Know the Risks

The artists within Set Sail Tattoo Studio endevour to provide a clean, professional and safe experience for every client. We pride ourselves on our extensive hygiene measures and professionalism. We take every precaution to ensure each client is safe, comfortable and understand what a tattoo entails.  

How is a tattoo done?
A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on your skin with pigments inserted through pricks into the skin's top layer.
Typically, the tattoo artist uses a hand-held machine with one or more needles piercing the skin repeatedly. With every puncture, the needles insert tiny ink droplets. Set Sail Tattoo Studio use single-use and disposable equipment for every tattoo. 
The process — which is done without anesthetics — causes a small amount of bleeding and slight to potentially significant pain.


Know the risks
Tattoos break the skin, which means that skin infections and other complications are possible, including:

  • Allergic reactions. Tattoo dyes — especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes — can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This can occur even years after you get the tattoo.

  • Skin infections. A skin infection is possible after tattooing. This can be avoided by following the aftercare given to you. We are contactable at anytime to help with aftercare concerns. 

  • Other skin problems. Sometimes an area of inflammation called a granuloma can form around tattoo ink. Tattooing also can lead to keloids — raised areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue.

  • Bloodborne diseases. If the equipment used to create your tattoo is contaminated with infected blood, you can contract various bloodborne diseases — including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

  • MRI complications. Rarely, tattoos or permanent makeup might cause swelling or burning in the affected areas during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams. In some cases, tattoo pigments can interfere with the quality of the image.

Medication or other treatment might be needed if you experience an allergic reaction to the tattoo ink or you develop an infection or other skin problem near a tattoo. We urge you to contact us if you have any questions about your aftercare as certain complications can be solved by following our advice. 

Make sure you're ready
Before you get a tattoo, think carefully about it. If you're unsure or worried that you might regret it, give it more time.

Don't allow yourself to be pressured into getting a tattoo. We do not tattoo anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 


Choose the location of the tattoo carefully.  Consider whether you want the option to hide your tattoo under clothing. Also remember that weight gain — including pregnancy weight gain — might distort the tattoo or affect its appearance.


  • Who does the tattooing?
    Set Sail Tattoo Studio is home to 4 Tattoo Artists & 1 Body Piercer.

    Louis McKee
    Nicole Reid
    Sean White
    Annmarie Shand
    Esther Stewart

    Each of our operators are fully licensed, covered with insurance & are trained in First Aid at work. 

    You can see their online portfolios on our website as well as Facebook and Instagram. All work posted in these galleries are their own. 


  • Does the tattoo artist wear gloves?
    Our tattoo artists & piercer will regularly change their gloves throughout your session. This is to avoid any cross contamination. We can assure you that your safety is paramount to us.

    Does the tattoo artist use proper equipment?
    Your tattoo artist will be set up before you reach the treatment room.

    You are welcome to ask about any equipment laid out. We will happily show you the single use packets and disposable packaging of our needles and cartridges. 

    Any pigments, trays or containers will be used for your appointment and discarded immediately after your appointment is over. 


  • Does the tattoo artist sterilize non disposable equipment?
    Set Sail Tattoo Studio uses a heat sterilisation machine (autoclave) from Enbio to sterilise all non disposable equipment between customers.

    Instruments and supplies that can't be sterilised with an autoclave — including drawer handles, tables and sinks — are disinfected with a commercial disinfectant or bleach solution after each use.

    If you have any questions before you come in for your tattoo, please do not hesitate to contact us.  wE ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP.