FAQ / Appointment & Deposit Policies

 

How do I make an appointment?

All appointments are booked online. If there is no form available the books are currently closed and will reopen once I have time in my schedule for new requests. Appointments are booked quarterly so if you missed this round another is just around the corner! Keep an eye on social media, announcements are made when books are open. Instant online booking is always available for artist proposed projects through the Available Design Gallery. There is no waiting, just choose your design and follow the directions on the page!

*Priority Booking *

Join the email list for priority booking. Announcements are sent out before the books open to the general public giving you preference of available appointment dates and times. This booking session will last 72 hours giving everyone a chance to get their submissions in. Please remember to make sure your email host knows I’m not spam! By adding your name to the email list, I know this information is being received by those most interested.

How old do I have to be to get a tattoo?

You must be 18 years old and have proper identification. You must bring state or federal photo ID every time you come in for any tattoo. If you arrive for a tattoo appointment without proper ID, you will not get tattooed and you will unfortunately lose your deposit. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license, state issued non-driver ID card, military ID or passport.

Do you take walk-ins?

I rarely have time for walk-in appointments. Sometimes I have cancellations though, and when that happens I will post on Instagram with a pre-drawn design I’m interested in doing for a same-day appointment.

Price/Budget

I know it’s hard for clients to guess how much something will cost. I do many smaller, one session tattoos at a flat rate starting at $100 and going up from there depending on placement and complexity of the design. For larger and/or multiple session projects, the studio rate is $150/hour with a 2 hour minimum and many tattoos you see in the portfolio are 2 to 10 hours of work or more. With appropriate information provided, you are typically able to be given a ballpark estimate ahead of time. If you have a strict budget, please let me know. However, a strict budget will affect the overall size, and detail of your tattoo.

Do you use Vegan ink?

Yes! All tattoo ink, stencil products and soaps used at Black Dragon are vegan/cruelty free!

Can I pay extra to get in sooner?

I appreciate that people are excited enough about my work to even offer this, but no, definitely not. I book appointments in the order they are received and I am not interested in offering special treatment to people who might have a financial advantage over others. 

Your comfort

Black Dragon Tattoo Company is a safe, welcoming place to get tattooed without judgement. Unfortunately we have heard too many stories of people who have been made seriously uncomfortable by unwanted sexual conversation/questions, requests to remove more clothing than is necessary and even touched inappropriately during tattoo sessions leaving them with not only a negative tattoo experience but loss of trust in the tattoo process altogether.  This is a disgrace to the art form, abuse of a position of power and a violation of a human beings right to feel safe. While I do tattoo mostly women, I welcome ALL genders, LGBTQ+, non-binary, and all races.

Can I get a tattoo if I’m pregnant?

No. I will not tattoo you if you are pregnant for numerous reasons. The tattooing process is traumatic for your body and especially for a developing embryo or fetus. Your body is growing a human being and doesn’t need the additional stress of the tattooing process. If you are no longer pregnant, but are breastfeeding, please speak to your OBGYN about getting a tattoo. I am  not a medical professional and cannot tell you if getting a tattoo while breastfeeding is safe.

Cover ups

When submitting for a cover up please include a photo of your existing tattoo you would like to cover. If your tattoo is very faded there is a good chance it can be easily covered. Please be aware that there are limitations with coverup work. Black and gray tattoos will NOT work as a cover up in most cases. Light colors such as yellow, pink and light blue will not cover black in the long term. If you have seen cover ups done with light over dark online, I can assure you that the tattoo was just done and the blacks/darker colors will start to show through as the tattoo heals.  Sometimes a few laser sessions would be suggested before scheduling your coverup if the existing design is very dark. I prefer to use floral designs for coverups as their freedom of shape and color lend themselves well to hiding an old, undesirable tattoo. I do not finish incomplete/ poorly done tattoos started by another artist but will cover it with an original, new design.

 

Will you finish, add to, or fix a tattoo started somewhere else?

No, unfortunately this is not something I have time for in my schedule
 

Reproducing work by another Tattoo artist

 I am happy to work with an image as reference, but unwilling to reproduce a tattoo that is owned by someone else. That would be disrespectful to both the wearer of the tattoo and the original tattoo artist. Reference images are very helpful and give me an idea of what you are looking for, I use that information to create something that is uniquely yours.
 

