Where do I tattoo?

I mostly tattoo out of my shop, Modern Body Art in Birmingham UK but also the occasional convention and guest spot. Either sign up to my mailing list (I promise not to spam you) or check my Instagram and Twitter for more up to date info on this kind of thing.

If you have a studio or convention you’d like me to visit, or even just want a tattoo and you live in a far off land, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

How can I get tattooed by you?

My favourite things to tattoo my own designs but I also love a  custom project. Primarily stuff that is artistically interesting, fits in with my existing style and will make a good tattoo over the short and long term.

If you want to enquire about a new tattoo you can fill out the form on the contact page here.

I LOVE to tattoo any thing organic/natural; birds, animals, flowers, skulls, portraits and faces, or figures. I will work from tiny up to larger scale stuff (sleeves, back pieces etc), and I don’t mind black and grey or colour. I will occasionally do cover-ups but very rarely re-works.

I don’t like to tattoo non-natural/man-made things such as pocket watches, headphones, turntables, compasses, architecture etc as they don’t work very well in my style.

For further info you can read this FAQ from the MBA website which includes lots of information about how to get a good tattoo. I can’t recommend it highly enough, after all, I wrote it.

What if I am not sure what I want?

If you would like to get tattooed by me but maybe not yet, or you are not sure what you want, you can sign up to my mailing list where every month or two I send out available designs. It is a mix of small and large stuff, a variety of subject matters and all stuff I would love to do and that I think will work really well as tattoos. It also contains access to a back catalogue of unused designs. You can sign up at the bottom of this page.

Can I send you pictures of what I want?

I prefer it if people don’t send too many, and ideally none of tattoos by other people. I really want to focus on my own work and style and not get distracted by photos of other tattoos (especially ones not by me), or other reference images. Everything I design and tattoo will be in the style of what you can see in my portfolio, I don’t copy other people’s tattoos or artwork. 

How booked are you?

I don’t book more than 3 months in advance. For example, on January 1st I would open up March for appointments, then February 1st, I open up April etc etc. This seems to work ok and I usually have enough spaces for people to get in with me.

How much do you charge?

Simply put, I am about average for a decent tattooist outside of London. But I do work quite quick compared to most tattooists so be aware, not all day session or hourly rates are created equally

Over the years I have tried to give fixed prices (but can rarely get it right), had a flat hourly rate (which doesn’t work well as you scale up from small to large) and a day session rate (but I often don’t end up taking a full day). Now I have a sliding rate where the more hours a tattoo takes, the cheaper the hourly rate becomes. As an example, a small tattoo might be £120, a three hour tattoo will be £270 and a full day session (which is 5 hours or over) is £430.

I will be able to give you more idea once you contact me and we start discussing the design and size.

How do I book in?

Please email the shop and they will help you out: info@modernbodyart.co.uk

You will need to leave a deposit to secure an appointment which is £20 per hour booked or £140 for a full day session.

You can cancel or change an appointment but you need to give us at least 72 hours notice or you will lose the deposit.

What can I expect at my appointment?

I try and be as professional as possible for you and give you a nice experience. I do my best to run on time, I don’t have breaks all the time, I don’t sit with headphones in ignoring you like you are an inconvenience to me, or spend half the day on my phone.
All my needles are single use cartridges, everything is wrapped and protected and I follow the best cross contamination practices to give you a safe experience.
If you are booked for a day session I do take a lunch break – so you can bring some food for yourself or pop and get some – but any time that takes is knocked off what you are charged.

Covid Stuff.

Whilst the mask mandate is in place I will be wearing a mask and I except my customers to as well. If you have an exemption and you can’t currently wear a mask then I ask that you postpone your appointment until the mask mandate is over, which at the time of writing is not going to be very long.

Once the mask mandate is over I will no longer wear a mask to work in, nor will I expect my customers to wear one. I do find a mask a bit of a pain to work in with glasses steaming up etc, so I am looking forward to not wearing one. However, if for any reason you would like me to wear a mask during your appointment, feel free to ask and I will be happy to oblige.