HFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HEY THERE! I want to thank you for your interest in my work! It means the world to me! This section should walk you through the common questions regarding pricing, how to book, and an overview of my process. If you should have any more questions not covered here, regarding quotes, availability, etc. please click the envelope below to email me with any follow up questions!
WHAT STYLES DO YOU DO? WHAT KIND OF ART DO YOU DO?
I do several styles, but right now, I'm focusing on Illustrative realism, Neo traditional, Cartoon, Pop Culture,
anime, and Color portraits.
WHAT ISN'T A GOOD FIT FOR YOU ARTISTICALLY?
Custom lettering, Polynesian, Tribal, Biomechanical, Traditional Japanese
HOW DO I GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOU?
To start the process, head over to the booking tab, and fill out the consultation form. Please be thorough, and attach clear pictures of the body part being tattooed, and any references you find inspiring! I also offer pre- drawn designs that I post regularly! You can find these under the available designs tab in the menu. Simply just head over to the booking section and fill out the form to snag one of those!
HOW MUCH IS YOUR HOURLY RATE?
I currently charge $150 per hour, with a one hour minimum. You only pay for the actual tattoo time, not the drawing time, or the prep involved with the tattoo. Once I have a good idea of what you are wanting, I can give you an estimate of how many hours I believe it will take, and ballpark price. Please be respectful of the fact that this is an estimate, and is subject to change. If we are working on large scale work, such as sleeves or back pieces for example, no estimate will be given. We will just base it on the hourly rate until the project is completed. For Large scale pieces, such as full sleeves, back pieces, etc. , I do require booking at least 2 sessions at once to keep the project from stalling out, or going years before completion. Large scale work is a huge commitment in both time and money, and if you aren't quite ready to fully commit to that, I understand! Simply let me know beforehand what kind of budget you are working with, and we can battleplan a way to work within your budget and time.
HOW MUCH IS A FULL SLEEVE/BACK PIECE?
The honest answer is it's complicated. An average full sleeve/back piece, etc.
can have anywhere from 15-50 hours involved in it, depending on detail, color, and size of the body part its going on. If you are interested in taking on such a committed project, please know what you are getting into, and how much time/money can be involved so you can be mentally and financially prepared. Be ready to book and sit for multiple sessions over the course of a few months. This ensures each session is fully healed before going back into it, and it also guarantees that the project can be completed in a timely fashion.
WHY DIDN'T YOU RESPOND TO MY DM?
Due to the high volume of messages I receive, and to streamline the process to keep all messages in one spot, I handle all of my initial tattoo inquiries directly through the booking tab on this site. After I have had a chance to review your request, all further correspondence will be handled through Email. Because of this, I don't look at or respond to DM's. Sorry for the inconvenience.
WHEN WILL I SEE MY DESIGN?
Due to my insanely busy work schedule, drawings and designs will be completed in time for the day of your appointment, and will not be ready to view until the day of your appointment. This is why it's so important to be really specific with your description of what you are wanting, and include a photo of the body part, and any reference material you may have!! Please refrain from messaging me multiple times/blowing up my email to see your design. Because tattoos are such a personal thing, I need to focus my energy on each client individually every day. Please be patient and respectful of the process - Having trust and faith in your artist is essential! If minor alterations are needed, they can be made the day of the appointment. I work digitally, so small changes are not a problem. If there is substantial changes, or it requires a complete redesign, this will require a reschedule. If the design is being altered to something other than the agreed upon design, this will require a new deposit. This situation is EXTREMELY RARE, but please look through my books and like the style of art that I do, and the tattoos you see there to make sure we are on the same page!
WHEN WILL I HEAR FROM YOU AFTER I'VE BOOKED?
You will receive a text confirmation with the date and time of your appointment, and a reminder text 2 days before your appointment.
DO YOU COPY OTHER ARTISTS WORK?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! I am an artist with my own style, and will never copy another artists work, for several reasons!! Here's just a few:
1) Someone paid that artist to give them a custom piece, and I would hate to deprive them of that work designed just for them.
2) To me it's the same as stealing. That art was paid for, and I don't have a right to use it.
3) It's unoriginal, and you deserve to have a one of a kind piece- Don't short change yourself!
HOW MUCH IS THE CONSULTATION?
Consultations are always free! The only money due at the consultation is the deposit to book the tattoo, once we agree on design, and you're comfortable moving forward with booking!
WHAT IF I'M ON A BUDGET?
That's OK! we all have a budget!
If you have a budget you are working with, please let me know, and if I can make it work, I am happy to design a piece with your budget in mind. Please note that budget will dictate the size and complexity of the design.
I'VE SUBMITTED MY FORM, NOW WHAT?
Once you have submitted your form, I will go over the request and will reply as soon as I have had a chance to go over your ideas and make sure I'm a good fit for the project. I will answer your requests as soon as humanly possible, but due to the overwhelming amount of inquiries I receive, this may take some time. I don't have a secretary, and I have to answer E-mails when I'm not tattooing (which is all the time), so please allow 10-14 days to hear back from me. Inquiries will be answered in the order they are received.
WHAT IF MY PROJECT ISN'T A GOOD FIT WITH YOUR STYLE?
That's OK! Sometimes a type of art isn't the best fit with what I do, or where I'm at artistically at the moment. If that situation arises, PLEASE don't take it personally! It just means that I think another artist would be a better fit to bring your vision to life! I can recommend you to one of our other artists at Diehard Piercing and Tattoo Studio, or if I know another artist that would be a good match, I will happily recommend them. I just want you to get the piece you deserve!
HOW FAR OUT DO YOU BOOK?
Currently, I book out Between 3 - 6 Months in advance, depending on the time of year.
WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND I DO TO BE PREPARED FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
I RECOMMEND A FEW THINGS:
1) Please bring valid photo I.D/passport/military I.D with you. Without this, I can NOT tattoo you!
2) Please eat before your appointment- your body will need the fuel to help deal with the tattoo. Getting tattooed on an empty stomach is a really bad idea.
3) Please avoid alcohol, or blood thinning pain medications such as Ibuprofen for the 24 hours prior to your appointment. These things thin the blood, and can adversely affect the healing process.
4) Please wear clean and comfortable clothing that you can sit in for long periods of time and gives me access to the tattoo site.
5) feel free to bring snacks and a drink, as long as they can be sealed, or covered. Please nothing messy, or food containers.
6) Practice good hygiene/ I.E. be showered, etc...
7) Feel free to bring something to entertain you, like ear buds, phone, or a book:)
IS IT OK IF I BRING A FRIEND?
Currently, at this time, we do ask that you come alone. sorry for the inconvenience.
WHY ARE YOU SO RAD?
Maybe I'm born with it, Maybe its Maybelline.
WHAT ISN'T A GOOD FIT FOR ME ARTISTICALLY?