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In the UK, you must be over the age of 18 to get a tattoo. It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 – even with parental consent.
In the US, the typical age of an adult is 16, because this is the age when you can have a contract with someone, but there are a lot of “buts” on this concept because, when it’s specified, the age for tattooing is usually 18, not 16. Usually, a state agreeing to tattoo a minor will require parental consent, and potentially the presence of the adults/guardians.
The average cost of a tattoo in the UK is £130, but the total cost of your tattoo will vary greatly between stores and artists. Generally speaking, the more expensive the rate of living is for the tattooer, and the higher quality of art, the more money you’ll be paying by the hour.
Our trusted transgender friendly artists will be on hand to discuss an initial consultation with you, in which you can ask about hourly rates, and whether they charge by piece or hour. Each tattooer will have a minimum price, so it’s always good to aim to get the most out of your experience!
After getting a tattoo, the outer layer of skin will typically heal within 2-3 weeks, provided you use the correct aftercare. While it may look and feel healed, it can take as long as 6 monthsu00a0for the skin below a tattoo to truly heal.
Getting a tattoo can be transformational in helping you feel like your authentic self, and the process can be very rewarding, but it’s always important to remember that the process is causing direct trauma to your skin, so make sure you look after yourself properly!
In the US, the mandatory tipping rate is usually around 15%-30%, so it’s a good idea to have a rough quote from your tattooer so you can be prepared with enough money to tip.
In the UK however these rules don’t exist. The tattooers are aware of their worth and will charge you accordingly, so it’s completely up to you whether you’d like to add a tip if you’ve decided you’re happy with the quality of work. If you do choose not to, a recommendation to your friends and a kind comment on their TransFriendly profile will really go a long way!
Most importantly, follow your tattoo artist’s advice. They will know best about the aftercare of the particular location and type of tattoo you have been given.
Ensure you gently wash your tattoo with mild, antimicrobial soap and pat it dry. You will then need to apply a thin layer of unscented moisturiser (like cocoa butter) and repeat this multiple times per day. Your tattoo artist should provide all the information you need about this, and give you their recommendation in which creams to be using.
Tattoo artists signing our pledge have ensured that you can rest easy during your appointment. They will not allow any discrimination, and respect you and your body with as much privacy and discretion as you need during your tattoo.
Your body is your own! Our TransFriendly tattoo artists will be here to support you every step of the way in your tattoo, and whether it’s a piece to honour your transitioning journey, or just a new piece of art for your new true self, you’ll have help and support all the way.
Our TransFriendly artists will respect your true identity throughout every step of your tattoo. They are here to support you, and honour your choices.
Most tattoo studios around the UK will be unlikely to require your name stored on a database, but if this is ever the case, a simple phone call or email to the shop explaining your circumstances will be all you’ll need to update your information.
All offers and discounts are subject to individual stores. If any tattoo studios are offering them, you’ll find them on the store’s TransFriendly profile!
Getting more transgender and non-binary customers can help you to increase both the reputation and income of your tattoo studio.
When you list your business with TransFriendly, you can engage with the transgender community as well as get the resources, support and training you need to give your transgender customers the best possible experience.