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Liverpool Tattoo and Piercing Studio High Quality Professional Multi Award Winning

Open 7 days a week – Telephone 0151 709 0479 – Email: [email protected]

A High Quality Multi Award Winning Tattoo and Piercing studio in Liverpool City Centre. We have 12 tattoo artists and Walk In tattoos can be accommodated most days. We aim to provide you with a piece of art you’ll be proud to wear. We have artists specialising in Portraits, Realism, New School, Black Ink, Traditional, Bio mechanical, Religious, Black and Grey, Colour, Graffiti, Asian, Oriental, Dot-work and Tribal. Please check out our galleries, if you want the best then this is place to come.

We place great emphasis on customer care from the original idea or concept right through to the completed piece and ongoing aftercare. Our staff are always happy to provide help or guidance on all aspects of the procedures we offer.

Because your health is paramount to us, all of our studios have been vetted, approved and registered with the local authority and we follow a strict hygiene protocol as approved by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

We have experienced Male and Female Tattoo Artists and dedicated Male and Female Piercers, with portfolios of past work available to inspect online and in our studios. Tattoos and Piercings are carried out in separate, dedicated rooms where your privacy should it be required is assured.

We offer Quality Tattoos and Piercings at reasonable prices.

We specialise in Custom Tattoos, Black and Grey, Colour, Portraits, Realism and covering old or unwanted tattoos, in addition we have over 70,000 flash designs available for you to choose from and plenty of art and reference materials available for inspiration. We are versatile in all styles of tattoo and will work with you to explore your ideas.

Combine all this with years of experience and thousands of satisfied customers you couldn’t be in safer hands.

 

Design 4 Life Tattoo.

The safest possible experience and a piece of art you will be proud of.

Please explore our site where you will find answers to frequently asked questions, galleries of our work and get to meet the staff who will be dealing with you.

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Testimonials

  • Justin Bellendinho

    Professional, friendly and highly talented artists. Will be revisiting.

  • Lana Hendricks

    The service and attention to detail in consultation is second to none. I have my custom design by Alex dragos and I’m so excited to start the tattoo! best artists by far can be found here I won’t go anywhere else

  • Sarah Robinson

    I’ve had two tattoos here and I love them both! Mikey did my second one and even touched up the first one id had done for me as it had started to fade a little. Staff are all really friendly and helpful! Have recommended them to several friends!

  • Sharona Barnes

    I have visited Hazel and her amazing team at the shop that often I have now begun to think I actually live there. I am on to my third piece of work, having already had a back piece, a full sleeve and now a sock! A very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. I continue to think of things I want to have done, just so I can keep coming back for more!! I cannot recommend Design 4 Life any higher. Five star work by five star tattooists. If you want a top notch tattoo this is the ONLY place to go!! Keep up the excellent work guys

  • Charlene McLean

    Fantastic friendly place, lots of different skilled artists to choose from with amazing pieces of work x

  • Carolyn Thorney

    Love this studio…brilliant group of talented artists create a great environment in which to be tattooed. I’ve had both sleeves & both feet tattooed by Hazel & have seen the quality of the other artists during a fair few hours in the chair…can’t recommend this place highly enough!!

  • Rick Preskey

    I’ve had loads of work done by Hazel and she’s amazing, its a great studio with great artists, the quality of work is fantastic and it’s a great atmosphere to get tattooed in. I would recommend them to anyone

  • Emma Plumpton

    Buzzing central studio with a “part of the family” atmosphere, always a friendly face and helpful advice

  • Scott Stringer

    Awesome place, friendly welcoming staff, Can’t recommend this place more.

  • Ellie Baldwin

    Loved it, the people behind the counter are really chilled out and Lee took the time to calm me down before tattooing me. Would definitely recommend to others!

  • Paul Hughan

    Had my piece done by martin finished off last sat top bloke and great tattooist will be going back to have more done all the staff are great in deffo recommend you go here for your for your tattoos needs more than 5 stars keep up the good work

  • Debbie Potter-Vaughan

    I highly recommend this place to anybody. Had my first tattoo done there today by Martin. Well pleased & happy with it. I’m going back there for another one soon! Don’t go anywhere else.

  • Dylan Romanchuk

    My girlfriend and I came all the way from Canada, and I got my first tattoo done with Alex Dragos, and I couldn’t be happier with it. He was very understanding when it came to my budget, and made sure that he stayed within it. The overall experience was great, and I knew that Alex would do an amazing job from the beginning. I would definitely recommend this studio to anyone who is going to Liverpool and looking for professional tattoos and amazing artists. Thanks again guys!

