Getting a new tattoo can be a nerve wracking process for anyone, especially if it is your first one. Tattooing has come a long way, and there are a lot of common misconceptions regarding the process. I will try to cover as many questions as I can here.
Frequently asked questions:
How do I book an appointment?
All appointments are made through e-mail. You can send me an email by simply clicking the “Book an appointment” link on the homepage of this website, or by using your email service to send a message to email@example.com. Consultations will primarily be done through e-mail as well.
What are your rates?
I charge $100/hr, and have a 1 hour minimum.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, all appointments require a $50 deposit.
The deposit secures your appointment date, and goes into the price of the tattoo. I require a 48 hour notice for cancellations and rescheduling. The deposit will ONLY be forfeit if you do not show up for your appointment, have to reschedule without proper notice, or if you decide to cancel the appointment after placing the deposit.
Where will the tattoo be done?
All work is done out of Reflection Tattoo in Fountain Valley, California. I rarely travel for work at this time.
What do I need to bring?
On the day of the appointment, you will need to bring a government issued ID, such as a drivers license, passport, or military ID. Without one, we will not be able to do the tattoo!
This is my first tattoo, what information should I know?
Make sure you eat a good meal before getting the tattoo done, and plan for the healing process! After you leave the shop, taking care of your new tattoo and keeping it clean to prevent infection will be up to you. A healing tattoo will not get in the way of most jobs, and does not require any time off for recovery. Some jobs that include any amount of swimming, abrasions, or dirty/dusty environments may require the use of a special bandage during the healing process.
I sent an e-mail but have not received a response.
Please be patient, I will get back to you as soon as I can. I personally respond to every email I receive. There is a lot that goes into making a good tattoo, and it takes a lot of time to give each client the attention they deserve. If you haven’t received a response within a week, your e-mail has gotten lost and you should send a follow up.
What to expect during the healing process:
A new tattoo will take about 1-2 weeks to heal. During this time, plan on taking it easy for a few days. The area will be sensitive, and you want to avoid contact with the healing area as much as possible. It is best to stay away from the gym, pool, and ocean, as well as keeping the tattoo from being scratched, or scraped. If any of this is a concern due to occupation or other, there are options of using a medical bandage for the entirety of the healing process. Such aftercare is offered for an extra $10, and will allow you to keep the tattoo clean effortlessly until it is healed.
If you have any questions that are not covered here, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message through the contact page.