I'm Sorry, but I'm not taking any Tattoo Clients
Notes in this section are simply here because I don't feel like deleting the site.
Each tattoo involves a different price quote based on intangibles.
Ideas to consider:
Color OR black and gray (preferred for portraiture) OR are you unsure?
Size of tattoo in inches?
Location on your body of the tattoo?
Realistically, how much artistic freedom do I have? (Very important question. I want to design this tattoo ONE time and avoid editing the design.)
General Tattoo Description: (e.g. colors, general aesthetic, mood or feeling, relationship to other tattoos, maybe your motivations for getting the tattoo...etc.)
Please attach photos relevant to your tattoo design
How many hours do you feel comfortable being tattooed?
Medical Questionnaire: (Things I need to know...)
pregnant or presently breast-feeding (or seeking pregnancy in the next few months?)
about to undergo cancer treatment
Any on-going skin condition(s)?
allergy to any known tattoo inks or metals
NONE OF THE ABOVE
I prefer not to share
Can you bring proof that you are 18 years of age? (Only one correct answer to this question).
50% of your tattoo goes to charity, what would you prefer?
Leave the bandage on for 6-12 hours. Remove bandage and wash your tattoo. Pat it dry. Use a minimal amount of Aquaphor or unscented lotion, minimal being the key word there. Scabs will soak up excessive water (including water in lotion) and then those scabs may fall out prematurely, taking more ink when they fall out.
No fragrance, dyes or alcohol should be in the lotion you use. The rules are simple. Do not pick, or scratch. Do not soak or tan.
Consult a health care provider for:
(a) unexpected redness, tenderness or swelling at the site of the tattoo;
(b) any rash;
(c) unexpected drainage at or from the site of the tattoo; or
(d) a fever within 24 hours of the tattoo.
Scabbing, flaking, peeling or dryness are part of the healing process for any wound. When some scabs fall out, they take a bit of the ink with them and touch-ups are required. Because off this, touch-ups are a standard reality of the tattooing experience. Expect a touch-up; these are generally free unless otherwise noted. Free touch-ups EXCLUDE knuckles, elbows, necks, feet and other parts of the body where the skin stretches more often.
Please do not hesitate to contact your primary care provider with any serious concerns. There are many types of allergic reactions, some can even occur years later at the site off the tattoo. Allergic reactions are less common with newer inks including the high-quality, vegan, Intenze Inks that I use. I reasonably ask all individuals recieving a tattoo to sign a waiver of responsibility concerning my ability to predict why your body might react poorly to the Intenz inks which I use.
Oil, Digital on Canvas
Before your Tattoo Session
1. EAT. Gas station food is great during a zombie apocalypse; it's not good before your tattoo procedure. Eat real food. Eat like your mother did when we had you.
2. Drinking alcohol will thin your blood. Your body will have a harder time clotting off. When we’re putting in new ink, you want your blood to clot so that the imagery will look better. There is NO drinking the day of your tattoo procedure. It is illegal in many states including Oregon to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when receiving a tattoo.
I will not tattoo
-women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or soon-to-be-pregnant
-Evil Shit (like if you want a demon who isn’t Hellboy, or swinging from the banner of NUMBERS 22... than no.)
-Individuals who were tattooed yesterday, the day before
-Highly visible tattoos will be considered on a case-by-case basis; I've had 'job killers' and survived but again, each will be considered on a case-by-case
-clients under the age of 18 (everyone must bring Federal ID)
-clients under the influence of alcohol or drugs
I've tattooed grandmas who just required a little chocolate to toughen up. They were afraid but managed to do much better than biker dudes. The grandma made it three hours.
The big issue for pain tends to be location (think nerve-clusters). Some tattoos are like the opposite of sex, others aren't painful at all. Sensitive areas include: rib cage and parts of one’s feet and elsewhere. Everyone is a little different about the pain. Everyone has a different pain threshold. Even you have a different pain threshold depending on factors like your mood, whether you have eaten, if you're distracted by good music or tv etc.
Is it going to hurt? Sure.
Generally, numbing creams don’t work very well for very long. I’m happy to apply them as a placebo. But the short answer is to bring headphones and pop them into a smart phone with an app like Spotify or Pandora.
Pricing Subject to Change
The cost of a tattoo is based on many intangibles.
I might fudge pricing IF
-I don’t have to spend hours designing your image
-The less I have to RE-draw custom designs
-The tattoo is a big piece requiring more total hours
-The longer you are willing to sit per session
I would prefer to tattoo:
-Black and gray is a cakewalk when it comes to fitting together different images in realistic designs
-Portraits based on good photos with high contrast (but please allow me to do the Photoshop adjustments)
-Gothic architectural motifs like a church.
Tattoo artists generally charge around $100/hr, or more in really good shops.
As I'm not currently in a shop, I don't know their standard hourly rate.
I intend to charge in the neighborhood of$100 to $140/hr with huge discounts for those of you willing post on social media about your experience.
