Frequently Asked Questions

TATTOO

Do tattoos hurt?


Yes, tattoos do hurt. The pain of a tattoo entirely depends on the individual, the placement of the tattoo and the size of the tattoo. Most clients describe it like scratching sunburn. The best thing to do is not ask your friends advice or believe what you read on the internet. Often it can be misleading and make it sounds worse than it is. Your artist is an expert on tattoos and will be able to talk you through any questions or concerns before your tattoo and give you some great advice on what to expect. If you have a question feel free to email us contact@rtystk.com.au




How much does a tattoo cost?


We encourage people to not shop around for the cheapest price or cheapest hourly rate. For example, if an artist works fast they may have a higher rate but the end result will cost the same as a slower artist that charges less. Choosing a cheap price can cost you more in the long run. The artist could be taking short cuts, using cheaper equipment or ink, or worse they may not be insured or registered. In turn this could mean if something goes wrong you're not covered and you could end up with a regretful tattoo or a nasty blood infection. Our prices varies on the artist, size, placement and complexity of your tattoo. The studio minimum is $100 for small tattoos. For larger pieces such as sleeves we charge by the hour - Our hourly rate is between $150 and $175 depending on the artist. We can also do set prices for set designs or work to budgets. We can give estimated quotes through email or for larger pieces we can set up a consultation with your artist. contact@rtystk.com.au




Why are tattoos so expensive?


It’s a myth that tattooists are rolling cash. It’s simply not true. Think of it this way.. Our hourly rate is similar to a company charge out rate. We only charge this rate for the actual tattoo time. This rate sounds high because it covers everything from admin, bookings, consultations, hours of design time, clean-up and pack-up of the studio, and studio overheads. In many cases, unbeknown to the public, there are tattoo studios that are not registered with the Health Department nor are they insured for public liability. RTYSTK Collective are registered with the Whittlesea Council and the Health Department, and we are also covered by public liability insurance for all clients and artists. We also hold certificates in Infection Control training and First Aid. Our trade is a high risk industry, involving virus' that can infect the blood, which means we must follow strict health guidelines and be highly trained to keep you and us super safe.




What should I do before my tattoo appointment?


Before you come in for your tattoo appointment make sure you have had a good sleep the night before and eaten food within 4 hours of your booking. Bring things like lollies, snacks and powerade with you as well as water. Keeping up your blood sugars, hydration and rest greatly helps your stamina. For long tattoo sittings our artists will include food and stretching breaks to make sure you refuel. Check our our booking information at www.rtystk.com.au/booking




Can I sign a consent form for my minor child to get a tattoo?


It is illegal to tattoo a minor (aged under 18 years) in Australia, regardless of whether consent has been given or not. Artists can be charged with tattooing a minor or in some cases serve jail time. The risks with going to get tattooed by an unregistered artist or even from a friend at a party are very high. Blood and skin infections are very serious and can mean hospitalisation. We often see irriversable scarring on underaged people which is almost impossible to fix or cover. However, standard body piercing can be done on minors with parental or legal guardian consent (guardian/parental presence or legal documentation must be given). We only do genital piercing for persons 18 year and over.




How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?


A tattoo healing time can differ depending on the style and location of the tattoo. In most cases the tattooed skin will mostly be healed (but still be tender) around 2-3 weeks if you follow the aftercare procedures correctly. After about 6 weeks the top layer of skin will be mostly regenerated and therefore be mostly healed. However, the ink within the skin will continue to settle over months, sometimes 6-12 months. Following our easy aftercare instructions will help your tattoo heal the fasted possible. Keep it clean, keep it a little bit moisturised with our Hustle Butter cream and let the body do its thing. See our aftercare instructions here




Sometimes my tattoo gets itchy. Why?


Don't worry. This happens to all of us. The bottom line is that every tattoo we get is microscopically scarred to some degree. The main objective with an experienced tattooist is to place ink under the skin with the least amount of damage to the skin as possible. This involves the tuning of the machine, the type of skin they're working with and finely balancing these two factors together to minimise the trauma. It takes years of practice and knowlegde to master this. Sometimes tattoos can feel raised when they're healing. This again is a degree of scarring and can sometimes show when the skin is warm and when blood flow is increased to the area. Try to avoid scratching it (it only makes it more itchy) and put a little moisturiser or cool water on the area. This will slowly improve over months as the skin continues to heal itself.




What's the best way to heal my tattoo?


