Frequently asked questions

What are your rates?


The Shop's Rate is $175 per hour, and the clock starts when the machine starts. There is an additional supply fee of $20, included for every tattoo session, for disposable products used during the session. These rates are set by the Owners and Management staff, in accordance with local Tattoo Standards for the city of Edmonton




When can I book my appointment?


Schedule Opening dates are set based on the artist's availability. This means that there can be limited amount of space available, and availability will be indicated through website and social media. If all media posts indicate that "books are closed" you will have to wait until "books are open" to book a consultation or tattoo appointment. These posts will also be avilable in the news and announcments section of my Blog Page as well as instagram and applicable social media. these posts will include the instructions on how and where to inquire. Due to increased demand there are some extended wait times. **Messages sent via in facebook and instragram will not have prioirty, with regard to tattoo inquiries. You will be asked to send your inquiry via email and follow the guidelines provided.




How do I book in?


Due to the intensity of inquiry volumes, Clients are requested to sumbit their inquiry Via e-mail. This ensures that all inquiries are previewed and receive a response. All customers are to submit: - A description of the idea: which includes the location you intend to place the design on your body, and any helpful emotive descriptive words that will help to inspire the artwork. Please keep these descriptions under 350 characters. *I can only focus on one tattoo project at a time. *If you intend to have multiple ideas connecting to each other please make a small note of this in your inquiry. - Reference images: this can include images that inspired the idea, as well as, images from my personal portfolio, or examples provided on the Style Page in this website. I have named each style, to streamline this process. - I require all inquiries include their contact information. This should include: Your Legal given name, ( as it reads on your Goverment issued photo I.D.) Your email address (this must be the best place to reach you. any address that is a spouse address or friend's address will not work.) Your phone number *we will not be able to contact clients that do not have a working phone number.




Do you have a Cancellation List or "waitlist"?


Due to demand, my cancellation list is currently reserved for pending projects, or for projects in progress. This is to ensure that I complete more projects, and have less projects in limbo. Clients can request to be placed on the cancellation list at their consultation, or post consult. You must have a paid deposit in order to be placed on the cancellation list. *if you have a pending project or a project in progress, but have not requested to be placed on the cancellation list, you are welcome to make this request.




Do I have to be 18?


YES! You must be of the "legal age" in order to receive the tattoo procedure. These standards are set and enforced by provincial law. You are required to bring government issued photo I.D. (to every tattoo appointment) in order to complete the necessary paperwork.




How much is the Deposit fee?


The deposit to book a tattoo appointment varies depending on project size. The minimum deposit is $100 (+gst) The deposit is non-refundable, and is deducted from the end price of your tattoo upon completion. We review these terms and conditions at the end of the consultation appointment, and include a copy for you to take home with your deposit receipt.




Why do I need to pay a deposit?


Everyone pays a deposit, to secure the tattoo appointment booking. Much like any standard cosmetic procedure. The deposit shows that you are committing to the tattoo project, that you understand the value of your artist's time, as well as the work involved to create a Custom Design based on the description and reference material you've provided.




What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?


Our shop policy requires that you give at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or move your appointment. If you do not give adequate notice you will lose your deposit. You will be required to pay a new deposit in order to proceed with the project.




What happens if I do not like the design?


Small changes can me made to the design on the day of the appointment. If the redraw is going to take an hour or more, on the day of the appointment, I will require the appointment be rescheduled. This may also risk loss of the deposit. ***You will need to be decisive and clear about your ideas during your consultation, in order to prevent this kind of issue. I have created the Style Page to help clients during the planning stage for this purpose. This is intended to improve our overall communication, before art has been drawn.




What if I change my mind about a tattoo idea?


If the change involves color scheme, this can be easily modified. I have a color pallet options available for this reason. If the concept has changed completely I will require more time to design new artwork, and you will lose your current deposit. You will be required to place a new deposit for the new design, in this circumstance. ***If a client changes their mind too often, or flip flops too often about the concept, I will also require a six month probationary period for the client to take time to research their concept further. Note: I have redesigned a lot of my new styles to be freehanded, which means I will use example art I have created, but will be building a large portion of the design in person on the day of the appointment. I have chosen to do things this way so that each client has more of an opportunity to an original design. However, this means that the example artwork provided may have subtle differences from the final product. ***Keep this fact in mind.




How and When do I book a touch up?


Your tattoo will need roughly 3-8 weeks to heal. Everyone heals differently, no "one size fits all", here. I prefer to have a "final touch up" appointment to ensure that the saturation of the watercolor is ideal for the aging process. Some colors can tend to be weaker than I would prefer, so I am particularly picky about how they heal. Clients are also welcome to book the touch-ups over the phone with reception. I reserve time in the evenings (5 pm to 8pm) specifically for touch up appointments. This is to ensure less wait times for clients booking touch up appointments.




How much does a touch-up cost?


