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Here at the Inkden studio, we pride ourselves on being a little different. If you’ve visited us before you may have picked up on a few of the things I’ll mention today – if you haven’t then hopefully this will convince you to take a trip down to come and see for yourself!
When you first come into the studio, our comfy waiting area is to the right, and we have our very own tearoom to the left. So, whether you’re in for a consultation, an appointment, or just passing by – there’s always some tasty food and drinks available to everyone. The lovely ladies in the tearoom cater to as many dietary requirement as they can, whether you’re looking for a little snack, a gluten- free option, or even something vegan friendly – they have some great options!
If the good food isn’t enough to pull you in, we also hold a new exhibition every month, showcasing the work of local artists over the entire ground floor. So, if you’re a fan of art then we recommend stopping by to see some of the pieces we have up as they do change monthly. To add to the creative tone, we also have our own Inkden merch, ranging from things as little as lanyards and socks, to dresses and beach towels! Our tattooists create all designs themselves and enjoy having the pieces on display for customers to see.
The last things I’ll remind you about is that as well as our group of 7 very talented tattoo artists, we also have Anna, our laser tattoo removal expert right beside us in the building. Anna has the highest qualifications possible to get in the UK so we can assure you, you’re in safe hands with her. Also, we have Adrianna – although she’s one of our very talented tattoo artists, she’s also a fully qualified piercer and permanent makeup artist! So, I’m sure if there’s something you’re looking for, there’s a good chance we have someone here for you.
We hope to see you soon!
– The Inkden Family.
A question that’s seemed to pop up a lot over the first month of my apprenticeship at Inkden is “why tattooing?” and personally for me, the answer is quite simple – because I’d love to create permanent pieces of art that both my customers and I will love.
Art has always been a huge part of my life – throughout my childhood, both my parents were photographers, which I’m sure helped give me a boost up into the art world. I can’t really remember a time in my life where I haven’t been creating art (even if it was just stick men to begin with)! As I grew up, I realised I had a real passion for it and knew I wanted to head down a career that somehow incorporated my creativity. I set out to expand my knowledge and learn new methods and techniques by studying Film & Media as well as Graphic Design during my GCSE years – which only fuelled my passion further. With a couple of years away from the art world (as I became a single mum to a beautiful little boy) I’m now back and ready to keep pushing for where I want to be in life.
Since being a young teenager, and being slightly rebellious, I insisted I wanted to cover myself in tattoos from head to toe… although a good few years later, that still stands! I believe the tattoo industry is an incredible one to be in, with a wonderful community too, and I’m extremely excited to be starting my journey into it.
I personally think tattoos can be truly stunning pieces of art, and I’d be overjoyed to be creating them for customers. So, over the next year I’ll be practising as much as possible whilst building up my portfolio – and at a studio like Inkden I think I’m in just the right place to learn from the best. Harmony Nightingale.
INKDEN TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR TATTOOING
· If you are unable to attend your session, please let us know within 72 hours to avoid losing your deposit.
· All deposits are non-refundable!
· Please do not consume alcohol 24 hours prior to your booking. Clients suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be tattooed and will lose their deposit
· All clients must be over 18 to have a tattoo and valid photo I.D will be required as proof of age. If you are unable to produce photo I.D upon request will mean you will be unable to get your tattoo and you will lose your deposit.
· Aftercare instructions will be provided by your artist and is stated in the aftercare leaflet. If you require a touch up session due to not following the instructions given, this will be done at your own expense.
· Before you tattoo session, please make sure to eat a substantial meal and have a good night’s sleep. Bring drinks and snacks with you; we do sell a range of snacks and hot food at Tea Amantes, the café attached to the studio.
· Please arrive to your session alone, only the person being tattooed will be allowed into the treatment room
PLEASE INFORM US IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
· Blood Borne Viruses- HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C
· Heart Conditions, Epilepsy, blood pressure problems, haemophilia and blood clotting disorders.
· If you are taking any medications, such as antibiotics or blood thinning medication please let us know.
· If you suffer from any allergies or any of the following skin conditions, it is extremely important you make us aware of these beforehand- Eczema, Psoriasis, acne, skin cancers. In some cases, we will advise seeking the opinion of a medical professional and ask clients to obtain written consent prior to the booking. Failure to mention any of the above conditions prior to your appointment may result in us being unable to do your tattoo and you will lose your deposit.
