FAQS

Frequently asked questions

IS YOUR STUDIO LICENSED?


Although we operate from a home based private studio on the Gold Coast, it is fully licensed, approved by council, health and office of fair trading departments. The set up is professional and yet comfortable therefore your tattoo experience is held in a serene and tranquil environment. The creative and transformative energies of our studio provides a healing space for visitors to connect with their body, mind and spirit, revealing markings etched on skin, which ultimately comes from within. We believe ta moko is a sacred art form, therefore the whole experience is performed in a sacred space.




HOW DO YOU PRICE?


TURUMAKINA
He charges an hourly rate of $200/hour, however will work according to your budget.
Please note these costs will increase for conventions and international guest spots outside of Australia and New Zealand. IFYREFINI Half Day (2 hours) = $400
Full Day (4 hours) = $700
Please note these costs will increase for conventions and international guest spots outside of Australia and New Zealand.




WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PROCESS?


TURUMAKINA

Consultation and implementation are normally done in one visit. His design process involves understanding your concepts/ideas you would like incorporated into your ta moko. He will then transform your story artistically on your skin at your appointment and will tattoo you once you are happy with the custom design (there are no pre designs). The designs will be related to your whakapapa and from following the natural curves of the body, as he will connect to your energy and allow the design flow to occur naturally through you. Hence the design comes from you in more ways than one - it is a reflection of your inner self. To ensure quality artistry and workmanship, Tu asks for full artistic license over his work. Implementation starts after a karakia (Maori prayer) which cleanses the spiritual energies around us physically and in our environment.

IFYREFINI Every tattoo is curated uniquely for every client. Her design process involves understanding your concepts/ideas and then transforms your story artistically using concepts of sacred geometry and universal design elements from nature. Please be as specific as you can with the details as a preview of the design is only provided the night before or sometimes the morning of your appointment, which allows for minor changes, if any. The more open minded you are, the better the outcome of your tattoo.




HOW LONG IS YOUR WAITING LIST?


We recommend to book at least 2 months in advance to avoid any disappointments as we are normally fully booked between 4 to 6 months in advance.




HOW ARE YOU A HOLISTIC STUDIO?


Besides using sterile equipment and practising safe hygiene, we also use vegan inks and biodegradable disposables supplied by our sister company >> Eco Tattoo Supplies
Our studio is solar powered and as the act of tattooing is a sacred ritual, we continually have our sacred space smudged with sage and Maori traditional incantations to bless the space and the energies we are working with.




PAYMENT ON THE DAY?


Yes, and cash only.




DO YOU TATTOO PREGNANT OR NURSING WOMEN?


We strongly advise against getting a tattoo while pregnant or nursing. Any possible risk to the physical and spiritual health of the mother and baby should be avoided.




HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?


We suggest a good night’s sleep as well as a hearty meal before your appointment with plenty of water. Please do not consume any alcohol at least 24 hours prior. It would be preferable that the area that is to be tattooed be clean and shaved. Best to bring some snacks and water to keep you sustained during your session. Also, please dont wear white clothing on the day of your appointment :)




WHAT IS YOUR ADDRESS?


We are based in Pimpama, Gold Coast of Australia. As we are a private studio, we will provide the exact address after a booking deposit has been paid.




AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS


Please note that this is not the only way look after your new tattoo, it is simply the method we recommend.

DAILY CARE DURING THE HEALING PROCESS:

  • Have hot showers, the hotter the better
  • Apply anti bacterial pump soap when in shower and pat dry
  • Dry heal it as much as you can, our bodies were made to heal themselves. However if you feel it requires some sort of balm, then apply balm on day 3 after your tattoo
  • Wash hands and apply a thin layer of aftercare cream at least 2-3 times a day (we sell a natural aftercare cream which contains only beeswax and kawakawa, which is a healing native Maori plant and this usually cuts your healing time in half)
  • Do not apply any ointment before getting into bed as doing so will stain your sheets
PRECAUTIONS DURING THE HEALING PROCESS:
  • Keep out of the sun
  • Keep out of swimming pools and dirty water
  • Keep covered if working in dusty or dirty areas
  • Do not pick your tattoo when it starts to peel
  • Do not allow others to touch your tattoo
  • Do not scratch your tattoo when it starts to itch




TATTOO VOUCHER TERMS


An Arts Elemental Tattoo Voucher can be redeemed for one (1) tattoo/ta moko session with your artist of your choice (unless the artist name has been stipulated on the voucher), according to their hourly rate. It cannot be redeemed for cash, returned for a refund, or be replaced after the expiry date. If the entire amount is not used, the remaining balance is void. If the entire amount is used and there are still a number of hours left on your tattoo, the balance must be paid by cash. If the voucher has expired, any remaining balance will be lost. Customers must quote the Claim Code stated on the voucher upon making a booking, and all Tattoo Voucher bookings must be made at least 2 months prior from the expiry date, as your Tattoo Voucher booking needs to be used before the expiry date. Most of our artists are booked 2-5 months in advance, so please organise a booking as soon as you receive your voucher.




IS A DEPOSIT REQUIRED?


Yes. A deposit of $100 is required within 7 days of making your booking. This deposit is non refundable and will be deducted from the final cost of your last tattoo session.

As part of the deposit policy, you will forfeit your deposit if you reschedule or cancel your appointment with less than 7 days notice.




HOW DO I PAY THE DEPOSIT?


Credit Card (AUS & NZ only)
Pay Deposit - extra processing fee of $3

Bank Transfer (AUS)
Bank: Heritage Bank Name: Arts Elemental Bsb: 638-060 Acc: 15230848
PAYID: artselemental@me.com
Bank Transfer (NZ) Bank: ASB Name: M Duley Acc: 12-3024-0634634-00
Paypal/Credit Card (All Countries) Australia >> Paypal - extra processing fee of $3
New Zealand >> Paypal - extra processing fee of $4
Europe >> Paypal - extra processing fee of €4
UK >> Paypal - extra processing fee of £4
US >> Paypal - extra processing fee of $4
Singapore >> Paypal - extra processing fee of $4
Rest of the World >> Paypal - extra processing fee of $4




WHAT ARE YOUR UPCOMING TOUR DATES & LOCATIONS?


Our current tour is listed on our BOOKINGS page. We usually only list our schedule 6 months in advance. Subscribe to our WAIT LIST to receive updates of our upcoming tour dates & locations.




PROCESS FOR GETTING A MATAORA/MOKO KAUAE?


Please refer to this page for all the information required >> MATAORA & KAUAE





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