Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book a tattoo?
Start with an email. Please include what it is you would like to get, how large, where on your body, and if you would like blackwork or color. If you have questions or concerns feel free to ask right away. I love learning the inspiration behind a piece if you would like to share, but I ask you to keep that in a separate section of your email after your tattoo description. Please be patient with me responding to your email. I am not able to get back to everyone.
Many tattoos will require a consultation. During this time you and I can go over what it is that you're looking to get and any questions you may have about the process. I will be able to give you a general idea of the time and cost. Larger tattoos will require more than one appointment that must be spaced at least a month apart for healing. Please have decided what it is that you would like. Keeping a list, or even a Pinterest board with your likes and dislikes can be helpful. Although examples of work that inspire you can be a helpful visual aid, please never ask me to copy someone else's piece or work outside of my style.
Consultations are usually via email or at Five Sirens, but occasionally can be scheduled as a phone call. Please email to schedule a consultation appointment.
Placement and size of your tattoo should always be considered. Many clients have been choosing unique tattoo placement that compliments both their bodies and the pieces. Getting a tattoo in certain areas, though, is not advised. Tattoos wear very quickly on the hands and feet, and depending on the location and individual can disappear in parts. Tattoos on areas with a lot of movement, like a joint, or areas with scarring or stretch-marks are more likely to blur out as they heal or age, so are not advised for fine line work. Tattoo inks are not lightfast and will fade in the sun over time if not protected. As we all age our tattoos will begin to fade and blur over time. Making a tattoo large enough to accommodate this natural aging process will keep your tattoo legible over time.
At this time I am exploring working in both blackwork with fine line and stippled color work. Nature, plants, animals, minerals, environments, along with occult iconography and witchcraft are what inspire and excite me the most.
Do you require a deposit?
A $175 deposit is required to book EACH appointment.
The tattoo minimum and deposit will increase to $195 for appointments beginning January 1, 2021. The hourly rates for 2021 appointments are $245 per hour for FLASH and FLORAL ARRANGEMENT pieces and $270 per hour for CUSTOM pieces.
This deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.
If you need to reschedule your appointment you may do so via email with no less than 1 week notice before your scheduled appointment. Your deposit will transfer to your rescheduled appointment ONLY once. If you reschedule more than once, an additional deposit will be required and your original deposit will be forfeited.
Deposits are non-refundable. They are forfeited in the case of cancellations.
How do I pay this deposit?
When we are ready to book your appointment you will be directed to an online scheduling tool via Square so you can request the day that works best for you. Not all appointments will be approved. Please ensure that you have filled out all the appropriate information, requested a day available for your type of tattoo, and the appropriate drawing fee if needed.
What does that deposit get me?
The deposit you pay holds your appointment time for you. The deposit pays the tattoo minimum and is deducted from the total cost of that appointment.
For example, if you paid $175 deposit to book your appointment and then had a 2 hr floral arrangement appointment ($225 per hour), your total cost would be $450. You would pay the remaining $275 at the end of that appointment that day.
Why are you charging a deposit now?
Unfortunately there have been a lot of last minute cancellations and no-call/no-shows. Because of this other clients miss out on the opportunity for a sooner appointment.
What's this about drawing fees?
Although consultations are free of charge, I do charge a (non-refundable/non-transferrable) $75-$300 Drawing Fee that pays for my time spent preparing your tattoo for you. This cost is based on how complex your design requirements are. The drawing fee is due when you book your appointment and is non-refundable.
THIS IS NOT THE DEPOSIT FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.
Your design will be completed before your scheduled appointment for you to review. I will email you a photo of the artwork prepared for your appointment the day before. It will not be sent out before that time. Your design includes one reasonable revision. If a revision includes redrawing a large portion of the tattoo or changing your idea you will be charged another drawing fee based on my discretion.
Why do you charge a drawing fee?
Creating custom artwork takes time and loads of creative energy. Often it takes just as long, if not longer, to prepare a piece as to tattoo it. Many times I've made several revisions along the process to give you the best possible design.
How do I know how much my drawing fee will be?
This is a general outline of pricing
$75 basic drawing fee up to 5x7
$100 medium drawing fee 5x7-8x10
$175 half sleeve
$200 chest piece
$300 back piece
What is included in my drawing fee?
Depending on the requirements of your tattoo and placement on your body, your drawing may be a list of components to be placed at the time of your tattoo, or one fully composed piece.
The drawing fee is not to purchase the artwork itself, but payment for my time spent preparing artwork. I retain all rights to artwork I've prepared.
Revisions will not include any rendering (shading, detail-work or color).
I have limited spaces available for custom pieces, but do also have days available for designs I have already drawn. Many of these designs include plants and animals.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so by email no less than 1 week before your scheduled appointment.
If you are more than 30 minutes late for your tattoo appointment, your deposit will be forfeited and you will need to schedule another appointment.
Please note, remembering you have a scheduled appointment is your responsibility.
What is your touchup policy?
Everyone is highly individual, as is their healing. Occasionally tattoos will require a touch up after they are healed if ink disappeared. Taking good care of your tattoo and your healing is the best way to minimize this risk. If you do think you need a touchup, you must contact me within 6 weeks of your initial appointment. Please include a photo of the tattoo. Touch ups will be at my discretion. There are obvious times when some ink has healed out and needs to be re-lined or colored. However, human bodies are living, breathing, moving things with changes in skin quality from any one spot to another so there will be natural variations in even the very best tattoo.
Touch ups are not included if you waited longer than 6 weeks since you received your tattoo before you contacted me, or if your tattoo is on your hands or feet, neck, or an otherwise ill-advised location (for example, on scarring or stretch-marks)
What should I wear?
Please wear clean, comfortable, loose fitting clothing to your tattoo appointment which can easily be moved aside from the area on which you are getting your tattoo. Occasionally ink will stain your clothing so please choose something that is not precious to you.
What should I bring?
Every client must bring a government issued photo ID. This can be a driver's license, passport, or military ID. Your ID cannot be expired and cannot be a temporary paper version. If you are coming from out of state you may be asked for a second form.
YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO GET A TATTOO. NO EXCEPTIONS.
You may choose to bring a friend who is 18 or older, and a small snack or soft drink. Although you cannot have food or drink with you while getting tattooed, you may want a short break during the process. Please make sure you have eaten a hearty meal before your tattoo appointment and are well rested.
If you will be lying down (and this is not by the area getting tattooed) you are welcome to bring your own pillow for comfort.
If you have pets there is a good chance I will hope to see their pictures and show you too many of mine, so have your phone loaded with their adorable furry faces.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Mastercard and Visa are accepted. Payment is due at the end of each session for that session.
Can I get a tattoo after I've been drinking?
Absolutely not. Alcohol can thin the blood and impair your judgment. This is a professional facility and drug and alcohol use will not be tolerated.
Will it hurt?
Tattoos can be uncomfortable and occasionally painful, but not awful. My goal is to make your experience as pleasant and comfortable as I can for you. The more relaxed and comfortable you are during the experience, the easier it will be for you. Some larger or more involved tattoos require more than one sitting. It is OK to finish a tattoo at a later date if you are having difficulty sitting for the tattoo. You must remain still for your safety and mine.
What if I have health or allergy concerns?
Please talk to your physician prior to scheduling an appointment if you have health concerns.
It is uncommon, but occasionally people do have allergic reactions to inks, ointments, gloves, etc. If you are someone concerned with allergies please consult with both your physician and me prior to scheduling an appointment.