How to Book an Appointment
Thank you so much for your interest in me being your artist! To start the booking process for your design, please start by reading through all of the information below as it will help both me and you book your appointment easily and fast. My booking requests and emails are answered by my assistant as often as possible, usually about once or twice a week. To begin booking with me, please don't start our interaction off with "asking for prices" without me even seeing what you would like done, for me a tattoo is beyond cost and comes last when I am booking your appointment and designing your tattoo as it is a creation for both of us, rather than something you can put a price tag on. However I can understand completely that life is tough to budget and make the time/money for sometimes a big piece, so I can try and work with you as much as possible! To start booking, after we set a time and date for the appointment, I require an 80$ nonrefundable deposit that does not go into the tattoo cost. For smaller pieces or continued work (or any other circumstance) there is just a 50$ deposit that will be added to your tattoo cost. The 80$ deposit is the fee for email consult, drawing time, and your confirmation. I will let you know in our email thread which deposit you would need to leave. For pricing details; my hourly applies to anything over 2 hours and is 200$ per hour USD. Anything under that time will be charged by the piece, and my minimum is 100$. Some designs, depending on the subject matter and location, may be charged by the piece. You do not have a confirmed appointment until we have set a time and a date, and the deposit is received. If a deposit is not received by 2 days before your appointment it will be automatically deleted and your spot in the calendar will be gone. Deposits can be made through Paypal or in person at the shop.
Preparing for your Appointment
So, your appointment is booked and confirmed! Great! Its always best to be prepared for your appointment so we don't have any starting issues or potentially have to reschedule. Remember to get plenty of sleep the night before hand, be hydrated, and have breakfast/a meal before coming in. It's always a good idea to bring extra water and a snack for yourself for the duration of the appointment. Unfortunately I cannot tattoo over bruises, abrasions, cuts, rashes, etc on the skin. This is very important! If the area you'd like to have the tattoo on has any of these issues please let me know so we can reschedule. Please remember to bring proper ID, temporary IDs are not accepted. (also it does not matter how old you are/I know you are, it is still required that I take a copy of a form of legal ID). Please make sure your schedule is flexible around the appointment. Although I try to be precise on the timing, (if requested an estimate), setting up, preparing the stencil, placement, etc can all take extra time and this is not a process to be rushed. If you are 15 minutes late or more to your appointment with no call or email about this (things happen sometimes, but a call is always appropriate) you will lose your deposit and possibly your appointment. If you have any questions about how to be properly prepared further please feel free to ask while we correspond.
Consultations and Designs
Consultations are done through email, along with information about what you would like to have done I will ask you for reference pictures as well. If I feel the piece would be best suited for another artist in the area, I can absolutely refer you to someone else. If you require any specific accommodations please let me know so I can properly prepare for your appointment to make you as comfortable as possible during the process. Any designs I do will be ready for the appointment itself and no time sooner, I do not do in person consultations for drawings, however I do leave extra time in every appointment for last minute changes to the design and for discussion. ***The design will not be shown or sent out ahead of time, NO EXCEPTIONS. **NOT CURRENTLY TAKING ON COLOUR DESIGN PROJECTS**
Emails and Wait Time
Emails are answered by my assistant once or twice a week, however depending on the amount of inquiries the wait time may be up to 3 weeks. I do try to answer everyone as soon as possible. If you do "resend" an email or "check in" with an additional email, the entire thread is usually then put into my spam folder and I will not see it, so please be patient on the wait time or reread your initial email to see if you included everything necessary to begin the booking process. I do not accept DMs on Instagram, nor will I text or call you about appointments and inquiries. If your deposit is not received 2 days prior to your scheduled appointment it will be automatically deleted. It is important to factor in your time frame for getting tattooed, as emailing back and forth to finalize a design may take a few days to a week (depending on both sides) and then scheduling may be a few days to a month out depending on the both of our schedules. IF YOU ARE 15 MINUTES LATE TO YOUR APPOINTMENT WITHOUT A CALL OR MESSAGE STATING SO YOU WILL LOSE YOUR DEPOSIT AND POSSIBLY YOUR APPOINTMENT.
I am at the shop every day except Sundays and Mondays, 12pm - 8pm. I schedule my appointments between those times.
Aftercare and Follow Up
When we are done with the tattoo, i'll cover it with a bandage that should stay on between an hour and three hours. After removing the bandage, wash your hands and wash the tattoo gently with water and mild, unscented, antibacterial soap to get any dries blood off of the tattoo. After, let it air dry, or pat it dry with clean paper towels, do not use your regular towel on it. The next day, I recommend to use a basic unscented lotion throughout the day to keep it moisturized (once or twice with a thin layer, do not use too much). I suggest lubriderm, cetaphil, or something like eucerin. Things to absolutely never 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 and then start to peel. Let the peeling happen naturally, don't pick on it or scratch it. It will be itchy, but try to not pick or scratch at it. Don't cover your tattoo again after the first initial bandage 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 tattoo while its healing. also, keep it away form pets, no tanning or submerging it to water of any kind until it heals in approximately 2 weeks. If I use Saniderm for your tattoo, the film will keep your tattoo free from harm for up to 3-5 days. You will notice some plasma and blood/liquid under the film for a day or two, but your skin will reabsorb this. If the corners of the sandier start to peel off, you can cut them off until the bandage is ready to be fully removed. When its time to take the film off, you can run it under some water to help taking it off easier. Once the entire film is removed, give the tattoo and surrounding area a gentle wash with antibacterial soap and pat dry with a clean paper towel. You may need to use scent free dye free lotion on it for a couple days after the film comes off. If you notice your tattoo needs a touch up after the healing process is over, I do free touch ups and can schedule you quickly to take care of that. If you have any questions after you get your tattoo, please feel free to contact me.