LOVINKIT TATTOO 墨子

Lovinkit Tattoo was founded in 2013. It is located in the heart of Sham Shui Po, an area that is transforming from a working-class neighbourhood to an upcoming hip and creative area filled with local craftsmen studios, vintage bike rentals, backpackers and more. Enjoy our passion and hope to see you soon!

FAQ


We do walk-ins subject to availability. If you wish to make an appointment with us you can fill in the form on the "Book an appointment" page on our website.

Can I walk in for a tattoo?


What is a good tattoo?

A good tattoo looks good when it's fresh and should also look good after months or years. Tattoos do age as you age but only gradually if the tattoo is done properly. Sometimes you see tattoo pictures that look so good when it's freshly done, but the tattoo become very blurry soon after it heals up. A good tattoo artist can avoid that. That is why we want pictures of healed tattoos when we get to see our clients after their tattoos heal. 


How does tattoo work?

Modern tattoo machines have several basic components: 

  • A sterilized needle
  • A tube system, which draws the ink through the machine
  • An electric motor
  • A foot pedal, like those used on sewing machines, which controls the vertical movement of the needle.

 

 

 

When you look at a person's tattoo, you're seeing the ink through the epidermis, or the outer layer of skin. The ink is actually in the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin. The cells of the dermis are far more stable than the cells of the epidermis, so the tattoo's ink will stay in place, with minor fading and dispersion, for a person's entire life. However if ink is inserted too deeply into the fat layer the tattoo may age faster and worse. It is a common misunderstanding that the deeper the needles go the better the result.


Is it true that the deeper the needle goes, the more permanent the tattoo becomes?

NO.  If the tattooist injects the pigments too deeply, the pigments may migrate beyond the original site. This can result in a blurred appearance. Skill varies widely among people who give tattoos. Ask the person doing yours for references.

 


Do tattoos wear out faster on some part of the body?

Yes. Hands, fingers and feet tattoos tend to fade quickly. Please consult your artist for more detailed information.


Do I need to touch up my tattoo every now and then?

No, not if a tattoo is done professionally. While the intensity of the pigment may fade considerably after years especially if you're exposed to the sun a lot, it is not required that a tattoo be touched up regularly.


Is it painful?

Yes of course it hurts. However the level of pain involved is tolerable to most people, even perhaps surprisingly enjoyable to some.


Do you offer anaesthetics?

We offer topical anaesthetic at additional price but it is not recommended in most cases.  Skin and tattoo pigments react to anaesthetics differently from person to person and we sincerely feel that the pain involved without any anaesthetics is tolerable. We feel that not using anaesthetic minimises bad surprises. If you want to learn more, please contact us for more details.


Is tattoo bad for my skin?

The tattoo itself, once healed, is not bad for your skin. Issues arise, in fact, when complications occur during the healing process. A tattoo is essentially a series of punctures that insert dye into different levels of the skin, so it is by nature an invasive process. When done correctly and in a sterile environment, complications are uncommon, and the only immediate discomforts may be bleeding or pain.

It's important to keep potential complications in mind, however. One potential risk is a bacterial infection at the tattoo site. Symptoms of this include redness, warmth and a pus-like drainage. You may also have a reaction to the tattoo, in which bumps called granulomas or excessive scarring may appear. Some people may have allergic reaction to the types of dyes used in tattoos. Through out the years we have found that some brands of tattoo pigment or some particular colour of a particular brand tend to cause more complications. We DO NOT use those pigment at our shop.

A more serious risk is the spread of infectious disease, which can be avoided by being particular about the tattoo shop you use. Diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, tetanus or HIV can spread if an artist uses dirty equipment. To be safe, make sure that the parlor uses an autoclave, or a heat sterilization machine, on all non-disposable equipment before you get your tattoo. Needles and tubes should be removed from sterile packaging before every tattoo job. All needles should be single-use.

Be sure to follow all instructions from your tattoo artist in order to ensure proper healing. If you keep these potential risks in mind and carefully select your tattoo artist, a tattoo can be a safe form of body art.


What should I wear to my tattoo appointment?

Please wear something that can show the body part that is going to be tattooed if possible.


Do I need to be at least 18 of age to get a tattoo?

Yes. It is illegal in Hong Kong to tattoo another person who is younger than the age of eighteen. We CANNOT tattoo you even you have your parent's consent if you are underaged. As the law of Hong Kong do not give tattoo shops the authority to check your I.D.s, we have the right to believe that you are not underaged when you sign our consent form.


Why do I need to fill in a consent form to get a tattoo?

To make sure that you understand the possible complications of getting a tattoo and to declare that you are not underaged, as mentioned above.


Why is my date of birth required on the consent form?

Since the law of Hong Kong do not give tattoo shops the authority to ask for your ID, we need you to write down your date of birth on the consent form yourselves and sign it to declare it's true. 

 


Can I remove a tattoo if I don't like it later?

Technically, yes, but most of the time not perfectly. Laser tattoo removal is available but the technology still cannot guarantee full removal of any tattoos. So if you are to get a tattoo, do not think that you can easily erase it like a pencil drawing. It is meant to stay in your skin for a very long time.


Who is not fit to get a tattoo?

If you are pregnant you should not get tattooed. If you have diabetes, epilepsy, hepatitis, haemophilia, HIV-AIDS, or any other communicable disease, heart condition or are taking medicine which thins the blood or breastfeeding, please consult both your doctor and your tattoo artist before getting a tattoo.


If my skin tone is really dark/tanned will it affect the tattoo?

Yes. If you have dark skin we usually do not recommend you to get a tattoo with colours, as the colour will turn out duller than it would be on fair skin.  Black and grey tattoo works are not affected much by skin colour.


Do you offer free touch-up?

Yes we offer free touch-up right after your tattoo heal if needed, not after months/years of wear and tear. But if you haven't been taking care of your tattoo and cause major damage to your tattoo we may need to charge you for a touch up. Please contact us for more information.