Dia Moeller

 TATTOOING & FINE ART 

frequently asked questions

i'd like to get tattooed by you, how do we begin?
how long do i have to wait to get tattooed by you?
how old do you have to be to get a tattoo?
i am out of state but would like to get tattooed by you. can i do the consultation through emails?
what happens at the consultation?
how long does it take to get the drawing done?
how much will my tattoo cost?
what if i want a small tattoo from you?
is there any design you won't tattoo?
are there any circumstances you won't do a tattoo for someone?
how should i prepare for the tattoo? how much does it hurt?
how do i care for my new tattoo?
any follow up advice?

i'd like to get tattooed by you, how do we begin?

first, thank you so so much for being interested in my work. it means a lot to me that you guys are out there and give me freedom with artwork that stays with you for a very long time. i do understand the research and trust that goes into finding and commissioning a tattoo artist to decorate your body and i appreciate that more than anything.

i kindly ask everyone who'd like to chat with me about a tattoo to first email me directly to diamoellerbookings@yahoo.com or use the contact tab to message me through this website.

due to the overwhelming amount of inquiries about tattoo projects and my hectic schedule between tattooing and traveling for conventions, i am only able to take on projects that align with my personal style and interest in the subject matter.

if you are interested in setting up a tattoo appointment with me i would need you to email me first a brief description of the subject matter, size and placement.

please do not get offended if i choose to recommend someone else for you tattoo. i want to make sure that every client gets the best possible tattoo i can create for them. if i am unable to help you i will direct to you to one of my co workers who i think will be best for the job. at the boston tattoo company we have an amazingly talented and diverse staff so i am sure someone will be able to make your tattoo idea a reality.

i am extremely grateful for the continuing support, because this makes it possible for me to become more focused in my field and to constantly evolve my art.

because of this i am unable to take on projects that are not original designs (e.g reproducing someone else’s artwork, cover ups, fix ups or re doing other artist work ) along with abstract/watercolor tattoos.

i am doing all my consultations through email.

my schedule right now is thursday till monday 11:30am till 7 pm at the boston tattoo company- medford.

how long do i have to wait to get tattooed by you?

at this point, i generally book out anywhere between 4-6 months. i book my time in blocks, so when all the available appointments are gone i will close my books and open them again when i am able to follow up with everybody. please do not let this scare you. it is very rare that anyone would have to wait longer than 6 months for a piece from me. i am a one woman operation and while i try to accommodate everyone i still have to find time to balance work, traveling, and life in general. my schedule is never full for more than 6 months at a time. how old do you have to be to get a tattoo?

you have to be 18 years or older. sorry, no minors whatsoever. this is state law as well as my personal opinion and there is no wiggle room when it comes to age.

you also have to have a valid i.d. to prove your age. this could be driver's license, passport, or liquor i.d. we cannot take permits unless you have another form of i.d. with you as well.

i am out of state but would like to get tattooed by you. can i do the consultation through emails?

absolutely.

what happens at the consultation?

I do all my consultations through email.

at this time i will assume you'll have a pretty clear idea what do you want to get done.

i always encourage everyone to send me any and all reference materials you'd want me to see. this could be anything from photographs to drawings and yes, even tattoos. these serve only as inspiration and help me get an idea of what do you like and what type of piece you're going for. that being said i will absolutely won't copy a design that's already been tattooed, or other tattooers custom drawings. they work wonderful as ideas and references, but i'm trying to create a one of a kind custom artwork for you, and you only, and it is safe to think that it was their goal too.

also, unfortunately i do not take commissions for a tattoo design. as flattering as is if you'd like a tattoo design from me you need to be a real life customer to get a drawing done. i do not have the time and resources to design artwork for someone else to tattoo them.

i need you to be very clear about things you'd definitely want in the design or things you'd hate to see. also, i need to know the exact placement and size of it to make an accurate drawing that fits your body. i cannot draw something for you to tell me later where will it go, the layout of a design will hugely depend of the body part its going to be on.

when you are ready to get the ball rolling and want me to draw your design i will need you to leave a deposit. this is required for every single drawing i will start. this is not an extra expense, it will be credited to you when you'll get the tattoo. when you put the deposit down it tells me that you are serious about getting a tattoo, and you trust me to come up with a design to your liking within a time period we agreed on. the deposit is non refundable. there is obviously room for minor changes and tweaks in a design before getting it tattooed. however if you choose not to get the tattoo, don't make an appointment within 3 months, late for your appointment for more than 30 minutes, or give me less than 72 hrs notice for rescheduling i will keep your deposit as a payment for my time.

please only put deposit down if you are certain about getting the tattoo.

upon our first email exchange i will send you a copy of my booking info and the deposit policy. please read it through carefully. when you put down the payment for the tattoo you agree to all the conditions.

how long does it take to get the drawing done?

i have to do all my drawings and designs in the order i will tattoo them. that means that your drawing will most likely be completed a day or so before the appointment. because of this i am unable to email any kind of design.

how much will my tattoo cost?

unfortunately i will have absolutely no way of guessing the exact price of your tattoo.

i charge strictly by the hour (with a 3 hr booking minimum )because that enables me to give you a much accurate guess on the price. this is something i explain in the booking email i send you when we decide to work together.

