Frequently Asked Questions

How do i get to the shop?

The shop is located in Bedford Place Southampton

Once in Bedford place the studio is located opposite the Sainsburys local shop

Look for the white building on the corner of Henstead road with our Sign on the fence

The actual entrance is a black door between two giant black flowerpots on Henstead road,

Illuminarti Studios is on the first floor

How much does it cost to get a tattoo?

Prices very greatly depending on artist, size and placement, the best way to obtain an estimate is to either contact the artist directly via Facebook or email or come by the shop.

Is there a shop minimum?

Unfortunately yes there is a shop minimum of £50

This is to cover the layout of inks and needles as well as the hour that we lose

If you would like a small tattoo, it may be a better option for you to add it on to the end of a larger session, for a small extra

How old do i have to be to get a tattoo?

You must be 18 or over to get tattooed in the UK by law

Even with a parents permission, if you look under 25 then you should bring ID

Are walk-ins welcome?

Yes, walk-ins are welcome however if our artists are busy at the time

You may be required to wait or book in for the next available slot

Do i have to leave a deposit?

Yes, we require all clients to leave a deposit when making their appointment to be tattooed. This deposit then goes towards the price of the tattoo. If the tattoo requires more then one session, you’re deposit will be taken out of the last session. Deposits are nonrefundable. If the appointment needs to be rescheduled, 48 hours notice must be given or the deposit will be forfeit.

What do i do if i want to get tattooed by a specific artist?

If you’ve seen work you like, you like the style of a specific artist or if you feel comfier with a male or a female artist then just let us know at time of enquiry and your wish will come true.

What do i do if i need to cancel an appointment?

If you need to cancel an appointment please let us know as soon as possible so we can rebook our time

Please note though that all deposits are non-refundable however it is down to the artists discretion if you are able to carry the deposit to a rearranged booking

What do you recommend for aftercare?

What to expect:
Your tattoo will take about 2 weeks to heal. It will be tender for the first few days, then it will develop light scabs and appear crusty, these will gradually flake off. During this period the tattoo may look ugly and it may seem that the color is falling out with the scabs. Don’t worry, this is normal. The last stage is when the tattoo looks healed but is still waxy or shiny on the surface. The directions below should be followed until the tattoo is fully healed.


  1. Leave the Clingfilm on for at least 2 hours.
  2. Remove the Clingfilm and do not re-bandage it. Wetting the Clingfilm while removing it will help prevent it from sticking to your skin.


  3. Wash your hands, then wash the tattoo firmly using mild soap and warm water, rinse the tattoo off and pat dry. NO SCRUBBING!


  4. Each day keep the area clean and apply one of the recommended lotions once a day. Don’t keep too much lotion on the tattoo. However, don’t let it dry out completely between applications. Make sure your hands are clean each time you touch your tattoo and never let anyone else touch it.

For the ENTIRE period that the tattoo is healing, use ONLY the lotions that are recommended, NO EXCEPTIONS. This is extremely important. No Vaseline, baby oil, alcohol, alcohol-based products, peroxide, mineral oil, bag balm, Vitamin E, Aloe, Noxzema, natural remedies, etc. We also do not recommend Neosporin;. It is not a good product for healing tattoos. Many people have strong reactions to it and often times it actually pulls the color out during the healing process.
Recommended Lotions:
Aveeno (fragrance-free), Aquaphor, Curel lotion, Cetaphil lotion
On rare occasions, some people may develop a reaction to one of these lotions. You will know if you develop bumps or pimples around the area. This is not a problem, wash the area and switch to one of the other recommended lotions. Do not continue using lotion if you have a reaction.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. You can shower as normal. But, for the 2-week healing period do not submerge or soak your tattoo in any way. No swimming, hot tubs, or saunas. It will interfere with healing and can cause infections and scarring.
  2. Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for the 2-week period. Keep it covered with clothing.
  3. Do not pick at the tattoo! Let the scabs fall off naturally. No scratching, rubbing or abuse to the tattoo in any manner.
  4. Once your tattoo is healed, you may go in the sun but keep in mind the sun rapidly fades your tattoo and if you plan on being in the sun, use sunscreen to protect it. Don’t use sunscreen for at least a month after getting a tattoo and try to test an area to make sure you don’t have a reaction.

Important notice:
Despite constant efforts to ensure all our pigments meet the highest standard of quality and purity, the application of some pigments to some individuals may cause an allergic reaction, due to the sensitivity of the person. Saved Tattoo and whoever it may designate as it’s operators, disclaim any responsibility for an allergic reaction of any person to whom the pigment is applied. The tattoo is not guaranteed when you leave the studio. We have given you the very best in art, the very best in color and the tattoo was applied expertly under the most sterile conditions. You are responsible for its care in the next few days. Follow these guidelines and enjoy your new tattoo!

Can i Bring a friend?

You are allowed to have a friend accompany you to your appointment, however do to limited floor space we ask that you please limit it to only one guest.

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