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ARE FINGER or hand tattoos

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Finger tattoos can be sweet, but they can also represent quite a few challenges. First of all they are a small tattoos that are very versatile, but if you do a little research, you'll find that finger tattoos can fade big time, in addition to other troublesome facts.

So while celebrities like Beyonce and her "IV" ring finger tattoo have made the look more mainstream, there are many components to be considered before you tattoo yourself a full set of brass knuckles or the complete alphabet on your fingers.

Maybe you wanna get a few cute finger tattoos to flaunt your personal style. Maybe you want matching BFF tattoos with your lifelong friend. Maybe it's your first tattoo and you want to start small. Maybe you are getting married and you both would like to choose to permanently ink your commitment on with wedding ring tattoos. So whatever your reason might be, here are a few facts you need to know before diving in headfirst to this popular tattoo trend.

1. It's Going To Hurt.

FYI: your finger tattoo is gonna sting like hell. Your fingers are full of nerves and the skin lays right on the knuckle and bone. Generally there is not as much fat or muscle to cushion the sensation of the needle. So do finger tattoos hurt more than other locations? Ooooh yeah baby :)

2. Finger Tattoos Fade

The skin on your fingers takes tattoo ink differently than most parts of your body. This is due to the active nature of our hands, the frequency which we wash them with, and the nature of the skin -or consistency if you like- which is thick but not backed by much fat and has a lot of movement over the bone. Basically fingers are a PERFECT location for a tattoo to fade. If you decide you want a finger tattoo, expect to get it touched up fairly regularly.

Keeping all this in mind...

3. This Is Not the Spot for Perfectionists

The finger tattoo may not be the right place to put that intricate design you've been dreaming of in your entire lifetime. Due to the tricky nature of the skin, black ink doesn't come off very dark, colors aren't as bright, and tattoo lines tend to be a bit wonky. If you are gonna be all super perfectionist and particular about how it looks, don't get it on your finger.

4. Letters and/or Simple Styles Work Well

For finger tattoos, let's just try and keep it simple. For example, line art goes over well and letters look good. Has to have a certain thickness though :) Stay away from images and designs that are so small that the ink breaks apart or bleeds and you can't tell what it is.

5. You Need to Commit to Upkeep

If you want your finger tattoo to look good in the long run, you will need to get it touched up fairly regularly. You'll know when it's time. You know… when the ink fades and it looks more like a tattoo on a 75-year-old sailor rather than something you had done last year… oooh yes Baby… its time to call your tattoo artist again. On the other hand, if right away you see blurring in the lines, or the color didn't take immediately after your first visit, wait at least two to four weeks to allow healing before going in for a clean up.

6. Successful Rings Aren't Always Full Circle

That's the awesome thing about ring finger tattoos: They are so different than the traditional diamond wedding ring (which –for the record- no lady in the history of mankind ever got offended to receive). In fact the most successful “rings” are the simple styles that keep to the tops or sides of the finger. Diamond shapes, runes, initials, and dates are all examples of clear-lined tattoos that sit on the top or a little to the side of the finger and usually look sweet. Alternately, with ink bands that circle the finger, problems are very common. Often, the ink will "fall out" of the fleshy underpart of the finger. This basically means that the color doesn't stay and you end up with a patchy ghost of a tattoo where your wedding ring used to be.

7. HEALING of a finger tattoo

Your skin begins to start looking normal within a two to four week period as well. Since your tattoo is a permanent change,
you must be patient in regards of the healing time. Massive part of your healing process is actually caring for your tattoo properly. So a few advices here: You should always keep your new tattoo clean and moist, but not too moist. After washing with a gentle, preferably scent free soap, you should apply a tattoo aftercare product to prevent the tattoo area from drying out. A good aftercare kit like this one from Tattoo Goo will contain all the soaps and salves you need.

During the early stages of your healing process, you should keep it covered and protected from dust, dirt, sweat, or grime. As it was mentioned above, your fingers are one such place that doesn’t hold tattoo ink too well compared to other parts of the body.
Our hands are one of the most active places on the body. The regular washing of hands, little fat in the skin, and the constant movement are all factors that play a part in the fading of finger tattoos. If you wear jewellery, the rubbing of the metal against your skin can make your tattoo fade faster.

So… The bad news is, there is no definite answer to the question of how fast finger tattoos fade, but there are a few ways that you can help prevent faster fading of your finger tattoo.


Getting tattoos is exciting and fun. Getting interesting tattoos, like finger tattoos, is even more exciting since they are unique. However, taking care of finger tattoos is not always easy.The upkeep is difficult, yes, and they will fade, but finger tattoos are a great way to show off your unique style, create something interesting, and add to your already impressive body art.

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https://www.bustle.com/articles/89333-finger-tattoos-can-fade-plus-7-other-facts-you-should-know-about-the-popular-tattoo-trend  by Annie Crawford
https://nextluxury.com/mens-style-and-fashion/how-fast-do-finger-tattoos-fade/ by Brian Cornwell


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Tattoo removal has been performed with various tools since the start of tattooing. While tattoos are generally considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially.

Before the development of laser tattoo removal methods, there already were common techniques including:

1. Dermabrasion, or TCA

(Trichloroacetic acid) Which is an acid that removes the top layers of skin, reaching as deep as the layer in which the tattoo ink resides.

2. Salabrasion

Not to be confused with celebration 😂😂😂, as this one is actually scrubbing the skin with salt (also it's a lot less happy event than the other one).3. Cryosurgery
This method is using extreme cold for example liquid Nitrogen.

3. Cryosurgery

This method is using extreme cold for example liquid Nitrogen.

Liquid Nitrogen sprayer (Cryogun) for cryosurgery

Many other methods for removing tattoos have been suggested historically including the injection or application of tannic acid, lemon juice, garlic... aaaand pigeon dung.🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️

Ohhh yeah.. the healing power of good ol’ mother nature... 😂😂😂
Trust me… I have seen a few things myself in all these years in the industry. So let me share a specific story that pops in mind. Spoiler alert! Its gonna get messy! So please never ever ever try this at home under ANY circumstances. BAD BAD BAD!
So.. probably the most horrible case I have ever had to deal with was the person who got a “tiger” done and approaching his bathroom mirror realized that it wasn’t that great of a quality. So what a man to do in this case? Obviously he had to rub LEMON (or CITRIC) ACID pills in the fresh wound and burn the f**ck out of it.
As his receptors started a revolution and attacked his brains, he had to come to a conclusion of:
“Ohh f**ck! This hurts… like.. a lot…”
So what a man to do in THIS case? Obviously he had to WASH IT WITH WATER to ease the pain...
As a matter of fact he might have skipped a chemistry lesson or two in school, as and I quote from ehs.berkeley.edu:
“If you add acid to water, the solution that forms is very dilute and the small amount of heat released is not enough to vaporize and spatter it.”
“If you add water to acid, you form an extremely concentrated solution of acid initially and the solution may boil very violently, splashing concentrated acid.”
Although the lemon acid pill (which is often used in TEA but he managed to use it as a tattoo removal tool) not a “real” liquid acid, the burn it has actually left was pretty serious.
Disclaimer: The content you are about to see contains graphic images. Some viewers may find the following images disturbing or offensive, if so you are not advised to watch the following picture!!!

So this is the HEALED burnt scar 8 years after the burn and after having two steroid injections.
Still the texture of the skin was –no kidding- like a car tire. Finally as you can see we have managed to put a massive traditionalish style rose on it and get rid of the visual disturbance, however the texture was not something we could possibly do anything about. It did go well with the rose petals though 😉
Again: Pretty please with sugar on top: never ever ever attempt to do such thing under ANY circumstances, for while tattoos are generally considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially.

The so called "standard" modality for tattoo removal is the non-invasive removal of tattoo pigments using Q-switched lasers. Different types of Q-switched lasers are used to target different colors of tattoo ink depending on the specific
light absorption spectra of the tattoo pigments.Typically, black and other darker-colored inks can be removed completely
using Q-switched lasers while lighter colors such as yellows and greens are still proven to be very difficult to remove. Success of the procedure can depend on a wide variety of factors including skin color, ink color, and the depth at which the ink was applied.

Interesting fact that the Q-switched lasers first became commercially available in the early 1990s. For a couple of decades before that, continuous-wave lasers were in use as medical lasers for tattoo removal. Well I can tell that it was NOT the dream of every tattooed Disney princess, as continuous-wave lasers used to use a very high energy beam that ablated the target area, destroying the surrounding tissue structures just as well as tattoo ink. This treatment tended to be painful and also caused scarring. Recent research is investigating the potential of multi-pass treatments and the use of picosecond laser technology, which seem promising.

Before they would jump in the sometimes costly and painful laser removal procedure, a fairly large amount of people will decide to cover an old, or unwanted tattoo with a brand new piece of art. This is commonly known as a cover-up.
And that’s where we come to the picture: Check our coverup portfolio here:

Cover-up Portfolio

An artfully and RIGHTLY done cover-up should render the old tattoo completely invisible, though this WILL DEPEND largely on several elements, such as the size, style, colors, used techniques, the age of the old tattoo and most importantly the skill of the tattoo artist. There was countless times, when we had to cover up a cover up.. 😊

FREESTYLE cover up by Steve

Covering up a previous tattoo most likely will necessitate darker tones in the new tattoo to effectively hide the older, unwanted piece. So you will have to compromise! Please understand that we have to pull a miracle sometimes and it is not always possible. Many tattoos are too dark to cover up and in those cases patients will need to receive laser tattoo removal to lighten the existing ink to make themselves better candidates for a cover up.

Cover up by Steve

Now... back to actually REMOVING the tattoo...
As I said, Tattoo removal is most commonly performed using lasers that break down the ink particles in the tattoo into smaller particles. Dermal macrophages are part of the immune system, tasked with collecting and digesting cellular debris.
In the case of tattoo pigments, macrophages collect ink pigments, but have difficulty breaking them down. Instead, they store the ink pigments. If a macrophage is damaged, it releases its captive ink, which is taken up by other macrophages.
This can make it particularly difficult to remove tattoos. When treatments break down ink particles into smaller pieces,
macrophages can more easily “eat them up”.

Dermal macrophages phagocytose tattoo ink and it is retained in their vacuoles. Upon their death, the ink is released but then recaptured by new incoming macrophages that are derived from bone marrow monocytes.

Tattoo pigments have specific light absorption spectra. For removals, laser must be capable of emitting adequate energy within the given absorption spectrum of the pigment to provide an effective treatment. As it was mentioned earlier, certain tattoo pigments are more challenging to treat than others, because they have absorption spectra that fall outside or are on the edge of the currently available tattoo removal laser working range. For example recent pastel coloured inks contain high concentrations of titanium dioxide which is highly reflective. Consequently, such inks are difficult to remove since they reflect a significant amount of the incoming light energy during laser treatment.

Lasers developed in the past decade provide multiple wavelengths and can successfully treat a much broader range of tattoo pigments than previous individual Q-switched lasers.

To reduce pain the preferred method is simply to cool the area before and during treatment with a medical-grade chiller/cooler and to use a topical anesthetic. While it is possible to see immediate results, in most cases the fading occurs gradually over the 7–8 week healing period between treatments.

Q-switched lasers are reported by the National Institutes of Health to result in scarring only rarely. Areas with thin skin will be more likely to scar than thicker-skinned areas.By 2023, the laser tattoo removal market is expected to grow 12.7% annually.

Article source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tattoo_removal


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Yes we do...
Amongst many others. Read them, play by them, and we are gonna be just fine 😉😂


Deposit is the Key to your (and our) security.
A non-refundable deposit (roughly half of your session’s price) is ALWAYS required for ALL appointments. This holds your appointment spot, and will be deducted from the cost of the final sitting of your tattoo.

No research, sketching or drawing will be done and no appointments will be set until the deposit is paid.


- Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE whatsoever.
- Deposits cannot be transferred to a different artist.
- Deposits cannot be transferred to a different design.
- Deposits cannot be transferred to a different service.
- Deposits cannot be transferred to a different customer.
- Deposits cannot be redeemed for clothing, merchandise, artwork, stickers, prints, etc.


If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, your appointment may need to be rescheduled so your artist will not be late for the appointment after yours. If this occurs, you will forfeit your deposit and be required to leave another deposit before scheduling a new appointment. If you think you will be late to your appointment, please call the shop ASAP and let your artist know.


If you need to reschedule, please give as much notice as possible. If you give less than 72 hours’ notice, your deposit is forfeit.
Yes.. LIFE can happen.. we know. So we will reschedule your appointment ONCE as long as we have 72 hours’ notice. While we certainly understand your plans can change, you must understand that the tattoo you select is planned, designed and reserved exclusively for you.

- A second reschedule will require a second deposit.
- Habitual reschedules may be subject to higher deposit rates, regardless of notice.
- Rescheduling will result in your appointment being shifted to the next available spot (which maybe anywhere from a month to three months out, depending on your artist's availability). Also you may have to wait longer if you require a weekend appointment.
- If you arrive sunburned and your artist is unable to execute your tattoo on your scheduled day due to your sunburn, your deposit is forfeit, and you will need to reschedule with a new deposit.
- If you arrive under the influence of ALCOHOL OR DRUGS, or we suspect that you did, and your artist is unable to execute your tattoo on your scheduled day due to this, your deposit is forfeit, and you will need to reschedule with a new deposit.
- If you are a no call, no show, your deposit is forfeit, and you will be required to pay for your tattoo IN FULL before scheduling another appointment.
- If you choose not to reschedule your appointment when you cancel, we will hold on to your deposit for 30 days.
- If you do not schedule a new appointment within 30 days of cancellation, you will forfeit your deposit.



- If you do not finish your tattoo at your scheduled session, your deposit will be forfeit, and will not be applied to your total.

- If you do not finish your tattoo, all your payment forthat day will be forfeit, and will not be applied to your total.


