Pretty in Ink is a new idea in the tattoo world, it's a brand created by me ... an artist and co-owner of Love Hate Tattoo Shop. If you're looking to get a tattoo ... look no further. I like to pride myself in being a professional artist surrounded by a friendly environment that offers quality work at an affordable price. I hold my work to the highest standards in tattooing, and am very serious about my craft! I specialize in new style tattooing and custom designs ... each tattoo that I apply is unique and different from the next! While striving for excellence, I put 100% into each piece of body art I do. Hygiene, safety and individuality are all top priorities on my list. All of my equipment is single use only and you can rest assure you are getting the best care and safety that is available when you are in my chair!
The first step in the tattoo process is discovery. You want to find the perfect artist for you! Many people decide on a whim they want to get a tattoo and enter the nearest studio without much thought. Some get lucky. If you want a timeless tattoo that you continue to enjoy and love over time, put more thought into the artist and concept than you do the price. After all, it will be on your forever. Look around at the portfolio of our work, get a feel for each artists style and how we operate with policies, processes and more!
Once you've decided that you may want to use our services, the next step would be submitting an inquiry for a virtual consultation (which you can find by scrolling through the content on this page.) You will want to know the exact size dimensions of the tattoo you want, and be able to convey through details every aspect you can provide to give us an understanding of your expectations. The pricing depends on the size (using inch increments), level of detail (picture reference is great if possible to show the style of tattoo you want, realism is very different than new school "cartoon" for example), if you want color and the location of your tattoo (if your tattoo isn't confined to an ordinary shape, you can easily show the area you want covered by taking a picture and using paint to section off the area you want covered) as well as the artist you select. In order to provide you with the most accurate estimate, i need to know very specific details. If for some reason, an idea cannot be expressed through email or text, at this time we can set up an in person consultation at the shop at the artists discretion.
Once we have come up with an idea for your tattoo and an understanding of one another and you want to secure your services, you will be sent a link to book your own appointment. During this time you will also select if you want to add numbing service or an aftercare kit. The deposit of 35% of the total is applied to the cost ,and deducted from your total. The balance is due in cash at the time service is rendered. Please note that if a deposit is not left at the time of booking, the appointment is NOT set in stone. If anything changes and you cannot make it you will need to provide 72 hours notice in order for your deposit to be transferable to another specified date. The terms and conditions are listed on the invoice as well as here, please read it carefully. Immediately following your booking through the website, you will receive a confirmation email with more details. Please check your spam for it if need be--it will be sent to whatever email address you used to register for the booking site.
The research and design faze are next. During the days and weeks approaching your tattoo, you can send me ideas, reference pictures and more while i develop a sketch and blueprint for your tattoo. If you send me a picture of the exact tattoo you want, and it does not need to be redrawn or changed, it will simply be re-sized to your specifications and printed the day of your appointment. Please note that any final changes to your tattoo concept/idea must be made within 72 hours of your appointment. If you are getting a coverup tattoo, it is important to realize that it cannot always be drawn on paper as a whole. Sometimes it needs to be adjusted to fit over the current tattoo, so you may not have a finalized sketch, it may be bits and pieces that have to be patch-worked together in person, but you will still be able to see the design elements and hear how they will be collaborated for your final piece. All of the directions in step four of this process will be emailed to you in your confirmation.
here is an example of the sketch, virtual proof and finished product from a virtual consultation.
You will received an automated appointment alert 3 days before your appointment, to the email used when creating an account, please note that if you book an appointment within 72 hours of the tattoo appointment date, you will not receive this alert—please still be advised to expect a sketch, arrive 15 minutes early (or one hour early if numbing) and bring cash. The address and directions will be sent in the email, but is also on the main page for convenience. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork, we have a 15 minute grace period before cancelling/rescheduling your appointment, so it is important to allow for traffic and other unexpected circumstances. If you would like to bring someone, please limit it to one person and note that there are no children allowed in the shop (this includes babies). The balance of your tattoo is due in cash at the time service is rendered, you will be asked to fill out a release form and we will make a copy of your valid drivers license or passport. Please make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing to allow easy access to the area being tattooed. Please do not come intoxicated, you may not drink while getting tattooed and smoking is prohibited in the shop.
