send an official inquiry, please visit the ‘Tattoo Inquiry’ page on this website! Thank you so much!
The following is a walk through of the most commonly asked questions and some explanations of how I operate to make
sure everything goes smoothly and efficiently.
How do I decide what to tattoo?
"Why do you never choose my inquiry? I’ve tried x amount of times..."
Something that is probably the most important thing I consider when selecting tattoos, and see a ton of this, is that
people try to put too many things into one idea. They have a ton of favorite characters and colors and Ideas and they wanna see them all into their one tattoo. And while listing that out is easy
enough, getting it all to flow into a single design is pretty tricky. Tattoo designs are almost always just 1 or 2 subject matters. A single character or item, maybe two. You want your design to be
easily read and flow well with everything rather than cluttered and full of too many action lines and poor composition to not fit the body. Another thing to consider is color theory. if you use all
the colors cause there are so many things in a design, then it’s tougher to get a complimentary color scheme in your tattoo that makes your tattoo ‘pop’.
Here is an easy example of what time talking about.
Inquiry A wants a tattoo on the inner left forearm, this person wants Lilo and Stitch holding a Scrump doll while sitting on a surf board
with three ducklings and one of the ducks is holding a peanut butter sandwich for pudge the fish who is swimming under the surfboard.
Inquiry B wants a tattoo on the inner right forearm wants Stitch holding holding a Scrump doll
See the difference? While Inquiry A would be an adorable idea and would make an excellent print or shirt or something, it has far too many focus points and subject
matters to flow well into a tattoo design. Inquiry B in concise and
easy recognizable, and in my opinion would make for a way better tattoo. So that’s the inquiry that would get a response first. In this case, for Inquiry A, I’d suggest getting two tattoos, one with Lilo holding the sandwich, then
another of Stitch holding Scrump.
I promise you, keeping you idea simple will make for a brighter, more colorful tattoo, and has a better chance of being a successful
"My idea falls under exactly what you normally tattoo, why wasn’t I chosen?"
The easiest way to explain how I approach things is through this Halloween Candy example.
Imagine you head out on Halloween night for a Trick or Treat adventure. You come home and have an
entire giant bag of candy and you think to yourself, oh man, I can totally eat all of these! Then your hopes are shattered when your parent says, you can only have 40 pieces of the candy.
Now are you going to just reach into the bag and eat the first 40 pieces you grab? Probably not.
You're probably going to dump the bag onto the bed and grab all of your favorites!
But if you have a particularly rough Halloween night, and you come home with 23 pieces of candy and
you still can only have 40 pieces, then I bet you'd eat all 23 pieces. Even if they were peppermints!
This is how I approach my booking process. I only have a handful of appointment times through each of my scheduling
windows. So, it's never that I do not want to do your tattoo, it's simply that I fill my books with the pieces I am most drawn to.
Now, that being said, I know that I rarely get to the smaller projects anymore. I understand that not everyone wants
an entire arm sleeve tattoo. That is why I have implemented what I am calling, Tiny Tuesdays! Every Tuesday, I set aside the day to try and get to the smaller simple projects.
How I handle new inquires.
Once I open the books, I will leave them open for a few days to a week and allow everyone the chance to send in an
inquiry. I understand that people have work and lives and that not everyone can make a first come first serve type deadline. I want everyone to have a fair chance. That being said, as an artist, I
usually want to do the drawings and sketches that I doodle in my free time. They are what I enjoy most at the time, hence me drawing them. I’m pretty nerdy so I have a wide range of interests so
don’t think it’s only limited to those ideas. So the ones that have selected ‘Yes’ to wanting one of my original drawings will usually get a response first.
The other inquires are then divided into folders of small, half day and full day projects. Which allows me the
ability to see what kinds of gaps in my schedule after I have booked all the original drawing requests. Then I can a fill those slots with the appropriately timed projects. And as the slots become
fewer and fewer less and less projects are able to fit in.
Every email gets a response at some point.
We tend to book a week or two at a time, rather than send out a ton of deposit links and confirmations and getting
everything confused. We take it slow and diligent to make sure it is done correctly the first time. We don’t send any ‘sorrry we are booked’ emails until absolutely every slot is filled. We want to
sure we do our best to get everyone is the best we can.
you charge for you tattoos?
