Here's a list of my most frequently asked questions. Please make sure to read thoroughly before booking and check to make sure your question isn't already covered here before emailing.
WHAT IS YOUR RATE?
Currently my rate is at $200/hr. I have a 2 hour minimum for all appointments. Factors that determine the overall cost of your piece include the sizing, placement, intricacy of design, how much shading is needed, if there is a lot of black, etc... If you are working with a specific budget in mind I can tailor the design to your budget and can also let you know if your idea is do-able with the budget in mind. Exact quotes are extremely difficult to calculate.
WHEN CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Appointments are made during my active booking periods, noted on this website and on Instagram as either Books Open or Books Closed. I will always note the date they open as long as I know it. If there is no date, it is because I have not decided when they will open. I tend to book only 3ish months at a time so I can have flexibility with my schedule and focus on my clients with existing appointments and drawing rather than communications which takes up a lot of time. If my books are closed please refrain from reaching out until my books open which I will always announce on Instagram and keep my website updated.
I JUST NEED A TOUCH-UP, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Touch-ups can be booked regardless of booking status, just shoot an email and I'll try and get you in as soon as I can. Touch-ups are complimentary for one year, after that they are subject to my regular tattooing rate.
YOUR BOOKS ARE OPEN, HOW CAN I SCHEDULE?
Please go ahead and open my Contact page, here you will find my intake form with all of the necessary information I need to know whether or not I can accommodate your request. You can also email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org where you will receive an auto-response with all of the needed information. Don't skip any of this information as inquiries received without all the details may not be accepted. I do not do bookings via Instagram.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
I work out of a private studio in Oakland, California. The address is provided upon receipt of a deposit. It is located in a residential neighborhood with lots and lots of parking and is easily accessible via public transportation.
ARE YOU TRAVELING TO MY CITY?
When I travel and do guest spots I always post about my travel dates on my Instagram. For most up to date information please follow me @dentaldamage.
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
I currently accept Cash, Card, and Paypal payments. A 3% fee will be applied to card and Paypal transactions so if you don't want to pay this fee please bring cash for the entirety of your payment. I do not accept Venmo as a payment method.
DO YOU ACCEPT TIPS?
While tipping is never expected, it is always a nice way to let your artist know that you appreciate the work that has gone into different elements of the project. If there have been special accommodations made for you, if you run late, if you're just happy with the overall experience please consider leaving a tip. Tips also don't have to be monetary! Clients have tipped me in plants, books, trinkets and it's always a sweet gesture.
DO YOU EVER TATTOO FLASH?
At the beginning of my booking periods I usually release a handful of pre-drawn concepts that are up for grabs on my Instagram page. These designs are first come first serve but usually have suggested placements that aren't negotiable unless noted. Sometimes I do repeatable flash but much more rarely. Any available concepts that haven't been claimed live on a highlight reel on my Instagram. If there is nothing there, there is nothing available.
WHAT TYPE OF WORK ARE YOU INTERESTED IN TATTOOING?
My artwork is ornamental and geometric, the tattoos that I take on usually have some component of this integrated. I like blending organic elements along with these elements to create a compelling complimentary pairing. My pieces are usually high contrast with lots of use of solid black to push elements forward. I enjoy helping people connect with their heritage as well as sharing elements from my own heritage.
WHAT DON'T YOU TATTOO?
Henna inspired tattoos
Dotwork (I have a repetitive stress injury)
Human or human adjacent imagery
DO YOU DO COVER-UPS/BLASTOVERS?
I do do cover-ups and blastovers, there are many examples of each in my portfolio. However, I get a LOT of requests for cover-ups due to my frequent use of solid black and I am very selective about which pieces to take on as these designs usually take much longer to draw than a regular tattoo. I will only take on a cover-up or blastover project if I feel like I can do it justice.
CAN YOU DO MY TATTOO IN BLUE/PURPLE/ORANGE/ETC..?
My style of tattooing is blackwork. 99% of the time I use exclusively black ink or greywash (watered down black) as that is what I am interested in tattooing with. I have on occasion been known to use a little red ink here and there but for the most part those have been flash designs and not custom work. I won't make exceptions for this, I literally own no other pigments.
I'M SUPER EXCITED FOR OUR APPOINTMENT! CAN I SEE MY DESIGN AHEAD OF TIME?
Unfortunately I do not show designs ahead of our scheduled appointment. There are a few reasons for this, one being that I have actually had people take my designs to be tattooed elsewhere (super bummer), and the other being that I may not have even drawn it yet. I have multiple designs that I have to do weekly and I try to get ahead when I can but it isn't always possible. Showing designs before the appointment compounds the amount of drawing I have to do rather than at a manageable pace. I will always make time for edits and changes after you see the design and we won't put anything on your body until we both think it's awesome. If this work flow makes you uncomfortable, I may not be the artist for you.