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Tattoo Studio

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We are happy that our studio reopened at 22.05.21. A negative COVID-19 test result, proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from an infection is needed. Video consulting is still available. Get in touch via telephone, email studio-hamburg@edding.tattoo or appointment form.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

The following rules apply:

Requirements

  • Negative corona test result, proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from an infection

If you have to answer one of the following questions with "Yes", we unfortunately cannot make an appointment with you at the moment:

  • Did you have contact with a person infected with the corona virus in the last 14 days?
  • Do you have acute symptoms like dry coughing, fever, diarrhoea or loss of taste and smell?
  • Did you have the above mentioned symptoms in the last 14 days?
    If you do not feel well, please reschedule your appointment.

In the studio

  • Wear a medical face mask during you stay
  • No face tattoos
  • Keep distance of 1,5m between all persons in the shop
  • Disinfect your hands when entering our shop: At the entrance of our studio you'll find a disinfectant dispenser, where you should disinfect your hands, when entering the tattoo area hands have to be washed and disinfected
  • You'll only take those personal belongings with you into the tattoo area that you really need, we will disinfect them before, your jackets and bag will be stored safely in our locker
  • As our tattoo spots are separated, each tattoo appointment takes place in separate rooms, the distance between customers is kept at any time
  • Please bring your own drinks
  • Payment preferably cash- and contactless

We worked out a hygiene concept which offers you the highest hygienic standard in our tattoo studio at any time. During corona we are especially strict in following these hygienic guidelines and extend those measures.

The tattoo spots are separated from each other, which means that every tattoo appointment takes places in another room.
The minimum distance between customers is kept at any time.

We take care of a regular disinfection of all surfaces in the studio and we use disposable wipes for surface disinfection.
All surfaces, door handles and objects passed through several hands are cleaned and disinfected several times a day.

Our ventilation system guarantees a high air exchange rate in our tattoo cabins.

Our tattoo artists wear face masks, visual protections as well as disposable gloves and aprons.

We are open from 11:00 to 19:00, Monday to Saturday.

To book a consultation, simply fill out our online form. Will will get in contact as soon as possible to arrange an appointment. Alternatively, speak to one of our studio managers at the studio or book your consultation via phone.
You can then book your tattoo session at the studio straight after your consultation.

If you’d like to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible (at least 24 hours in advance). That way, we can give your appointment to someone else without any hassle. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, we reserve the right to keep the deposit for your tattoo session.

During a consultation, we’ll explain how the tattoo process works and offer advice on your design.

  1. Information:
    We'll go through all the risks involved in getting a tattoo, how the process works, and how to care for your finished piece. Along with these formalities, you’ll also have to fill out our information sheet. By answering the questions, you’ll enable us to make sure that there are no concerns about you getting a tattoo.

  2. Tattoo motive:
    You and your tattoo artist will discuss your individual tattoo, as well as the right size, colour and placement for the piece. Feel free to bring any inspiration or ideas that you have in mind with you.

It's our goal to make sure that you leave your consultation with a clear idea of your tattoo and all your questions answered. Additionally you'll receive a clear tattoo offer with binding time and price estimate for your tattoo session.

At the start of the tattoo session, your artist will go over the final design with you again and sketch it out. Preparing the skin creates the ideal conditions for tattooing and helps to prevent infections. We start by removing the hair on the area in question with a single-use razor and disinfecting the skin. The stencil is then transferred to your skin, either freehand or using transfer paper. If you’re happy with everything, it’s time to get started!

Once your tattoo is finished, your artist will treat the wound and go back over the ideal way to look after your tattoo at home. After that, we’ll look forward to seeing you again for your aftercare appointment.

At your aftercare appointment, we’ll check how your tattoo has healed. Our artists are the ideal people to assess whether everything has healed properly or if any touch-ups are needed. We’ll also be happy to take a great photo of your finished tattoo. It’s up to you to decide whether or not we share the photo on our social media platforms and website.

Of course! Please feel free to bring along your own drawings to your consultation. Our artists will be able to advise you whether your design can be transferred and which changes are needed.

It’s important for us that you have time to think about whether or not you want a tattoo. We therefore always give you at least one day between your consultation and tattoo session to decide, especially when this is your first tattoo.

If it’s your first edding TATTOO, then it is important for us to get to know you in person and give you any advice needed. It goes without saying that this process will be a lot quicker if you’ve already had a number of tattoos here. Nevertheless, it's still important to talk about your design in advance. That’s why our consultations are mandatory, though their length and content may vary.

If you live far away from the studio, just let us know and we'll see what alternatives we can come up with, such as a phone consultation or FaceTime.

