Tattoo FAQ


HOW DO I BOOK in for a tattoo?

Jump on our Make a Booking Page, or give us a call on (02) 9818 5045. From there we can set you up with an appointment with your preferred artist or suggest an artist that would be a good fit for your tattoo. Many tattoos will require a free consultation with the artist first to discuss the design, size and placement of the tattoo before booking the actual tattoo appointment, so keep this in mind when planning a trip to Sydney for a tattoo.

It’s my First tattoo. What is the process?

The process starts with a tattoo consultation between you and the artist where you can discuss the tattoo and work through a few ideas till you are both happy with the concept going forward.

It’s a good idea to bring in any reference images or materials that you would like to incorporate into the tattoo and show them to the artist. Usually a consultation take around 15 minutes and are free of charge.

After the consultation it’s time to book the tattoo appointment for a later date. We take a deposit and the artist can start working on the drawings for your tattoo.

Once the day of the appointment comes - its time to get your tattoo! Make sure to drink lots of water and have a meal before coming in. It’s also a good idea to avoid alcohol the night before, and avoid any blood thinning medication.

Your first tattoo can seem scary but remember to stay calm and don’t stress!

Can I get a tattoo if i am under 18?

No. To get a tattoo at Tora Sumi you must be at least 18 years of age. We do not tattoo anyone under the age of 18, even with parental consent. We require a valid Photo ID at your tattoo appointment.

Do you take walk-ins?

We do take Walk-Ins at Tora Sumi, however keep in mind that all our artist might be booked out. If you have a particular artist in mind, it is always best to call ahead on (02) 9818 5045 to make sure they can fit you in.

Can I Pay By Cash/Card?

No problem! We accept EFTPOS and all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX). We also take cash if you prefer to pay that way.


To lock in an appointment we take a non-refundable deposit. The cost of the deposit will depend on the artist and the size and complexity of the tattoo. Your deposit may be forfeited in the event of a no-show, cancellation or re-schedule without adequate notice.

HOW MUCH Will My Tattoo COST?

It depends on the artist, but our shop minimum is $180. Some artists may have higher minimum rates, so make sure to ask. The final price depends on the size, placement, detail of the tattoo as well as the artist you decide to go with. To get a more accurate estimate of the cost of your tattoo it is best to book in for a free consultation with the artist first. 

Is there parking?

While finding a parking spot on Darling St can be a bit challenging at times, you can generally find a spot on one of the side streets near the shop.

Can I get to Tora Sumi by Bus/Train?

Yes, It’s quite straight forward to get to Tora Sumi by public transport. Simply get on the 442 or 441 bus from QVB Stand B on York Street (near Town Hall Train Station) and get off at Darling Street.