Day of your appointment
Please be on time! Unless requested, no need to come early, but try to come right on time. I mean, I know I tattoo in the city, so I understand a little delay, but after half an hour... my interest is fading quickly.
Once you arrive, here's how it'll go…
I'll smile, I might remember to introduce myself, and then I'll bombard you with questions.
Depending on a bunch of different variables (tattoo size, placement, corrections, tweaks) it will take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and half before we actually tattoo. I need you here so I can see you, my canvas, and have you help me translate what's in your head.
• I may ask you questions about your personality, don't mind it! It's directly related. I'm trying to get a feel for you. I think it's important. That way I can cater the final product to not only what you're trying to communicate, but also to who you are.
• I'll ask you basic questions that you think I should already know. Don't worry. Communicating via email is one thing, actually hearing you respond shows me how much priority to give to certain aspects. Even if I already know the answer. It shows me importance, helps me understand you , and enables me to know how much freedom I may have.
» Speak up! Yes, I'm a perfectionist, but I'm also incredibly easy going (within reason!). I love what I do, but I won't be offended at all if you don't like something or want something altered. Let me know! Much can altered. I'll only stand up for an element if, say, it's integral for longevity, composition, or communication.
» Money - In Chicago I prefer cash. But I understand. So even half cash, half credit is nice. Or, yes, all on credit is fine too. :) It goes in that order. Ha.
» Returning clients get priority! I'll always mentally attach priority to existing clients. It's a given.
Your tattoo artwork
I probably won't start the hands on creation process until the day before your appointment. I work best that way though and embrace it! But, that doesn't mean I'm not wrapping my head around your tattoo. I tend to research imagery from all types of sources: paintings, illustrations, photography, etc.
When I travel I sit and sketch and problem solve.
Then, the actual creation will be drawn and scanned and worked out in Photoshop a day or two before. So you won't really be getting an image to look out until the day of the tattoo. And even then, you and I will pick it apart. I'll create the final image with you present. (I can sometimes send a tiny prep image if requested, but it's at my discretion.)
WELCOME TO MY PRIVATE CLIENT AREA
I've hand picked your project! That's exciting for me. I'm fortunate to be able to choose the pieces I want to pour myself into. Now that we're starting communication about your tattoo, this place will give you information to help you along the process.
Please don't be offended if we take a bit to get back to you. Carla is on top of communicating, but, with so much back and forth, there may be a lag. One new client can sometimes produce as many as 10 emails (20 exchanges) to pull information and nail a date. We don't mind, but when you multiply that by 10-20 new requests a day, it gets a little hectic. I'm lucky to have the best clientele ever, so you'll hear no complaints from me...
So, the less emails, the better - let's get it within a couple of emails.
The deposit is a tool. It always goes towards the price of the tattoo. For multiple session pieces, I keep on hour of work ($300) as an existing deposit and finally comes off of the price at the final session. More importantly though, once you leave a deposit, I put an exclamation mark in my appointment book. It's a system works for me. And that's an instant visual confirmation. It tells me it's okay to mentally attach myself to the project. (allentattoo.com/payment)
It's hard to cater to everyone's schedules, so you'll probably have to cater to mine. I can always try and will accomodate more if you're traveling to me.
• Weekends are filled up considerably farther in advance.
• If I send you a date/time, and you can make it, the appointment is yours! Your acceptance response is our confirmation. I'll contact you a day or two before your appointment. You're welcome to contact me if you have changes or additions, but it may take awhile for me to respond.
• Please give me as much notice as possible if you have to cancel or reschedule. I'm in Chicago, but i'm also flying around occasionally... so notice helps a lot.
• If you have a specific budget for a session, please let me know. I schedule based on blocks of time. This'll help me plan! (the first session of multiple session pieces usually requires a minimum of 3 hours)