Unfortunately, we can’t say for certain as it really depends on the time frame and artist in question. Just drop us a line and we’ll be happy to give you an update on our lead times. We always try to keep a few slots free for last-minute appointments so that we can create your dream tattoo as quickly as possible.

At the studio, we accept cash, debit cards, Visa, Mastercard, Google or Apple Pay.

Every tattoo is unique. There are lots of different factors that can influence the price of your tattoo. Both the size and complexity of your design, as well as its position on your body and the length of the session, can play a role. What’s more, the colours and materials used affect our costs, which is then reflected in your price.

To receive a price estimate for your desired tattoo, simply book a consultation with us. Our artists will then discuss your design with you in detail and provide you with an indication of the price.

Yes, we sell gift vouchers at our studio.

When you book a tattoo session with us, we reserve a time slot for you with one of our artists. If you don’t attend your session, your deposit provides some compensation for the loss of earnings and for the fact that we are unable to give the slot to someone else at short notice. The deposit is deducted from the price of your tattoo at the end of the session.

Travelling by car?
You can reach us via the B4 towards the city centre from both directions.

Travelling by train?
The nearest underground stations are: U1 Messberg, U1 Steinstrasse, and U3 Mönckebergstrasse.
The main train station with connections to all underground stations (U-Bahn), suburban trains (S-Bahn) and regional trains is just a 10-minute walk away.

Travelling by bus?
Take service X3 or X4 and get off at the Meßberg stop. If you take service X35, get off at the Steinstraße stop.

The following parking options are available in close proximity to the studio:

  • Ticketed parking spaces at Burchardtplatz and in Burchardstraße, as well as in the adjacent streets
  • Große Reichenstraße multi-storey car park
  • Saturn multi-storey car park
  • Galeria/Kaufhof multi-storey car park

In addition to products for looking after your tattoos, we also sell a small range of lifestyle products at the studio.
And it wouldn’t be edding TATTOO if we didn’t sell edding products – from fineliners and permanent markers to our nail varnishes, you’ll find a selection of our best-sellers.

Of course! You’ll find all our hallmark edding products here at the studio. From our famous permanent markers and fineliners to brush pens, there are many edding products to discover.

You want to buy edding products online? Visit our edding Online Shop.

No, we don’t have an online store for our edding TATTOO products at the moment. However, if you’re looking for edding products, be sure to check out the edding Online Shop. Otherwise, we’d be delighted to see you at the studio.

In principle, we can offer cover-ups. However, it always really depends on what kind of design you want to cover up and where it is on your body. During a consultation, one of our artists will be able to advise you on what is and is not possible for your tattoo.

Tattoo ink

Tattoo products are essentially fine distributions of solid, coloured pigments in water, which are stabilised by suitable additives.

With regards to the material requirements of tattoo inks, the REACH regulation for tattoo inks will be the only relevant regulation as of 04.01.2021 (or 04.01.2022 at the latest). The German Tattoo regulation (Tätowiermittelverordnung) will be reduced to administrative or formal requirements, as reporting obligations.

Previously, the production of tattoo inks in Germany was regulated by the "Verordnung über Mittel zum Tätowieren einschließlich bestimmter vergleichbarer Stoffe und Zubereitungen aus Stoffen - Tätowiermittel-Verordnung" of 13.11.2008 (BGBl. I S. 2215). This tattoo regulation was subject to the German Food and Feed Code (LFGB), new version of 03.06.2013 (BGBl. I S. 1426).

The basic constitution of tatoo ink products is influenced by the european legislation. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is commissioned by the European Council and is responsible for the implementation of EU-legislations regarding the protection of human health and environment as well as innovation and competition in terms of chemicals. The ECHA is responsible for consultation and for ongoing updates of the REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). This regulation applies to all chemicals in the EU and safeguards human health and environment against risks of chemicals.

Since 14.12.2020 the regulation (EG) Nr. 1907/2006 for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is valid at EU-level. In Annex XVII the use of numerous substances is prohibited for tattoo inks throughout the EU.

In addition there are further regulations affecting other member states of the EU as well as Switzerland.

The composition of tattoo inks is randomly checked and sanctioned by the relevant regional or district offices, e.g. the food surveillance and veterinary offices in accordance with the requirements of the Tattoo regulation (Tätowiermittelverordnung).

Various further studies on the properties and health risks of tattoo inks are carried out at irregular intervals by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

The manufacturer is responsible for checking the ingredients of tattoo products. There is only an obligation to notify the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL).

