Where are you located?
Avali is located in Sydney, Australia. All clients will be emailed a PDF with the studio address and appointment information.
How old do I need to be to get a tattoo?
At POKES STUDIO you must be 18 or over to get a tattoo. Your ID may be checked upon arrival.
How much does a tattoo cost?
The studio minimum is now $180. The overall price depends on size, detail and placement. You will be given a rough quote prior to your appointment. Quotes are an estimate and can vary on the day. When booking flash please refer to the price guide for a rough quote.
Are hand-poked tattoos permanent?
Yes! Hand-pokes (otherwise known as stick and pokes) are permanent. The same materials are used for stick and pokes, minus the machine.
Do hand poked tattoos hurt?
A little. Pain is very subjective but generally clients are surprised by the minimal amount of pain experienced. Some even fall asleep or comment on how relaxing it was. If you are worried about pain we can always discuss placements and numbing cream.
How can I prepare for my appointment?
Prepare the skin! To cut down on single-use plastics we ask you to shave the area prior to your appointment. The skin is an organ and will heal a tattoo better if it is in good condition prior to your booking. Removing fake tan, lightly exfoliating and regularly moisturising the area for a week leading up to your appointment will have your skin in the best condition possible to heal your tattoo. (If you forget to shave that’s okay. We do keep razors on hand). Having a good night's rest, s full tummy and keeping hydrated will also help with your appointment. Please ensure you arrive sober to your appointment.
Can I bring a friend or family member to my appointment?
If you require a support person for your appointment please let Avali know and she will try to accommodate them. As the studio is quite small, it can be difficult to fit guests in the space so please do not bring guests without advance notice.
Can I request changes to the design I booked?
You are welcome to request minor changes to the design. Avali will do her best to accommodate your request. Please let her know ahead of time if you want any changes made. If your request requires significant changes your appointment may need to be rescheduled.
Can I get the design matching with someone special to me?
Absolutely! If the design is once-off, simply email with the contact details of the person you would like to book in with and you can be booked in together. A deposit will be required for both of you. If the design is available to be tattooed a few times, simply purchase more of that design.
How do deposits work?
Deposits are required to confirm an appointment time. Deposits are non refundable. A lot of admin is required for this job and this fee helps cover the cost of that time. If you need to reschedule your appointment your deposit will be carried through to a new booking date (given sufficient notice). If you reschedule multiple times or with less than 72 hours notice, unfortunately your deposit cannot be refunded and you will have to pay a new deposit to be rebooked. Unlike the first deposit, this does not come off the final appointment cost.
What happens if I am late for my appointment?
If you are running late please contact your artist to advise of such. If you arrive more than 20 minutes late your appointment you will need to pay a new deposit to reschedule.
What if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment?
Please provide as much notice as you can. If you cancel your scheduled appointment unfortunately you cannot have your deposit back.
Do you use colour ink as well as black and grey?
Upon request, yes. I quite often do red tattoos and have worked with a range of colours. I try to avoid doing highly detailed designs in colour. Please bear in mind colour tattoos may come at a higher cost as the inks are more expensive and more materials are required. There is also a higher risk of an allergic reaction to coloured ink. Most colours are kept on hand, if you have an unusual colour request it can be ordered in advance of your appointment.
How long will my tattoo take?
This all depends on the placement, size and detail of the tattoo. Hand-poke is slower than machine tattooing (but less painful). Each design is categorised into time lengths ranging from 1 - 4 hours. This is the general length of time required for an appointment. If you are getting multiple or would like your tattoo done bigger or in a different spot, your appointment will take longer. You are welcome to bring headphones, snacks or other entrainment sources with you. Your appointment will not be rushed so the same is asked in return.
Do you tattoo other people's designs?
No. Unless you have purchased the right for it to be tattooed by the original artist. Avali is happy to tattoo your own (or friend or family members') design but it may need to be reworked to suit a tattoo better.
How should I look after my new tattoo?
You will be given clear instructions and a balm at the end of your appointment so you know how to best heal your new tattoo.
What about touch-ups?
If you think your tattoo may need a touch-up, please email Avali a clear photo of your healed tattoo along with your upcoming availability and you will be scheduled in. Most tattoos heal without needing one, however, fine line work is more likely to require a touch-up than other tattoo styles. This is due to the fact that less ink has been deposited into the skin, so if any ink fallout occurs get in touch.
I emailed you and haven’t heard back yet?
Make sure you check your junk folder! Our emails often end up hiding there. Please allow 14 days to receive a response. If you still haven’t heard back at the 2-week mark please send a follow-up and you will receive a response asap. Please note Dm’s are not responded to due to the quantity received.
How do I book a custom tattoo?
Please fill out the custom booking form. If the custom form is closed there may not be time available. You can always email with any questions you may have. Flash can always be booked via the website.
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