Welcome to Artrageous, an Auckland based tattoo studio that has been making people more beautiful since 1997! At Artrageous you will meet four of the most interesting and passionate characters in the NZ tattoo industry. Between Paul, Pip, Rene and Corey you have a great mix of talents and tattoo styles.
Come on in, have a chat, tell us what you are looking for, we can discuss your ideas and work out a solution that is best for you.
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Paul Peachey, Artrageous' International Award Winning Tattoo Artist, would agree that the aim has to be to do the best work possible every time. All Artrageous artists work under the strictest hygiene practices. Each client is shown autoclaved sterilised instruments/needles, before they are opened, and explained the sterilisation process.
Artrageous Shop Policies
We will not Tattoo anyone under the age of 18 years. Passport or photo driving license as proof if you look under 18. No exceptions. It is an offence to obtain a tattoo or body piercing under false pretences; you can and will be prosecuted. We will not Tattoo on the face except for cosmetic reasons. Neck and hands are down to our discretion. Spend as much time as you need choosing the correct tattoo, please think about it. We’ll give you the best advice we can, advice on the best place and size to have it. We will alter a design so that is exactly as you want it. Never rush into having a tattoo, it's for life. Artrageous's does custom work, contact us to chat about an hourly rate.
Appointments are not always necessary, but call us just to be sure.
Body piercing Rules
Customers under 16 can only get ear and nose piercings. Customs 16-17 must be accompanied by parents or guardians for any piercings other than ear and nose. If you look under 18 please bring your passport or photo drivers license.
Paul Peachey, Artrageous’ International Award Winning Tattoo Artist, would agree that the aim has to be to do the best work possible every time. Being a Tattoo Artist is not just a profession, it is a lifestyle – at the end of the day to have integrity, you cannot ever slack off in an artistic field or you risk stagnation.
He is in constant contact with tattooing-compatriots exposing himself to new techniques, new stylistic variation and has been heard to say “there isn’t anything that can’t be done better in the future”.
Coming from genetically artistic stock, Paul has traveled from London to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Spain and has gained maximum exposure to a huge range of different styles and technique.
Drawn to the Pacific, sometimes seen as the cradle of modern tattoo, Paul has set up ‘Artrageous’ with a strong view of what tattooing should be – and the results are pieces of art that are truly stunning. In a short space of time, many tattoo virgins have been de-flowered, but don’t take our word for it! Go and check them out for yourself....
Paul is currently working at Art' n Soul (Whangerei), Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Appointments can be made directly to Art'n'Soul phone (09) 438-4002. Paul is also in Auckland at Artrageous the last 3 days of each month, Thurs 11am - Sat 2pm, appointments necessary.
Pip has been tattooing since 1999, and has been managing Artrageous since 2009.
Her main tattoo influences and creative inspirations come from Maori Ta Moko Polynesian Tatau and the natural flora and fauna of N.Z/ Aoteroa.
Universal symbols and other ethnic patterns can also be recognised in her work.
Preferring to work with black ink, Pip likes to make designs with the customers input to create original artworks.
Pip will be working a full day Thursdays and Saturdays and on Fridays from 5pm - 7pm by appointment only.
Rene has been tattooing for more than 15 years. His style lies in the parameters of "The Dark Side of Life" and "70's Psychodelia". Within these borders there is a strong influence from classic horror and H.R. Giger.
His speciality is black and grey tattooing, however he can tattoo any style he believes will make a strong, long lasting, excellent tattoo.
Rene enjoys a challenge and strives to make the client happy with good choices and a clean original tattoo.
Rene also does the body piercing at Artrageous.
Corey has been the apprentice at Artrageous since late 2012. He is a prolific artist and enjoys developing tattoo ideas from all sorts of influences. Custom design is his specialty focusing on bold lines and strong colours.
Currently most of Corey’s work is inspired by American Traditional ‘old school’ tattoo and Japanese Tattoo design.
Corey also paints and has a variety of prints available for sale at the studio.
Congratulations, you are now one of the beautiful people! Now take good care of it!
Your new tattoo is covered up because it is still an open wound, so keep it covered for at least 2 hours.
The First Wash
Use only lukewarm water and mild soap (antibacterial or antimicrobial soap are good). Gently wash away any ointment and blood to completely clean the area, use your clean hands, don’t use facecloths or anything abrasive. Pat it dry with a clean towel or a paper towel (recommended), do not rub! Once it is dry follow up with a light application of antibacterial cream or ointment. If you are unsure what is best to use, ask your artist. Whatever lotion you use it should be dye and fragrance free.
Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming
You can shower with your new tattoo and yes it can get wet, don't let it soak, do not submerge the tattoo for at least 3 weeks. Swimming of all types should be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks.
Scabbing and Peeling
After a few days, there will be some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Do not pick the scabs, leave them alone and they will come off on their own. There will also be itching, similar to sunburn, if it itches, then slap it and if it peels, apply more lotion.
Protect your tattoo from the sun, it will fade if you don’t take care of it. When you are outside slap on some strong sunblock, this will help keep your colours rich for years to come.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. Simply put, yes it does and anyone who tells you it doesn’t is lying to you. Take into account your skintone and the area and type of work you are having done.
Q. I've seen something I would like done, but I'm unsure, shall I have it done anyway?
A. No. Photocopy it/Print it out and put it next to your bed. Look at it every day before you go to sleep and when you wake up for a few weeks. If you're sure after that, then go for it.
Q. How long does it take to heal?
A. Tattoo’s normally takes 7-14 days to heal, depending on your health and the type/location of the tattoo.
Q. How do you ensure your equipment is clean?
A. New needles are autoclaved and stored in sterile bags until use, they are only used once before being disposed of and taken away by Local Health authority services for incineration. Machines are stripped, soaked, scrubbed and soniced between sittings. Ink is taken from small, disposable cups and disposable latex gloves are worn during the whole process.
Q. Do you have to be licenced to carry out tattooing?
A. Yes. We are registered with our Local Authority who have inspected, and passed our studio and hygiene procedures.
Q. How old do I have to be to have a Tattoo?
A. You must be at least 18 years old. No exceptions.