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Shopping around according to price…

Greetings lovely people!

So a common theme that we experience in the shop is one where potential clients come in  to inquire about how much a tattoo will cost, even before they’ve finalised the design they want or where they want it etc.  Some folks even go so far as to advise that “a friend got something similar for such and such a price”.

Tattoos are a luxury item.  No one really “needs” a tattoo.  It’s purely a want, similar to designer shoes or technological items.  The fundamental difference is that this artwork is going on your body and it will be there for life.  Call me old-fashioned,but surely, for something you’re putting onto your body permanently, you ought to be driven more by the quality of the end result instead of the price alone?!

Think about it, would you “price shop” your dentist or doctor?  What about a simple cup of coffee?  People seem perfectly happy to part with a chunk of change for a decent coffee but they don’t go into a cafe and ask if the owner will accept a lower price for their product.

The thing is, no tattoo studio can charge any more than the market will bear.  Most professional studios in Wellington NZ have very similar price structures.  Different artists can charge a premium according to their skill, with some able to command fairly lofty incomes from their efforts.  However, if the tattooist is lacking in their ability to tattoo in any way, they will very quickly find their clientele dries up.

So when folks come in wanting to haggle over price, it makes things awkward.  No true professional in this industry is in the game to make a quick buck and is seeking to rip off each and every customer that walks into their shop.  The world just doesn’t work that way.

If you find yourself in desperate want of a tattoo, make sure you’ve got the funds to cover it.  Research your artist, research your preferred studio.  Put a value on what your experience is worth.  Also consider what it might cost to fix up or even cover up a crap tattoo.

It can be hard in this microwave society, where we expect to have all of our wants and needs met immediately, if not sooner!  But a tattoo is not something you should rush into and you should make sure your investment in body art is going to be worthwhile.

Happy days.


No Shows

In the past week we’ve had 3 no shows (for the uninitiated, a no show is when a customer makes an appointment but fails to turn up) and it’s a constant source of frustration for the studio.

It’s annoying that people can behave with such disregard for others when they would be rightly upset and annoyed if the roles were reversed and the artist just didn’t turn up for their appointment.

Not calling/messaging/emailing/smoke signals/carrier pigeon  to advise you’re not going to make your appointment is a really big no no.  It’s just plain rude.  We totally get it that sometimes shit happens and you’re just not able to make it, but a bit of communication goes a really long way in this business.

Artists have lives to lead with all the daily expenses that that entails.  They are only paid for the work that they complete, so a no show has a profound, immediate impact on their income.  It’s often too late to find a replacement customer to fill that slot with no notice, so the more notice that can be given about a customer’s change in circumstances, the better.

So remember your manners people.  Treat others how you would expect to be treated and we can all help make this existence that much more rewarding for all of us ; )

A Tattoo Studio Blog…


So, we’ve been researching websites and social media pages, looking at what’s out there and what the public wants or expects from such.  We’ve decided to do away with adding images of tattoos to our website as it’s far easier and more efficient to direct users to the appropriate links that showcase each artists work as they would like it to be shown.

We will showcase the talent of the many and varied artists who display and sell their wares in our studio.  Particularly as we run specific events across the year, highlighting such talents.

More importantly, we will be regularly blogging to this site, to keep anyone who might be interested, abreast of what’s going on, interesting tid-bits of info that might be relevant to the business and our customers, as well as crazy and weird stuff that we like and/or want to share with a broader audience.

Stay tuned and feel free to share info and insights along the way!