Colour Works - FAQ's

Questions about getting Tattoos

Hare are some of the frequently asked questions about getting a tattoo.

What age do you have to be before getting a tattoo?

Colour Works Tattoo Studios minimum age is 17 years old with a valid ID and parent/legal guardian present to sign the consent form.

Do I need to do anything in preparation for my tattoo?

It is important to be well rested before your tattoo session.

Make sure you have something substantial to eat before your tattoo.

If you have a long tattoo session you should bring snacks and drinks.

We will prepare your skin so no need to worry about shaving/ waxing.

We recommend not to wear any good clothes incase of ink splash, as ink stains will not come out of your clothes!

Depending on the area you are having tattooed you may need to bring bikini bottoms, shorts etc.

Hygiene is essential for both you and your artist alike, please wear fresh clothes, deodorant and shower before your session.

How much is a script tattoo?

The minimum charge for script starts from €80

The price increases depending on the font, the final size, and the placement.

Do tattoos hurt?

Getting a tattoo will hurt there’s no way around that!

Everyone’s pain threshold is different, they hurt but people come back time and time again so it’s not that bad! Some people say it feels like a hot scratching sensation, it may hurt for the duration of the tattoo but it is so rewarding to wear a custom piece of art on your body for life.

How much does a sleeve cost?

This is a really difficult question to answer as it is so broad.

There are so many variables for example the style of tattoo, if it’s colour or black and grey, the size of the area to name but a few!

It all really depends on the style of tattoo you are after, each tattoo artist works differently.

On average a full sleeve can take 6 full day sessions.

Again a consultation is key to discuss your ideas once discussed we can then give you a better idea of the time and cost.

Do you do cover ups ?

We do indeed. However not all cover ups are possible and you must be aware that you may need some laser sessions to lighten your existing piece first, just email us or drop in for a chat and we can explain the process.

Do you touch up tattoos?

Yes we offer free touch ups for any tattoos done by our artists in Colour Works if needed.

If you had a tattoo done somewhere else and would like us to touch up or rework we can also provide that service and it will be charged accordingly.

Cancelling Appointment FAQ's

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about cancelling a tattoo session.

What is your cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy is 48 hours. Please contact the studio by phone to notify the shop manager.

Booking Appointment FAQ's

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about booking a tattoo appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

We are here 5 days a week, Tuesday-Saturday from 12-6pm.

You can drop into the studio to make an appointment.

If you are unable to call in the best thing to do is send us a message on facebook or email and include the following information :

  • Images / references of your ideas
  • Placement i.e. inner left forearm
  • Rough size guide in cms/inches
  • Colour, black & grey, linework or dotwork
  • Preferred artist
  • Any other specifications

What is your studio's minimum charge?

Minimum charge is between €60-€80

Do you require a deposit ?

Yes all bookings must be secured with a deposit.

For full day sessions we require a €100 deposit.

For all other bookings we require a €50 deposit

Your deposit will come off the total price of your tattoo.

We have a 48hour cancellation policy.

Do you accept walk-ins?

Walk ins are always welcome and we always do our best to accommodate everyone.

However we recommend making a booking to avoid disappointment especially on weekends.

How much do you charge per hour?

Full day sessions and larger work is charged at €120 per hour or some of our artists prefer to charge by the piece, we offer free consultations so once you discuss your ideas with your artist they can give you a better idea on the time and cost.

Aftercare FAQ's

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about tattoo aftercare.

How do I look after my new tattoo?

Keep wrapped for the next 3 days, changing 3 times daily following the 3 steps below:

  1. Remove the dressing 2-3 hours after you leave the studio.
  2. Wash gently with anti-bacterial soap under warm running water and pat dry with kitchen towel. (Don’t use a hand towel or toilet tissue).
  3. Gently apply a VERY THIN COAT of Balm/ Tattoo Goo/ Bepanthen/ Repeat this step 3/4 times daily, but always ensure to wash the old cream off first.
  • Don’t ever allow your tattoo to become dry, if it does, wash it and apply more cream.
  • Don’t ever pick or scratch at your tattoo, as this can lead to loss of colour or infection.
  • You can stop using Bepanthen cream after 10 days. At this point you can start using a normal moisturising cream or balm until the area is completely healed.


Pets, Swimming, Baths, Sunbathing, Saunas, Fake tan, Tight Clothes and Rough Fabrics. Don’t touch your new tattoo with dirty hands, always wash your hands before cleaning your tattoo or apply creams.

If you are unsure about anything or have any question, no matter how silly you may think it is, please contact us and we’d be more then happy to help.

How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?

A tattoo usually takes about 10 days-2 weeks to look fully healed, but takes another few weeks to be truly healed at all layers of the skin. The healing times vary depending on the type of tattoo you get, the style, the size and how well you look after your tattoo.

How long after my tattoo can I wear fake tan?

You can use fake tan on the rest of your body just avoid your fresh tattoo for around 2 weeks or until your tattoo is fully healed.

How long after my tattoo can I go to the gym?

We recommend avoiding the gym for at least three days after a tattoo.

Sweating all over the tattoo will increase the chance of infection.

Exercise can also stretch the skin and rub off scabs, disrupting the fresh ink that has not fully set into your skin.

How long after my tattoo can I swim?

All depending on the scale of your tattoo, on average is not advisable to swim for around 2 weeks or until your tattoo is healed. The same applies to having baths, using steam rooms, saunas, jacuzzis. Showering is ok just no submerging or soaking your new tattoo in water and or chlorine or sea water.