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Got a question that is not covered under the FAQs? Get in touch with the Skinks crew.

I’ve heard you guys are always busy?

We do get very busy, but more often than not we have time for walk-ins and future appointments. Tattoos are for life and we believe the right design by the right artist is worth the wait, so it always pays to give us a call on 07 854 9616 and lets get the ball rolling with your next tattoo.

What’s your minimum charge?

The minimum charge is $180, this ensures you receive quality pigments and equipment and a sterile setup in the most hygienic environment.

I'm wanting large scale work done, how much?

There are many variables on pricing a tattoo. Size, placement, colours, detail just to name a few. Use the contact form or email us at to get an estimate but if you come to the studio we can discuss in person and give you a quote.

How much is your hourly rate?

If the tattoo will be completed in one session we will give you a quote for that piece. For larger ongoing work we charge $170 per hour of tattooing.

How do I go about talking to a tattooer?

The best way is to book a tattoo appointment online alternatively you can email or call us o n 07 854 9616 to organise a free consult. You have probably looked at our artist galleries and may have someone in mind or we can match you with who will suit the style of tattoo you are after. At this appointment we will discuss your ideas in detail, so we encourage you to bring along any pictures or reference material that you have.

This is also a good time to talk about your budget, especially for on going larger work as this will affect how far the appointments are spaced apart. We will provide a quote and a time frame and at this point we also take a deposit of $50 for every hour of tattooing booked to secure your appointment(s).

Are deposits refundable?

All deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel your appointment, your deposit is given to the artist for time and money lost. Deposit are put in place to both secure your booking and protect our artists as they have bills to pay and families to feed. If you wish to reschedule your appointment, please give us at least 7 days notice, that way, we are able to keep your deposit for that booking. Rescheduling 1-2 days before your booking could mean you lose your deposit and will have to pay another one to secure your next booking.

For ongoing work, your deposit will be rolled over to your next booking and can only be used at the completion of your tattoo. This policy is put in place to again, protect the artists and their original designs, which are drawn for free to begin with.

I need to change my appointment, how do I do this?

We get it, life happens sometimes and you need to change your appointment. That’s ok but please don’t make appointments that you are unsure of keeping. We will send you a text reminder a few days before your booking but this is not the time to decide whether you will get tattooed or postpone. Cancellations within 48 hours of your appointment will result in the loss of your deposit, And if you postpone your appointment more than twice you will also forfeit your deposit. We get that life is really busy and sometimes unpredictable but please understand this is not a hobby but how we make our living, a couple of last minute cancellations can have a major impact on a working artist’s week. We are going to do the absolute best for you, so please do your best for us.

What should I do before my tattoo appointment?

Be well rested, well fed and well hydrated. Make sure you dress comfortably for your appointment too, with the area being tattooed, made well accessible. Make sure you are not drunk, hungover or under the influence of any mind altering substances. This will make the experience more enjoyable for you AND the artist. Ensure your skin isn’t sunburnt and well moisturised.

How do I look after my tattoo?

Remove cling wrap after a minimum of two hours (longer is fine), when you remove the wrap wash well with warm soapy water and pat dry with a clean paper towel. Allow to air dry for a further 5 minutes. Once completely dry, apply a small amount of aftercare cream – either Tui Balm or Bepanthen and cover with clean cling wrap again. Repeat these steps for the next 2-3 days at least 2-3 times a day. After a few days, you no longer have to wrap your tattoo, however, you will need to continue using your aftercare cream until your tattoo is healed (1-2 weeks). Please no swimming or bathing (shower is good) in this time. Avoid picking or scratching your tattoo during the healing process.

If needed, touch ups are free!

If you have any further questions about Tattoo Aftercare don’t hesitate to call us on 07 845 9616.

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1158 River Rd, Flagstaff, Hamilton 3210, NEW ZEALAND

+64 7 854 9616

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