  • Charlotte Hood-Fredriksen

    Just had my first sitting with Simon (Bell). It’s was fabulous, he’s a great artist and his design is amazing. Everyone there was really lovely and helpful. Am definitely going back, not only to have this piece finished, but for any future ink I decide to get! Highly recommended!

  • Karl Brown

    It’s the only tattoo shop I go to when home in Liverpool, like the honesty- if it won’t work they tell you! And always a great job not matter what I ask for!

  • Jennifer Sanford

    I Had a cover up yesterday from Simon Mora, amazing work, so pleased.. Everyone is really friendly and helpful would highly recommend!!!

  • Michael Ynwa Myles

    Outstanding studio. Got an amazing tattoo by Simon today. Service is excellent and friendly. Would recommend this studio to anyone. Thanks again Simon.

  • Chloé Mallon

    Got a piercing here last week by Danny and I am really happy with the result! So far so good! All staff are very friendly and professional. Would recomend Design 4 Life to anyone

  • Liz Pimbley

    Was really nervous about getting my first tattoo but Gus really put me at ease. Had an idea of what I wanted but he designed a beautiful tattoo for me-far nicer than the image I had taken in. Would definitely recommend!

  • Hannah Farmer

    Beautiful shop, lovely people and absolutely amazing work. Had a cover-up done and the artist has turned something I hated into a live of art I’ll love forever! Would recommend to everyone and I’ll see you again soon for the next part of my sleeve!

  • Jack O'Leary

    Got a tattoo what can I say. Friendliest team of tattooists going nothing bad to say about them. Highly recommend them.

  • Natasha Arbia

    Got an amazing tattoo done by Chris today. He came up with a gorgeous design for me and has given me the most beautiful tattoo. Really great process from start to finish.would definitely go back for my next tattoo. Thanks so much Chris!

  • Rebekah Treherne MUA

    Came here for my first tattoo and absolutely love it! Mike did it and I’m made up with it! Will defiantly be back! Thanks

  • Bethany Smith

    I got a tattoo done today by Hazel. Everybody there was very friendly and the art produced is truly incredible! My tattoo experience was amazing and I will certainly be going back for my next tattoo! I will definitely be recommending Design 4 Life to my friends and family. Thank you for such a great experience today!

  • Helen Niccolls

    Highly recommend booking in here! I’m most of the way through getting a back piece done by Hazel who is amazingly talented can’t wait to see the finished result! Wouldn’t book anywhere else!

  • Elliot A Hurst

    Simon created a wonderful custom piece for me, and everyone made the experience a wonderful time. Odds on I’ll be back for more soon enough

  • Louise Lockley

    I got my tragus pierced there last year and got my tattoo in memory of my dad yesterday. I love it, thank you! The staff couldn’t be more helpful and friendly, definitely will be back

  • Mia Kerbey

    Had my sleeve finished on Saturday and I absolutely love it. Next idea I get, I’m coming straight back to you guys!

  • Bekki Pesky Vdub

    Awesome friendly staff and great place to go for piercings.

  • Hannah Grugel Butler

    Got my second tattoo done today in Design 4 Life again. Wouldn’t go anywhere else. Mikey done mine today, looks absolutely brilliant! Can’t wait to come back in for my next one.

  • Tom Wright

    Another brilliant experience at this studio highly recommend this to anyone looking for some work done. Very clean studio, helpful artists. Also, Allan is the man!!!! Cheers guys..

  • Cameron Pert

    Great tattoo studio! Really friendly and know what they’re at! Place it’s clean and very professional!

  • Matthew O'Toole

    Design 4 Life is a Superior Tattooing establishment, after years of looking round for the right tattooist, I was saved by Design 4 Life who offered great customer service and exceptional work.

  • KellyAnn Palin

    Kate pierced my nose I was really nervous it was over with really quick its healing great and I absolutely love it!! Thanks guys

  • Alice Jardine

    My tattoo is healing beautifully and I love it, thank you Mike!

  • Julie McFarlane

    Got to be 5/5. Thanks to Gus for making my first tattoo experience brilliant xx

Tattooing

tattooing

 

CHOOSING A STUDIO FOR TATTOOING OR PIERCING.
Other than the use of universal precautions and laws regarding minors, few regulations cover tattooing. No governing body currently inspects tattoo businesses other than for hygiene.

Anyone can buy a machine, get a registration and start tattooing whether or not they have any artistic ability — a situation that professional tattoo artists object to — so it’s a good idea to do your homework before rolling up your sleeve, it really is a case of buyer beware and the chance is if it’s a cheap tattoo then its cheap because there is no infection control, there is no artistic ability or the establishment simply doesn’t care about the well-being of its clients.

So when choosing a studio: Look around to see if the studio is clean and professional.

