STAG & BONES
"Welcome to Stag and Bones Tattoo Studio, located in Liverpool, England.
We pride ourselves on a high standard of tattooing, craftsmanship and fine art, with artists who are internationally award winning, magazine featured and sponsored by some of the industries leading brands.
The studio is professional, health registered and has a friendly open atmosphere, where clients can enjoy their time while being tattooed.
Our artists cater for a wide range of genres including; Realism, portraiture, traditional, neo-traditional and Japanese. Designs are custom made for the client and our traditional artist always has new painted flash going up regularly for those collecting traditional work to choose from.
We are open Monday to Friday from 11am til 5:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays are by appointment only.
If you have any enquiries or would like to book in for a free consultation, please contact the studio or alternatively contact the artist you would like to speak to.
Thank you for visiting our website and we hope you like what you see,
James Brennan - Owner and artist at Stag and Bones Tattoo
James Brennan is an international award winning, Black and Grey Tattoo artist from Liverpool, located in the North West of England. Art has always been a massive part of his life. Growing up, James spent a lot of time with his nan. His nan was a natural artist and would always have a pencil and pad in his hands. As a young child he remembers his nan always telling him, "don't become an artist when you grow up, because you'll only make money when your dead".
When he was only 15 years old he got his first tattoo and straight away he knew that he wanted to be a tattoo artist, but every time he asked the artist, how you become one, he just got shot down in flames.
Following suit to the generations of males in his family, James joined the Army once he was 18 years old. Whilst serving he was always designing tattoos for his friends and still had a strong passion for art.
James met his now wife and they started a family, this and along with several deployments, he decided that he needed to find another way. James was fed up hearing "your not supposed to be happy going to work, thats why its called work". He wanted "if you can make a living, doing what you love, you'll never work a day in your life" and he knew how to achieve this.
With these in mind and realising that what his nan had told him might not be 100% the truth, James pursued the hard task of learning as much about the tattoo industry and craft as possible from friends who where already established in studios.
During his 12 years in the military, James conducted operational tours of, Bosnia, Iraq and twice in Afghanistan. Amongst his many military qualifications he has completed the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course, is a Battle field first aid instructor and a map reading instructor. He is a qualified Sniper instructor and left the military as a Platoon Sergeant.
After serving 12 years in the military, James left and starting working as a professional tattoo artist in the North West of England. From there James and his family moved to America tattooing and in 2018 returned back to his home town of Liverpool.
After tattooing in two continents and working conventions and guest spots around America and Europe, James is proud to open up his own studio, Stag and Bones tattoo in Liverpool.
James is always in constant pursuit of perfection within his art and craft. His style is Black and grey realism/surrealism and is more known for his high levels of details and texture.
James is proudly sponsored by Empire Inks, Atlas Tattoo Cartridges and a pro team member of Worldwide Ink Magazine
Mike is a tattoo artist from Merseyside UK, specialising in traditional American and British tattooing, proudly sponsored by Magnum Tattoo Supplies.
He started his pursuit of tattooing at the age of 17 in Liverpool and after 3 years time served in apprenticeships, he started tattooing January 2015.
A love for tattooing sparked from his introduction to punk music, and grew throughout his years in high school.
Upon leaving school he pursued graphic design in Liverpool city college before finally getting his foot in the door at a studio in the city.
From the start of mikes career, punk music and tattooing went hand in hand as he’d always dreamed, maintaining a busy schedule of tattooing and travelling to shows nationwide and numerous European tours with his band Bitter youth.
Through an upbringing immersed in comic books and the influence of bold striking record covers it was only natural he would find his way in tattooing through traditional tattooing.
Boasting the ethos ‘Careful craft and honest graft’, Mike maintains a standard of producing only the finest in classic traditional tattooing and hand painted timeless designs adorned proudly on the walls of Stag and Bones Tattoo, Liverpool.
Ste Rose from Rochdale, Greater Manchester is an aspiring and talented artist, with a great passion for tattooing.
The passion for Art, particularly tattoos grew at an early when he joined the British Army and had his first ever tattoo at the age of 16 whilst posted to Germany. During his time in the Military and whilst Contracting Overseas, Ste would often pass time creating designs and sketching for tattoos which would keep the desire burning for his ambitions to become a tattoo artist. Now several years later and almost covered in tattoos from all over the world ranging from Thailand, Europe and America, Ste has now decided to take that passion one step further and start a career as a tattoo apprentice.
