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Procedure

I want to make an appointment

We only do custom designs, this means we do not copy any designs or existing tattoos from other artists.

You can make an appointment via mail. We plan +/- 4 months upfront, since we do not work with the ‘walk-in’ method.

We post on social media when the bookings will be open for an artist. When the 4 months are filled in, the bookings will be closed for another 4 months.

If the bookings are open, you can make an appointment by going to the page of the artist on this website and choose the button ‘make an appointment’. Fill in the form as complete as you can, in order for the artist can asses the request. If your request is within the style and method of the artist, you will receive an email to discuss a date. The artist will submit the next open spot in his/her agenda. When a date is confirmed, you will be asked to make a down payment to confirm the appointment.

Requesting your design

After the confirmation of your appointment, you will probably have to wait for some months for the moment of the century; your own BlackBear Inky. You can discuss the design with the artist in the shop on the day of your appointment. There’s plenty of time for this, and adjustments can of course still be made!

Cancel appointment

Canceling your appointment only affects your down payment.
If the appointment is canceled at least 24 hours in advance, you get the deposit back in the form of a gift voucher and you can take it with you to your next appointment. For your next appointment we will still ask you for a new down payment as well, as confirmation.
If you cancel within 24 hours before the appointment, we unfortunately cannot change the down payment into a gift voucher, as the down payment is for the time and effort our artist put in your design, and we won’t be able to find someone to fill that spot in such a short notice.

Exception BlackBear Ink Eindhoven:

Since we do not work on weekends, appointments on Mondays must be canceled at least on Friday before 6:00 PM. If that is not the case, we also have to charge the deposit for the invested time of the artist for the design.

Exception BlackBear Ink Utrecht:

Since we do not work on Sundays and Mondays, cancellations of appointments on Tuesdays must be done at least on Saturday before 5:00 PM. If that is not the case, we also have to charge the deposit for the invested time of the artist for the design.


Rates

Piercing pricing

Pricing

The price of your tattoo is not based on hourly rates. You can ask for an indication after your request for your tattoo is confirmed. The exact price can be given when the design is finished.

Start rate

Because of the hygienic proceedings we handle as shop, the starting prize rate is from 100,-

Down payment

We ask for a down payment as confirmation of the appointment for every tattoo, this is also for the time and effort our artist put in your design. The exact amount can vary. The down payment will be settled with the total price.

Payment options

It is possible to pay with cash and by card in the shop.

Cancel appointment

Bummer! Can’t, or don’t want to get a tattoo with us anymore?

Cancelling an appointment will affect the down payment. If you cancel 24 hours in advance, you can either choose to get it back as a gift voucher or as a down payment for your next appointment.

If you cancel it within 24 hours, we are forced to keep the down payment because we will not find someone to fill in that spot on such short notice.

Can I use my gift voucher on the webshop?

Sadly, you cannot use your gift voucher on the webshop.
You can use your gift voucher for your new tattoo or piercing.
The gift card has to be spend in whole.


Preparation

How do I prepare?

We recommend to be well-fed and hydrated for your appointment. Best case scenario is that you do not party to much the night before; alcohol dilutes your blood, which leads to dilution of our pigments & this will have a negative effect on your tattoo. You can come in relaxed and calm; you are in capable hands!


Aftercare

Carl & Johan

An artist with tattoo skills is very important for a good result, but taking care of your tattoo is as much important. We use and sell aftercare products from Carl & Johan. We recommend these products because they are developed especially for the healing process of your tattoo. You can ask in the shop for more information or you can check their website http://www.carlandjohan.com/

Basic information

Getting a tattoo means that your skin will be damaged. If you take care of your tattoo it will take around six weeks for the wound to heal. This depends of course of the size of your tattoo.

THESE ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE AVOIDED DURING THE FOLLOWING DAYS
0-2 days; sports
0-20 days; swimming
0-25 days; sauna
0-30 days; sunbathing
0-60 days; tanning beds

Always use a high factor sunblock on your tattoo, even after the healing process.

DURING THE HEALING PROCESS

Do not wear tight, dirty, hairy or wool clothing on the tattoo-wound.
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Do not let the tattoo come in contact with animals or dirt. Clean the tattoo with Carl & Johan Purifying Soap when this occurs.
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Contact your doctor by extreme redness, swelling, bleeding, pus & colour change of the wound.

Foil

DAY 1-2
Leave the foil on for max. 2 – 4 hours after getting the tattoo.
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Wash your hands and tattoo with the Carl & Johan Purifying Soap.
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Dry your tattoo by dabbing gently with a clean towel
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Apply a bit of Regeneration Cream on your tattoo.
Wait 1 or 2 days with this step in case your tattoo is still very ‘wet’
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Repeat this 3 times a day
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Let the tattoo breath as much as possible.
Only wear a foil if the tattoo can come into contact with dirty surfaces or tight / fluffy clothing.

