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The Process


“No Tattoo is More Important than its wearer.”
Jun Matsui,

              EACH TATTOO begins with a new client consultation, where we will meet, sit down together, review your request, and begin to CREATE.

We will discuss the details, go over your references and my own, and start sketching, drawing, patterning, and whatever steps are necessary to begin composing and design your tattoo.

              I will take a $100 design fee, which will cover that time, and then at the close of that we will wrap up and schedule your next session. During your second session we will pick up right where we left off and continue the development, and then begin tattooing.
This second session is usually the longest- I recommend a 5-6 hour session to make sure we have enough time to complete development, prepare any stencil work or freehand the design onto your skin and get a significant amount of lining done.
If we need more time, depending on availability, we can try to schedule a second session right away to make sure we get it to a good stopping point immediately so it can heal together before proceeding.

            In  the opposite case, any unused time (Including your initial design/consult- if we cut early or don’t need that much time for basic ideation,) will be credited and rolled forwarded over to your next session.

If during your first session, we deem it necessary to we will schedule more design time to develop more detailed elements, then we will schedule an interim design session to develop the project further before your first tattoo session.

For all sessions I currently charge $125/hr for each session, with 50% due at the time of scheduling and the balance due the day of.


        For those who either do not have a clear idea of what they want to tattoo, or desire to have their body be the canvas for an artist’s ultimate expression, there is the Fine Art Approach. This option, is much closer to a fine art commission-based method, where you tell your artist what you want to see in your painting, what you like in their work and past pieces of theirs that you love, and then they create an expressive, inspired piece of art for you based on your discussion.
This translates into the client ideally telling me what they want to see IN your tattoo, roughly where you want to put it, and what style you would like to see it in. While, with my background in custom tattooing and design, I am able to get very specific in the description of the more advanced qualities and elements we can put in your piece, (such as levels of abstraction, styles, execution, line quality, etc) the important function here is that it is up to the artist’s discretion.
In the extremely unlikely contingency (and I mean “unlikely” as in “this has never happened”, and probably wont, but could conceivably, which is why we call it a “contingency,”) that you receive your completed Fine Art For Bodies piece and you are not happy with the result, and there are changes you’d like to discuss;
The artist will elect to either
a)Revert back to custom design process, (above) or where the client will be required to sit in on a design session while we co-create, charged at the hourly rate; or
b)Discontinue the project.
In either case, no deposits or fees paid will be refunded; the design will be released to and remain with the artist for future use, the client relinquishes any rights to it, and additional hours may be charged for the time lost in development of a piece that ultimately never came to be.
What I do not want to see is a case where I have been commissioned to produce a piece of fine art just so a client can see what it looks like. If this is your interest, please discuss this in advance as well.
NATURALLY there are many steps between these two extremes. There are many ways to tattoo as there are tattoo artists out there, and the tattoo is ultimately up to the wearer.
In the case that there is something that you would like to do which does not fit within these terms, please pay careful attention to what you are reading, and DISCUSS THIS WITH YOUR ARTIST to exhaustion before you embarking. As they say in Portuguese: “Tudo se resolve na conversa-” I am sure we can arrive at a happy medium.

(Yes I still do them 🙂 I thought it important to take a moment aside to say that I still do, and thoroughly enjoy smaller, simpler, and “funner” tattoos. Many of the smallest simplest tattoos can be the most meaningful.
Most of the work that I do is so exacting, and serious, high brow, and momentous… This is my way of reminding myself that I am still a person, still an artist, and still very much engaged with the spirit and culture of tattooing within our society.

I can not necessarily make concessions to make simpler tattoos “cheaper” than my normal working rates, but they remain very sought after, because I DO actually put the same amount of care, detail, and craftsmanship into them as I do into my major pieces.

If you can bring me a tattoo-ready image, I will usually sit down and get right to it 🙂
These tattoos are billed hourly, from start to finish, similar to the custom design approach; So if they require must customization the cost may be prohibitive, but I have no problem doing them. Alternatively, and purely at the artists discretion, these may be done at a flat rate, (which may be lower or higher than the time required, if the artist does not feel that it fits within fair pricing for the piece.)

These I usually do not schedule, I simply put them in at the beginning or end of a given day if time is available.


One hour Consultation/Design session: $100
Hourly rate: $125/hour
%50 deposit due at scheduling, remainder due at time of service.

Cancellation: 48 hour advance notice is required to cancel or reschedule an appointment.
Because your deposit represents earnest money paid in advance for time on the artists schedule that can never be recovered, if the artist receives less than 48 hours notice of rescheduling, your deposit may be forfeit.

There are NO refunds, for ANY reason, EVER.

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