How does the process work?

 

Contact:

If you are interested in getting work from me, you can fill out the contact form on this website or email me at krystendaetattoos@gmail.com.

For larger, multi-session pieces a consultation is usually preferred, but it's often not necessary for smaller, one-shot tattoos. At the consultation we can discuss your ideas and take a tracing of the area of the body to be tattooed.

Deposit:

A minimum $100 nonrefundable deposit is required in order to secure an appointment. Larger pieces may require a larger deposit. Cash and cards are accepted. The deposit will be applied towards the last session of your tattoo. 

 

Cancellation Policy:

I have a strict cancellation policy.

48 hours notice is required in order to cancel or reschedule or deposit will be forfeited. Of course I understand that life happens--contact me as soon as possible.

Creating your Tattoo:

After the consultation I will make a custom drawing for you. I do not email previews or finished drawings. If at your tattoo appointment changes are necessary, they can usually be made on the spot.  I always welcome your feedback. 

For your tattoo appointment:

Please arrive clean, well-rested, sober, and pretty please no perfumes or fragrances! Be sure you arrive with a full stomach to stay fueled up for getting tattooed. Your body needs fuel for the process!!

How do I care for my new tattoo?

Depending on the type of bandage, you will need to leave it on for at least 24 hours and up to four days. Please listen to your artist's post tattoo care instructions for your tattoos unique nuances.

Remove the bandage after the advised time and wash immediately. Using only your clean hands, mild soap and hot water, wash your tattoo thoroughly until it no longer feels “slimy.” Scrub and rinse your tattoo several times until the slimy residue is gone and your skin feels squeaky clean. Blot dry with a clean paper towel. The more you wash your tattoo the first couple of days, the faster it will heal. Wash and blot dry at least 4x daily during that period. 

Again, avoid sun exposure, baths, saunas, hot tubs, swimming, or soaking it in water of any kind for the first 2 weeks. Showers are encouraged.

Never re-bandage your tattoo!

Some mild redness and swelling is normal. Wear loose fitting, breathable, non-abrasive clothing over the area.

Moisturizing during healing:

Once your tattoo appears to “dry out”

(usually on day 2 or 3) it is time to start using lotion. Continue to wash your tattoo daily in the shower. Blot dry and let air dry for 15 minutes and then apply fragrance-free hand lotion 3-4x daily until healed. I don't recommend any petroleum-based products but if you choose to use an ointment, be sure to use it sparingly and rub it in all the way so that it does not sit on top of your skin.

Further healing:

Your tattoo will soon develop scaly scabs and will flake off like a sunburn. Do not pick or scratch. Do not touch the area at all unless you are washing or moisturizing. Do not let your friends touch it or your dog lick it. 

Again, avoid sun exposure, baths, saunas, hot tubs, swimming, or soaking it in water of any kind for the first 2 weeks. Showers are encouraged.

Last stage of healing:

After it is all flaked off, your tattoo will appear “milky” or shiny. Continue to moisturize until it is fully healed, usually 3-4 weeks total.



If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call or email. I guarantee my work and I want you to  love your tattoo!

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"I have been tattooing professionally since 2008, after getting my start at a shop in the Midwest shortly after graduating high school. I fell in love with tattooing but took a long road to making it my profession after eventually finding myself in the Pacific Northwest. I respect the magic of tattooing daily and I am truly grateful to be one of the lucky few who can get paid for doing what they love. Tattooing inspires me, challenges me, humbles me, and enables me to provide for my family. I owe my life to the craft and to the badass clients I get to meet along the way. My specialties are in Japanese and American traditional style tattooing, but I am open to all ideas and enjoy other styles. I own and operate Water Street Tattoo in Port Townsend, WA. I also make regular trips to Seattle to guest spot at Hidden Hand Tattoo in Fremont."

~Krysten