Tattoo FAQ

FAQ

If you’re interested in getting tattooed, please read all the following info before submitting an inquiry. If your application isn’t clear and/or complete, it may be ignored. Be aware that not all submissions will be accepted, and I cannot accept any “last minute” tattoos. For the sake of putting out the best work possible, I will not take on pieces that I don’t feel will positively reflect my quality of work. If you have any further questions after reading, I am happy to answer them! Simply send me an e-mail at arbitraryink@yahoo.com

For more info about myself, please check out the About Me page. There you can read a little about myself, and my personal approach to tattooing.

How do I get a tattoo from you?

All appointments are made through e-mail, and the application form. The best way to start the process is to fill out the application form by clicking the “Book an appointment” link on the homepage of this website.

In order to have the best chance at having your request accepted, please be sure to include and clearly articulate all the following information.

  • Detailed description of your tattoo idea, including any specifics.
  • Desired placement, and approximate size.
  • Any reference photos you may have.
  • *optional* A photo of the area you’d like the tattoo to be placed, if it’s not easily described in text.

What are your rates?

In general, each tattoo will be priced differently for it’s specific needs. I do custom work, so the time it takes us to complete a tattoo can vary widely based on the idea, placement, detail, and pain tolerance.

I charge hourly at $150/hr, including time to create the design. Pieces that don’t require a custom design won’t have additional design fees. I have a minimum charge of $300 per appointment.

In general Saturdays are my most requested day, and will have an additional $100 booking fee in order to keep wait times low.

When getting a custom tattoo from me, every tattoo is designed with your exacting specifications, specifically for your body. I allow for a very high level of customizability, however please be sure to give me all this information in advance. The price bid you receive will be based on the information I’m given, and if this information changes so will the price. To avoid this, do your best to think your idea through, and explain any specifics as clearly as you can. This way, we’re less likely to need to make changes.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask!

Do you require a deposit?

Yes, all appointments require a $100 holding deposit. The deposit can be sent through Venmo, Paypal, or paid in person at the shop.

The deposit secures your appointment date, and goes into the price of the tattoo. I require a 48 hour notice for cancellations and rescheduling. The deposit will only be forfeit if you do not show up for your appointment, have to reschedule without proper notice, or if you decide to cancel the appointment after placing the deposit.

When are you available?

I am able to book appointments on weekdays. Saturdays are available for an extra fee. Please include which days are generally best for you in your application e-mail, and I will be able to send you my corresponding openings.

Where will the tattoo be done?

All work is done out of Reflection Tattoo in Fountain Valley, California. I rarely travel for work at this time.

What do I need to bring?

On the day of the appointment, you will need to bring a government issued ID, such as a drivers license, passport, or military ID. Without one, we will not be able to do the tattoo!

This is my first tattoo, what information should I know?

Make sure you eat a good meal before getting the tattoo done, and plan for the healing process! After you leave the shop, taking care of your new tattoo and keeping it clean to prevent infection will be your responsibility. A healing tattoo will not get in the way of most jobs, and does not require any time off for recovery. Some jobs that include any amount of swimming, abrasions, or dirty/dusty environments may require the use of a special bandage during the healing process, or may warrant taking a few days off.

I sent an e-mail but have not received a response.

Please be patient, I will get back to you as soon as I can. I personally respond to every email I receive. There is a lot that goes into making a good tattoo, and it takes a lot of time to give each client the attention they deserve. If you haven’t received a response within a week, your e-mail has gotten lost and you should send a follow up.

What to expect during the healing process:

A new tattoo will take about 1-2 weeks to heal. During this time, plan on taking it easy for a few days. The area will be sensitive, and you want to avoid contact with the healing area as much as possible. It is best to stay away from the gym, pool, and ocean, as well as keeping the tattoo from being scratched, or scraped. If any of this is a concern due to occupation or other, there are options of using a medical bandage for the entirety of the healing process. Such aftercare is offered for an extra $10, and will allow you to keep the tattoo clean effortlessly until it is healed.

If you have any questions that are not covered here, please feel free to e-mail me at arbitraryink@yahoo.com or send a message through the contact page.