How do I get tattooed at Renaissance?
For custom work, you'll need to come in and see us for a consultation (it's a good idea to bring printed reference ideas along with you). We require a cash deposit when you book in with us, this secures your appointment and it is deducted from the final cost of your tattoo. To read the Terms and Conditions associated with making an appointment, click here.
How do I make an appointment, do I make it in person, online or by phone?
You can make an appointment in person by visiting our Rickmansworth tattoo studio, online or by phone. After discussing your requirements you will need to confirm your intention by leaving a deposit, which you can do in person or online by clicking here.
How much does it cost to make an appointment?
Consultation: It is free to book a consultation, you can book online here.
Small Tattoos: We take full, up front payment on all tattoos that cost under £100, you can book online
Single session Tattoos costing over £100: We take a 50% deposit and it gets deducted from the final cost of your tattoo on the day of your appointment. You can book online
Multi-Session Tattoos: We take a deposit of 50% of the cost your first session, I.e. if you're booked in for three sessions and your first session is five hours, it would cost £600 for the session and we would take a £300 deposit. Your deposit gets deducted from the cost of your final session. You can book online
Do you do walk-in Tattoos?
Yes! We offer walk-in tattoos on a first come, first served basis.
How old must I be to get a tattoo?
The Tattooing of Minors Act (1969) States that: 'It shall be an offence to tattoo a person under the age of eighteen'. To read the Tattooing of Minors Act, Click here.
YOU MUST be 18 years of age or above to get a tattoo, regardess of whether you have parental consent. If you are under 18 years of age YOU WILL NOT GET TATTOOED AT RENAISSANCE TATTOO, so please don't waste your time or ours by asking.
If we think you look under 21 years of age, we will ask so see your I.D to prove you are 18 years of age or above. NO I.D. = NO TATTOO!
How old must I be to get a body piercing?
There is no legal age restriction in England to have a Body Piercing. However, at Renaissance Tattoo we firmly believe in age restrictons (for a number of reasons), therefore we impose our own.
We WILL NOT pierce anyone under 10 years of age, FOR ANY REASON.
We WILL NOT perform navel piercings on anyone under 16years of age, FOR ANY REASON.
We WILL NOT perform tongue or nipple piercings on anyone under 18 years of age FOR ANY REASON.
PLEASE BRING I.D (Passort or driving licence) WITH YOU!
To see a list of how old you need to be for differnet piercings, please visit our piercing page,
Please can you tell me about your hygiene standards?
Our studio is immaculate, we clean and disinfect it meticulously, twice every day. We are fastidious about our routine and this even includes disinfecting the wheels of our chairs! Each Artist cleans his/her work area and seating throughly after each client and washes their hands with surgical soap before and after each client.
All our needles are single use; this means they are brand new when they are opened in front of each client. We then destroy them in front of each client after their tattoo/piercing. All non-consumables are ultrasonically cleaned then bag-sealed before being sterilised, We break the seals on these bags in front of each client. If asked we will explain the process and show you the how the colour of the heat indicator has changed since pre-sterilisation. Our tattoo machines and machine cables are 'bagged' with new covers for each client, as are our power suppliies. Our inks are all single use and they are also disposed of in front of each client.
Do you use Vegan Tattoo ink?
Yes, most of our inks are vegan anyway but if vegan ink is a specific requirement, you only have to ask :)
Will you show me your registration certificate (license) and other registration if I ask you?
Yes all our certification is displayed prominently in the studio, as required by local byelaws.
How do I prepare to get tattooed or pierced?
As you would expect, we take hygiene extremely seriously and in return we appreciate that you do too. For a tattooist or piercer, there is nothing worse that working in very close proximity to someone that hasn't paid much attention to their personal cleanliness. If possible, please take a bath or shower and use deodorant before you visit! Wear old clothes that you can easily afford to discard. Tattoo ink DOES NOT wash out of clothing.
Try to eat something at least an hour before you get tattooed and bring something along with a high sugar content such as sweets, chocolate and a drink.
Can I bring a partner, parent or friend with me when I get tattooed/pierced?
Yes, but they will not be able to enter the studio area with you (there are a number of reasons for this).
The only exception is a parent accompanying a minor who is having a body piercing.
Can you offer me privacy?
Yes very easily, you only have to ask.
What are the studio rules?
You must be 18 years of age or above to get a tattoo and if necessary, be able to prove it.
People under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be tolerated or permitted in the studio.
Please do not bring babies or young children with you.
No muddy footwear/ clothing permitted on the premises.
Mobile phones MUST be switched on silent in the studio area.
We reserve the right to refuse to do a tattoo at our discretion.
No haggling on prices. However we will gladly offer deals when our Landlord offer deals on our rent, the Government offer deals on our business rates, utility companies offer us deals on our bills, our suppliers offer us deals on our consumables and when supermarkets let us haggle at checkout!
THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE ABOVE RULES, NO MATTER HOW WELL YOU THINK YOU KNOW US!
What happens during a consultation, what do I need to bring with me?
