booking

I only schedule appointments four times per year and in cycles. This way I can make things manageable and not book too far out ahead and overwhelm myself and the schedule. Previous schedule cycles have looked a little different, but from here on out I will only be accepting emails for 3 days during each booking period. 

 

Emails will only be accepted:

 

1/1 - 1/3: January / Spring cycle (to book an appt for February-April)

 

4/1 - 4/3: April / Summer cycle (to book an appt for May-July)

 

7/1 - 7/3: July / Fall cycle (to book an appt for August- October)

 

10/1 - 10/3: October / Winter cycle (to book an appt for November-January)

 

Previously, I accepted submissions for a week; but with only having less than 90 days to work with on each cycle there were just way too many requests to keep up with. Now, each booking window will just be 3 days to make things more manageable. Please consider these cycles/booking windows, as if you are looking to schedule something for the winter cycle and send an email in the spring, it won't be possible.

 

At this point i will be primarily focusing on particular pieces. For these pieces, I will be giving priority to:

 

- micro tattoos (smaller items ranging from 1”- 3” for example (not everything can be done at the micro scale)

- lettering / signatures / handwriting

- floral work (large or small)

- detailed imagery (realistic images, illustrations, etc)

- pet portraits

- line drawings (one line drawing, photo replication illustration, etc)

- symbols/designs (stars, constellations, etc)

- traditional tattoos (full color or black and gray)

- black and gray tattoos (floral, religious, etc)

 

What i will not be taking on:

 

- color realism (color portraits, realistic floral imagery)

- watercolor tattoos

- full color imagery with no black or outlines (flowers with a green stem, and purple petals with no black outline for example)

- neo-traditional tattoos

- bio-mechanical tattoos

- large scale japanese tattoos

- trash polka tattoos

- tribal tattoos 

 

There is nothing at all wrong with the above styles, but there are many other artists who do these styles specifically and rather than stress on a design or layout (or education/background with things such as polynesian tribal or large scale japanese work) I would recommend to seek specific artists for those styles, as this way you will get the best outcome, but you will also have a highly experienced artist to work with. 

 

There are a few things that will be a case by case basis, which would be:

 

- finger tattoos

- coverups

- colored ink linework (white, red, etc)

 

While I can do the tattoos mentioned above, each case is different based on the design, specifics, layout, sizing, etc, and in some cases such as fingers and colored linework, there are no guarantees.

 

 

How do I book an appointment?

 

All you need to do, is submit an email within the specified booking days of each cycle. NOT a DM on instagram, Facebook message, personal email, text, email through the contact form on this site,  voicemail for the shop, etc as the shops email is the only way bookings will be accepted. I have tried many different ways, but this will be the easiest to keep up with to have it all in one location, but also easier for people to keep track of as well, and proof that they sent an email or any communication (if needed).

I will accept all submissions during those three days only, and then I will filter through all the emails to pick and choose appointments for the upcoming cycle. It will not be first come first serve, rather I am picking each project to work with, that way it is more focused on the style and work that I do. This will ensure that repeat clients and out of town guests can be taken care of, while still including new clients and requests. In the past I booked in chronological order, but then by 1 or 2 am I was already booked up, which wasn’t fair to those who did submit even on the first day of booking (or who work overnight hours). Now, it won’t matter if you send at 12:01am on the first day or 11:59pm on the last day, all emails will be considered and valid (as long as sent within the 3 day window).

When sending your email, you MUST include:

- IDEA / DESIGN

-SIZING (exact as possible in inches; not: small, medium or large)

-PLACEMENT

-SPECIFICS (if flowers, what kind? if lettering, what font? etc)

You should include reference images if you have any, but that isn't mandatory; but failing to include the important information will probably lead to not being able to schedule due to the large number of requests. It is pretty difficult to filter through 500+ submissions on its own, but then also having to go back and forth when im not sure about what you are specifically wanting, how big and where it would be going, is almost impossible to keep up with.

 

Please allow up to 2 weeks for a reply; I will be getting back to everyone as soon as I can, but keep in mind I do all of this by myself, on top of the current tattoo schedule and life outside of the shop. If you don’t get a reply after 2 weeks, please send a new email (not a reply on the same thread) and I will be sure to get back as soon as I can.

 

Regardless of outcome though, each person will receive a reply. Whether its to confirm the selection/booking, to let you know it wasn’t selected for this cycle or that it isn’t something I can do. If you arent selected or its a tattoo I don’t do, I will send a list of artists and shops who I know personally and can recommend, just so you are in the best hands possible either way.

 

Those who arent selected or send emails after those 3 days however, can be added to the current cancellation / waitlist (anyone can be added to the list outside of booking cycles). 

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