Deposit? Why do you need to hold my money?

A fair amount of the time when we ask someone to leave a deposit on a tattoo appointment they say something crafty like; “I’ll stop back Friday”, or “I don’t have any cash on me” and they walk out never to be seen again. Sometimes people want to debate the reasoning behind the deposit, but do finally break down and …

TO NUMB OR NOT TO NUMB

… that is the question! If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it 500 times… “numbing your skin for a tattoo is for pu$$ies”. “Tattoos should be earned”. “That’s cheating”. “I have 9 tattoos and none of them hurt”. Let’s cut the crap! Tattoos hurt! Every single last one hurts. They go from “that pinches” to “holy mother of god …

HOURLY RATES

The most common question… the most difficult answer… The most common question asked of tattoo artists and tattoo studios is: ” What is your hourly rate? Upon giving the customer an answer they usually reply with “Oh wow, that’s great!” or “Oh wow, that’s a lot of money!”. But what does it all mean? Does an artist’s hourly rate translate …