T A T T O O A R T I S T
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
How do I make an appointment with you?
-Due to high demand, please watch whether my books are open or not to submit a contact form. I only am able to get a certain amount of projects in before I close my books. As my career has grown not only years but in demand and numbers of clients I've worked previously with, I want to focus on creating my own original pieces such as flash to transferred onto skin and limiting my commission projects.
Any inquiry outside of my book openings unfortunately will now be denied. I plan on only opening my books 1-2 twice a year and moving forward to flash only.
Can I book with you through Instagram DMs or Facebook?
-That's a trick question. None of the above. The best way to get into my books is directly through my contact form or my email. I will ONLY accept emails. My contact form helps streamline details about your tattoo in the first initial message. Generally all -messages on IG and Facebook just sit in a request folder and accumulate more at wild numbers than my emails.
-To avoid multiple inboxes and losing track of things, forgetting to respond, or a message left behind--sticking to email allows me to stay organize and know what I need to respond to. I ask if you are seriously inquiring, to take the time to read how my books work to have a deeper understanding for my personal books and how it helps streamline my work into one area. It helps compartmentalize messages and inquiries in one place to correspond to clients and avoid double booking and provides a thread for both parties can go back and look at.
How far do you book out?
-I generally like to only stay booked out for 3-4 months but tend to stay full about 6 months to plan around any sudden life changes, emergencies, and vacations. I have been booked out over a year and found it extremely difficult to have a healthy work/personal life balance. Being booked out only 6 months is a personal choice than it is how busy clients can keep me. Over time, I really try to prioritize work balance, personal and family life, and my mental care and health! :')
Do you have a waitlist?
-I do not keep a wait list. I have tried in the past but they turn into logistical nightmares for me. I post to my Instagram when I have cancellations and times available. Cancellation time is first come first serve.
When do your books open?
-Due to high demand, I will generally make an announcement on my Instagram page when my books/commissions will be open. I am now aiming January or August of every year. I know I can't take on everyone's project and due to the demand, I am able to be selective on what projects I take on. I will generally see and take on about 10-20 people/projects. It is no longer a first come first serve basis as I will allow a few days to really take in the inquiries and review over what project resonates with me. Because I am at a high demand, I will be buried in emails and will take a a few days to go through all the submitted inquiries and respond to just those who were able to get in. Please understand that my denial of your project is not something personal to take and I take no thrill in denying your projects.
What day does your consultations fall on?
-I am hoping to now switch consultations to virtual /Zoom meetings to streamline questions I may have unless I need measurements for larger pieces after COVID-19. It has been a game changer and solution for not only the pandemic but my safety. To not go in massive details, I did have someone who stalked me in 2019 and try not to have my work hours something very publicly known, I am running things as appointment only. Rather than compiling people into a day and having too public of information about my work hours to avoid possible risky situations.
How much is a deposit?
-Generally I just ask of $50 deposit for flash and $100 for commission pieces with me that goes all towards the total cost of your tattoo and to reserve a time in my books.
Is the deposit refundable or nonrefundable?
-It is nonrefundable. And your deposit can be forfeited if you 1) Do a no call no show. 2) Do not reschedule with a 48 hour notice. 3) Change of concept, which means you change your idea from what you originally commission me for. So please take in regards my time, think over your ideas and what you want, collect them together to be discussed, and any references printed when coming to commission a project.
How to reschedule?
-All I ask is good communication from my clients! I kindly ask to simply consider my time and regards of my schedule to at least give me a 48 hour notice if you are unable to make it to our appointment. You are free to call the shop or email me directly. Due to COVID-19, I completely assess every circumstance individually and understand emergency situations. If something comes up, please feel free to reach out and communicate to me.
What is your hourly rate?
-I generally charge by piece and size than I do by an hourly rate. I work in various styles and technique and base my rate on my experience, coverage/size, and placement. I consider my drawing time, sanitizing, and setting up not in my hourly but why my rate is priced the way it is. Moving into 2023, Flash work repeatable work will be $170 p/hr and commission designs will be $200 p/hr.
Do you decline any potential clients or projects?
-Yes, I do. I not only care about the safety of my clients but myself including. If you make me feel uncomfortable, I have the right to decline you as a client. If I feel like there is another artist that can meet your needs and vision, I'll happily direct you. There will just be times where there are projects I may not be particularly drawn in doing, or better put, feeling like it's in my vision of creativity and style.
-Beyond that, I simply do not tolerate a 'no call, no show'. If you cannot make it, I simply always ask clients for a 48 hour notice, but of course, life happens and emergencies do come up which I'm completely understanding about. At the end of the day, I just ask for communication and being in the contact if you can't make it.
Do you do cover ups?
-Generally, I prefer not to and only take on projects I feel confident to take on and I can hide away the original tattoo underneath. Unfortunately, it isn't something I prefer doing nor choose to particularly specialize in. Although, I can give you my professional opinion/insight and see if that's something I'm comfortable in helping you with or happily redirect you to someone who will be able to look at it and potentially take care of that for you.
