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Let me begin by expressing my gratitude:

I find so much purpose and fulfillment in my work. What I do would not be possible without all of you. From the bottom of my heart- Thank You.

Thank you for the trust, the admiration, the courage and determination, thank you. To be able to make a living doing something that feeds your soul is a rare and precious thing. 
 

In this scheduling FAQ I will tell you how I go about booking appointments. I am very passionate about tattoos and everything they can potentially bring into the lives of the wearer. I am an artist first and foremost. You'll probably notice throughout this process that I tend to do things quite a bit differently than most other tattooers. Not everyone will appreciate my approach to it and that's okay. I have these guidelines and boundaries in place to ensure that my workload is manageable, inspired, fulfilling, and balanced. I have found after many years in tattooing that this is the sweet-spot where I am happiest and doing my best work.

 

  • Where are you located and what are your hours?
    Currently I work out of Bluebird Ink in Louisville KY. I'm available to tattoo 10am-6pm EST Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday The studio is private therefore I do not do any consulting at the shop without an appointment. Everything is booked thru this website. When I am at the shop I am usually with another client and they have my time and attention 100%. I have some exciting news! Starting in the Spring of 2023 I will be at my new private studio space in Lagrange KY! Details are to come on this transition. At the moment I am not booking anything until I have a better idea of when I'll be ready to start working but I am opening up a waitlist for this year. You can find this list under my waitlist tab starting January 2nd 2023.
  • How can I book an appointment or consultation with you?
    You're in the right place! Everything is booked thru this website. Here are the steps I use to book tattoo projects: 1. Thoroughly read thru this FAQ and decide if you think we could be a good match to work together. * 2. Submit a Tattoo Waitlist project inquiry on this site. * 3. As time allows, I will review your submission and if I accept your project you will receive an email letting you know. * 4. When I have availability to take on new projects I will start sending links to approved clients to my online calendar to secure dates. I have taken down the consultation option for the time being. If you have any questions email appointments@brookehume.com.
  • When can I expect a reply to my tattoo request?
    Please allow 14 days for a response to your inquiry. I personally comb thru every tattoo idea in my inbox on my free time so your understanding and patience in this area is greatly appreciated. Note: As hard as I try to stay on top of my emails, the actual tattooing is my top priority. Due to the high volume of requests I can not guarantee I will be able to reply to everyone.
  • Do you require a deposit?
    Yes, there is a $200 deposit for all tattoo appointments. After you submit the form for the waitlist, and if you are approved, you will receive an email with a link to pay your deposit. The deposit comes off the cost of your final tattoo session. Deposits are non-refundable. You can reschedule your tattoo appointment with 48 hours notice. Anything less than 48 hours and your deposit is subject to forfeiture. There are no exceptions. To cancel/reschedule you'll need to use the link in your appointment confirmation email.
  • How much will my tattoo cost?
    These are the types of appointments I offer- 1. "Minimum Session Rate" $300-$500 This appointment type is for those who just want small tattoos that don't require more than 2 hours tattoo time. This type of tattoo can only be booked for certain days that do not interfere with longer session appointments and they have to be booked by Brooke manually. 2. "Short-Day Rate" $600-$750 This appointment type starts at 11am and goes until 4:30pm. It includes up to 4 hours of tattoo time. The actual amount of tattoo time will decide the end rate. 3. "Full-Day Rate" $800-$1000 This appointment type starts at 10am and goes until 5:30pm. It includes 6 hours of tattoo time. The actual amount of tattoo time will decide the end rate. Unfortunately I can't efficiently price quote tattoos, especially the larger projects. There are far too many variables that contribute to the amount of time a tattoo will take: *the size of the tattoo *the amount of detail *color vs. black and grey *the density of the finished piece (how much skin shows through) *the condition of the skin in the area *how well you're able to sit etc. For those that need figures to prepare themselves: An arm upper half sleeve will typically cost $2.5k-$5k. A full arm sleeve will typically cost $5k-$10k. Legs are more area to cover so expect them to run