The legal regulations that must be observed when manufacturing and placing tattoo inks are determined by the Regulatory Affairs department of edding International GmbH. Compliance with these regulations is the responsibility of the personnel in charge of producing the tattoo inks.
The production process is validated and certified according to the principles of good manufacturing practice (GMP) and is thus checked by an independent party.

Tattooing can never be described as safe or harmless. There is scarcely any confirmed scientific knowledge of how the substances introduced into the skin affect the body and health of the tattooed people.

The new edding tattoo inks primarily dispense with preservatives. Furthermore edding tattoo inks are free from azo dyes, animal ingredients, polyethylene glycol (PEG), iron oxide pigments, CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic) substances and silicones.

The edding tattoo inks are made without the use of raw materials of animal origin and are therefore vegan.

No, in the course of the development of the tattoo inks, edding has not carried animal experiments. Such tests are also not permitted in Germany.

Almost all known and effective preservatives have allergenic or sensitizing or other health-threatening potential. It is therefore better not to get them under the skin.
The consistent use of single-use packaging and a ban on multiple use, as in the case of edding tattoo ink, make the use of preservatives unnecessary when the colors are sterilised.

We respect the legislator's vote. Compliance with legal requirements and regulations is one of our important development principles. From 4th January 2021 on, these pigments will not be allowed for the use in tattoo inks EU-wide. We anticipated these changes in legislation early and made very good experience with other authorised pigments in our tattoo inks.

The GMP certification ensures that all production and quality management processes follow a generally recognized standard for the cosmetics industry.

Since 2018, we have conducted tests with test subjects and different tattoo artists in various test series, all of which yielded very positive results on several issues.

Due to a general potential risk with every tattoo, the term "safe" is misleading in the context of tattoo ink. Therefore we should better focus on the exclusion of risk potential leading potentially to a higher level of safety and compatibility. For this reason we have based the development of our tattoo inks on three key principles:

  1. edding tattoo inks are 100% compliant with EU legislation in terms of pigments and manufacturing. We not only observe the current regulations, but also the upcoming ones, as far as we know them. Where the regulations leave gaps that are obviously contrary to the intention of the legislature, we do not use them.

  2. edding tattoo inks contain as few components as possible - namely only as many and exactly as much of each component as is required for a functional tattoo ink. Tattooing means implementing chemicals into the skin temporarily or permanently. The first risk minimisation is therefore to keep the number and concentration of components as low as possible.

  3. When selecting the functional components of the edding tattoo inks,
    the key criterion is confirmed toxicological test results, which underpin their relative safety. The extensive database of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is chiefly used for this purpose.

Tattoo Artists

If you’ve got a couple of really good references, full commitment to customer-oriented service, a professional approach to hygiene and a passion for edding TATTOO, you’ll fit in perfectly here! To find out more, check out our our job description. If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch!

Simply apply online or send us an email to info@edding.tattoo. It would also be really helpful if you could send a couple of photos and sketches of your work to give us an idea of your style. We always respond to every application. If we like the look of your style, we’ll set up a meeting in Hamburg so we can get to know each another.

We offer tattoo artists the option either to work as a permanent in-house artist or to join us as a freelancer. We’re also open to guest artists to join us on a temporary basis. Simply drop us a line and we can work together to find out which option is best suited to you.

We have a team of permanent resident artists and also offer recurring spots for guest artists. We look forward to hearing from you. You can either apply directly online or send us an email to info@edding.tattoo

Our tattoo artists take part in annual training sessions on the edding TATTOO safety and hygiene concept. This training includes annual hygiene training and occupational safety. They all have a certificate in first aid.

We work hard to make sure we always offer the widest possible range of tattoo styles – from geometric and fine-line tattoos to old-school designs or Japanese motifs. That’s why we’ve put together a diverse team of tattoo artists. Take a look at our current team here.

Safety & Hygiene

An edding TATTOO ID documents your tattoos and the inks used, including their ingredients.

After your tattoo session, you get your Tattoo ID print-out or we can send it to you via email.

This information is important for a number of different reasons:

  • In the event of complications, it may be possible to identify links between the ingredients used and the problems in question.
  • If you opt for laser removal later down the line, this information makes it easier to select the method used and predict the results.
  • If more people with tattoos have access to this information, it may be possible for epidemiologists to identify or rule out correlations between ingredients and long-term effects, making tattoos safer for everyone in the future.

You may feel dizzy when getting a tattoo, which is the result of a drop in blood pressure. You may have experienced the same feeling if you’ve had blood taken. Some people also have an allergic reaction, which can escalate to anaphylactic shock – but these cases are exceptionally rare. That is why it is so important that you fill out the medical history form, which provides us with in-depth information about your health condition and possible allergies.

