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?
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 being a traveling artist, 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 I will try my best to suggest another artist who would be great for your project.
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.
how long do i have to wait to get tattooed by you?
I book my schedule in 2-4 month blocks and when that period is filled I close my books. I keep my bookings in blocks so I can avoid being continuously booked for over a year and able to keep the wait relatively short.
Please do not let this scare you. It is very rare that anyone would have to wait longer than 4-6 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 4 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?
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 (please include a picture of the body part ) 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 or show 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 because that ables 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.
My minimum is $100.
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 designs.
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 )
Hand, neck, face and any highly visible areas are on a case to case basis, but of course I will tattoo them.
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.
I 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 smaller 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 don't with the tattoo, I'll cover it with a see through bandage called saniderm. I recommend to keep the product on for at least 24 to 72 hrs (the longer the better). 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 soap. When you're done, let it air dry, or pat it dry with clean 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. Any 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.
In a couple of days your tattoo will start scabbing lightly then 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.