Ste has always shown an interest in what would seem to be a well-kept secret of learning the tattoo trade! Now apprenticing under his mentor and friend, James Brennan of Stag and Bones Tattoos, Ste will be working towards becoming a qualified and full-time tattoo artist.
As a perfectionist, Ste will work with you to create a tattoo that you will love for the rest of your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a tattoo take?
The good old million pound question of how long is a piece of string. How long a tattoo takes depends an a number of factors, size, placement, complexity and the level of details within your tattoo, these factors are not always obvious as sometimes a smaller more fiddly tattoo might take longer than a much more larger open piece. Generically a sleeve will take between 5 to 7 full day sittings to complete. A palm size tattoo will take around 2 hours. Another factor that is out of the artists control is how well you sit as a client.
Essentially the most important thing to remember is, the artist wants to do the best they can and wants the tattoo to be perfect just as much if not more than you and quality and rushed just don't work together.
How can I best prepare for a tattoo?
You should arrive for your appointment on time, well rested, fed and hydrated. I really cant stress enough the importance of being well prepared as this will make your day a lot more comfortable. Also you might want to bring some headphones and a phone charger. There is a cafe and a convenience store located next to the studio and we do stop for lunch and regular breaks. The clothing you wear should be appropriate to where you getting tattooed and a top tip would be, to not wear your brand new white T-shirt!
Its important that your 100% within yourself and healthy, not only does the artist not want to catch your cold but if your immune system is compromised with stress, healing an injury or fighting against a cold for example its impossible for it to heal your tattoo 100% as it could have.
The best skin for tattooing is well moisturised healthy skin please do not arrive with sun burn or layers of fake tan. You can not be tattooed if I or any member of my team suspects you to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Do tattoos hurt?
Tattoos hurt, of course they do, but its not an unbearable pain. the level of pain depends on the location of the tattoo and your personal pain tolerance. Arriving well rested, fed and hydrated will most certainly help with how comfortable you are throughout your appointment.
Can I use numbing cream for my tattoo?
The use of any numbing creams, sprays, pain relief medication etc is not advised by myself and if done, is done so in your own time on your own premises at your own risk. If your arrive for your appointment and appear to be under the influence of Tramadol of example, then you will be asked to leave! The use of numbing creams can be a helpful thing for a small tattoo however if your still getting tattooed when it wears off then you will feel it a lot more than if you had started without. Numbing creams can also toughen up your skin which will make the procedure take longer. Anti-inflammatories are a helpful aid to long sittings and multiple day sits however can not be proscribed, or give my myself as Im not a doctor so please seek advice from your GP for further information.
Can I bring a friend along with me while Im being tattooed?
At Stag and Bones tattoo studio, we do our best to maintain an open, friendly and welcoming environment and understand that some people may require a friend to help with there transportation to the studio etc however we do respectfully ask that it is limited to a plus one only. Your friend will not be allowed in the tattoo area however can wait in the waiting area for you. There is no under 18's allowed at anytime in the studio not only to help protect your children from potential sharp hazards but also to allow your artist and the other artists in the studio to concentrate fully on their job in hand.
How old do I need to be to get tattooed?
The short and simple answer is, you must be 18 years of age to get tattooed. There has been a long standing misconception of 16 with parents concept, however this is not the case and Im declined to believe it never has been. Please bring photographic identification along with you for your appointment.
Do we do cover up tattoos?
I will do cover up tattoo and everything is coverable with the right concept. The biggest thing to bear in mind is, as an artist Im already restricted with what will actually work as a cover up so free reign is preferable with the minimum added restriction.
Can I bring my own design?
You can bring your own design as a way to show an example of what it is your after but please be aware that the artists will want to do there own custom version for you. We will not copy or replicate another artists work.
How long does a tattoo take to heal?
Usually a tattoo will take around two week to appear fully healed however it takes 3 months for the skin to do a full regeneration process and the tattoo to settle and then it can be classed as fully healed. Your age, health and even your diet and lifestyle can effect these timescales.
After care advise is given both verbally and written at the end of your tattoo. its very important you follow these instruction to letter and with common sense. If any doubts what so ever about your after care do not hesitate to speak to your artist or GP.
How do I continue to care for my tattoo after its healed?
A tattoo is pigment placed in the dermis of the skin. The epidermis layer of skin then heals on top of it. I like to think of my tattoos like a picture behind a glass frame, the tattoo in the dermis being the picture and the glass being the epidermis. The cleaner and well maintained the glass is the clearer you see the picture. Try to moisturise regularly and use sun protection.