frequently asked questions
Custom submissions are accepted via the contact page for up to 3 days every 2-3 months or so for the following 2-3 months appointments. The form will prompt you for specific information regarding subject matter, size, placement and reference images. Do note that I do not make text tattoos, tiny tattoos, replicate custom artwork by other artists or tattooers or create any imagery that may be culturally appropriative out of respect to myself, my craft and to you. Coverups are generally not feasible with the finer line qualities of my current style of work but may be considered on a case by case basis.
So if you're still on board... Determine the imagery that will complete the design.
If you have an idea but it's not quite full or you're unsure how to put the pieces together thats ok. That's what I'm here for. When given artistic freedom I'm actually able to work more efficiently. Start thinking if there is primary or tertiary information involved. Ie: Is there a specific type of flower, or breed of animal? Is it facing upwards, profile view? Is is sitting, dancing or prancing? Is there an overwhelming feeling of cute, stoic or sad? Is it standing alone or are there organic elements in the background or foreground?
If you know exactly what you're after, tell me about it and make a little sketch, even if it's as simple as a stick figure/creature/blob with an arrow pointing to a circle for a rose next to an oval for a skull with little loops for lupines etc.
Tattoos are adornments that mark now, that you'll carry and look back upon for the rest of your breaths. They can solely be aesthetically pleasing or they can also symbolize many things and be drenched in meaning. A picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes the idea of an image holds equal weight to an exact replica. Details are limited by the size of the tattoo, as skin is not paper. Skin stretches and shifts as you age and with it the ink, so it's important to remember that often less is more and not to pack too many things into a small space.
Thank you in advance for your trust and time and considering any professional opinions I hold regarding sizing and placement as my intention is always to make for you a flattering design that is authentic to your initial vision and also to stand up to the tests of time as you wear it for all your years to come.
Consultations and Booking
Consultations are not generally necessary as I'm usually able to gather most information from the awesome forms you fill out with pictures and sketches attached. Upon confirmation of the project we'll generally email if I have any simple questions and booking information will be forwarded.
Depending on the size, placement and detail of your piece there are many elements to discuss, and a ballpark idea is rendered with booking information. I work at a minimum hourly rate of $150 for the entirety of your tattoo appointment including preparation, set-up, breaks and aftercare discussion.
Every appointment requires a deposit, which varies on the size of the piece you're getting. Multiple appointments require subsequent deposits. This deposit is a non-refundable agreement that we are committing to an agreed upon project, and will start my drawing process. This amount will be subtracted from the final session upon completion of your tattoo.
Please note that placement and size affect the overall cost of your tattoo. Changing either of these elements may alter your estimated cost. Changing your idea completely may require an additional deposit.
While experiencing high demand for custom work I've decided it's in all of our best interest for me to take on no more than 3 months of appointments at a time. That means that every 2-3 months I will be accepting new proposals so we can secure a date in the forseeable future.
Book opening announcements will be on the contact page here and in my instragram bio. I currently leave the books open for 3 days to allow time to gather thoughts.
When my books are closed I will not be responding to any new inquiries so that I can be of better service to the folx on my schedule and focus on my projects at hand. Thank you for your patience!
Trust is the biggest pillar in this process. You're here because you enjoy what you've seen come out of my hands. If you're certain about your tattoo idea and that my work is stylistically in line with the idea in your head this will go smoothly.
I usually email a sketch a few days in advance of your appointment to be sure we're on the same page. If any significant changes need to be made this gives me time to edit.
I'm currently booking custom work Tuesdays-Fridays. Appointments begin at 12pm or 4pm. Unfortunately later start times are not available. Once we have discussed your proposal, Ill be able to estimate the length of time (and subsequent cost) of your tattoo appointment. I'll forward you scheduling information so you can call the shop to confirm an appointment. Please be kind to our fantastic counter staff fielding your call. Have your calendar readily available. They will offer you the next opening possible.
In case of reschedule, call the shop with at least 48 hours notice to your scheduled appointment. If you do not give at least 48 hours notice your deposit is void.
If you must cancel your appointment after setting the date please reschedule during your cancellation call. Deposits are non-refundable and will be held for no more than 3 months from your initial scheduled appointment.
I generally schedule two 3-4 appointments a day and they are often back to back. If you're more than 30 minutes late your deposit will be void as I will likely not have time to tattoo you, or we may need to finish it at a later date depending on the circumstances.
Location and Parking
We are in the heart of Central Square at 694 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA.
We're directly on the Red line and the 1 bus on the MBTA.
Metered spaces run to 8pm and are strictly 2 hours. They can no longer be renewed by coin or card or even by moving the car to a different space. If you are driving I recommend Green Street Garage, Green Street Parking Lot or 30 Pilgrim Street Garage.
common do's and dont's
Bring a valid photo ID
You'll need a valid, up to date drivers license or passport, or state ID plus a copy of your birth certificate in order to get tattooed as per order of the board of health to certify that you are over 18 years of age and prove your identity. No exceptions.
Eat well and be hydrated the day of and days leading to your appointment
Tattoos can take a lot out of your system. Be sure to eat well before you arrive and bring snack and a sugary drink with you. Between the adrenaline rushes and endorphin crashes, sometimes fainting and dizziness can occur so be sure your blood-sugar is where it needs to be. Your overall health will affect how you heal from your tattoo. Staying nourished and hydrated is key both before and after our session.
Be cozy and dress for the occasion
Wear comfy clothes that you don't care so much about incase they get ink smears or splats. Be sure I can easily access the area you plan to be tattooed. This may mean you could be in a partial state of undress during the stencil application and the actual tattoo procedure. Your comfort in the process is the highest priority to me but so is my ability to properly render the tattoo on your skin. I do work in a private room however if you have any questions about appropriate attire please ask in advance.
Bring headphones, a mobile device, a book....whatever suits your fancy to keep you distracted if you need to be, knowing that I will be focusing on making your permanent art. Consider your tattoo session a meditative safe space to contemplate yourself and your journey. I am happy to chat to an extent but be aware that if I am distracted your tattoo may take longer.
Tipping all service workers is a sign of thanks for a job well done. The deep and vast and personal experience of receiving a tattoo is a professional exchange provided in a licensed, safe, clean, welcoming space that comes at a cost to both you, the client, and me, the artist. It's a piece of art that you will actually carry with you literally until the day you die. If you're able to tip it is greatly appreciated. Heartfelt handmade tokens of appreciation, cuttings from your favorite plant and baked goods are equally cherished.
Don't bring an entourage!
Bring ONE friend to hold your hand or run errands, but please don't bring your whole crew. My private room is small and I prefer to have a calm working environment in order to best focus on you. This is not a party, it's a moment of growth and forward movement, let's keep it a bit sacred.
Don't drink the day of or the night before your tattoo
Alcohol thins your blood and will literally push the ink out as we put it in. Save the drinks for the day after please.
Don't show up sick
If you're under the weather leading up to a tattoo appointment, best to cancel at least 48 hours prior just incase. If your immune system is compromised you probably won't heal well from your tattoo. Also, for the benefit of your artist and the shop, we'd rather you stay home and get better than spread germs. Thanks!