Frequently Asked Questions
Are tattoos safe?
Any puncture to the skin carries risk of infection, but no more than any cut or graze. We put a premium on safety and hygiene. I use only sterile, single use, disposable needles and equipment. Everything that is used more than once, is covered in non-permeable material and disinfected between uses, guaranteeing no cross contamination between tattoo clients. More extreme measures of safety have been put in place due to covid 19, so not only your tattoo is performed in a hygienic environment, but we are creating a space with as low risk as possible during this pandemic.
Does a tattoo hurt?
Due to the nature of the procedure, there will be discomfort during your tattoo, but most people are surprised at how little their tattoos hurt. I frequently tattoo clients for 6hours for their first tattoo without any complaints of pain.
I can’t decide what I want tattooed. Any ideas?
First, you should make sure I am the right artist for you. I specialize in black and grey tattooing and have a particular style that you’ll be able to recognize if you look at my previous work. I try not to choose design subjects for my clients, but try to create an artistic representation of your ideas or themes using my signature style. I work using a clients brief which can either stem from an idea or a more detailed plan.
What kind of inks do you use?
The inks that I use are subject to change, but all of which have passed European standards and are supplied from reputable tattoo industry suppliers. Brands that I regularly use are Dynamic, Eternal and Intenze. All of which are vegan friendly.
Who should not get a tattoo?
It is not advisable to get a tattoo if your immune system is compromised in any way, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have severe allergies, if you have a communicable disease, if you are taking certain medications such as blood thinners or if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You must also be over the age of 18, this is still the case regardless of parental consent.
How should I prepare for my tattoo?
It is advised that you refrain from heavy drinking the night before you’re due to be tattooed and that you are sober for your appointment. It’s a good idea to make sure you don’t come in on an empty stomach. You can bring snacks, but there will be breaks for food with a full day appointment. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes that allow easy access to the area in which you are getting the tattoo, also try not to wear clothes that pinch the skin close to the tattoo area, so the skin is as naturally held as possible. I recommend buying a fresh roll of cling film to keep your tattoo protected during the healing process. I will give you after care instructions when you leave, with my preferred aftercare cream. There are many tattoo after care products that are good, so feel free to use them as long as you have done the correct research.
Can I bring friends to my appointment?
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Matt Roe Studio will not be allowing people to bring friends or family to their appointment.
Matt is currently taking bookings for his current booking period.
Matt charges a minimum of a half day, 3 hours which is £600 including VAT with an additional cost of £200 including VAT per extra hour.
A full day of 7 hours which includes 1 hour for breaks is £1200 including VAT.
Out of hours work is available for Premium customers on request. This is charged at a double hourly rate but would skip waiting lists and closed books.
Bookings can only be made with Matt through the client booking link on this website.
There is a minimum booking of a half day unless booked under tiny graze which focuses on smaller pieces. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable.
Please give at least two week’s notice if you wish to reschedule an appointment, or you will lose your deposit and be asked to pay another one to re-book.
We only accept cash or bank transfer.
We’re restricting clients from bringing friends or family with them to appointments. Everyone in the studio will be wearing PPE and everyone working will be tattooing from their own private room within the studio. We will give you a complimentary face mask as you enter the studio. We have hand washing facilities in every room and sanitizer on hand whenever needed. All normal tattoo hygiene standards will be kept to the premium standard that Matt Roe Studio is known for.