*FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS*
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
I currently work by *APPOINTMENT ONLY* at Integrity Alliance Tattoo located in the South Slope neighborhood of *Asheville, North Carolina.* The shop is located at 120 Coxe Avenue #1C. You can call the shop directly at (828)-676-4407 if need be. Street parking is available, as well as paid lots throughout the neighborhood.
WHAT IS YOUR AVAILABILITY?
*I'm typically booked a month or two out and only book appointments within a 60 day time frame.* I do this so clients do not have to wait longer than two months to get in. Let me know when you're looking to get in and I can let you know if I am available. Scheduling further in advance is available to clients traveling from out of the country or state. My availability is subject to change and I will keep this updated as best as I can.
HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
*Email is the best way to contact me.* You will get an auto-response upon doing so, please read it and respond if need be. The more information you can give about the tattoo you want, the easier it will be for me to get an idea of what you are looking for and when to book you. Please be specific and open-minded. A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is required on all appointments. Deposits may be left with me in cash at the shop or through Paypal. *Deposits are deducted from the tattoo the day the tattoo is completed, and the remainder must be paid in cash.*
*I have a $150 minimum and accept cash-only.*
With appropriate information provided, I am able to give an estimate ahead of time. *Let me know what your budget is.* Single session pieces have a set price and larger, multi-session pieces are charged an hourly rate.
*Hourly rate*: $150/hr
*Single session pieces*: set price with $50-$150 deposit
*Multi-session pieces*: hourly rate with $100-$150 deposit
*All day booking*: hourly rate with 4/hr minimum and $150 deposit
WHY DO I HAVE TO LEAVE A DEPOSIT?
A non-refundable deposit is required to hold your appointment date in my schedule. *Your deposit will be deducted the day that your tattoo has been completed, and will otherwise hold all of your appointment dates. This is important so that the time can be reserved specifically for you!* No-calls and no-shows will forfeit their deposit and will be denied any future service. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION AND RESCHEDULING POLICY?
*72 hours notice* prior to your appointment is required and will otherwise forfeit the deposit. Deposits cover lost wages and time that may have gone to another client. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please email me and give the shop a call.
CAN I GET TATTOOED IF I AM UNDER 18?
*No.* I will not tattoo anyone under the age of 18 in any state, regardless of parental consent. Tattooing a minor is illegal in most parts of the country.
ARE YOU CLEAN & STERILE?
Yes, practicing cleanliness is very important to me. *Everything I use for tattooing is fully-disposable and for single-use only.* I'm certified in CPR, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens training.
CAN I GET A TATTOO IF I'M ALLERGIC TO LATEX?
*Yes! Lucky for you, I use nitrile gloves as opposed to latex.* Not only is nitrile more resistant to possible punctures, but latex begins to deteriorate when exposed to the common petroleum based products used for tattooing. Nitrile gloves are mandatory for safe tattooing.
VEGAN INKS AND OINTMENTS
I use inks strictly from Eternal Ink. Eternal is 100% vegan safe and contains no animal by-products. Vegan ointment is also available for use upon request, and may be done during the initial consultation. A&D ointment will otherwise be used.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY TATTOO?
I will go over all aftercare verbally with you the day of your appointment. Clients also receive an aftercare sheet to take home as well. If you need to know how to take care of a tattoo before you make an appointment, just ask. I'm more than happy to help answer any questions. You may need to purchase certain products for the aftercare procedure, and every artist has different instructions. *Do not purchase any products before I have given you aftercare instructions.*
GUEST SPOTS & CONVENTIONS
I always announce through social media when I will be doing any sort of event, convention, or guest spot. Keep on the lookout, and let me know where you're from.
I charge $200/hr during guest spots and conventions.
*TATTOO SHOP ETIQUETTE*
Please arrive on time. I will wait 15 minutes past your appointment time for you to show up. After 15 minutes, I will cancel your appointment, forfeit your deposit, and leave the shop. *Give the shop a call if you are running late.*
DO NOT BRING AN ENTOURAGE, ANIMALS, OR CHILDREN WITH YOU
We are a small shop with limited space, so please, *do not bring more than one person with you to your appointment. We do not have room to accommodate large parties.* You will generally be allowed one person to accompany you but they may have to remain in the waiting-area.
For good reasons, minors are not allowed in tattoo shops. *Do not bring ANYONE under the age of 18 with you* into the shop. No exceptions.
*This is important! There are a few things you will need to do to before getting tattooed.*
-Bring a state-issued photo ID or passport.
-Eat a full meal within two hours of coming in for your appointment. It may also be wise to bring something sugary to drink or snack on as well. Eating prior to your appointment is absolutely necessary to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Getting tattooed on an empty stomach often causes nausea and/or fainting.
-Wear appropriate, comfortable clothing that has access to the area getting tattooed. If you are unsure what to wear, just ask.
-Get a good nights rest and take a shower before you come in.
-Bring headphones if you want to listen to your own music.
Tipping is customary for any work within the service industry. 15-20% is standard in the US, and anything over is greatly appreciated.
GETTING TATTOOED HURTS
We have tattoos... probably a lot of them. We tattoo people everyday. We know. It hurts a lot. If you want to get a tattoo but are not willing to go through the physical pain of getting one, do not get one. Do not use ANY numbing agents on your skin without your artists approval.