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Tattoo FAQ's

Designer Ink Tattoos is known for creating custom design tattoos in Melbourne. With our unique tattoo designs and awesome tattoo artists, we have quickly become the go-to place of locals who want to get inked. 

Below are some common questions we get asked from time to time. Hopefully, our answers will provide you with helpful information and insights.

Tattoo prices vary depending on size, design details and how long they take. Our Tattoo Artists should be able to provide an indicative price range prior to you booking in.

Each tattoo artist’s rates are listed below:

Craig – $700 1/2 day and $1400 full day

Kosta – $180 per hour – $600 1/2 day and $1100 full day

Josh – $120 per hour 

Andrew – $150 per hour – $500 1/2 day and $900 full day

Ethan – $100 per hour – $350 1/2 day and $600 full day

Mitchell – $80 per hour – $300 1/2 day and $500 full day

Cindy – $120 per hour – $400 1/2 day and $800 full day

Rachael – on request

Most definitely, our artists are here to help. They will listen to your requirements and will design a unique tattoo just for you.
Our artists will speak with you regarding your ideas and may ask you to bring in some pictures for your consultation. They will then ask you to make a small deposit at the time of your booking so that they can commence designing your unique tattoo, please note the deposit comes off the price of your finished tattoo.

Sessions will vary depending on the tattoo design, size and how well you sit whilst being tattooed. A session could be anywhere from 1 to 8 hours.

Appointments can be made by calling our studio at 03 8806 4192 and requesting to speak with an artist, using our “CONTACT US” page or alternatively you can send us an email at and we will generally respond within 24- 48 hours.

Yes, you can because it is your tattoo and you can ask for the artist you feel most comfortable with.

Yes, our artists will request a deposit prior to drawing up your tattoo design, generally this is around $50 – $100 and comes off the price of your tattoo.

Yes, we do cover ups depending on the tattoo. In some cases, you might be required to have some laser removal performed to lighten the existing tattoo, our artists can advise on this.

No, not normally. If you have any skin problems please talk to one of our artists during the booking stage.

Yes, in some cases, but it really depends on how bad the tattoo is.

Yes, our artists enjoy doing realistic tattoos. Check out some of our artists’ inspired works of realism tattoo theme.

Yes, it depends on the artist. When you call or visit our studio to book for an ink session, please do not hesitate to ask our reception.

In Australia, the law stipulates you must be at least 18 years old in order to get a tattoo. We will not tattoo anyone under 18 even with parental permission.

The healing process will vary from person to person. As a general guide, your tattoo should be fully healed within approximately 3-4 weeks depending on the size and detail of the tattoo. 

During this time, your tattoo will go flakey and will look like it is peeling, this is perfectly normal and is part of the healing process, please ensure you continue to apply healing cream during this process. 

At Designer Ink we recommend Dr Pickles, Hustle Butter and Bepanthen First Aid Cream.

Depends on a person pain threshold and where the tattoo is being placed, some people feel pain more than the others, it’s more of a mild discomfort as opposed to an excruciating pain.

Please ensure you have eaten and the area being tattooed is clean.

Yes, a tattoo can stretch or distort with the skin.

Your safety will always be a top priority. We strictly observe the Victorian health regulations and undergo an annual health inspection conducted by Knox Council.

After getting your tattoo our artist will clean the area, cover it with Bepanthen or Dr. Pickles healing cream and then wrap the area in Gladwrap. 

Leave the Gladwrap on your new tattoo for at least 2-3 hours, then remove the Gladwrap and wash the area with warm soapy water, let the tattoo breathe for 20-minutes then reapply some healing cream and wrap the tattoo in Gladwrap for a further 24-hours. 

Apply healing cream 2 – 4 times per day for two-weeks during the healing process. 

Avoid getting direct sunlight on your new tattoo and definitely no swimming or spas while your tattoo is healing. 

Please note: some redness, swelling and brusing are common and are no cause for concern, however if you are concerned or experience any issues with your new tattoo please contact us at the studio for advice.

We are located at Unit 2, 426 Burwood Highway Wantirna South Victoria.