01273 933420


How do I book a tattoo?

We usually book a 15min free, no obligation consultation for you to sit down and discuss your ideas with the artist before we book any tattoo appointments.

In the consultation the artist can have a look at the placement and size of the tattoo, the condition and colour of the skin and can advise you on how the design will translate from paper to skin. The artist will be able to estimate an accurate time frame for how long the tattoo will take to do and answer any questions you may have about the process or final product.

You can bring in reference material such as images or drawings or any other visuals you think will help describe what you like. the artist will then work with you to create the perfect design for you.

If you don’t live in the area, dont worry, we can easily do consultations digitally by email.

Once you have had the consultation, the reception staff will book you in the diary in the next available space that works with you for your tattoo session with the artist.

They will ask you for some basic information such as your name and surname, a contact number and/or email address. This ensures that we know who the appointment is for and that we are able to contact you in any unlikely event they might need to move the appoinment or if the artist wants to contact you about the design.

Upon booking the appointment, You will be required to secure the booking with a deposit, this deposit is normally the price for the first hour of the tattoo which is included in the total price quoted before booking the appointment. In most cases, deposits are non refundable but can be transferred across.

If you would like to book a consultation you can call the studio on 01273 933420, or email us at


Do you do cover ups?

The short answer is Yes, We do many successful coverups just see our artists galleries. Our artists are very capable to do many kinds of tattoo cover ups, but it is dependent on what you wish to cover and what you would like to cover it with. Sometimes it is possible to get laser treatment to lighten a tattoo. Although we do not have this service in the studio, our artists can recommend a great Lazer tattoo removal company that you can use. These options will be discussed in your consultation with our experts.

Can I get tattooed under the age of 18?

We do not and will not tattoo anyone under the age of 18 years, even with parental consent.

Under the tattooing of Minors Act (1969), it is illegal to do so – please do not ask!

Can I bring a friend while I get tattooed?

Unfortunately as our studio is quite small, we do not have room for guests downstairs in the tattooing area, however, we do have a couple of chairs upstairs in the shop that your friend can sit on, they can also browse through the many prints cards, and objects we have on display.

Are touch ups free?

Sometimes tattoos need a little touch up after they have healed, we are more than happy to do these free of charge but touch up appointments MUST be made within 4 weeks of the original appointment.

Can you do a replica of someone else’s tattoo?

All of the work at The Gilded Cage is custom and we will not copy other peoples work. In most cases Plagerism is illegal and unprofessional.

What Aftercare Cream should I use?

Different lotions have different purposes, so be careful which type you end up using.
Lotions with a large amount of petroleum and alcohol will actually damage your tattoo and hinder your progress. Avoid them like the plague!

With any lotion that you put on your skin, be sure that you don’t use too much. You can waterlog your skin and prevent it from drying out. Our artists will advise you on what cream to use to care for your tattoo and provide you with an information sheet to take home.

If your product starts to irritate your skin or you feel a burning sensation, stop application and seek medical advice. While it is normal for your skin to become puffy and red after a tattoo, an unusual amount of swelling and redness are a sign of an infection. If you do not see improvement or change two days after getting your tattoo, then it’s definitely something a doctor should look at.

Cancellation policy

We will need 7 days notice to reschedule an appointment or you will lose your deposit.
If you cancel an appointment you will lose your deposit.

We MUST have email confirmation or phone confirmation about a cancelled or rescheduled appointment.
Answer phone messages do not count.
How do deposits work?

We take a deposit when you book a tattoo to secure your appointment.

The amount of the deposit depends on the artist and the tattoo you are getting.

If you are having multiple sessions the deposit will come off your last appointment.

If you are having one session the deposit will come off that appointment.

If you need to reschedule an appointment, you will need to give us at least 7 days notice and we will carry your deposit over, if it is less time than this you will need to make a new deposit.

If you cancel an appointment, unfortunately you will lose your deposit.
If you completely change the design of a tattoo you may also lose the deposit.
Deposits cannot be transferred to other tattooists
Appointments cannot be given to another person

Why do tattooists close their diaries?

Occasionally our artists get very booked up and have to close their diaries.

If this happens they usually have a waiting list you can go on, where we will get in contact with you on a certain date and book you in a consultation.