Tattoo FAQ

It doesn’t matter if you’re a first timer or experienced client – each tattoo artist works in a particular way and you might have questions about the process. Here are my answers to the most common ones – feel free to get in touch for any others.

Are your books open?
At the moment my books are closed.
I avoid booking too far in advance to minimise rescheduling and cancellations.
You can follow my updates on instagram @danielelugli or subscribe to the mailing list to be notified when books are open again.

How is the booking process?
Once books are open you’ll make your enquiry via an online form. Get ready to provide the following information:

• Description and reference images of the design idea (can be photos, illustrations, or other tattoos)
• Approximate size in cm
• Placement on the body
• One or more tattoos by me that you like, as a reference of style

Please don’t message on Instagram since my inbox is closed and I don’t even receive message requests.

I will reply to your request and offer the times available for booking. Once we set a date, I will hold it for one week – If you don’t confirm and make the $100 deposit within this time, the spot will be open for another client. Deposits are deducted from the final price.

I develop the designs on the day before the appointment. I can’t commit to send you a preview before that. We have enough time on the day of the appointment to make adjustments if needed. If you really want to have a preview, I’m happy to have you for a free consultation prior to the appointment so we can discuss and sketch together.

When should I expect a reply?
I’ll do my best to reply within two week.
I like to carefully read and reply to every single message myself. Unfortunately, between tattooing and other commitments, I don’t have much time available for that. 
My reply might go to your spam folder, so keep an eye out for that.

How long is the wait?
At the moment I’m still working part time to finish my studies and we’re still recovering from COVID-19 disruptions, so the booking will remain closed for the year.

But my intention from 2022 forward is to open bookings every 2-3 months. Weekend appointments fill out very fast, so expect a longer wait for those. I occasionally have cancellations and can fit you in on an earlier date – keep an eye on my instagram stories for the latest spots available.

Can I cancel/reschedule my appointment?
You can cancel or rebook your appointment anytime. However, you will only get a refund for your deposit if you give at least 48h notice.

Why can’t I message you on instagram? 🙁
It’s just too hard to keep track of everyone via DM. On email I have a clear, searchable record of every conversation.

How much does it cost?
My minimum charge is $150 for black tattoos and $200 for coloured ones. I usually charge per project, not per hour. For large pieces (requiring 6+ hours of work) my hourly rate is $180. The price will depend on size and, especially, complexity. I’ll give you a quote upon booking and be aware that the price might change on the day of the appointment in case of adjustments to the design.

Please keep in mind that even a small tattoo requires materials, time and skill to design and execute – so half the size does not mean half the price! In fact, some small tattoos are harder to execute than bigger ones.

How can I pay?
I accept cash, card or bank transfer.

Why do I have to make a deposit?
Unfortunately last minute cancellations and no-shows can occur. When these happen, we waste our time preparing the design and miss the opportunity to book other clients. The deposits are there to make sure the client is committed to the appointment and to partially make up for our time in case they aren’t. Please remember that tattoo artists don’t have a fixed wage, we earn by tattoos done.

Can I see my design before the appointment?
I only work on the design a couple days before the appointment. Unfortunately I can’t commit to work on your design earlier than that or send you a preview because:

1. I have to work on the designs for the clients booked before you 
2. It’s unpaid work in case of last minute cancellation 
3. It’s wasted time in case you change your mind about the design idea
4. Unfortunately some clients (not you, I know!) take our original design to be executed by other tattoo artists for a lower price 🙁

If you really want to see and discuss your tattoo design beforehand, I’m happy to have you for a free consultation prior to the appointment so we can sketch it together.

Do I need to have my own sketch or a very defined idea?
No! I ask for a detailed description so I can understand your expectations, but you don’t need to have a set design in mind. I appreciate your trust in letting me create something for you. 🙂

Do you have flash designs?
Not at the moment. I’m working on the idea of having a set of non-exclusive flash designs and one-off pieces up for grabs. Follow me on instagram to keep updated on that.

Do you only tattoo flowers?
No! Botanicals are my specialty, but I’m happy to tattoo anything that suits my style. 🙂 I will only decline a tattoo if I believe another artist would deliver a better result.

Do you tattoo other artists’ work?
I’m happy to tattoo existing artworks as long as we have express permission from the original artist. 

I don’t copy tattoos from other artists – we might use them as references, but I’ll develop my own design, in my own style. If you really want something identical to a certain reference, I’m not the right artist for you.

What is a consultation?
Consultations are free 30min appointments made prior to the tattoo to discuss your design in person.
I usually freehand on your body and/or do a rough sketch so we are aligned in overall size and composition.

You don’t necessarily have to book a consultation – most tattoos can be discussed via email – but you’re always welcome to do it if you want to feel more secure about your decision.

How much does it hurt?
It’s hard to tell because people can have very different experiences with pain!
However, some places are known to be more sensitive since they have more nerve endings – for example: the whole torso area, hands and feet, knees and elbow.

Some placements are not particularly painful, but it can be uncomfortable to sit still in the same position for an extended time.

I don’t recommend getting a big piece in a sensitive placement as your first tattoo, or doing sittings longer than 4-5h. However, pain tolerance is individual and it’s ultimately your choice.

Can I have my tattoo done in a private room?
Our studio is a shared space, but my workstation is very private. We can also put up screens for additional privacy upon request.

