frequently asked questions
Where are you located?
The studio is located at 189 Maginhawa st., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. We do not accommodate walk-in sessions; please reach us through proper channels.
How do I book?
You can read through our appointment types and book here :-) We require a consumable reservation fee of Php890 for tattoo sessions or/and Php530 for piercing sessions (effective October 2023) to be paid within 48hrs upon receipt of confirmation details, otherwise, your appointment will be cancelled.
How do I re-schedule if my session is cancelled due to changes in lockdown restrictions?
Normally, we do not allow rescheduling as we cannot guarantee availability of appointment slots. But in such cases forcing sessions to get cancelled due to changes in COVID-19 operational restrictions, weather conditions and similar events beyond our control, we will prioritize rescheduling confirmed and reserved sessions to the next availabilities without additional reservation fees. We usually retain the day and time of the cancelled booking and move sessions by week basis. If clients are unavailable on our proposed re-schedules, they will be given priority in booking (without additional reservation fees) during the next booking season, provided that they contact us through the contact numbers attached in their previous confirmation details before we open books.
How do you operate under the new normal?
You can read through our operations in the time of COVID-19 here.
Are the artists and staff certified/trained for conducting and handling the skin procedures?
All artists and secretaries have attended lectures and demo seminar on:
Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Instruments, Equipment and Medical Devices
Blood-borne Pathogen Incidents, Prevention and Care
Infection Prevention and Control: Hand Hygiene, Ventilation, PPE, Waste Care, Vaccination
These lectures are conducted by Philippine Association of Central Services and Sterilization Management, a premier organization of medical workers and experts advocating for the highest quality CSSD standards and practices among healthcare facilities in the Philippines. You can view our certificates here.
How much are your services?
Piercings have fixed rates which differ among artists, in consideration of specialization, practice, equipment, technique and the included jewelry; jewelry upgrades, however, may require additional payment. You can check your piercer's artist profile for the piercing services they offer. The posted piercing rates are exclusive of session expenses at Php130/client (effective October 2023).
Tattoos rate differently among artists. The main considerations for pricing tattoos are: design intricacy, placement difficulty, tattoo size, inking duration and the artist's specialization and skills, among others. The minimum rate for a tattoo is Php900, on top of session expenses at:
Php390/client - minimal, multiple minimal, handpoke
Php490/client - non-minimal
Php590-890/client - large piece
Common misconception: While artists initially base on sizes for their general rates system, smaller tattoos do not necessarily rate lower than larger tattoos.
Do you do white tattoos?
It will be best to check through your artists' portfolio and consult with them prior to booking for white tattoos. White tattoos require from the artist a certain standard of specialized inking skills.
Do you do colorworks?
While we are open to doing some colorworks, it is best to consult the artist beforehand in consideration of her specialization and skills.
Do you do cover-up tattoos?
Doing cover-up tattoos require a certain level of inking expertise which only the artist can gauge. It is best to consult the artist directly on cover-up projects.
How do I ask for a design to be customized?
You can send us the details of the design project here; after which, the artist will be reaching out to you via instagram to initially discuss on the design and payment details. The drafting phase of the design project commences only after payment confirmation. Drafting takes about 2 weeks, unless otherwise stated. A few minimal but clearly described revisions are allowed.
Design commissions rate separately from actual inking. The rates range from Php500-1000, depending on design difficulty or intricacy, the conceptualizing/brainstorming process, translation and artist's design specialization, among others.
Should I book before commissioning a design or vice versa?
You could commission a tattoo design before planning for a session. You could also book for a session prior to sending a commission request provided that the booked session be at least 3 weeks from date of request. This is to ensure that the design or draft be ready by date of session.
Do you do patch tests for possible allergic reactions?
We do not do patch tests for allergic reactions which are usually caused by the metal contents of the inks used. In Siningtinta, all our professional artist inks (Dynamic - Triple Black, Eternal and Fusion for colored inks) are US-original, top-grade and regulated for safety. For hypersensitive skin, colored tattoos, especially those which use yellow or red inks, are discouraged.
Can I still donate blood after getting inked?
According to Philippine Red Cross, a person can donate blood a year after his/her last tattooing or inking procedure.
Do the rates include the jewelry?
All rates indicated are inclusive of standard initial jewelry (stainless steel or upgraded titanium) for smooth healing.
Do you use piercing guns?
We do not use piercing guns; we use sterile single-use needles with jewelry gauge-compatible sizes.
You can read through the piercing aftercare guide here.