Custom Tattoo

abody has a full time custom tattoo artist which means we design your tattoo especially for you.

The first step in this process is to help us understand your idea; bring us images, photos, cut outs from magazines, drawings – even if you can’t draw they still help. You can email us them or bring them on a USB stick – which is by far the best way. Then we can discuss your design and where you want to go with your tattoo.

We take an artwork deposit for the design work, which will be taken off the price of the tattoo.

The next step is to make an appointment for you, however we will only do this when we are 100% sure of what we are tattooing – which may mean us arranging you a further consultation.

We usually book consultations for the end of a day; you will need to bring all your images and ideas as explained above. You will have the opportunity to sit with our custom tattoo artist in order to work out your design and the placement of it. Once this is verified we can make you an appointment.

Appointment Process

Appointments are made in person with a non-refundable 30% deposit paid at the time of the booking.

We require notice if you wish to make changes to your appointment date or time.

Walk in Tattoo

abody has walk in tattooing available Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

No appointment necessary, but they are on a first come, first served basis.

So come early – save disappointment.

Design

Tattooing is an ancient art-form, not a computer print-out or generated image. It is inked free-hand under the surface of the skin, which is neither a flat surface nor in itself perfect. Therefore, under close scrutiny, you will find minor differences in comparison to a design on paper.

It is important for a tattoo to flow with the shape of your body. Not every shape fits every part of the body.

A tattoo has to be unique and tailored to you. Perhaps you have a favourite painting / picture / image and you would like to make a tattoo out of it, or a favourite quote. There are so many possibilities you might think of, research and choose carefully. Check out our gallery for ideas!

We can’t say this often enough: THINK BEFORE YOU INK!

Hygiene

We work in accordance with the Leicester City Council Health and Safety guidelines; which means a clean and a sterile environment. Following strict cross-infection control measures all our equipment is of the most up to date standard, and we have a unique, sterile, disposable needle, tube, tip and grip system. Which means all equipment is single-use; they are packaged in sealed and dated pouches which we encourage customers to pay attention to. Fresh, surgical gloves are used for each customer and are changed regularly throughout the tattoo process. We also use the latest high standard inks, always in date and are vegan friendly.

FAQs

Does it hurt?

Yes tattooing hurts, but the pain is very bearable and everyone experiences it differently. Some places are more painful than others. However please don’t take this under consideration when choosing the spot you want to get tattooed. Pain is just temporary and your tattoo is for a lifetime. In the end your new tattoo has to be on the spot where you like it the most and where the design suits your body.

What should I do before I get tattooed?

Rest well – don’t go to bed too late, don’t drink alcohol the night before or on the day of your tattoo and get a good meal prior to being tattooed. These things will make the process easier on you and will help the healing process!

Things we don’t do:

  • We don’t tattoo people under the age of 18 years old.

  • We don’t tattoo racist texts or designs.

  • We don’t tattoo people who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

  • We don’t tattoo faces or hands and may sometimes deny tattooing a design that in our opinion will not stay beautiful.

Daily aftercare procedure

Rinse your tattoo twice daily when bathing or showering. It is advisable to use perfume free soaps and shower gels during the healing process. Remember to only pat dry and never rub your tattoo. After 24hrs you will start to produce a scab that will protect the surface of your tattoo. It can be uncomfortable but you must be patient. Do not itch, pick or scratch your tattoo as it can remove colour and cause scarring. You can use simple moisturiser to help with itchiness and dryness; cocoa butter, shea butter or after ink.

During healing avoid;

Direct sun, chlorinated pools, saunas, sun beds, prolonged soaking. Scratching or picking. Sweat or strain from exercise. Clothing that may stick or rub.

Advice

The aftercare of your tattoo is of the utmost importance. If you follow the advice outlined here and take good general care, you should have no problems. If you do not keep to these procedures you can run the risk of local infections and possibly blood poisoning.

Infections can develop easily on a new tattoo since it is an open wound. Be sure when touching and applying cream or lotion that your hands are clean. Wear loose fitting clothing and try to keep the affected area in a comfortable position while healing. An infection usually is a result of neglecting aftercare. A sign of infection include excessive redness and heat, prolonged swelling and soreness, again if in doubt get in contact immediately with us.

When you leave abody you will have a clingfilm dressing. You are advised to keep this covered until the end of the day when you can commence with the advised aftercare.