Children in the studio

Tattoo studios are not a place for children.  Please arrange for childcare before you come to the studio for any reason. While I love children, a tattoo studio is not a place for them.

 

Payment methods

Deposits for appointments are only accepted online. The remaining balance of your tattoo is to be paid in CASH at the conclusion of each session.

Drawings

Your drawing will be ready for you to see on the day of your appointment. I am more than happy to make simple alterations to the design at this time. If you have changed your mind about the subject matter or want drastic changes that were not communicated in your initial appointment request, this will count as an entirely new design and will require another deposit as well as a new appointment.

Since I am typically booked two to three months in advance that means that I have two to three months worth of drawings to complete before I can get to yours. This doesn’t mean that your drawing or tattoo is any less important, I love all of my clients and always strive to make your ideas become reality, but I have to work on a first come first served basis.

Appointment & Deposit policy

To secure the appointment time and date offered to you, a deposit is required. Deposits cover lost wages and time that may have gone to another client in the event of a cancellation or no show. In essence, we share the loss if you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment. For single session projects the deposit is $100, multiple session projects $200 to $300 depending on the amount of time we book. Your deposit will be applied the day that your tattoo is completed. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The remaining cost of your tattoo or fee per session for multiple session projects must be paid in cash the day of your appointment. If you choose to go with a different design than what was agreed upon at the time of booking, your deposit will serve as a drawing fee for the work involved in preparing the original design and you will be required to leave a new deposit for your new design request.  If you need to reschedule your appointment, your deposit will be transferred one time only unless you give less than 72 hours notice.  In that case, your deposit will be forfeit and you will need to leave a new deposit to get back on the calendar. If you request to reschedule before the 72 hour cutoff, your deposit will be held for 7 days to allow you time to rebook. If you fail to rebook within 7 days of your request to reschedule your deposit will be forfeit. This policy includes, but is not limited to, cancellations or requests to reschedule for any reason, any kind of illness or family emergency, car/transportation issues, weather/driving conditions, childcare issues, pet illness or financial crisis. Rescheduled appointments must be within 60 days of the original appointment time.  If you request to reschedule a second time for the same tattoo regardless notice given, you will be required to pay a deposit equal to the total remaining balance of your tattoo, so you are paid in full upon scheduling, or I may decide at my discretion, to discontinue working on your project altogether.
In the event you need to to cancel your appointment due to pregnancy, you will need to make a new deposit when you are ready to get tattooed again. In the event that you need to cancel your appointment entirely,  your deposit will be forfeited. No call/no shows will not be rescheduled. If you cancel, request to reschedule or no show a complimentary touch up or follow up appointment in which there is no deposit, you will be required to leave a deposit to rebook and will be charged a one hour minimum studio rate for your time in the chair.
By scheduling an appointment and/or making a deposit you are agreeing to these terms which are legally binding and enforceable.

 

Arriving Late

Please be sure to arrive for your appointment on time. Since appointments are booked back to back, arriving late disrupts the schedule, cuts into the next clients time and/or does not allow me enough time to finish your tattoo. If you are unable to arrive on time, be sure to notify me as soon as possible by calling the studio. Emails are not the way to notify since they are not checked daily and are not considered fair notice of your situation. Be courteous and make a call. Clients who are more than 15 minutes late will be considered a late cancellation and a new deposit will be required to reschedule. Remember to plan ahead for traffic, bad driving conditions etc.

Multiple Sessions

Large scale, multiple session tattoos take commitment by both the artist and the client. Appointments are scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks until the project is completed. Please be sure you are prepared to follow through before making this commitment. While rescheduling is discouraged, we understand that sometimes things come up that are out of your control. Rescheduled appointments must be within 60 days of the original appointment time or your deposit will be forfeit and you will be required to leave another deposit to continue. Projects that are not continued after a 60 day period will be considered abandoned.

Weather Cancellations

We recognize that appointments may need to be rescheduled due to weather conditions. However, due to time constraints in scheduling, weather cancellations will be avoided if at all possible. In the case of a travel ban,  we will reschedule and your deposit will go to the rescheduled date. If a client chooses to cancel and there are no issued travel bans,  the deposit will be forfeit and a new deposit will be required to reschedule. Basically, if other businesses are open, so are we and you are expected to show up.