Ask questions: Is there an autoclave? Are the needles and other materials single-use? Do the tattoo artists wear gloves during tattooing? Professional artists won’t mind the questions. Watch the artist and pay attention to health and safety precautions.

Watch the artist open all needles before beginning work. Ask about the staffs professional experience. Ask to see examples of past work.

BOOKING IN – TIME AND PRICING
We have 8 Tattoo artists therefore appointments for small/medium-sized Tattoos are not always necessary and we can normally accommodate these tattoos on a walk in basis, We do advise however that you call ahead to check availability. 0151 709 0479

We specialise in custom work, depending on the artist you choose waiting times will vary. Fixed designs are given a fixed price, large work such as sleeves is priced by the hour this is currently £70 per hour, within the exception of Tribal and Polynesian which is priced at £80 per hour.

As a rule of thumb the cost and the amount of time it takes to complete a tattoo is dependent on the size and complexity of the tattoo, basic designs range from £30 upwards. Custom tattoos and larger designs are more expensive, and elaborate pieces can require multiple sessions.

Custom tattoos take time to design and draw up, we do not charge for this time or the design(as many studios do) however we do require a deposit to be left on all appointments. For the reasons above appointments cannot be made via phone or email and must be made in person.

All design work is done with no obligation, if you want it changing then we will work with you to get exactly what you want. For a consultation about a design no booking is required, please feel free to drop in.

The opening hours for each studio can be found under the address.

CUSTOM TATTOOS
If you want to get a custom-drawn tattoo, you will first want to set

up a consultation with the Tattoo Artist. This is a good time to get
to talk with your tattooist about the design you want to get. You
can explain why you are getting this design and what influenced
you to get it. If you have any images or reference photos, now is the time to give them to the tattooist. It’s kind
of fun and exciting,open discussion.
Your tattooist will use this time to get to know you a little better
and ensure the right vision and style for you. From this
interaction with you, the Artist can tell how serious you are (or aren’t)
about the tattoo.

In the consultation describe your ideas as fully as you can to
the tattooist. The tattooist should have a very good understanding
of what you are looking for. It should be easy enough for to
start putting your drawing together.
Unlike many other studios we don’t charge for the drawing of a tattoo. The Artist
takes on the challenge of drawing for you because they believe
you are going to get the tattoo. Not many people realize that a
tattooist can spend up to six hours or more drawing one design.
This is out of the Artists own personal private time. Drawing a cover-up so an old tattoo is
“gone” takes an immense amount of work and concentration. This
is where tattooing becomes more of an art than a craft, and an art
background really makes the difference.
Unless you leave a deposit for an appointment the Artist will not give you the drawing to take away. Many clients ask to do this and often get
cross when they are told they cannot. If the design goes out the
door, the person with the design can then take it somewhere
else to get it tattooed. You may think that is preposterous but it
happens all the time. They will get it tattooed cheaper in another
shop by someone with less talent.

Custom Tattoos need to be drawn to your specification, so the artist will take away the information you’ve given, do you a drawing and contact you to come and see it. If you’d like changes making the artist will work with you until it’s just right. Drawings can take from a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the Artists workload. Designs are Free of charge however the artist will need you to show some commitment before they spend their time on the drawing.

HOW OLD TO GET A TATTOO
You must be 18 in order to get a tattoo, this is the law under the Tattooing of Minors Act 1968. This is regardless of parental consent and we will not tattoo anyone under the age of 18. If you’re 18 or older but don’t look it we strongly recommended you bring photo I.D (Recent Passport or Driving License) to prove your age. ID will be inspected closely.
DRINK, DRUGS, CONTRAINDICATIONS MEDICAL CONDITIONS BOTH FOR TATTOOS AND PIERCINGS
We will not tattoo or pierce anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we also reserve the right to refuse a tattoo or piercing without explanation. Before each tattoo or piercing a consent form must be completed, the consent form contains a list of medical conditions, if you have one or more of these conditions then it is not advisable to have a tattoo or piercing without the written advice of your doctor.

There are certain contraindications to tattooing and you should seek the advice of your tattoo artist or GP/Doctor, if you have any of the following:

Impetigo, Cellulitis, Eczema, Psoriasis

Heart disease/disorders, Haemophilia, Low or High blood pressure

Epilepsy, Diabetes

HIV, Hepatitis B/C

Conditions which compromise the immune system, Conditions that may cause haemorrhaging e.g leukaemia

Conditions which may cause excessive bleeding

Allergies to metals(including Nickel), Latex, antiseptics, adhesive dressings or topical dressings and medicines.

You are undergoing a course of medication or medical treatment/

I am not pregnant or breast feeding.

Taken Aspirin or other medicines that thin the blood.

