What do I get? Getting a tattoo is an exciting and personal choice. There are many reasons people choose to permanently adorn their bodies. It is easier than before to inform yourself about what is possible and what styles you are drawn to. My suggestion is that you go with your gut and the informed support of a professional tattoo artist whose style you like. Getting tattooed for a symbolic or momentous reason is just as valid as getting tattooed for aesthetic purposes. Both have been reasons humans have chosen to tattoo themselves, for thousands of years. Remember that what is meaningful today may not be so in 20 years, aesthetic choices will change, but a fabulous well done tattoo is forever!
Does it Hurt? Yes! It Hurts! A little pain for a lifetime of art is worth it, in my humble opinion. I believe there is a value to learning that you can sit through the pain of a tattoo. You have survived a lot to arrive here at the precipice of your soon to be tattooed body, you can survive this too!
Should I get a tattoo? Tattoos are not for everyone! Tattooing was once an art solely enjoyed by indigenous tribal cultures followed by outcasts, criminals and circus freaks. In our current culture it has become more mainstream, it seems like everyone and their grandmother has a tattoo! Just because your friends are tattooed doesn’t mean it is for you, though if you are reading this you have perhaps decided that it is your time to go under the ink. While your design choices and aesthetics may change, it is highly unlikely you will regret a well done, well placed tattoo. Choose wisely and work with a professional top quality artist and you will likely love your tattoo for life!
Safe spaces policy I advocate for acceptance and compassion for people of all kinds. All are welcome, and any oppressive conversations, jokes, or other language that exhibits racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, ageism, body shaming, or anything just plain rude, will not be tolerated. I reserve the absolute right to refuse to work with anyone that does not comply with these policies. These types of communication are outdated, uneducated, and unacceptable.
Consultations! All tattoo appointments start with a consultation. Consultations are free but I do take a cash, non refundable deposit to when we schedule your tattoo appointment - this deposit is deducted to the total price upon completion and will be anywhere from $100-300. For multiple session tattoos, the deposit will count towards your final appointment.
I usually do not charge for the artwork for the tattoo and I often will spend just as long on a design as I will tattooing, this deposit allows me to dedicate this design time for you.
No Show and Late Policies I require a 48 hour notice to change or cancel appointments. If you miss your appointment without texting, calling, or emailing at least 48 hours prior to your appointment time, you will be charged a $100 No Show Fee, which will come out of your deposit. You may be required to make an additional deposit for any future appointments. Repeated no-shows will result in forfeiture of deposits and refusal to complete the tattoo.
If you arrive more than 30 minutes late to your appointment without calling ahead, it will be considered a No Show. I understand that life happens, if you are running late and still plan to make your appointment please call or text ahead. If I decide there is still time to tattoo, you will be responsible for payment from the initial booked appointment time.
Tattoo Aftercare • Leave the bandage overnight or 12 hours • 48 hours for Saniderm • Remove bandage, gently wash with CLEAN HANDS, warm water and gentle unscented soap. Rinse thoroughly! • WASH 3x a day, air dry & apply unscented salve or moisturizer. • For the next few days wash your tattoo and use moisturizer sparingly twice a day. • DO NOT pick or scrub at your tattoo, leave it be! Wear loose, clean, breathable clothing over the fresh tattoo. • Avoid direct sun for 2 weeks, avoid hot tubs and baths for at least 1 week, showers are fine. • Do not shave over your new tattoo for at least two weeks, until there is no scabbing, peeling or shininess on or around the site of the tattoo.
Good tattoo aftercare helps to prevent scabs, infection, and keeping the tattooed skin moisturized - but not overly so! There is no going back in time with tattoo aftercare!
Your new tattoo may be sore for the rest of the day, or for the next few days. It may look red and swollen, and the area will also likely feel warm to the touch due to the increased blood flow to the area. This is your body’s way of healing itself by flooding the area with oxygenated blood and nutrients.