a specific date in mind for an appointment, please make sure to get in touch with plenty of notice.


Do I need to leave a deposit?

We require a booking deposit to secure an appointment for your tattoo, the amount varies depending on what you are having. Deposits are non-refundable; however, they do come off the price of the tattoo. Please be aware that on the occasion of last minute cancellations (within 48 hours of your appointment) the deposit may be lost. If you have any questions regarding our deposit policy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


Do I need to bring ID?

Yes! It is illegal in the UK to be tattooed under the age of 18. Regardless of age we require valid/in date photo ID, either a driver’s license or passport. If you arrive to your appointment without ID, we will not be able to tattoo you and you may be at risk of losing your deposit.


Can I email?

Please do! For all enquiries we ask that you send an email over to oldlondonroadtattoos@yahoo.co.uk before popping into the studio. Please make sure to include your contact information (full name and phone number), along with reference images, as well as an idea of placement and size in cm.


How long is the wait?

The booking process varies from artist to artist and our diary is subject to change on a daily basis. For smaller pieces we are generally able to get you in the diary quickly, the best option is to send us your enquiry via email and we’ll advise you on current availability.


Can I bring a friend with me?

Due to our health and safety guidelines we ask that you come alone to your appointment.


Can I have a custom tattoo?

We are a custom studio and our artists are always happy to design one off pieces. Unless agreed upon prior to your appointment, all designs are seen on the day. If you would like to see your tattoo design before the day of your appointment, please feel free to discuss this with your artist.


I would like my tattoo to be really small, is this possible?

All tattoos will blur slightly over time, no matter the amount of detail. This can mean a tattoo that is too small can become unrecognisable over the course of a few years. Because of this, we will always advise you as to what size we believe will leave you with the best looking tattoo for years to come. If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email!


I’m looking for a cover up, is something you can do?

To discuss your options in regard to covering an older tattoo, we ask that you contact us via email. Please make sure to include a clear, recent image of the existing tattoo, as well as any ideas and image references you have showing how you would like to cover it.


I would like to see a specific artist, is that okay?

Of course! Please mention which artist you would like to speak to in your original enquiry and we will put you in touch with them.


How should I prepare for my appointment?

We ask that you have eaten well within 2 hours of your booking, slept well the night before, are freshly showered and are feeling well in yourself. Please avoid alcohol or any blood thinning medications within the 24 hours before your appointment. If you would like to bring a drink along, please make sure it is in a sealed container. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to have any food in the studio.

It’s always a good idea to arrive a few minutes early to your appointment so you can get comfortable and fill in your consent form.


Can I pay with card?

Yes! We accept both cash and card payments in the studio. If you would like to pay in cash, please try to bring the exact amount along.


How do I take care of my new tattoo?

At the end of your appointment, your artist will take you through your after-care step by step. Each artists recommendations may vary slightly based on the size or style of tattoo. If you are unsure or have forgotten their instructions, please give us a call on 0208 549 4705!