Tattoo touch-up policy
Touch-ups are free.*
This is a courtesy extended to our clients to ensure the highest quality of work.
(Please note that this policy only applies to the artist responsible for making the tattoo, if you seek a touch up from an artist who did not make the original piece they have the right to either decline the work out of professional courtesy to another artist, or the right to charge appropriately for the work and the time it will take).
*Finger tattoos are not subject to free touch-ups. Please read "Finger Tattoo Fact-Sheet" on our website.
Touch-ups can not be performed before the tattoo is fully healed
If the skin is not properly recovered from the initial damage this will result in further unnecessary damage, poorer healing and would be much more painful for the client.
We insist on a minimum healing time of 3-4 weeks between appointments and any final touch-ups.
Touch-ups should ideally be performed within a maximum of a 3 month period from when the tattoo was originally made, this minimises the level of ageing/settling between the older & newer inks in the skin & provides a better end result.
Touch-ups will be subjected to the usual hourly rate if it has been 3 months or more since the tattoo was done.
Proper aftercare practice is crucial to the quality of your tattoo.
If you look after the tattoo a touch-up may not be necessary.
The application of the tattoo is the job of the artist but the healing process is fully in the hands of the client once leaving the studio. The healing process is half the work! Aftercare instructions are given to the client before leaving the studio & support is available by email or phone thereafter.
Aftercare is the full responsibility of the client, the tattoo is performed in accordance with the highest standards of cleanliness. Once leaving the studio the tattoo will be an open wound that you are responsible for. It can take between 2-4 weeks to heal.
During this time, how you treat your tattoo is fully out of the control of the artist.
Any reactions that may occur as the result of lax aftercare or poor hygiene is client responsibility. if this has happened it will badly affect the healed result of the tattoo. We can tell if a tattoo is improperly cared for, and we will charge the regular hourly rate for a touch-up.
Please note that it is not the responsibility of the artist to fix or change your tattoo for free because you later change your mind on the design. We can not be held accountable for client flippancy. It is the responsibility of the client to instruct the artist fully on what they want before the application of the tattoo and you will have signed a consent form agreeing to the design of the tattoo.
We are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about aftercare.
We know that healing a tattoo can be difficult and we are here to offer support throughout the process. Please message Set Sail Tattoo Studio on Facebook with any further questions you may have.