The purpose of this Studio Policy is to provide information regarding our requirements and procedures as they relate to your visit to Victims of Ink for tattooing. We also want to make you aware of the potential health risks associated with the tattooing process and the procedures we use to minimise risk.
We want you to feel comfortable getting your new tattoo from us and to ensure that your health and safety concerns are addressed. Our policies are intended to help provide our clients the safest, most enjoyable experience possible and a safe, healthy working environment for our staff.
Gift Vouchers are available for purchase at our studio for whichever amount you wish to purchase. Our vouchers are strictly valid for 1 year after the date of purchase and can be used with any artist. Gift vouchers are non refundable, therefore they can not be exchanged for cash or credit.
Victims Of Ink are not liable for any lost or stolen Gift Vouchers.
If you are unable to come in to the studio to purchase your gift voucher we are happy to send your voucher to you once purchased via registered, express or regular post for the cost of postage at your own expense.
Victims Of Ink are not responsible for any late delivery or fault in the postal system.
*We have EFTPOS available at both our Studios and will gladly take payments via Credit Card and Debit Card. Unfortunately we can not accept American Express.
YOU MUST BE 18+ years old to get a tattoo. This is a state law and is non negotiable.
All tattoos require a deposit of either the minimum charge or first hour upfront, unless the artist asks for a bigger deposit. NO EXCEPTIONS.
All deposits are NON REFUNDABLE.
If you cancel your appointment your deposit will be forfeited. If you need to change the date of your appointment we require 72 hours notice, any less will eventuate in you losing your deposit.
Any drawings/ designs remain the property of Victims of Ink studio. If you get something drawn up by one of our artists, only that artist can tattoo it.
You are entitled to a free touch up within a reasonable amount of time (up to 3 months) after you receive your tattoo. The artist who did your tattoo must be the one to give you the free touch up. Any tattoos on the finger, hand or feet are not entitled to a free touch up. No exceptions.
NO SMOKING PLEASE. This is a sterile environment and we would like to be considerate for other clients or visitors to the studio who may not smoke. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the studio grounds.
We are a tattoo studio, not a day care. Please don’t bring children to your appointment.
No one is permitted in the tattoo area unless invited by the artist.
SAFE GUARDING YOUR HEALTH – OUR POLICY
Victims of Ink requires that you be eighteen (18) years of age or older to obtain services at our studio. You will be asked to present a valid, legal ID before we will start work. We do not advocate the tattooing of anyone under the age of eighteen.
All clients are required to read and sign a “Consent to Application of Tattoo and Release and Waive of All Claims” form prior to receiving services from Victims of Ink. Please read it carefully and make sure that you understand what you are signing. If you do not understand something in the consent form, do not sign it without asking for clarification first.
To minimise the risk of infection, our artists do not work when they are ill. We also ask that you postpone your visit to our studio until your are free from any disease that could put other clients or our staff at risk. We want to provide the cleanest, safest environment possible and need your cooperation to do so.
Additionally, tattooing can tax your immune system. If you are ill, it may increase your recovery time and also put you more at risk for possible infection or other health-related complications.
Drinking and Drugs
We do not tattoo anyone known to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and/or drugs will thin your blood, which can lead to excessive bleeding. If you are taking prescribed medications, please tell your artist ahead of time.
If you under the care of a physician for a medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, please tell your artist ahead of time. If a medical emergency arises while you are at our studio, we will be better prepared to handle it.
We do not tattoo pregnant women. Everything that goes into your body can affect your unborn baby. Potential allergic reactions or infections could also put you and your baby at risk. The process may also affect your immune system and its ability to help you fight off infection. You should also delay that new tattoo if your are nursing. We want you and your baby to be as healthy as possible.
Safe Guarding Your Health – Our Procedures
Listed below are some of the procedures we use to provide the safest, most sterile conditions possible for your new tattoo. If you have any questions regarding the tattooing process, don’t be afraid to ask!
All our artists wear standard medical latex or nitrile gloves during the tattooing process.
Inks and Pigments
All inks and pigments used for your tattoo are poured from its universal container into brand new, sterile ink caps. Once the artist has finished your tattoo, the ink caps are discarded in your presence. We DO NOT pour the remaining ink back into the universal container. If you would like to know if our ink is vegan, please send us an email and we can give you the list of inks we use.
We use brand new, hospital-sterilised, disposable needles for each and every client. The artist will show you the sterile packaging and will open it only in your presence. Once the artist is finished with your tattoo, he/she will ask you to watch while the needle is broken and disposed of in a sharps container.
All non-disposable equipment, such as metal equipment, is sterilised following strict health and safety guidelines in our in-studio, working autoclave. Autoclaving is the only form of sterilising accepted in the United States for medical instruments. Autoclave bags are opened only in your presence. If you have questions or concerns regarding the sterilisation process we use, just ask. We will be happy to step you through it.
The artist will usually prepare the area to receive a tattoo by shaving it. We use brand new, disposable, safety razors for each client and dispose of them immediately.
Making You Aware – The Risks
While tattooing is considered generally safe and we take all possible precautions to safeguard your health, there are known risks associated with the process. The Web is an excellent way to research all the risks associated with tattoos and to learn about the things you should look for when selecting a studio. We advise you to consider all risks prior to obtaining a new tattoo from any studio.
You may experience an allergic reaction to the dyes, pigments, and processes used in tattooing. We cannot determine or guarantee that you will not have an allergic reaction. If you are unsure or are concerned, start with a small tattoo first. However, this still will not guarantee that you will not experience an allergic reaction to larger tattoos.
Tattoos can lead to bacterial infections, particularly if they are not properly cared for. Following our aftercare instructions can help reduce the risk of infection. However, if your immune system is depressed because of illness or you have an allergy to any part of the process, your risk for infection is greater. If you have any questions regarding the care of your tattoo, call us!
This viral disease is becoming more prevalent every day. Obtaining a tattoo from a “dirty” studio or from an untrained friend or relative can often be the culprit. We follow all safety guidelines required to help prevent cross-contamination.
Because of the method of transmission of HIV, your risk for contracting HIV from a tattoo is minimal. You are only at risk if you come in contact with infected blood. The only one at greater risk is your artist. We take every precaution possible to prevent the spread of HIV.
Other Things You Should Know
• Skin colour will affect the brightness of colours used in a tattoo.
• Variations in colour and design may exist between any tattoo you select and as ultimately applied to your body.
• Obtaining a tattoo is by your choice alone.
• A tattoo is a permanent change to your appearance and no representations can be made to you regarding the ability to change, alter, or remove any tattoo.
• Health Department Warning: Tattooing May cause scarring, bleeding and nerve damage.
Changes to Our Studio Policy
Victims of Ink Tattoo Studio, may at any time, modify the Studio Policy without prior notification. Recent changes to Studio Policy made by the Staff of Victims of Ink may not be reflected in this document.
If you have questions regarding our Studio Policy, Procedures, or Risks, please visit our studio or contact us using the information provided below.