The following is a walk through of the most commonly asked questions and some explanations of how we operate to make sure everything goes smoothly and efficiently.
HOW DO WE 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 we consider when selecting tattoos, and we 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 want to see them all into their one tattoo idea. 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 your body. Another thing to consider is color theory. If you use all of the colors because there are so many subjects in a design, then it’s tougher to get a complimentary color scheme in your tattoo that makes your tattoo have that extra ‘pop’.
Here is an easy example of what I'm 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 next to squirt the turtle from finding nemo and Ariel from the little mermaid.
Inquiry B wants a tattoo on the inner right forearm wants Stitch holding holding a Scrump doll with a big smile on his face cause he is happy.
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 is concise and easily recognizable, and in my opinion would make for a way more successful tattoo. So that’s the inquiry that would get a response first. In this case, for Inquiry A, I’d suggest getting a few tattoos, one with Lilo holding the sandwich, then another of Stitch holding Scrump, and Ariel swimming with Squirt the turtle.
I promise you, keeping your idea simple will make for a brighter, more colorful tattoo, and has a better chance of you being happy with it for life.
"My idea falls under exactly what you normally tattoo, why wasn’t I chosen?"
The easiest way to explain how we 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 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 we approach my booking process. We only have a certain amount of appointment times through each of the scheduling windows. So, it's never that we do not want to do your tattoo, it's simply that we fill the books quickly with the pieces we are most drawn to at that time.
Now, that being said, we understand that not everyone wants an entire arm or leg sleeve tattoo. That is why we have implemented what we are calling, Tiny Tuesdays! Every Tuesday, we set aside the day to try and get to the smaller simple projects.
HOW WE HANDLE NEW INQUIRES.
Once we open the books, we will leave them open for a few days up to a week or so and allow everyone the chance to send in an inquiry. We understand that people have work and lives and that not everyone can make a first come first serve type deadline. So to be clear, we do NOT book on a first come first serve basis. We want everyone to have a fair chance.
The inquires are then divided into folders of small, medium, half day and full day projects. Which allows us the ability to fill the time slots with the correect times to complete the 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 ne appointments 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, steady, and are diligent to make sure it is done correctly the first time. We don’t send any ‘sorry we are now booked’ emails until absolutely every slot is filled. We want to sure we do our best to get everyone in the best we can.
We have broken down our 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 this is a good starting point.
Some examples of how we view tattoo sizing!
Here is a great example of what some sample sizes could look like. Notice that even though its a forearm, one design is way more complicated than the other. Which makes it a full day rather than a half day time slot.
Now let me start off with reminding you that these prices below are just estimates. Something to roughly give you an idea of pricing.
Tiny Tuesday/Small are usually between $150 and $200
Medium Tattoos are usually between $200 and $600
Half Day Tattoos are usually between $600 to $1000
(larger forearms and thigh designs might stretch the half day quote a bit more)
Full Day Tattoos are usually between $1000 and $1500
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, we aren't currently taking on those projects just yet. I apologize for that inconvenience.