Or suffer from any other condition through which my health may be compromised when receiving a tattoo.

 

THE PROCEDURE
Tattoos are produced by inserting ink about a millimeter deep into skin with a Tattoo Machine.

When you look at a persons tattoo, you’re seeing the ink through the epidermis, or the top layer of skin. The ink is inserted into the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin. A tattoo machine creates a puncture wound every time it inserts a drop of ink into the skin. Since any puncture wound has the potential for infection and disease transmission, hygiene and correct protocols are imperative.

Tattoo artists must use sterilisation, disposable materials and hand sanitation to protect themselves and their clients. To eliminate the possibility of contamination, most tattoo materials, including inks, ink cups, gloves and needles, are single use.

Many single-use items arrive in sterile packaging, which the artist opens in front of the customer just before beginning work. Reusable materials, such as the tubes, are sterilized before every use in a vacuum autoclave. Prior to sterilizing the equipment, each item must be cleaned and placed in a sealed pouch. An indicator strip on the pouch changes color when the items inside are sterile.

As a bare minimum before carrying out a tattoo procedure the artist should wash and inspect their hands for cuts and abrasions, Disinfect the work area, Place plastic bags on spray bottles to prevent cross-contamination, explain the sterilization process to the client, Remove all equipment from sterile packaging in front of the client, open new pre-sterlised single use needle in front of the clients, Clean and disinfect (with a mixture of water and antiseptic soap) the area to be tattooed.

Clients work with artists to create custom tattoo designs, or they chose images from flash, which are tattoo designs displayed in the shop. The artist draws or stencils the design onto the person’s skin, since the skin can stretch while the artist uses the tattoo machine.

The artist must also know how deeply the needles need to pierce the skin throughout the process. Punctures that are too deep cause excessive pain and bleeding, blowouts and poor healing and ones that are too shallow cause uneven lines and patchy tattoo’s.

During the tattooing procedure itself, the artist creates a permanent line over the stencil, this is called the outline, the outline is possibly the most painful part of the tattoo procedure. Try not to worry too much though as the body will release it’s natural pain killers. Once the outline is complete they will move on to the shading, improper technique during this step can cause shadowed lines, excessive pain and delayed healing. And finally if it’s a color tatoo the artist will apply coloured ink. Again the technique and experience of the artist are paramount in order to achieve solid colour and/or smooth colour blends.

The final step is to clean and bandage the tattooed area, the artist uses a disposable towel to remove any excess blood and plasma and then covers the tattoo with a sterile dressing. Some bleeding always occurs during tattooing, but most stops within a few minutes.

The artist will then provide verbal aftercare advice and talk you through looking after and the healing of your tattoo, this will then be underpinned by the provision of a printed aftercare sheet that you can take away for reference.

HEALTH RISKS

Risks associated with Tattoos are as follows:

Scarring, Blood Poisoning(Septicaemia)

Localised Infection, Allergic Reactions to Ink

Localised Swelling

Since tattoos involve needles and blood, they carry risks.

These include transmission of diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis and possibly HIV.

When tattoo artists follow all the correct sterilization and sanitation procedures, risks for disease transmission are relatively low.

There has not been a documented case of HIV transmission from a tattoo. However, doctors warn that non-sterile tattooing practices can lead to the transmission of syphilis, hepatitis B and other infectious organisms.

Infections can occur in new tattoos like all wounds, especially without appropriate aftercare.

Some people also experience allergic reactions to tattoo inks. If you have any concerns please consult the tattoo artist.

Tattoo professionals use rules known as universal precautions to prevent the spread of illnesses during tattooing. The same rules apply to hospitals and doctors’ offices. The Law states that no-one under the age of 18 can receive at tattoo,. So, some adolescents get tattoos from friends, amateurs or unscrupulous studios, who use makeshift tools like pens and paper clips with little if any sanitary precautions. This is extremely dangerous, since proper equipment and sanitary measures protect people from disease and infection.

 

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY TATTOO?
An important question that is not frequently asked, but is very important to the outcome of your tattoo. The better your health, the more rested you are, the better the outcome in receiving and healing your tattoo.

No professional studio should ever touch anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, no matter how small the amount. This will cause difficulty in applying the tattoo.

It is recommended that you do not drink any alcohol, take any aspirin or antihistamines for 24 hours prior to your tattoo appointment. A vitamin supplement with zinc is recommended.

Arrive at your appointment well rested.

Further, it would help to have a small to medium meal approximately 2/3 hours before your tattoo. Bring some drinks with you to keep Hydrated.

