Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering how deposits work? Curious about pricing? Unsure how to go about getting a tattoo at all? Please take a read through this handy information.

Have more questions? Please send me a message »

For even more information feel free to take a look at my resources page. It is full of helpful external information that goes more in depth about specific subjects.

Go to the Tattoo Education Resources page »
jQuery UI Accordion - No auto height

Where are you located? What days do you work?

Take a look at the location page for that info.

How much do you charge? "What will this cost?"

I work at an hourly rate of $175 with a fixed minimum charge of $90. This rate is non-negotiable. Some work estimated at less than an hour may be priced per piece at my discretion.

How do consults and deposits work? How do I make an appointment?

An in-person consult is standard before moving forward.

  • Email me to schedule a consult appointment.
  • PRINT AND BRING YOUR REFERENCE IMAGES TO YOUR CONSULT.
  • I also have pinterest account if you'd like to send me additional images in the form of a board (as an addition to, not a replacement of, printed images).

There is no charge for the consult. They are scheduled for 30 minutes maximum each.

Deposits are required to schedule a tattoo appointment. They are non-refundable, no exceptions. The amount is based on the length of the tattoo appointment.

Deposits come off the final charge or last session of your completed tattoo but are forfeit and must be replaced in order to continue work if you:

  • are more than 15 minutes late
  • don't arrive at your appointment (no call no show)
  • don't give 48 hours notice to reschedule
  • don't elect to schedule your next appointment
  • reschedule repeatedly consecutively
  • decide to change the design we agreed to, which is discussed at the consult, either in part or in whole.
  • your actions, in an other way, prevent us from completing the work we have planned

Can I see my drawing before the appointment? Will you email it to me?

  • I do not send drawings nor do "drawing reviews", no exceptions. If you've viewed my portfolio, trust me as an artist, and gave me the info I need at the consult there is no need to "check" the drawing.
  • Very minor tweaks may be made to the drawing the day of your appointment if they are needed. Major changes, redraws, or any other change that takes significant time will require a reschedule and a new deposit to be placed.

Can I make an appointment, consult with you, or communicate with you via skype, phone, or social media?

No. I only conduct business via email and only consult in person. For out of state clients I will consider discussing designs over email on a piece by piece basis. Please visit my contact page to send me a message.

Do you tattoo anyone under 18 with a parent's consent?

Absolutely not under any circumstances. There are no exceptions. You must be 18 or older with valid government issued identification.

What is your wait time?

Between 1 to 8 weeks depending on the flexibility of your schedule. Saturdays book out first and farthest.

Do you take walk-ins?

It is best to make an appointment but feel free to call the shop or stop by to find out if I'm free.
Last minute openings will usually be announced on Instagram.

Can I bring a friend/child/parent/person with me to my appointment?

No. Only the client will be allowed in the work area.

You must find other arrangements for your children.

I reccomend that your ride, friends, family, etc. research other establishments in the area where they can comfortably wait for you.
The waiting area in tattoo shops are generally small and needed by clients.

Are your supplies vegan? nickle and latex free? Disposable or reusable?

Yes. I make sure all my inks are vegan, nickle free, made in the U.S.A., and meet EU health & saftey regualations.

I only use non-latex gloves, disposable needles, and disposable tubes, they are never reused.

How do I reschedule? I'm on antibiotics/am sick/have reccently had surgery/etc. Should I reschedule?

Email me directly as soon as possible. 48 hours is required to retain your deposit. Feel free to call the shop if you'd like in addition to emailing me as they do not have access to my full schedule.

If an emergency arises that causes me to reschedule you (illness, snow day, etc.) I will email you as soon as I know and make every effort to find you a new appointment time as soon as possible.

  • In all of the mentioned situations you need to reschedule.
  • Please don't get me and my co-workers sick. We don't get sick pay.
  • If you are unsure as to whether you should reschedule or not please contact me or call the shop as soon as possible to discuss it.

Do you do cosmetic/genital/hand/white ink/face/head/temporary/ear/behind ear/lip/tongue/ring/side or bottom foot/micro tattoos?

  • NO
  • Most of these tattoos do not heal or last well, others are outside of my purview. I will not do work that is likely to age poorly due to any reason.

Do you do tattoo parties?

Absolutely not. Please don't ask.

Why do you have so many rules?

To ensure the experience of the client and artist is as enjoyable, constructive, and uncomplicated as possible. In other words, so I can give you the best tattoo I can.

 

I'm always happy to help pair you with another artist, their way of conducting business may be better suited to the experience you're looking for.

 

-Please don't-

  • Don't be sunburned (or have other skin damage), drunk, high, or pregnant at the time of your tattoo.

  • Don't sing. It makes me want to die from embarrassment. (uncontrollably exploding into song for a couple of lines because "Love Shack" comes on and you love it is, of course, an exception)

  • Don't message me on social media.

  • Don't rely on me for conversation/distraction during your tattoo. I am hearing impaired and have an especially hard time hearing certain tenors of voice.

  • Don't take anything but ibuprofen before your appointment. If I suspect you may be under the influence of anything I will send you away without notice and your deposit is considered forfeit.

  • Don't bring other people with you to your appointment.

Photo by GlobalP/iStock / Getty Images

-Please Do-

  • Eat a full meal before your appointment!

  • Wear loose dark clothing that allows access to the area or bring an clean old article of clothing that can be cut up.

  • Be well hydrated! You also shouldn't drink alcohol within 24 hours before your appointment!

  • Tipping, in cash, is appreciated for tattoo artists as we only receive a percentage of what we charge. There is no standard percentage for tips, 15%-35% is most common. If you've forgotten and would like to leave one now you can do so on my Shop Page.

  • Bring headphones or a book or something that doesn't require you to move. 

  • Let me know if you no longer want to work together. It takes a lot of work, and sometimes costs me income, to maintain files for clients who disappear.