· Healed scars (white scars) are usually able to be tattooed over, but this is not always the case. If you have any scarring in and around the area of your chosen tattoo placement, we need to be made aware of this beforehand. Also, if you have experienced any unusual changes on the area of skin before the booking, let us know.
We reserve the right to refuse to perform any tattoo at any time without reason.
By completing and signing our booking form you are agreeing to all the above terms and conditions.
If you have any further questions, please contact the studio on 07957021702 or send an email to Inkden.email@example.com
Getting a tattoo can be a very daunting time, especially if it’s your first tattoo. So, if you’re trying to prepare yourself, we’re here to help with everything you need to know. From cover ups to new tattoos, we have become the leading tattoo shop in Blackpool for many. So, before you go ahead with your next tattoo, be sure to read our advice below on what to ask your tattoo artist.
We’re here to help you with all aspects of your tattoo. Regardless of whether you’re visiting a new tattoo studio and would like to find out more about the artist prior to your tattoo or this is your first ever tattoo, we have some handy advice for you. That being said, let’s get into our 10 top questions to ask your tattoo artist prior to the tattoo.
Before you jump into getting your tattoo, it’s always worth knowing how much experience your tattooist has. This could then help you to decide if they’re the tattooist for you. Experience isn’t everything, but it will help you to determine whether you’re comfortable and happy with them doing your tattoo.
The next part of the conversation should be around what you have in mind for your tattoo. This could be your own drawing for them to perfect or the idea you have for them to then create on paper. Either way, be sure to share your ideas and don’t be afraid to speak up if their initial design isn’t what you have in mind. Any reputable tattooist will want to complete something that you’re 110% happy with.
This is something that is extremely important. Now you know the design you have in mind, the next step is to confirm what type of art they specialise in. Some tattooists have different skills and specialised areas than others, so be sure to find out if your design is something they’re capable of, and if not ask about other tattoos in the studio who could potentially create the tattoo.
Once your design and plan of action are finalised, it’s worth asking how much the tattoo will cost and payment. Different tattoo shops will accept different payment methods and are priced differently. So, before you sit on the chair be sure of the cost of your tattoo and make sure that you are happy with it.
Within the pricing conversation, you should also ask how long roughly you should expect the tattoo to take. Some small designs may take minutes whereas larger tattoos with lots of design and detail could be hours, if not multiple sittings. Be sure to inquire about this so you know exactly how long it will take to complete your new tattoo.
One of the best ways to see the work that your tattoo artist has completed is by checking out their social media. Here you will see their work all in one place, newest first meaning you will be able to see the quality and depth of their work. If they are old school and don’t use social media, then you could also request looking at their portfolio to see the kind of work they produce.
Your chosen tattoo artist should take well being and hygiene extremely seriously. So, again, before you sit down for the tattoo be sure to ask about the hygiene and safety regulations they abide by. You should also discuss the aftercare and how you should be looking after your tattoo once it’s been completed. At this point, you can also ask any other questions regarding aftercare and even how to prepare for the tattoo.
If you’re 18 or look under 25, you may be asked to provide ID. So, if you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, be it today or in the near future, it’s best to ask if your chosen tattoo studio requires ID and to bring it along with you just in case!
Something that you should consider before getting your tattoo is what you do and don’t eat and drink. You should avoid drinking alcohol before a tattoo and always make sure to have something to eat. Eating will help to prevent blood sugar crashes during your tattoo process. You should also drink plenty and stay hydrated on the day before and the day of your session.
Another thing you should think about is what to wear. You should always wear something light and loose to help provide easy access. Depending on where the tattoo is going, you may need to remove clothing if you don’t wear something loose or for better access to the chosen area.
If you’re happy with the answers provided to the questions above, then it’s time to request an appointment! You should then ask the artist when they’re available next and if you can make an appointment. Some tattooists have walk in appointments whereas others may have a waiting list.
If you’re coming to Blackpool or are based in the local area and are thinking about getting a new tattoo, call on our tattoo artists at Inkden. We even offer tattoo removal. We have been providing tattoos to customers for many years now, so no matter the style, design or type of tattoo you have in mind, we’re more than confident in saying that we can help.
Speak to our team today to discuss your needs and we will be happy to create a design to suit your ideas. Book an appointment today!
ALL NUMBERS HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BOUGHT ONE, YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!!
Hi there guys!
