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. The machine I use is a Cheyenne Hawk 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.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION/ RESCHEDULING POLICY?
All deposits are non-refundable, no exceptions. An appointment can be rescheduled once 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 in to 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.
WHAT DOES YOUR PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
A lot of work goes into every design I create, especially in regards 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 is and has been an 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 email through the "contact" page and/ or direct message via 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 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 Humboldt State University with a Biology B.S. degree. Every tattoo I have ever done on skin is posted to my Instagram feed. It is a transparent portfolio of my work. 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 need a payment plan please be committed and know ahead of time how much will be reasonable for you to pay in intervals. 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!
HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO COST?
It honestly depends on so many factors! Custom design versus flash, placement, size, amount of elements, level of detail/ shading, as well as how well you sit for a tattoo all affect the final price of a priced per hour design. The best way to get an accurate quote is to send in a detailed proposal with a clear budget. I can usually offer some different options for people. Flash designs will always be cheaper than custom work.