our shop minimum is $60 for general body parts, $80 for hands and feet and $100 for anything for the neck and up. this is a guideline to give you an idea.

our shop minimum is $60 for general body parts, $80 for hands and feet and $100 for anything for the neck and up. this is a guideline to give you an idea.

i'll charge you by the hour and have a booking minimum of 3 hrs.

what if i want a small tattoo from you?

i generally tend to book out at least 4 months in advance and have an equally long wait list. since i am focusing on mid to larger scale pieces and i have a 3 hr booking minimum i have very little time in my schedule for smaller tattoos.

i want to make sure that everyone who is looking to get a piece, big or small, will get in, so instead of having people wait months for something small i am keeping one saturday a month open for walk in tattoos. there will be no appointment necessary and it will be first come first served. the tattoos will be priced individually.

i will be announcing these days on social media so make sure you follow me on instagram @diamoellertattoo.

is there any design you won't tattoo?

yes, there are. i'm not sure i have to state the obvious, but i won't tattoo anything racist, gang affiliated or hateful. on my not-to-do list are also pot leaves, hatchet man, or significant others name.

as far as the style of the design goes, my work can be considered illustrative realism, i will not tattoo anything abstract, watercolor style or only line work.

on a similar note i won't tattoo the arch of the foot, genital areas or anything that's covered with normal sized underwear (sorry g strings don't count :) ), unless the design calls for it (i.e full backpieces )

are there any circumstances you won't do a tattoo for someone?

oh yes. please never ever come in the shop drunk. people usually don't make good decisions intoxicated (drunk texts to the ex, anyone?) and getting a tattoo is no exception. the same applies to any other kind of drugs. believe me they most likely wont help with the pain. i also strongly recommend not to be hangover. it makes getting a tattoo way more painful and annoying than it should be. also, please don't try to experiment with numbing agents without my knowledge, there is a reason we don't offer those.

i can absolutely cannot tattoo you if the area is sunburnt.

how should i prepare for the tattoo? how much does it hurt?

first off, let me assure you that your tattoo will hurt. i know, its tough to hear that, but when you get repeatedly poked with needles for an extended period of time there will be some discomfort. now i'm also not saying that you'll scream from pain in the entire time, just stating the fact that it should and will hurt you a little. you have to figure it out for yourself if the tattoo you really want worth a couple of hours of pain. if you are unsure, you should maybe reconsider.

the pain level also highly depends on the persons pain tolerance, and where are you getting the tattoo. there are body parts that hurts more than others, but i've never seen anyone standing up after one line saying it hurts too much to keep on going with it.

all my tattoo sessions (with the exception of walk in pieces of course ) will take anywhere between 3-4 hrs. i set up my work this way because most of you guys are ok with a session that long. there will be time and chance for breaks as well as needed.

make sure you eat a decent meal a couple of hours before coming in for your tattoo. i also advise to bring in a small snack and a sugary drink in case you get hungry or your blood sugar drops, since this can increase the discomfort level, especially when we are doing longer sessions.

you can also bring in some kind of entertainment for yourself (ipod, ipad, iwhatever, magazines, books, etc) if you think you might be bored or need distraction.

i would like to ask you to come to your session alone. i understand that you’d like a friend or significant other with you there, but since there are other artist tattooing there alongside me the place tends to get crowded, not to mention that is super boring to just sit around and watch someone getting tattooed for 4 hrs. i promise i’ll take care of you so you won’t feel alone while you are in the shop :)

how do i care for my new tattoo?

when we are done with the tattoo, i'll cover it with a see through bandage called tatu-derm. i recommend to keep the product on for at least 12 hours but no longer than 24. there will be a little puddle of gross liquid in it when you peel it off. make sure you was it all away with hot water (as hot as you can stand without burning yourself) and mild, unscented, antibacterial soap. when you're done, let it air dry, or pat it dry with paper towels. please don't use your regular towel on it. not only it's more likely dirtier than you think, but also can leave tiny pieces of fabric stuck in your tattoo.

i do recommend to use a basic unscented lotion throughout the day to keep it moisturized. we have some great products to choose from in the shop (i am a fan of after-inked or simple shield) but any other kind or brand would work (aveeno, lubriderm, eucerin, nivea or store brand). thing to absolutely never ever ever use are bacitracin, neosporin, a&d ointment or anything medicated. you're body will easily handle the healing, it does not need any outside help. a couple of day in your tattoo will start scabbing lightly than peel off. make sure you let the peeling happen naturally, don't pick on it or scratch it. generally the less you bug it the better it will heal.

make sure you won't cover your tattoo again after the first day (if you have to, just wear something light to protect it, like a soft t shirt) and keep it clean. it is extremely hard to get a tattoo infected, but not impossible. after leaving the shop it is completely up to you to protect your new artwork while its healing. also, keep it away form pets, no tanning or submerging it to water of any kind until it heals.

any follow up advice?

always use sunblock on your tattoo when its not covered with clothing. nothing fades tattoos faster than tanning. this also applies to tanning booths (are people still using those?). i won't preach about skin cancer, but its definitely something you might want to avoid getting.
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