Tattooing is a sterile process. You will want to be clean for the tattoo so you won’t run the risk of infection. Tattoo
shops put a lot of effort into being a safe and sterile environment for your safety. It doesn’t make much sense to jeopardize that, coming straight to the tattoo
shop from the construction site or aerobics class may not be such a great idea.

If you know you are going to get a tattoo in the near future, stay away from self-tanning or Spray tan products. If you use these your skin will have a different texture, which makes it difficult to tattoo.

Stay out of the sun before and after you get a tattoo. Sunburned skin is already irritated and trying to heal itself.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
This answer varies and depends on a number of factor including the health of the person, the type of tattoo and the location of the tattoo.

Generally, you will care for your new tattoo for the first two weeks, with healing time averaging 7 – 10 days.

Your artist will go over the best method for you and your type of tattoo.

AFTERCARE
The first few days and weeks for a new tattoo are probably the most important for your new tattoo. Make sure you care for it properly!

Below is the healing procedure and do’s and don’ts we recommend.

Because each individual is different, this may not always be best recommendation for each person. We recommend you follow the advice of your tattoo artist:

 

Aftercare / Minimising Risk of Complications:

Avoid unnecessary touching, scratching or picking to reduce the risk of introducing infection.

Always Wash and Dry your hands before and after touching a new tattoo.

Your new tattoo should be kept covered for at least an hour using the sterile, non adherent dressing applied.

The dressing will stop the tattoo catching on clothing or being exposed to air-borne bacteria and other contaminants.

The dressing will also help to stop bleeding and oozing but should be removed before it dries onto the treated area.

After removal of the dressing, gently wash the tattoo with warm water and pat dry with a clean paper towel or tissue.

Do not rub or skin will become irritated. If possible shower rather than bathe so that unnecessary water exposure is prevented.

Do not use products on the tattoo that have not been recommended by your artist or are not intended for open wound healing.

You may apply moisturising cream 2-3 times a day to assist healing and prevent skin cracking, but avoid petroleum based creams as they will affect healing.

You should not share skin products with others.

After approximately 2 weeks any scabbing should have gone.

The area should be completely healed in a further 10-14 days.

Avoid Swimming, sunbeds and exposure to the Sun or UV light until your tattoo is fully healed. Sunlight/Chlorine can interact with the tattoo pigment causing irritation and inflammation.

Try to wear loose cotton clothing to minimise rubbing and irritation whilst the tattoo is healing.

Always keep a new tattoo covered and protected if working in a dirty/dusty/oily environment.

If you have any problems or queries please contact your tattoo artist on 0151 709 0479, he/she will refer you onto your GP if there are any signs of adverse reaction/infection.

You can find a printable aftercare sheet here:

http://www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk/tattoo-aftercare/

DOES IT HURT - MEN?
Tattooing is not painless, you will experience some discomfort particularly at the beginning of a tattoo. The amount of discomfort felt depends on the individual, your well-being and also the part of the body being tattooed. The diagram below gives an indication of which parts of the body are more sensitive than others, this may however differ from person to person. tattoopainmansfront tattoopainmansback
DOES IT HURT - WOMEN?
Tattooing is not painless, you will experience some discomfort particularly at the beginning of a tattoo. The amount of discomfort felt depends on the individual, your well-being and also the part of the body being tattooed. The diagram below gives an indication of which parts of the body are more sensitive than others, this may however differ from person to person. tattoopainfemalefronttattoopainfemaleback
TATTOOING AND SKIN TONES
When you look at a tattoo, you are looking at the tattoo through the skin.

Therefore, the darker the skin tone, the more muted the colors of a tattoo will appear.

On coffee-colored complexions or lighter, colors can still be used although there are some limitations in the palette. On darker skin, consideration has to be given to the choice of colors depending on skin tone.

As a general rule the darker the skin the more limited the choice of colour becomes and for very dark skin gray shading and solid black are appropriate.

If you require any further info regarding tattooing and skin tone please pop in or give us a bell!!

TATTOOING AND WORKPLACE
Sadly even in this day and age getting a Tattoo can effect your employment.  Many people make sure their tattoos can be covered
with a short-sleeve shirt to keep the boss from seeing it. Despite
the wide acceptance of tattoos, it is still possible that a visible tattoo
can effect you getting a job. Employers sometimes still
think a tattoo is a sign of rebelling, so think carefully about the placement
of your tattoo before you get it.

A “job stopper” is a tattoo that is below the wrist or above the
collarbone. Tattoos in these areas can make it very difficult to get a job. It is prohibited in certain countries to tattoo someone below the wrist or
on the neck or face.

