frequently asked questions
Where to start?
If you know what you want, tell me about it. I’m going to ask where you’ll want it and about how big it will be, as well as if there’s any specifics (see italics below)
If you have an idea but it's not quite full or you're unsure how to put the pieces together that’s ok, I’m here to help. When given artistic freedom I'm actually able to work more efficiently but I do need your assistance since I can’t climb inside your brain to see what you’re imagining. I’d recommend to 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, downwards or in 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 elements in the background or foreground?
I ask everyone to send a little sketch along in their request form, 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 flowers, these are very helpful to me!
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 3 months I will be accepting new clients for the following 3 months so we can secure a date in the forseeable future. When my books are closed I will not be responding to any new inquiries so that I can focus on drawing for and tattooing the folx currently on my schedule.
Specific dates will be posted on the contact page here and in my instragram bio. I currently leave the request form open for 2 days to allow you time to gather your thoughts and fill it out completely. I’ve tailored the form to gather as much information about the specifics of the design and placement so I can best estimate the time and cost for you without too much back and forth. It usually takes me a couple of weeks to read and reply to everyone, so thanks in advance for your patience.
I am often overwhelmed by responses and I honestly hate saying no to people. However keep in mind I am just a person. I can only work so many hours in a day. I usually have requests and larger projects from existing clients that will take priority. Let this not turn you off from submitting the contact form, just know that it’s not personal if I can’t take your request at this time.
So mark your calendar, be prepared to fill out the form, and please try again if I can’t see you this round, the next opening will only three months away!
I'm currently working Wednesday’s-Friday’s. Appointments begin between 11am-3pm depending on the length of your project. Once I receive your completed request form I’ll be able to estimate the length of time (and subsequent cost) of your tattoo appointment. I'll forward you scheduling information so you can confirm your appointment and pay your deposit online via PayPal through our online booking system.
I realize that my availability may be tricky timing for some folx. If you are unable to come in this time frame do note your availability in your request. I will review these situations on a case by case basis.
For small and medium sized projects I will email an outline drawing the day 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. Larger pieces that require multiple appointments such as sleeves or backs will hear from me about a week or two in advance.
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.
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 I’ll email an estimated length of time and deposit requirement for your project, and booking information will be forwarded. Due to Covid-19 I will offer Zoom consults if you’re feeling a need to chat “in-person”.
An estimate is based on projected time in relation to the details, size and placement you provide in the request form. I will share this along when I send confirmation and booking information. I work at an hourly rate of $200 for the entirety of your tattoo appointment which includes all preparation, set-up, breaks and aftercare discussion. I am currently accepting projects that are palm sized or larger (no tiny tattoos) with a $300 minimum.
Changing placement or size may alter your estimated cost. Changing your idea completely once your appointment has been confirmed or requesting multiple consultations may require an additional fee.
I understand that tattoos are expensive and disposable income is hard to come by. I will do my best to work with you within your budget. Ultimately I do not recommend shortchanging yourself on the design you desire. If you have a specific financial situation do note that in the request form and I will review these on a case by case basis.
Every appointment requires a deposit, which varies from $100-300 depending on the length of your appointment. A 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 redeemed upon the completion of your tattoo.
Cancellation with less than 72 hours notice may void your deposit. See below.
In case of reschedule, call the shop within 72 hours notice to your scheduled appointment. If you do not give at least 72 hours notice your deposit is void. If you start to feel unwell please cancel. Do not show up sick or you’ll be asked to leave for everyone’s safety.
If you must reschedule your appointment after setting the date please call the counter as soon as possible. Deposits are non-refundable and will be held for no more than 6 months from your initial scheduled appointment.
I schedule two appointments a day and they are often back to back. If you are more than 30 minutes late and have not called the shop to check in about your eta your deposit will be void as I will likely not have time to tattoo you or be able to reschedule you in a timely fashion.
Location and Parking
We are in the heart of Central Square at 694 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA.
We're directly on the T on the Red line at Central Square and the 1 bus.
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 nearby. If you are driving I recommend Green Street Garage, Green Street Parking Lot or 30 Pilgrim Street Garage, which generally cost $20 for the day. Parking tickets cost about $30.
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 entertainment. 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 wildly distracted your tattoo may take longer.
Consider tipping. 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.
Please arrive with your strength and yourself. At this time due to Covid 19 we are unable to allow additional support persons to join our clients for their appointments due to Massachusetts regulations. We are trauma informed professionals here to hold space for you in this time of transformation. If you have any doubts of your ability to partake in this alone please discuss with me before booking an appointment. If necessary I am happy to arrange a zoom consultation so we can “meet” beforehand and begin this relationship of trust before creating your new adornment.
Don't drink the day of or heavily 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 72 hours prior just incase. If your immune system is compromised you probably won't heal well from your tattoo. For the health of all of our staff and clientele we'd rather you stay home and get better than spread germs. Thanks!