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Q: Where do you work?
A: I am currently a resident artist at Gastown Tattoo in unceded Coast Salish, Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh lands, also known as Vancouver, Canada.
Q: When are you taking appointments, and do you have a wait list?
A: I do not keep a waitlist. My schedule is never quite set in stone, so I can’t say when exactly my books will be open. I usually try to book two or three months at a time. These booking periods are not pre-arranged through the year as to allow for some breathing room in my schedule. If you want up-to-date information regarding bookings, please consider signing up for my newsletter. Newsletters, too, are sent sporadically without schedule, usually circa 4x a year.
Q: What are your rates, do you take deposits, what forms of payment do you accept?
A: There is a 100$ deposit required to secure appointments. This deposit is deducted from your last appointment (should your tattoo be multiple sittings). If you change or cancel your appointment without giving us at least 48 hours’ notice, your deposit will be forfeited. I currently charge about $180-200/CADhour(+tax) for tattooing, but that may fluctuate slightly depending on the project. Drawing time is included in the cost of your tattoo, but for freehand projects drawing time may be counted as part of your hourly rate.
Deposits for out-of-town folks can be arranged via email. (Also, please keep receipts for your deposits!) You may also decide to leave more than a $100 deposit, or use the shop as a ‘tattoo fund bank’ with multiple deposits. Please keep your receipts!.
The shop accepts cash, credit, and debit.
Q: Do you ever travel and do guest spots? Will you ever guest in <your city>?
A: If there is no travel information on my social media pages, then I have no travel plans.
Q: I see that your books are closed, and I cannot wait X months for your books to open. Can I get in sooner if you have a cancellation?
A: No, as stated previously I do not have a waitlist. If I have cancellations, I usually try to fill them via announcements on my social media pages.
Q: Do you offer gift cards?
A: I do not offer personal gift cards, however you may purchase gift cards via Gastown Tattoo, which you may use with any artist services at the studio. This obviously does not apply if the artists are working out-of-shop, say, at a guest spot or convention. I do not recommend purchasing a gift card if the giftee wants a tattoo from a specific artist, and does not already have an ongoing project with them or has not secured an appointment with them.
Q: What are your policies re: lateness
A: If you are more than 20 minutes late for your appointment and if you have not attempted to contact me/the shop about your tardiness, you will probably lose your appointment and subsequent deposit! I am extremely strict about this! Please call the shop and/or email me if you think you may be late!
Q: How much will my tattoo cost/how long will it take?
A: As of now, the shop rate at Gastown is a sliding scale of 180-200/CADhr plus tax. I cannot discern exactly how long a tattoo will take, if you have a concern re: budget and timing please reach out to me or make a note in your design submission. A full sleeve, for example, can take between 15-30+ hours depending on density, colour, your skin type, and a number of other factors. I try to cap sessions at about 5 hours, and large projects are booked with about 3+weeks between sessions. I do offer discounts for folks hoping to cover extensive scarring, offered on a case-by-case basis.
Q: What if I have a last-minute addendum to the design?
A: If you have a major addendum to your design (i.e. a major change in subject, composition, etc) please at least give me 72 hours’ notice - keep in mind I may not accommodate big/last-minute design idea changes. If your addendum is not something I can accommodate, the appointment will be cancelled at your expense! So please be sure about specifics.
Q: I want to get tattooed with one of your designs but I live far away. Can I commission you to draw something for me, and someone else can tattoo it?
A: No, sorry!
Q: What kinds of projects do you prefer to do? How best do I describe my idea to you?
A: I usually prefer larger custom designs (but I also enjoy and welcome smaller projects so don’t worry if you want something small!) and am trying to integrate more freehand projects into my repertoire. Projects that are darker in subject matter and tone are sometimes preferred, and I am comfortable with both colour and black and grey pieces. There is no formula or set of motifs that will guarantee an appointment: in order to keep my practice fluid and evolving I try to keep an open mind! It is also helpful if you are open to experimentation as I continually strive to refine and stretch my style. I am always open to trying new things, and am most comfortable when my clients provide direction regarding the subject matter of their tattoos, as well as colour and style, and leave compositional elements up to my discretion
Be mindful that I get A LOT of nature-themed requests, and to keep my practice fresh and exciting I turn many of them down.
You are welcome to email me with a rundown of your idea - but I cannot guarantee a booking in our future. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to discuss and refine ideas to suit my preferred interests - the idea(s) either works for me or it does not.
Q: I have been following your work for a very long time, I;ve applied to the newsletter/have sent submissions but I am disheartened. I really want a tattoo - what gives?
A: I understand this process can be frustrating; trust me, I am familiar the patience, perseverance and sometimes just dumb luck required to book with some tattooers! I ultimately believe that connections happen when they need to, if they need to - and sometimes no amount of patience can make a specific project come to fruition. The high volume of tattoo requests I receive entails that most projects get turned away. I understand that after a few tries/fails this can be dissuading - it is totally understandable if you seek the work of another tattooer if I have declined a project request from you multiple times. Again, my email is open to those who wish to reach out about their designs but, also, I often do not have the time or resources to discuss an idea in depth if it simply does not resonate with me.
Q: Can you suggest the work of another tattooer to me?
A: I firmly believe that researching tattoo work is a personal process - it is homework that I cannot do for you, especially if we do not know each other very well! Fortunately most tattooers have online portfolios which are easily accessible via social media.
Q: How do I tip?
A: There is no set protocol for tipping tattooers. You can tip as much or as little as you want. It is courteous but absolutely not expected
Q: What is your appointment process?
A: For local folks (in Vancouver), the general process is as follows:
When I am available for appointments, I will publish an online booking form. If you are on my mailing list, you will be notified via email - otherwise, I will be announce this on my social media outlets. This form will elucidate all necessary information needed - please include as many relevant details as you can, but also try not to include *too much* biographical information. I am mostly interested in taking your ideas and executing them in a visual medium; we can discuss conceptual/symbolic elements if/when we meet in person for our consult (or via email if you are not in Vancouver). This booking form will usually be available for two or three days, then it will be taken down.
If we can both accommodate your project, I will book an in-person consultation to talk about the details of your tattoo. This should take no more than 15 minutes. During your consult we will book your actual tattoo appointment and take your deposit (sometimes, however, I will book both the tattoo appointment and your consult at the same time).
You will not be seeing your tattoo design until you come in to get tattooed, or at most a day or two before you get tattooed.
For folks from outside of Vancouver, the process is nearly the same except, minus the in-person consult. Deposits can be arranged via paypal or over the phone at Gastown.