 

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Piercing

Piercing

 

PIERCING SERVICES
Piercing is carried out by experienced male and female piercers in purpose-built hygienic dedicated piercing rooms. Only high quality titanium Jewellery is used and the cost of any change down in jewellery is included in the cost of the piercing. All Piercings are done on a Walk In basis, no appointment is required. Discounts are available on multiple piercings please ask for details
Piercings Available and Prices
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Anti Eyebrow Surface piercing upper cheek £40

Anti Tragus cartilage on the top of the earlobe £25

Cheek Through the cheek £35

Conch Inner ear cartilage £20

Daith cartilage above the conch

£25 Earlobes £15 each or two for £25

Eyebrow £25

Smiley/Frowney Upper or Lower Inside lip frenulum £30

Helix Outer ridge of ear cartilage £20

Labret Under Lower lip £25

Lip Single £25 or SnakeBites £45

Madison Front of neck £45

Madonna Beauty spot £30

Medusa Middle of the top lip £40

Nose Bridge / Earle £35

Nostril £20

Rook Anti helix ear cartilage above the daith £25

Scaffolding or Industrial multiple ear piercings with barbel going through – price varies

Septum £30

Snug £30

Third Eye Vertical nose bridge £45

 

Tongue £40

Tragus Small piece of cartilage in front of the ear £20

 

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Body

Navel Belly Button £30

Nipple Horizontal or Vertical £25

Nipple Both £45

Micro Dermal’s, Skin Divers and Surface Micro Dermal Implant Can be placed in most regions of the body: chest, face, hips, stomach, neck, arms etc.  £40 Skin Divers Can be placed in most regions of the body: chest, face, hips, stomach, neck, arms etc. £30

Surface  – price on enquiry

Jewellery Change e.g putting in your own Jewellery £5

DRINK, DRUGS, CONTRAINDICATIONS MEDICAL CONDITIONS BOTH FOR TATTOOS AND PIERCINGS

We will not tattoo or pierce anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we also reserve the right to refuse a tattoo or piercing without explanation. Before each tattoo or piercing a consent form must be completed, the consent form contains a list of medical conditions, if you have one or more of these conditions then it is not advisable to have a tattoo or piercing without the written advice of your doctor.

There are certain contraindications to tattooing and you should seek the advice of your tattoo artist or GP Doctor, if you have any of the following:

Impetigo, Cellulitis, Eczema, Psoriasis

Heart disease/disorders, Haemophilia, Low or High blood pressure

Epilepsy, Diabetes

HIV, Hepatitis B/C

Conditions which compromise the immune system, Conditions that may cause haemorrhaging e.g leukaemia

Conditions which may cause excessive bleeding

Allergies to metals(including Nickel), Latex, antiseptics, adhesive dressings or topical dressings and medicines.

You are undergoing a course of medication or medical treatment

I am not pregnant or breast feeding.

Taken Aspirin or other medicines that thin the blood.

Or suffer from any other condition through which my health may be compromised when receiving a tattoo.

 

Risks from Piercings

Known (potential) Risks Associated with Piercing:
  • Scarring, Blood Poisoning(Septicaemia)
  • Jewellery Embedding/Migration
  • Localised Infection, Allergic Reactions to Jewellery
  • Localised Swelling & Trauma
  • Tongue Piercing May lead to swelling, choking & restriction of the airway. Tooth/Gum Damage (if applicable)

Does it hurt?
The most common we get asked is does it hurt?’. The discomfort felt varies from piercing to piercing and from person to person. With all piercing there is a moment of discomfort, but normally the pressure of the clamps used to lightly pinch the skin is the worst part of it.

Anaesthetics
We prefer not to use anaesthetics, as it actually impairs the healing of the piercing. In fact a piercing will hurt far more post piercing if it has been anaesthetised beforehand, and will also take longer to heal. As the pain level is so minimal, we prefer not to use it.

How should I prepare for my piercing?
We recommend before you are pierced you are well rested and eat 2hrs prior to your piercing.

How long does it take to heal?

Healing times will vary but here are some indicative healing times:

Ear Lobe, Eyebrow and Septum

Ear Cartilage and Nostril

Tongue

Lips and Cheeks

Nipple:

Navel:

6-8 Weeks

2 Months to 1 Year

4 -8 Weeks

6 to 12 Weeks

2 to 6 Months

4 Months to 1 Year

How soon can I change my piercing?
This varies depending on the individual piercing, and you will be given a guidance when pierced.  Also changing a piercing too soon is never advised.

How old do I have to be to be pierced?

We adopt the policy that you must be 17+ to consent to a piercing.

Whilst there are no legal guidelines for piercings other than ear piercing and Piercing of anyone under 16(in non intimate areas) can be performed with parental consent. Insurance companies now require that anyone between 14 and 17 must have parental consent.

