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Touch ups aren't free!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on 08 August 2018

Today we talk about "touch ups". There seems to be a common misconception among some people that they are entitled to free touch ups from their tattoo artist regardless of how much time may have passed from when they actually had the tattoo done. Touch ups are done solely at the tattoo artists discretion and usually will not be done for free. Most tattoo artists will ask you to pop back by the studio in two weeks time to check how your tattoo has healed. It is up to you the client to follow up with this. A tattoo artist knows how their work will heal and knows instantly if a tattoo has not been cared for correctly. Correct aftercare is paramount in ensuring your tattoo heals correctly, eliminating the need for any touch ups. In addition tattoos fade! That's what they do! Over time your tattoo will settle into your skin and there may be some slight fading. This is normal and definitely not grounds to demand a free touch up from your tattoo artist months after your tattoo has been done. As tattoo artists we cannot control how you look after your tattoo. If your tattoo is constantly in the sun without sunscreen then you will see more effects of fading due to sun damage to the tattoo. Also, the first few weeks are critical in the healing stage of your new tattoo. If you constantly have clothes rubbing on your new tattoo, expose it to the sun without sunscreen etc your tattoo will be damaged. In addition if your tattoo is in a high wear area such as the hand, knee cap etc your tattoo will tend to need a touch up - usually at the clients expense - at some stage due to the high wear these areas receive. This is explained prior to the tattoo and it is the clients responsibility to decide if they wish to proceed to have the tattoo done on a known high wear area or opt for another area.

As tattoo artists this is how we put food on the table, care for our families and pay our bills. We cannot be expected to constantly be offering free touch ups because a client has failed to care for their tattoo correctly or they have drop out because their tattoo is in a known high wear area. Be sure to care for your tattoo and touch ups can be avoided. If you do feel you need a touch up discuss this with your artist but don't expect the service to be free! Most artists charge a very small fee for touch ups - sometimes not even enough to cover expenses - just to ensure customer satisfaction and because most artists take great pride in their work!

Facebook messages!

Posted on 02 August 2017

We get dozens of Facebook messages on a daily basis all with varying inquiries. As we do not always have access to our phones or a computer throughout the day as we may be busy drawing, tattooing etc, we may take a little longer to get to and answer the many messages we get throughout the day. Please be aware that we are not always on Facebook and it may take us some time to reply. In some cases we may happen to miss a message if we have not been on Facebook for a day or two. If you feel your message may have been missed please send us an email via In addition we can be contacted via this website. Alternatively we can be contacted via telephone: 47 210 774.

Please note that sending ??? or ... will not get your message answered any sooner or bump you up in the que.

Thank you,

The Team at Visual Bliss Tattoo

Tattoo Apprenticeships

Posted on 10 March 2017

We get daily emails, phone calls and Facebook messages from people asking for an apprenticeship. Unfortunately, we have turned every one down. It's not because we aren't necessarily looking for an apprentice, it's basically every person who has asked this of us has never even set foot in our studio or even met us, let alone been tattooed by us - nor do they support us on social media! If you are serious about getting an apprenticeship, you absolutely love tattoos and could not imagine yourself doing anything else - here are a few tips that may help you on the road to that dream apprenticeship...

-Get tattooed over and over by the artist you love! Listen and learn - take in everything around you. Show dedication and loyalty to your artist and the studio.

-Support your artist! Follow them on all their social media pages, like, comment and share their posts.

-Once you have established yourself as a dedicated supporter of your artist and the studio then, maybe then - if the timing is right, begin to voice your dream of becoming an apprentice. Don't over do it or get pushy! Just quietly let your artist know your dreams.

-Have a portfolio ready of your best original work!

-Broach the subject of possibly doing some volunteer work - this won't be glamorous work! It will usually be cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning.

-Do not ever under any circumstances 'practice' tattooing on your mates from your backyard! The quickest way to get the doorway to your apprenticeship slammed in your face is to be a backyard scratcher!!

-Be dedicated and committed - work hard and chase your dreams ;)

Think before you ink

Posted on 16 February 2017



Posted on 16 September 2016

I have three great loves in my beautiful wife, tattooing, and skating! I have been skating for over 25 it! Luke

Workshop fun!

Posted on 04 August 2016

As an artist you never stop growing and learning..I love doing as many workshops as I can and learning from as many different artists as I can..We are so privileged here in Townsville to have such a great art community! Sarah and I had fun at tafe recently doing an oil painting workshop! Luke