We are located at 7-9 rue d'Isle, in the CBD of Saint-Quentin. Our studio is at the end of a little galleria called La Gréance. Geographically, we are ideally located between Paris, Lille, Amiens and Reims, with lots of train connections available. By bus from the train station: line 3 towards “Salicamp Centre Commercial”. Stop off at “Isle” (2 stops after the train station) and walk up the hill. The galleria will be on your right, just before the bakery “Paul”. If the road is flat, you've gone too far. On foot from the train station: when leaving the train station, go straight ahead towards the CBD. Once you get to a big round about (Place du 8 Octobre), take the Rue d'Isle, which will be slightly to the left and going up hill. The studio is at the top of the street, on your right, before the bakery “Paul”. Our opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm non-stop, and Saturday from 1.30pm to 6pm. The best ways to contact us are by phone +33360571141, by email using email@example.com or via Facebook or Instagram @legentlemantatoueur.
The first stage, and probably the most important one, is the consultation. It's free and with no obligation.
It allows us to talk about your project in detail: your idea, the size of the tattoo, its position on your body, and our recommendations.
Only once we have all the pieces to the puzzle will we be able to give you a price range. An exact quote is often hard to give until the drawing is finalized (the longer it takes to tattoo, the more it costs), but we have enough experience to give you a fairly good idea of the price. We often like to plan for slightly above the price range, to allow for any contingencies. It's best to plan for a certain amount, and spend less on the actual day, than the opposite. Nobody likes a bad surprise.
You don't need to book an appointment for a consultation, unless you've come from far away and want to be sure we will have some time for you. But most of the time there's often 2 of us in the studio, so there'll be at least one person you can talk to.
Once you are satisfied with the direction your project is heading in, you can book an appointment. We ask for a deposit, ranging from 50€ to 100€ depending on the size of the tattoo. This deposit seals the appointment and covers any drawing costs. It is non-refundable and will be deducted from the final cost.
For example, for a day session at 500€, the deposit is 100€ and on the day of the appointment you'll have 400€ left to pay. For a one-hour tattoo at a rate of 120€ per hour, the deposit is 50€ and on the day of the appointment you'll have 70€ left to pay. We do not make any bookings or do any drawings without a deposit.
If you're not from around here, we can accommodate you with the option of a Paypal paiment for the deposit.
We work on the drawings by chronological order, which means most of the time we can only start to work on yours about a week before your appointment.
If we have the time, we will show you your design before the appointment, but generally speaking it is ready for the day of the appointment. Of course, if you want anything changed to your design, it's always possible. A drawing finished does not mean you don't have your word to say anymore; it's still your body and your tattoo.
If you have any new ideas or modifications before the appointment, don't hesitate to let us know.
Our rate is 120€ per hour, with a minimum of 60€ for the very small tattoos. For a day session, or 5 hours of solid tattooing, we have a deal at 500€ instead of 600€ at the hourly rate. The advantage is that the entire day is blocked for you, from 10am to 6pm, which gives us plenty of time for any last-minute changes, the set up (which can take time depending on the complexity of the tattoo), coffee and cigarette breaks, etc.
Getting a tattoo is certainly not painless. But the pain is often less than what most people expect, especially if it's your first. Try to picture it like this: a tattoo doesn't hurt in itself, it's more irritating. But when you tattoo the same spot for a while, that's when it becomes painful. There are a lot of different factors that come into consideration: your pain threshold, your physical and mental preparation (see “How can I prepare myself before a tattoo?”), the size and position of the tattoo. Apprehension if often greater if it's your first tattoo, because you don't know what to expect. It's a rather unique sensation; imagine you're scratching your skin when you have a sun burn, or that you scratch your skin using a mechanical pencil. It's not painful, but if you keep doing it, it will become painful.
Preparing yourself before the appointment is crucial, and your responsibility. It will have a big effect on your tattoo, and if well done, will make everything smoother. So the day before, absolutely NO alcohol or drugs. Alcohol liquefies your blood. Don't take any aspirin either, it will also liquefy your blood. Taking an aspiring thinking it will help with the pain is completely false (see “Can I use a numbing cream or patch?”). Be sure to have a good night's sleep, and a good feed too. If it's your first tattoo, it's normal to be nervous, and up to a certain point, it can even help you. If you come to your appointment thinking you're a big tough guy and it'll never hurt, then you might be surprised by the pain. But be too nervous, and you'll faint just hearing the machine for the first time. So relax, don't hesitate to ask any questions if it makes you more comfortable, and know that we'll take good care of you. Wear comfortable or easy to take off clothes. If you're coming for a tattoo on your ribs, don't wear a dress or you'll have to take it off. A loose t-shirt is perfect, you'll only need to lift it slightly. For a leg tattoo, track pants that you can easily pull up are great: skinny jeans, not so much. Another thing to consider, if you have a bit of road to do to come and see us, is your return trip. You will most likely be tired, especially after a big session, so it might be a good idea to have someone pick you up, or even staying at a hotel if you've come from really far.
Short answer: yes you can. But there are several factors you need to consider. A cream will only numb the pain, it will not make it go away. It needs to be properly applied. Usually it needs to go on about half an hour before we start tattooing, which in itself can be tricky. Your appointment might be for 10am, but if for whatever reason we start to work on it a bit too late, you lose some of the numbing time. It must be fully covered in clingfilm, or it will start to loose some of its effect as soon as it comes into contact with the oxygen in the air. You must cover an area bigger than what you're getting tattooed, which means you have to be 100% positive about its size and location. The numbing creams you can get over the counter aren't particularly strong, if you want something stronger you will need a prescription from your doctor. Once the cream wears off, the pain doesn't increase slowly. It's sudden, and feels worse than it is because your body hasn't had a chance to get used to it. Whereas if you don't use numbing cream, your body gets accustomed to the sensation and it won't be that bad. Patches are even trickier because they don't come in large sizes.
By definition, a tattoo implicates broken skin.
All tattoos will cause slight bleedings or microscopical projections of blood and other biological fluids.
These projections, often invisible to the naked eye, can be carriers of infections, usually with a bacterial origin. The transmission of a virus like AIDS
this way is very unlikely, because it doesn't survive long once airborrne.
Infections can be transmitted in the following cases:
- From client to client with non sterile material
- From the artist to the client (saliva, sweat, cuts)
- From the client to the artist, if the artist accidentaly pricks himself with a used needle.
It's to avoid any contamination, of the client or the artist, that we take all the necessary precautions: single-use equipment, compulsory training in hygiene and salubrity standardized by the Government, questions on the state of health of the client (some medications can affect the tattoo) and respect of hygiene rules.
The first thing to remember, even if it may seem evident to 99.99% of the population, is that a tattoo is permanent. A tattoo well executed, with the proper techniques, and which will be well looked after, will not really change. It is now part of your skin and will age with you. A tattoo's worst enemy is the sun. Even more so during the healing stage, but also on the long run, so remember to protect your skin with sun block. A good hydration is also key, so drink lots of water and don't hesitate to use a hydrating cream (beware of the cream you use during the healing phase – see our page Aftercare). Basically, do what your mother always told you to do!
To see a detailed explanation of what to do and what not to do, check out our page Aftercare. At the end of the appointment, we will remind you of what you need to do in the next 4 weeks. Remember that for a tattoo to stay as good looking as it was on its first day, you need 2 equally important things: an artist who will respect the rules of hygiene and the proper techiques, and the way you will look after your tattoo. A gorgeous tattoo can be ruined if you don't follow our guidelines. A tatto is, after all, broken skin. Take care of it like you would a wound.