These are a few of the questions we get from our customers - if it doesn't answer any others you may have - feel free to get in touch.
Were you Kingsland Ink?
That's right - for 9 years. After moving to our new digs, it was time for a new name. Black Cat Tattoo was born.
How do I go about getting a tattoo?
The best ways to get in touch with us is by email, Facebook and Instagram. We may ask you to come in for a free consult so we can get a more accurate idea of what you are after. From here, once you’re happy - it's just a matter of putting down a deposit (which comes off the price of the tattoo) to secure your date and get your artist designing.
What do you charge?
Our minimum charge is $170, which is our hourly rate, unless priced per piece. Our full day rate is $1000.
We have a flash wall of one-off tattoo designs ready to go which are priced per piece - but feel free to come in and chat with one of our tattoo artists to get a detailed quote on your tattoo design.
Why do you charge what you do?
A tattoo is a form of artwork, and the saying is true - you get what you pay for. A quality design, drawn by an actual artist, tattooed in a sterile friendly environment - or a free one by your mate Dave in his garage with a machine he bought on Trademe.
To all Dave’s friends - we also do cover-ups.
Do you have an age restriction for getting tattoos?
Yes we do - you must be 18years of age. Sorry, no parental consent accepted.
What if I need to reschedule?
Things come up - we understand this, but please respect that we have set time aside for you, which means other people can't grab that spot - so please give us 48hrs min notice and your deposit will transfer to your new date. No-shows will not receive their deposit back, this goes to the tattoo artist as a drawing fee/loss of earnings.
Can I make changes to my design?
Yes, absolutely. This is on your body - you can work with the artists to the final design, but please give your artist as much detail about your design on the day of consult.
Will it hurt?
We're not going to lie to you - it doesn't tickle. But you can handle it - we've never had anyone stop before (only that guy years ago that now walks around with 2 small lines on his bicep). Everyones pain threshold is different - but we wouldn't be in business if it was something you couldn't handle.
What do I need to do before getting tattooed?
Be rested, have something to eat, no heavy nights the night before - and just let the artist know if you have any nerves.
How far in advance do your artists book out?
Each of our tattooers book out at different stages, however we aim to have an artist available at all times for walk-ins. Saturdays tend to book up the fastest - so get in touch if you want to secure a specific date.
Do you accept walk-ins?
As above, we do aim to have an tattooist free for walk in's - and we have a wall of one-off flash ready to go.
What artist styles do you have?
We have artists who cover, Neo-trad, Traditional, Black & Grey, Dotwork and Japanese. Check out our "ARTISTS" page to see more details about their individual styles.
How do I look after my tattoo?
We have an aftercare card available here in the shop to let you know how to look after your tattoo - but the simple stuff, don't go having a sauna, don't go sunbathing, don't pick off any skin - this is it's natural healing process. Use appropriate tattoo aftercare cream sparingly, and keep it nice and clean.
Where are you located, and do you have parking?
We are at 5X Central Road, Kingsland - with plenty of street parking in the area, and a free carpark at the end of the road (2mins walk away). The train station is also just a one minute walk away.
What type of payment do you accept?
Eftpos, credit card (in store), cash and bank transfer.
Do you guys have tattoo gift vouchers?
Yes - we have tattoo vouchers in store, and can be made up to any denomination.
Should I be nervous?
These guys don't seem to think so…
“My first time in your shop, and I have to say - I was so impressed with your artists and the awesome set up. Definitely my new tattoo studio."
"Super pleased with my new ink and loving the non pretentious vibe. Cheers guys!"
"Just got my first, and already booked in my second. You guys rock."