FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your tattoo studio?

Unterstrich Tätowierungen is in Hamburg St.Georg, less than a five minutes walk from the main train station.
Via 9 steps and an aging elevator or the stairwell, you’ll find my studio, which is located in the studio community bildwechsel dynamo on the 3rd floor of the former Textilhaus (left doorway).

How do I make an appointment with you?

If you are interested in getting tattooed by me, send an e-mail to .
Please be sure to include what you want to get, as detailed as possible, the approximate size of your tattoo (in cm or inch) and where it will go on your body. Also send me a photo of the area you would like to have tattooed. If you have reference photos, you can send me a link where I can look at them or attach them to your email.

What are your hours?

I tattoo Thursdays through Saturdays, by appointment only.

I emailed you, what's next?

I usually answer within three days and suggest an appointment for a consultation (also possible digitally).

And when do I get a tattoo appointment with you?

When the design for your tattoo is done.

Do you take a deposit for the tattoo?

Yes, I take a deposit. The deposit will be deducted from your (last) tattoo session.
After the consultation, you can give me the deposit in cash or transfer it via PayPal.
For small and medium-sized tattoos the deposit is €80, for larger tattoos €200.
Should I design a tattoo for you, and you choose not to be tattooed by me, I will keep the deposit as payment for the design. In addition, there is no refund of the deposit if you cancel less than 48 hours before your tattoo appointment or if you do not show up for your tattoo appointment.

What's the minimum I'll pay for a tattoo?

My minimum is €110.

How much does it cost to be tattooed by you?

The price of a tattoo depends on many factors, such as size, details, placement, skin.
After I have designed your tattoo, I can give you an estimate of how much your tattoo will cost. I take €120 the hour.

How do I pay you?

After I have tattooed you. In cash or directly via PayPal.

How should i prepare for the tattoo appointment?

Come to your appointment well rested, relaxed and well hydrated.
You should eat something before your appointment and not arrive on an empty stomach, otherwise you may have circulation problems. Also, bring a snack and something to drink.
Do not drink alcohol or take blood thinning medication a few days before your tattoo appointment. Hemophiliacs and people taking blood thinning medication should check with a doctor beforehand to see if they can get a tattoo.
Wear comfortable clothing that can withstand a few splashes of ink.
Do not schedule your appointment just before a vacation, if you are going to a region where your fresh tattoo will be exposed to strong sunlight.
If your workplace is exposed to dirt, dust etc., try to schedule your appointment during your vacation.

Do you tattoo over scars and do you do cover-ups?

Yes. However, whether a scar can be covered depends on the scar tissue and what kind of motif you want to cover it with.
Cover-ups sometimes require one or more laser treatments before the old tattoo can be covered. In most cases, a cover-up will be a lot larger than the original tattoo.
In both cases, we have to meet for a consultation to discuss your options.

Do you tattoo other people's designs?

No, but I would be happy to create a custom design for you.

Are your tattoos vegan?

I only use vegan tattoo inks. I also make sure that I only use vegan and ecological work equipment whenever possible.

How do I care for my tattoo?

After your tattoo appointment, you will be given a detailed explanation of how your fresh tattoo should be treated. You will also receive detailed care instructions to take with you.
Tattoo care bullet points

  • Apply a thin layer of ointment regularly
  • Before applying ointment : wash your hands
  • No swimming pool, no bathtub, no sea bath
  • No solarium, no sunbathing
  • The tattoo must neither soak nor dry out during the healing phase
  • Do not scratch the tattoo
  • Protect from dirt, dust and dirty fingers
  • Avoid fuzzy and tight-fitting clothing
  • Avoid excessive sweating
Do you do touch-ups?

Yes. A touch-up is possible at the earliest 4 weeks after the tattoo is finished and is free for the first 3 months (not for hand and finger tattoos). If the tattoo has not healed properly due to lack of care, the touch-up is not for free.

Who will not be tattooed by you?
  • People who are not yet 18 years old
  • People under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • People who come to the tattoo appointment with a cold, flu or similar
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding people
  • People who have sunburn or razor burn where they want to be tattooed
  • Nazis
Can I buy a tattoo gift certificate from you?

Yes, you can. The minimum for the gift certificate is €60.

Can I commission you to do an illustration for me that won't be tattooed?

Yes, just email me so we can discuss the details.

Information and rules of conduct during the Corona time at the tattoo studio

Can I get tattooed if I feel sick?

No, if you feel uncomfortable or sick, please let me know as soon as possible. You will of course get a new appointment. If you show up sick, you will lose your deposit and won’t get tattooed.

I had contact with someone who has Corona/Covid-19. Can I get tattooed?

No. Even if you don’t show any symptoms yourself, you can still carry the corona virus and infect others. If you knowingly had contact with a sick person, inform me in advance, so we can postpone your appointment.

Do I need to disinfect hands?

Yes. Hand disinfection is available at the entrance area of the tattoo studio. Please use it after entering. Nevertheless, the greeting afterward is more reserved than you might be used to. Please do not take this personally.

Can I bring a friend?

No. Come to your appointment alone, because every additional person represents an unnecessary risk.

Can we still wear a mask during the appointment?

Yes, absolutely.

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