The Process - Preparation, and Aftercare
This page is how to go about creating a custom tattoo.
Before you begin this process, please check my schedule and make sure you can wait for my availability. I hate for folks to be disapointed if I am unavailable when you were expecting to get something done. Also read through this process so you know what to expect.
I value each and every one of my clients, their visions and feelings about their tattoos. I do not tattoo 'flash' off the walls. Each of the pieces I do is custom - a collaborative piece created by the two of us. I also enjoy the reproduction of artwork or photos. Because of the larger projects I have taken on, I am unable to take on small projects (such as a name or small butterfly). I am happy to refer you to my co-workers who are wonderful artists and can help you realize your tattoo dreams!
Its very important for you to come to the consultation prepared. Do your research and save photos and other images to a flash drive or print them out. All the images you provide help me to understand what you are seeing in your head. Even small sketches of your ideas are extremely helpful. Know what you want.
I work by appointment only, and I do require a deposit ( $50 for single appointments, $100 for sessions - cash ) to secure an appointment time. The deposit is subtracted from the cost of the tattoo. There is no fee for consultations, but if you would like to make an appointment at the time of the consult, be prepared to make the deposit then. When setting appointments or consultations, please call the shop during business hours.
I may touch base with you about a week to a few days before the appointment. Because of my work load I do not work on the project until a week before the appointment. That is not to say I have not been thinking about it and formulating plans in my head. I will ask you to go over the gameplan - this may seem as if I can't remember what we talked about, but many people change course or key details at the last minute and I need to make sure we're still heading in the same direction.
On the day of your appointment, make sure you are rested and have a good meal before you come in. Your body works hard at pain management and needs fuel to do it efficiently. Some people like to bring a preferred beverage with them, wear comfortable clothing and you can bring reading material, ipod or homework. Whatever makes you comfy.
You now have a beautiful new tattoo, which is really an open wound! Please treat it as an open wound and don't let others touch it with their hands. Avoid anything that will introduce bacteria into it. Wash your hands before cleaning it or moisturizing. Showering is fine but avoid soaking for about 2 weeks. Keep the tattoo clean and moisturized - I recommend Aquaphor for the first few days (3 times a day for the first 3 days) and then you can switch to unscented lotion (Keri, Aveno, Eucerin) or anything gentle.
The tattoo will be peeling and itchy about the 3rd to 5th day, this is normal. Do not pick or scratch it, just keep it moisturized. The healing process takes about 2 weeks, a few days less or more is normal.
I guarantee my work and do free touch ups for a year. Portraits and pinups usually require me to have a second look because of the intricacy of the image. Don't hesitate to contact me or stop in and set up a touch up session.
For long life, keep your tattoo moisturized and use sunblock frequently!
All the Best - Caryl