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"Where are you located?'
A private studio in Elgin, Illinois.. Clients receive a follow up email one day before their sessions with exact directions and parking advisory.
"How do I schedule a tattoo/consultation?'
EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org with ALL DETAILS (!) OR fill out the contact sheet. Please don't do both. No messages through social media or phone please. Email is the best way to keep track of the conversation .
PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW UP. It only adds more emails to go through = more time for me to go over all emails.
Do I need to pay a deposit?"
Yes. A non-refundable deposit of $200 will hold your appointment, Deposit is payable through Zelle or cash drop off. I'm sorry but Iron Wings Tattoo no longer uses services of Venmo, CashApp, PayPal and so on.
Your deposit will be applied towards your total amount and if your tattoo.
How much is your rate? Do you do flat rates?
Current shop rate is $200/hr,
I decided to stop flat rate pricing as I consider that unfair. I can give you a rough estimated time of what to expect to prepare for the tattoo price. Please keep in mind that it is hard to estimate the exact time needed. You are welcome to state your pain threshold time or budget and say how long you'd like to sit and /or split your sessions. Please make sure to let the artist know upon the booking if there is time or financial limitation.
"Can you draw me a custom artwork of my tattoo before I book an appointment?"
I do not do custom artwork for the use of other tattoo artists. I work for my clients only and they get to see it at their session. My portfolio speaks for itself and that's the quality you should expect.
"How do I need to prepare for my first tattoo?"
First and foremost, do not stress.
Bring food and water/juice/soda for longer sessions - you don't want your blood sugar to lower causing you lightheaded feeling and potential faiting.
Take ibuprofen to take the edge off the pain if you'd like.
Do not drink alcohol the night before your tattoo and do not plan to party hard for a few+ days after your session.
Skip your caffeine intake the day of your session.
Do not plan to swim or do a real heavy cardio workouts after the tattoo. Do not plan on tanning for a bit, let the tattoo heal well and safely.
You will be provided with an aftercare sheet to guide you and a contact number for any questions and concerns. You are in great hands.
Do you use 'second skin'?
Yes, I do recommend that aftercare regimen, but I can also do a standard wrap/drylock.
You are welcome to get it and apply ahead of time. It is not preferred at Iron Wings as the art of tattooing is a way of mental release, aka 'ink therapy'. Also, the creams last rather short time. If you do choose to apply a topical anesthetic, please do not layer up too thick as your skin can be spongy and potentially peel/scar during tattooing. Recommended brand is TKTX cream. (No, Im not paid to say that.) Please refrain from a knock-off brands. There are many burns and skin peeling caused by fake ingredients.
"I'm underage, but my parents are okay for me to get a tat. Will you do it for me?"
I prefer not to.
"I have 100 of my local friends to spread the word. Can you do a free artwork for my band's cover?"
Oh absolutely! As a favor to be returned I'll just ask you to regulate my car payment for that month :)
"How long should I expect my artwork/portrait to be completed after my inquiry?"
Mostly you will see it when you come for your appointment.
My portfolio should give you a good idea of what to expect. If you have ideas or samples of what you like, please email them directly - that way I will have a better idea of what you are looking for to get done.
"I don't have cash money now but need artwork now. Do you take credit cards?"
I do not at the moment. I will accept Zelle as an alternative of cash.
Any other questions?
Feel free to contact me any time, I'll be glad to answer your inquiry! I try to reply soon as I can. Sometimes it might take even a week + as I work very long hours between tattooing and other duties. Thank you for your patience!
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