Wall-E design and tattoo done by Steve at FBI Tattoo London

Please research your artist's prior works to decide whether or not he or she will be able to implement your idea to your satisfaction.
No drawings, sketches or drafts will be whatsapped, emailed, or otherwise previewed to clients before their scheduled appointment time, unless your artist offers this option to you. This is to protect our drawings/digital designs from being stolen.


- All designs are considered property of the artist. Creating a tattoo design based on a client's concept is subjective, and variations may exist between your concept and the finished design.

- If the finished design is not to your liking, minor changes will be made at the artist's discretion.

- Substantial changes to the design or the request of an entirely new draft will require a new deposit, and the original deposit will be forfeited as payment for the artist's drawing time.

- Changes to the design may result in changes to the price.

- You will need to be very specific about details that are important to you, and make your artist aware of any existing tattoos, scars or birthmarks that may affect the design.


- Please make your artist aware of any numbing agents you put on your skin BEFORE your appointment.

- Some products change skin texture or restrict blood flow, it is important your artist be made aware of what you're using.

- Do not use products containing Vasocain.

- Please shower before your appointment

- Do not bring any guests with you.

- Feel free to bring snacks, sodas or headphones.


- DO NOT drink ANY alcohol. (It will thin your blood and maycause more pain)

- Eat well and get plenty of water. (This helps regulate theblood glucose level in your body)

- Make sure to stay hydrated.

- Get a good night of sleep.

- Don’t be nervous! You will love it!


- Eat a balanced meal approximately 2 hours before your appointment. (Low blood sugar level can cause faint or dizziness)

- Continue to drink water and stay hydrated.- DO NOT take painkillers! (They wil inhibit your body’s natural ability to release necessary chemicals and hormones. Besides, it will not hurt THAT bad)

- DO NOT consume ANY alcohol! (It is illegal to tattoo an intoxicated person and it makes the process hurt more)

- DO NOT smoke marijuana! (It will actually increase the pain)

- Wear something loose and make sure it is clothing that you won’t mind getting stained with ink (it's permanent).

- If you are getting your thigh tattooed, wear a skirt or shorts. If it is your chest or stomach, wear a button up shirt.
(It is easier to tattoo the chosen area, and you will not have to be semi-naked in front of other customers 😂😂😂)


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The answer to that is: Yes we do, but we don't... 😂😂�
I know.. I feel you.. funny as hell… but what does that even mean?
So obviously with this COVID situation on the table we havesome NEW rules and regulations in the United Kingdom, and according to those, some actions are in place at FBI Tattoo London as well.

These action are as it follows:
First of all: We would LOVE to take you onboard 😉
No question about that, we would love to tattoo you,we would love to see you in the chair, and make your dreams come true. That is a hundred per cent sure. We have always loved Walk-in customers, and we still do love them. However for you to be able to actually get in the shop, and meet us, we have put a note on the front door with a few easy requirements to be met. You can see that here.

These rules and regulations obviously are in force in every FBI Tattoo London branch, and we all must follow them in order to be able to work constantly, and also up keeping the usual high standards.

Tiger sone by Steve at FBI Tattoo London.

So yes... you are most welcome to come to the shop (wearing a face cover) and ask your questions any time you feel like. We are here to help, and give you all the answers possible.

However, in terms of actual application of a tattoo on your skin, considering the COVID-19 situation and the new rules and regulations in force, the ONLY way we take inquiries and bookings is online now.
So please click the button below to send us an Enquiry.

Send us YOUR Idea!

It is very easy :) 
Honestly it LITERALLY takes about a minute fill.
You can do a lot of thing through that form. For example give us detailed description, size, shop or artist preference, or even attach pictures with your ideas.

Speaking of attaching pictures: We will ask you to attach a picture of THE ACTUAL BODY PARTyou wanna get the tattoo on.

This is a very important bit, as personal meetings are down to the very minimum, we still need to see if (God forbid) any moles, freckles, skin marks, old tattoos, scars etc etc involved, which might make our job very difficult sometimes.

Once the inquiry form is filled out, please allow us 48 hours to reply, and we will get back to you VERY shortly (most likely within 24 hours) with a rough price scale, and IF YOU DECIDE TO DO SO, we see how to step further.

So yes, her is the enquiry link again:

Send us YOUR Idea!

Feel free to click and fill it.
Please note: THIS IS NOT A BOOKING request.
So neither of us have no obligation whatsoever, You will ask, we will answer. That’s how simple it is.
If you DECIDE TO go further, we are happy to go further.
So yes :) we look forward to receiving your form.

ps: sorry for the headache... this bureaucracy is killing us too...
ohh yeah… before I forget… we have also put the link on display on the shop front with a QR code, and the same code is available on the back of our business card too.

So yes :) we look forward to receiving your form. Just click on the button below 👊😉

Send us YOUR Idea!


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Oooh, yeah, this is the top of the tops favorite question of all times 😂😂😂
Because try to put yourself in our shoes... Somebody comes in and asks THE Voldemort question:
"How much is a full sleeve?"

Full sleeve done by Steve at FBI Tattoo London

So. It's like, how fast is it car or how long is a piece of string? And speaking of the car, would you like to get in a Trabant or a Ferrari?
Ohh sh*t.. I just realized most of you probably don't even know what the heck is a Trabant. So google it up, it's worth a try trust me. I'm telling you 😉

So back to the topic:
Im afraid, we cannot quote large work with a fixed priced per se, as it is calculated per session. Generally speaking, a sleeve takes anything from 15 to 30 hours. Yes, it could take that long. And you only pay for each sitting at a time. You need to leave a deposit, then you pay on the date and leave another deposit, but it doesn't really matter. You can read the other articles where we are talking about prices in detail, also deposit, and being late, cancellation, rescheduling, etc etc. So do have your research and have a look on that article. All you gotta do is to scroll up a little bit.
What I'm trying to say is that there are loads of elements in this equation. We can and are happy to give you a “from to” range or a rough idea, but you coming here and say:

- Uh, how much is it full sleeve?
- I don't know… I'm sorry. What would you like to get?
- A full sleeve. How much?
- My good man… I understand that you want a full sleeve, but what is it? Japanese or is it like… realism? Black and gray? Color? Minimalistic? Portrait? Old school? New school? What sort of sleeve? You need to give me something.
- Uh, I don't know, a full sleeve…

So we are getting in loads of similar conversations. That's why we try to give some sort of information in here. As good old Sailor Jerry said, “Cheap tattoos ain't good, good tattoos ain't cheap”.
Well… ain't that the truth?

It's completely your call as the customer, whether you want to invest in this thing, or you don't. We have tons of inquiries for touching up/covering up substandard tattoos which were done elsewhere. And honest to God, we try to do our very best to make this happen if it is possible. So I usually say, (and I'm trying to be the funny b@st@rd here) that I'm a cover-up magician, but I ain't a f**cking cover-up wizard. I wish I could do miracles with a snap of a finger, but I'm not able to pull this out each and every time.
Point being: when we cannot do a cover-up, we will tell you we can't do it, or you need to go for a laser treatment or whatnot. The other thing is the touch-up…“Can you make my sleeve a better? ”And yet the primary focal point for the customer usually is still the price when they already have an f**cked up tattoo, and they struggle trying to get rid of it. Sometimes people are haggling on the price, which I can understand, it is NOT a haircut… we know that... but you need to understand our point as well.

Just as an example, please try to understand the following scenario:

- Let's say a customer comes to us and he is after a full sleeve tattoo.

- It would cost around say… two and half grand with us (just making it up right now, easy to count with).

- Customer, is not ready to / willing to / able to make this rather large investment at that very moment.

- Customer goes out to find a different option. No offense given or taken whatsoever.

- Customer finds a guy who’s willing to do the full sleeve for £700 in his kitchen. (And let's just assume for giggles, that due to some divine miracle, the kitchen tattoo does not get infected as hell) So let's assume the best possible scenario for this.

- Full sleeve turned out okay-ish, when it was finished, but now a week later, looks like it is getting uglier and uglier by the day in the mirror.

- The next step, when the customer starts to see how shaky the lines are, how dotty the shading is. Also the lack of proportion, or body flow or composition, so the major, major mistakes, what you can just think of. These are all there in the £700 “wonderful” sleeve.

- Next step when the customer's friends, or other people start to give him the “treatment” about the quality. So they start to take the piss out of him a little bit, making jokes, and all that might just make the customer feel well… not really amazing. So the customer is unhappier by the hour.

- The next step is when the customer comes back to us and I swear to God, it did happen. We gave him a price and he said it was too much. And then he went out and I'm not joking.
He had a big, red rose. I have never seen a THAT swollen up, infected tattoo in my life. And trust me, he's coming back a couple of days later and got the nerves to show us the ink and ask what can we do about it?
And I just couldn't recall the tattoo. So I be like: Hey well, you didn't get it done with us, right? And he said, oh no, no, I got it done here and there with my friend. So I’m like: oooh boy… right... Obviously very politely, but we had to turn him down. We explained that he needs to wait until he's completely healed because it was very very swallen I'm telling you.

- But anyway back to the sleeve scenario. Customer comes back and ask us if we can do something about that £700 sleeve. There are two options.

- Option A: We can. The procedure is going to be A LOT slower than it would have been originally, as we need to go with somebody else's lines, shading, et cetera, cetera, and we need to fix it.
So… If the quality was let’s just say 3 out of 10, we MIGHT be able to do a strong 7 out of it, or an 8-ish if you are lucky, but most definitely it, ain't never going to be a 10, like as if we were to start on a blank canvas, the cost on that one because of the time consummation is up to £3500, more sittings, more breaks, more healing time.
We need to fix that stuff that somebody else did. So £3500 PLUS the original £700 he paid for someone… that's £4.2K. Well… I don't know. And this is option A.

- Option B: We cannot do anything about the tattoo. That means it either has to be lasered, in which case the costs will be considerably larger than originally, plus the extra time again for the customer will need to leave a healing time between sessions. Yes… Anybody could buy a laser tattoo removal machine from E-bay or whatever forum for a couple of hundred pounds, but these are not the real deal.
Proper laser machines could go up to several 10 thousands of pounds. And there is a government issued course what the practitioner needs to attend to in order to be able AND allowed to properly use this machine and not ruin people's skin for life.
So let's say that the laser treatment all turned out okay, and it is ready for the cover-up. Let's just do the maths. We try to do the magic, but the new sleeve PLUS the laser treatment, PLUS the old sleeve. Altogether could go up to £ 6,000 or even the more.

So we just wonder… would it not have been a better (and a lot less time time-consuming) option to get it done RIGHT in the first place? Considering that original base investment of £2500 it probably would have been.
Anyway, everybody can make their own decisions, but please, before you do make your decision, remember:
t's only for life, you should be happy and satisfied.

Tay Schmedtmann (on the left), winner of The Voice Germany competition after receiving his tattoo from the owner Steve (on the right). Click on the button below for more happy Celebrities :)

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I even put an E-book together from this topic it can be your handy guide on what NOT to do when getting a tattoo. Not just with us, but these are general rules, so Y’all better listen in order to stay alive

So as most of you know already, during the day, I play a tattoo artist on TV...
Okay, I really am a tattoo artist which y’all should NEVER under any circumstances confuse with my night job of a ninja assassin. So yeah I love my job. However, there are certain things about my job that sometimes seriously make me want to head home and crawl back into bed, though. And, it’s not just me, I can tell that 99.9% of the tattoo artists shall be of the same opinion. So, I’m going to help y’all out and give you the hook up about 10 things you can drive us F**CKING CRAZY with, and all that from an insider source… me.

No1. Being drunk or on pills.

Honestly, you wouldn’t believe the number of people who do it. And we’ve heard everything. “It’s just pain pills to help, because a tattoo hurts so much,” or “I’m sober, I swear, I just had a shot to take the edge off of getting this tattoo.”
Now… think of it: If you don’t want your tattoo artist being drunk or on pills, then we don’t want you to do that either. And, while yes, you do bleed slightly more when drunk, the real reason we won’t tattoo you while you are intoxicated is because drunk people don’t sit still. And they are loud. And annoying. And have a tendency of not remembering things in the morning … like going to a tattoo shop and getting inked Tinker Bell on their ass.

No2. Having no idea about the shop or the artists.

Please do your research before walking into a shop. Most places have websites or Facebook pages (if not, I as a customer wouldn’t go into it). Research the shop, look at artist’s portfolios, and go into the place educated, maybe even with an artist in mind. Needless to say, we all love the ego boost of “I was hoping to get tattooed by you because I saw your work online and really liked it.” Hehehe, thanks. Flattery DOES get you places in the tattooing world sometimes.
And also sit for a few minutes after you get to a shop and observe. Does it look clean? Do the artist’s portfolios look good and up-to-date? Do the artists themselves look clean and healthy? Does it smell like green soap/Dettol/a&d ointment/cleaning supplies? If not, hmmm… you might wanna say, “Thank you” and walk out the door asap especially given the COVID circumstances.

No3. Haggling the price.

Well… here goes a secret: We set our pricing according to how much time it will take us to do the tattoo; just like a lawyer gives you prices, or a mechanic, or a psychiatrist … only guess what? We’re putting something on your body that will be there FOREVER.
A lawyer’s work will one day be done, as will a mechanic’s, as will a psychiatrist’s, but your tattoo artist’s masterpiece (or screw-up, if you don’t do your research) is a lifelong commitment. So, another advice: if you go to one shop and they tell you £50, and you go to another shop and they tell you £250, please question the FIRST ONE, and why they said £50. The reason is, your tattoo probably comes with a bit of extra gift, such as free Hepatitis or AIDS. I just come to think of it… That’s a truly lifelong commitment, too innit? 😂😂😂🤦♂️

No4. Having no idea what you want.

