Welcome to Wildfire Tattoos and piercings FAQ’s – “Safely expressing your strength and beauty…”

Getting your first tattoo is a big deal. Whether you’re going for something small or jumping in at the deep end and getting a large piece – if it’s your first tattoo, you’re going to have questions.  We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions here and we recommend that you give them a read-through before your appointment.

If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, feel free to send us a message on our contact form or give us a bell at any of our branches / Alternatively you can call our main branch at Canal Walk and have a chat to one of our specialists – call  +27 21 552 8929 or e-mail

How should I prepare for my tattoo?

Make sure you are well rested, well hydrated, and have eaten recently. Aside from that, take a shower, charge your phone or tablet up to full, and don’t bring in your 50 closest friends (1-2 are fine).

Can you do a coverup for me?

The short answer is yes. We do need to see what you have currently got and we do need to work closely with you to create the perfect cover-up. The rule of thumb is, your cover-up needs to be 3 times the size of your current tattoo.

When should I not get my tattoo?

You should not get tattooed when you are:

  • Drunk
  • High
  • Pregnant
  • Pre-Surgery
  • Post-Surgery
  • When you don’t know what you want
  • When you can’t afford it
  • When you’re sunburned
  • When you haven’t showered
  • When you have your kids with you
  • If you don’t have an ID
  • Being pressured into it
  • When you’ve been told by us that your idea is bad
Do you tattoo white tattoos?

We reaaaaaallly prefer not to as the tattoo does not stay a bright white and turns to a more faded yellowed color, much like a scar. The tattoos your see all over the internet are very fresh so the pigment is still bright, once your skin grows over the tattoo it will tint the white with your skin tone.

Can I have a drink or something to calm down?

Absolutely not! We reserve the right to not pierce or tattoo you if you are under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.

I want a tattoo but Im on a limited budget. How do you determine pricing?

We have a set starting rate for all our tattoos and depending on the size, design, and type of tattoo we then proceed to charge either by the hour or may give you an estimated quote. Each tattoo is different and requires a different approach and as such, that is reflected in the price. It is always good to bring along any reference images you might have of the tattoo so we will be able to quote you correctly.

Does it hurt to get tattooed?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they hurt. Some things you can do to make the experience easier on yourself is to get enough rest the night before, eat a good full breakfast on the day and bring along a bottle of water or a fizzy drink and a pack of sweets. These above mentions steps plus the fact that you will most likely be watching something on your mobile device will greatly alleviate your pain.

Can I get work done whilst pregnant?

While it is a relatively easy process to heal from, we do not pierce anyone who is pregnant or nursing. Your immune system is already under tremendous stress from dramatic changes that leave you and your baby susceptible to increased risks of infection, an allergic reaction, and/or rejection.

It is best to wait until you are finished nursing before considering a new tattoo or piercing.

At whatage can my child get their ears pierced?

It is suggested to wait until they are mature enough and understanding of the procedure, as well as being able to look after their piercings.

That being said, we do not recommend anyone younger than 8 for lobe piercings.

Can I get my ears curated in one day?

This is not recommended as your body can only handle so much. It’s suggested to only get a maximum of 4 piercings every 4-6 months as too many in a short period may put you at risk of your immune system crashing and your piercings having an extremely slowed healing.

Do you take appointments for piercings?

For piercings, we are a first-come-first-serve kind of studio, but if you require specific jewellery or you would like to get an intimate piercing, It is recommended to call or email ahead of time.

What are the hygiene standards like?

As strict as a hospital. Everything that touches your body is single-use only or has been sterilized by an autoclave. All tools are stored in UV sterilization cabinets after autoclave sterilization. All waste is disposed of by a professional waste disposal company as per government regulations. Before any piercing, hygiene – as well as aftercare – procedures are explained and demonstrated. You are welcome to examine our work areas at any time.

What type of needles are used?

Single-use hypodermic and cannula-type needles, size depending on the piercing. We have not and will never use a piercing gun for your health and safety.

Why is a needle better than a gun for piercing?

The needle is sharper and more precise than the gun, meaning it essentially creates forced trauma. A gun also has plastic components that cannot be autoclaved; leaving you at risk of infections such as aids, hepatitis, and any blood-born disease.

Do you sell all the aftercare products I need for my tattoo

Yes, we do! We stock ‘That stuff’ which is an all-natural balm product for you to use when healing up your tattoos. Available in two different sizes for your convenience.

What can I expect during healing?

Sensitivity, redness, plasma (clear to opaque liquid), and inflammation.

Do I need to twist, turn or rotate my piercing?

Please do not! Your poor body is trying to heal a foreign object in its body, and the minute you disrupt that healing tissue, it has to jump-start that healing process all over again. You are also risking yourself to irritating bumps! Not to mention the fact that hands have thousands of bacteria just living on your skin and under your nails that you may introduce to your healing piercing.

How long do I need to wait until I can leave a piercing empty?

The minimum suggested waiting period to ensure a piercing doesn’t close or shrink is 1 year.

When can I change my jewellry?

Everybody heals differently therefore this is a very tricky answer, but as soon as your piercing is fully healed. This means no pain, no redness, no inflammation, no build-up on jewelry, and no liquid excretion. If you’re unsure, pop in so one of our expert piercers can have a look.

I have a bump on my piercing, what is it and how do I get rid of it?

This is an irritation bump. Although frustrating, and perhaps making you a little self-conscious, they will fade with time and aren’t hard to get rid of.

Getting to the root of the cause is the first step, do you play with your piercing? Clean it with anything other than saline. Get makeup on it? You need to understand the cause of the problem, and can never go wrong with hot compressions.



Hours – Monday to Sunday: 9 AM – 9 PM (Tattooing from 10 AM util 7 PM)

Canal Walk, Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7446

+27 21 552 8929


Hours – Monday to Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM (Tattooing from 10:30 AM until 6 PM)

206 Long Street, City Bowl, Cape Town, 8001

+27 21 422 0524


Hours – Monday to Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM (Tattooing from 10:30 AM until 6 PM)

Unit 4, Access pPrk, 81 Chichester Road, Cape Town, 8001

+27 21 422 0524