Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a booking?
All bookings and inquiries to the studio are made via email or our booking form. Please allow up to two weeks for a response as our artists have a busy schedule and may not be able to reply right away.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
A $100 deposit is required to secure all bookings.
What if I need to reschedule?
We require a minimum 72 hours’ notice to reschedule an appointment or the deposit will be forfeited and subsequent appointments will be cancelled. If you reschedule your appointment, please be aware that we will only hold your deposit in the system for 6 months and you can reschedule your appointment once before your deposit is lost.
What if I change my mind about what I want?
We understand that sometimes you can have a change of mind with the design, but to avoid inconvenience and disappointment, we ask that you be firm on the design idea as discussed with your artst before booking.
When can I see my tattoo design?
You will see your design when you arrive at your appointment. Final designs will be drawn on the day of the appointment and our artists do original work in their own styles only. We do not send out designs prior to the appointment.
I haven't had a reply to my email?
We endeavor to reply to every email within two weeks of its receipt, however, as our artists are very busy, this time may vary. Please do not send follow up emails and be sure to check your junk mail for a response.
Am I guaranteed an appointment?
Our artists tattoo custom pieces of their own design and in their individual style only. As we tattoo within particular styles, we cannot accomodate every tattoo request, this is not personal. We all strive to deliver the highest quality work for our clients and it is important to create work we believe in. To see our artists styles and get an idea of the kind of work they do, please visit their Instagram, website or other social media.
How do I prepare for an appointment?
To ensure your comfort during the tattoo procedure consider wearing loose clothing, layers are especially good (keep in mind you may get ink on your clothes). If you can, get plenty of rest the night before and eat a healthy well balanced meal before your appointment.
Is your studio accessible for people with disabilities?
The studio is located on the first floor of a building with a staircase in the entrance. As a result, the studio is not easily accessible for some people with illness or disability. However, our friend Dane at Downunder Tattoo in Maryville is kindly letting us use their ground floor space for any clients who find the stairs difficult to access.
What's your address?
FLT is located in the Newcastle suburb of Hamilton NSW, we do not advertise our address as we do not take walk-in appointments. You will receive the address in the automated booking confirmation and reminder emails from our Setmore calendar system (be sure to check your junk mail so you don't miss it).
I am under 18, can I get tattooed with parental consent?
You must be over 18 years of age to be tattooed at FLT, no exceptions.
Do you tattoo pregnant or breastfeeding people?
Our artists will not tattoo a pregnant person as we feel it places unnecessary risk on the body and foetus. When you get tattooed there is a risk of infection, allergy or other reaction and it can put the body into shock. For this reason it is best to avoid getting tattooed while breastfeeding as well, though most of our artists are happy to after 6 months, as long at you are aware of the risks involved. We suggest speaking with your doctor before getting in touch.
Do you use vegan products?
At FLT we use vegan and cruelty free products wherever possible and all products used in the tattoo process are vegan friendly.
Can I bring someone while I get tattooed?
At FLT we prefer that you come alone to ensure that our studio environment does not get crowded or noisy. We cannot accommodate children and babies in the studio for health and safety reasons.
Is your studio clean and safe?
FLT has strict hygiene procedures in accordance with NSW Heath Department regulations. All needles and tubes are single use and disposed of correctly according to the government standards. We take the utmost care to prevent cross-contamination and have adjusted our procedures to be COVID safe.
Is your studio legal?
FLT and its artists are licensed under NSW state law. Licence number 010570.
Can anyone get tattooed at FLT?
We welcome all people to get tattooed at FLT. Exceptions include underage and pregnant people and people who are under the influence, under duress or unable to give consent.
Do you do touch-ups?
Yes, we do touch-ups. We will do one touch-up for free within six months of the completion of the tattoo.
How do I look after my tattoo?
Will you tattoo my design or another tattoo?
Our artists are happy to use your design or reference images as inspiration, however, they only do original tattoos of their own design.
Do you do micro-tattoos?
We do not do micro tattoos or any tattoo smaller than we feel is necessary for longevity. It is extremely important that our work is done to the highest quality possible for our clients and a successful tattoo is made to stand the test of time. We understand this style is popular but many of the micro tattoos you see online are photoshopped or temporary and in our opinion are not able to be replicated successfully even by highly skilled artists.
Do you do cover-ups?
Some of our artists are happy to do cover-ups, while others are not, depending on if it is suitable to the work they do. We prefer that the existing tattoo is faded or has had laser removal treatments. Cover-ups generally need to be much larger than the existing tattoo and contain a lot of black. If you would like a cover-up, please feel free to email us with clear photos of the tattoo and we can assess if it’s possible.
Can you tattoo over scars?
We can tattoo over scars that are fully healed. The design style and details may vary depending on the condition of the scar, for example, we cannot put alot of detailed lines over scars as they may spread more over time. To ensure the best results, we prefer that the scar be at least 3-5 years old. Deeper scars may require more time. This is important to give the skin a chance to regenerate and settle before being tattooed.
Do you tattoo darker skin?
Absolutely, tattoos look great on everyone and having darker skin does not limit what you can get tattooed. Our artists may adjust the amount of detail in the design, the colour palette and the tonal value to ensure the best results on any skin tone, tattoo size or the body placement of the tattoo.
Do you take EFTPOS?
We are a cash only studio and the amount determined by the artist must be paid in full at the end of the appointment. There are ATMs available near the studio for your convenience.
What is your minimum price?
The shop minimum starts at $200 and may vary depending on the artist.
What is your hourly rate?
The hourly rate starts at $180 and may vary depending on the artist.
Do you sell gift vouchers?
We no longer sell gift vouchers.
Do you offer payment plans, discounts or day rates?
FLT does not offer payment services or plans for tattoos. We do not offer discounts, specials or day rates as we are providing a high quality service. With every tattoo there are many unseen hours of work that go into the design process such as the running of the business and years of experience and skill.
Can I get a quote?
At FLT we charge by the hour, unless otherwise stated by the artist. We generally do not give exact quotes in advance as there are many variables that will effect the time the procedure takes, such as the complexity of the design or body placement. Once the design has been discussed with your artist, they may be able to give you a very rough estimate on the cost or a rough idea of the time the tattoo could take to help you budget.