The tattooing process causes injury to your skin, which – depending on the size of your tattoo – results in a more or less large, flat wound. If the epidermis is damaged, micro-organisms could get into the wound, potentially leading to an infection. During the tattooing process, the needle comes into contact with the blood vessels in the dermis, which may even result in the direct transmission of bacteria and viruses. What’s more, if your skin bleeds during the process, it can then come into contact with the artist and potentially transmit diseases. For this reason, adherence to strict hygiene standards is extremely important during elective cosmetic procedures like this in order to protect both the artist and the person getting the tattoo from negative consequences. That is why edding has developed its own safety and hygiene concept, which is based on the requirements of the EN 17169 standard and built around standard medical practice.

When you get a tattoo, pigments are injected into the skin with a tattoo needle that has been soaked in tattoo ink. This process involves repeatedly puncturing the skin, which causes the skin to bleed where the needle has been inserted.
The colour pigments accumulate at the boundary of the uppermost layer of skin and cannot be transported away by the body’s own scavenger cells (macrophages). The pigments are deposited in the macrophages, where they remain. During and after tattooing, however, some of the ink is transported away from the skin and is eliminated via the liver or stored in the lymph nodes.

edding is really interested in learning more about this and is currently planning a long-term study on tattoo ink with dermatologists.

You can develop an allergy at any time. In medical terms, you are most at risk of an allergic reaction after around two to seven days. That’s because this is when the body is in contact with a highly concentrated form of the substance. If you already have an underlying sensitivity to it, your body will then react to the ink. Of course, it is also possible for you to develop a sensitivity over time and this could occur at any time.

If a customer already has an existing allergy to certain products (e.g. nickel), eczema could occur on the tattooed area and the surrounding skin, which can sometimes spread across the whole body.

If you experience an allergic reaction, please seek medical assistance immediately.

In principle, getting a tattoo over a scar, liver spot or birth mark involves risk. The extent of these risks should be discussed on a case-by-case basis with your doctor in advance. If you have any moles, these should not be tattooed as the ink may prevent the assessment of future changes via their colour.

The tattooing process causes injury to your skin, which – depending on the size of your tattoo – results in a more or less large, flat wound. If the epidermis is damaged, micro-organisms could get into the wound, potentially leading to an infection. During the tattooing process, the needle comes into contact with the blood vessels in the dermis, which may even result in the direct transmission of bacteria and viruses. What’s more, if your skin bleeds during the process, it can then come into contact with the artist and potentially transmit diseases. For this reason, adherence to strict hygiene standards is extremely important during elective cosmetic procedures like this in order to protect both the artist and the person getting the tattoo from negative consequences. That is why edding has developed its own safety and hygiene concept, which is based on the requirements of the EN 17169 standard and built around standard medical practice.

We have made it our mission to make tattooing as safe as possible. It was clear to us that we wanted to build an approach based on the highest possible hygiene standards. In 2020, the launch of DIN EN 17169 created a legal framework for tattoo studio hygiene for the first time. This provided us with the basis for defining our edding safety and hygiene concept. We also took a closer look at hygiene guidelines in the medical field and incorporated parts of these into our concept. These include recommendations from the Robert Koch Institute and the German Society for Clinical Hygiene.

We firmly believe that strict hygiene standards in a tattoo studio plays a key role in ensuring that tattoos look good for life.

Adherence to hygiene standards is our utmost priority. Our studio manager is the studio’s hygiene officer and always keeps a close eye on hygiene measures and their application. We also have inspections conducted by independent third-party institutes and authorities. Find out more about our hygiene practices here.

A hygiene plan summarises all the procedures, measures, products and instructions needed to comply with hygiene standards. These are tailored specifically to the tattoo studio in question and aim to prevent the spread of infection. A tattoo studio has to be able to present its hygiene policy in the event of an inspection by the local health authorities, for instance. Hygiene policies have to be updated on a regular basis and their content must be explained to all staff so that they can act as a guide for the studio's day-to-day work.

Our tattoo artists wear face masks, sight protection, disposable aprons, and disposable gloves.

Artists as well as customers wear shoe covers when entering the tattoo area, which means that the tattoo area is not contaminated by outdoor shoes.

Disposable materials are the only way to ensure that the tattoo process is sterile and hygienic. If materials were used more than once, they would have to be sterilised, which, in turn, presents a number of hygiene risks. We are keen to avoid these.

We are committed to our safety concept. Unfortunately, a high standard of safety does not always go hand-in-hand with the environment and sustainability. Nevertheless, it is very important to us that we do our bit to protect the environment. Many of the materials we use, like our covers, are made from natural substances, allowing us to keep plastic consumption to a minimum.