I talked about this topic in the “How much is a full sleeve?” article. Nothing worse then when we hear, “Well, I want a tattoo, but I don’t know what I want,” it makes me want to shove the tattoo machine (it’s not a “gun,” by the way) right into my own jugular vein and just bleed out quietly.
This is something that will be on your body FOREVER, and you have no idea what you want? Usually we DO work with anything as ideas (pictures from the internet, stick figure drawings, whatever). Give us an idea, let us create, and we’ll be more likely to price you lower and be more into the tattoo (sh**t…  I just shared another top secret info).

No5. Expecting to be tattooed immediately.

Good shops make appointments. And, if the artist is good, your appointment could be two weeks out, maybe a month, maybe three months, or a year. And, we will require a deposit to hold your appointment. This is all standard of any good tattoo shops. If a shop is that busy, there’s a reason why. And, if you aren’t even greeted as soon as you walk in the door (by an artist, not a front counter person), believe it or not, that’s probably another sign of a good tattoo shop. They are not complete d**ckheads, just busy. Because they are good.

No6. Taking offence if an artist doesn’t want to do your tattoo.

It means their style of tattooing doesn’t fit your tattoo. Or, it could mean your tattoo idea sucks, honestly. No offence to anybody, but: An entire song on your ribs? Probably going to get turned down. We are artists; we create art, not fill up our canvas with words. And yes, artists do specialise in a style of tattooing. I love to do coverups. So, if you want to be tattooed by me, but you want a traditional piece or a tribal, I’m gonna send you to the traditional or the tribal guy/girl; it’s just how it is...

No7. Putting time constraints on us.

“I have to be at work in an hour, can you get my tattoo done by then?”
HUGE red flag right there. We create art — so please don’t you tell us when or how it has to be done. And, if we charge you for one hour of work, but we decide to get creative and tattoo you for two hours at no extra cost, do you really want to stop us from doing that?
Please don’t assume you know how long it takes for a tattoo to be done, either. “Just a small one… 10 minutes…” and all that sh**t. We had a guy telling us he wanted the entire psalm23 on his body, and "that shouldn’t take us an hour, a’ight?"
Oh yeah, you’re right. It will take me a lot more than an hour. So please, DO have your day open when you schedule your tattoo appointment. And, as another insider tip — we tattoo artists have no concept of time once we are tattooing.
-How much longer will the tattoo take?
-Ten minutes if you don’t jump.
(That usually means about an hour… ask my little brother…)

No8. Telling a tattoo artist how to do their job.

No one likes that, especially tattoo artists. Don’t assume you know how much something will cost, how long it will take, or tell us exactly how to do it. And please don’t compare what you want to get to an existing tattoo you have.
-Well, this one took an hour, and that guy only charged me £20 ten years ago, so this one should take about an hour, and cost £20.
I wouldn’t tell a mechanic how to fix a car, because I have no f**cking idea how to fix a car. So don’t tell an artist how to do their job because you’ve gotten a tattoo before. It doesn’t make you an expert, sorry.

No9. Bringing an entourage or the entire Spartan army with you
to get your tattoo.

ONE person maybe and that’s ONLY after checking in with us and having an explicit permission to do so. Please don’t bring your entire neighbourhood to get that peace symbol on your ass cheek. It creates confusion, raises the stress level in the shop, and there’s the possibility of bumping into your chair while you are getting your tattoo done. Think about other people getting their tattoos done, too. Do they want to remember how the shop was crouded and loud as hell when they were getting their tattoo done? B*llocks... I don't think so.
And, while I feel I shouldn’t have to write this, unfortunately I do… Don’t bring your kids. You CANNOT get a tattoo until you are 18, so why bring a three-year-old into the shop to sit there while you have your tattoo done? Please find a babysitter. We beg you.

10. Neglecting yourself.

There’s nothing worse than having someone sit in our chair and they smell like three-day-old sh**t… I mean chicken noodle soup. Please shower before your tattoo appointment. And, don’t overdo the cologne, either. So, make sure you are clean and presentable, and please, for the love of everything that is good in the world, eat before your appointment.
No food in the system equals with greater risk of passing out during a tattoo, even if you are a seasoned pro at getting tattoos done. Eating keeps you grounded while your body rushes through endorphins and adrenaline during the tattoo process. And please, please pay attention to the artist’s after-care instructions and, don’t play us for a fool.
We CAN look at a tattoo and tell whether or not it was taken care of, what natural healing hiccups were, and what YOU didn’t do to help the process.
So don’t say, “Oh, I did everything you told me too, but the color just didn’t take in this section.”We can clearly see that you let it get too dry, it scabbed, and you ripped the scab out.


Your artist is putting their time and effort into making a piece just for you, and your TIP should reflect that. The average tip for a tattoo artist is 10%-20%. Let your tip reflect how much you love your new tattoo, and make sure to thank the artist face to face. So TIPS are NOT offensive whatsoever! 😉💖

That's all you need to do if you wanna stay alive while getting your ink with us 😀
I hope these tips are helpful for those venturing out to get a tattoo. Many of them artists won’t tell you. (In fact, I might get beaten up for letting some of these secrets out.) But, I figure, if we can educate the customers, the experience is more enjoyable for both artist and canvas.
You’ll have peace of mind when getting tattooed, and we won’t want to kill you. It’s a win-win situation!

Article source: https://www.mamamia.com.au/10-things-not-to-do-when-you-get-a-tattoo-2


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Answer: Yes, it hurts to get a tattoo, but different people have different thresholds of pain. So when we all get stabbed with "Her Holiness" the needle, it won’t feel the same for everyone.😂😂😂

The level of pain also varies depending on:

- the tattoo’s placement on your body
- the size and style of the tattoo
- the artist’s equipment
- the artist’s technique
- your physical health
- how you prepare

Let’s look at what you can expect from the tattooing process, along with ways to minimize the pain. As the needles move up and down, they repeatedly pierce your skin. It hurts. Period.
As a good old Japanese saying goes:
“A needle can do only what a needle does.” Whoooah.... Very deep that 😉👊
However, there is also a good old Hungarian saying which is not half as subtle as the Japanese one, but rather true... It goes like:
"If you CHOSE to be a wh**re, just don't cry when you get f**cked" 😱😂🤣🤣
Well.. Ain’t that the truth? :)

As for the Japanese saying... what the needle does might feel like:
Stinging, scratching, burning, vibrating, pricking, pressing, tickling, or sometimes fainting…
The type of pain depends on what the artist is doing. For example, you may feel stinging when your artist adds outlines or fine details. The length of your session will also determine what you feel.
Longer sessions, which are required for large and intricate pieces, are more painful.

Especially after a certain time…Let’s just say that when after a 7 hour session your tattooist starts to apply the white highlights and you cannot fight the urgent motivation to suffocate him/her to death... on the spot… but instead you just breathe and put up a (most likely fake) smile, well... it is a real thing.

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As we already discussed in another article, it’s also more painful to get tattooed on certain parts of the body. If you’re concerned about pain, do your research, gather information, and THINK carefully about where you’ll get tattooed.

What areas of the body are the most and least sensitive?

Different parts of the body have different levels of sensitivity to pain. The least sensitive areas are fleshy parts with more muscle and skin. Areas with few nerve endings are also less sensitive. Bony areas with little fat and many nerve endings are the most sensitive.

How long does the pain last?

Normally your tattoo only should hurt whilst it is being done, however it will be somewhat painful after it’s finished. Here’s what you can expect:

Days 1 to 6:
Your tattoo will be sore and swollen. It might feel like a moderate-to-severe bruise or sunburn.

Days 7 to 14:
You’ll feel less soreness and more itchiness. Your tattoo may feel like it’s burning, which is irritating but normal.

Days 15 to 30:
Your tattoo will be significantly less painful and itchy. Once healed, your tattoo shouldn’t hurt.

If AFTER 30 DAYS pain persists, or if the area is red and warm, something ain’t right… so you should visit your doctor ASAP to make sure you don’t have an infection or allergic reaction.

After your session, your tattoo might keep oozing blood for up to two days. It’s best to avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as `NSAIDs) during this time. NSAIDs can thin your blood, which may increase bleeding, ink loss and also
slow down your healing procedure.

Are there ways to minimize the pain?

To reduce tattoo pain, follow these tips before and during your appointment:

First of all: Choose a licensed tattoo artist.

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Choose a licensed tattoo artist in a clean, reputable shop.
Yes.. it might cost more than a “my friend is inking me in the kitchen” situation, but experienced artists usually take less time to finish tattoos. That equals with less stress, and faster healing. Think about it for a second… it’s only for life 😉
Also before your appointment, I'd advice you to actually meet your "artist-to-be" to get a feel for their personality
and the shop’s hygiene. That should put your mind to rest.

- Pick a less sensitive body part.

Talk to your artist about placement. (See the "pain chart" above.)

- Try and get enough sleep.

Your body can handle pain better after a good night’s rest.

Now the next one is important:

- Avoid any pain killers!

DO NOT take aspirin or ibuprofen for 24 hours before your session unless it is absolutely inevitable. Your body has got the natural abilities to release hormones in order to ease the pain. With taking painkillers you are most likely to BLOCK those hormones, so it may actually INCREASE the pain. Also these medications can thin your blood, which may prolong the tattooing process.

- Don’t get a tattoo when you’re sick.

Sickness heightens your sensitivity to pain. If your immune system is struggling, your tattoo will take longer to heal too.

- Stay hydrated.

Getting tattooed on dry skin hurts. Before your session, keep your skin hydrated by drinking enough water. Body lotion/coconut butter “treatment” started minimum a week before your appointment will help as well, although it is not a necessity.

- Eat a PROPER meal.

Low blood sugar increases pain sensitivity and increase the chance of actual fainting. Eat a balanced meal roughly 2 hours before your appointment to prevent dizziness from nervousness or hunger.

- Avoid alcohol.

Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before your appointment. Alcohol heightens pain sensitivity, dehydrates your body,
and thins your blood.
Trust me… 99% we will find it out if you had a rough night before your tattoo.

- Wear loose clothing.

Dress in comfortable clothes, especially over the area you’re getting tattooed. Also wear something older which you don’t possibly mind getting ink stains on. It's just as permanent as your tattoo will be.

- Breathe deeply.

Stay relaxed by practicing steady breathing. Control your sh*t… 😉👊

- Distract yourself

Bring your headphones and listen to music. If your artist is open to conversation, or if you’re allowed to bring a friend,
talk to them to distract yourself. Actually here at FBI Tattoo London we have 2 massive TV’s mounted on the wall with unlimited movies and Netflix… so with us.. that box is checked 😂

- Ask about skin-numbing cream.

Your artist can recommend a numbing cream for getting tattooed, but DO talk to them, as some creams can effect healing process

- Communicate with your artist.

If the pain is too much, let your artist know. Impossible as it sounds, but we are not all complete d**kheads… A good artist will let you take breaks (within reason obviously).

After your session, follow your artist’s aftercare instructions. Good tattoo aftercare will promote proper healing and reduce the risk of infection. Regarding this please see our other article, where we give detailed guide how to take care of your new piece of art.


If you want to get a tattoo, think carefully about where to place it. Take the time to research your artist and design. Tattoos are a big commitment, so it’s important to prepare and plan.

Discuss any concerns you have with your tattoo artist. A good artist can suggest ways to minimize your pain and discomfort.

Article source: https://www.healthline.com/health/do-tattoos-hurt#takeaway


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Tattoos are an awesome way to express individuality with your body and while they've been a mainstay in fashion for a while now, and even more recently, white ink tattoos have spiked in popularity.
White ink tattoos are the rare bird of the tattoo world. They’re hard to spot, and they’re notoriously difficult to pull off,
but they can be exceptionally beautiful when done right.
They require more intensive care than typical tattoos, and maintaining the original white ink look is difficult. Even so, they come with special advantages.

They’re aesthetically distinctive, setting your design apart from the rest, and their visible relief adds dimension to your tattoo.
This kind of tattoo, using only white ink (let's not confuse it with UV ink), seems to give a person a more subtle design that is almost unnoticeable if you were to quickly glance at it, but it leaves many wondering about the issues that come along with it, mainly, can white ink tattoos fade?

Of course, white ink tattoos aren’t as simple as those done with color.
The most common question – do white ink tattoos fade – is only the beginning of the many problems that can arise when
(and especially after) you get a white ink tattoo.
If you're thinking about getting a white ink tattoo, keep in mind the following PROS AND CONS OF WHITE INK TATTOOS:


White ink tattoos flatter a wide range of skin tones. The ink is brighter against light skin, and it creates an appealing contrast on darker skin. In UV light, white ink tattoos glow, as the white is naturally very radiant.

Sometimes, people will get colored tattoos with white borders. This adds an interesting ‘halo’ effect to the design.
When white ink tattoos heal, the raised skin surrounding the design is easier to see. Usually, darker ink pigments conceal the raised skin. White pigment, however, is light enough to reveal it. This can create an interesting 3D effect, or a creative scar look, which some people want.

Given their lower visibility, white ink tattoos are better for professional settings. Even if your community is conservative,
the inconspicuousness of white ink can bring peace of mind.
They fade into a fleshy color. This could be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it - but white tattoos don’t stay vibrant forever and end up fading into a fleshy color. With white ink tattoos, you don’t really need to worry about regret too much, because they fade into such a subtle marking.


You might find a hard time finding an artist. Because all-white tattoos can be a little unpredictable in terms of fading and healing right, some artists just don’t want their name on something they predict a client has unrealistic expectations about.

Not to mention that if the artist isn’t knowledgeable, it’s really easy to mess up a white ink tattoo.

Most commonly, inexperienced artists get the stencil ink mixed in with the white, leaving a dingy grey color behind.
Definitely shop around when looking for an artist and favor those who have done white ink successfully in the past.
White ink tattoos fade on all skin types to a varying degree. We already mentioned the fading under “pros” but this is obviously a con as well if you really want your tattoo to make a lasting statement. It really just depends on your skin.
However contrary to common assumptions, white ink tattoos tend to last longer on pale skin because there is less melanin affecting the ink. Anyhow, no matter what your skin tone, you will experience drastic fading at some point, whether it’s a year in or five.