You have finally sat through the pain and walked out of the tattoo studio with the tattoo of your dreams! Now what? Now it's time to ensure that your gorgeous new piece of artwork stays that way! The healing of your tattoo is the final aspect of your art piece. The opinions and advice given are endless, and there are more experts out there than tattoos. Since we guarantee our work we ask you to follow our advice and not your buddy's that has three tattoos. Just as with a psychiatrist, you'll probably never get the same advice or instructions from different artists. But after many years of combined experience, you will find this information very beneficial in healing your unique tattoo!
The price of a tattoo depends on the size, detail, color and location of the tattoo you want. I can design or customize a tattoo to fit your budget. However, please understand the investment breakdown by clicking here.
The amount of time it takes to complete your tattoo also depends on the size, detail, color, and location of the tattoo you choose. You can ask your artists for a time estimate before your appointment if you have any time constraints.
We recommend keeping the bandage on for at least an hour, or until you have arrived home safely to properly care for your new tattoo. Carefully remove the bandage, depending on the placement of the tattoo sometimes it is easier to just hop in the shower with a bar of dial antibacterial non-scented hand soap. Make the water as hot as you can possibly bear, and let it run over your new tattoo while washing it using your hand (no rag or loofah) and the dial soap. Pat your new tattoo dry with a paper towel. You have the option of going straight into using unscented lotion or using the brown A&D ointment for the first two days before switching over to the lotion. You can use any unscented lotion that you prefer, and we recommend staying away from vasaline, neosporin and cocoa butter. Over the next few days your tattoo will start to produce a scab--this is normal and natural. Do not scratch or pick this scab and let it fall off naturally, if you remove it before it falls off on its own, you may chance some of the color or darkness coming off along with it. You may not bathe or soak in any water (including pools, jacuzzis and oceans) until the scab has fallen completely off and your tattoo no longer has a glossy coat over it. This may take up to 2 to 3 weeks. Please do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for the first 2 weeks.
The healing process depends highly on the size and amount of work you got done. Outlines generally take a much shorter time to heal than if you got color and shading. On average a tattoo takes about 2 weeks to heal.
If you have a general idea of what you want, but don't have an exact picture of it. That's fine! we specialize in custom tattoos and can create yours from scratch, or by combining reference pictures you have. We recommend doing as much research as possible on your subject matter to get your creative juices flowing but recommend an open mind when consulting with the artist, as they know how to translate ideas best into timeless tattoo pieces.
Yes, i do tattoo parties. There is a $200 non-refundable fee to secure your date for the tattoo party (to make this back, you may consider charging an entry fee). This fee will cover all the supplies needed to host your party and is due as soon as possible to secure your date. We recommend locking in a date at least a month or two in advance, as the schedule books up relatively quickly. You may host the tattoo party at our shop, or at your own location. If you chose to host it at your own location you must provide adequate seating, lighting and access to outlets. NO KIDS OR ANIMALS will be permitted. The artist(s) will arrive at the start of the party -- we will only stay up to one hour without any customers (therefore it is advised to start your party an hour before you schedule the artists to arrive, this way guaranteed clients will already be present upon arrival). 10 people must get a tattoo at the party in order for you to receive a free tattoo (up to $100 in value) and the tattoo minimums at the party are $40. No large pieces or portraits will be done at parties, call and make an appointment to schedule this type of artwork (unless discussed and agreed on in advance). Once securing your party, you may text and email asking for price estimates based on what people want to get.
I usually can accommodate appointments Monday through Saturday, i do not tattoo on Sunday. no exceptions. Generally Monday Wednesday and Friday i accept appointments (based on availability and prior engagements) between 10 and 3 and on Tuesday and Thursday between 10 and 6, Saturdays between 9 and 7. When you contact me to figure out my availability, please include your time constraints such as work and child care so i can keep them in mind when choosing the best day and time to match our schedules. If you are ready, please click the inquiry or virtual consultation link at this time.
## 006. I don't know what i want, can you free style? Absolutely. I have a ton of images that i would love to do, but please only ask me to free style if you have NO limitations on what you want on your body. If you have the slightest opinion, it is best to figure out the subject matter of your tattoo BEFOREHAND, so you are not paying my hourly rate at the shop to browse tattoo designs. If you do not know what you want, i recommend searching google or pinterest for general ideas such as "girly tattoo sleeve" or "male coverup sleeve" or "flower tattoo" and "hip tattoo." Sometimes if you know the place you want it, you can search for other people that have tattoos there and get a more solid idea and we can go from there.
Charge what you're worth--and don't apologize for it. Please click here to read about your investment. Furthermore, if you receive a price quote you think is "too much," please refrain from telling me as i do take it personally. I do not negotiate your hourly rate or salary at your career, so do not try to negotiate mine ... it will only offend me.