We collect as many materials as possible in our returns box so that they can go through the same recycling process as our edding markers. By working with a company specialising in plastics recycling, we’ve developed a sustainable recycling process through which a large proportion of recyclable materials can be reused for injection moulding, enabling us to use the plastics recovered to manufacture new edding markers.

Since a focus on the environment is deeply embedded in edding’s corporate philosophy and was important to the company’s founders, our journey in this area is not yet over. We are always on the lookout for new ways to improve material selection and waste management. Our studio runs exclusively on green energy.

When it comes to choosing the fabrics that we sell in the studio, we take ecological criteria into account. Our products are made from organic cotton produced in Portugal.

We give our tattoo studio a deep clean every day. Our cleaning routine particularly focuses on the tattoo areas. Of course, every tattoo spot is cleaned and disinfected after each tattoo session. Cleaning records are available for our staff and customers to view at any time, ensuring complete transparency when it comes to safety.

Tattoo studios are monitored by the local authorities for health and consumer protection and their regional health offices, who mainly monitor infection hygiene and general knowledge of the field. In general, tattoo studios are inspected every two years to ensure they are complying with legal requirements and regulations.

At the moment, there are no legally binding hygiene guidelines for tattooing. However, the process of tattooing is subject to the German Infection Protection Act (2000) and the Hamburg Regulation on the Prevention of Communicable Diseases (Hygiene Regulation) (2006). Furthermore, an S1 guideline on hygiene requirements in tattooing is available from the Clinical and Medical Practice Hygiene Working Group, part of the German Association of Scientific Medical Societies (09/2010). In 2020, the first ever international standard (EN 17169) was published for hygiene in the tattoo industry, acting as a guideline for the sector.

Customer Service

There are a number of ways to get in touch with us:

  • by phone: +49-40-228652880
  • by email: info@edding.de
  • or visit us at our tattoo studio: Burchardstraße 13-15, 20095 Hamburg

Our goal is to ensure you leave our tattoo studio happy. If this is not the case, please don’t hesitate to send us feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve and are happy to receive suggestions and constructive criticism.

If, once your tattoo has healed, you aren't completely happy with the finished result, please get in touch and we’ll arrange an aftercare appointment. We’ll then look at the tattoo together and create a plan on how we can make sure you are happy with the result.

If you have looked after your tattoo properly at home, it should not normally need retouching. Nevertheless, certain lines or areas may need a little extra work to ensure that the skin accepts the ink properly. At your aftercare appointment, your tattoo artist will check how your tattoo has healed. They’ll then decide whether your tattoo needs retouching or not.

Certifications

DIN EN ISO 9001 is an international standard for creating, implementing and continuously developing quality management systems. With this certification, we have an external service provider visit our studio every year to confirm that our processes, products and services, as well as the company as a whole, meet a consistently high standard of quality. In everything we do, we aim to reliably meet our customers’ expectations in full when it comes to development, production, marketing and logistics. In order to keep improving, we encourage our staff to share their ideas and make the most of new opportunities.

DIN EN ISO 14001 is an international standard for developing, implementing and improving environmental management systems. The aim of our environmental management strategy is to gradually improve our environmental performance. Some of the goals of our environmental work include conserving resources and using energy efficiently. What’s more, we are working towards climate change mitigation goals and are aiming to make the entire company climate-neutral over the long term.

DIN EN ISO 22716 is an international standard for good manufacturing practices (GMP) in the cosmetics industry. It sets out the basic principles for applying GMP for cosmetic products. This certification verifies that we meet the legal requirements set out in cosmetics legislation in the production of our own inks. This also covers quality assurance and the storage of these products.
This standard is not binding for tattoo inks. Nevertheless, we have committed ourselves to this more stringent standard in order to offer you the best possible levels of quality and safety.

DIN EN 17169 is a guideline for hygiene in tattooing. It was developed in cooperation with tattoo artists and introduced as an official standard in 2020. Because it is a standard, it represents a non-legally binding recommendation for the tattoo industry. For us, there is no doubt that we want to adhere to this guideline and even go beyond it wherever possible. It is the first official document that defines the requirements and recommendations for safe and hygienic practice in tattooing in order to protect both customers and tattoo artists from infection. It sets out hygiene rules for before and during the tattooing process, as well as for aftercare, and provides guidance for tattoo artists and their regular interactions with customers and public authorities. The standard also defines the correct approach for ensuring optimum protection for customers, tattoo artists and other people working in the tattoo industry.

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