We like to keep things super simple. The body is very good as doing most of the healing work for us! The key things for you to do are: - Keep the tattoo clean (Wash with soap and water twice a day) - Keep the tattoo lightly moisurised (Tiny amounts of Hustle Butter twice a day) - Don't fuss over it (Avoid touching, picking and overcaring) More details can be found on our aftercare fact sheets on our homepage here





PIERCING

I think my piercing is infected. What should I do?


Most often what seems to be an infection is usually just irritation. But it's always worth asking about it if you are concerned. Swelling for days or weeks with a new piercing is completely normal. Ice packs can be helpful but you must always be very gentle with your healing piercings. Pushing and pulling the jewellery can cause more irritaion and damage to the newly forming skin. The main aim is to keep the area around your piercing clean by using antibacterial soapy water and thorough rincing. Avoid touching the jewellery and piercing because your hands can introduce loads of bacteria to the area - so always wash your hands prior. Using products like isocol, betadine or teatree oil can sometimes do more harm than good. They can slow the healing rate down because they kiil good bacteria too. If you are concerned, the best thing to do is contact us through email with some photos to contact@rtystk.com.au and Chelsea our piercer will be able to help you out asap.




Does body piercing hurt?


Yes, unfortunately body piercings do hurt. However, the pain of a body piercing entirely depends on the individuals pain tolorence. It is a very quick process so it's over before you know it. We do have numbing cream availiable apon request.




Can I bring my own jewellery to be pierced with?


No. Under no circumstance do we use jewellery other than our own. This is because with piercings we are placing jewellery within the deeper layers of your skin and if bad bacteria or virus enter there it can cause some serious complications or even hospotal time. We sterilise all our jewellery individually in the studio so we know it 100% sterile and clean. We hold high quality 316L Surgical steel, Titanium, Niobium, Rose Gold, Gold PVD, and Black steel, this way you will have loads to choose from.




Can I get pierced with a ring?


Depending on the site of the piercing... Nose - Yes, we use open nose rings which gives heaps of room for swelling durng the healing process. Lip - No, it is not recommended as your lip tends to swell more than other areas where a ring will restrict this and can end up cutting through your lip. Eyebrow - No, this is not recommended as it can very easily get caught and interupt the healing process or be torn out. Navel (bellybutton) - No, this is not recommended as it can easily get caught and interupt the healing process or be torn out.




I am under 16, can any family member sign the consent form?


Only a parent or legally appointed guardian can sign for you. The correct documentation must be presented at the appointment and they must be here in person to sign the form. You can email us directly at contact@rtystk.com.au if you have any questions about what is required.




Do I need to make an appointment?


We encourange clients to make appointments for piercings. We do offer walk-in's for piercings but during Covid-19 we require you to email us first so we can make sure our shop capacity is kept to a minimum. For genital piercings you MUST make an appointment. Email us contact@rtystk.com.au




Should I eat before getting a piercing?


Yes, absolutley! It is always highly recommended to eat a substantial meal prior to your appointment. This regulates your blood suger levels and lowers to risk of being light headed or passing out or feeling sick.




Can I bring my friends to my appointment?


We can allow for one friend or family to come to your appointment. However, they will not be in the piercing room with you during the procedure. Our artists require a lot of focus and minimal distraction to work at their best. Having a second person there can sometimes be distracting and also become a secondary libility if they faint. During COVID-19 we are only allowing the client being pierced into the studio. No friend or family member is permitted in the studio unless they are a legal guardian or are getting pierced themselves.




Can I bring my child with me?


Under no circumstances do we allow babies or children to any appointments, including consultations. Due to past experiences we have found children to be disruptive to artists, other clients and destructive to studio furniture. If a client brings a child to their booking, we reserve the right to turn the client away and forfeit their deposit. This is clearly stated within our studio policies here




How long does it take for a piercing to heal?


Generally it take 6-8 weeks to heal, but this depends on the individual and the piercing site. and if you follow the correct after care methods. Our aftercare info is found here




Do you do piercings for children or babies?


We do not pierce babies under any circumstances. We also do not pierce children under 12 years old. Persons under 16 years old must be accompanied with a parent or legal guardian to sign for them and have the correct documentation with them.




I'd like some new jewellery for my piercing. What do you have available?


Firstly your piercing must be healed before you can change your jewellery. This is because if you change it too early it can cause swelling and irritation causing you to have to remove the new jewellery again and prolong the healing process. We can fit your new jewellery for you for free. We hold high quality 316L Surgical steel, Titanium, Niobium, Rose Gold, Gold PVD, and Black steel. These include diamonties in multiple colours, opal and pearl finishes to name a few. We can also order in custom orders apon request.





