Extended leave from MAY 2020

In the interest of my lovely clients I wish to let you all know I’ll be taking extended leave from MAY 2020 to expand our little family! SATURDAYS are almost fully booked until then (only a couple of small sessions left) and JAN/FEB/MARCH also almost fully booked – to get in before I go on maternity leave please head to my contact page or email directly to info@sammisideup.com! Thank you all so much for your support! Love Sammi x

Terms, Conditions and FAQ’s.


I’ll be taking extended maternity leave from MAY 2020!

How do I contact you to make an enquiry?

You can use the contact form on my website HERE or email directly through to info@sammisideup.com  I will try to answer all messages through social media, though I will always request that you then you send through email as it’s easiest for me to keep track of.

What do I need to send through?

  • Tattoo Idea
  • Placement on the body
  • Rough size
  • Preferred days/dates
  • Any reference pictures you may have collected
  • Your contact number

It’s been 2 days since I sent an email and I haven’t had a response! What should I do?
I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can, though it may take me up to a week to respond around tattooing full time. Thank you in advance for your patience! If you’re enquiring about an appointment within the week or it is in regards to an existing appointment that week, resend your email marked as URGENT!

Where are you located?
I am working with the amazing Amy Duncan from her beautiful studio ‘Artemisia Custom Tattooing‘, located in Tecoma in the Dandenong Ranges. CLICK HERE for directions.

What days do you work?
I work by appointment only, Wed-Sat.

How much do you charge?
My rate is $170 per hour for larger/on-going pieces, but smaller pieces can be quoted once the design is complete and the size is determined. Minimum cost is $100.

Do I need a deposit?

Do I have to give you notice if I reschedule?
Yes please, I ask that you give as much notice as possible, at the very least 48 hours notice to reschedule or cancel.

Can I get a tattoo if I’m under 18?

Do I need a consultation?
Generally I like to have a consult prior to the tattoo so we can nut out exactly what you want, but for smaller more specific pieces it isn’t necessary.

Does a consultation cost anything?

Do you take card?
No unfortunately. Tattoo appointment sessions can be paid for in cash or direct bank transfer on the day.

Do you do cover-ups?
Yes, whether or not it is doable depends on the existing tattoo. Consultation is a must to go through the options available to you.

Will you tattoo a design I bring in?
Reference pictures are great, but I don’t copy other artists work. I will redraw and collaborate with you to create a one off design just for you!

Will I see my design prior to the appointment date?
Tattoo designs can be viewed at a second consultation or on the day of the appointment. I do not send designs via email.

I’m not sure exactly what I want but I love your work, do you have any designs to choose from?
Yes! I have plenty of designs ready to go that I’d love to tattoo, you can see available designs HERE ! Each design will only be tattooed once.

How do I prepare for a tattoo?
Eat a healthy meal before coming in, bring a drink/non messy snacks if you like (nuts are always good and we generally have a little stash of lollies for you!) try and have a good rest the night before. Please feel free to bring along whatever you feel will make you comfortable, for longer sessions some people bring a blanket/pillow, earphones for their own music/entertainment or a book! Also, keep in mind your attire. Depending on where you are getting tattooed, try to wear something loose and easy to access the area, and avoid wearing your best clothes or white!!

How do I look after my fresh tattoo?
Please refer to my aftercare instructions HERE.

If there are any other questions you’d like answered, don’t hesitate to ask!



  • After 2-3 hours remove the dressing, wash your tattoo gently with warm water and liquid antibacterial soap. (Showers are fine, no baths as you don’t want to have your tattoo submerged in water) Wash with your hands only, no cloths. Let air dry, or gently pat dry with clean towel/paper towel.
  • OPTIONAL – you may need to keep your tattoo covered for the first three days or so, changing dressing 3 times a day or as required, washing thoroughly between removal of old and reapplication of fresh dressing. Make sure tattoo is dry before reapplication of dressing. This process depends on placement/environment.
  • After 2-3 days it will start to feel tight. Apply a small amount of any of the below creams to the tattoo twice to three times a day which keeps it flexible and comfortable and will help to avoid cracking. My recommendations are:
  • Inky A locally made balm that smells delicious and heals like a dream! (which you can buy through me)
  • Fragrance free vitamin E moisturizer (which is light so it needs applying a little more often, but Vitamin E is good for healing)
  • Dr Pickles (which is available at Woolworths, a bit thicker so apply less often)

DO NOT SCRATCH it, pick at it or rub the scabs off. There is a high possibility that if you do, you will pull colour out of your tattoo! To help ease the discomfort, apply a small amount of cream, or give it a gentle slap J

KEEP IT OUT OF THE SUN for the healing period, then only once healed, use sunscreen to avoid fading. Don’t use sunscreen on healing tattoos!

DON’T GO SWIMMING – whether it is chlorine or salt water, spa pool, fresh water or beach, it’s a no go zone for at least 2 weeks or until fully healed.

DO NOT SHAVE, wax, exfoliate, use tanning lotion, hair removal creams etc over the tattooed area whilst healing.

– Please consider also that if you are exercising whilst your tattoo is healing, minimal movement in the area is required to avoid cracking the tattoo.

And please, make sure to keep your tattoo clean!

If you do have any queries, problems or you find you’ve had a reaction to the cream/soap/materials used for dressing the tattoo, cease use immediately, let me know and I’ll do whatever I can to help!



I’m so over the moon to let you all know that I’ve found a very, very special space to tattoo from! (YAY!) @Artemisiacustomtattooing is located in one of my most favourite places on earth, the Dandenong Ranges alongside a most talented and lovely lady – Amy Duncan!! Check her beautiful work out @amyclaireduncan .

I’ll be there, nestled amongst the trees Tuesday to Fridays, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a booking via the Artemisia website: https://www.artemisia-custom-tattooing.com/ or HERE – MY BOOKS ARE NOW OPEN!!!


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