The touch-up is free and will not cost you the hourly tattoo rate, if booked within the first 12 months upon completion of the tattoo project. I attempt to complete my tattoos in a way that prevents the requirement for touch ups, as much as possible. There is a supply fee charge, for the disposable tattoo equipment. ($20) Touch-up bookings after the 12 month probabtionary period, will be charged as per regular tattoo rates. ***If tattoos, are older than twelve months, and show serious fading, this could be an indication of sun damage. If you skip out on the sun screen in summer time, this is common. You are respsonible for your tattoo's long term care.




Am I required to "tip"?


If a Client wishes to tip, for the art and the time, they welcome to. there is absolutely no obligation to tip.




Why do you charge a supply fee?


The supply charge is for the disposable equipment required to complete the tattoo procedure. This allows us to provide our customers with Single-use disposable products. This also includes the bandages provided at the end of your session, and the medical products used as well. For Client reference: Products are purchased through EIKON www.eikondevice.com as well as Valuemed.




Can I see the drawing before the appointment?


Art is available at the artist's discretion. Due to Art theft via email, artwork must be previewed in person at this time. If you live out of town and this is a concern, please discuss further with your artist. ***I am attempting to improve my art scheduling. Art will be available for previewing the week before the appointment, and minor changes can be made if applicable. If there are too many changes required, a new deposit will need to be placed for a new design. *** This is further addressed in the following question.




Can I speak to the artist directly?


Due to demand, the best way to reach out for non-emergency contact is via e-mail. (which is in the contact section of this website). You are also welcome to phone during our office hours, and reception will assist with any questions or concerns you may have. If you have serious concerns in relation to a HEALING TATTOO, please review the care page. There will be an Emergency FAQ available for your convenience. I will include instructions in case of an emergency here. Please follow up, if symptoms persist and you are seeking medical attention *** we need to be aware of this for touch up purposes.




Do you take "Walk-ins"?


No. As a custom artist, all bookings are by appointment. This is to ensure customers are serious about their inquiries. This is why the consultation process is important.




Can I inquire for someone else?


Due to the nature of this kind of procedure I need direct contact with the client. Couples tattoos and friendship tattoos are a minor exception. Often times the concept is matching in that circumstance. If there are two separate concepts being designed, this will not be considered as a couple/friendship tattoo. If you are not receiving the tattoo yourself, and are inquiring on behalf of someone else, I cannot accommodate this type of inquiry. The client must be the primary correspondent.




Do You do Cover-ups?


I will do "cover-up" tattoos, but it is dependant on the darkness and age of the tattoo being covered. If a tattoo is too dark, I will often recommend that a tattoo be lightened up or fully removed with Laser removal. Making way for an optimal canvas for client's future art goals. In Edmonton, I recommend checking out Second Skin Laser! These guys have experience not only with tattoo removal, but other cosmetic procedures such as, hair removal, skin rejuvination, and scar reduction. ***Clients with cover up projects should be sure to include a picture of the tattoo they wish to cover along with their inquiry. Please note, that with cover up projects, sometimes the art can be limited due to the old design and it's potential for risk for showing through the new ink. This may affect your desired results, and should be considered along with laser removal options when inquiring for cover up projects.




Will you touch up other tattoos, or tattoos completed by other artists?


No. I prefer to avoid projects created by other artists. (In the past, I have done these kind of touch ups, but I prefer not to. I understand that there can be circumstances such as artist relocation, or the unfortunate passing of an artist. However, I will strongly recommend that clients seek the original artist. I understand that some clients may not wish to continue work with an artist due to negative experiences or other personal reasons, but I prefer to work on my own art.)





Helpful extras

What should I wear?


If you can, wear something loose fitting or something that is easy to take off and put on. ***If you are wearing tight fitting cloths, it may be difficult to put them back on once you are bandaged IE: skinny jeans If you are getting a tattoo in a more intimate area you are welcome to bring a house coat, or string bikini. This will allow access the location, and you can keep covered ;) If you are a dude, just be clean, and comfy.




Will I need to book time off work?


we strongly suggest at least one recovery day after your tattoo, if you have the time available. If you cannot accommodate this due to work, you will need to be vigilant with the care of your tattoo and pay very close attention to your after care. If your occupation exposes you to harsh chemicals (liquid or gas) or you are around bodily fluids, please wear appropriate bandaging as well as you PPE. If you need more bandages due to your work environment, inform your artist and we can provide you with work bandages. If you are unsure how your work environment will affect your tattoo, ASK! we see many clients in many work environments. Be sure to make a note of it when you are planning, and ask more during your consult.




Should I bring snacks?


I encourage all clients bring a couple snacks, and something to drink. Definitely bring a bottle of water. Staying hydrated if very important. If you can, please eat a large meal, higher in protein. Proteins take a longer time to break down, so the energy will last you longer than sugar or fruits and veggies. If you are vegan, almonds and other trail mix type snacks take the longest to break down.




