Frequently Asked Questions
Please read through this page before contacting me about a possible tattoo. Not having to answer each and every question in detail allows me to spend more time drawing & tattooing and less time typing! If your questions are not answered here, include them in your contact form or email. Thank you!
How much do you charge? / What are your rates? My hourly rate is 150/hr. This rate applies to tattoos that take more than one session to complete. Some single-session work may be charged hourly as well. Other single-session tattoos (those that fall into the two-hours-or-less category) are priced by the piece. Keep in mind the tattoo process is fluid. While I do my best to give accurate pricing estimates, sometimes circumstances arise that can't be predicted. Any estimate of cost given via email, over the phone, or in person is not guaranteed.
What is your minimum? Union 3 has a shop minimum of $80. Please do not ask what you can get for the minimum charge! Start by telling us what you would like. Tell us your budget if you need to, but do not try to haggle! // At the private studio, the type of projects I'll accept is limited. There is no official minimum, but you can expect to spend at least $150 if you set up an appointment here.
What is your deposit policy? The amount you pay up front secures your appointment time and is deducted from the final cost of the tattoo. If a tattoo takes multiple sessions, the deposit comes off at the time of your last session. Security deposits are nonrefundable. 24 hours notice via email is required to reschedule an appointment. If too short notice is given, or you do not show for your appointment, your deposit is forfeited.
Can I bring someone with me? Yes, of course! But please limit to one guest. No more than one adult may sit with you while you get tattooed. Children under age 18 are not permitted.
Can I get a tattoo if I'm under 18? No. Not even with parental consent. You must be 18+ with valid ID present to get tattooed at the private studio and at Union 3. Forms of valid ID include: drivers license, state ID, passport, and military ID.
Where is your studio located? The private studio is in downtown Ann Arbor. The exact address and instructions for entering the building are given upon confirmation of your appointment. For info. about Union 3, click HERE.
More Questions Answered
What do you mean by limited projects? I am limiting the type of tattooing I do in the private studio to larger work. This is because larger work requires longer sessions and a more intimate client-artist relationship. I prefer this type of work to happen in the studio where I can offer utmost privacy and focus to my clients. Small or quick tattoos are best done in a shop setting which holds regular hours and can accommodate a higher volume. Different energies require different settings.
Will you do larger tattoos at the Detroit shop? Yep! I'm available for big custom tattoos by appointment AND the little-bitty fun ones at Union 3 Tattoo!
If I already have a design, will you tattoo it? If you or someone you personally know has drawn a little something special, and it is reasonably tattoo-able, I'm happy to make it happen for you. I will NOT replicate anyone else's tattoo, nor will I tattoo any flash design or other artwork taken from the internet. Part of what you pay for when you hire me is my experience, aesthetic, and skill. Having me draw your tattoo from the beginning is an important part of the whole process and brings depth to the experience.
I want a small, simple tattoo. Can I get it from you? Come see me at Union 3 on Saturdays! I'm happy to tattoo symbols, state outlines, initials, etc. as long as I have the time available. I also love tattooing the flash designs we have around the shop. You may not need an appointment. Just call ahead and see if I've got time that day!
Will you do a cover-up? Yes. However, covering old work sometimes requires leaving specific design choices up to the artist. I ask that you come in with an open mind. Start by thinking about what you would LIKE to see in place of the old tattoo, not what you think is going to work. We can then go over the possibilities together. If you choose to inquire about a cover-up, please email *clear* pictures of the old tattoo, including the area around it.
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