TATTOOS IN BANGKOK, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Frequently Asked Questions about Tattoos in Bangkok
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How Much Does A Tattoo Cost In Bangkok, Thailand?
It’s all about the quality
In today’s modern tattoo world, the quality of a tattoo artist’s work is of paramount importance.
It far outweighs all other considerations, such as the size of the tattoo, or the speed the tattoo artist completes his work, or indeed – the price.
If you are buying a tattoo, you are purchasing a unique piece of art that is going to be part of ‘who you are’ for the rest of your life.
It will not be something that you can wear on your body for a few months and then discard it for the latest fad.
Remember – a tattoo is for life – and you owe it to yourself to make sure it is the best possible tattoo it can be, and that you will continue to be happy with it for many years to come.
So when we discuss the price of a quality tattoo, we are primarily talking about the cost of the tattoo artist’s time to create and indelibly imprint a unique work of art on your skin.
So how much is a tattoo artist’s time worth?
This depends very much on the skills and experience of each individual artist.
At ALL DAY Tattoo, we work hard to make sure we have the very best artists with a proven track record and a unique style.
Our resident artists have traveled extensively and have a combined decades of experience including residencies in notable studios in countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Denmark and more.
We have in-house specialists in: New and Old School and Japanese color pieces, blackwork, old school, script, geometric and tribal pieces, amongst others..
For us, quality is everything – not just of the tattoo itself but of the entire experience, so we invest a lot of time and energy in bringing the best of the best into our studio.
We make sure our artists are treated very well and can concentrate on what they do best – creating beautiful, one of a kind pieces of art and experience that will last a lifetime.
But if you charge me by the hour – won’t your artist slow the work down to earn more money?
Our artists are people of the highest artistic integrity and they have trained for many years to achieve their exceptional levels of expertise.
Every tattoo, big or small is a new artistic creation, and they will strive to make best it can possibly be.
The last thing in their mind is trying to milk a client by trying to drag out the time.
Firstly, their only aim is to make this piece of art as good as it can possibly be.
It might be on your body for life, but it’s also in their portfolio for life.
For artists with a hard earned reputation, this is a very big deal as their portfolio is their biggest asset.
Secondly, have you ever watched a true tattoo artist work? It is some of the most intense, focused work a person can do.
There’s no second chances! They really don’t have the spare mental ability during a tattoo to think about the time.
After all, every client is a potential returnee and more importantly, a satisfied client will tell their friends and pass the word around.
So what’s the bottom line?
At ALL DAY Tattoo Studio, our tattoos cost 3,000 Baht per hour and our minimum charge is 2,500 Baht.
Our hourly rate includes:
- Free, no-obligation consultation with advice on the design and placement and approximate length the tattoo will take.
- Work done by top internationally trained artists.
- Artists’ time, (free of charge), for design work.
- Comfortable, air-conditioned, fully-equipped, state of the art studio.
- Top quality, US imported inks and needles which are disposed of at the end of each session.
- Hygienic workspace, with disposable films that are replaced after each session.
- Central location, close to BTS station.
- Online booking with fast response in English.
All this, and you can be secure in the knowledge that your tattoo will be 100% safe from contamination.
All we ask for in advance is a deposit, based on the estimated cost of the tattoo, with a minimum charge of 1000 Baht, and a maximum of 6000 Baht per session.
This will secure your artist’s time and, where appropriate, will enable them to prepare in advance of your session, although the time for doing this is not charged.
Does the size of the tattoo or the intricacy of the design, or the placement area on my body affect the price charged?
As stated above, our charges are based on our artists’ time, so to the extent that the size, level of intricacy or placement area will have an effect on the time taken to complete the tattoo; then yes, these factors will have an impact on the cost.
When you come for a free consultation, all these factors will be discussed with you.
How do your charges compare to other Bangkok studios, and also studios around the world?
We won’t deny that you can get a cheaper Tattoo in Thailand, as there are plenty of cut-price shops tattoo shops around.
We welcome you to judge the quality for yourself. Take a look at our most recent work and see the quality of the work our artists are putting out.
Always remember that as far as tattoos are concerned, you will most certainly get what you pay for.
In Japan, charges can start at 12,000 Baht an hour, in Sweden from 6,000 Baht an hour and in the USA, prices will start from over 10,000 Baht ($300) an hour for a quality artist, with a similar cost in the UK.
Do I need to make an appointment to get tattooed at ALL DAY Tattoo?
Making an appointment is definitely best. We tend to get quite booked up and pre-arranged appointments obviously take priority.
Walk-in clients are very welcome at any time, but to ensure there is minimal time spent waiting, our simple appointment booking procedure is the way to go.
How do I make an appointment?
Booking an appointment is really simple!. Just message our friendly native English speaking team on Facebook Messenger or complete our ‘contact’ form. We will respond quickly (often immediately) and are ready to address all of your questions.
How can I make an appointment if I donʼt live in Bangkok/Thailand?
No matter where you are currently located, we’re here to help! Just contact our team and we can go through everything online. Once you’re ready and have agreed on a date we can get you booked in with us so that you don’t waste time on your valuable holiday!
What if you decide to back out of the actual appointment?
This rarely happens. Our flexibility in meeting your exact requirements means that any changes you decide on after your initial decision will be catered for.