a little higher. Full back tattoos typically run in the $4k-$10k+ range. The best way to approach the budget question is to get really honest with yourself. Think about the things that you value and are comfortable spending money on. In our culture many people don't bat an eye at spending $500 on botox injections that are gone in a few months. Or 80k on a car that we'll keep a few years. I'm sure it wont take long for you to find someone who wish they'd shopped for a specialized tattoo artist instead of for a price on a tattoo. I see it time and time again. Good tattoos are an investment. They take time. They are one of the only things you will take with you when you go. Something that is on your body, visually communicating a piece of your inner self to the world, for the rest of your life is worth the investment.
  • If I submit a form, does that mean I'm guaranteed an appointment?"
    Completion of the form does not guarantee an appointment. Due to the volume of interested potential clients and my limited availability, I physically can not take on every request that comes to me. I have to turn down many projects every booking cycle. It's nothing personal and it doesn't mean that your tattoo idea is bad or wouldn't be perfect for another artist. I will try to let you know within that 14 day window if I am interested and ready to book your tattoo or if the specific project just isn't right for me. If the tattoo could potentially be a great fit but there are details hindering that (i.e. budget isn't realistic, the style preference isn't a good idea, etc.) I try to reply with those specifics so you can reconsider your limitations and potentially follow-thru with the tattoo.
  • What do you look for when choosing projects to take on?
    1. A clear, well-thought-out concept (do your research and have a solid idea of what you want and where you want to put it). I love references (photos of art, other tattoos, any imagery you want to draw inspiration from). Feel free to send them over! 2. Flexibility- I don't replicate tattoos you find on the internet. Everything I do is custom with the exception of the recognizable stuff- fine art/pop culture/portrait work. 3. Realistic budget- Tattoo application is a process and requires time and attention to detail. Some tattoos take more time than others.
  • What do you enjoy tattooing the most?
    I generally gravitate towards the flora and fauna, human face and form, mandalas and ornamental design. I appreciate the organic nature of these things and their ability to adorn the body and flow with the natural curves of our anatomy. In 2023 I will be prioritizing blackwork/black and grey with lots of flexibility for illustrative expression, more lines and pepper shading as opposed to the super soft and subtle. Floral or botanical subject matter, faces, animals, ornamental elements....those all have me captivated at the moment <3 I also will look for more stylized neo/illustrative color work and pushing creative design into the more art nouveau style. The same subject matter above still applies here.
  • Can I see the design for my tattoo prior to the appointment?
    Unfortunately I don't design tattoos until the night before/morning of your appointment. This is just how I work the best. Any last minute changes you may have to your idea should be sent asap, as doing considerable design manipulation isn't ideal during your appointment and will more than likely result in a reschedule. Please notify me promptly if you wish to make changes to your tattoo that weren't previously discussed.
  • Do you do cover-ups or fix other artist's work?
    I decide this on a case by case basis. If you are inquiring about a coverup or rework, please be sure to send quality, well-lit photos of the existing tattoo (preferably taken by someone else, no mirror photos). The general rule of thumb for a cover-up is that the new tattoo needs to be 2-3 times larger than the old tattoo and almost always needs to be in color. Coverups also usually require an additional saturation session for the best outcome.
  • Is there anything you wont tattoo?
    I do have things that I will not tattoo: Hate imagery, anything depicting animal cruelty, rebel flags, gang symbols, racial/religious/sexual discriminative imagery. And also any potential tattoo that is simply just a bad idea. For example: *tattooing the sides of fingers, palms, sole of your foot (bottom & sides) (google healed finger tattoos, they generally have a hard time staying and a hard time aging) *any highly visible place (hands, neck, face) unless you're already heavily tattooed *subtle watercolor or subtle color realism tattoos (works best on fair skin tones, needs black/contrast to age well, requires resaturation sessions over the years, requires commitment to sunblock anytime you're in the sun to help keep it looking good and saturated) *white ink tattoos
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