-I want to make sure Jake will be able to tattoo my idea. What kinds of tattoos will Jake do?
Jake prefers to tattoo more geometric/mandalas, floral works, American traditional, fine line, and black and grey tattoos in his specific style. Jake primarily tattoos black and grey so most color pieces he would tend to refer you to someone else. Samples of his work can be found on his instagram or in the portfolio section.
-What can I expect the pricing of my tattoo to look like?
Pricing for tattoos is always situational depending on the particular details involved with your piece. For large scale tattoos that require multiple sessions/hours, they are priced at roughly $200 per hour. For smaller tattoos pricing starts at $150 and will range up from there depending on the details involved; most hand sized, single session tattoos are around $250-350 give or take. Something to keep in mind is that Jake tattoos at a fairly fast rate and almost all tattoos he completes in one session, with the exceptions being sleeves and larger pieces. Tattoo pricing may be subject to change due to supply cost increases. Final pricing will be determined on the day of your session but a rough estimate can be provided when asked ahead of time.
- Does Jake tattoo minors, even with parental consent?
Unfortunately, Jake does not currently take on tattoos for clients under the age of 18 years old.
- Does Jake tattoo cover ups or re work old tattoos?
Currently, Jake does not offer cover up services, and any re-working of tattoos that were not done by him will be done on a case to case basis. Please email him directly with photos and detailed descriptions of what you would like to have done.
- Can I schedule an appointment if I don’t have money for a deposit?
Jake requires a $50 non-refundable deposit. Deposits should be made within 24 hours of receiving the link to make the deposit so that the day and time that is mentioned can be reserved for you. The deposit helps cover Jake's time spent on scheduling, researching reference materials, and getting designs drawn before appointments. Deposits do NOT go toward the cost of the tattoo. The deposit is a separate fee from your tattoo session. Reschedules will result in needing to submit an additional deposit. More information can be provided upon request.
- What forms of payment does Jake take?
Jake only accepts cash, Venmo, and Zelle as payments for the tattoo session. Deposit payments should be made through a link provided via email.
-I bought a tattoo numbing cream. Can I use it for my tattoo?
Jake recommends to not apply numbing creams before your session unless he first approves of the specific brand. He personally does not find good results with most brands but has some personal recommendations for what you should get. He can also apply more a numbing cream after the outline of a tattoo is applied. He will ask that you reschedule should you arrive with one applied that is not a brand that he recommends, this is due to the way some creams can effect the conditions of the skin while working and he is comfortable with a handful of reputable brands. Jake currently recommends the brands: Dr. Numb (found on amazon) , Anesten (AnestenCream.com), and Hush (found on amazon). Jake recommends staying away from numbing sprays and try leaning toward a cream. Apply a thick layer of numbing cream to the location you are wanting tattooed in and cover with plastic wrap for a minimum of one hour before your appointment. Please remember that all tattoos come with a varying amount of pain, and numbing cream isn't always a perfect solution, sometimes they can still hurt and have discomfort so best to be prepared. If you want Jake to reapply during the session please bring your numbing cream with you to your appointment. Jakes personal preference is Anesten.
- What is the process for scheduling an appointment with Jake?
You can fill out a form on his website to get scheduled in. Jake does NOT schedule appointments over social media or over the phone / texts. Please beware of scammers impersonating him and other artists for deposit money! Deposits are always done through his website submission forms email reply or in person!
-What is Jakes policy if I'm running late to my appointment?
Jake requires you to reschedule if you are more than 15 minutes late to an appointment. He will send you an email and text that day with information regarding needing rescheduled. An additional deposit will be required.
- Can Jake draw me something before my appointment or can I view the drawing before I come in?
Jake currently draws every tattoo he does the morning of the appointment of the tattoo, so you will need to schedule an appointment to get a drawing from him. Additionally, Jake prefers to draw finish up most designs with you present so that you can give input and information he needs to make the finalized drawing for tattoos, however in most cases he will have some designs fully ready for you upon arrival. Jake does not send or show designs before your appointment date and time due to drawing them day of.
- Is it customary to tip tattoo artists?
You should absolutely consider tipping your tattoo artist. Like all service industry careers, your artist relies on tips to help pay their cost of living. Tipping is never expected, but always greatly appreciated.
- I have a sunburn, will it effect me getting my new tattoo?
You cannot get tattooed over sunburn, it can cause severe complications during the healing process and damage your skin.
- Can Jake use a design I drew up to make a tattoo for me?
Yes, he absolutely can use a design that you have to create your new tattoo. Sometimes some aspects of imagery needs to be changed to translate to a long lasting tattoo for you, but we will be able to use a design that you have in mind for a tattoo.
- How long can I expect the healing process of a tattoo to be?
Healing time always depends on the location that got tattooed, as well as the detailing involved with it. Generally, tattoos from Jake take a week and a half to two weeks until they are healed.
- How does Jake ensure safety during the tattoo process?
Jake uses disposable, single use equipment only, as well as preventative measures using plastic barrier film on all objects and equipment used during the tattoo procedure. Jake has extensive education in Blood-borne pathogen, first aid, and cpr training. He always takes preventative measures to ensure safety and to ensure there is no cross contamination.
- If I haven’t heard from Jake should I send another message?
Absolutely. If you haven't heard back from Jake in over a week, something may have went wrong with your appointment submission. Please send another one! The most common thing we see from getting no response is not submitting the correct email address to receive a response. Please be sure that all of your information is correct!