DAY 3-14

Wash your tattoo every morning gently with Carl & Johan Purifying Soap.
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Apply a bit of Carl & Johan Regeneration Cream on your tattoo a couple of times per day.

Second Skin

DAY 1-5
Let the second skin sit for 5 days.
You can also take showers while wearing the second skin
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If there’s fluid leaking from the second skin, remove it and continue your healing process with foil

DAY 5
Remove the second skin while running it under warm water
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Wash your tattoo with Purifying Soap
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Apply the Regenerating Cream

DAG 5-14
Wash your tattoo every morning gently with Carl & Johan Purifying Soap.
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Apply a bit of Carl & Johan Regeneration Cream on your tattoo a couple of times per day.

Touch up

Your tattoo can be touched up for free, up to 3 months old. After that period of time it is no longer for free.

This remains free of charge if the appointment cannot take place within these 3 months (due to a busy schedule of the artists).

So let us know within 3 months if you want to make an appointment to touch up your tattoo.

The tattoo will not be touched up for free if it is not properly cared for, this will be determined by the artist on the day itself and a certain amount may be charged.

We do not touch up tattoos that are not created at Blackbear Ink.


Series and Flashes

Gripper

Yes we have a tattoo gripper! If you like a challenge and want to practice your carnival-skills; come to the tattoo gripper day! On this special day, numbered little teddybears are put in the machine. The numbers on the bears match a design. The first one in is the first one who get to try to take his/her favorite design. All designs are unique and will be tattooed once. You will get a gift voucher from the shop if you got a little bear with a design you really don’t want.

Online series

Once a serie is put online, you can reserve them via the mail of the artist. If you are the first to mail, an appointment will be made and a down payment will be done. The designs will be tattooed once and the first responder is the first one who gets it.


Aftercare regular piercings

Basic information

The aftercare of a piercing is just as important as the professionalism of the piercer.
It’s normal that the piercing will swell in the weeks after it’s been pierced. Because of that, you will get jewellery with a longer bar at first.
Characteristics like redness, crusts, light pain (when you touch the piercing) and wound fluid are completely normal.
Try to touch the piercing as less as possible during the healing process. We advise sterilizing your hands first if you really need to touch it.

Applying aftercare

Use the Neilmed: Neilcleanse Piercing Aftercare salt solution twice a day.
Once in the morning and once in the evening.

Spray the salt solution on all sides of the piercing, let it soak for 5 minutes.
It’s important to rinse the salt solution with water after 5 minutes.
Dab the piercing to dry it, you can use a (sterile)gauze, cotton bud or paper towel.

Neilmed: Neilcleanse Piercing Aftercare salt solution is not suitable for oral piercings or intimate piercings.

Advise & Tips

Take good care of the piercing during the healing process and do not change the jewellery.

Avoid swimming in the swimming pool or sea, steam cabins or saunas for 6-8 weeks.

It’s important to not apply any (body)lotions, creams, foundation, concealers etc. on the piercing.

If you have a cartilage piercing, make sure any pressure with items must be avoided.
Like scooter helmets, horse riding helmets, headphones etc.

Try to avoid sleeping on the ear which is pierced.
Dying your hair and the use of hairspray should be avoided as well.


Aftercare oral piercings

Applying aftercare

Use the Dentaid: Perio-Aid Active Control mouthwash twice a day.
Once in the morning and once in the evening, after brushing your teeth.

Use the cap of the mouthwash and fill this with 5ml of mouthwash. Rinse your mouth for 1 minute with the mouth wash, do not swallow.

Dentaid: Perio-Aid Active Control mouthwash is only supposed for oral piercings. It’s not suitable for any other piercings like intimate or regular piercings.

Don’t use the Dentaid: Perio-Aid Active Control mouthwash any longer than the healing process of your piercing.

Allergic reaction

Dentaid: Perio-Aid Mouthwash contains chlorhexidine which can cause an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction may be: skin rash, difficulties with breathing, cold sweat, dizziness, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
Stop using the product immediately if any of the above applies after using the mouthwash. We advise to contact your piercer, your doctor and/or first aid.

Side-effects

When having an oral piercing a couple of things need to be avoided, like consuming spicy food or citrus fruits, smoking and oral sex.

Chlorhexidine, which is present in the Dentaid: Perio-Acid Control mouthwash can cause short- or longterm symptoms like:
Discolouration of the teeth, discolouration of the tongue, discolouration of prostheses, a burning sensation, a change in taste and/or a dry mouth.

Often the side-effects disappear when you stop using the mouthwash. If this is not applicable, we advise you to contact your piercer or doctor.