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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's your address?
    FLT is located in the Newcastle suburb at 122 Beaumont Street Hamilton NSW, above the Newcastle Permanent. FLT is an appointment only studio and we do not accept walk-ins. You will also receive the address in the automated booking confirmation and reminder emails from our booking system (be sure to check your junk mail so you don't miss it), to help you find your way.
  • Is your studio accessible for people with mobility difficulties or physical limitations?
    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 mobility difficulties or limitations. 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. Our tattoo beds are adjustable and can be lowered to make it easier to get up, we also have step stools if you need them. Alternatively, we can provide a chair, if the placement of the tattoo allows you to remain in a seated position. We have plenty of cushions to assist in your comfort, and you're welcome to bring your own. If you would like us to organise an appointment for you in an alternate space, if you need assistance or have any questions please don't hesitate to email us. It is important to FLT that we be as inclusive and accessible as possible.
  • How do you accommodate neurodivergent folks needs?
    Noise: Being an open plan studio, at times there can be multiple conversations, noise or distractions in the studio, while we cannot prevent the noise, we can do our best to help you feel comfortable. We can provide you with earplugs to wear or you're welcome to bring your own. Please let us know via email before your appointment, or when you arrive, if you'd prefer minimal conversation during your appointment. We are happy to talk as little or as much is comfortable. Some of our artists are also neurodivergent and can find it easier to focus with out conversation too. If so, they may discuss boundaries and needs at the beginning of the appointment or via email. Visual: The lights in the studio can be very bright, this is so our artists can see clearly while they work, if you are sensitive to lights, we recommend bringing a pair of sunglasses or other eye protection. We can also put up some screens to minimise visual distractions. Contact: We do all bookings and inquiries via email and do not accept walk-ins, this is the system that works best for our artists and studio. If you prefer to discuss your design idea and booking in person, you can ask your artist for a consultation. Please keep in mind that not all of our artists are able to offer consultations in person due to their schedules and others may charge a consultation fee or require a deposit in advance. Other: You're welcome to bring a book to read, or an iPad to watch a movie, or listen to your own music, some folks find these distractions helpful. If you listen to music, podcasts, movies, or other noises please wear headphones/earbuds so your artist isn't distracted. You may also like to bring your own pillow, blanket, sensory/fidget toys etc to assist in your comfort. If you'd like an appointment on a quiet day at the studio, so there is less people and less noise, please let your artist know, but keep in mind that you will need to be more flexible on days and times. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how we can accommodate you, please don't hesitate to email your artist or the studio to flttattoostudio@gmail.com.
  • Can I bring someone while I get tattooed?
    At FLT we ask that you come alone to your appointment to ensure that our studio does not get overly crowded or noisy. Minimising visitors also allows us to observe physical distancing, as suggested by Government health agencies, and helps us keep the studio a calm and comfortable environment. We cannot accommodate children and babies in the studio for health and safety reasons. The exception to this rule, is if you require an aide, interpreter or similar. If you need someone to accompany you to your appointment, please email the studio to flttattoostudio@gmail.com or email your artist directly, this must be organised in advance.
  • 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. Our artists will not tattoo an underage person for any reason. It is our opinion that a young person cannot fully consent and we do not feel comfortable tattooing them. To our knowledge, a tattoo studio in Australia cannot be licenced or insured to tattoo an underage person and the laws surrounding it indicate that it is potentially illegal, or at least a grey area. Our artists reserve the right to refuse work.
  • 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, harming the baby. For this reason it is best to avoid getting tattooed early on during breastfeeding as well. Though our artists are happy to tattoo a person who is breastfeeding, as long as you are aware of the risks involved and agree that our artists are not liable for said risks. We suggest speaking with your doctor before getting in touch.
  • 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. Please keep in mind that at FLT we strive towards creating a safe and inclusive feminist space. Our artists are required to treat everyone with respect and kindness and we expect the same from our clients and visitors to the studio. Anyone refusing to treat our artists or other clients with respect will be told to leave. We DO NOT tolerate any inappropriate behaviour in the studio and we DO NOT tolerate sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, body shaming or other forms of bigotry, at any time.
  • 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. We try to recycle non-contaminated waste and do everything possible to minimise our footprint, while offering a high standard, safe and hygienic service.
  • Is your studio licensed, 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. FLT and its artists are licensed under NSW state law. The studio operator licence number is 010570. FLT is fully insured and council approved.
  • What is your COVID policy?