We reserve the right to refuse if we think you are physically underdeveloped for a piercing, or that you aren’t mature or responsible enough for it, we will decline to pierce you even with parental consent.

If your are 17 or older but don’t look it we strongly recommended you bring photo I.D (Recent Passport or Driving License) to prove your age. ID will be inspected closely.

What do I do if I have a problem with my piercing?
Come back and see us, we’re never to busy to check on the progress or healing of your piercing, and provide you with advice and guidance. Never take out a piercing if you feel there is a problem with it. Always come back and have it checked first.

Piercing Aftercare
The aftercare advice we give is based on years of experience with piercing, and after you are pierced we will go through what you need to do to look after your piercing and we also provide you with a detailed aftercare sheet. Follow our instructions closely and you will have no problems. Healing of a piercing requires a lot of care and attention. Neglect them or abuse them and they can become infected and/or take a lot longer to heal. http://www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk/piercing-aftercare/

Microdermals — or Surface anchors
Are a type of body jewellery that allow for “single point” piercing… a piercing that has only one visible end or bead. For example in a place not suitable for a traditional piercing. They have a much higher success rate than surface piercings. The single point piercing is made by piercing one hole and inserting a Surface Anchor. Once the Anchor is in place jewellery is then threaded onto the end of the Anchor. Our Dermal anchors are imported from Europe and are made of 6AL4V ELI F-136 Implant Grade Titanium. A Microdermal is considered a permanent piercing, and therefore its important to use the best material available. Healing time is 3-5 months and the aftercare is very similar to any other piercing.

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Tattoo Removal

 

laser tattoo removal

We have been providing Laser Removal Services since 2008 using professional medical grade equipment provided by Lynton Laser. Please be wary of Tattoo Studios using cheap equipment which is not fit for purpose.

The advantages of using our services are demonstrated particularly if you are having part removal of a tattoo or tattoo removal for a cover-up. We can arrange a consultation with a Tattoo Artist who has a better understanding of how the tattoo has been composed in the first place and with this knowledge we will take a strategic approach to its removal, this results in less skin trauma and less cost to you.

 

HOW DOES A TATTOO REMOVAL LASER WORK?
We use an Active Q Switched Laser, in simple terms active as opposed to passive means that the laser is more effective. The result being less treatments and therefore less cost. The Active Q-Switched Lasers generate a high-powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse and are the most suitable laser for tattoo removal. The very short pulse of high-powered laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune defences to absorb and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.

 

HOW IS THE TATTOO REMOVAL TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?
The skin will be cleaned and then the laser applicator is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible ‘clicking’ noise is often heard as the ink particles shatter. After treatment, a soothing lotion and a light dressing may be applied. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
HOW DOES THE TATTOO REMOVAL TREATMENT FEEL?
Most clients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable most people tolerate treatment well.
HOW DOES THE SKIN LOOK AFTER TATTOO REMOVAL TREATMENT?
An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a graze which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses it.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FROM TATTOO REMOVAL?
Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. Change to the skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any grazes are not allowed to heal naturally. There may be a loss of natural tanning ability in the area treated, which usually improves with time.
HOW MANY TATTOO REMOVAL TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?
This depend on several factors, including the density and colour of the inks used in the tattoo and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoo’s can be quick to remove, taking 1 to 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and some can take up to 15 treatments. Treatment sessions are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart.
HOW LONG DOES EACH TREATMENT TAKE?
Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally its between 10 and 30 minutes.
HOW MUCH DOES A TREATMENT COST?
Treatment prices start from £20 per treatment.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Prior to a treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability for the treatment. Subject to this you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch. The cost of a consultation is usually £20, this is deductible from the cost of your first actual laser removal treatment session. However at the moment we are offering free consultations and test patches. To book a consultation please call us on 0151 709 0479

Laser Tattoo Removal

Studio

Lime St

Liverpool City Centre Tattoo and Piercing Studio

70 Lime Street
Liverpool
L1 1JN
Tel: 0151 709 0479
Email: [email protected]

Opening Times:

Monday 10 till 6

Tuesday 10 till 6

Wed 10 till 6

Thurdays 10 till 6 (Out of Hours can be booked)

Friday 10 till 6 (Out of Hours can be booked)

Saturday 10 till 6

Sunday 11 till 5

Opposite the Adelphi Hotel.

 

Location Map

 

Tattoo Shop

The Team

Contact

Design 4 Life Tattoo

 

 

Please choose the nature of your enquiry below and we will do out best to assist, alternatively you can contact us on 0151 709 0479 or pop into our studio based on Lime St, Liverpool, City Centre:

Tattoo Enquiry

Tattoo Enquiry Form

Contact Us using this form in relation to Tattoos, you may also attach images. Please be as descriptive as possible, so for example size of the tattoo. Whether its a cover-up, the colours you want etc etc

Please use this form to make an enquiry about a Tattoo. Many commonly asked questions are answered here http://www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk/tattooing-info or by choosing 'Tattoo' from the menu above.