A tattooo consultation is where you meet you chosen artist and explain your ideas to them so they can interpret them as a tattoo. Please make sure you a very good initial idea of your basic subject matter, what style you want (realism, traditional, black & grey, dot work etc) and size/ placement.
It is very important that you either email reference images ahead of your consultation appointment or you bring them with you on your phone, tablet or in print. Please ensure you have them to hand when you visit (save them in a photo album) instead of scroling through your phone to where you saved them 3 or 4 weeks ago!
This is the perfect opportunity for you to explain your expectations and for your artist to explain what is or isn't possible and why. Our aritsts are all highly experienced and they are in the best position to advise you. Of course they often exceed expectations, hence our reputation!
Once you have agreed on design elements, price and appointment dates/times, the next step is to book in and leave a deposit.
If you pay your deposit in person, you will be required to read and sign our 'Terms & Conditions of Booking', which you will given a copy of (this is also your receipt).
If you pay your deposit online, in doing do you are confirming have read and agreed our Terms & Conditions of Booking'. You can read them
here. Your confirmation email is also your reciept.
IMPORTANT: For your deposit to be deducted from the cost of your tattoo, you MUST show your artist your receipt!
What happens on the day of my appointment?
When you arrive you'll be asked to fill and sign a consent form, this where you agree that you are consenting to get a tattoo and that you understand they are permenant. You will also fill in multiple choice questions on pe-existing medical conditions and any medication you are taking. If we think you appear to be under 21 years of age, we will ask you for your I.D (passport or driving licence) to prove you are 18 years of age or above.
Next you will be shown your design, this is usually just a simple outline drawing that gets printed onto special stencil paper that is used to transfer the design onto your skin.
All being good, you will be invited to your seat and made comfortable before your artist cleans and shaves your skin and transfers the design to your body. The transfer takes approximately 10 minutes to dry, during this time you'll be directed towards a mirror where you can check and confirrm you are happy with the size of the design and it's placement.
You'll also be able to watch you artist set up some of their equipment in front of you. You can be sure that you'll be made to feel welcome, comfortble and at ease throughout the enitre process.
Renaissance staff are all very friendly, sociable and chatty and love to engage in conversation but if you'd rather listen to music or watch a film on your tablet (with headphones on of course), you're very welcome to do so. You can have a 'breather' whenever you like and we have an immaculate customer toilet if nature calls or you need to powder your nose. We supply perfectly sized side tables for you to keep you phone/ tablet/ drink/ sweets valuables on, we really want you to be as comfortable as possible!
Of course if you'll be offered a complimentory tea or coffee but if at any point you'd like another, please don't be afraid to ask!
The next step is the tattoo itself, we fully understand that you're going to be feeling a little nervous we'd like to assure you that you really are in some of the safest and most experied hands in tattooing in the UK. Amanda and Adie (the owners) have 40 years tattooing experience between them.
Good luck and welcome to the club!
Can I use a numbing solution?
We prefer you not to use a numbing solution as by its very nature it alters the skin's properties and can make it more difficult to tattoo you. Every artist reserves to right to refuse to tattoo you if you have applied a numbing solution and if this is the case you can expect to forfeit your deposit if you have to re book. We cannot and will not guarantee our work if you have applied a numbing solution.
How do I look after my tattoo or piercing?
You can find out how to look after your tattoo or piercing by reading our 'Aftercare' page, here.
What Covid-19 precautions are you taking?
WE TAKE COVID-19 VERY SERIOUSLY, PLEASE RESPECT THIS AND OBSERVE THE RELATED LAWS & RESTRICTIONS
PRECAUTIONS TAKEN BY US
Staff are washing their hands for the prescribed 20 seconds with antibacterial soap before and after every appointment as well as every time they leave their workstation or re-enter the building.
Once they have dried their hands (contactless hot-air dryer) they will always use hand gel in front of you.
Staff ALWAYS wear single use gloves for every tattoo/ piercing, they are taken away and destroyed by Three Rivers District Council (who we have our contract with).
All local Bylaws are followed (above and beyond) in relation to governing general Tattoo Studio hygiene and sterilisation (cycles are recorded digitally). These Bylaws are clearly displayed in the studio and we are happy to point them out to you at your request.
PRECAUTIONS TAKEN BY YOU
We request that you attend your appointment/ consultation alone, anyone you bring with you will be turned away immediately. This is because we are minimising the number of people in the studio to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Exceptions are minors attending a piercing appointment, they may bring ONE Parent/ Guardian with them ONLY.
Please do not arrive early for your appointment, this is because we are minimising the number of people in the studio to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Everybody entering the building MUST wear a face covering, there are NO EXCEPTIONS!
If you have a medical exemption from wearing a face covering, PLEASE DO NOT BOOK AN APPOINTMENT as you will be refused your appointment opportunity on the day and you will lose your deposit if you can't be offered your appointment.
You will be expected/ asked to check/ scan in with NHS track & trace.
There is hand gel readily available throughout our studio (including the toilet), please use it on arrival and on entering the studio area. Please feel free to use it at any time.
You will have your temprature taken & recorded on arrival.
You will be expected/ required to fill out a Covid-19 related questionnaire.
PLEASE STAY SAFE!