    In accordance with NSW Health regulations, we will continue to maintain a high standard of hygiene and safety and follow state recommended guideline. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of everyone who enters the studio, and we feel this is best achieved by cooperation and prioritising community. We ask that you follow our staff’s directions in relation to COVID safety procedure and respect our studios policies. Only the person scheduled for a tattoo will be admitted to the studio, unless an aide or carer is required. We ask that all visitors to the studio practice social distancing rule with other clients and that you arrive to your appointment on time. All staff will be regularly screened and adhere to strict COVID safety guidelines. You are welcome to wear a mask, though it is not currently required. If you are at high risk and would feel more comfortable with your artist wearing a mask, please let us know, but keep in mind that we cannot ask other clients and their artists to wear a mask. We encourage clients to be transparent about their exposure risk and to contact us immediately to reschedule the appointment if they are experiencing any flu like symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19. We also encourage doing a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of getting a tattoo to be safe.
  • Will you tattoo my design or another tattoo?
    Our artists are happy to use your design/reference images as inspiration, however, they only do original tattoos of their own design. We will not copy a piece that has already been tattooed on someone or that has been designed by another artist as this is considered unethical and a breech of copyright. Please check with your artist before commisioning another person to do the design or purchasing the rights for the design from another artist, as they most likely will not feel comfortable tattooing someone elses design. A successful tattoo design requires an understanding of the techiniques of tattooing and each artists designs their work to suit they way they tattoo. Similarly, if our artists have created a design, they hold the intellectual property rights to that design, and you cannot get it tattooed by another artist without their permission. Our artists have spent many years developing their style and they constantly work to improve it, by doing work of their own design and style/s they can ensure they're doing the best work for you.
  • 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 to expand the possibilites for the tattoo. Cover-ups generally need to be much larger than the existing tattoo and contain a lot of black to ensure the best results. 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. Please keep in mind that some blackwork designs like etching and dotwork and soft black and grey rely on areas of open skin to be successful and generally do not work as cover-ups.
  • 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 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.
  • How do I look after my tattoo?
    Aftercare is the most important part of the tattoo process and it is crucial that you follow only the artists directions as each artist will have different aftercare techniques according to how their work heals. If you have any questions or concerns contact your artist immediately. Aftercare instructions will be sent to you when you fill in the release form at your appointment and can be found on this website. At FLT we recommend two different healing techniques based on the individual tattoo. Sometimes we may use a transparent wound dressing for which you will be given a specific set of instructions (leave on for 2-4 days but remove earlier if the dressing leaks or causes irritation). Alternatively we recommend a more traditional aftercare routine. Both methods are detailed on this website.
  • 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, if needed. If the tattoo has healed badly as a result of poor aftercare we reserve the right to charge a fee for the touch-up. There will be a fee for touch-ups on hands/fingers, feet and head/face due to the difficulty these areas can have with healing and aging. Please be sure to follow our aftercare instructions to avoid issues with healing. A touch up does not include any changes or additions to the existing tattoo.
  • Can I use numbing cream?
    Please talk to your artist before applying numbing cream, as not all of our artists are comfortable tattooing with numbing cream due to the risks involved. We can not supply or apply numbing cream for you. We highly recommend that you speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the risks of numbing cream and how to apply it correctly. Please do not purchase it from an unlicensed seller.
  • 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. Each of our artists have different booking procedures and some may close their books when appointments are full. Please be sure to check your preferred artists Instagram or website for more details before sending your inquiry. If the artist requires a consultation to discuss your tattoo further an appointment can be organised with them. Please be aware that not all of our artists offer consultations due to their schedules and some may require a deposit or charge a consultation fee for their time.
  • 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. If we feel that a design or idea is not suited to our artists style or focus, we will refer you to other artists or studios who we feel may be better suited. There are many amazing artists and each of them will have their own personal style and preferences for subject matter, so there is an artist for everyone.
  • 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. If it has been 3 weeks or more and you have not heard back from your artist, please feel free to email again, as we may not have recieved it or it may have been missed in the junk folder. DO NOT contact the artist or studio via social media to follow up on emails. We arrange all bookings and inquiries via EMAIL ONLY.
  • Do I need to pay a deposit?
