How does the process work?
If you are interested in getting work from me, you can fill out a contact form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I prefer an in-person consultation whenever possible. At the consultation we can discuss your ideas and take a tracing of the area of the body to be tattooed. 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.
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--get ahold of me as soon as possible.
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 also arrive with a full stomach.
How do I care for my new tattoo?
Leave your bandage on overnight. Remove bandage the next morning and wash immediately. Never re-bandage. Using only your clean hands, mild soap and hot water, wash your tattoo thoroughly until it no longer feels “slimy.” You should scrub and rinse 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. Some mild redness and swelling is normal. Wear loose fitting, breathable, non-abrasive clothing over the area.
Once your tattoo appears to “dry out” (usually 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 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.
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. Avoid sun exposure, baths, saunas, hot tubs, swimming, or soaking it in water of any kind for the first 2 weeks. Showers are encouraged.
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!