Custom Design Projects are tattoo appointments where we bring your unique tattoo idea to life. All custom design projects require a request form. If we are able to take on your project, an artist will contact you within 2 weeks.
FAQs - Custom Designs:
Should I bring in my own drawing?
You do not have to provide a drawing to begin a custom request. While inspiration and reference images are always helpful, we take a lot of pride in that our tattoos are original art. Our artists will draw up a design based on your idea, specific for you and designed to fit your body placement. We do not tattoo copyrighted imagery, that includes someone else's drawing. Custom project requests that are in line with the artists' styles will get booking preference. Check out what styles our artists specialize in by visiting the portfolio pages here or on instagram.
If you have a very specific image for your design, please read the info on "exact imagery" below.
what if I want an exact image tattooed?
If you have an exact image (I.E. sports logo, a character from a movie, an image from Pinterest, etc.) that you are unwilling to let it be modified, you can still fill out a request form but if it is a copyrighted image, we will most likely pass on that project. There are some exceptions for exact imagery such as portraits, signatures, baby foot prints, etc. If you have an image you like and you are willing to let our artists draw an original version, you can still send us images as reference to show us what style you envision, etc.
What if I have a drawing I made/someone made for me/i bought?
We do not tattoo other artists' work. Sometimes we get requests for projects of a drawing done by a client's child, close friend, etc. While those tattoos are meaningful, we will probably pass on that project. Please feel free to fill out a request, we make case by case exceptions.
What does the design process look like?
If we can take on your project, an artist will contact you via email. We might ask follow up questions about the design, placement, etc. Your artist will offer an appointment time and date. To secure that date, please pay the deposit within three days. Read more about our deposit policy here. Your artist will send a draft sketch of the design typically 1-3 days before the appointment. We understand that you are excited to see your design, but we have found that this way works best for client and artist. Please respond to the email of the draft sketch as soon as possible and let your artist know if you need any changes. Significant changes to the design may cause the appointment to be rescheduled. Your artist will have a final design ready for you at the appointment time. At the appointment, your artist will work with you to make sure the design is perfect with the chosen placement. Please speak up during this process, we want you to have the final tattoo that you envisioned!
What if the design isn't what I wanted?
That happens sometimes! Please be honest with your artist if you want things changed in your design, we want you to have the permanent body art that you envisioned. Also understand that if your changes cause significant redrawing time for the artist, your appointment may be rescheduled. That includes adding elements to the design within days of the appointment.
How much do custom projects cost?
Pricing depends on size, color, and body placement. Your artist will give a price estimate when they send you the draft sketch. Some factors such as tattooing time, design changes, etc. may effect the final price. Please ask your artist if you have specific questions about your appointment.
how are custom designs different from flash?
Flash are pre-drawn images ready to be claimed. Read more about Flash here. Our artists have over 200 designs in various styles ready to be tattooed. See our social media pages for upcoming Flash Friday events.