833 SE Main St #318
Portland OR, 97214
Text only (503)966-1222
Hourly rate: $220
Traveling hourly rate: $250
How do I get an appointment?
There are now 2 options for getting tattooed.
What happens with the deposit?
I require a $300 non-refundable deposit before calendar access is granted. While deposits are always non-refundable, they do not expire. A new deposit must be paid for each new piece. Deposits are applied to the total cost upon completion of your tattoo.
How do I pay my deposit?
Once your project has been chosen I will email you an invoice to pay your $300 non-refundable deposit. I will also consider some forms of crypto currency for deposits. Please, let me know after you have you received your project approval if this is something that you are interested in.
Can I call the studio to discuss my tattoo idea?
No. Consultations are scheduled after your deposit has been paid. The Submission Form is set up so you can share your tattoo concept when I am available to read your proposals. We will discuss your tattoo concept over the phone 2 weeks before your tattoo appointment.
Is the studio open for walk-ins?
No. I am available by appointment only. The building is locked and you must get buzzed in. I cannot answer the elevator call while I am tattooing.
How far out does your schedule book?
For medium to large scale projects, my schedule is typically booked out 9 to 12 months. This is because I will not book anything farther than 1 year out due to complications with life planning that far out. When I open the books we are normally booking starting in the 9 month range. So, if it is January, we are likely booking projects that will begin in September-December.
Do you have a wait list?
I do not keep a waitlist. I only accept enough projects to book a few months at a time. I tried a waitlist in the past, but people were waiting years to get in. This system is a much more efficient system.
I am a returning client, how can I get access to the calendar?
You may send an email with what you are wanting to get done and I will get back to you with instructions on how to proceed. Usually, I will provide you with the next booking window dates to have you send in a submission at that time.
What is your cancellation policy?
48 hours notice is required for cancelling or rescheduling your appointments. Please, email or text if you are unable to attend your tattoo appointment. Failure to comply with the cancellation policy will result in the cancellation of all subsequent appointments, your deposit will be dissolved, and a new deposit will be required before making further appointments.
How should I prepare for my tattoo appointment?
Taking care of your body the week of your tattoo appointment will help in the healing process. Drink plenty of water and get a good night's sleep the night before your appointment. Make sure to eat something before you come in. If you are not a breakfast person, bring a snack for when you do get hungry. Bring a water bottle and some snacks, particularly if you are doing a full day appointment.
Where is the Submission Form?
The Submission Form is only available while the books are open. It will be clearly posted here on the website. You may sign up for the Newsletter to receive a direct notification when it becomes available. The Newsletter will contain a direct link to the Submission Form on the Contact page. When the books are closed you will not find any access to the Form, but there is another option to submit a request outside of the normal booking window.
Now that the mandates have been lifted, do I still need to wear a mask?
I am no longer requiring masks if you are vaccinated or if you have had covid in the last 6 months. We will be spending a significant amount of time together in very close proximity which creates a high likelihood of passing illness between us. If you would prefer to wear masks, I am happy to do so. Please, let me know when you arrive or you may text me beforehand so I can prepare.
I am vaccinated, and I had Covid at the beginning of January 2022. There are still other illnesses going around, and I would prefer not getting sick. If there is any doubt whatsoever about your current state of wellness, please, just wear a mask.
What if one of us gets sick?
If proper notice is given, we will default to your following appointment and another appointment will be added to the end of your appointment series. The same policy will be upheld in the case that I need to cancel because I am not well. We will not be adding in another appointment, as it disrupts the flow of the schedule. It puts too much stress on the immune system to tattoo you while you are sick, as well as putting others at risk for getting sick.
For example- If your March appointment is cancelled, your next appointment will be your April appointment. We will then add another date to the end of your appointment series. If you only had one appointment then I will send you a link to my "Cancellations Calendar" so you can find a new appointment.
Why does my consultation need to be 2 weeks before my tattoo appointment?
I like consultations to be fairly close to your tattoo appointment so that your idea is fresh in my mind. I use the 2 weeks preceding your tattoo to consider your concept, look at references, and cultivate a design concept. This process has taken years to perfect, and it is the most efficient way to bring you an authentically inspired design, and for me to manage my illustrative work load. I am never contemplating more than a few people's designs concurrently, even though I am managing hundreds of tattoos annually.
How do I get into your schedule if I'm only off on the weekends?
I typically book Wednesday through Saturday. Saturdays are very popular. If you require Saturdays only, you may want to be prompt about scheduling once you have the link.
