Studio and General Procedure:
Please read: This is the general information about myself, my work procedure and waiting time.
You have to be at least 21 years old, NOT pregnant or high on intoxicating substances, to become a wearer of a Horimono-Irezumi Tattoo. No exceptions.
I only tattoo Japanese traditional designs and within Japanese traditional rules of placement on the body as I have been taught by my former master of Yokohama Japan. That includes smaller one-point tattoos, which I do as well, so its not only big stuff.
I usually tattoo with rotary machines with disposable grips and needles and my private studio and all colours are meeting newest EU hygiene regulations. Hand-work with the traditional Japanese Tebori takes a little longer and I only tattoo partial colour with it and only on request. I suggest to just do one session with it to have had the experience since it has no advantages over the machine.
I rarely ever do cover ups or continue unfinished work by other artists, but you can always ask anyways, especially if you had some laser treatment. Since I am ‘stuck’ with tradition any super special wishes that do not adhere to traditional Japanese Irezumi rules cannot be fulfilled I am afraid.
The office in London is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. Appointments are usually given for 10AM and 2PM slots on my working days.
You should come for a consultation (usually around 5PM weekdays) to speak about your wishes and to take measurements. If that is not possible we will have to draw on you on the day of your appointment and then tattoo it right away, which is absolutely fine as well. I have a vast library on the subject of Japanese tattooing which can be used to find your personal favourite design. If you come from far away I suggest you come on a Thursday evening for your consultation and then start your tattoo on the Friday and then eventually do some shading or colour on Saturday. This is a very effective way to start and continue but can be very challenging pain wise and I beg you not to underestimate the pain especially on the torso area. More so if it’s your first time getting tattooed. Many people do underestimate and are quiet surprised. Most people come once a month for 2 hours. Others make double or triple appointments in a row over a weekend like suggested above. Usually you need at last 10 days between appointments for healing time and we should make all appointments necessary to start and finish your tattoo throughout the year. These appointments are somewhat flexible and cancellations are possible however please let me know as early as possible.
If you miss an appointment without cancelling at least a day (24h) before you will be charged for 1 hours worth of tattooing.
IMPORTANT:Please always reconfirm your appointment a day before! Especially if you come from abroad! And always make sure you keep me up to date with your mobile number in case you change it!
Please bring: A towel and your own healing creme, like Bepanthen, After Inked or Hustlebutter.
Please eat something before each session and do NOT take any alcohol or drugs!
The use of Numbing creams are ok if we talked about it before. See the numbing cream section on the bottom of this page.
Each appointment is between 1 and 3 hours long. After nearly 20 years in the tattoo business I have become very fast in what I do. A whole sleeve with chest takes about 15-18 hours, a short sleeve with chest takes about 8-12 hours and a back piece 20-40 hours in total. These numbers are approximates and always depend on your design, pain resistance, skin type and body size. A traditional Japanese back piece always includes at least half of your buttox.
I charge per hour and purely for the tattoo time.
The consultation, the drawing of your design and all preparation time are included in the hourly rate, which needs to be paid on the day of the tattoo appointment in British pounds sterling.
If this has not answered all of your general questions please let me know.
Please get back to me with your design wishes and an approximate date you would like to start. You can call me as well on +447904185581 during my shop hours. I usually have a waiting time of at least 6 months to start new pieces.