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Tattoo FAQ’s


Smiley Dogg’s large-scale tattoos or multiple session tattoos are based on individual artist rates. Our smaller pieces are charged by the piece and we have a minimum price of €100 for tattoos. Please note, it’s impossible to give you a cost by phone. Once pictures of your idea along with a rough size are provided through direct message, via Email, Facebook or Instagram, we can then give a rough estimate of the cost. We always recommend coming into the studio to discuss your ideas in person in order to give a more accurate quote.

The best way to book is by calling into the shop. That way, we can obtain all the details and discuss further, in order to provide accurate information.

That said, if calling into the shop is not convenient for you, there are numerous alternatives to booking your consultation:

You can contact us through any of our social media platforms or via email. Please ensure you provide the following:

–  Pictures of reference found online similar to that of your idea.

–  Pictures of any alternative objects you wish to include in your tattoo.

–  If you have designed your own tattoo, include your sketch for reference.

–  You will need to tell us the approximate size you envision for your tattoo, it’s preferred location and whether you want black and grey or with colour.

–  You will also need to include a short description of your tattoo in writing.


You can also contact us by phone. We´ll discuss and find the best outcome in order to confirm your consultation.

There are numerous ways to book your appointment:

–  You can contact us through our social media platforms or via email.

–  You can call into the shop and have a chat with us.

–  You can contact us by phone.

We’re available Monday – Saturday from 12pm until 6pm. Once you get in touch, we will personally guide you through the steps.

In a perfect world we would happily accommodate this request, but showing drawings to all of our clients weeks to even days before just isn’t realistic. All drawings are shown the day of the appointment. We ensure to allow enough time during each appointment to go over any questions or changes. Whether major or minor, we don’t start tattooing until you’re 100% happy with the design.

Yes, we also specialize in cover ups. Most tattoos can be covered or rectified. The best way to determine this is to pop into the shop so we can take a look at your old tattoo. Only then can we advise if it’s possible to cover your existing tattoo. For more info click in the next link. Coverup FAQ´s

Yes. The age limit is fixed at 18 years of age.

If you are under the age limit but over 16 years of age, you are permitted to get a tattoo in our shop provided you have the consent of your parent or legal guardian. They will need to accompany you to the shop to make an appointment and will be asked to sign our consent form. Once this has been signed, they are no longer required to accompany you to the shop once your appointment has been confirmed.

– In the weeks leading up to your appointment please ensure you drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated.

– At least two weeks prior to your appointment begin to moisturise your skin daily. Remember – the better the condition of your skin, the better the result of your tattoo!

– We recommend ensuring you have a full day booked off work as your tattoo can take as long as the artist requires, to ensure the final result is perfect.

– It is recommended to wear loose and comfortable clothing as sometimes you could be seated for long periods of time which you may find uncomfortable. It also makes the artists work that little bit more difficult if your clothes are restrictive.

– Ensure you bring your appointment card with you on the day of your tattoo.

– If you are booked for a full session, come prepared for small breaks for food.

– Do not come to your tattoo session drunk or hungover. You should be well rested and in a fit position to undertake the session.

– We recommend to take extra care of personal hygiene prior to attending your session.

Yes. Walk-in’s will depend on artist availability therefore will change daily on a week by week basis.

The best way to confirm walk-in availability is to contact us by phone, email or social media platforms. Coming directly to the shop will not always guarantee we have walk-in availability.

Our honest option would be – Yes! Of course, there are areas which will hurt more than others but this will also depend on the persons pain threshold. Each persons experience with pain is different so unfortunately we cannot measure accurately.

We do not recommend getting a tattoo if you are pregnant as it could put your baby at risk.

If it is still your wish to proceed knowing you are pregnant, we won’t refuse however please note it’s not our recommendation.

Smiley Dogg Tattoo has two city centre locations in Cork. Our North Main Street studio is located in the heart of the Old Quarter and our second studio is located on the bustling Oliver Plunkett Street.

Links to our location found here:

Smiley Dogg Tattoo – North Main Street 

Smiley Dogg Tattoo – Oliver Plunkett Street

Unfortunately it’s impossible to give an exact cost as there are many factors involved in the pricing structure. Until we assess your tattoo needs, and take you through the consultation process, only then can we start to determine a rough estimate price. While our rates are reasonable according to industry standards, we are by no means a cheap shop. We can’t promise you the lowest price but we can promise you the highest quality and customer care.

We get asked this a lot, and it’s not just as simple as sending an email! In fact, if you start off like this, you’re taking the wrong approach. The road to an apprenticeship starts long before you think! First Step: Start by getting tattooed at the shop. Be willing to spend money, take the opportunity to show them how you respond when under any discomfort or stress. Start to build a relationship with the studio over time, and once you’re at this point, only then can you start to prove your artistic excellence. Of course, all of this may not be enough to secure a position so be prepared for rejection. Remember, these artists have gone through years of hard work, sweat and dedication to get to where they are now, so you need to prove your worth in order to receive decades of their hard earned knowledge and skill from the tattoo world.