Frequently Asked Questions
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.
2. Set an alarm on your phone for whichever booking cycle date is appropriate for your desired start date. I'll explain this below.
3. Come back to this website on the opening day and fill out the Tattoo Request Form. Include as much info as you can for your tattoo concept. Send any reference photos to the stated email address on the form.
4. Keep an eye on your inbox. If I accept your tattoo request, you'll be receiving a link to book.
I generally send out emails in waves. First, I will send out links for the projects that are most aligned with my interests and give those clients a couple days to book. Then I will look at the dates I have left and choose additional projects to take on. I will then give that wave of clients time to book. I repeat this process until my schedule is full.
If your projects warrants a consultation- whether it's in-person or via a 30 minute Zoom or Facetime meeting- I will send you a special link to book that specifically.
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.
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!
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.
Realistic budget- Tattoo application is a process and requires time and attention to detail. Some tattoos take more time than others.
Realism is more time-consuming than the stylized illustrative or american traditional.
Color is more time-consuming than black and grey.
Some sleeves can be done within a 2.5k budget. Some could take 8k. There are so many factors that go into this.
How much will my tattoo cost?
Starting in 2022 I will only be working on one client per day. I am offering two types of appointments:
"Short-Day Rate" $650
This appointment type starts at 11am and goes until 4:30pm. It includes 4 hours of tattoo time.
"Full-Day Rate" $900
This appointment type starts at 10am and goes until 5:30pm. It includes 6 hours of tattoo time.
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
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.
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.
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 2022 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. The same subject matter above still applies here.
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.
*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
Where are you located and what are your hours?
I work out of Bluebird Ink in Louisville KY.
I'm available to tattoo
10am-6pm EST Tuesday thru Friday.
The studio is private therefore I do not do any consulting at the shop.
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%.
Consultations can be booked thru a provided link for accepted submissions.
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 require a deposit?
Yes. There are two different deposit scenarios:
1. Large-scale work that I require an
in-person consultation for- there is a $250 design deposit required at the consultation.
2. All other tattoos that do not require an in-person consultation for- there is a $100 deposit due at the time you make your appointment that can be paid via the venmo/paypal link provided in your confirmation email.
The deposit comes off the cost of your final tattoo session.
Deposits are non-refundable. If you choose to not move forward with the project for any reason, you forfeit the deposit.
If you need to reschedule, I require a 24hour notice otherwise the deposit is forfeited and you have to start the booking process all over again. There are no exceptions.
To cancel/reschedule you'll need to use the link in your appointment confirmation email.
What are the dates that the form will be posted?
In 2022 I am changing my booking process! I will now open the book up quarterly.
1st quarter: January 1st @10am
2nd quarter: April 1st @ 10am
3rd quarter: July 1st @10am
4th quarter: October 1st @10am
I will post the form at 10am EST and leave it up until 10pm EST.
**Don't forget to set an alarm for the date you want to submit a request! I may not always post a reminder on social media.