Great, go to him! Please contact me back if and when you need a coverup.
I charge $175 for a single hour, if you sit for 2 or more hours at a time the price drops to $150 an hour. The hourly rate is applied to larger pieces and sleevework. If your piece is smaller, the price will be designated by the artist based on the size, complexity, area of concentration and color preference.
yes, i love a challenge. You can see several on my instagram and in the online portfolio.
Yes, you are welcome to use numbing cream, make sure you apply it in advance. But be advised that most over the counter numbing agents that you can access online only have 5% lidocaine in them and do not work very well. I do have medical grade numbing cream, it is $80 a bottle and i use it personally and can attest to it working WONDERS! It is $80 a bottle because insurance doesn't cover it, so i have to pay full price. Therefore you do as well.
Absolutely. There are no real ground rules in this profession for tipping, but if you loved the experience and your work--feel free to show it!
Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo.
Of course it hurts. I will lie to you if you want me to, of course.
Yes, it can be anything you like, but it may need to be converted into a tattoo design. Some styles of artwork do not work well as a tattoo, but we use our years of experience to guide you with the selection of the artwork and style.
You must be 18 years of age and have a picture ID issued by a government or state. We do not tattoo minors with or without parental permission, you must have proof of legal guardianship.
A 35% deposit is made via paypal (after a virtual consultation and tentative date and time for your appointment) The balance of the tattoo is paid in cash before service is rendered.
I do not tattoo pregnant women, it can wait! I recommend if your nursing to do your research on the possibility of infection and bacteria in your milk supply.
Probably the upper arm. However, it is more important to get your tattoo where you want it as opposed to getting it where it might hurt 10 % less. If you never had a tattoo, how would you know the difference ? Some of the areas that people report to hurt a little worse would be the fingers, feet, ribs, lower back and head.
Your skin tone dictates the best colors for your tattoo. If you have darker skin, expect for colors to be more subtle and muted. If you have light skin, colors will be brighter and more noticeable.
A touch up is free for up to one year if it’s a tattoo that we have done. If it was done by another artist, you will have to submit an inquiry.
To reserve your appointment in my book. Without an investment, people could easily cancel at the last minute or not show up--leaving me with an opening on a busy day that could have been filled with an eager client. Furthermore, without a deposit for beginning a sketch, the design could easily be taken elsewhere or abandoned and my work will have gone uncompensated.
Yes. When we tattoo we are putting the ink in the second layer of skin, when it is healed, you will be seeing the tattoo through the first (outer) layer of skin, as you know this layer of skin will tan when subjected to sunlight, thus making your white tattoo look beige or brown! It is unrealistic to think it is going to stay white.
The day of your tattoo appointment be sure to arrive promptly. Be well-rested, fed, and hydrated. Dress appropriately: wear something comfortable that gives easy access to the area to be tattooed and that you don't mind getting ink on (things can get a bit messy in the tattoo area). Feel free to bring in some sort of entertainment: an MP3 player, a good book, a friend for conversation, etc. to help pass the time. Before you start, you will fill out a release form (you'll need your ID)
In general, over-the-counter pain medications do little to help with the pain you might experience while getting a tattoo, plus Aspirin and other NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc, have at least some blood-thinning qualities to them. Aspirin is most effective at thinning blood so we reccommended you not take aspirin at least 1 day before your tattoo. It is generally considered ok to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve pain or swelling from the tattoo AFTER the tattoo is done - However it is important for us to mention that we are not medically trained and cannot legally prescribe any medicines or diagnose health concerns. Please consult your doctor for advice if you're concerned about this. So what about prescription drugs? Some prescription pain medications can technically intoxicate you to the point where you will not be as alert or in control of your body as you would normally be, so we don't advocate their use. Also, we cannot tattoo someone who is intoxicated, so drinking alcohol or partaking in other drugs before your tattoo is not a good idea.
Yes, you may bring one person along with you--sometimes it helps to be able to talk to a friend to forget about the pain! But please limit it to one! it gets too crowded in the tattoo artist's area, and can be very distracting to your tattoo artist. Please be respectful of other clients and the artists by not bringing a crowd of people with you.
The only time i will take a walk in is if i have had a cancellation. It never hurts to ask, but majority of my appointments show up since they've already put down a $50 deposit. I do not take walk-ins because i have other businesses and children, so my time is always accounted for and must be reserved in advance!
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