Can I bring a friend?


only one guest is permited. If you bring a friend and they are disrespectful in my workplace, they will be asked to leave.




Can I bring my kids?


The tattoo studio is not a suiteable environment for a child. Plan for a sitter when you are booking your appointments.




Can I use a NUMBING CREAM?


If you have a lower pain tolerance, I suggest checking out Zensa Numbing Cream! It is a topical anaesthetic designed for many procedures involving microdermabrasion, including tattoo procedures, microblading, laser hair removal and more! Please be advised you must inform your Artist If you plan on using any numbing products before the tattoo procedure. ***This way we can ensure you are using the product correctly before hand, and we can also help prevent any potential adverse effects that may be caused by incorrect usage. I strongly recommend that if you know that you have very SENSITIVE SKIN, double check product ingredients before attempting to use the product. (a small sample of the product can be provided upon request, for clients who wish to test it and see if their skin reacts.) Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. I will have the product available in shop, Interested clients will have to pay a small additional fee to their supply charge, to cover prep time and cost. (the product takes about 45 minutes to work so we will need to schedule additional time during the appointment for prep). If you would like to research more about Zensa's care products, visit: www.zensaskincare.com If you have questions or concerns, please ask during your consultation. Here is a direct link to the product: Zensa Numbing Cream




DON'T Forget to SHOWER!


Be sure that before you come in to your appointment, that you are CLEAN! If you are able, trim or shave the hair around the areas we will be working on, if you can reach them. This makes stencil time and the tattoo prep go much faster. If you can, gently exfoliate the area we are going to tattoo. This will ensure there are no excess skin cells built up and dead tissue getting in our way. Some customers rarely exfoliate, and this can be a little nasty during the tattoo. ***Also give your feet a good scrub... working near or on smelly dirty feet is very unpleasant. Some artists may even turn away a client with poor hygeine.




Home prep!


The most important things to remember are, Fresh clean Bedding Clean Bathroom/ place to wash the tattoo. & Clean Clothing! You want to be sure the place you sleep, and the place that you wash your tattoo, are both nice a clean, with minial clutter and germs. This will reduce the potential risk of infection. You should also be sure that you wash your bedding, and that your cloths and underwear are clean. If you can, plan for some comfy cloths the first could of days. Softer fabrics tend to feel better than harsh/rough fabrics.




So, When can I go in a pool/hotub/bath again?


2 weeks past flakey stage. Everyone heals differently, and your flakey stage might heal faster others. Mark the date on the calendar, when you have no more flaking skin. two weeks past your final flake, and you should be good to go in the water. ****You will still need to moisturize your tattoo regularly, even after this stage is complete. I lot of people make a bad habbit of not using moisturizer once the difficult part is out of the way. Your tattoo will be healing for a few weeks yet, so keep moisturizing!




Can I have a bath to clean my tattoo?


You should not submerge your tattoo in water until it is healed. The reason is that sometimes the pigment can come out of the tattoo, due to excess moisture. This can also happen in humid climates/seasons. Our goal is to prevent color loss in the early stages of healing. If you can, stick to showers at low preasure. If your shower does not have control settings and have a high water pressure, Avoid water's direct contact with the tattoo, when it is fresh. You need to clean it, but don't be rough about it.




Medical Conditions!


If you are on any medications or have any serious medical conditions that affect your immune system, you need to tell your artist. Some medications can negatively affect your tattoo, or its ability to heal properly. Especially if you have a low white blood cell count. If you have any conditions involving skin problems, such as, nickle allergies, acne, eczema or psoriasis, or others, you need to let your artist know. Some of these conditions can cause serious damage to your skin long term, and a tattoo will do more harm to you than good. We need to know if you have any major allergies including food and pet allergies, as a precaution. *if I have a peanut butter cookie and it could kill you, I need to know. we cannot tattoo clients prone to seizures. this is for your safety. clients with blood pressure issues may also be at risk, due to the nature of the procedure. Enemic clients can be prone to fainting. Some Pacemakers may be affected by our equipment, you must let use know if you have a Pacemaker. If there are any conditions not mentioned and you are concerned about the tattoo procedure, please feel free to ask.




NO Partying, Alcohol or recreational drugs!


All of the above can cause a bad heal, one way or another. Avoid these at least a couple days before, and a couple days after the initial tattoo procedure. We don't need to go into the major science of it, the point is, all of that stuff is basically poisoning you, and kills your immune system....if you are partying hard and then get a tattoo, it is like kicking your body's immune system when it is already down...




FUUURRR BABIES! (pets)


You will need to be sure your pets, and their hair, can stear clear of your tattoo. It won't be forever, but their germs can really mess up your heal. If they do come in contact with the tattoo, you need to wash the tattoo immediately! If you get hair on the tattoo, you will need to remove their hair gently while skin is dry and then wash your tattoo after removing their hair. This also means that if they are your "sleeping buddy", you can't share the bed with them, and you WILL NEED to be sure you have fresh clean bedding!





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