What do you charge?
My hourly rate is $150, with a one hour minimum. Some smaller tattoos may be priced by the piece, but almost everything is done hourly. I currently only charge for tattoo time - stenciling, breaks, etc are not added to the total.
Can you give me an estimate of how long my tattoo will take?
I try to avoid giving time estimates simply because it’s hard to be accurate, especially when nothing has been drawn up yet. Small changes and details can make a big impact on how long a tattoo takes. I know this is not ideal, especially since I charge hourly. I am open to discussing time / budget exceptions on an individual basis with clients when requested.
When can I see my drawing?
I do not release drawings ahead of the tattoo appointment. You will see your drawing when you come in. I understand that this may not be the most ideal for all my clients, but I have found this is the method that works best for me. If you’re coming to me, it’s because you’ve enjoyed the work I’ve done in the past, so I’m confident you will enjoy what I come up with for you.
Can I make changes to my drawing after seeing it?
I am always open to adjustments. Please do not hesitate to speak up - this may seem obvious, but I want to make sure that both of us are happy with the design before tattooing it. You will not upset me if you’re not 100% happy with what is presented to you.
Do you accept tips? How much should I tip?
Tips are never expected, but always appreciated. If you choose to tip, the amount is up to you - the conventional 20% does not necessarily apply, as tattoos are usually more expensive than other tipped services.
Are deposits refundable?
No. Once paid, all deposits are non-refundable. This guarantees that I am compensated any time that I have set aside for your appointments.
What does my deposit cover?
Your deposit covers only your appointment day and time - deposits do not cover drawings. If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, the deposit does not guarantee you a drawing.
I need to reschedule my appointment. What happens?
You have up until 48 hours before your appointment to reschedule without losing your deposit. If you need to reschedule within 48 hours, your first deposit will be forfeit and I will require a second deposit to re-book. The second deposit will be subtracted from the final cost of your tattoo.
My tattoo needs a touchup.
Sometimes, even a properly cared for tattoo will require a touch-up. If that is the case, email me a picture of the tattoo and we'll set up a time to take care of it. Before you email me, please make sure the tattoo is at least 2 months healed. Touch-ups done within the first year may be free.
I need to cancel my appointment. What happens?
Deposits for cancelled appointments will not be returned. You can use that deposit to schedule another appointment within 6 months of the original cancellation. After 6 months, an additional deposit will be required to re-book.
I haven’t heard back from my appointment request.
I currently run a one-woman show, with tattooing taking priority over the administrative duties. I try my best to stay on top of emails, but I sometimes (usually always) fall behind. I sincerely appreciate the patience that my clients have with me. If you haven’t heard back in a few weeks, feel free to send me a gentle reminder.
Are the products you use vegan?
All the inks and soaps that I use are vegan. If you have further questions about this, please email me.
Can a friend come with?
My room can accommodate one additional guest. I generally don’t recommend bringing more than one other person with, but there is more space for other guests in the lobby.
Traditional Tattoo Aftercare
Leave bandage on for a minimum of two hours, but preferably overnight.
Be sure to wash your hands before washing your tattoo.
After removing the bandage, gently wash tattoo with warm water and a mild, unscented soap (I prefer Dr. Bronner's) and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
Do not use anything but your fingers to wash your tattoo.
Do not re-bandage.
Wash your tattoo 1-2 times a day for the first 2 days.
After each wash, apply a very thin coat unscented lotion. Do not use an excessive amount.
On the third day, and for the next 2 weeks, begin washing it just once daily. Continue to use a mild, unscented soap.
Do not over moisturize. Over moisturizing can clog pores and cause pimples to appear around your tattoo. If this occurs, simply stop moisturizing.
Expect your tattoo to peel, flake, and or scab, sometimes excessively. This is normal. Everyone heals differently and over different periods of time. Expect a healing time of two to four weeks. It may take up to 6 weeks.
Do not, under any circumstance pick, scratch, rub, or expose your healing tattoo tattoo to sun.
Avoid submerging in water (pools, baths, etc) for the first 2 weeks of your new tattoo.
Never use a wash cloth or any abrasive materials on a fresh tattoo.
It is important to know that a healing tattoo can look and feel irritated. If any abnormal irritation, swelling, or fever should appear, please contact a physician immediately. These could be signs of a potentially serious medical condition that should be addressed.
Keep your tattoo protected from the sun, even after it's fully healed. Sun exposure will fade a tattoo faster than anything else.
Tegaderm should be left on for a minimum of 1 day up to 4 days. If you notice excessive irritation, you can remove the bandage early.
Showering is okay while your tattoo is bandaged. Swimming / bathing is not.
A buildup of grayish fluid beneath the bandage is normal. If you notice an excessive buildup of blood, you can either attempt to drain it or remove the bandage.
It is recommended to remove the bandage in the shower under warm running water. After removing the bandage, wash your tattoo with a mild unscented soap.
After washing, pat dry with a clean paper towel and apply a tiny amount of unscented lotion.
Continue washing with unscented soap and applying unscented lotion 1-2 times a day for the next 2 weeks.
After two weeks, your tattoo is considered healed and you can return to your normal routine.
If the bandage needs to be changed, it is best to do it in the shower. Peel it off under running warm water, and wash with a mild unscented soap. Be sure to remove any excess blood and / or plasma. After washing with soap, make sure to rinse the tattoo off completely - excess soap residue may react with the bandage. Pat the tattoo dry with a clean paper towel and apply the second bandage. Leave this on for 3 days maximum. After taking the final bandage off, wash once a day with a mild unscented soap, and follow up with an unscented lotion for the next 2 weeks.