FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please Read Before Submitting a Tattoo Proposal

WHAT DO YOU TATTOO?

Please read my "Wanna Do's and Won't Do's Section on my "Tattoos" page of my website.

WHAT SAFETY MEASURES DO YOU TAKE?

All of my tattooing equipment is professional-grade and meets or exceeds the industry standard. I use a Cheyenne rotary pen which utilizes pre-sterilized single-use disposable cartridges and needles. These needle cartridges are always opened in front of the client during the session. There is a medical-grade HEPA filter in my studio/ the operation room that is adequate for 1,200+SF. All surfaces and stations are sanitized using medical-grade cleaners. All clients will receive detailed pre-tattoo and aftercare instructions once an appointment is booked. For any and all questions in regards to safety and sanitation please feel free to send me a direct message on Instagram. We follow strict COVID-19 sanitation procedures and everyone inside of Kraken Queen Studios must be wearing a double layer cotton mask, surgical mask, or an N-95. Guests are not welcome to join clients in our studio at this time due to COVID-19.

WHAT IS YOUR DEPOSIT POLICY?

I currently take $50 deposits for ready-made flash designs. These designs are unique and one-of-a-kind. They may have more restrictive sizes or placement options. For custom work I currently take $75 deposits. In the event that you must reschedule you must give me at least 72 hours notice in order to keep your deposit. Your first deposit may be used for up to two reschedules, but a third reschedule will result in the loss of your first deposit. You would then be required to pay a second deposit to re-book with me.

SHOULD I BRING CASH TO PAY FOR THE REMAINDER OF MY TATTOO WHEN I COME TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Yes. I will not accept electronic forms of payment for tattoos. Deposits are accepted via Venmo but final payments must be in cash. There is an ATM a couple doors down if you need to use one.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION/ RESCHEDULING POLICY?

All deposits are non-refundable, no exceptions. An appointment can be rescheduled twice without loss of a deposit if the cancelation is made prior to 72 hours before the time of the appointment. A lot of time goes into making a schedule work properly, however, I understand that life can be unpredictable. Please try and give me as much time in advance as possible for a cancellation or a reschedule. No call, no shows will result in being 86'ed permanently. Please communicate with me as soon as possible if something comes up.

WHAT DOES YOUR PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

A lot of work goes into every design I create, especially in regard to customs. Due to my background in Biology I take anatomy seriously in both my subject matter and how the design is placed on the body. Many sketch studies are done by hand to render floral and faunal designs with anatomical accuracy. I do a lot of my own macro photography of different species in order to create a deeper level of authenticity for how I render organisms from the wild to then be tattooed on my clients. This method allows me to achieve the detail needed for properly illustrating the morphology and anatomy of plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms at the scientific level. A lot of personal time and love goes into this unique process of creating tattoos.

DO YOU TATTOO DARKER/ MORE MELANATED SKIN?

Yes. I tattoo all skin and body types. We can always make adjustments to designs to better fit your body. My goal is that the client feels in control the entire time as we collaborate on the design and I will continue to educate myself about working with different skin types and tones to best guide the client towards a tattoo that makes them feel happy and supported. Colorism has been and continues to be a serious issue in the tattoo industry. I am committed to listening, learning, and doing better in regard to this issue always. All people deserve great tattoos.  All questions and comments in regard to this question are welcome via direct message through Instagram.

MIGRAINE CANCELLATION POLICY

I am a person with disabilities and suffer from severe chronic migraines. While my condition is largely under control there are some days that I will be unable to tattoo without much warning resulting in a cancellation from my end. This is unfortunately the nature of my condition and as such I have created a "Migraine Cancelation Policy". If I must cancel due to a migraine, you as the client have the right to ask for a full refunded deposit back. If you decide that you would prefer to reschedule then I will offer a 15% discount on flat-rate designs or take an agreed percentage off the hourly rate for customs.

HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST? WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?

My custom hourly rate is currently $100/hour. The duration of your tattoo is determined by your choice in placement, size, amount of elements, level of detail and shading, as well as how well you sit for a tattoo. These factors all affect the time it will take to complete your tattoo and therefore affect the final price of a custom design. The best way to get an accurate estimated quote is to send in a detailed proposal with a clear budget (if you have one). Please keep in mind that a price estimate/ quote is just that- an estimate. I can usually offer some different options for people if the proposal is a great fit but your budget is lower. Flash designs will always be cheaper than custom work and are priced at a flat rate. This is done on purpose to give folx who have financial boundaries a better chance to get tattoos. Please respect me as an artist, a disabled woman, and a human being. Tattoos are a non-essential service and there is a lot of consideration that goes into how I price my art. An hourly rate reflects thousands of hours of practice and work, supply costs, insurance costs, shop rent, licensing costs, CA state fees, etc.

SHOULD I TIP MY TATTOO ARTIST?

Yes, you should tip a tattoo artist in the same way you would tip waitstaff, a nail tech, hairdresser, etc. The industry standard for tips is 15-20%. I understand that tattoos are an expensive service and that people sometimes save for months to be able to afford them. With that said please be mindful of the many costs that are associated with being a tattoo artist and business owner.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TATTOOING?

I have been tattooing since October 2020 and prior to that was working primarily tattooing fake skins as well as doing fine line scientific pen and ink illustrations for galleries. My background is in Biology and I will be graduating from Humboldt State University with a Biology B.S. degree. All photos are edited without the use of filters in a way that does not alter skin tones.

HOW DO I GET MY PROPOSAL SELECTED?

Fill out the booking form completely and clearly. I will prioritize larger concepts with fewer elements. Budget is a factor but not a deal-breaker as I want my art to be accessible to all people. If you are working within a budget I ask that you please be thoughtful about your proposal as far as the number of elements and subject type requested. Please read my "Wanna Do's and Won't Do's". Proposals that obviously have not read my FAQs and "Wanna Do's/ Won't Do's" will not be considered.



Example of something I would choose- "Large snake with rose tail curled up above knee. Approx 5.5 inches by 6-7 inches." Example of something I would not choose- "Geometic elements around a forest scene with ferns, snails and a fox."

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Kraken Queen Studios is located in Eureka, California within Humboldt County. Guest spots to other locations will be announced on instagram via my stories!