Next con is that they can be mistaken for scars.
There have been a couple people in the past who mistook a forearm tattoo for self-harm scars.

Other Things to Know About White Ink Tattoos:

-White ink has a thicker consistency.
-White ink isn’t usually being manufactured for outlining work.
-The thicker consistency makes it harder for artists to achieve clean lines that stay crisp after healing.
-They don’t glow under black light.

This is a misconception.

UV tattoos and white ink tattoos are two absolutely separate beasts.
Even when it is fresh, it never glowes.

If you are interested what is the difference between UV light and BLACK light, please see the article here. Loads of fancy frequencies and numbers there 😉

No matter the color, the UV rays of the harsh sun are absolute MURDER on tattoos. Even if you aren't specifically sunbathing, high SPFs should be on a constant rotation in your medicine cabinet to protect your ink on a summer's day.
If you tan, your tattoo tans. If your skin gets darker, so will your tattoo.


White ink was never meant to be a stand-alone color. Instead, it is used as a highlighting element, especially for black and white tattoos. Most white inks made for tattooing are thick therefore it is harder to achieve “clean line work."
On top of that, because of the thickness of the ink, it can raise the skin’s surface more, which might not be the desired look some want to achieve.

So... I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but most white ink tattoo photos online are of freshly done tattoos. This makes the white ink look very white and the design crisp and clean. However, there’s no knowing exactly how it will heal or what it will look like afterwards. So much depends on your artist’s experience (overall and with white ink), your skin tone, your tattoo placement, and your general aftercare of the tattoo.

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https://www.bustle.com/articles/84956-white-ink-tattoos-can-fade-plus-4-other-problems-with-getting-the-seemingly-invisible-ink by Vanesa Pacheo
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The answer for that question is yes of course,there are things what we don't  do. First of all, it should be a well known fact (even though that customers may not realize it), but us tattoo artists DO have the right to turn down ANY client or tattoo that walks through the door. Sorry... It is just how it is...

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As we all heard it a million times before: It is a whole life mark on your skin we are about to do, and if we do not see that you are a 150% sure, or the placement/message/design is wrong, rest assured that we WILL choose the right thing to do. And that will be to tell you that we are terribly sorry but we are NOT THE RIGHT FIT for you, as we WILL refuse that job and believe me: we will ALWAYS choose YOU rather than making a quick dime. Nothing personal, no disrespect of any sort.

So as I said, although tattoo artists work with customers on a daily basis, they have the authority to refuse anyone for any reason.
In most cases, artists are happy to accommodate but there are a few tattoo requests that are likely to lead to a rejection.
So let's see a couple of examples here:


One of the biggest tattoo requests that we turn down quite a lot, are face tattoos. Face tattoos have become increasingly popular over the years, mainly because of the young hip-hop artists who've come up recently. However, unless you're a celebrity or are already heavily tattooed, we will turn you down if asking for a face tattoo.


Name tattoos, specifically the name of a significant other half, are a big taboo in the tattoo industry. Of course your Mom's, or your Kid's name is different. So please be advised that we may deny name tattoos and in most cases, it's for your own good!
I always tell the story of that 19 year old “boy” who came in for a cover up of a name “Jessica”. He had it done TWICE!
Now... my question is: What kind of f**cking tattooist will “brand a 19 years old child” with a girl's name???
Come on man… Just to make a quick £60 or whatever… Its just… come on…

Fortunately we could manage to cover both of them. As you can see one was covered with a freestyle biomech. All them screws and stuff (srew you Jessica 😂😂😂) was done straight with the needle, there was no stencil or pre-drawing. We literally made it up on the spot.

And the he wanted another one with a wolf, but actually it was perfect for the cover up too 😉👊


This should go without saying but ANY racist,sexist, homophobic, transphobic and otherwise offensive or just “simply an asshole” tattoos are off the table with us. We are MORE THAN HAPPY to coverthem though. 👊😉
Stories again… once we had a guy for a massive number 88 tattoo on his chest. Luckily we have checked his consent form and he WAS born in 1988, otherwise we would have refused that job.
Also gave him the background story on that one, by telling him to think what the 8th letter is in the alphabet (I give you a hint: Its’ the H), so 88 could be even decoded as HH. So considering the historical events between 1939 and 1945… I think I’ll let your imagination fill up the rest on “why an encoded HH on your chest might lead to some very uncomfortable conversations…


Only a small percentage of artists today will tattoo someone's palms and this is because it takes a specific set of skills to get the job done. Additionally, this location hurts like hell and many artists fear their clients tapping out of a tattoo.


Inner lip tattoos were a huge fad a couple of years ago (more like around 1998, when it all started with the first episode of the famous “BLADE” sequence). Ever since inner lip tattoos became a “fashion line” and because of this, many artists today will refuse to do them. Also COVID… droplet infection, etc etc… Plus it hurts like sh**t 😂😂😂


White ink tattoos may be cool when they're fresh but we STRONGLY advise against them because of the way that they heal. You have an incredibly high chance to lose a VERY considerable amount of the ink during the healing process, so that's a "no go" with us.
Yep.. as we always say: White is a nightmare...hurts like a b*tch andeither stays, or not. Anyway if you are interested in this topic in details, please see our other article: “Is a tattoo with white ink a good idea?”


Aaaand last but not least... the lucky 7th… which is not necessarily design related, but more like a "just for the record" thingie: 
FBI Tattoo London is committed to taking all reasonably practicable precautions necessary to provide the safety and well being of all its employees and customers, also to ensure that everyone is protected from physical and / or verbal abuse whilst they are visiting our premises.
Therefore FBI Tattoo London reserves the right to refuse service for ANY REASON, such as:
- unreasonable / inappropriate / offensivebehaviour
- harassment
- threatening behaviour
 (e.g. non-verbal insults or indicators such asgestures or “squaring-up” without physical contact etc.)
- assault including battery
- attacks on or damage to property / belongingto the employee
- poor attitude
- physical or verbal abuse of FBI TattooLondon's employees, including racial and / or sexual harassment 

Also if you are under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs or we suspect that you are, we will ask you to leave and any kind of your deposit / voucher / payment shall become null and void.  Following these rules is an absolute necessity in all of our premises!

There will be ZERO TOLERANCE towards projecting ANY of these behaviours above!

Such thing will lead to be immediately banned from our premises for life and there will be no service provided / refund given whatsoever!

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When a tattoo machine is used without ink, the resulting mark on the client is known as an inkless tattoo.

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Depending on how the tattoo is cared for, it will turn into a subtle scar which will disappear entirely in a year or so. There are numerous reasons to choose to get inkless tattoos, and numerous tattoo shops offer them, although they may not advertise the service.

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A tattoo machine uses a vibrating motor (or coil) to push needles into the skin thousands of times a minute. When the needles are dipped in ink, the result is a tattoo. When the needles are run “dry,” they create a wound which is essentially
a series of puncture marks.

In the case of an inkless tattoo, the artist runs over the design several times to ensure even coverage, and the client is given specific aftercare instructions, depending on how he or she wants the tattoo to turn out.

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The process of getting an inkless tattoo is similar to getting a tattoo with ink. The client will still experience the pain and subsequent endorphin release involved in tattooing, and he or she will be left with a mark which has personal meaning.
Sterile tools are used at all times in professional shops, to ensure that the tattoo does not become infected. Getting this kind of tattoo can be more painful since without the ink, the tattoo needle is not lubricated.

When people get tattoos with ink, they are given aftercare instructions which encourage quick, smooth healing, and these instructions are designed to prevent scarring, as a scar can disfigure a tattoo.

In the case of an inkless tattoo, picking at the scab which will form and allowing it to dry out to encourage the formation of a scar. Within a few weeks, the tattoo will have created a distinctive scar which fades in under a year, most typically.

For people who want the experience of a tattoo without the permanence, an inkless tattoo is an excellent option. These designs are also easy to conceal, because they are less bold than tattoos produced in ink, which is a concern for people in some industries.
Some people also enjoy the process of fading and healing; for example, the tattoo may commemorate a death or major life event, with the fading of the tattoo signaling a transition for the client.

Not all tattoo artists will perform inkless tattoos, and all tattoo artists are not created equal. If you are interested in getting one, you may want to ask around among friendly tattoo shops who can recommend a shop if they don't perform the service.
You may also hear an inkless tattoo called a “body etching,” so you may want to ask under both names.

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The answer in my opinion needs a little disclaimer or declaration first, so before we jump in, let me just make this VERY clear out of respect:

FBI Tattoo London does NOT intend to hurt the sentiments, feelings or beliefs of any individual, community, sect or religion.
We DO respect everyone, and their right to have their own beliefs.
If you do not like anything on site, please know that this site is for entertainment and educational purpose only, and close this window now. It is completely your responsibility whether you believe or refuse to believe what we say in the site.


Southeast Asia has a tradition of protective tattoos known as sak yant or yantra tattoos that incorporate Buddhist symbols and images, as well as protective mantras or sutra verses in antique Khmer script.

These tattoos are sometimes applied by Buddhist monks or practitioners of indigenous spiritual traditions. Traditionally, tattoos that included images of the Buddha or other religious figures were only applied to certain parts of the body, and sometimes required commitment on the part of the recipient to observe the Five Precepts or other traditional customs.

Incorporation of images of the Buddha into tattoos that do not comply with traditional norms for respectful display have been a cause of controversy in a number of traditional Buddhist countries, where the display of images of this type by Westerners may be regarded as appropriation and has resulted in barred entry or deportation of individuals displaying tattoos of this type.

Sak Yant tattooing is a form of tattooing. It consists of sacred geometrical, animal and deity designs accompanied by Pali phrases that are said to offer power, protection, fortune, charisma and other benefits for the bearer. Sak yan designs originate from the Khmer empire and are normally tattooed by ruesi (the Thai form of rishi), wicha (magic) practitioners, and Buddhist monks, traditionally with a metal rod sharpened to a point (called a khem sak).

Yantra tattoos are believed to be magic and bestow mystical powers, protection, or good luck. There are three main effects of a yantra tattoo.

- One is that which benefits the wearer, such as making them more eloquent.
- Another is that of protection and to ward off evil and hardship. This is commonly used by military personnel, police, taxi drivers, gangsters and others in perceived dangerous professions.
- Another type is that which affects people around the bearer, such as invoking fear.

The tattoo only confers its powers so long as the bearer observes certain rules and taboos, such as abstaining from a certain type of food.It is believed that the power of sacred tattoos decreases with time. So to re-empower them each year, sak yan masters celebrate with their devotees the Wai Khru ritual.

Wai khru means "pay homage to one's guru". In Thailand, the most impressive Wai Khru is held at the temple of Wat Bang Phra. Sak yan designs are also applied to many other media, such as cloth or metal, and placed in one's house, place of worship, or vehicle as a means of protection from danger or illness, to increase wealth, and to attract lovers.

In recent years Hollywood celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, whose tattoos were inked by Ajahn Noo Ganpai in Thailand,
have made them popular among women.

However a modern movement in Thailand seeks to progress away from their animistic past. As part of this movement, many modern-day Thais view yantra tattoos as nothing more than good-luck symbols that are stylish. Many internet sites recommend Thailand as the place to attain the most refined ritual tattoos and consider the country as the most popular for learning this art. Every year, hundreds of foreigners in search of original and magical tattoos come to Thailand to have their tattoos done. In Southeast Asia, Thailand is by far the country with the highest number of devotees. One of the most famous temples in the present day for yantra tattooing is Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Chai Si District, Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand. Ajarn Noo Kanpai, perhaps the most famous practitioner of sak yan in Thailand, trained here.

One well-known temple in northern Thailand is Wat Nhong Khaem (khaem means needle). It is in San Patong just outside Chiang Mai and was home to the late sak yan master Phra Ajarn Gamtawn, who died in Chiang Mai on 14 September 2010.
This temple no longer applies tattoos.

While tattoos in the west are largely a matter of aesthetics, in Thailand they are imbued with both spirituality and superstition. The designs, lines of script, geometric patterns and animal shapes are deeply interwoven with Buddhist and animist imagery that some Thais fear Westerners fail to appreciate.

Tattoos of religious deities are seen as problematic, especially if they are below the waist. In Southeast Asian culture, the head is the most sacred part of the body. The farther down the body, the less sacred, and foreigners with religious figures inked on their legs have caused upset.

On the main highway into Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport, 15-metre-wide billboards declare "It's wrong to use Buddha as a decoration or tattoo". Some groups want a complete ban on any tattoos of religious figures.

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This is a picture of a man with a full back Christian tattoo. You can see archangel Michael and the Dragon. Adapted from Die Bibel in Bildern (Revelation) engraving. See it below.

Also an enlightenment motto of "Sapere aude" which is the Latin phrase meaning "Dare to know"; and also is loosely translated as "Dare to know things", or even more loosely as "Dare to be wise" is tattooed in the man’s upper back. Some Christians take issue with tattooing, upholding the Hebrew prohibition (see below).
The Hebrew prohibition is based on interpreting Leviticus 19:28 which goes:
"Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you"
so as to prohibit tattoos, and perhaps even makeup. Interpretations of this passage are various, however some believe that it refers specifically to, and exclusively prohibits, an ancient form of self-mutilation during mourning rituals, but this will be discussed later in the Judaism section but under this interpretation, tattooing IS permitted to both Jews and Christians.

So.. back to the mourning section, for example I am Hungarian, so I can tell that the ancient Huns, when they have lost someone like a high ranking leader, or someone close to them, they made deep cuts (incisions) on themselves even on the face, and rubbed the ashes of the burnt, beloved or deceased person in, and that could suffice as an ancient -or at least some- sort of primitive tattooing as well.

