[an error occurred while processing this directive] art intimidating life: tattoos and art by les rice[an error occurred while processing this directive] - Frequently Answered Questions
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Frequently Answered Questions

Do I need a booking?
Yes. As I divide my time between tattooing and painting, and don't run a street tattoo studio, you will need to contact me via email before we can arrange for you to be tattooed.
How much will it cost?
Of course, I can't price individual jobs until the artwork is finalised, but I should be able to provide you with a ballpark estimate early on in the process. Larger jobs may be priced via an hourly rate.
How much will it hurt?
Tattooing is achieved by placing a small amount of pigment under the top layers of skin which is injected by small, electrically powered pins. Naturally, it causes some discomfort. The amount of pain experienced varies with design placement, and your own level of tolerance. The vast majority of 'first-timers' find tattooing much less painful than expected. Whilst tattooing has it's own unique sensation, many people compare it to waxing or a cat scratch.
Will an anaesthetic be used?
I do not use anaesthetics for tattooing. Whilst it is an effective way of reducing your discomfort during procedures such as body-piercing, EMLA and similar products are PHARMACY ONLY medicines. This means we are not licensed to sell or use these products in our service. We SPECIFICALLY recommend that you DO NOT use these products for tattooing, for several reasons. Firstly, the effectiveness of the product begins to drop as soon as it is cleaned from the skin's surface. This is fine for a piercing, but by the time skin is prepared for tattooing and the stencil applied, the anaesthetic is rendered ineffective. The other, MORE SERIOUS reason NOT to use a topical anaesthetic is that they are intended for single injection sites (ie catheter placement) during which an insignificant amount of the product enters the blood stream. Tattooing makes multiple punctures in the skin introducing far more of the substance into the blood stream. This presents a risk of toxicity. Please DO NOT use topical anaesthetic creams before you are tattooed. Besides, if you can't handle it, you don't deserve it.
How old do I have to be?
Under NSW law, you MUST be at least 18 years of age to be tattooed, REGARDLESS of parental consent. We DO NOT make any exceptions under any circumstance.
How do I look after my new tattoo?
Your new tattoo will be applied to the highest standards of hygiene. It will take approximately two weeks to completely heal, in which time it requires some simple but important care on your part. I provide all clients with full written instructions on after care, as well as a verbal explanation of what is required. We also sell, at cost price, the finest after care products to ensure you get the best result possible to wear with pride for many years to come.
Are there any designs I CAN'T have?
In the interests of social harmony, I DO NOT apply designs of an offensive nature. These include profanities, obscene images, or designs of a racist or sectarian nature. We respect the right of the individual to have such designs applied elsewhere.
Can any part of the body be tattooed?
It is my policy NOT to perform tattooing on the face or genitals under any circumstances. This is based on a long history of seeing people who regret existing tattoos in these areas. Whilst we agree it is the right of the individual to choose to be tattooed in these areas, we reserve our own right not to provide the service. In other words, please don't ask us to make exceptions; we welcome you to find a studio that will oblige you.

If you have any questions which are not answered by this site, or you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me via the feature on this site.

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