Please bring any photos, images or ideas you have to this appointment. If your design is approved and you are interested in moving forward after the consultation, a $100 or $200 deposit is required to book an appointment. All consultations and design discussions are done in person except for out of town folk, we can plan over email if you don't visit regularly.
Minimum charge for less than one hr: $100
Deposit: $100 if the tattoo will take 3 hours or less; $200 if the tattoo will take more than 3 hours. This will be applied towards your final appointment and is non refundable. Your deposit will be forfeited if you cancel/reschedule within 48 hours of your appointment and a new deposit is required to book another session.
Cash, e-transfer & credit accepted.
Note: I currently do not charge for design time and I often spend more hours designing than I do tattooing. There are no limits to the number of changes you want to make; I will work on it until you are happy with it!
Please arrive on time, and with not too much perfume/cologne as I'm a little sensitive to it! If you are more than 20 minutes late and do not call to let me know, you'll be considered a no show, forfeit your deposit and I'll make other plans. If you show up after 30 minutes I might already be at the beach.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I know if the tattoo shop is clean?
I use brand new, one use, sterile and disposable Needles and tubes. I've been schooled in the Fundamentals of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization by Canadian and American standards. I use the highest standards of cleanliness and disinfection dictated by the Saskatoon Health Region.
2. Do you give quotes for a piece?
I can try to ballpark the time it will take, but I don't give any hard estimates. My style is very detailed, and it does take more time to achieve that than a traditional line & shading tattoo. I go by the hour, often giving discounts to larger pieces such as sleeves etc.
3. What can I do to prepare for my tattoo appointment?
Please arrive clean, recently fed and watered and free of alcohol. Bring a snack for long sessions. If you have a compromised immune system (for example diabetes or HIV) please bring a doctor's authorization. You should not make an appointment immediately pre or post surgery, while you are sick, or heavily stressed. If you have a physically intensive job (such as coveralls rubbing the area or exposed to dirt or chemicals), or will be in a dusty or sunny environment you may want to allow 3 to 10 days (depending on size, location) away from that to allow proper healing. After care is extremely important to ensure proper healing.
4.How should I decide on placement?
I can provide some tips on where your design would look best flow wise, but ultimately it's your personal preference. Consider that areas covered in a layer of hair will need to be shaved to tattoo, but when the hair grows back it will obscure the view of the tattoo some. Areas such as ribs, inside of the arm, calves and feet generally hurt more but if you're determined to sit through it, you can split it up into sessions.
5. Can I bring in any photo or design to get tattooed?
If it's your own design or photo, or one designed for you then yes! Please do! Some changes may need to be made to improve its tattooability. If it's a tattoo someone else has then I will design a unique version for you. Likewise I will not tattoo anyone else with the same tattoo I've made for you.
6. What is your favourite style of tattooing?
I honestly enjoy every style and always welcome new ideas and challenges, however I give preference to realism, especially photographs, and blending styles together.
7. Can you cover up an old tattoo I have?
Probably. There are some design limits, and you will usually have to go larger and often in colour. It will also require layering in at least a couple sessions.
8. Do you do free touch ups?
Yes, one touch up on my own work within one year of the appointment date. In fact i usually like to do two passes on any tattoo as layering helps the longevity of it and I'm a perfectionist so lemme at it! The exception to this is if there was an obvious disregard to the aftercare instructions. Also if you are a no show and I have to go to the beach again, it might not be free the next time.
9. Can I bring a friend?
Only one. Because I only have one chair. Also although friends can be supportive, they can be distracting, and the more you talk, the more you move and the more you move the longer it takes!
10. Do you like melons?
No i hate them. And cucumbers, they are especially terrible. But I don't mind if you bring them for a snack, in fact I encourage you to bring you some food and drink as sometimes sessions can get lengthy and some sustenance will go a long way in extending your comfort!
11. Does it hurt?
Yes it does. Pain varies with each person so how much will depend on your individual tolerance.
12. Can I get tattooed while pregnant or nursing?
13. Can I get tattooed if I'm under 18?
If you are at least 16 with parental consent, depending on the project.
14. Is there anything I should know before deciding on a sleeve/pantleg/backpiece?
Yes, it's a big commitment. It can take anywhere from 40 - 100 hours depending on detail, so please be prepared for this cost wise and time wise. Payment is per appointment, and it's best if we can do sessions of at least 3 or more hours as I usually set up a lot of colours (if it's colour) and like to get in the mindset of it. It's also best if you can schedule appointments every month, or few months. Any more than 6 months to a year apart makes it more difficult to finish the piece in the style it was originally done, and remember where I left off. Also I usually spend 10 - 30 hours just researching and designing the piece so please respect the time I put in and make sure you are serious about it!
15. What's better CAT or Cummins?
I was hoping someone would ask that! If you would have asked me when I first tried them I would have said Cummins, but now I'm equally partial to both! Make? Now that's a different story. Early International all the way.