Others hold that the prohibition of Leviticus 19:28 regardless of its interpretation, is not really binding upon Christians - just as prohibitions like the following:

"Nor shall there come upon you a garment of cloth made of two kinds of stuff" (Lev. 19:19)

So these prohibitions thought to be not binding - because it is part of the Jewish ceremonial law, binding only upon the Jewish people (however for more details please see New Covenant § Christian view).

Last supper scene on forearm, done by Steve at FBI Tattoo London.

Some Christian groups, such as the Knights of St. John of Malta, actually HAVE sported tattoos to show their allegiance. A decline often occurred in other cultures following European efforts to convert aboriginal and indigenous people to Western religious and cultural practices that held tribal tattooing to be a "pagan" or "heathen" activity. Within some traditional indigenous cultures, tattooing takes place within the context of a rite of passage between adolescence and adulthood (without any explicit religious subtext).

For example in this picture you can see the Bungai Terung (Borneo Flower) tattoo. You have probably seen it on some dayak people or on others in the modern society as well. Without going in too deeply in this topic, it symbolises the journey, and the starps of a backpack. You can find more about that in the "History" section: What is the history of Dayak Tattoos?

Bungai Terung, or Borneo Flower tattoo.

Another example could be the Christian Croats of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who started tattooing, especially on children, for  protection against the forced conversion to Islam and enslavement during the Ottoman occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This form of tattooing continued long past its original purpose. Tattooing was performed mostly during springtime or during special religious celebrations like the great Feast of St. Joseph, and contained mostly Christian crosses on hands, fingers, forearms, and below the neck and also on the chest.

On this picture you can see Orthodox Coptic Christians who live in Egypt. They commonly tattoo themselves with the symbols of Coptic crosses on their right wrists, and the history of this custom is similar to that of the Christian Croat tattoos in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The next is Mormons. As it goes among Mormons, getting a tattoo is not considered sinful per se, however it is discouraged as it is altering the body, which is the creation of God.

Christianity-related tattoos are highly common amongst military veterans and born-again Christians (who are people that have lived difficult lives and rediscovered spirituality). I actually love this theme; I’m full of this kind of tattoos myself too. It also is one of my favourite things to actually tattoo on other people. So this is one of my specialities.. the religious tattoos.

"St. Michael vanquishes the Devil" scene on forearm, done by Steve at FBI Tattoo London.

Many Christians with tattoos will have a Psalm or verse from the Bible tattooed on their body although some people will still have tattoos from the Bible despite not being Christian.

Let’s see a few popular verses from the bible which often get tattooed, for example:
John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Philippians 4:13
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength”

Psalm 23 -Of course there are different versions of translations, but just to remember which one is the section in question:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul and so on and so on…
Or the other part is:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

Yes… these are quite popular verses or sections from the Bible, and I myself have tattooed Psalm 23 several times.  Absolutely nothing wrong with that 🙂

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Tattoos are allowed culturally and religiously; contemporary tattoos are common among traditional Hindus. Historical roots date back to the practice of Mehndi using Henna.

Not only are tattoos not restricted for Hindus but Hinduism is the source for countless tattoo designs including the very popular and sacred “Om” symbol. In the past Hindu women had the name of their husband tattooed on their forearm. It was believed that they should never speak the name of their husband so the tattoo allowed them to communicate it more easily.
The only restriction might be a tattoo that disrespected the Hindu gods in some way. For this reason Hindus don’t often get images of their gods tattooed on their legs, feet or posterior. Placement is important and you won’t often see the god Shiva anywhere below the waist on a Hindu.

They are also more apt to get the name of one of their Hindu gods as a tattoo versus an image of the god itself. Hindus are very liberal when it comes to tattoos as compared to the other Abrahamic religions such as Judaism, Islam and Christianity. So why tattoos?
What does a symbol embedded under the skin have to do with the spirit? In part, it is related to self-mortification, which has a long history in religion.
Whether it's a Buddhist lama drawing a blade across his tongue, a Lakota warrior hanging for hours by hooks puncturing his chest or a Sadhu piercing his cheeks and tongue with small spears, nearly every culture has a sect that regards physical suffering, or an apparent indifference to it, as just another step in spiritual development.

Tattoos are believed to have begun as cuts in the skin to form scars, a decidedly painful process. The color, from soot or plants, came later. Anthropologists believe tattoos are part of the evolution of a tradition that views the voluntary endurance of pain as a way to tap into a primal urge for meaning and belonging. And sacred symbols, from cave paintings to mandalas, are as old as the struggle to understand our world.

Devotional Tattoos:

Religious tattoos can be viewed with two levels of devotion: there's the ordeal of receiving the tattoo the tedious and painful process of injecting pigment into the flesh and then there's the symbolism and color of the design itself. Among the most devoutly tattooed groups anywhere is the community of Ramnaamis.

Scattered across the Indian states of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, this sect of untouchables found refuge from harm in their distinctive tattoos the name "Ram" repeated in Sanskrit on practically every inch of skin, even on the tongue and inside the lips. Ramnaamis began their extraordinary custom during the Hindu reformist movement of the 19th century when they angered the upper-caste brahmins by adopting brahminical customs. To protect themselves against the brahmins' wrath, the Ramnaamis tattooed the name of Lord Ram on their bodies. About 1,500 strong today, the Ramnaami community still practices this painful rite, which is as much a demonstration of devotion as a talisman against persecution.

With a rich tradition and thousands of Deities, Hinduism itself is today the source of countless tattoo designs.
Tattoos depicting popular Gods such as Siva, Ganesha and Kali or sacred symbols like "Om" adorn the flesh of Hindus and non-Hindus alike. Some of the most elaborate tattoo patterns anywhere are on the women of the Rabari tribe of Kutch,
the very region in northwest India just devastated by an earthquake.

The members of the nomadic Ribari tribe live as their ancestors did; their tattoos being tangible symbols of the people's strong spirit and concern with faith and survival.

Today, many people choose a particular design not because of its power or religious significance, but because they simply like the look of it. Tattoos are borrowed from other traditions as well, including Native American and Buddhist.
These tattoos for fashion, of course, should not be regarded as religious and are often offensive to those who understand that spirituality is not simply a decoration.

Also beware of getting a tattoo designed in an unfamiliar language. Last year a man in England had a tattoo artist inscribe his wife's name on his arm in Hindi. Local Hindi speakers spotted the tattoo and informed the man there was a spelling error.

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It is an interesting fact that actually there is no direct mention of "al-washm" or "tattooing" in the Holy Qur'an, therefore the explanation of the written words is absolutely up to the scholar.Scholars who claim that tattooing is a sin, support their views by pointing to hadiths such as the one in Sahih al-Bukhari narrated by Abu Juhayfah. That section declares:

"The Prophet cursed the one who does tattoos and the one who has a tattoo done."

These scholars generally do not subscribe to the point of the view that non-permanent tattoos such as henna or mendhi are sinful. They also do not claim that whoever converts to Islam who had tattoos prior to the conversion need to get those tattoos removed.

Remzi Kuscular who is a turkish professor of religious studies says that tattoos are sinful but that they do not violate a Muslim's wuḍūʾ. Another wiew from Canadian Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Kutty states that tattooing prohibitions exist in Islam to protect Muslims from the possibility HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, or any other diseases that could be transferred to people through tattoos due to substandard hygienic circumstances.

Again: There is no direct mention of "al-washm" or "tattooing" in the Qur'an.
Göran Larsson, a Swedish professor of religious studies, states that there are –And I quote-

"both historical and contemporary examples indicating that, at different times and in different places, [tattooing] was practiced by certain Islamic groups."

In the History of the Prophets and Kings Al-Tabari (an influential Persian scholar, historian and commentator on the Holy Qur'an from Amol, Tabaristan) happens to mention that the hands of Asma bint Umais (who was a companion of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad) were tattooed.

Muslims in Africa, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran and West Pakistan have used tattoos for beautification, and prophylaxis (or in other words: the prevention of diseases).

Edward William Lane
(a British orientalist, translator and lexicographer who is known for the Arabic-English Lexicon, as well as his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and Selections from the Qur’an) described the tattooing customs of Egyptian Muslim women in another book of his from 1836, An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians.

On a trip to Persia in 1909, Brigadier-General Sir Percy Molesworth Sykes (who wrote historical, geographical, and biographical works, as well as described his travels in Persia and Central Asia) observed that Shia Muslim women had "birds, or gazelles, but occasionally even verses from the Qur’an tattooed on themselves" and that victorious male wrestlers and gymnasts were honoured with the tattoo of a lion on the arm.

Sir Percy Molesworth Sykes

There was another article published in 1965 in the journal Man: A Record of Anthropological Science.
It was written by respective author John Carswell, who documented that Sunni and Shia Muslims in Lebanon would get tattoos of the swords of Abu Bakr and Ali respectively, to distinguish themselves from one another. Abu Bakr and Ali -just as an interesting fact- were both spouses to Asma bint Umais in the 7th century (if you recall we mentioned her earlier in this article).

Anyways… according to historians Shoshana-Rose Marzel and Guy Stiebel, face tattoos were common among Muslim women until the 1950s but have since fallen out of fashion.

Traditional tattoos in Tunisia include eagles, the sun, the moon, and stars. Tattoos were also used in the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century due to the influx of Algerian sailors. We could also mention the fact, that Bedouin and Kurdish women have a long tradition of tattooed bodies.

Another example is cultural anthropologist and professor at Caroll College in USA Margo DeMello.
In her book (Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community) she notes that tattoos are still common in some parts of the Muslim world such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria, and Egypt.

Underground tattoos have also been gaining popularity among Iranian youth. Some Turkish youth get their tattoos as a form of fashion, or resistance, or as part of a counterculture if you like, and tattoos are also gaining popularity among young Muslims in the West.

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FBI Tattoo London does NOT intend to hurt the sentiments, feelings or beliefs of any individual, community, sect or religion.
We DO respect everyone, and their right to have their own beliefs.
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Tattoos are generally forbidden in Judaism based on the Torah We already spoke about Leviticus 19:28 in regards of tattoos and Christianity. As it happens, orthodox Jews, in application of Halakha (Jewish Law), reveal the same Leviticus 19:28 section, which prohibits getting tattoos.

Although this is a slightly bit different translations to the one in the Christian topic, the meaning is still the same:
"Do not make gashes in your skin for the dead. Do not make any marks on your skin. I am God."

One possible way of understanding of Leviticus is to apply it only to the specific ancient practice of rubbing the ashes of the dead into wounds during mourning rituals; however modern tattooing could be included in other religious interpretations as well.
Maimonides (also known as Moses ben Maimon), a leading 12th-century scholar of Jewish law and thought, concluded that regardless of intent, the act of tattooing is prohibited according to (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Idolatry section 12:11). He also explains that another reason for the prohibition against tattoos is a Jewish response to paganism.

Moses ben Maimon, commonly known as Maimonides

The tattoo prohibition is explained by contemporary rabbis as part of a general prohibition on body modification
that does not serve a medical purpose such as let’s say to correct a deformity.
(That prohibition goes with the exception of circumcision of course)
Orthodox Jewish people could also point to Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah (which is is the most widely consulted of the various legal codes in Judaism and was authored by a Joseph Karo in 1563).
Section or verse 180:1, elucidates the biblical passage by Leviticus mentioned earlier, as a prohibition against any markings of the body beyond the ancient practice, and that would obviously include tattoos too.

They point to the next verse of the Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De'ah 180:2):

"If it [the tattoo] was done in the flesh of another, the one to whom it was done is blameless"

This might be used, as to say that tattooing yourself is different from obtaining a tattoo, and that the latter may be acceptable under some circumstances.

Orthodox Jews can read this text as referring to forced tattooing - as it was done during the Holocaust - which is NOT considered as a violation of Jewish Law on the victim’s part.
(Also in my opinion is just so f**cking UNACCEPTABLE on so many levels.)

Anyway, in Shulchan Arukh 180:3 cutting into the skin to perform medical surgery for saving someone, and temporary tattooing used for surgical purposes (for example to mark the lines of an incision, etc etc) are permitted. In most sectors of the religious Jewish community, having a tattoo does not prohibit participation, and jewish people with tattoos may be buried in a Jewish cemetery and participate fully in all synagogue rituals.

However Reform Jews and Reconstructionist Jews strictly forbid tattooing, in modern times, the association of tattoos with the previously mentioned forced tattoo markings of Nazi concentration camps and Holocaust has understandingly added another level of revulsion or refusal to the practice of tattooing, even among many otherwise fairly secular Jews.

On these pictures you can see Auschwitz tattoo stamps, and let me just say that at the first place the level of inhumanity of these things looks unimaginable disgusting to me, not to mention the maximum lack of ANY hygiene.


Anyways... Old myths die hard, and many tattooed Jews in their 20’s and 30’s say they often are criticized by other Jews, both relatives and strangers. Some say that being permanently marked was just something they wanted. Others say they were tattooed to rebel or, surprisingly, that they wanted a Jewish tattoo as a way of connecting with their religious and cultural identity. Andy Abrams, a filmmaker, has spent five years making a documentary called “Tattoo Jew.”
In his interviews with dozens of Jews with body art, he’s noticed the prevalence of Jewish-themed tattoos.

And as I said before: It is quite a common misconception that anyone bearing a tattoo is not permitted to be buried in a Jewish cemetery.

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FBI Tattoo London does NOT intend to hurt the sentiments, feelings or beliefs of any individual, community, sect or religion.
We DO respect everyone, and their right to have their own beliefs.
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Modern Paganism, or Contemporary Paganism, also known as Neopaganism, is a collective term for religious movements, or new religious movements if you like, have been influenced by or descended from the various historical pagan beliefs of pre-modern society.
Although they share some similarities, contemporary Pagan religious movements are very different, and do not share a single “set” of beliefs, practices, or books. Most academics who study this diverse subject handle it as a movement that has been divided into different religions. Others characterize Contemporary Paganism as a single religion, of which different Pagan faiths are recognized autonomous branches.

