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Q: Where do you work?
A: I am currently a resident artist at Gastown Tattoo in Vancouver, Canada. I occasionally work tattoo events at Black Medicine, and do guest spots in a private studio in Vancouver.
Q: Do you ever travel and do guest spots? Will you ever guest in <your city>?
A: I love traveling and guesting! If there is no travel information on my social media pages, then I have no travel plans. This year (2017) I will not be guesting very much, if at all, as I want to focus on local projects.
Q: When are you taking appointments, and do you have a wait list?
A: I usually 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. My next newsletter should be sent circa June/July 2017, and I'll be booking for August/early fall.
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 are your rates, do you take deposits, how do you charge?
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/hour(+tax) for tattooing, but that may fluctuate slightly depending on the project. Drawing time is included in the cost of your tattoo. The shop takes cash, credit, and debit. Deposits for out-of-town folks can be arranged via email. (Also, please keep receipts for your deposits!)
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. I also enjoy hand-made things, books, comics, art, and high fives.
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.
Additionally, I get many requests, so please do not take it personally if your project isn't something I feel like I can execute.
Q: What kinds of things do you enjoy tattooing the most? What do you not like tattooing? How much direction do you want from me, the client?
A: I like projects which challenge and excite me, and these are elements which may take many different forms. 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.