Updated: Apr 12
We like many other businesses had to first close our doors when we were advised by the Government back in March 2020 and again in November 2020. This was devastating to us, firstly because the studio is our life our family and you the clients are a very big part of that, and secondly the financial strain it puts on the business and us all personally.
Again we had to close our doors as we started 2021. But we can now reopen from Monday 12th April. Well for us Tuesday 13th April as the studio is closed on Mondays........... we still need our day off!!!!
Anyone who was booked in with out artists during lockdown, as before your booking fee is safe and will be transferred over to a new appointment, which most have now been done.
Both Hollie and Bex have been doing commissions during Lockdown see their social media links below too enquire about those. All our artists are now taking bookings, too enquire about booking with Hollie, Bex, Mick or Charl see their links below.
We've made extensive changes to our working practices, rearranged the studio to comply with social distancing, and tightened up our policies and procedures to be in line with the new Government Covid-19 Guidelines, and to keep us all safe.
Please check out the video below to see what we've done and how it will work when you come for your next tattoo:
If there is a Tier System in place and the advice been not to travel outside of your tier, please contact us to rearrange your appointment if needed. If you do not contact us with-in one week of your appointment you may lose your booking fee.
To enquire about booking an appointment drop us a message on our Facebook page @oldsmithytattooparlour or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the artist you'd like to book in with directly Hollie May, Bex Heath, Mick Emery or Charl Greenwood. Please be aware booking fees are non-refundable.
We can now not all tattoo at the same time as we've made changes to the layout of the studio to comply with social distancing, so our artists will be working limited days. Please work and bear with them, when booking your appointment.
Our priority will always be the safety of our team, their families and our customers.
We have continuously looked at how we can possibly return to work safely and how we can tighten the restrictions we already have in place, we will be following the new Government guidelines for safe working in close contact environments.
Hand sanitise stations throughout the studio and temperature checks.
Appointments only, no walk-ins.
Reducing the number of artists and people in the studio, so, unfortunately, you won't be able to bring a friend or family member with you.
Staggered start and finish times for appointments.
Restructuring the studio layout to ensure we can all social distance safely.
Increased PPE for our artists above what they normally wear, disposable, gloves, arm guards, aprons and facemasks.
Clients to wear a facemask whilst been tattooed.
No face tattoos for the time being.
All studio staff to undertaking The World Health Organisation's current Covid-19 infection control training before we return to work.
Please read our new Covid-19 Booking Information which can also be found on the Booking Info page.
These new procedures are to help protect our customers and artists, we thank you for your understanding.
The studio is only open for booked appointments, to enquire about a tattoo please message us on social media or email (see links below). If you call please leave a message as our Studio Manager won't be in to answer the phone.
If you are displaying or have displayed any Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone that has, you will have to get tested to prove you are free from the virus, please contact your artist to reschedule your appointment with proof of your test or that you are going to get tested. If can not provide proof or you turn up with symptoms you will lose your booking fee and appointment.
All consultations will be done online via social media or email. If the artist needs to see you they will arrange that with you.
Please arrive on time for your appointment, if you are early you may be asked to wait outside for your arrival time.
Please arrive alone for your appointment, will not be letting anyone else other than yourself in the studio.
Your temperature will be checked on arrival and if it is high we will have to reschedule your appointment.
We will provide a new clean face mask for you to wear during your appointment. We are asking for a small £1 voluntary donation towards the NHS for these. If you have concerns wearing a facemask please contact your artist.
We will provide a clean box for you to put your belonging in whilst at the studio, we will also provide an antibacterial wipe for you to clean your phone with.
Please ensure you have eaten a meal before your appointment and bring your own food and drink we will not be able to provide refreshments during your appointment.
On entry and exit of the studio, you will need to sanitise your hands. We will also have hand sanitiser available in the studio during your appointment and also be encouraging you to wash your hands regularly.
At this time we reserve the right to not tattoo above the neck.
It would be preferable that you pay for the remainder of your appointment via Bank Transfer or PayPal. We DO NOT have facilities for card payments sorry.
We can't stress enough how awesome and understanding our customers have and once again been, and we thank you greatly for your patience and support, you folks really are the best xx
If you call the studio on 01538 384430 then please leave a message.
Thank you for your cooperation, please, please follow the Governments advise and continue to social distance. Stay safe, stay alert, control the virus, wash your hands and may the force be with you!