Well.. Tattooing… Neopagans can use this whole process and also the outcome of tattooing as an expression or representation of their beliefs.

Many tattooing related webpages are offering pagan images as examples of the provided artwork in this theme.

This beautiful tattoo is the respective work of Ali Anıl Erçel from Istanbul, Turkey.
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Although it is more of an entitlement, than a requirement, at least one Wiccan Tradition uses a tattoo as a mark of Initiation.
There are plenty of options for Wiccan tattoos, and this could start from moon symbols through pentacles to images of actual pagan gods and goddesses.For example the pentagram is one of the most common Wiccan symbols/tattoos. For many people, it is a symbol of protection and power, and in addition it also is representing the Wiccan belief system.

Tattooing, as an artform can help you to share your spirituality with the world and to come closer to your own idea of “sacred” and “divine”. People in the so called pagan community –and that would include those who actively practice the Wiccan religion- get spiritual tattoos for a whole massive variety of reasons.
Just as well as your Christian friend might have a meaningful Biblical verse on his/her arm, or your Buddhist co-worker flashes a beautifully made mandala tattoo, anyone might jump in to get a Wiccan tattoo to symbolize their spiritual belief system and principles which they live by.


Let’s see a few Sigils for protection. For those who don’t know, a sigil is a type of symbol used in ritual magic.

The practice of adorning our body with symbols, or spiritual symbols might be a lot of things, but it is hardly a new one. Although we don't exactly know when tattooing as an art form began per se, we do know that frozen bodies from as long ago as 5,500 years back have been discovered, and still displaying the ink on their skin.

I would like to advise you to see our other topic in the “history” section, where we talk in details about “OTZI”, a tattooed mummy from the last ice age. Although it's almost impossible to say whether these markings were done for ritual, protection, healing, or simply aesthetic reasons, it's likely that there was some sort of spiritual component.

Wicca certainly isn't as old as OTZI, but that doesn't mean it's not valid. By the way… the word "wicca" means "witch" in Old English and people who follow this religion are called "Wiccans".
Before the name "Wicca" was given, or adopted, the religion was mainly called simply "the craft". Wicca is now used as a so called umbrella term for the loads of different “sub-religions” that have branched off from Gerard Gardner's original practices. Speaking of whom, Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884 – 1964), also known by the craft name Scire, was an English Wiccan, as well as an author and an amateur anthropologist and archaeologist.

He was instrumental in bringing the Contemporary Pagan religion of Wicca to public attention, writing some of its definitive religious texts and founding the tradition of Gardnerian Wicca.

Gerdner's book (Photo by John Belham-Payne)

"Scire" is a latin infinitive, means "to know" and it is an interesting fact that the word “Science” comes from the Latin word "scio" meaning "I know." Which derives from the same infinitive. Okay.. back to the wiccam symbols... If someone’s thinking about getting a tattoo to celebrate their wiccan beliefs, they'll be carrying on a honored tradition which goes way back in time. And as I said before, many people find that through tattoo art, they can share their spirituality with the world, and bring themselves closer to their own idea of the sacred and divine.

However everybody should keep in mind, that a tattoo is FOREVER (unless you want to go through the costly and painful process of having it lasered off a few years down the road). So before you would get your Wiccan tattoo (because it is cool as f**ck) perhaps you should make sure it's what you really want.
If you've just started exploring pagan beliefs, allow yourself the privilege of waiting for at least a little while before you get permanently marked; this certainly will keep you from making a regrettable decision that may have to be corrected later on at some point of your life.

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BASIC PRINCIPLE: Most of the time you will have an INDIVIDUAL PRICE for your tattoo, considering the details, and the rough time we need for a quality execution. If your artist decides to take more time for a better tattoo, you still only pay the agreed price.

Here is a little (rough) example about proportion of sizes and prices:

Tattoo Size




XS – Tiny Tattoos




S – Small Tattoos




M – Medium Tattoos



£150 – £300

L – Large Tattoos



£350 – £550

XL+ – Extra Large Tattoos



£700 +

BASIC PRICE: £60 - This is the smallest price we work for.

HOURLY RATE: Sorry guys, but here at FBI Tattoo London, we are not very keen on charging by hours. However for easier understanding if we had an hourly rate, we could call it £100. The reason for our decision is simple. We all have heard horrible stories of some "tattoo artists" who extended a 3,5 hour job and have been working on it for 7-8 hours on a piece, just to get some more money out of the customers. Simply disgraceful.
We always will be VERY CLEAR on size, design, and give you an individual price for each session. Period. Timing is going to be estimated, but as you pay a fixed price, there is no need to stare the clock in fear, because the "next 60 minutes has started and you are up for an other £100 or £150 to pay". So pay when we start, sit in, enjoy, and we will do our very best to meet your expectations :)

HALF DAY session: £350 - This is roughly four hours (give, or take a little), the discount to an "hourly rate" is around £50. This session comes with a free aftercare cream.

FULL DAY session: £650 - This is roughly eight hours (give, or take a little), the discount to an "hourly rate" is around £150. This session comes with a free aftercare cream.

BUDGET piece: You give us how much you feel comfortable to spend on Your tattoo, (within reason obviously :D) and we design something for You.

MULTIPLIERS: Some body parts are much more difficult to tattoo than others. If you wish to get a tattoo there, we will charge you more than on a usual place.
Palm, Hand, Fingers, Neck, Collarbone: Normal price X 1.5
Throat, Head, Face: Normal price X 2

Regardless of taking the BEST care of your tattoo, you still may lose some ink, sometimes it just happens, without any specific reason. We are happy to give you a FREE touch-up within the first 8 weeks, although please be advised that for places like PALMS, HANDS or FINGERS, we will charge you for the touch-up too.

DEPOSIT: Please be advised that NONE of the deposits paid in are refundable!

REFUND: Please be advised that as a usual policy in the tattoo industry, there is NO REFUND of any sort whatsoever!


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Everyone expects at least some pain or discomfort when getting a tattoo. The amount of pain you feel will depend on several factors, including your individual pain tolerance and the location of the tattoo.

Pain is subjective,
but you can get a feel for how much a tattoo will hurt using a tattoo pain chart.

Fatty areas like the upper arms will likely hurt less than bonier parts of the body, like the hands, rib cage, or any joints. You’ll likely feel other sensations besides pain, such as tingling, itching, and pressure.

After you’ve chosen a reputable tattoo artist, chosen where and what you want your tattoo to look like, and filled out consent forms, it’s time to get your tattoo. Many people report less pain in shading than with the outline, but your personal experience may vary.

It’s no surprise that getting a tattoo often hurts... Duuuh... 😂😂😂 Getting one involves receiving many microwounds over a concentrated area of your body. But there are different sensations of pain. Just think of the difference in sensation between a bruise and a cut. Tattoo pain will usually be most severe during the first few minutes, after which your body should begin to adjust.

If your tattoo is particularly large or detailed, the pain can become intense again toward the end, when pain- and stress-dulling hormones called endorphins may begin to fade. Some people describe the pain as a pricking sensation. Others say it feels like bee stings or being scratched. A thin needle is piercing your skin, so you can expect at least a little pricking sensation. As the needle moves closer to the bone, it may feel like a painful vibration.

What it feels like to get a tattoo on various parts of the body? If you have more than one tattoo on different areas of your body, then you likely already know that where you get your tattoo has a lot to do with how much it hurts. Areas that are close to bone, like the ankles or ribs, will hurt more than fleshier areas. The armpits or the forehead are sometimes thought to be the most painful places to get a tattoo.

Ankles, shins, and rib cage

The ankles, shins and rib cage have thinner layers of skin covering bone. These areas are known to cause intense pain when getting tattooed because there’s not a lot of flesh to cushion the needle.


Depending on how much flesh you have covering your hip bones, a tattoo on the hip may be very painful.

Hands, fingers, feet, and toes

Many people like the look of tattoos on their hands or feet, but because the skin is thinner and these parts contain many nerve endings, tattoos here can be quite painful.

Outer shoulders, biceps, and outer thighs

The shoulders, biceps, and thighs are three places that rank relatively low on the tattoo pain scale. There’s more space between needle and bone and few nerve endings.

Upper and lower back

The back seems like it may be painful to tattoo, but the skin here is actually pretty thick and has few nerve endings. The pain level on the back is expected to be low to moderate.

Forearms and calves

The forearms and calves have more fat on them, and both areas have few nerve endings. You can expect to experience low to moderate pain when getting either of these body parts tattooed.

Other factors that can influence pain

In addition to where the tattoo is located on your body, there are several other factors that can influence how much pain and the type of pain you’ll feel.

Type of tattoo
Many people report that outlining is the most painful part of the tattoo process, so a tattoo with a larger outline may hurt more than a smaller tattoo done on the same part of your body. Additionally, for color tattoos, to get rich color, an artist may have to go over and over again on one area with the needle several times.

If you already have one tattoo, you may have a higher pain threshold, making each subsequent tattoo hurt less. You may also be more prepared for the pain.

Artist technique
A very skilled artist will know when to be gentle and when to take breaks.

Skin sensitivity
Some people have more sensitive skin than others. People with sensitive skin may feel that tattoos hurt more.

Stress or anxiety
A study done on men found that stress and anxiety, which you may feel while getting a tattoo, can lower the body’s ability to modulate pain. This can make the tattoo feel worse than it would if you were less stressed. Try to take deep breaths during the procedure, and ask the artist to take breaks if you feel like the pain is overwhelming.

The research goes both ways on how biological sex affects pain. One study of Trusted Source found that women report greater pain after invasive procedures than men, but another study Trusted Source done specifically on chronic pain found women to be more accepting of pain than men... so no idea... 😱🤷♂️😂😂😂

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Rules and regulations in force are different in different countries of course.
Well, this is going to be quite a short topic anyway, because I could just say that in the United Kingdom: 18 years.Period. That's it. Full stop. But just to make it a little bit more spicy and more interesting, today I will be giving you a couple of differences in a couple of countries in terms of legal minimum age of getting a tattoo as of 2021. So let's have a look on a few different countries and options, and let's do this one by one.


In the very first place, obviously has to be our beloved United Kingdom.
The “Tattooing of minors act 1969.” makes it illegal for ANYONE under the age of 18 to get a tattoo in the United Kingdom.
Might I straight add another answer for another question we receive quite a lot: Parental consent is not acceptable by this very same law. Also proof of age is ALWAYS required with us. Okay, but what does that mean? Well, proof of age means a photo ID. We will need legal documents, such as a provisional license or driver's license or citizens card, whatever it is, but we need the document with your face and your name and your date of birth on it. ALL of them. On the same document.
So like birth certificate and a bank card together with NOT suffice. Also I said, you can bring your mom or dad if you're young or underage, but it is still pointless, as we are not allowed, and will not tattoo you under any circumstances.

We are very happy to provide you our service (or even giving you a “starter discount”) on your 18th birthday, but not a minute before that. So, your parents' permission and/or presence will make no difference for the record again. Please understand, since we do not provide service for under age people or under age persons, this means that FBI tattoo London is a strictly no under 18 environment. So please no under 18’s allowed to enter the shop whatsoever.

When you come for your appointment, please do NOT bring your child in here because this is not a safe environment for children. Please do not bring your little underage sister or little brother in here because we are not allowed to let them in the shop. So you need to consider this, and get someone to look after them elsewhere whilst you're getting your ink done with us.


Next is Austria. So… it's an interesting fact that, parental consent needs to be written for anyone between the age of 16 and 18 to get a tattoo in Austria. Obviously once you are over 18, you go, you do what you want. That technically means that in Austria, it is possible to get a tattoo under 18, but you must be minimum 16 years old. Also the written consent is, necessary from the parents.


Our next country under magnifying glass is Croatia. Well, Croatia appears to be very similar to Austria in terms of tattooing rules, because a parental consent needs to be written PLUS the parent needs to be present during the procedure when the person who is getting a tattoo is between the age of 16 and 18.
So in Croatia, the current law for tattooing makes it possible to get inked from 16 years old, but from 16 to 18 pattern needs to be present.


And next one is Denmark. In Denmark, you must be over 18 years old to get any sort of tattoos however, I did find this very very interesting, that even though you are of the appropriate age, and you get your ink legally done, actually it is still unlawful to tattoo someone on the head, the neck and the hands. So it is not allowed to do such thing in Denmark.


And the next is Germany. As far as we know there is no current legislation per se in Germany, but the Association’s recommendation is to require a consent and present of a legal guardian or a parent, for anybody from 16 years of age. So in the opinion of BVJ, which is, I hope I spell this right: BERUFSVORBEREITUNGSJAHR a written declaration or a consent is sufficient for young people, aged 16 and over, but professional tattoo artists will keep it in the safe zone and refuse customers who would be under the age of 18 years old, which personally I can fully agree to.


And so our next country in question is Finland. In Finland, it is over 18’s only, however you might be able to get a permit which is required for anyone under 18 years old of age in order to get a legal tattoo.


And the Netherlands rules are as follows: in the Netherlands the legal age at which persons may decide for themselves to get a tattoo or a body piercing is 16 years. Detailed consent forms with information concerning health, including allergies must be available and must be signed by the client (same as here in the UK). In case of young adults from the age of 16 years who would like to get a piercing or a tattoo in the Netherlands, a parent or a guardian must sign this form. If they HAVE signed, but they are not present with the client, the tattooist or the piercer must verify the consent by telephone. Signed consent forms must be kept in the studio in a locked file for 10 years. This is actually similar to the UK again, because we need to have you sign and fill out a consent form and we need to store them. Nowadays FBI Tattoo London went paperless, so I have set up the consent forms online, which means we can store them. And if any law enforcement comes to check them, by all means we will be able to AND happy to provide it any day of the week or any hour of the day.

