Tattoo studio

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The Tattoo studio is a space where the tattooing practice follows the ethics of the profession and the requirements set by the National Union of Tattoo Artists:

Every tattoo artist from Vapeur d’Encres, in residence or guest, holds their Health and Safety certificate.

We welcome you in an environment that respects health and safety rules

We use high quality sterile disposable ink and equipment that is compliant with both our requirements and french regulation.

We try our best to use vegan and biodegradable products.

We refuse plagiarism: the copy of a drawing or tattoo created by another artist will not be accepted.

Tattoos can only be done on responsible adults: a valid form of ID will be requested in order to verify the age of our clients.

We provide you with an aftercare sheet, listing step-by-step procedures for optimal healing (the process will also be detailed orally after the tattoo session).

Tattoo artists in residence

Who are we

Vapeur d’Encres offers both a Tattoo studio and a Cabinet of wonder in the same space, featuring a Steampunk style.

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Do you have a question?

A deposit of 50€ minimum will be asked to secure the appointment and the creation of drawings. This amount is deductible from the price of your tattoo. The balance is to be paid on the day of the appointment.

The deposit does not constitute the purchase of the drawing. It ONLY covers our working time, the drawing remaining the property of its author.

Please note that in case of cancellation – as specified by the consumer code – we do not return under any circumstances the deposit paid when making the appointment. This amount allows to limit the uninformed defections and to make the customer responsible for the tattoo process.

In order to define a price, it is necessary to know first of all that the least small tattoo has a basic price: whether your design is a simple star done in five minutes, or a large piece tattooed in four hours, the equipment we have to take out is about the same (needles, disposable sleeves and protections, several pairs of gloves, hygiene products, etc.).

Then, the price of a tattoo depends on variable factors:

upstream work (drawing, research on the design …)

  • the size

  • the complexity of the design

  • the area to be tattooed

  • the estimated time for tattooing

  • the equipment necessary for tattooing

For any price request, we invite you to come to the shop so we can discuss it. Indeed, it is difficult to evaluate the work to be done without seeing the person, the skin and the final design.

The minimum price for a tattoo is 100 €.

At Vapeur d’Encres, all our tattoo artists are self employed. It’s up to you to make sure that they accept the means of payment that you want to use. It is best to ask them beforehand when an appointment is requested in order to get organized and gain serenity on the day of the session.

For the record, tattooing at home has been forbidden since the 19th of February 2008 (decree n°2008-149). No member of the team will make an exception.

No, we do not offer this type of service. The team of Vapeur d’Encres only includes tattoo artists, offering unique and original designs. To know the difference between the two techniques, you will find all the necessary information here.

It all depends on people and many parameters are to be taken into account: the location and size of the design, your sensitivity, your state of mind… If you are relaxed and  rested, that you have eaten and slept well, your session will go much better!

After the complete healing of your tattoo, we advise you to moisturize your skin well and to continue to use sunscreen index 50 when you are out in the sun. Indeed, exposure to UV rays (sunbathing and tanning sessions) is the main factor in skin and tattoo aging. By taking care of your tattoo, you will ensure that it will not undergo any major modification.

It is absolutely possible to tattoo a scar, if it is not a recent one. Be aware that a scar does not have the same texture as the skin, therefore the range of possibilities will be less because it is not possible to tattoo it as easily. On the other hand, we advise against tattooing a mole because it is important to follow its evolution over the long term.

There is no risk as long as the rules of health and safety are followed: the room dedicated to tattooing and the furniture used are cleaned and sanitized before any session and between each client. The workstations are protected to avoid any risk of cross contamination. Every tattooist must guarantee you this protocol.

Possible allergy risks :

  • latex of gloves

  • skin cleansing products that contain iodine

  • essential oils, fruit pulp

  • plaster glue, etc.

There is no known risk regarding ink, we use patented, subject to laboratory controls inks.

Don’t hesitate to talk to us about any, even minimal risk.

If you have had a general anaesthetic within the last 3 months, we advise you to wait a little as there is a risk that the skin will not take the ink in a normal way. People with an illness, with or without treatment, should seek advice from their doctor. A medical certificate may be requested.

No anaesthetic cream or patch will be really effective in the context of getting a tattoo. Please do not use this type of product before the appointment because they modify the skin, make it rigid and prevent us from doing our work properly (the pigments do not take under the skin, or conversely, the ink may fuse under the skin).

We reserve the right to refuse any act of tattooing if it seems to present any risk whatsoever.

