+ WHAT IS A HAND POKED TATTOO?
Hand poking involves working with traditional needles to poke the design by hand. Since it is a machine free process, it is a very initmate experience as it not only takes longer to execute but requests patience and concentration. A healed hand poked tattoo can appear to have a fine grain and will last as long as machine tattoos. Hand poking is typically less painful than traditional methods of tattooing and heals very quickly.
+ HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
All appointment requests must be submitted through the bookings page. I offer a free consultation so that new clients can discuss any ideas they have. Once I have an understanding of what you want I am able to give you a quote. I require a $50 deposit for all appointments and this amount will be deducted from the final price of your tattoo.
Deposits are non-refundable. If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, I require a minimum of 24hrs notice and I would be happy to assist you in rescheduling your appointment. If you fail to show up or to reschedule you appointment, your deposit is lost.
+ HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
All quotes are based on the design, the tattoo size, the amount of detail and where the tattoo is going to be done. I will be able to give you a more precise quote once I have an understanding of what you want.
+ DO YOU TATTOO CUSTOM DESIGNS?
Yes, I do! If this is something you are interested in please note this in your booking inquiry. I will contact with you via email and will send you an image of your custom design via email. I appreciate feedback and will be happy to accomodate any adjustments to the design to ensure you are excited about the final piece.
+ CAN YOU TATTOO MY OWN DESIGN?
I am open to collaboration but generally work from my own designs. I will not tattoo something that has been taken from the internet and I do not like to tattoo other artists work unless you have written agreement from the origianl artist.
+ DO YOU TATTOO FINGERS?
I do tattoo fingers on occasions. If this is something that interests you, you need to be aware that finger tattoos are very likely to fade. Hence, you might need a retouch, at your own expense.
+ DO YOU DO COLOURED TATTOOS?
No, I do not work with colours.
+ HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
I advise all of my clients to moisturize the area being tattooed 3 days prior to their appointment. Your skin will be most receptive to the ink when it has been prepared in this way. On the day of your appointment, you should arrive well rested. Eat prior to your appointment and wear comfortable clothing. *Do not take alcohol or drugs before the appointment.
+ I CAN'T MAKE MY APPOINTMENT, CAN I GET MY DEPOSIT BACK?
Life happens, I totally get that! If you cannot come to your appointment I will need 24hrs advance notice so that I can make arrangements and help you reschedule the appointment. Depsits are non-refundable.
Congratulations on your new tattoo! You can expect you tattoo to heal within three to four weeks. While hand poke tattoos typically heal faster than traditional tattoos they still require aftercare. 50% of the final result is in the way the tattoo is cared for during the healing process and this is your responsibility. Please follow the instructions listed below for optimal results and do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions.
- Bandages can be removed after 2-6 hours. The tattoo should be washed with warm water after removing the bandage.
- During the healing process your skin will be sensitive, please refrain from intense physical activity right after being tattooed.
- You should apply Aquaphor daily for the first three days. After that you can keep the area moisturized with unscented lotion. Always ensure your hands are clean before you apply cream to your tattoo. Regardless of the product you are using, apply it lightly.
- Wear clean, lose clothing for the first few days as the skin starts to repair.
- While we recommend avoiding submerging the new tattoo in water for at least two weeks, it can washed throughout the healing process with warm water and unscented soap. The tattoo should be patted dry and you should avoid using your regular towel to dry the area. I recommend using paper towel to pat the area dry to reduce exposing the tattoo to bacteria. Note: Rubbing or scratching the tattoo could damage it.
- As your tattoo heals your skin will form a scab. Please refrain from scratching the area or picking the scab. Itching is part of the healing process and can be relieved by applying a small amount of lotion to the area.
- For optimal healing you should avoid baths, saunas, swimming and exposure to dirt, dust, oil and/or sun for a period of two weeks following your tattoo.
- Sunlight will fade the tattoo. Applying suncream to the area can prevent that tattoo from fading.