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Tattoos are among the most common body decorations globally. According to a study, 38 percent of people 18 to 29 years old have been inked at least once in their lives.

Lion on foream by Steve at FBI Tattoo London

A natural question to ask is, “Does getting a tattoo hurt?” While most people will say yes, in reality this is a complex question to answer. Tattooing involves repeatedly piercing your skin’s top layer with a sharp needle covered with pigment. So getting a tattoo is generally always painful, though people may experience different levels of pain.

People who are biologically male tend to experience and cope with pain differently from those who are biologically female.
In addition, the various parts of the body experience different levels of pain when tattooed.

While there is no scientific evidence that says which areas of the body will feel the most and least pain when getting inked,
there is a bit of an anecdotal information. Here’s the general consensus: The least painful places to get tattooed are those with the most fat, fewest nerve endings, and thickest skin. The most painful places to get tattooed are those with the least fat, most nerve endings, and thinnest skin. Bony areas usually hurt A LOT.


It’s likely most painful to get a tattoo on a part of your body with many nerve endings, close to bones without much fat, or where your skin is very thin. Pain in these areas may be high to severe.


The armpit is among the most painful places, if not the most painful place, to get tattooed. The pain you’ll experience getting tattooed here is very severe. In fact, most tattoo artists advise against people getting armpit tattoos.

Rib cage

The rib cage is probably the second most painful place for most people to get tattooed. Pain here can be severe. The skin around your ribs is extremely thin, and there’s less fat here than on most other parts of your body. Also, every time you breathe, you move your rib cage and the skin above it, which can make the feeling of being tattooed here much more intense.

Ankles and shins

Your ankle bones and shinbones lie just beneath thin layers of skin, making it very painful to be tattooed in these areas. Ankle and shin tattoos usually cause severe pain. It’s about the same level of pain caused by tattooing over your rib cage.

Nipples and breasts

Nipples and breasts are extremely sensitive areas, so being tattooed here can cause severe pain.


Your groin is filled with nerve endings that can be irritated by tattoo needles. Pain here can be high to severe.

Elbows or kneecap

Steve at FBI Tattoo London tattooing his own kneecap. See the video here

Your elbows and kneecaps are areas where your bones lie just beneath your skin. Vibrations caused by tattooing over bone
can cause high to severe pain.

Behind the knees

This is another part of the body where you may experience severe pain when being tattooed. The area behind your knees has loose, stretchy skin with many nerve endings. These characteristics make this area very sensitive to tattoo needles.


Because your hip bones lie just below your skin, getting hip tattoos can cause severe pain. This is especially true if you are very thin and have less fat around your hips to cushion your hip bones.

Neck and spine

Neck and spine tattoos are known to be among the most painful tattoos because the neck and spine are very sensitive areas also home for the most possible nerve endings.

Head, face, and ears

Like the neck, your head, face, and ears contain many nerve endings that can be irritated during a tattoo and may cause severe pain. There’s not a lot of fat on your head, face, and ears, so you don’t have much of a cushion for the tattoo needle here.


The skin on and around your lips is generally loose with lots of nerve endings. A tattoo on your lips will almost certainly cause severe pain, and could lead to bleeding, swelling, and bruising.

Hands, fingers, feet, and toes

The tops and insides of the hands and feet, as well as fingers and toes, are popular places to be tattooed. Being tattooed anywhere on your hands and feet can cause severe pain. The skin here very thin, and it contains numerous nerve endings
that can trigger pain when hit by a tattoo needle. What’s more, when nerves in your hands and feet are disturbed by a tattoo needle, they may undergo painful spasms that make the tattooing experience very unpleasant.


Stomach tattoos may cause pain that ranges from high to severe. The level of pain you experience depends on what kind of shape you’re in. People with higher body weights tend to have looser skin on their stomachs than people with lower body weights. A person with tighter skin over their stomach is likely to experience less pain than a person with looser skin in this area.

Inner bicep

While the muscle inside your inner bicep can reduce the amount of pain of getting tattooed in this area, the skin here tends to be soft and loose. Getting tattooed on your inner bicep can cause a high amount of pain,  but doesn’t usually cause severe pain. Tattoos here generally take longer than other parts of the body to heal.


Areas that likely cause the least amount of pain when tattooed tend to be padded with some fat, have tight skin, have few nerve endings, and aren’t close to bones. Pain in these areas will be low to moderate. Some of the least painful spots include:

Upper outer thigh

This part of the body is well padded with fat and has few nerve endings. The upper outer thigh is one of the least painful places to get a tattoo, with pain low to low-moderate in most people.


Last supper scene on forearm done by Steve at FBI Tattoo London

There’s a lot of muscle and thick skin on your forearms, without many nerve endings. Tattoos on the forearms usually cause a low to low-moderate amount of pain.

Outer shoulders and outer bicep

Rose on upper arm done by Steve at FBI Tattoo London

The outer part of your shoulders has thick skin with few nerve endings, making it one of the least painful places to get tattooed. The pain of being tattooed here is usually low to low-moderate. The outer bicep has a lot of muscle without a lot of nerve endings, making it a good place for a tattoo that won’t cause a lot of pain. Outer bicep tattoos usually cause low to low-moderate levels of pain.


Viking theme on calf done by Steve at FBI Tattoo London

There is a significant amount of fat and muscle on the calves, and few nerve endings, so calf tattoos usually aren’t too painful. You can expect to feel low to low-moderate levels of pain here.

Upper and lower back

Full back piece done by Steve at FBI Tattoo London

Getting a tattoo on your upper or lower back usually causes low-moderate to moderate amounts of pain because skin here is thick with few nerve endings. The further away you tattoo from the bones and nerve endings in your spine and hips, the less pain you’ll feel.

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F.A.Q. - HISTORY (1 topic)


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The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand.

Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived to New Zealand in several waves of waka (canoe) voyages somewhere between 1320 and 1350.

The traditional artforms in ancient Maori society were weaving, sculpting, tattoos, dance, and singing.

A particularly important Maori artform is “TA MOKO”, the sacred art of tattooing.

Maori tattoos consist of spiral designs made from grooves or scars cut into the skin.
Captain James Cook wrote in 1769: "The marks in general are spirals drawn with great nicety and even elegance."

Ta moko has its origins in mourning rituals too (in which you can find several similarities to the Huns).

Tattoo arts are common in the Eastern Polynesian homeland of the Māori people, and the traditional implements and methods employed were similar to those used in other parts of Polynesia.

Over time, it became an indicator of status. In pre-European Māori culture, many (if not most) of the high-ranking persons received ta-moko, and those who went without them were seen as persons of lower social status.

Receiving the sacred ta-moko constituted an important milestone between childhood and adulthood, and was accompanied by many rites and rituals.

Apart from signaling status and rank, another reason for the practicein traditional times was to make a person more attractive to the opposite sex.

Men generally received moko on their faces, buttocks (RAPERAPE) and thighs (PUHORO).

Women usually wore moko on their lips (KAUWAE) and chins.

A feeding funnel (KÕRERE) is believed to have been used to feed people whose mouths had become swollen from receiving Tā Moko.

Historically, moko was distinct from tattooing, as the skin was carved by chisels (UHI), not punctured. This left the skin with grooves rather than a smooth surface.

Originally moko specialists (TOHUNGA-TĀ-MOKO ) used a range of chisels (UHI) made from albatross bone which were hafted onto a handle, and struck with a mallet. These chisels were replaced by metal chisels after European arrival, which in turn were replaced by needles by World War I.

The pigments were made from the AWHETO (the mummified body of a caterpillar) for the body colour,

and NGARAHU (burnt timbers) for the blacker face colour.

The soot from burnt kauri gum was also mixed with fat to make pigment.

The pigment was stored in ornate vessels named OKO, which were often buried when not in use. The OKO were handed on to successive generations.

Usually the predominant tā moko specialists were men, although some records mention a number of women during the early 20th century who also took up the practice.

There is also a remarkable account of a woman prisoner-of-war in the 1830s who was seen putting moko on the entire back of the wife of a chief.

Today, ta moko artists use many of the same tools as non-Maori tattoo artists.

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F.A.Q. - FUN (1 topic)

What tattoos does Angelina Jolie have?

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Angelina Jolie needs no introduction. You know who she is, that’s why you clicked on this article... 😂😂😂
A'ight... I'll tell you... She is a world-renowned mesmerizing beauty who is known for her amazing talent and who has always been in headlines for several reasons. But do you know that this beautiful star is (or at least was) a tattoo enthusiast and has more than a dozen of tattoos on her body? Although many of her tattoos have been either removed or covered up over the years.
So let’s have a look, shall we?


First in the line is her 12”x8” Bengal Tiger Tattoo on her lower back that she got inked back in 2004 by the famous Ajarn Noo Kanpai in Thailand who blessed this tattoo with anancient hymn.

The Bengal Tiger tattoo was done to commemorate her Cambodian citizenship. This tattoo was done in a traditional Thai Style with a sharpened rod. More about this in our Tattoos and Buddhism section in another article. Find it in the “GENERAL” section... enjoy 😉

Earlier, she had an ‘Ancient Dragon with a window’ there, which is now modified with the ‘Bengal Tiger’ tattoo. The tattoo of the window have symbolized her search for being somewhere else. Later, she got it modified with the tail of the tiger as she believed that she has already found the place where she would like to be. Angelina’s ‘Ancient Dragon’ tattoo is now covered up with the ‘Bengal Tiger’ tattoo.


The ‘know your rights’ tattoo on her upperback. Well… It is a song from ‘The clash’ (which was her favourite band at the time). She got this tattoo done in 2004 just as the tiger one.


‘Khmer Script’ Tattoo on her left shoulder. As we know, earlier she had the Japanese word ‘Death’ (shi) inked onher left shoulder as to ‘remind to live for herself’. That later on got covered by the ‘KhmerScript’ tattoo also done by Ajarn Noo Kanpai. It is a prayer for her son Maddox whom she adopted in 2002.

Angelina got this tattoo inked to protect him from bad luck. In English it translates to:
“May your enemies run far away from you;
If you acquire riches, may they remain yours always;
Your beauty will be that of Apsara;
Wherever you may go, many will attend,
serve and protect you, surrounding you on all sides.”


The ‘Cross’ tattoo below her waistline is to cover her previous ‘dragon with blue tongue’ tattoo which she got while she was on a trip to Amsterdam. It was a funky looking tattoo of a dragon with a blue tongue and she got this tattoo when she wasn’t in her senses and she soon regretted it. The tattoo was soon covered with a cross tattoo. Along with the cross tattoo, she got inked the latin phrase ‘Quod Me Nutrit Me Destruit.’ Which translates to: “What nourishes me destroys me”.  Interesting fact that she got this cross tattoo just one day before she married Johnny Lee Miller in 1995.


The roman numerals tattooed on her left forearm are XIII (13) and a V MCMXL (5/1940). They were inked separately. The number XIII was made to show her disbelief in superstitions and the date May 13, 1940, was tattooed in 2009 to commemorate the day when ‘Winston Churchill’ gave the famous WW1 speech which we all know:
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears,and sweat.” Etc etc


Interesting that this is another cover-up tattoo that she got to cover a matching tattoo with her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton. According to her the tattoo means ‘strength of will.


Earlier, Angelina had a dragon tattoo with her ex-husband Billy Bob’s name inked on her left shoulder. Later it was lasered off in 2003 when they officially got divorced. After that she made a public statement. And I quote:
“I’ll never be stupid enough to have a man’s name tattooed on me again. It took 5 visits to the tattoo removal clinic to erase the dragon and you can still see it a bit.”
Later on, she got inked the coordinates of the birthplaces of her children at the same place. Angelina added the seventh coordinate in 2011 about Brad Pitt’s birthplace.


This tattoo is inked about the subtitle of Tennessee Williams’ 1941 play ‘Stairs to the Roof.’ In an interview, Angelina made a statement regarding this tattoo in which she said,“I don’t think I know one person who I think can be completely who they are, every second of the day,who feels completely free… So it’s kind of a prayer for everybody to find their happiness, to break out… Anything that makes us comfortable, those things are cages around us.” She got this piece tattooed in the presence of her beloved mother, who sadly passed away in January 2007.


This tattoo near her left wrist which is a tribute to her brother, James Haven. Some also speculated that the tattoo was for her ex-boyfriend Timothy Hutton. Still, no public confirmation nor denial regarding this tattoo of hers.

10. LETTER "M"

The letter ‘M’ on her rightpalm is a tribute to her mother Marcheline Bertrand, who unfortunately as I mentioned died in 2007, after heroically battling with breast and ovarian cancer for almost eight years.


This tattoo is placed on her inner right thigh. Meaning: Whiskey Bravo represents Brad Pitt’s initials. Little known fact is that both Angelina and Brad Pitt are licensed pilots and Whiskey Bravo are Brad Pitt’s initials in the aviation alphabet.


This Yant Kraw Petch (or Diamond Armour) tattoo is located on the right side of her back. It describes the powerful virtues of Buddha that bring good luck, wealth, progress, and success in a career. This also wards off evil spirits and protects during the bad times of life.


The 'Yant ViHan Pha Chad Sada’ tattoo is on the center of Angelina's back. This tattoo consists of two Yants with the magical texts the meaning of which is only known to Ajarn Noo Kanpai, the artist.
Not only this, but he had also inked a Buddhist symbol on the stomach of Brad Pitt using the same ink. These Buddhist tattoos on Angelina and Brad were inked to symbolically bind them as husband and wife. However, unfortunately the couple got separated in September 2016 😳


It is on her left forearm. Angelina got this tattoo inked to ward off evil and to bring protection, blessings, and good luck. Which is –no offense or disrespect- I personally found a little bit funny considering her roman XIII tattoo which was to represent her disbeliefs in superstitions. 😂😉


This tattoo is a beautiful line from the divine poem of Persian poet Rumi. It says: “There exists a field, beyond all notions of right and wrong. I will meet you there.”