    A deposit is required to secure all bookings, the amount will depend on the artist and booking, starting at $100. Your artist will let you know how much to pay for your deposit, please pay only the amount requested by the artist. A deposit request will be sent to you from our scheduling software, be sure to check you junk folder if you do not receive it. If a deposit is not paid within 72 hours of receiving the confirmation email, the appointment may be cancelled. Deposits are non-refundable, non-transferable and may be used to cover the drawing fee at the artists discretion. Deposits will be kept in the system and carried on until the final appointment of the tattoo. After the design has been discussed and a date decided you will be sent an email with the appointment details, a link to pay the deposit and our terms and conditions. Please do not pay a deposit until your artists sends you this email, we do not accept deposits via PayPal or cash. The deposit is not refundable in the event of your artists being prevented, by illness or injury, from working on the day of the booking, but your deposit will be rolled over until a later appointment date. The deposit is not refundable if COVID-19 or related restricions prevent you or your artist from attending the booking, but your deposit will be rolled over until a later appointment date.
  • 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 only before your deposit is lost. If you need to reschedule, please give your artist as much notice as possible and contact them via email. We understand that things can come up that prevent you from attending your appointment and we are happy to discuss your situation. But as this is a business, we do need uphold our policies, terms and conditions in most cases.
  • 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. If you change your mind about the design after your appointment is booked, you may be required to pay a drawing fee if the artist has already begun work on the design. If you change your mind about the design within 72 hours of your appointment, the deposit may be lost. This is to allow artists sufficient time to plan and draw. The appointment may need to be rescheduled if it can not be done in the same amount of time as the original idea. If you arrive at your appointment and decide not to go through with getting tattooed or are late you will forfeit your deposit, and may be charged a drawing fee, set up fee or for time lost at the artists discretion. We do not want anyone to get a design they are not happy with and understand if you decide not to get tattooed, but our artists still deserve to be paid for their time and hardwork.
  • 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. We ask that our clients trust the artists process and give them creative freedom with the designs. While some of our artists start working on designs a week or so before the appointment, we do not send any designs out in advance. However, it is important that you are happy with the design, so if there are any changes needed on the day, we can change the design within reason. Multiple changes or complete redraws may require a rescheduled appointment and or a drawing fee. Our artists will not tattoo any design that they feel will not make a successful tattoo.
  • 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. A well hydrated body tends to handle trauma better, so it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water in the lead up to your appointment and on the day. Healthy snacks like muesli bars and bananas are great for blood sugar levels during the tattoo. You’re welcome to bring headphones to listen to your own music if it helps you relax.
  • What is your minimum price?
    The shop minimum starts at $200 and may vary depending on the artist, please contact your chosen artist to confirm their individual rates.
  • What is your hourly rate?
    The hourly rate starts at $200 and may vary depending on the artist, pease contact your artist to confirm their individual rates. The timer begins when you are taken to the station, either for the stencil to be placed on or the design to be drawn on. Small breaks/stops are included in the time, though the artist will in most cases pause the timer for a lunch break. The artist may charge a one-off drawing fee of $50-$100 for larger or more detailed work, however this is up to the individual artist. Please confirm with your artist if you'd like to know if there will be a drawing fee. Prices have been set to cover the costs of high quality supplies, a safe and hygienic studio, the time our artists spend emailing, researching, drawing and preparing for the tattoo, as well as the time spent tattooing and our years of professional experience. Prices are non-negotiable but fair and our artists will charge at their own discretion. Our artists work extremely hard to produce the highest quality work for you in a comfortable environment and as such tips are greatly appreciated, though not expected.
  • Do you take EFTPOS?
    While we prefer cash, we do have the option of EFTPOS payments, however, the customer is liable for the surcharge of 1.8%. The cost of the tattoo is determined by the artist and must be paid in full at the end of the appointment. There are also ATMs available near the studio for your convenience.
  • Do you offer day rates?