Can I get tattooed if I'm pregnant or nursing?
-I will not tattoo someone who is pregnant or nursing due the risks and possible complications. If you find out you're expecting, please reach out and let me know and we will hold your project until we are able to make an appropriate time for your appointment.
Will you tattoo the inner lip? or my face? hands?
-Lips are a no go for me and something I personally do not have interest to do but as most things--I can redirect you. Face and hand tattoos I definitely prefer that you're inked up quite a bit before you venture to higher "job- killer" tattoos so to speak. Although I see tattoos growing less taboo and more accepted in society in the upcoming years and it's a privilege to dismantle the stigma behind tattoos. As my own artist integrity while we break those barriers, I prefer to not to jeopardize young lives or opportunities that could deter someone from getting a job and to rethink those areas for the time being.
Do you sell gift cards?
-I do not have a gift card system and will not implement one any time soon.
How can I know when you have any openings in your schedule or from a rescheduled appointment?
-The best way to keep up with what I'm doing is simply following me on Instagram--that's where I am most active and giving updates on anything that may come up. I generally will post a story update on my instagram informing that I have some time availability for someone to slip in. But during this time of my career, I don't get many openings. It does help to have your post notifications on from me on Instagram to be notified right away when I post anything, whether it is an opening in my schedule or my books.
-Also, I feel like I should add, that when I do advertise a spot it generally gets filled fairly quick within 5-30 minutes after posting. Unfortunately due to my demand as well, it's impossible for me to keep track of everyone who wants to be notified other than just staying tuned in with my work.
I found a design off your IG's "FLASH/ UP 4 GRABS' highlights, how do I go about reserving the design and booking a time with you?
-I generally book flash / premade designs during flash drops + booking openings. In a blue moon, I will have a time slot I am looking to fill and will announce on my story. When it comes to premade designs and things I specifically drew up wanting to do--you can sometimes get a slip right into my schedule. It depends on what my book availability is and if that project will fit in my timeline and my plans. If it works out, I will be in contact with you to reserve the design and throw you dates of my next availability to fit you in for it. :-)
I am interested in learning how to tattoo? Will you teach me? How do I get into the tattoo industry?
-That's awesome! There's a lot that goes into tattooing beyond knowing how to draw, it's being discipline, book keeping/ time management, and problem solving. I can only teach so many people while balancing my career and a shop and want to only focus on one apprentice for about at least a year to two without juggling another. Although I see that it's hard to get into the industry and a reputable shop, I still want to provide helpful advice for young artists about social media management, networking, and ways to improve your portfolio and work to garner opportunities of your own. Even if I cannot give you the opportunity to learn directly under me, I can help with constructive critique for an individual to stand out and improve their artwork.
-I will not give advice for machines or equipment if you are not licensed and not under a mentor to properly teach you right/wrong. It unfortunately discredits the amount of hard work and teaching that goes behind learning and paying someone for their time to teach you adequately and the health risks provided that you are working with blood and needles. Think of an apprenticeship fee as taking a college course, preventing malpractice, and supporting small businesses for your own long term career.
FOR MY APPOINTMENT
What type of identification card is valid?
-You will need a valid form of identification to bring with to your appointment. This can be any state or government issued photo ID like a driver’s license, passport, military ID, green card, etc.
What is your face mask policy?
-Due to ink and working close to blood we require our artists to wear mask when operating on clients. We also ask for our clients to wear masks to help lessen the spread of sickness and diseases. Unfortunately our two of our staff at Empress Eye does have family who are currently battling cancer and to be able to support and see our loved ones and work on our clients -- we ask that our clients respect our lives also outside of work.
How old do I have to be to get tattooed at your shop?
-I will only tattoo individuals 18 years or older. Under NHHS (Nebraska Health and Human Services) regulations relating to body art facilities, all body artists retain the right to refuse services to a person under 18 years of age.
Do you accept cash,card, or checks?
-I do accept cash and card. Our shop doesn't take checks.
Can I use numbing cream for our appointment?
-Numbing creams are a useful tool to help you get tattooed in some painful spots and last longer during your appointment. However, expectations should be managed. If you are interested in using a numbing cream, please email me first and I can provide you application instructions, precautionary details, and more general info.
What should I bring to my appointment?
-Make sure you have a valid ID with you.
-Wear comfy, loose clothing or bring a change of clothing that you don't mind getting dirty or ink on.
-Bring cash or a debit/credit card as a form of payment.
-Bring any snacks or water/ drinks you may need. Drinks must have a lid/cap.
-Bring any pillows or blankets that will make sitting more comfortable ( I will have you sitting on plastic otherwise).
-Feel free to bring headphones if you prefer a silent appointment. :-) I generally talk through the appointment if you would like to hold a conversation.