For Max, tattooing is above all a passion and only after that, a job.
With over 30 years of experience in the tattoo profession, Max makes the most of his artistic skills by creating one-off custom designs; discussing each customer's thoughts and ideas and moulding them into the perfect tattoo.
Notably, in 2008 Max's 24-hour tattoo marathon, which supported Tattoos for Troops, raised more than £3,000 for war veterans. Max, a former member of the Armed Forces, single-handedly ‘inked’ about 300 people with his specially designed poppy tattoo. To this day, serving men and women still come in and ask for the poppy!
PolynesianWords courtesy of Nimanoa
Polynesian at Our Studio
Emma, of Nimanoa Design, creates unique Polynesian hand drawn tattoos that tell a story upon your skin, using a strong knowledge of Polynesian culture, history, mythology and creative design.
There are important things to consider as a non-Polynesian when choosing to have this kind of work done, and the historical, tribal and sacred implications must be taken into account so as not to offend tribal heritage in any way.
If you choose to have your design with Nimanoa & Max, you choose to invest in a respectful design drawn specifically for you, that can tell the story of your life, your achievements, aspirations and ideals; the story of who you are. Please be aware that as all designs are hand drawn the process can take some time.
One of Max's specialities is cover-ups and repairs of old or unwanted tattoos and even scars; and one of the most common opening lines we hear from people as they walk into our studio is 'I've been everywhere and they've all said it can't be done but...' ...they thought they'd ask one last time.
Almost 100% of the time, the answer is yes, of course it can be done!
There are a few things about cover ups that we think should be expressed to our customers before they venture down this road. Firstly, once you have had your old tattoo covered up, it is unlikely that the design, or the skin, will be able to take another full cover, so please be very sure of what you want on you this time. Secondly, cover-ups take longer to tattoo than having a tattoo on fresh skin, so be prepared for longer, or more sittings, and a higher cost. Thirdly, it can be a little more painful to be tattooed over a current tattoo. Lastly, whilst it is possible to get very light designs over a heavier, darker tattoo, please be aware that generally the design you have to cover the old one will be slightly larger and darker in appearance.
It is important to note here that there is of course an alternative option - laser removal. It is our experience that this is does not come with guaranteed success, can be very costly, and with numerous sittings spread out over time to allow the skin to heal, it also takes a lot longer to achieve a good result. We do not undertake laser removal at our studio.
We encourage anyone seeking advice to come and see us in person. Due to the nature of the work, this is unfortunately a process that is very limited for discussion via email or phone, we do need to see your current tattoo in the flesh!
Our Work We believe the best opinions are your own, after seeing what Max can do. So please do take a look at our portfolio, where you can see some examples of before & after.
Max is a very skilled portrait artist, able to 'copy' a photograph onto a client's skin in fine detail. Using his extensive knowledge of perspective, shading and anatomical construction he can achieve and outstanding result. Max does not only do this for tattooing, he also creates on paper by commission. Please note: We do not upload photos of portraits as they are quite personal to the wearer. Portrait examples may be seen in studio only.
Retro, Japanese & Other Styles
With many years of skilled tattooing in his pocket, Max is able to take on all styles of tattoo with ease. From the geometric shapes of blackwork and curvy colourful Retro, right through to flowing Japanese vistas; we can offer you the same great service and results on your custom work with us.
Max's Tattoo Studio is a small independent studio, who cater to the custom tattoo market. We only take one client per day, thereby offering our complete attention. There is free parking nearby, a cafe and a few local convenience shops if needed; and we are not far from the local train station & bus route. Most of our clients' appointments are long sittings, therefore we offer free tea & coffee, and toilet facilities.
We use only the highest quality inks, and disposable single-use consumables. We follow strict cleaning processes every day for the tattoo equipment, studio furniture, and the studio itself. We only use single-use, sterilised needles; and all clients are shown the sealed needles to be used on you before work begins.
At our studio, we prefer a more relaxed atmosphere; if a client needs to stop for a break, stretch their legs, take a phone-call etc, we are happy to accommodate them. If a client would like to bring a book to read, or mp3 player to listen to etc, we are quite happy with this. We do allow you to bring a friend to accompany you, however we ask you to limit that to one person for space reasons.
You are more than welcome to view the studio before deciding to come to us for your tattoo.
The studio runs an appointment system for tattoo sittings, and we are happy to advise you on any aspect of your tattoo and after-care. Should you wish to discuss your ideas with us, feel free to just drop us an email or phone-call. Opening times vary.
Booking deposits: A £100 deposit for 5-6 hour bookings and £50 deposit for bookings 4 hours or less will be required for every booking; this is redeemable against the total cost on the day of your sitting. Deposits are non-refundable to clients cancelling with less than 7 days notice or re-scheduling less than 48 hours prior to appointment. Appointments that we have to cancel or reschedule will be offered a choice of refund or carry-over of deposit to an alternative booking. Deposits go towards the artist's loss of earnings if they are unable to re-book an appointment slot.
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