I am sure that you are all away of the horrific situation currently occurring in Ukraine. I here would like to show my support and raise some money for PAH.org.pl (Polish Humanitarian Action) who are working to get supplies and helping refugees at the border of Ukraine and Poland. To achieve this, I’m raffling off a full day session worth £600! Each number is going to be £20 and there will be 59 numbers to choose from. This will be a chance to get a good deal and help a very worthy cause at the same time! The winner will be chosen on Saturday 19th March and the winner will be decided by whatever the bonus ball is on the national Lotto!
You can enter by sending the money to the studio account. please message the studio for more information. We just ask that you send over a screenshot of the confirmation of transfer or a screenshot-able receipt and let us know which number you would like to take! These confirmations and number entries can be sent over our Instagram or Facebook direct messages or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Numbers are first come first served so if some cheeky bugger got your number before you we will message you and let you know what is still free.
We will be updating this BLOG post a the end of each working day with the numbers that are still available so make sure you check back.
T’s and C’s:
Thank you so much for your support and please stay safe out there!
Updated on 16.03.22
This was our second collaboration to create a biomechanical sculpture. First one was donated to charity auction at Tatcon Tattoo Convention in Blackpool
Our first sculpture went to Poland to be displayed in Max Pniewski Tattoo Studio
This sculpture you can see at this Exhibition was created on the end of the second Lockdown we have spend few evenings creating this piece.
I have been invited to take part in Tofi tattoo Experiment where all invited artists designing the same idea in their own style.
It has been a massive challenge as Tofi showed me how to use Zbrush and helped me to make first steps in 3d designing world. 🙂
It was a massive honor to be part of this project and it tuck some planning and many sketches to decide what to do as well with many renders of the final design to make the design work with the forearm as this was the part of the challenge to design it to work with this body part. 🙂
You can see the creative process in ling bellow
We are pleased to announce that we have guest artist Damian Cooper back in the InkDen studio with us from 11.08 to 14.08.2021.
Damian has a passion and great talent for dot-work tattooing and also for black and grey work.
For any enquiries call us on 07957021702.
Check out the video with Damian on our YouTube channel: INKDEN TV
Biomechanical scrap sculptures
In search of inspiration and reference for my tattoo designs, I have created a series of sculpture projects that represent body parts, everyday items and half body figures (in collaboration with Jordan Oterski). The idea is to show how technology influences our daily lives, with metal, steel machinery and electronics hidden behind nice packaging and working in the background. We tend to not think much about how things work or how helpful they are, or even how dependent we are on them.
A Year later I created the vision of Mother Earth being overtaken by the cold metallic form of human technological progress and expansion.
The work was influenced by the creations of HR Giger and a post catastrophic vision of our daily life. In research for ideas and inspiration, I aimed to change the simple look of our normal daily life devices that are now packed with sophisticated technology. I started experimenting with mixed mediums. With some mechanical parts, a little expandable foam, DIY tricks and an airbrush, I came out with my first piece to be featured in the Gundry National Gallery at a local artists exhibition.
My next project was the Tattoo Art Exhibition.
This project gave me a chance to prepare and showcase some of my twisted visions of things that are such an everyday part of peoples lives.
Some of the pieces were showcased in other exhibitions, such as
Hive Arts Magic Weekend, which featured on BBC radio. Check out the video:
Once again, some were used as references for tattoo designs.
My next project was a collaboration with Jordan Oterski. 😊 https://www.instagram.com/p/BN6IrkXAkg4/
This piece was used as a reference for a tattoo design that Jordan tattooed on me. 😊
Eventually this sculpture was auctioned at Tatcon Tattoo Convention in Blackpool in the Charity Art Auction alongside pieces of art from other artists at the show.
The profits were donated to Blackpool Lifeboat Station
The next exhibition featured my collaboration with Anna Paprzycka, a documentarist and filmmaker. This was shown at Grundy National Gallery in Blackpool at a local artists exhibition. 😊
I created my vision of a futuristic TV breaking out from behind prison bars to visualise the story from Annas short Documentary about an ex convict who changed his life around and created a TV show to educate people about scam awareness. The show become very popular in Poland.
The next exhibition at Hive was ‘Unlocked’ Expressions of Solitude, which featured artwork created by local artists during the 1st Lockdown.
Through the lockdown I started a new adventure with 3D printing and began learning to use Zbrush 3D design software to combine my skills to create the next level of tattoo #Reference.
Visit our tattoo shop in Blackpool to find out more about us and our tattooing and how we can help create and design your next tattoo.