Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I book a tattoo with you?
I book out appointments 2-3 months at a time during open booking periods. I announce on my Instagram and the booking page of this website when I have decided on a date to open my books. If I have not announced a date, then I do not know when my books will open next. When my books are open, I will have a tattoo request form available for a few days on the booking page of this website. Projects are NOT chosen on a first come, first served basis. Forms with incorrect email addresses will not be considered (so make sure you check the spelling!).
You should receive an email from me in 7-10 days if your project has been accepted for the round. Just because of the volume of emails I get each booking cycle, I will NOT be sending you an email if your project has not been accepted. If you have not heard back from me in 2 weeks, it means I could not take on your project on for the round of booking. If accepted, you will receive an email with instructions on how to book an in-person consultation with me at the shop. Having an email consultation is also possible if you’re unable to meet in person (e.g., you live out of town).
A non-refundable deposit will be required during the consultation (minimum of $50). The deposit is subtracted from the total cost of the tattoo from the last session. You can pay with card, cash, Venmo or Paypal. I do my best to keep our appointments as scheduled; however, the artist reserves the right to reschedule the appointment when needed and your deposit will be carried over.
Get tattooed on your appointment day! Please check what time zone your notifications are because I schedule using CST. Eat a good meal before you come and feel free to bring drinks/snacks. If you need to reschedule for whatever reason (sickness, family emergency, etc.) please let me know as soon as you can.
What is your pricing?
My hourly rate is $120/hour and price varies based on size and complexity of the design. Therefore, I can only provide a rough estimate of pricing once I have an idea of size, placement, and style after our consultation.
Do you have a waitlist?
I do not have a waistlist or a cancellation list.
Will I get to see my design beforehand?
Designs are always shown on the day of, but if you would like to make any edits, I'd be more than happy to make them on the spot on our appointment day.
Can I bring a guest to my appointment?
You may bring a guest, but be mindful there is only room for one person besides the client in the station.
Do you have flash?
I don’t have flash too often at this time, but if I have any available it will be posted on my Instagram.
Do you do touch-ups?
I generally only do touch-ups on tattoos that I have personally done. The first touch-up after the completion of the tattoo is free if it is within a few months to a year.
What do you recommend for tattoo aftercare?
The method for care varies with each artist and tattoo. But here's what I have found to help promote healing:
Remove your bandage in 3-4 hours using clean hands. Wash your tattoo gently with lukewarm water and a fragrance-free, antibacterial soap to remove any excess blood and plasma.
Pat your tattoo dry with a clean paper towel after washing it. Do not rub your tattoo.
Do not re-bandage unless necessary (sleep with pets, afraid of ink on sheets, etc.), rather wear clean clothes you don’t care about getting ink on when you go to sleep.
Wash your tattoo regularly 2-4 times a day. Continue to use a fragrance-free soap, lukewarm water and pat dry.
Do not apply any lotion or ointment until the tattoo has begun drying out, typically after a day or two. After cleaning your tattoo, ensure the area is completely dry before applying a very thin layer of your chosen aftercare product/fragrance-free lotion/aquaphor to help moisturize and nourish the area. Do NOT put on vaseline or any petroleum-based products. Do NOT use too much ointment/lotion.
Repeat the cleaning and lotion process until the tattoo is fully healed (usually 2-4 weeks).
Do not scratch or pick at the flaking/scabbing skin. Your tattoo will go through a very itchy stage when it is scabbing. Do not pick these scabs as it can affect the healing process, cause ink to be pulled out of the skin and fading/infection.
Avoid working out right after your session. Pushing your body by exercising can weaken your immune system and affect the healing process of your tattoo. Also sweating excessively can open your pores, increasing the chance of ink seeping out. Make sure to keep your tattoo clean if you do sweat and avoid any rubbing/irritation from excess movement.
Stay out of the sun as much as possible. This applies to fresh or healed tattoos to reduce fading. Don't expose your new tattoo to intense sunlight and don't apply any sun lotion to the area until it has fully healed. Try to wear loose clothing over the tattooed area.
Do not submerge your tattoo in water. Treat your tattoo as if it is an open wound. All bodies of water can contain bacteria that can ruin a new tattoo. Stick to showers until your skin has fully healed, so no swimming, hot tubs, or baths.
Continue to look after your tattoo once it is healed! Protect your tattoo from the sun and ensure you continue to moisturize the area regularly.