1. FACEBOOK POST including my web address (SinglerInk.com) AND the charity's website (feel free to use a real friend's facebook page if you don't use social media.)
2. YELP POST
3. GOOGLE RATING of ME not the local shop regardless of your rating.
Full Sleeve: anywhere from 15 hrs to 60 hrs (price per hour goes down with bigger pieces)
Full Back: 30-80 hrs (price per hour goes down with bigger pieces)
50% of your tattoo goes to charity.
So I'm not sure how this is going to work yet. As of today, I'm not in a tattoo parlor yet; right now I can only take new tattoo requests and begin to set up a clientele list. Because I literally have no clients at this stage, it's not feasible for me to start paying rent in a tattoo parlor in addition to attending graduate school, let alone tattooing for free. Consequently, much of what you read on my website is preliminary. I should have a better idea what the situation will be when the time comes to actually do tattoo procedure on people. Nevertheless I've got Mother Theresa tattooed to my hand and I'll make good.
Nearly 870 million people are dying of hunger. So let's do something. You can give directly to these organizations, or get a tattoo and donate what will probably be more (or perhaps, in you case, less?). I don't really care who takes the tax write-off as long as I have a copy of a receipt dating after your inquiry (i.e. after you have filled out the tattoo request form on the homepage.)
The St. Nicholas African Education Fund is a Charitable Works project of a parish in my hometown. They have sent well over $100,000 to Africa over the past four years— mostly Uganda, but also to South Africa and Congo— to help educate needy high school students in some of the poorest areas of the world, and to address other occasional needs, usually medical. My friend John runs it, so I know it's a legit operation with minimal overhead, --no overhead really which is very rare.
The program began in 2003 when long-time parish member John Burnett went to Uganda at the request of the OCMC and the Uganda Orthodox Church, first as an education consultant, and subsequently as Acting Dean of the church’s seminary. While he was there, many destitute students, usually orphans, begged him for help with their school fees. So this "St. Nick" type of guy put together a fund we can give to, together.
Heifer International aids people in Haiti, Southern Africa, Nepal and elsewhere. This isn't complicated. Either you get it or you don't. I like this donation opportunity because you have a fairly solid idea of where your money is going.
Is there another charity you'd prefer to help?
I use single-use disposable needles and single-use disposable tubes for each tattoo procedure; I sterilize the operatory's principal contact surfaces with tuburculocidals and minor contact surfaces with isopropyl alcohol. The Intenz Ink products which I use, claim to be the "world's safest, most sterile, and best looking tattoo ink." However, not very long ago, the defense of the quality of these inks was based on the company's developer declaring how he had tried all the inks on himself, which is a very far cry from propper RCTs and FDA approved research. "Safest" probably deserves qualifiers. Currently the FDA is not imposing restrictions on the sale of tattoo ink and while older tattoo inks are being phased out, dermatologists still warn that "there are many unknowns."
1. Pregnant, breastfeeding or soon-to-be pregnant mothers will not recieve new ink. Specifically, phthalates in some tattoo inks, present a potential hazard for fetuses (1), (2), (3). Some tattoo ink may be a teratogen. The FDA uses a classification system to indicate the teratogenicity (or threat to a fetus) of a given substance. The teratogenicity of tattoo inks has not been reseached yet.
2. If you have a history of diabetes please consult your primary care provider and bring a written note indicating that you are cleared to be tattooed. YES, this includes you.
3. If you have any latex allergies, I need to know so that I can utilize the right type of exam gloves.
4. If you have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions, you requie written permission from a primary care provider and I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone:
(a) any immunological disorders, or if you have ever been diagnosed with leukemia or another cancer
(a2) or are recieving a medication that may weaken your immune system (examples include: Cytoxan, Ebrel, Humira, Methotrexate, or Remicade)
(b) history of bleeding disorder;
(c) history of skin diseases, skin lesions, or skin sensitivities to soaps, disinfectants, etc.;
(d) history of allergies and adverse reactions to pigments, dyes;
(e) history of epilepsy, seizures, fainting, or narcolepsy;
(f) use of medications such as anticoagulants, which thin the blood and/or interfere with blood clotting;
(g) any other conditions such as hepatitis or HIV; or
(h) a history of Keloid scaring
In general, you can simply call your primary care doctor's "care team" or the medical assistants working with your doctor to request this letter to be picked up- rather than needing an appointment; your medical clinic may be different from the one where I worked.
5. Please abstain from getting tattooed if you have recieved Chemotherapy or Radiation therapy in the past 3 months, or if you have had shingles in the past 12 month, then get written permission from your primary care doctor therafter. I came across an article in 2016 indicating that there are, at present inquiries concerning the degree to which some parts of black tattoo inks are thought to possibly increase the risk of skin cancers.
Finally, please let me know if you have HIV or Hepatitis, although I will always practice univesal precautions when tattooing.
Other General Health Policies:
Pets are not permitted on site.
Eating is not permitted in the operatory.