FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please Read Before Submitting a Tattoo Proposal
WHAT DO YOU TATTOO? WHAT SUBJECT MATTER DO YOU NOT TATTOO?
Work I Do: My work focuses on fine-lined scientific works with dotwork and etching style shading. I will only take customs in my style- native plants, large botanicals, scientific illustrations, invertebrates, birds, amphibians, snakes, marine vertebrates, and animorphs/ chimeras. Blackwork only.
Work I Don't Do: Script, realistic figurative works, micro-tats, lots of geometric elements, traditional/ neo-traditional styles, shading tattoos, religious tattoos, color tattoos, mammals, butterflies or moths, ferns, whole trees, and copied work.
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 in a 700sf space. All surfaces and stations are sanitized using medical-grade cleaners. All clients will receive detailed pre-tattoo instructions once an appointment is booked as well as detailed aftercare instructions upon arrival at the studio. For any and all questions in regards to safety and sanitation please feel free to send me a direct message on Instagram or an email from my website's contact form. We follow strict COVID-19 sanitation procedures and everyone inside of Kraken Queen Studios must be wearing a surgical mask or an N-95. Guests are not welcome to join clients in our studio at this time due to COVID-19.
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!
WHAT IS YOUR DEPOSIT POLICY?
I currently require a $100 deposit to secure a date for a tattoo appointment with me. In the event that you must reschedule your appointment, you must give me at least 72 hours of notice in order to keep your deposit. Your first deposit may be used for up to one reschedule, but a second reschedule will result in the loss of your first deposit. You would then be required to pay a second deposit in order to re-book with me.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION/ RESCHEDULING POLICY?
All deposits are non-refundable, no exceptions. An appointment can be rescheduled once without the 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.
CAN I COME TO MY APPOINTMENT EARLY? WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM RUNNING LATE?
Please try and arrive at the agreed-upon time and no earlier. If you arrive at the studio a bit early I would appreciate it if you could spend some time waiting at the coffee shop on the corner of F St. and Henderson St. or inside Fin and Feather pet store (they have tons of cool animals- perfect for brainstorming more cool tattoos!). There are also several thrift stores nearby. This gives me time to be fully prepped and therefore as relaxed as possible to do your tattoo.
If you are running a little late please just shoot me a quick DM on Instagram. If you are running over 30 minutes late and have not had a conversation with me about it prior then you will lose $50 of your deposit. If a client is over 45 minutes late the appointment will be considered a last-minute cancel or "no call, no show".
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.
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.
HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST? WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?
My hourly rate for July and August will be $120/hour. This rate will increase to $140/ hour for September and October. My rate for November, December, and the year 2023 will be $150/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 the tattoo. These factors all affect the time it will take to complete your tattoo and therefore affect the final price of a design. The best way to get an accurate estimated quote for custom work is to send in a detailed proposal with a clear budget (if you have one). Please do NOT submit your budget as a range and just use one number. This helps me understand what level of detail I will be able to accomplish in the time you can afford. I need to know how much you want to spend and when people write down a range (especially a range over $100) it makes me less comfortable in deciding which direction to take the design in.
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 now also be priced hourly unless they are repeatable. My minimum is currently $150. 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, CA state fees, etc.
WHAT IF I'M STILL CONFUSED ABOUT HOW MUCH EXACT CASH TO BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT AFTER GETTING MY HOURLY ESTIMATE?
The final price of your new tattoo ultimately depends on many factors and I do my best to provide an accurate hourly estimate. I do tend to estimate on the higher end of what I will expect the tattoo to take. If I estimate a tattoo is going to take 4-6 hours I would advise bringing enough cash to cover the higher estimate. There is an ATM two doors down on the same block as our tattoo studio if you need to use one.
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. I post almost all of the tattoos I do and photos are edited without the use of filters in a way that does not alter skin tones.
YOUR BOOKS ARE OPEN! HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?
Please use my booking form which will be accessible through a Linktree link in my Instagram bio. This will allow you to fill out all of the necessary information I need in order to book your tattoo appointment. Please do not use the website contact form. The contact page on this website is for general questions only.
HOW DO I GET MY PROPOSAL SELECTED?
Fill out the booking form completely and clearly. Your subject section should be detailed. "I want an owl tattoo on my arm," is an example of a poorly written proposal. A better proposal would look something like, "I would like a ~4.5 inch barn owl on my upper and outer arm with the body at 3/4 profile and the head turned to face the viewer straight on. I would like the shading to be done with your soft dotwork scientific illustration style. I would like the owl to be sitting on a floating branch. I am open to what kind of branch based on what you think would look best." I do not like to work with loose parameters but am open to helping guide clients with some, but not all, elements.
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. Scientific illustration pieces will generally take over 3 hours whereas ornamentals and palm-sized botanicals are generally more doable in that time frame. Morning availability on weekdays will greatly increase your chances of being selected if you are working within a budget. 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 diamondback snake with a wild rose tail curled up above knee. Approx 5.5 inches by 6-7 inches. shading done in grayscale dotwork." Example of something I would not choose- "Geometic elements around a forest scene with ferns, snails and a fox."
Please DO NOT submit for 6+ inch botanicals with a budget of less than $400. One simple 4-5 inch flower on an arm or a leg with no additional elements is an example of an appropriate proposal if your budget is around $300.
DO YOU OFFER SILENT SESSIONS AND WHAT ARE THE BOUNDARIES WITH ARTIST/ CLIENT COMMUNICATION?
I am open to both a silent or a talkative session, within reason. If you would like a silent session please let me know in your proposal. For silent sessions- once we finish the stenciling process there isn't much need to talk. Please just motion to me if you need a break etc. and we can take some time to drink water or stretch. Asking for a silent appointment will in no way affect the likelihood of me selecting your proposal.
Try to limit talking if I am tattooing your chest, ribs, stomach, or back.
Be mindful of more intimate overshares when we are working together. I want to get to know my clients so do feel free to share things about your life while maintaining respectful boundaries. Please do NOT overshare with me in the context of grief. If you have a loved one/ pet that has passed I am always honored to do memorial tattoos for clients. That said I do need to set a strict boundary with this. You are welcome to include in your proposal that you are wanting a memorial tattoo but do not share any additional information or details with me both in person or through messages. Proposals or messages crossing this boundary will not be considered.