    Some of our artists may offer day rates, please confirm with your artist before booking. Day rates are NOT a discounted rate (we do not offer discounts). The benefit of day rates, is that you and your artist know in advance exactly what you are paying, and how long you will be sitting for your appointment, so there are no surprises. Here is an example of our day rate costs, it may vary according to the artist so please confirm with them: Half Day (3 hours) = $600 Full Day (6 hours) = $1200 Please confirm pricing and T&C's with your artist, as it may vary for individual artists. TERMS AND CONDITIONS In order to lock in a full or half day rate, you need to confirm with your artist before booking. Once booked in, our usual cancellation policy applies and you will require 72 hours notice to make an adjustment to your appointment. Day rates are a set rate, and there will be no extra fees like drawing fees. If you do not sit for the entire length of the booking, you will be required to pay the remaining allotted time at 50% of the artists hourly rate. This is to ensure the artist is reimbursed for some of their time. If the artist chooses to end the appointment early, you may be charged according to an hourly rate for the work done, but not more than the set price. The appointment time may include: design, adjustments to the design, set up and/or pack down, stencilling or freehand work, photos, short breaks as required and a 30 minute lunch break for the full day appointment. If you are opting for a custom design, there may be less tattoo work completed during the appointment, depending on the time required to complete, adjust and stencil designs. If you are opting for flash designs, you are likely to get more tattooing done in the allotted time, as less time will be spent on design and stencilling. HALF DAY - 3 hour appointment - 1 to 2 small to medium designs may be done in this time, or you may get a small amount done on a larger piece FULL DAY - 6 hour appointment, including a 30 min lunch break - 1 to 4 small to medium pieces, or you may complete one medium to large piece, or get a good chunk of work done on larger scale pieces. - Please note, that you will not be able to get large scale pieces like sleeves or back pieces completed in one session, due to the time that kind of work requires to plan, draw and tattoo. For more information, please don't hesitate to email us to flttattoostudio@gmail.com or contact your artist directly.
  • Do you offer payment plans or discounts?
    PAYMENT PLANS We are in the process of organising Buy Now Pay Later options (BNPL) to offer greater flexibility to our clients and make it easier for them to pay for tattoos, please stay tuned for announcements. Many banks now offer Pay in 4 services linked with their credit/debit cards, so please check with your bank, as we do have EFTPOS facilities available. FLT does NOT offer prepaid tattoos at this time. DISCOUNTS FLT does NOT offer discounts or specials 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. Some artists may choose set rates for some pieces and will advertise accordingly. Please keep in mind that a tattoo is a luxury service and that we are professional artists who have spent many years honing our craft. Tattoos are an investment in yourself, they can change how you feel about your body and it’s important to prioritise quality.
  • Do you sell gift vouchers?
    We no longer sell gift vouchers. Instead of a gift voucher, you could gift the recipient money for a tattoo fund. Alternatively, the studio and each of our artists generally have merchandise or prints available for purchase (please see their Instagram for details). Some of our artists also offer commissions for original artworks.
  • Can I get a quote?
    At FLT we charge by the hour, unless otherwise stated by the artist. Some of our artists offer day rates or set prices on flash. 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. However, 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. Please feel free to let your artist know if you have a budget, they can discuss what's possible within your budget or do the tattoo over multiple appointments to try to fit your needs.
  • Do you sell merch and prints?
    We often have merchandise such as tees or patches and flash or art prints available for purchase both in store and online. Many of our artists also have their own online store, please check their individual website or social media. Items for sale will often be limited run items and we occasionally offer pre-sale on items or fundraiser items.
  • Do you offer artwork commissions?
    Some of our artists offer custom artwork commissions, please contact your chosen artist directly for more information and their pricing.
  • What is your refund policy on merchandise and prints?
    We do NOT offer refunds or exchanges on items purchased either online or in-store UNLESS the item is faulty or incorrect. We package every item ourselves, in-store, and check all items for damage and faults prior to dispatch. To avoid disappointment please check the sizing of any apparel before buying. Feel free to contact us for more information on products to flttattoostudio@gmail.com. If the item you order is out of stock, you will be refunded or given the option to choose an alternative item. In the event of a fault or issue, please email us to flttattoostudio@gmail.com within 48 hours of receiving your item, with your proof of purchase, and we will endeavour to remedy or replace. If a replacement is not available, we will refund the item amount. Return shipping costs will be incurred by the customer.
  • What are your shipping options?
    We offer flat rate shipping on merch and prints: Australia wide: $12 International: $30 Items will be shipped within 5 business days and will generally be delivered within 5-10 business days for Australian orders, and 10-30 days for International orders. Please note that there may occasionally be delays as we are a small business, and if you haven't received your item on time please don't hesitate to email us to flttattoostudio@gmail.com. If your item arrives damaged from transit please contact both us and Auspost, as they are our shipping provider and we will help you follow up and endeavour to resolve any issues.
  • Can I pick up my order?
    Absolutely, we offer an in-store pick up option. You will receive an email when your item is ready to pick up. We will provide you with time slots to pick up the item. Please note that pick ups will only be available on days and times that our artists are in the studio. Pickups will generally be organised between 11am and 3pm on Tuesday to Saturday. We may be able to organise a pick up location if our times do not work with your schedule, however, we will not be able to take responsibility for missing items in that case.
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