Can I use numbing cream before my tattoo?
Yes, but it’s under your own responsibility and you should seek advice from a health professional. I don’t recommend or use any product at the studio.

You’ll likely not need it for a small tattoo. If you’re concerned about a large piece, I’m happy to split in several sittings if it makes you more comfortable.

Do you do cover ups/ fixes?
No, I don’t do cover ups or fix existing tattoos.
Please check with the other talented artists at our studio if they could assist you with that. 🙂

Do you tattoo fingers / ears?
No, I rather not tattoo fingers or ears since these tattoos fade too much and need frequent touch ups.
However, you can check with the other talented artists at our studio if they could assist you with that. 🙂

Can you tattoo over scars?
Yes, if they are already stable in shape and colour. We advise waiting at least 1 year, but check with your doctor.

Keep in mind that the tattoo can cover the colour, but you’ll still be able to see the texture underneath it.
Moreover, if your intention is to hide the scar, a fine line tattoo with little shading won’t do the job.

I suggest thinking about the tattoo as a way to complement or transform your scar rather than disguise it. 🙂

Do you only tattoo women?
No! Most of my clients are women, but people of all genders are welcome. 🙂

Can I get a coloured tattoo if I have darker skin?
Yes, darker skin can be tattooed in colour! It’s just a matter of aligning your expectations to what’s possible to achieve. The colours won’t look as vibrant as they look on lighter skin, but it’s still beautiful.

I do free colour tests if you’d like to see how the ink will heal on your skin, just contact me for an appointment. 🙂

Can I get a tattoo with my parents’ permission if I’m under 18 years old?
No, I strictly only tattoo people 18+ years old.

How do you sterilise your materials?
I only use disposable, single use materials. Non disposables are wrapped in plastic for each client. All surfaces are disinfected in between appointments.

Do you use vegan ink?
Yes, I work with Intenze Ink, Eternal Ink, Hustle butter and Hustle bubbles – all vegan friendly materials 🙂

How should I take care of my tattoo?
At the end of the appointment, I will wrap you in second skin (clear bandage) or cling wrap, if you’re allergic to adhesive.

If wearing cling wrap, remove as soon as you get home and clean with warm water and neutral soap. Do not cover again with cling wrap!

If you’re wearing the second skin, leave it on for up to 3 days, as long as it’s not irritating your skin. If irritating the skin, remove right away and clean with warm water and neutral soap. Warm water and steam will make it easier to remove the second skin, but the are might remain red/sticky for a few days.

After removing the plastic, keep the area clean and use a small amount of aftercare balm 3 to 4 times a day for at least a week. Do not over moisturise or cover with cling wrap! The tattoo needs to breathe to heal properly.
Take extra care of areas like ankle/wrist, that are more exposed and vulnerable to dirt and dryness.

Do not swim for the first week to avoid the risk of infection. Avoid wearing stockings or any harsh fabric too tight over the tattoo.

It is normal to scab and peel. It will look ugly and get itchy – try not to scratch or pick as it might interfere with the healing. Your tattoo should be fully healed in 2-4 weeks (small and fine heals quicker).

How do I know if there’s something wrong with my healing process?
If your tattoo is red, swollen, too sore and feeling hot to touch after the third day, please contact me or a doctor as it might be a sign of infection.

Bleeding or leaking in the first couple days is normal. Scabbing and peeling is normal. Big and/or coloured tattoos might feel tender for longer. Tattoos closer to the joints (ie. ankle, elbow) might take longer to heal as the area is dry and the wound keeps opening as you move.

Will my tattoo fade/thicken?
All tattoos fade and thicken over time, because your body will constantly be processing the pigment particles. Wearing sunscreen and keeping your skin exfoliated and moisturised will help your tattoo look fresh for longer.

Do colour tattoos fade faster than black tattoos?
All tattoos fade over time. Some pigments might be more vulnerable to light exposure, so protecting your tattoo from the sun is always a good idea.

Overall, black tattoos seem to fade less because the dark pigment has more contrast against the skin. Tattoos with lighter colours, such as pink and yellow, will have less contrast against the skin in the first place, so They will look faded more easily than a black one.

Do fine line tattoos blur more than bold lines?
All tattoos blur over time. This process might be more visible in fine line pieces. That is why we advise going bigger if you have an intricate design that might lose definition as it ages.

Why do I need a touch up?
First of all, keep in mind that all tattoos fade over time because your living body will keep processing the pigments.

That being said, each bit of skin is different and some parts of the body are more prone to fading (usually the areas close to joints / hands, fingers and feet). Sometimes tattoos won’t heal evenly due to that difference

Some fading or bits of ink dropping out can also happen when the tattoo is not properly cared for during the healing process.

From my end, if you want a very delicate design, with very fine lines and soft colour or shading, I prefer to work lightly and touch up if needed rather than go too dark and end up with a tattoo that is much heavier than you expected.

In any case, we recommend waiting at least 4 weeks before booking your touch up. The first touch up is free of charge.

What are good tattoo aftercare products?
I recommend Marked! aftercare balm and have it for sale at the studio if you’d like to get it at the end of your appointment. It’s vegan, natural, and Australian-made. 

Alternatively, you can use bepanthen (not vegan though), pawpaw ointment or coconut oil – just make sure it’s a freshly opened jar to avoid contamination.

Do you still have questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact me.