There is no pressure from us at all if you decide not to go ahead. In the unlikely event this happens, deposits are non-refundable.
Do you do temporary, Henna, or airbrush tattoos?
No. As a professional, tattoo studio with highly skilled tattoo artists we only offer permanent tattoo designs.
Do you do ultraviolet/black light tattoos?
We no longer offer them. Our strong belief is that quality must come as a priority for every tattoo.
While ultraviolet/black light tattoos sound great in theory we have found that the inks required do not currently hold up well enough to meet our high standards.
Does the the type of pigment used matter?
The quality of ink used is highly important. This is something you should always ask about before committing to a tattoo.
We use only the highest quality vegan branded inks which are imported directly from the USA.
Brands of ink we use are:
- World Famous
Do you do all-white tattoos?
We do offer all-white tattoos, but we will always advise clients to be aware that white ink eventually fades and ends up looking like a light scar.
Pictures showing otherwise are likely either fresh tattoos, or those which have been ‘refreshed’ 3 or 4 times over to ensure ink permanency.
Do you do inner lip tattoos?
We do! One thing we always point out to those in search of an inner lip tattoo is that the skin in this area is very thin. This means it needs to be understood that there is a possibility of fading over time.
Can you fix or cover a tattoo I already have?
This is a particular area of our expertise. People come to us regularly to cover up or retouch an existing tattoo.
Our team will assess the tattoo in question, listen to any ideas you have, but always give specific input and choice as to what we feel will be most effective.
Does getting tattooed hurt?
Honestly yes, it isn’t like being licked by a Unicorn! But it is certainly not as painful as many fear.
Most clients say it hurts far less than they expected. Many say the process is more like a ‘scratchy’ or ‘irritating’ sensation.
What are the most painful and least painful areas to get tattooed?
Everyone has different pain thresholds, but there are areas of your body which are generally more/less painful to have tattooed.
As a guide, areas that have more muscle; like upper arm or upper leg are less painful than those that do not; like elbows and knees.
Can I use anaesthetic or numbing creams before getting tattooed?
Your choice! We will certainly not prevent anyone who wants to buy and use these creams. However, we do not supply them.
Why? We have found that they can interact with the ink and we do not want anything to possibly affect the quality of the end result.
Fresh tattoo pics on Instagram always show shaved skin. Should this be done the night before?
You have nothing to worry about here. Our experienced team will shave any area that needs shaving. Where necessary this will be carried out during the stenciling process.
Does skin need to be perfectly clear? What about zits, cuts, or scars?
It is highly important to advise us if anything is breaking your skin. A common example being a recently received cut.
Scars can very often be covered but this is dependent upon its depth, age and level of scar tissue. Mild acne is usually no problem.
Does the use of self-tanner or spray tan have any bearing?
Pre tattoo: Having a self tan applied does not necessarily affect the tattoo itself, but during the tattoo process much of it will be removed.
Post tattoo: We recommend you leave between 2-4 weeks before considering spray tanning or applying a self tanner cream over the newly tattooed area.
Should a fresh tattoo be wrapped in plastic? If so, for how long?
Yes, but only for a small amount of time.
Once your tattoo design has been completed, your tattoo artist will apply a thin layer of aftercare lotion to the tattooed area and then cover it with a cling film ‘bandage’ to leave on for the first 3 hours only.
How long does it typically take a tattoo to heal?
By following our detailed aftercare procedures you should see your new tattoo fully healed within 3 weeks.
Watercolor tattoos appear stunning when first applied, but i’ve heard they fade and bleed over time?
Not necessarily but due to the level and density of colors they need to be taken care of.
To keep your watercolor tattoos as fresh as possible you should always use sunscreen when necessary and some people benefit from having their watercolor design touched up every few years.
Single-needle tattoos are now all the rage – Is it true they fade faster than ‘traditional’ tattoos?
Single-needle tattoos allow for greater artistic detail and extremely fine lines in smaller spaces.
Such designs need greater care and attention during the healing process as they are more prone to fading and may require touching up occasionally.
How safe is it to get a tattoo in Thailand?
Taking your time to select a reputable tattoo studio in Thailand will ensure that receiving your design is as safe as anywhere in the Western world.
Our studio places great emphasis on health, safety and cleanliness for the benefit of both our clients and staff.
Is it safe to get tattooed while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Although the risks involved of being tattooed while pregnant or breastfeeding are very small indeed (and are usually down to poor aftercare attention) we err on the side of caution and would suggest not getting tattooed while pregnant, however getting tattooed while breastfeeding is fine.
Is the ALL DAY Tattoo studio licensed?
YES! This is something we are very proud of.
We are one of the only fully licensed studios in Thailand
Although in principle running a tattoo studio in Thailand requires local authorities to issue very detailed licenses, checking of licenses is far from strictly enforced currently so most don’t bother.
How do I know your shop is clean?
While seeing is believing, we cannot emphasise strongly enough the stringent health, safety and cleanliness measures taken.
We apply the highest possible Western standards and follow acknowledged best practice when it comes to hygiene and safety.
Should I tip my artist?
This is an entirely personal decision and nobody will worry or judge you it you don’t
If you feel inclined we feel a tip of around 10% is an appropriate amount to tip your chosen artist. This shows your appreciation for the work of body art created.
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