Some things you should know before you call us

How much for a Tattoo?

How much is a red car? How long for a piece of string? It really depends on many factors – size, detail and placement – so the longer it takes to do a tattoo, the more it will cost you. It’s important to have a clear idea in mind of things like size and placement as these will influence the overall cost of your tattoo. It’s also a good idea to bring along a couple of references so we can get a clear idea of exactly what the design entails. Colour also influences the price – the more colour variations present in the tattoo, the more time it will take, the more it will cost.

When can you help me?

We work on bookings so the next available spot in our calendar. Give us a call or send us an email to find find out when that is. We can usually squeeze in a small tattoo on any given day.


Can I bring my children?

Lets see… Needles, blood, chemicals, bio waste, sometimes language to describe searing pain, expensive art books, semi naked people and Charl’s dangerous opinions about anything… HELL NO! We do not allow children under the age of 16 in our studio. Trust us when we say this is for their own good. The last thing an artist needs to deal with is children running into his or her station. Yes your children might be little angels, however, you try washing down chocolates and candy with an energy drink and then sitting still for 3 hours. Tattoo shops are for adults – so make a plan.

Did you get my mail?

We probably did. Most of the time we are tattooing, giving our undivided attention to our clients at that moment. When it is your turn to get tattooed, you too will expect the same type of devotion. Our artists try to reply to emails and messages in between tattoos or later in the evenings when they are not designing for the next couple of clients. Sometimes a manager will reply to your email or inquiry, other times an apprentice might reply. There is no harm in asking again later.

How do I make a booking?

There are a couple of methods to choose from. Through the bookings page on our site. You can give us a call and set up a consultation. The best is always to pop into our studio and speak to an artist, manager or apprentice. You can also mail an artist directly.

Please note that you will have to pay a deposit to finalize your booking. This can be paid in the shop itself with cash or card, or via EFT if your booking date is more than three days in advance.

Do you do white Tattoos?

NO. Period.

Does it hurt?

“Nooooo not at all, it feels like little puppies are licking it on” – sarcasm 2016

Tattoos hurt for the most part and it is completely up to your pain threshold. Clients that are relaxed and sit still while being tattooed experience a lot less pain. A couple of handy tips for when you get tattooed

  • Get enough sleep the night before
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Start to moisturize your skin a couple of days before the tattoo
  • Bring a book or tablet for some distraction
  • Make sure you have some sweeties for those sugar levels
  • Don’t bring friends (Yes its weird, but people have this desire to demonstrate their pain in front of people they know)
  • Sit still and relax
  • Most important – Do not fight the pain
Can you cover old tattoos?

Most of the time the answer is yes. The easiest way to find out is to come by the studio and let one of our artist take a look.

Louis wrote a detailed article in our Blog section of this site. Go check it out.

Do you do designs?

Yes we do designs for our clients. Designs usually take a long time to do and we are glad to spend the time on someone we are actually tattooing in the future.

Here at True Blue we have years of design experience. Some of our artists studied design at some point and qualified at the top of their classes. Whether it is simple sketching out a design or using advance manipulation techniques in Photoshop to formulate the best possible layout for a body part, we can do it.

If you are looking for someone to show you what your idea is going to look like before you make a booking we can suggest googling local graphic designers, sketch artists, painters and even some mobile apps that digitally impose tattoos on selfies. We do not do free designs as we would rather invest the time into our own clients.

Do you tattoo the bottom of hands and feet?

No. Nope. Nope. NOPE. Yes that picture on Pinterest looks great now (seeing as it’s just been done) but, given enough time, tattoos on the bottoms (or sides) of hands and feet don’t heal well (nor will they ever heal well). Half the tattoo might stay while the other half disappears – just Google healed hand/foot tattoos and you’ll see what we mean. Unfortunately skin also has a limit and therefore it would be impractical to assume you could touch up the tattoo indefinitely without completely ruining the skin. Don’t do it.

When can I expect my design?

This is probably our least liked question and here is the truth – You will get it once its done. We understand that you want at least 3 months to sleep over your design, get it approved by all your “artistic” friends first. We know that you think we don’t know it will be a permanent “thing” on your body. We also understand that we can not under estimate the imperative importance of a zodiac or infinity tattoo. Here is my question – How can you trust your artist to put inked needles into your skin, but can trust them with a design?

In reality – We do our client’s designs when we are not tattooing. We correspond with our clients while we design and send the designs as they are completed. True Blue is booming with business during the day, leaving after hours and personal hours for designing. Our clients are booked in advance and we do our designs accordingly. Its important to have an accurate brief for your artist. We are visual people and sometimes words are found lacking when describing ideas, that is why references and sketches are very important and it speeds up the design process.


Does colour cost more?

In most cases it does cost more. The more colour variants in a tattoo, the longer the tattoo takes to complete.

Why doesn’t Scully speak?

Some say that the last thing Beethoven heard was the angelic voice that belongs to Scully.  It was so beautiful and kind that any other sound fell mute onto his hearing from that day forth. Those who have heard his voice has described it as the sound of children’s prayers on a cold winter night. Other said it is the sound of light.

He only speaks to those who bring a worthy design concept. Needless to say he hasn’t spoken in 10 years…

Who plays the instruments?

Mostly Louis and Charl.

Louis plays for a band called “The Ice Project”. They kinda sound like that music your mother would listen to. All jokes aside, they are very talented and you should check them out on Youtube. Louis is one of the most talented musicians you will ever meet in a grocery store. He plays the bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, banjo, piano and he has a voice that will tear the underwear off of any self respecting lady. Charl on the other hand summoned a goat through a portal with one of his bitchin guitar solos.

Please do not touch the instruments without authorization. Actually… don’t even ask if you can.