What if my project is not chosen?
You are always welcome to try again in the next booking round. The two most common reasons a project may not be chosen:
A. Content that does not fit my esthetic-
My portfolio should be a good representation of the kind of content I enjoy making.
B. An inadequate budget-
If you need some help with understanding the cost of your new tattoo, check out the new Pricing page! Great tattoos are not cheap. I work very hard to bring you tattoos with longevity and integrity.
Can I bring a friend?
The new studio now has room for a guest!
You are welcome to bring a respectful guest to your appointment as a support buddy. Please, ask your guest to bring some form of quiet entertainment if they intend to be there for the duration of the event. If they are interested in trying to schedule an appointment with me, please direct them to this website. The tattoo studio is not a great place for children, and I do request that kiddos be left at home.
Image created by James Lauder @mrlauder
I don't want to wait to send in my idea, how can I send it over now?
I typically make the Submission Form available quarterly. It's free to send in your submission during this window. The form is only available for about 24 hours, and won't be available again for another 3 months.
If you don't want to wait, I have created an NFT series that gives you exclusive access to the Submission Form outside of a normal booking window. The price fluctuates some due to the market, but you can find them on OpenSea as the "Narcissus Replete" Collection.
While this avenue does not guarantee project selection, it does mean that I will be viewing your idea without the distraction of many other submissions simultaneously.
The button below will take you to the collection.
Why do I have to pay for the Newsletter?
I am now offering 2 options for the Newsletter, the free version which will go out only when the books open and my Patreon.
My Patreon helps cover the costs of hosting a website, writing Newsletters, and making stickers and apparel which are included with your membership. I have set the minimum price at $3 a month to make it as accessible as possible. Think of it like buying me a cup of coffee for the opportunity to chat about your tattoo idea.
What kind of content do you like to tattoo?
My portfolio should be a good indication of the work I enjoy doing. I like designing nature based content. Some of the common imagery you will see in my work, are flowers (of any kind), foliage, tree branches, seed pods, buds, animals, birds, skulls, sea creatures, shells, crystals, and mostly anything from the natural world. I am rather particular to the Pacific Northwest.
Is there anything you don't like to tattoo?
I do not make any kind of lettering, "hidden" or blatant. Please, do not ask. I do not enjoy designing lettering and I feel that it creates a visual distraction to my illustrations. There are plenty of great tattoo artists in this area that are happy to do lettering. If a request includes lettering or dates, I will probably decline the project.
How long are standard appointments?
My calendar now offers a range of appointments lengths. You may choose to sit for 4, 6 or 8 hours. Full Day (8 hour) sessions are only available on Thursdays and Fridays. I will provide some indication of how many hours your project will require in your scheduling email.
We will usually take a couple of short breaks to use the restroom and drink water, but those breaks are not included in the final price for your session. I will sometimes end a little earlier or work a little longer to get us to a good stopping point. Choosing a stopping point typically depends on the design. For example, if we worked on black shading all day, I will try to wrap up with a completed section rather than moving on to color.
As I age, and my physical needs change, I find it easier to work on a single project daily, rather than multiple sessions in one day. I am encouraging folks to choose fewer but longer appointments. I utilize everything I can to make longer sessions possible. I will try to keep you warm and comfortable during your appointment, and I have lidocaine to help with pain. Topical lidocaine only makes the tattoo less painful, it does not numb the area completely, for most people. The spray only works once the skin is already open and raw, therefore it does not work at the beginning of your appointment. I will usually start using the spray about halfway through your appointment. It does not work at all for linework appointments.
Please, come prepared with a water bottle and snacks. Getting a good nights sleep before and after your appointment is encouraged. You will likely be pretty wiped out afterwards, so take care of yourself.
Can I numb the area before m appointment?
Yes! There is a topical lidocaine gel available at Hush Anesthetics that can be applied 90 minutes before your appointment. You are responsible for purchasing and applying this gel according to their instructions. It is important that you apply the gel very thick, and cover it with plastic for it to work properly. This may offer you an hour or so of reduced sensation, which could extend your pain tolerance range.
When can I see my drawing?
I complete drawings in the order of appointments. Clients will receive an email with a line drawing the evening before, or the morning of their appointment. I am more focused and attentive in the morning, and I like to pull together final assessments and details earlier in the day. If you have not received your drawing yet, then I am most likely still working on it.
Can I make changes to my design?
You may request changes, and I will take them into consideration. If the requested changes upset the flow of the piece, then I will politely decline to maintain the standard of my work.