FAQ / Appointment & Deposit Policies

 

how do I make an appointment?

Open booking sessions are held quarterly to maintain a manageable workload. Keep an eye on social media or this website, and when the books are open, a form you can fill out will be posted. Due to the volume of submissions received, projects of interest have priority. These include artist proposed designs, botanicals, birds and nature related themes. All appointments are booked quarterly so there is no waitlist! If you missed the last booking session, the next one is always right around the corner! To instantly book available designs online, go to the Available Design Gallery

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.

Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?

Yes. We always want to assure that if you need someone with you, you can definitely bring that person. However, in order to keep the shop a relaxing and and calm atmosphere, we can not accommodate large groups of people. A friend (or two, tops) is totally fine. Children under the age of 18 are NOT allowed in the shop. If you can’t find childcare on the day of your appointment, please reschedule with proper notice.

Do you use Vegan ink?

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

Can I get a tattoo if I’m pregnant?

No. We 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. We are not medical professionals and cannot tell you if getting a tattoo while breastfeeding is safe.

price/budget

We know it’s hard for clients to guess how much something will cost. We 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, multiple session pieces, our shop rate is $150/hour and many tattoos you see in the portfolio are 2 to 8 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 us know. However, a strict budget will affect the overall size, and details of your tattoo. Single session pieces typically, but not always, have a set price. Larger, multi-session pieces are charged an hourly rate.

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.

using a specific image as reference

If you’re looking to get a tattoo based on another illustration or image, please  upload the image to some image-sharing site and link to it in your submission.

reproducing work by another 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.

our clients

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 we do tattoo mostly women, we welcome ALL genders, LGBTQ+, non-binary, and all races.

children in the studio

Tattoo studios are not a place for children. There are exposed chemicals, needles in use and nudity. Artists are busy permanently modifying the bodies of paying clientele and do not have the ability to keep an eye on children or deal with distractions. Please arrange for childcare before you come to the studio for any reason. While we love children and even have some of our own, a tattoo studio is not a place for them.

pregnancy

Due to the inherent risks of any non-urgent medical procedure, we do not offer services to anyone currently pregnant.

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.

appointment & deposit policy

Deposits are required for all appointments. 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. 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 must be paid in cash the day of your appointment. If you need to reschedule your appointment, your deposit will be transferred one time, unless you give less than 72 hours notice.  In that case, you will need to leave a new deposit to get back on the calendar. This includes, but is not limited to, 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 30 days of the original appointment time.  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, 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 the studio rate for your time in the chair.

 

Drawings

Due to the potential of copyright issues, your artwork will not be sent for viewing prior to your appointment. All artwork will be available on the day of your appointment in person. If you require small alterations, it will be done at that time, free of charge.

Your deposit will go towards a drawing fee if you change your mind about your design once the artist starts the process of preparing for your tattoo. If you choose to go with a dramatically different design than what was discussed in the initial consultation, you will be required to leave another deposit.

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 4 weeks 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 8 week 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.

 

Does it hurt?

Yes. It definitely hurts. Some places more than others but pain can and will vary even within the same tattoo. We always suggest getting the tattoo where you want it to be and it will be worth it in the end.