Finally Decided To Get A Tattoo? Here’s Where You Can Book Safe And Hassle-Free Appointments

Finally Decided To Get A Tattoo? Here’s Where You Can Book Safe And Hassle-Free Appointments
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Tattoos can be quite intimidating, especially if it is your first time. This is why more women are embracing minimalist designs, as they are pretty small and can easily be hidden when the need arises. Very recently, actress Nadine Lustre got herself a new set of statement tats:

If you’re planning to get your first tattoo, it’s important to research not only about the the design you would like to get, but more importantly the artist you’re planning to go to and the safety protocols their shop is implementing. Remember, they will literally poke needles into your skin, so it’s best to be 100% sure. Here, we’ve rounded up a list of tattoo artists and studios you can call for your next appointment!

Young, Wild, and Inked

This Cavite-based studio is tattoo artist Yary Young’s haven. She has been doing minimalist tattoos for clients since 2018, mostly focusing on botanical, scripts, and pet designs. If you have a specific design in mind, Yary also does custom-made sketches to fit your taste!

Before your appointment, Yary requires clients to inform her if they ever experience cough and colds so they can reschedule the session. Clients are only allowed one companion, and face masks should be worn for the whole session. Alcohol and sanitizers are available upon entering the studio. Yary’s rate starts at Php 1,500, depending on the size and design of the tattoo.

For bookings and inquiries, message Young, Wild, and Inked on Facebook or Instagram.

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Crimson River Tattoo

Gigie, who has been a tattoo artist for 5 years, also owns Crimson River Tattoo, which is a studio established with her partner Cyrus.

The studio limits appointments to up to two clients and two artists per day to lessen the foot traffic, and are only accepting clients by appointment. Walk-ins are strictly prohibited.

Once at the shop, you will be asked to wear your face mask at all times, with your mouth and nose completely covered. A disinfecting station is also available upon entrance, and you will be required to wash your hands before going inside. Most importantly, if you or any of your family members are feeling under the weather, you will be asked to reschedule the appointment. To avoid the risk of contracting the virus, cashless payments are also encouraged.

Their rates start at Php 3,000, which highly depends on how intricate the design is. Gigie says that smaller tattoos are actually more difficult to do.

For bookings and inquiries, visit Crimson River Tattoo’s website or email them at crimsonrivertattoo@gmail.com.

Anne Concepcion

Anne has been in the industry for three years and is currently affiliated with 55 Tinta Pilipinas and Crimson River Tattoo.

Before every appointment, she makes sure that clients are feeling well and are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptom. If the client is feeling under the weather, rescheduling of appointment is highly encouraged.

Anne says that it takes around 30 minutes to an hour to finish a tattoo session, including the preparation of the design. Her rates for minimalist tattoos start at Php 4,000, which may vary depending on the size and complexity.

For bookings and inquiries, contact 55 Tinta Pilipinas or Crimson River Tattoo.

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Alyssa Balaoing

Alyssa has been a tattoo artist and designer since 2017. “I do a lot of minimalist text tattoos and symbols: usually hearts, ring finger tattoos, butterflies, constellation, and floral tattoos,” she says. “I also usually do minimalist versions of family portraits.”

Alyssa limits the clients she accepts per day, and the person who will be getting the tattoo will be the only one allowed to enter the premises. “I don't allow walk-ins, cash transactions, and all my clients should wear their face shield and mask during the entire session.” As a part of her safety protocols, she also asks her clients to reschedule the appointment if they feel sick or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive.

Her rates start at Php 1,500, depending on the size and the complexity of each tattoo.

For bookings and inquiries, message Alyssa Balaoing on Instagram.

Maan Simbajon

Maan is also an artist under 55 Tinta Pilipinas, but has also established an independent studio called Afrokush Studio. She started tattooing as a hobby in 2012, but has been doing the craft professionally since 2017.

The minimalist tattoos she does are usually one to three inches, black and gray geometric, illustrations, text, floral, and semi realistic tattoos. According to Maan, it takes two weeks up to a month for a regular tattoo to heal, but it still depends on the placement and design.

In Afrokush Studio, they ask clients to answer a COVID-19 Self Declaration form prior to the day of appointment, ensuring that the client is not experiencing any symptoms. “On the day of the session, in addition to the masks and face shields, we don't allow any companions inside the studio,” Maan emphasizes.

The minimum rate for Afrokush Studio is Php 2,000.

For bookings and inquiries, message Afrokush Studio on Facebook.

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