FAQ / Appointments & Deposit Policies

 


how do I make an appointment?

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!

I don’t do social media, can you email me when books open up?

There is no email list. If you don’t do any social media, you can check this website for updates about booking.

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.

booking artist proposed designs / submitting appointment request forms

When you submit your appointment request form you are expected to be prepared to leave a deposit at the time of booking. When you are interested in booking an artist proposed design you are also expected to leave a deposit. Available appointment times change daily, and sometimes hourly so we prefer to book you as soon as possible to avoid constantly rechecking the schedule to offer different dates in different email communications. Artist proposed projects are first come, first served so if you see something you like, please be prepared with your deposit. Designs are not held without a scheduled appointment and appointment times are not held without a deposit.

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. If you become pregnant after booking your appointment, we will hold your deposit for a period of 12 months in order for you to reschedule.

payment methods

Deposits are accepted through this website via PayPal. 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. 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.

When a client cannot follow through with the scheduled appointment and the deposit is lost, the artist for whom the tattoo was scheduled also loses money on the remainder of that tattoo quote for the time they could have been working on another client. If you decide to not get tattooed, after scheduling the appointment and giving the deposit, the deposit is then forfeited to the artist for the time spent on email exchange, consultation, working on drawing the tattoo and potentially losing the chance to work on other clients while holding that time open for you. We have found that over a decade of business, and multiple policies along the way, regarding deposits, this is the fairest policy for both artists and clients alike. In essence, we share the loss if you cannot make your scheduled date. No call/no shows will not be rescheduled.

You will lose your deposit if:

  • No call / No show
  • You give the shop less than 72 hours notice to reschedule the appointment.
  • You reschedule the appointment more than twice.
  • 30 days pass without a rescheduled appointment.

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. 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 over 15 minutes late will be billed the hourly rate from the beginning of their scheduled appointment time in addition to the agreed upon tattoo rate. Clients who are more than 30 minutes late without making an effort to notify us will be considered a late cancellation/ no show and the deposit will be forfeit.

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.