Frequently Asked Questions
How much will my tattoo cost?
Please see PRICING under Booking Info for price ranges.
Tattoos are priced per piece (flat price).
3 hour sessions for multi-session tattoos are priced at $700.
The minimum is $200.
Deposits are $150 (and will apply to tattoo cost).
I consider the location, accurate size measurements, level of detail, and projected drawing time.
I give quotes with a consultation (email or in person for large pieces).
For larger/multiple session tattoos, as the tattoo progresses, I am able to give more accurate estimation of how many more sessions are left to complete the tattoo. This is because I am able to get to know your skin. The skin integrity (how well the skin takes the ink) can dictate how long sessions may take.
Some locations are more difficult to tattoo (i.e: ribs, lower back, chest, waist, stomach, sternum, neck).
Some smaller tattoos that more finely detailed can actually take more time than a medium/larger tattoo.
Drawing time is factored into cost. Some compositions are more challenging than other tattoos based on the subject matter.
How should I prepare for my tattoo appointment?
Please see Studio.
Do you do cover ups?
I do not work on most coverups. I can refer you to an artist that specializes in this kind of work. I do, however, do small coverups that are very faded already with laser removal (1x1" or smaller tattoos to be covered). Photo of the existing tattoo wanting to be covered up must be sent with your inquiry.
I do cover up scars that are older and not too fresh/deep.
What kind of tattoos don’t you do?
I do not tattoo white only tattoos.
I do not tattoo high realism portraits. I do, however, do line portrait styles.
I do not tattoo other artist works, unless the artist gives written permission.
I do not tattoo genitals.
I do not touch up old tattoos that I did not do.
I do not tattoo quotes unless it is family related.
I do not do miniature tattoos or hand poke.
I do not tattoo face tattoos for the general public.
If you need an explanation for any of the above, feel free to ask!
How do you take care of my tattoo?
Do you send artwork before the scheduled tattoo appointment?
Yes, as stated in DESIGN PROCESS under Booking Info. I am lucky that not many changes are usually needed, and that editing is easy for me. But please understand that the design on my iPad is a simple line drawing without shading. During consultation we should have discussed the level of shading detail you want. I am grateful for the continued trust of my clients.
Please take your inquiry seriously. Deposits are non-refundable. Changing your tattoo idea after consultation will result in losing your deposit. And may require a rescheduled tattoo appointment date, following another deposit to be made for the new idea.
Can I get super tiny lettering?
I won't tattoo it extremely small, because it won't age well. Certain fonts that have small enclosed spaces will blur together and make it illegible. Over time, pigments under the skin diffuse and "move around" blurring/softening once sharp edges/corners. Fonts are particularly sensitive to sizing because of this fact that it has to remain legible. Remember, tattoos are forever, and you will want to be able to read your tattoo forever.
Will it hurt?
Yes, definitely. But when your adrenaline kicks in, the experience becomes less painful. For some people, the pain is not as bad as they thought. For some people, it is very intense in the moment. Also, physical pain is generally forgotten pretty easily (which is why most people may say it isn’t that bad). Remember that the pain does go away and once it heals, the pain will feel like a distant memory, but now you have a beautiful tattoo to look at.
Certain locations of the body may hurt more than others. This is more obvious when the tattoo expands to many locations on the body in one session. Generally, tattoos that are located near joints/tendons/bones, can feel more spicy!
How long will my tattoo session be?
I will give you an estimate of the session time during consultation. At this point in my career of tattoo, I am able to tattoo as efficiently as possible.
Timing depends on a lot of variables.
Tattoos that require full color saturation take the longest, as well as tattoos located in stretchy areas of the body, or wrap around.
Small and simple lined without shading tattoos take the least amount of time.
However, tattoos smaller in size do not necessarily mean it will take less time. Some tattoos that take up more surface area and are larger tattoos may actually take less time than smaller detailed tattoos; it all depends on the level of detail and often times skin health and location of the tattoo.
Location matters. Some locations on the body are easier than others. Some locations require bending forward (chest, ribs and back), or lots of turning and movement (wrapping tattoos). Areas like the ribs, lower back, and neck, require the skin to be stretched while getting tattooed; it is the only way to apply the ink into the skin with better consistency. Some locations are not so complicated and take less time if they are located in one place (calves, inner forearm), staying within a few inches in measurement with no wrapping.
Why should I eat right before my tattoo appointment?
Most people do better when they are not depleted of nutrients. Throughout the day your body undergoes stresses, and uptakes nutrients and burns calories. Getting a tattoo is not easy. People build tolerance to the experience of pain. Those who are experiencing their first tattoo, and even those who are seasoned in getting tattoos, must realize that when the needle hits the skin, your body goes through a natural physiological response.
Your brain will respond to the pain receptors, sending signals of a threat to your body that results in the adrenaline response. Your heart rate may increase, you might sweat more, breathe more heavily, etc. In order for your body to be resilient against pain, your body uses up carbohydrates. The food that you ate before your tattoo appointment is metabolized as carbs(sugars), pushes the sugars into your blood, so you can have energy.
If you come to your appointment depleted, your chances of passing out during the first ten minutes of the tattoo session increases. The first ten minutes is when your body undergoes the adrenaline response, and during this time is when people are most vulnerable to passing out. This is easily remedied by eating a complex meal (carbs + protein) 30 minutes before your appointment time. Eating 1-2 hours away from your appointment time is not recommended (this depends on your metabolism).
Do you do touch ups?
I do not touch up other artist's work. But yes, I do do touch ups on my tattoo work. I will let you know if a touch up is included.
For some tattoos, I may apply a portion of your deposit for a finishing touch up session after the tattoo is completely healed (3 months later). Most of the time, this includes larger tattoos, color tattoos, or areas that are difficult to take ink, like the hands, feet, neck, elbows, or ditches of the elbow.
When do I wear sunscreen?
Wear sunscreen under prolonged sun exposure (over 30 minutes). When your tattoo is on a location that is not as exposed like under your clothes, sunscreen is not usually necessary. Check the UV index under the weather app, it changes depending on the time of day. Colored tattoos can be more vulnerable than black ink. If it is under your inner upper arm, sunscreen application is also not as important either. It is extremely important to wear sunscreen on the outer forearms/shoulders (think driver side arm/shoulder).
I just got a tattoo, how come it’s not posted on Instagram?
Sometimes camera photos are just not great. I am not a photographer. I use my iPhone for photos. Sometimes it doesn’t capture the tattoo very well (because of bad lighting, skin pore inflammation, extreme shine, extreme swelling/redness, etc.), which is why some tattoo artists completely de-saturate all their photos to remove the appearance of redness/irritation from the tattoo. I adjust my photos to a degree so that you can still see the design clearly. The level of skin irritation that some tattoo locations & types of skin can create (inflammation can expand the pores causing light to reflect adversely in photographs), this may result in not posting certain tattoos.
I prefer to post healed photos of tattoos. I always appreciate receiving healed photos!
Sometimes I just don’t get to it because I post maximum of 1 post a day, but tattoo more than one tattoo a day. It may be weeks or months later, when I am browsing my camera roll, I may post it.