They are on her lower back and right hip. As we know tribal tattoos have different meanings in different cultures. In this particular case I do confess that I don’’t know… Im only human after all… 🤣🤣🤣


She is said to have this on her body, but the exact location of this tattoo is unknown. And as rumour has it, she got this matching tattoo inked with her ex-husband Johnny Lee Miller, but after their split in 1999, she had got this tattoo removed. Well I gues we'll never know.. 😄

There also several more “urban legends” about her tattoos, but for a “Brad Pitt” name tattoo, or a “Buddhist energy waves” tattoo that no one has ever seen, also have no pictures, or history… I just need to call bullshit…

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Can tattoos cause cancer?

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This indeed has been a question that researchers have been exploring for a decent amount of years now. While there is no direct connection between tattoos and skin cancer, there are some ingredients in tattoo ink that may be linked to cancer in some very rare cases.

A change in skin pigmentation is one of the earliest signs of skin cancer, particularly melanoma. When the body is “blacked out” with tattoo ink, individuals may not be able to notice these changes right away.

For this reason, as we ALWAYS advice, tattoos should NEVER be placed over pre-existing moles, birth marks, or other skin discolorations or abnormalities. EVER! So if you have some moles, skin marks, freckles, we will leave a gap around it and NOT go through them with the needle. No need to worry though, as we will adviseyou how to modify the design, so it ain’t gonna be filled with “holes” like an emmental cheese 😂😂

Anyway... as of today we are not aware of ANY reported cancer case directly attributable to tattooing. However, evidence does show that some tattoo inks may contain carcinogens (which are cancer-causing substances) or more correctly chemicals that have been classified as known or possible carcinogens by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.

As we know, in order to achieve the permanent effect, tattoo ink is injected into the dermis – the deeper layer of the skin – and there stays the ink in the skin for a lifetime, although over time, dermal macrophages take up pigment and may transport it into the lymphatic system and lymph nodes. This means other tissue in the body can be exposed to potentially carcinogenic materials from a bad tattoo ink.
Speaking of which, you can rest assured that FBI Tattoo London ONLY uses UK CERTIFIED equipment and we buy it from the largest tattoo distributors of the country. So most definitely there is no “Good Luck Dragon Ink” and all that sh**t with us. Reputable parlours such as ourselves should be able to provide sourcing details that can be traced back to a reliable vendor, as well as health risks, and hazardous material compliance.

A recent review found that the number of skin cancers in tattooed skin was low, and therefore seems coincidental. However my professional advice is: ALWAYS stay safe, and if you are concerned, do NOT get tattooed! Or if you choose to get tattooed, ask if the inks being used comply with the European standard known as ResAP(2008)1, which sets out the requirements and criteria for the safety of tattoos.

Tony Raita, chair of the Finnish Tattooist Association (who I couldn’t agree more with) said cheap coloured inks from China are a growing problem.

“They import alot of colours to the European Union and people use them and they don’t know what is in the colours, and that’s pretty dangerous," he said.

So back to the main track… What is the evidence of tattoos causing cancer? Once again: despites its recommendations and examples of carcinogenic chemicals being used in inks, the ECHA (European Chemical Agency) report notes there is currently no direct evidence of a tattoo ink causing cancer.

A 2012 review in the Lancet Oncology medical journal found that even skin cancers, which would seemingly be most closely linked to tattoo inks remained rare. The authors found 50 examples of skin cancers on tattoos after an extensive hunt through the medical literature. So yes, there are exceptional cases, but in general this does not qualify as a proof whatsoever. And I quote their report: "The number of skin cancers arising in tattoos is seemingly low, and this association has to be considered thus far as coincidental." they concluded.

So... "What should I do if I have tattoos, or I'm thinking about getting one?" The ECHA suggests caution for people considering removing their tattoos to “minimise your risk of cancer”. They say: "You should take into account that laser removal is a procedure in which pigments and other substances are broken down into smaller particles – these MAY include harmful chemicals, which are then free to circulate in your body."


While some links have been found between cancer and tattoo inks, the evidence is LARGELY circumstantial. If God forbid you are/were a cancer patient, getting a tattoo can be empowering and a symbol of either ending an old-, or starting a new chapter in your life. Breast and nipple tattoos after mastectomies are growing in popularity as well, and to help women who have had breast reconstructive surgery to feel empowered again, and move on with their lives, is truly one beautiful thing. Period.

Our tattoos are here to stay, and while there’s currently no hard evidence to suggest that they increase the risk of cancer, there’s always a good thing to be cautious. Symbolic, decorative and cosmetic tattoos can help people to mentally heal after cancer, therefore I’m of the opinion that there’s no reason why people should stop using them. 

Anyways... knowing the potential risks is always a good idea, but based on current research, the risk is VERY-VERY LOW. Getting tattoos done by professionals who have a good reputation and come recommended by others is always a good idea. Asking the artist about the inks they’re using can help you to do your own research into specific brands and make an informed decision.

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Tattoo Aftercare Instructions

Our Dear Friend! If you read this article, most likely we directed you here, as you have just been tattooed by a licensed Tattoo Artist at the FBI Tattoo London, using the utmost modern STERILE equipment and the finest tattooing pigments available. The care and maintenance of your Tattoo after you leave our Tattoo Studio GREATLY depends on You. It is very important that your new Tattoo be protected from the sun and dirty environments. Follow these simple care instructions and your Tattoo will heal quickly and properly.

After your appointment:

- Leave the bandage on for about 2-4 hours. If you get tattooed at night, leave the bandage on until the next morning, but NOT MORE than 12 hours!
(The bandage is there to keep air-borne bacteria and any other contaminants in the environment from invading your Tattoo. Make sure your hands have been WASHED THOROUGHLY before removing the bandage!!!)

- Wash the Tattoo with lukewarm water and antibacterial soap to remove any dried blood or plasma. If You don’t have antibacterial soap, any soap will do, but try to stay away from soap with a lot of perfume.
(The idea behind the washing is to eliminate any dead cells that have been allowed to accumulate on the surface.)

- Gently pat dry it with a clean sterile towel, such as gauze.
(DO NOT rub it back and forth!)

- Allow it to air dry (about 10 mins) before You apply ointment.

- Apply a VERY THIN layer of ointment to your Tattoo.
(Here at the FBI Tattoo London we recommend BEPANTHEN or TATTOO GOO creams, both will do a perfect job.)

- Lotion your Tattoo every 2-3 hours for the first three days. After that your Tattoo will “set” into the skin.
(You’ll be able to tell, because the top layers of the skin will start to slough off possibly with ink in it. DO NOT PANIC! Your Tattoo will not fall off, this is part of the healing process. Brush that off gently with your hand in the shower, it’s just dead skin.)

- Then lotion your Tattoo about 3 times a day for two weeks.

DO NOT’S for the first two weeks:

- Do not expose your Tattoo to sunlight, sunbeds or tanning booths.

- Do not expose your Tattoo to hot water, steam, salt water, chlorinated swimming pools, reclaimed water, or natural standing water, such as lakes, rivers or streams. Short showers are fine, however it is VERY IMPORTANT to wash the tattooed area daily.

- Do not use Neosporin© and any other petroleum based ointments, as they can prevent your Tattoo from breathing and therefore from healing properly.

- Do not use Hydrogen Peroxide or Alcohol on your Tattoo.

- Do not pick ANY scabs that might form, this can pull the color out of your Tattoo.

- Do not scratch your Tattoo. It might itch during the healing process, this is normal, but try to resist for temptation of scratching. Your Tattoo will heal more like sunburn. It will peel, this is normal as well.

- Do not shave over your Tattoo until 2 weeks.

Continuous care – Living with your Tattoo

Make sure to use LOTS of sunblock once your Tattoo has completely healed! Sunlight, sunbeds and tanning booths are the worst things that can happen to a Tattoo. After your Tattoo has healed, we recommend you to put a layer of SPF 45 sunblock on your Tattoo ANY time you expose it to direct sunlight.

It is very important to follow these instructions. DO NOT listen to friends or people who have used different products while healing their Tattoo. This is what we have found that works BEST for our Customers.

If you have ANY difficulty or question while your Tattoo is healing, you should CALL us for assistance immediately.



F.A.Q. - Meaning (1 topic)

What are the most common tattoo symbols?

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Selecting the perfect tattoo design is always the hardest thing to do. Your tattoo should be inspirational and beautiful in the same time because you only have to live with it for the rest of your life 🤦😂😂😂
Whatever tattoo you decide to get, it’s a good thing to learn about the meaning behind it. Let’s have a look on 20 of the most common “designs”


Dolphin tattoos represent love, happiness, friendship, playfulness, freedom, intelligence, connection, protection, and sensitivity, a sense of belonging to a community, and harmony. Ancient Greeks considered the dolphins god-like.


Dragon tattoos are associated with courage, strength, protection, power, wisdom, and independence. These mythological creatures are one of the most legendary beings in the history of folklore and mythology. Dragons form a part of the cultures of China, Vietnam, and Japan – and many other countries. Most Eastern civilizations consider dragons as noble creatures, whereas, European civilizations associate dragons with darkness and evil.


Butterflies are a common theme of tattoos especially among ladies. They are sometimes inked just as a pretty skin decoration. But at other times, they may have a deeper meaning such as beauty, liberty, confidence, freedom, and change. They also represent transformation, freedom from the emotional burden, forgiveness, or spiritual growth.


Wings Tattoos are associated with spiritual symbolism. These tattoos represent speed, freedom, elevation, and aspiration.


Om Tattoo comes from the Vedanta, a Hindu scripture. Therefore, Om is familiar to many eastern religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. It is a sacred mantra, and icon. Lately it has become popular in Western countries. The Om Tattoo symbolizes silence, oneness, totality, sacred trinity, creation, evolution, indestructibility, truth, sustainability, manifestation, perpetuation, and divine expression.


Star Tattoos symbolize the accomplishment of a goal. They can be very personal, but there are some general meanings associated with them. They can represent hope, religious faith, transformation, ambition, finding the way, a challenge to conquer, a desire to achieve bigger goals, or even the birth of your baby.


Heart Tattoos are the universal symbol of love. Heart tattoos also stand for adoration and passion for a special someone. However, they are not just meant to be for your lover(s) but are also used as a symbol of love for other family members. The general meanings associated with the heart tattoo are love, heartache, femininity, heartbreak, marriage or relationship, friendship, stability, life, cultural heritage, passion, adoration, perseverance, or key to one’s heart.


Skull Tattoos could symbolize that a person has accepted their mortality, as in everyone will die one day and we all should live life to the fullest. In this way, it has a positive association. Skull tattoos are not necessarily masculine. There are also feminine skull tattoos, which are hugely popular among women mainly done in pink and purple colors and have bows as well.


Flower Tattoos symbolize different things. Red flowers represent burning passion, violet roses stand for shyness, yellow flowers represent jealousy and possessiveness (still… no idea why should you do this on yourself), and white flowers symbolize purity. There are many kinds of flowers that you can go for – the rose, lily, lotus, and jasmine being the most popular ones.


Fairy Tattoo designs are very popular among ladies. They usually stand for femininity, innocence, naughtiness, and protection.


Crown Tattoos represent power, wealth, and supremacy. If you consider yourself a queen or king, a crown tattoo might just be the thing for you. A crown tattoo has many meanings, but if we were to narrow it down to a few general ones it would be: royal power, leadership, authority, control over emotions, pride, responsibility, nobility, and greatness, as well as true love and loyalty. Crown tattoos are often inked as matching tattoos by couples.


Sword Tattoos are longtime symbols of warriors, and they are linked to many meanings such as justice, strength, bravery, courage, honor, valor, power, knowledge, nobility, danger, liberty, or freedom. The popular sword through the heart tattoo means betrayal, a broken heart, or lost love.


Phoenix Tattoos represent rebirth, grace, virtue, and immortality. Here are some common meanings associated with these tattoos: fire, renewal, start of a new life, conquering difficult times, winner, kindness, duty, goodness, reliability, also prosperity, grace and kindness.


Arrow Tattoos have several powerful, positive meanings associated with them. Some of them are as follows: tension, conflict, or life struggle. A positive transitionin one’s life. Strength and unity, or new direction or a new relationship.


Mandala Tattoos are considered sacred symbols and being spiritual. They represent the Sun, the Stars, and the Universe. Mandala tattoos also represent wholeness, eternity, balance, and perfection. They are considered to be symbols of body and mind balance.


In general, the following meanings are associated with the Eye Tattoo designs: life, religion, focus, clear thinking, vision, the inner being, intuition, smartness, protection, protector, foretelling the future, sorrow, and care.


Feather Tattoos have several symbolic meanings. Here are a few generic meanings of this tattoo symbol: Freedom, spirituality and faith, beauty and elegance, resurrection and immortality, wisdom and knowledge.


Snake Tattoos have many, both positive and negative meanings. Some of them are authority, intelligence, evil, hell, devil, temptation, death, rebirth, protection, medicine, change, the cycle of life, knowledge, wisdom, darkness, power, awareness, patience, balance, healing, grace, and organization. Take your pick... 🤷😂😂😂


Bee Tattoos are not very common. They represent loyalty, honor, duty, consistency, disciplined and structured life, protection, defense, and sacrifice. A bee tattoo can also symbolize the soul and sweetness (because bees make honey) 😉


Moon Tattoos are great for anyone who has a whimsical side, trusts in the influence of celestial powers, or likes astronomy. Some of the most common meanings of moon tattoos are feminine mystique, value of astrology, cyclical nature, insanity or lunacy, magic, the expulsion of negative energy, darkness, the darkside of a person.


Tattoos are permanent (or as we always say: "It's ONLY for life" 😉 so make sure whatever you get done is close to your heart and means something to you.

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