To answer that, you must first understand that I do not charge by the hour. I charge by the piece. I am extremely
fast and efficient when tattooing, so a by the hour approach isn’t suited well for me. So each tattoo is priced by its size/how much time of the day will be blocked off for your appointment. There
are some rough prices and great diagrams below to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.
Below are some examples (BUT NOT LIMITED TO) of what the different ‘sizes’ look like and what kind of time slot they would be booked in the
schedule as along with a brief description.
I started Tiny Tuesdays as a way to try and make time for all the little tattoos! I understand that not everyone wants a half sleeve or a giant tattoo and sometimes people just want a little
flower or paw print or something, and on Tiny Tuesday, we can make that happen! Think of them as something being around the size of a golf ball.
These I would consider a small tattoo. It’s not tiny, but it can still be done in around an hour. The super simple designs without too much detail are usually booked around larger tattoos and go well
with Tiny Tuesday bookings! Think of it being as something that would fit on a standard index card.
These are the typical half day type design. Most of the tattoos I do fall in this category. They usually are the size
of an inner forearm or some thing that would fit comfortably on a standard sized sheet of printer paper. The half day tattoos usually last around 4ish hours, but that’s just a rough estimate. Some
larger half day pieces can be a little more time consuming based off idea, so they might need a little more time,
These are the Full Day Tattoos. These tattoos typically take up and entire upper outer arm or outer lower leg. They
usually will take up the majority of the day because all of my appointments include the drawing time as well. So to draw something this large and applying it takes some time. While I still might be
able to complete these tattoos in a half day sort of time frame, it is more about managing my mental exhaustion and efficiency, draw time, and having the cushion in the schedule to be able to take my
time and really execute these to the best of my ability.
Hopefully those examples help you get an Idea of what my sizing is like :)
Ah the infamous question of, ‘How much is *my tattoo idea*.’ Honestly, I wish I could answer it easily, but it’s a
really tough question to answer without the correct information. A piece on a 6’8, 350lb, behemoth of a person is way more time consuming than a piece of a 5’0 100lb person. Which is why you’ll
fill out a form that requests the information we need to book you in efficiently. We try to eliminate as many variables as possible with the form to remain as accurate and quick as possible. That’s
why it’s a lengthy form, but it really does make the process faster. Now, with the addition of this chart, this should make things even faster and more transparent.
I’ve broken down my scheduling into easy chunks of time and some basic price quotes. There is obviously exceptions and variables that can affect final pricing and placement, But the following
quotes are pretty accurate most of the time.
Tiny Tuesday’s are always my minimum, which is
Small Tattoos are usually between $200 and
Half Day Tattoos are usually between $600 to
(larger forearms and larger thigh designs might stretch the quote a bit more)
Full Day Tattoos are usually between $1000 and
There are a lot of variable that will determine finally pricing, And there are definitely some in between ranges, but
hopefully these diagrams and price quotes can help you better plan for something in the future.
You’ll notice that some places on the body chart weren’t colored in. That doesn’t mean I won’t tattoo those areas,
though they require a more specific quote. I’d love to tattoo some hands, and necks and do some interesting stuff with that. Though, if
you’re hoping for a rib piece, I unfortunately don’t usually take on those projects anymore. I apologize for that inconvenience.
Some final thoughts.
There are a few subject matters that I won’t usually tattoo. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, but it’s just something that I don’t feel works with the body that well.
It’s nothing against you or your idea. So please don’t be offended if your idea isn’t something I feel comfortable doing. If it’s something I’m not comfortable doing, I usually will be sure to
explain why. It mostly a case by case basis.
Hopefully this clears up some of the confusion and mystery behind my booking process.
Dont hold me to any of this as the process is fluid and ever changing. I am doing my best to balance life and work
and emails and I really do try my best to get to everyone. I do my best to balance between new clients and old, existing projects and new ones, and balancing different sized projects to all fit the
best we can, so please be patient with me. I promise, I’m giving you my all.
an official inquiry, please visit the ‘Tattoo Inquiry’ page on this website! Thank you so much!