Looking to get a tattoo?
Once you’re comfortable with Dave’s process, you can proceed to fill out a form and book a session on our calendar.
Describe your tattoo idea in full detail, and the location on your body where you would like the tattoo.
Email the images that you would like to use for reference. These images are important because they will allow Dave to properly visualize and design the tattoo.
Please also send a photo of the location on your body where you would like the tattoo done.
Note that we will accept images of other tattoos as a reference image but Dave will not copy other artists designs.
It is important to make sure that the project is a good match for Dave before we can discuss available appointment dates and accept deposits.
Designs will be prepared two days prior to the first session. Dave will design a first draft with your direct input – we can brainstorm together and see if anything needs to be improved or added. Dave will then finalize your design. This process usually takes around one to two hours.
For larger or more complex projects, we may need to spend your first session working on the design. In this situation, payment will be treated for the design session as it would be for tattooing time at the usual rate.
Our standard rate is $1000 per session and Dave’s average session is usually around 5 hours.
Larger projects such as full sleeves and back pieces may take multiple sessions, leg sleeves take even longer, depending on variables such as skin type, the size and detail of the tattoo, and other factors not listed here. As this is an artistic project, there is no way to guarantee the exact amount of sessions a tattoo will take upfront – every project and person is unique.
Smaller tattoos require the artist minimum of $100 – this will cover up to 0.5 hours of work. If the tattoo requires time beyond that, each additional 0.5 hour will be billed at $100.
If you’re not willing to wait – we can book you in for Dave’s nearest day off, the cost of the session in this case will be $400 per hour.
Payment & Deposits:
Payments are due immediately at the end of each session.
We accept cash and cards as our only payment methods. For card payments, a 3% service fee will be added to the total payment. Cash payments do not have any additional charge.
A deposit is necessary to secure your appointment – this is $100. Deposits are non-refundable. The deposit serves to reserve all your booking dates and will be applied to the final tattoo session if the project requires multiple sessions. If it is a single session, it will be applied to that instead.
Once we agree on all the details regarding your tattoo project we will send you the instructions on how to pay your deposit.
If you need to change the date of your appointment due to unforeseen circumstances, you must let us know at least 7 days prior to the session so we can rearrange our schedules. A new deposit will be required to continue working together if you cancel or reschedule with less than 7 days’ notice. You can reschedule your appointment only once without losing your deposit.
The tattoo session will usually start at 1pm.
We can permit only one guest per client to be present during appointments. Any additional visitor must wait outside the building.
Do not drink alcohol for several days prior to your session. Drinking may cause excessive bleeding and cause an issue with the healing process.
Make sure to be well-rested before coming into the appointment and eat a meal beforehand to prevent low blood sugar issues.
To keep the working space sanitary and hair-free, we ask you to shave the area that is going to be tattooed prior to the appointment. If you prefer, Dave can do this for an additional $25 cleaning fee.
Wear comfortable clothing that helps with the tattooing process, such as tank tops, sleeveless t-shirt, and shorts.
Please bring your own beverage, lunch and snacks as work will be more proficient when your body is nourished and fed. We do have a refrigerator and a microwave free to use at any time.
If you are late, you must inform us via email or call the studio at (810)208-0886. If you are more than 15 minutes late without any notification, the session will be canceled without any refund.
If you do not show up for the appointment – you lose your deposit and we will not be able to work together.
As for any health problems, allergies, and contraindications – please warn us about this in advance.
For your protection and the safety of others, you are required to notify us ahead of time if any of the following applies to you:
- You have previously tested positive for Covid-19.
- You have traveled within the past 14 days.
- You have felt ill or been exposed to other individuals showing symptoms of illness within the past 14 days.
If you have a fever, or if you show any other active symptoms like sneezing or coughing, we will assist you with rescheduling your appointment.
In paying your deposit, you agree to the entire policy above, and agree that the deposit cannot be refunded for any reason whatsoever.
It is essential that you include your idea, reference pictures, and a photo of the location on your body where you want the tattoo. If you do not include this, we will not be able to get back to you.
We make sure to respond to emails as soon as possible but receive many inquiries. Please be patient and we will reply to you as soon as we can.