Getting a tattoo is a big decision and like any big decision, tattoos comes with a lot of questions. Sometimes an artist/client relationship lasts a lifetime. Your tattoo certainly does! So the last thing I want is any negativity involved in your tattoo experience. See the FAQ section below for answers to some of the more frequent questions. If you still have questions feel free to send them in the form of an inquiry using the book a tattoo form.
Please review the questions below before sending a tattoo inquiry. Please note that if you choose to send an inquiry, a response can take up to 5 business days.
Frequently asked questions
How much does a piece cost?
The cost can vary and honestly depends on the details, subject matter, and size. Fine line tattoos do take longer to finish because each tattoo is made up of thousands of hair size lines. I list my rates in each of my booking forms and provide a quote before charging you.
What kind of tattoos do you do?
I am currently specialized in black and grey fine line tattoos. I am open to any subject matters associated with nature. However, I do not tattoo anything that is designed by another artist unless approved by them, I don’t tattoo languages that I do not personally speak, or anything that is hurtful and insulting to others.
What is your rate?
$200/hr for a custom designed project.
How do I book an appointment with you?
I currently only take bookings via my booking forms or instagram in the event that someone cancels their appointment (I will provide instructions). Once you fill out the booking form, I will contact you within two buisness days. Once I have made contact with you, I may ask for additional information.
How much is the deposit? Is it refundable? Is it able to be transferred to another project if I change my mind?
The deposit required to book projects are as follows:
How does it work with consultation and the design process? Can I book a time to see you before my tattoo day to chat?
Due to the volume of requests and limited time I have in the studio, I do not have any formal consultation process. Based on the initial booking process, I use the assets and description provided to me to design the tattoo. For custom projects, I will provide the design approximatly a week before the appointment.
What if I change my mind about a tattoo after I book with you?
It is important that you think thoroughly about what you would like before proceeding to book with me as getting a permanent tattoo is a life-long commitment. Changing a tattoo idea completely after an initial design has been started will result in an extra deposit in order for me to start a new drawing completely. This cost is extra and will not be a part of the quoted tattoo price. However, I do offer 2 rounds of minor revisions for every design. You can reschedule with 48 hours of notice if no major revisions are needed.
On the day of the tattoo, what if I changed my mind about the size of the tattoo? What if I changed my mind about getting the tattoo altogether?
You are able to change the size of the tattoo on the day of the appointment. However, A bigger size will result in longer session, which means that the price will be higher and may require more sessions. If on the day of the appointment, you would like to cancel the tattoo altogether, it will forfeit the total amount of the deposit initially put towards the tattoo. Another deposit will be needed to reschedule a new appointment.
What if the tattoo does not heal in as much as I would like?
No worries! I offer two complementary touch up sessions with no time limit (for life). Just email me or the shop (email@example.com) a request. We will book you in for a touch up. Having said this, it is still extremely important that the tattoo is well cared for because fine line tattoos are more delicate and more prone to fallouts if not taken care of.
Why does my tattoo heal so light?
My fine-line tattoos are completed with mostly a single needle that draws a line that is just as thin as a piece of hair. These lines usually cannot heal with a high level of pigment, creating a lighter look overall. It is a part of the aesthetic of my work to have this soft look. However, if at any point, you feel that your tattoo becomes too light to your liking, please reach out for a free touch up that is included with every tattoo.
I got quoted by another artist saying that my piece would take about couple hours at most, why are you quoting me a longer amount of time?
My work utilizes mainly a single needle, which makes all the pieces I do more time consuming. However, by using a single needle, I am able to create a more gentle look and reach extremely high levels of details in my tattoos that cannot be replicated by cartridges that have higher needle counts. As a bonus, my tattoos tend to hurt less !
Where are you located?
I work in a private studio in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, near Capilano Mall with a collective of artists under The Northern Tattoo (read more about our artist collective at www.thenortherntattoo.com). The address and transit instructions will be disclosed to clients that have booked an appointment with us.
Can I bring a friend with me?
Unfortunately, not at this time. Due to the COVID situation, we can only allow one artist and the client in the studio space at a time to ensure everyone’s safety. Once your appointment is booked, we will send you a confirmation email with information on all the COVID-related precautions. It is important to read through the email prior to the appointment.
Do you have Wifi in the studio?
Yes we do!
I want to cancel a tattoo, what are my options?
I have a vision but can't put it into words... what are my options?
You can choose to pay half (50%) of my tattoo rate per hour to book a private "idea" session with me. We can voice or video chat while I listen to what you have to say. I will sketch throughout the session to help bring your idea to life using my expertise. This session does not go towards your quoted tattoo price and is considered a separate private service. If you wish to book a private "idea" session, please let me know in the inquiry form how long.
What is the difference between a custom and freehand tattoo?
A freehand tattoo does not have any pre-session design. All drawing is done directly on the skin with a sharpie beforehand. The sharpie drawing will be a rough guide for the actual tattoo. Freehand is for people who would like a custom free-flowing piece that perfectly complements their bodies.
Why are custom and original flash projects more expensive?
I spend double amount of time that is quoted to tattoo the design if not more to initially draw and create the designs. For freehand projects, we initially create a rough outline and layout of the tattoo, the details will be freehanded directly with the tattoo machine. Therefore, the duration to create the design is shorter.
At what point does the clock start for a session?
For custom and flash projects, as soon as a stencil is applied on the skin, the clock starts. For freehand projects, as soon as the drawing process with sharpie starts, the clock starts.