What to do prior to your session
Moisturize a few days before your session. Make sure your lotion does not contain any alcohol in it.
Eat before you arrive. We do not take long breaks. Bring snacks and water.
Drink plenty of water prior to your session.
Wear clothing that makes the area we are tattooing easily accessible. Whatever ink gets on your clothes will stain, so wear clothing you don't mind getting ink on.
Take the entire day off. I do not recommend making plans to leave at a certain time on the day of your session. Skin sensitivity, difficulty placing the stencil, and several other factors can slow down session progress. It is important that both I, as the artist, and you, as the client, do not feel stressed or rushed.
What not to do prior to your session
Do not use any lotion or numbing cream 24 hours prior to your session
Do not shave. I will shave you before our session.
Do not consume Alcohol. This will dilute the blood and make your session longer unnecessarily.
Do not do drugs. This can cause hyper-sensitivity and cause you more pain.
Do not bring any pets or children with you.
THE PRIVATE STUDIO
I will give you the address once you pay a deposit and book a session with me.
I work in a private studio that is completely separate entity on my property, in the back of my home. There is a restroom accessible for you to use in the main house and an outdoor patio area for your use during breaks.
I do have 2 dogs. They will not be allowed in the studio during our session but they do roam the general areas of the property. The first is an english bull dog named Nahla and a black lab named Bella. Please let me know in advance if you are uncomfortable with dogs and I will gladly accommodate you.
HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST?
I Charge $100 Per Hour | There is Minimum of $200 per tattoo session | $100 Non-Refundable Deposit is Due at the Time of Booking
There is no way for me tell you what your tattoo will cost, but I can give you an estimation based on the design, area of the body, and the size of the tattoo. All of these factors determine the level of difficulty, detail and time it will take- and therefore the price of the tattoo. If you have a budget in mind, let me know. This way, I can design the tattoo based on your budget.
Do not expect a realistic tattoo to cost less than $650., which is about 6.5 hours. If you find an artist who will do a realistic tattoo for less than this price, in my opinion, it will not be of great quality. Realism takes time and patience due to the layering of ink, the sensitivity of the skin, and the detail of the work.
HOW LONG WILL MY TATTOO TAKE?
Realism/Semi-Realism is a completely different process than other tattoo styles and the experience is not the same.
There are many factors involved in Realism that are not an issue when getting a more traditional styled tattoo. For example, as a Realistic Tattoo Artist, I have to lightly layer the ink on the skin as to not make it too sensitive or too red. The patience I have in doing this allows me to work without the skin getting irritated. By avoiding the redness, it allows me to actually see lighter shades being applied... therefore getting more accurate and realistic results.
My point is this:
It will take patience and time to layer and brush in the ink rather than "packing" it the way a traditional artist does. This is what makes a tattoo look realistic and allows for detail and accurate shading.
We will need to take several breaks to allow the skin to cool down (become less red) during the process
Most Tattoos will need at least a second session once the tattoo is fully healed. This allows me to see how the tattoo has healed and apply any corrections, highlights, and another layer of depth to the tattoo.
No SHOW / MORE THAN 1 HOUR LATE
Unfortunately, your deposit is nonrefundable.
Unfortunately your deposit is non-refundable If you do not show or are more than 1 hour late to your appointment. This policy is in place because many people are on a waiting list and if you are more than an hour late, I could potentially call another client who is waiting for a slot.
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