If you cannot find the answer to your question please use the form below, we endeavour to respond to messages within 24hrs, however if you require a quicker response please call us on 0151 709 0479. Our opening hours are listed on the right of this screen.

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Piercing Enquiry

Piercing Enquiry Form

Contact Us using this form in relation to Piercings, you may also attach images.

Please use this form to make an enquiry about a Piercing. Many commonly asked questions are answered here http://www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk/piercing or by choosing 'Piercing' from the menu above.

If you cannot find the answer to your question please use the form below, we endeavour to respond to messages within 24hrs, however if you require a quicker response please call us on 0151 709 0479. Our opening hours are listed on the right of this screen.

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General Enquiry

General Enquiry Form

Contact Us using this form in relation to General Enquiries, you may also attach images.

Please use this form to make an enquiry about Administration or the Liverpool Tattoo Convention, if you want to make an enquiry about Tattoos or Piercings or Laser Tattoo Removal at Design 4 Life Studio please use the appropriate contact form.

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Tattoo Removal Enquiry

Laser Tattoo Removal Enquiry Form

Contact Us using this form in relation to Laser Tattoo Removal, you may also attach images. Please be as descriptive as possible, so for example size of the tattoo, the colours in it.  Whether you want full removal or reduction for a cover-up.

Please use this form to make an enquiry about Laser Tattoo Removal. Many commonly asked questions are answered here http://www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk/tattoo-removal or by choosing 'Tattoo Removal' from the menu above.

If you cannot find the answer to your question please use the form below, we endeavour to respond to messages within 24hrs, however if you require a quicker response please call us on 0151 709 0479. Our opening hours are listed on the right of this screen.

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Galleries

 

ARTIST AND PIERCER GALLERIES

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Hazel Nicholls - Mutli Award Winning Tattoo Arist & Owner
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Mike Rea - Tattoo Artist
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Gus Albiston - Tattoo Artist
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Lea Brown - Tattoo Artist
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Chris McCulloch - Tattoo Artist
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Simon Bell - Tattoo Artist

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Martin Hancox -Tattoo Artist
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Simon Mora -Tattoo Artist

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Kate Sheard - Piercer
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Daniel Wright - Piercer

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Morgan Myatt - Tattoo Artist

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A selection of Geometric and Mandala Tattoos by Mike Rea. Clean lines and careful placement, make these timeless classic tattoos. For Bookings with Mike ☎ 0151 709 0479 [email protected] www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk Lime St or Central Station Any Bus going to Queens Square Bus Station(2 Min Walk) or Liverpool One Bus Station(7 Min Walk) 70 Lime St, Liverpool City Centre, L1 1JN  

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A selection of 13 Horror Tattoos by our resident artist & owner Hazel Nicholls. A Multi-Awarding Winning Artist, Hazel is renowned for her vibrant colour work, smooth and solid black & grey and surreal tattoos that take inspiration from the darker side of life.  Hazel has attended many tattoo conventions in the UK aboard and picked up many awards for her very distinct work which is tattooed with longevity in mind. For Bookings with Hazel ☎ 0151 709 0479 [email protected] www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk Lime St or Central Station Any Bus going to Queens Square Bus Station(2 Min Walk) or Liverpool One Bus Station(7 Min Walk) 70 Lime St, Liverpool City Centre, L1 1JN

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15 Blackwork Beauties by Simon Mora

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A selection of Blackwork Tattoos by our resident artist Simon Mora. Crisp, clean and vivid custom tattoos by Simon with a refreshing approach to design these tattoos are timeless classics. For Bookings with Simon Mora ☎ 0151 709 0479 [email protected] www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk Lime St or Central Station Any Bus going to Queens Square Bus Station(2 Min Walk) or Liverpool One Bus Station(7 Min Walk) 70 Lime St, Liverpool City Centre, L1 1JN

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A selection of Game, Pop Culture and Graphic tattoos by our resident artist Simon K Bell. Simon’s keen eye for detail, conceptualisation and skills his tools. Make him one of the best artists in this genre in the UK. Simon is also a brilliant illustrator and artist and often has prints to sell. For Bookings with Simon K Bell ☎ 0151 709 0479 [email protected] www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk Lime St or Central Station Any Bus going to Queens Square Bus Station(2 Min Walk) or Liverpool One Bus Station(7 Min Walk) 70 Lime St, Liverpool City Centre, L1 1JN

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