Award Winning Tattoos

Est 1981

Body Art's frequently asked questions


Q. I have never been tattooed before does it hurt?

A. Yes, it does! But of course it is bearable otherwise nobody would come back!


Q. Are you licensed to tattoo?

A. Yes, we were the first ever tattoo shop to be licensed by Tunbridge Wells borough council, when Tunbridge Wells borough council started licensing tattooing in 1985.


Q. This is my first tattoo, can you put my mind at rest on the hygiene side of tattooing?

A. Yes, all tattoo needles now come in sealed sterile packets, we always open the packets and set up in front of you likewise when we have finished the needles will be disposed in a sharps bin which is contracted to be taken away by clinical waste license carriers. Our tubes go through a calibrated autoclave daily for sterilisation. We take health and safety and cross contamination very seriously and are always happy to answer any questions or go over any hygiene procedures with you.


Q. Do you do custom work?

A. Yes, we most certainly do. We can alter any designs or come up with something from scratch just from an idea, we don't do the same tattoo twice. Josh can also design you a sleeve on a 3D virtual arm with the latest 3D technology.


Q. Can you cover over older tattoos?

A. In some circumstances we can cover but we can't promise anything until we see the tattoo that needs covering in person. Please call in the shop for a free no obligation consultation and we'll go from there. 


Q. Do I need an appointment?

A. In the first instance no, just come to the shop anytime during our opening hours which are Monday - Friday 1pm - 7pm and Saturday 11am - 5pm closed Wednesdays and Sundays. We will give you a free no obligation consultation followed by an accurate quote, if you would like to book in from there then we take a cash deposit which will be deducted from the remaining balance or the balance of the last sitting if multiple sittings are booked. 


Q. Can I book an appointment over the phone or by email?

A. No, just turn up in person to the shop, that way it is a lot easier to discuss size, placement and to quote accurately etc, which we can't do over the phone. We also need to take a cash deposit to secure your appointment, on rare occasions we may take a booking over the phone or by email with a Paypal payment if you are travelling a long distance. 


Q. What happens if I can't make my appoinment and need to reschedule?

A. All deposits are non refundable, if you need to reschedule then please give us at least 48 hours notice to save your deposit. You can reschedule up to 3 times without losing your deposit, to reschedule please phone the shop or call in.


Q. I'm under the age of 18 can I get a tattoo with parents consent?

A. No, it is the law that you have to be 18 to be tattooed, for ID we only accept a driving license (or provisional) or a passport.


Q. Can I park near the shop?

A. Yes, there is a large car park with the first 2 hours free opposite in Yew Tree Road (see the map on our Contact page) or alternatively there is unrestricted parking in the surrounding streets. 


Q. Do you accept cards?

A. Sorry, we only accept cash.


Q. Can I bring my children while i'm waiting to be tattooed?

A. Sorry, no children, babies or pushchairs anywhere in the shop.


Q. Do you charge by the hour?

A. No, we don't usually charge by the hour, we give you a fixed accurate quote on the tattoo so you know where you stand. For large work we split the price into a set amount for each session.


Q. Do you tattoo everywhere on the body?

A. Generally we don't tattoo the hands, neck, head or face unless you are heavily tattooed. 




If there is anything we have missed please call the shop during opening hours and we'll be pleased to help.