Tattoo FAQ

FAQ

In order to make sure I have all relevant information to give you the best tattoo possible, please read all the following info and ensure you have included all necessary information in your email. Be aware that not all submissions will be accepted, and “last minute” tattoos will not be responded to. For the sake of putting out the best work possible, I will not take on requests that I don’t feel passionately about. If you have any further questions, I am happy to answer them!

For more info about myself, please check out the About Me page. There you can read a little about myself, what I’m about, and personal approach to tattooing.

Frequently asked questions:

How do I get a tattoo from you?

All appointments are made through e-mail. The best way is to fill out the application form by clicking the “Book an appointment” link on the homepage of this website. You can also send an e-mail to me at arbitraryink@yahoo.com.

In order to have the best chance at having your request accepted, please include the following in your e-mail :

  • Detailed description of your tattoo idea, including desired style
  • Desired placement and approximate size
  • Any reference photos you may have

What are your rates?

I mostly use a flat-rate pricing system. It is as follows :

For my Illustrative style tattoos;

  • $200 minimum (small designs, that are not micro-detail)
  • $400 up to 4 x 4 inches
  • $600 up to 6 x 6 inches (this size covers approximately the whole forearm)
  • Anything larger will need a custom quote! Please e-mail me at arbitraryink@yahoo.com

For Micro-Detail and Realistic tattoos;

Micro detail refers to any realistic tattoo, done very small with extreme detail. These tattoos are very difficult, and have been my main specialization for years.

  • $350 minimum (small animals, floral, etc)
  • $450 Micro-Detail portrait up to 3 x 3 inches (celebrities, family portraits, memorials, animals, pets and more)
  • $750 Full size portrait, any realism up to 6 x 6 inches
  • Anything larger will need a custom quote! Please e-mail me at arbitraryink@yahoo.com

Large pieces will be done at an hourly rate of $125 an hour.

Please note, for large pieces I have no way of knowing exactly how long your tattoo will take! Everyone’s skin reacts differently and in many cases what takes 2 hours on one person, may take three and a half on another. I generally work very quickly, but every tattoo is different! I will do my best to give an accurate quote but this is only a rough estimate, and not a guarantee. Please be prepared in case the tattoo takes extra time.

I go above and beyond for every person that supports and respects my art. I do realize that I may charge more than some other tattoo artists. However, I truly believe that I fill a niche that most other artists couldn’t, or refuse to. That is because what I do is difficult! I offer niche artwork, with a level of customization that is far beyond that of the average tattooist. I put countless hours behind the scenes into every design, put effort into understanding every person, and flawlessly execute every piece I do. I’m not the artist for everybody, but I am one of the very few artists in the world that does what I do! And I still believe that the value of my work is far beyond the dollar price.

Do you require a deposit?

Yes, all appointments require a $100 holding deposit. The deposit can be sent thru Venmo, Paypal, or paid in person at the shop.

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.

When are you available?

I am able to book appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. My schedule varies, but I am usually booked out approximately one month in advance. Please include which of these days are generally best for you in your application e-mail, and I will be able to send you my corresponding openings. Most appointments can be made for 12pm noon, or 5pm. Full day appointments will be set for 12pm noon only.

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 arbitraryink@yahoo.com or send a message through the contact page.