Tattoo Pricing & Design
Basically, there are two types of tattoo budgets: SIZE and PRICE. We have no preference as to which type of budget you have; we just need to know in order to start. The last thing we want for our clients is for them to be put in a financial bind and we do our best to be clear and straight forward so both parties are happy with the results. If your priority is SIZE, then the price will be decided based on that. If your priority is PRICE, the size and placement of your tattoo will be determined by that parameter. For example, let’s say you want to get a tattoo that covers your entire forearm. We decide what your imagery will be and we draw the tattoo for that area. When the drawing is complete, we can tell you how much that tattoo is going to cost. Conversely, let’s say your mom gave you $250 to get a heart with "MOM" in it for your birthday, or maybe hers - whatever. We will then draw the tattoo with that price in mind. Placement and experience are also factors when getting tattooed so staying open-minded is the best way to get the best tattoo for your money and one Mom will be proud of. Cash, credit/debit are accepted.
Obviously, your priorities may fall on a spectrum between both of these factors. That's totally fine! Just let us know what is most important and we can plan accordingly. Any of our clients will tell you that we don't pass judgment on anyone who is honest with us and we do our absolute best to be honest with them. However, price-shopping and trying to get tattooed for the cheapest possible rate is not a game we are interested in playing.
We will not undercut our colleagues. We have a huge amount of respect for fellow tattooers in this industry. We're all in this together.
Do I Need To Pay For The Drawing?
As mentioned, we will take a $80 non-refundable deposit, which is also your appointment deposit, so that's included in the price of your finished tattoo. Basically, the drawing is our property until we apply it to your skin. Then, it's your tattoo and you can do whatever you want with it. Keep in mind that we may need to draw the design at the time of the appointment depending on the complexity of the image. It must “fit” with your body aesthetically and will benefit the outcome of the tattoo if changes are considered at that time, so we may not have a final draft ready until you come in.
Do I Have To Send You A Reference / Should I Send You Pictures Of Tattoos I Like?
You can send as little or as much as you'd like! We feel like most of the tattoo images that Google (or...uh...Alta Vista?) will find for you are mediocre at best. The amount of information can also be overwhelming. We are happy to know what kind of aesthetic appeals to you but you certainly don't need to put yourself out to find it. Also, if you've found a specific tattoo(s) that we have done and you want something similar then DEFINITELY let us know. That will help us immensely in figuring out what you're interested in, even if it turns into a “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” sort-of-thing.
A NOTE ON REFERENCE:
If you can keep all your reference material in one email thread... That. Is. Completely. Awesome. It makes organizing all of your information much easier and more accessible. We can search your email in the Shop Inbox to find your reference (Gmail doesn't always cooperate, remember, it’s hungry for robot food).
I Found A Specific Tattoo I Like On The Internet, And I Want It Exactly.
Sure, you can have a design that is similar - be it similar in subject matter, style, or composition. We will not steal another tattooer's design. It's not fair to the person who crafted it or the person wearing it. Tattoo FLASH is intended to be used as inspiration for tattoos so it falls into an entirely different category than someone's custom tattoo. (We’re also pretty good at hunting down original sources of common designs). It’s a great place to start if you found a tattoo that you like but don't want to get exactly the same thing.
Can I See My Design Before My Appointment?
There are a few reasons why we don't release our drawings prior to a scheduled appointment. The number one reason is that sharing and reproducing images is extremely easy over the web. We'd rather not have our artwork potentially taken to another artist by you or someone else. While we would never assume that you would do that (would you?!), it has happened and has made us institute this policy.
Secondly, we draw tattoos in order of appointment so our schedule dictates when we get a drawing finalized. We do our best to give equal care and attention to each client's work which takes as much time as it has to. A line drawing usually looks nothing like your finished tattoo anyway, so you're missing about 2/3 of the information needed to interpret the design at all. Lastly, we are a little superstitious about being over-prepared. That's just a personal preference of ours and we chose a process which keeps our ideas fresh but has a handle on the final product.
What If I Want To Make Changes To My Design?
No problem. If you want to make small changes, we can make them on the fly on the day of your appointment. If you want to make big changes or we need to re-draw your idea, we can just reschedule you. Both of these situations are fairly rare occurrences, but we won't make you get a tattoo that you aren't excited about. If you like the tattoos we make or the work of a particular artist, you will most likely dig the tattoo we/they draw for you if we have all the pertinent info.
We've also started scheduling large pieces with new clients on a day where we can take the time to discuss the tattoo and make adjustments. If we feel like we are ready to make the tattoo that you'd like, we can take our time getting on the same page. This cuts down on time between emails/consultations and execution so information doesn't get lost in the shuffle.