So you've booked an appointment with one of our artists, but what happens next?
We'll call you. The week prior to your appointment, we'll call you to confirm that you're still coming in. Conformation calls are typically made on Mondays. In some cases, if you're a regular at our shop or you know your artists outside of work — they may text you to confirm your appointment.
Be on time, please. Being on time tells the artist that you're serious about getting worked on and that you value their time. Also — it's just polite.
Show us pictures. If you saw something that really caught your eye and is inspiring your tattoo, bring it with you. Make sure you're clear about which elements of your reference you like: the color, the line thickness, the placement, etc. Our artists do their best work when they understand what you're looking for.
Be honest. When your artist shows you their drawing, you're not hurting their feelings by telling them if you don't like it. They want you to be happy with your tattoo.
Get comfortable. Wear something that can easily reveal the body part you're having tattooed and that you won't mind sitting in for (possibly) multiple hours. Depending on the location of your tattoo, you may be asked to sit or lay in a position you wouldn't normally be hanging out it — so while your fab new jeans may look great when you're standing at the bar, they may not feel great when you're sitting in the chair for 3 hours.
Be patient. Your artist may ask you to wait while they draw, set up their station, stuff a snack in their face, or maybe even get in a bathroom break. Read a book, check your email, or post tattoo shop selfies while they get ready.
Take a break. If you need to get something to drink, use the bathroom, stretch a sore limb, or call it quits for the day — say so. Neither you nor your artist enjoy working when you're uncomfortable.
Do you need another appointment? Large tattoos take time, this means you may need more appointments to finish the piece. Your artist will let you know how many sessions they think they will need to finish the work.
Say thank you. Okay — so this one isn't really a requirement, but we'll all leave here happier human beings if we treat each other respectfully.