  • It is strongly recommended not to consume alcohol or narcotics at least 48 hours before the session. These products thin the blood. The same applies to aspirin or medicines containing anticoagulants.

  • Get a good rest the night before, in order to arrive in good shape and relaxed on the day of the session

  • Take a shower right before the session, as a measure of hygiene and respect for your tattooist.
  • If possible, exfoliate the area to be tattooed with a gentle exfoliator, then moisturize with a moisturizing cream especially for people with dry skin. It is very difficult to tattoo on skin that peels. The session will then be longer, more tedious and your tattoo will most likely need touch-ups (charged if you haven’t taken care of it).

  • Have a good meal beforehand (or breakfast, snack), preferably with complex sugars.

  • Plan to wear comfortable clothing, adapted to the area to be tattooed.

  • Take off jewelry that can be in direct contact with the tattoo.

A tattoo is a skin break-in,  similar to a burn (one that dries and scabs for a week). We want to make a clean scar. The result of your tattoo will depend on the respect of the guidelines that follow:

  • Remove the dressing after thoroughly washing your hands.
  • Clean your tattoo with the palm of the hand or the pulp of the fingers without rubbing with warm water and antiseptic or neutral ph (ph7) soap;  avoid shower gels, they are too difficult to rinse off.

  • Rinse off all the soap with warm water.
  • Dry by dabbing gently with paper towels. This will avoid micro lesions which promote infections.

  • Apply healing cream in a thin layer twice a day (wash your hands beforehand), for 3 to 4 weeks so that your tattoo is never dry.
  • Leave your tattoo uncovered when possible.

  • Put on a bandage if you are exposed to dirty work (a strip of cotton cut from a sheet or an old t-shirt, they will let the skin breathe). 

  • Avoid contact with animals.

  • Keep a healthy body hygiene.
  • After the healing of your tattoo, protect yourself with a sunscreen index 50+ in case of sun exposure.

Tattoo healing is a process that can be potentially impaired during pregnancy: the immune system is weakened and therefore the risk of infection increases. Women may be more tired and more vulnerable to stress during pregnancy. Their resistance to pain decreases. Premature delivery can be triggered by shock, intense pain, stress… All these things are quite frequent during a tattoo session.

Ink will pass through the skin barrier and end up in the body and the consequences on the fetus or the unborn child are not known.

The skin is stretched during pregnancy and distended afterwards. In addition, the weight varies during this time, so depending on the location of your design, it will have a high chance of warping. We advise pregnant women to be patient and come to see us after birth and breastfeeding.

  • With wax or epilator: Plan on doing it 3 to 4 days before the tattoo, so your skin time has time to recover from the trauma (dilated pores, redness, etc.) before facing another one (skin break-in), you will be all the less sensitive.

  • Hair removal by shaving: check with your artist, as they might prefer to do it themselves right before tattooing to make sure it is done correctly. If you do it by yourself: go gently so as not to damage your skin, and do it at the last moment because shaved hair grows back very quickly.

  • Hair removal by cream: it’s a pretty aggressive method, so avoid testing it right before the tattoo. Plan to do it one day before getting inked and moisturize well in the meantime.

During the month of healing, don’t try to remove your hair! The skin is too fragile, even for a razor.

If you take good care of your tattoo and you keep it well moisturized, you will notice very little or no scabs. Only a thin layer of dead skin will peel and flake away during cleaning. If your tattoo is too dry, there is a risk that large scabs will form on the surface which can fall off, be torn off and leave imperfections (lack of ink) in the design.

When the scabs have all fallen off, it does not mean that the healing process is complete so keep applying cream until the skin regains its initial texture. 

Refrain from:

  • water contact: taking a bath, going to the swimming pool, sea, lake, river, hammam, sauna
  • exercising for about ten days, in order to avoid infection due to perspiration and rubbing

  • sun exposure, indoor tanning sessions

  • using exfoliating products, perfumes, deodorants and other cosmetics on and around the tattooed area

  • putting synthetic fabrics and wool in direct contact with the tattoo

  • touching the tattoo with dirty hands

  • scratching the peeling skin, it will peel off by itself

  • touching any scabs that may form (it is part of the healing process)

It is normal to observe an inflammatory reaction in the days following the realization of the tattoo. These symptoms disappear in less than a week. This time frame varies depending on the location of the tattoo, your general condition and your medical history.

If your symptoms persist or get worse beyond one week and you start experiencing pain, fever or purulent discharge, it may be a sign of infection so we recommend that you go and see your doctor.