FREQUENTLY ASKED TATTOO QUESTIONS
Where do you work?
I am currently a full-time artist at Rising Tide Studio in Sydney, Australia.
Do you ever travel and do guest spots?
I occasionally travel to other cities and countries to tattoo (most often Melbourne and western Canada). Check the TOUR tab for upcoming travel dates. If you would like me to tattoo in your city/country, please send me a request via email. I largely make travel decisions based on the demand for tattoos. :)
When are you taking bookings and do you have a waitlist?
I generally only book periods of three to six months at a time. When my books are open, you can enquiry about tattoos via the Tattoo Booking Submission Form on my CONTACT page. When my books are full, I will temporarily close my books until the next booking period. This system allows me to plan my travel and guest spots, as well as tattoo conventions I'll be attending. I do not keep a waitlist. Instead, you can sign up for my Booking Newsletter (on my CONTACT page) and be among the first to know when I will be opening my books throughout the year.
I will be prioritising existing clients with ongoing work, requests for available designs from my AVAILABLE DESIGNS page, and bookings for upcoming tattoo shows and travel dates.
What is your booking process?
For bookings in Sydney, the general process is as follows:
When I am available for appointments, I will publish an online booking form. If you have signed up for my Booking Newsletter, you will be notified via email. Otherwise, I will be announce this on my social media outlets. The booking form will cover most of the important details: subject matter, size, placement, colour, art style, a short description, and your booking availability. If I can accomodate your tattoo project, I will book an in-person consultation at Rising Tide Studio. Consults are free of charge and usually take about 30-60 minutes. Any further questions will be answered during the consultation. Once we have planned out your tattoo project, I will take a deposit and we will book your tattoo appointment(s).
If you do not live near Sydney, consultations can be done via email. Due to the limitations of communicating visual ideas via email, I recommend choosing a pre-drawn design from my Available Designs page (each design will only be tattooed once). If you would prefer a custom design, be prepared to give me a lot of creative freedom when it comes to your design.
What are your rates, what is your deposit policy, and what forms of payment do you accept?
My current rates are as follows for Sydney bookings:
Weekdays 11am-7pm: $200 per hour
Weekends & Public Holidays: $250 per hour
Drawing/design time is included in the cost of your tattoo. Each appointment has a one hour minimum charge.
A minimum $200 deposit is required per booking. For larger tattoos we require a $200 deposit for each appointment booked, so please be prepared for this at the consultation. Deposits are NON REFUNDABLE, so please ensure you are committed to your tattoo project before making a deposit. The deposit will come off the total cost of your tattoo.
If you reschedule your appointment without providing at least 48 hours notice, your deposit will be forfeited. Your deposit will also be forfeited if you fail to show up to your appointment, you are unreasonably late (please call the studio if you are running behind), you fail to provide valid government issued ID, or if you show up to your appointment intoxicated or sunburnt on the area to be tattooed.
We can accept cash or card for deposits and payments. There is a 2% service charge on all card payments, so we suggest bringing cash to your tattoo appointments.
When will I see my tattoo design?
Tattoo designs are usually ready for viewing 1-2 days before your appointment (6-7 days for sleeves and backpieces). Once it is ready for viewing, I will email you your design. If you have any questions or concerns with the design, they can be addressed before your tattoo appointment. My designs must be completed in the order of the appointments, so please do not ask to see your design sooner.
Please note, I will not accept changes to your design if it is outside what was discussed during our consultation. If you change your mind on the design after your consultation, you will forfeit your deposit and be required to book another consultation. This policy is in place because I spend a significant amount of time researching and designing for each tattoo project. I need to ensure I spend my designing time efficiently (i.e., not doing unnessesary changes) so all my clients can get my best work.
How much will my tattoo cost/how long will it take?
I can only give cost/time estimates for your tattoo during your tattoo consultation. The cost is determined by how long the tattoo takes, which is influenced by many factors including: size, art style, colour, detail, placement, skin type/condition, etc. Due to the numerous factors we cannot control, my estimate is only to be used as a guide and does not have bearing on the final cost. If you have a concern about budget and time, please mention it in your booking submission form and we can plan your tattoo accordingly.