REMOVAL

What tattoo removal do you offer at your shop?


Currently we only offer Saline Tattoo Removal. We are looking into adding laser tattoo removal to our shop very soon. Saline removal is perfect for those smaller tattoos like spelling mistakes. It is not suitable for larger tattoos because it must be done in small inch sized sections which isn't cost effective.




How does saline tattoo removal work?


We use a normal tattoo machine with a sterile saline solution. When the saline solution enters the skin it causes it to bleed more than normal. It also causes the ink to be attracted to the surface. As the surface heals it creates a scab which contains the ink that was brought to the surface. This scab will peel off over 2-3 weeks removing some ink with it. This process can sometimes be faster than laser removal with a faster healing process and much more acurate. However, it can only be used in areas of one inch at a time due to the after care. Sometimes laser removal is more cost effective for larger tattoos.




Should I get tattoo removal or can I get a coverup?


Removing a tattoo or at least making it lighter gives you more options with your new tattoo. Doing a coverup can be very difficult and restrictive. It is limiting to what you can cover it with because you must design something 3x bigger and darker than the original tattoo. Black is the only colour that will really cover black. Many photos and TV shows falsly show tattoo coverups that can be misleading. Always look for heals photos of a coverup as this will show the true results. If you would like to discuss your options further you can email us to make a consultation appointment with one of our artists




Do you offer laser tattoo removal?


We are currently looking into adding laser removal to our shop. We are speaking with laser machine suppliers now and hopefully it will be available in the very near future!





GENERAL

Can I bring my friends to my appointment?


Usually we can allow for one friend or family to come to your appointment. However, Covid-19 restrictions means that we have capacity limits within our shop and everyones safety is a high priority. Our artists require a lot of focus and minimal distraction to work at their best. Having a second person there can sometimes be distracting and also become a secondary libility if they faint. During COVID-19 we are only allowing the client being tattooed or pierced into the studio. No friend or family member is permitted in the studio unless they are getting tattooed or pierced themselves. We want to minimise the risk to our staff, clients and the business for our health and to make sure we stay open.




Can I bring my child with me?


Under no circumstances do we allow babies or children to any appointments, including consultations. Due to past experiences we have found children to be disruptive to artists, other clients and destructive to studio furniture. If a client brings a child to their booking, we reserve the right to turn the client away and forfeit their deposit. This is clearly stated within our studio policies located here




Why does it take so long to book in with an artist?


Our studio is currently operating by appointment only during this Covid-19 period. We try to work 1 on 1 with each client to give them a more personalised and specialised experience. All our artists are in such high demand and book out often months in advance because we are the most recommended studio in the area. We are currently not doing walk-in's due to Covid-19 restrictions. There are good reasons why it is not recommended to research for the cheapest price and the fasted booking time – Always research the artist and their quality of work, including their healed work and original designs. To book in, contact us here




What is your business doing about Covid-19?


We take Covid-19 and any viral and bacterial infections very seriously. There are state and local government restrictions in place for our shop. Within Stage 3 or 4 restrictions we are required to be closed until these restrictions are eased. Within Stage 2 or 1 restrictions we must: - follow capacity limits within our shop limiting person to a total of 15 people at any given time - a 1.5m distance kept between persons where possible - staff and clients wear face masks or coverings at all times - staff and clients to give their full name and contact details for close contact tracing - staff to regularly clean and wipe surfaces and furniture with Viraclean beween clients - staff to wear gloves during all procedures - any staff with cold/flu symptoms will be sent home and must get tested and quarantine - any clients with cold/flu symptoms must not come to the shop and email us to let us know. Your deposit will be transfered to the next available appointment after your quarantine.




What is the best way to make an appointment?


There are two ways to make an appointment.. The best way and most preferred way is by email. This is because it gives both the client and artist a running log of all the details of the booking, design, contact details, dates and times, imagery to name a few. contact@rtystk.com.au [Please supply your name, mobile, design ideas, size, body location, images, available days/times] Secondly we have started to take phone calls and SMS. Once we receive a call or SMS we will always follow up any booking by email as confirmation. It can be easy to forget a date/time or a little detail about policies so it is still very important to check your emails. 0434 780 094 [Please CLEARLY supply your name, mobile, design ideas, size and body location] We do not do bookings or quotes through social media. This is because often social media accounts can go offline or a client changes their online name making them very difficult to get in contact with. This has been an issue in the past so we have chosen to not use this method for bookings. General questions however are welcomed.





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