I try to cap tattoo sessions at about 5-7 hours, and larger projects are booked with about 2-4 weeks between sessions.
How do I prepare for my tattoo appointment?
These are important things to remember to ensure your tattoo experience is as pleasant and comfortable as possible:
Get a good sleep the night before your appointment. Being well rested will help reduce the level of pain you feel during your tattoo. I can't stress enough the importance of being well rested before your tattoo!
Do not drink alcohol before your tattoo! Even drinking the night before can thin your blood and cause your skin to bleed excessively, resulting in a poorly healed tattoo.
Eat a good meal before your tattoo appointment. It is very important to keep your blood sugars up during your tattoo. Bring your favourite snacks to enjoy during breaks. For sessions that are 4+ hours, we will take a lunch break half-way through. You may bring your own lunch or there are many delicious options to eat out in the area around the studio.
Do not get a sunburn before your tattoo appointment! We cannot tattoo sunburnt or peeling skin and you will forfeit your deposit.
Bring your valid government-issued photo ID. We must prove all our clients are 18+, so bring your ID to every appointment. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of your deposit.
If you are particularly hairy in the spot to be tattooed, you can help speed up the preparation process by trimming your hair to a short length before your tattoo appointment. Please leave the shaving bit to me, as we want to avoid razorburn from over-shaving.
If you have dry skin, I advise you moisturise the area to be tattooed once a day in the weeks leading up to your tattoo appointment. This is especially helpful around the elbows, hands, knees, feet, and lower legs. Softer skin will be easier to tattoo and will reduce the time, cost, and pain of tattooing.
Last, but not least - try to stay relaxed. I will do my best to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during the tattoo process. If you have any questions or concerns about the tattoo process (especially if it's your first time), I am happy to answer them during our appointment. :)
What kinds of tattoo projects do you prefer to do?
I am currently focusing on larger realism/surrealism, painterly realism, and ornamental realism projects. I prefer to include a lot of detail in my designs, so medium to large sizes are best suited to my style. My favourite art style to tattoo involves the combination of photorealism, painterly abstraction, and negative space. As for subject matter, I love tattooing people, pets, animals/birds, flowers/plants, skulls/skeletons, filigree, and smoke. I'm also into tattooing new things I haven't tattooed before.
I will not tattoo another artist's work (with exception to historical artworks that are within the public domain). This is not only due to copyright/intellectual property issues, but as a matter of respect to the original artist and their client (who paid to have a unique custom design made for them). However, we can use artworks and photographs as inspiration for your tattoo. During consultations, my clients and I look at images together and gather information about their preferred subject matter, art style, and specific aesthetic preferences. From there I create a unique design tailored to my client's preferences, that also incorporates my formal understanding of art and compositional design.
I will turn away work that does not suit my style or that I am not comfortable tattooing.
Do you sell original artworks?
Yes, I sell original paintings, drawings, and high quality art prints in my online shop:
What are your studio's COVID Safety Policies?
Rising Tide Studio has always taken the health and safety of clients and staff seriously. In addition to our already robust cleaning and disinfecting procedures, we have included additional infection control practises to reduce the spread of Covid 19. Staff are certified in COVID safe training and follow strict health and safety protocols. The following are the new requirements for clients:
Clients may not come to the studio if they have had symptoms of Covid 19 (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever) in the last two weeks, or been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for Covid 19 in the last four weeks. Clients must contact their tattoo artist to reschedule appointments if they are unwell or if they have come into contact with anyone that has Covid 19.
All clients must provide their full name, address, and phone number upon entry for Covid 19 contact tracing purposes.
There may be additional measures required (pending the ever-changing covid restrictions and regulations). This may include (but is not limited to) temperature checks, face masks, hand sanitising, mobile phone sanitising, and limiting clients bringing guests to their appointments. If you are unsure, please ask what the current rules are.
Cash payments are still accepted, as we have the facilities to disinfect all notes.
We appreciate your cooperation in helping to reduce the spread of Covid 19. :)