Where do I tattoo?
I mostly tattoo out of my shop, Modern Body Art in Birmingham UK but also the occasional convention and guest spot. Either sign up to my mailing list (I promise not to spam you) or check my Instagram and Twitter for more up to date info on this kind of thing.
If you have a studio or convention you’d like me to visit, or even just want a tattoo and you live in a far off land, please don’t hesitate to ask me.
How can I get tattooed by you?
I am in the very fortunate position that I don’t have to take on every tattoo request I get, so the criteria I decide on is primarily that it will be a stress free experience, artistically interesting, fits in with my existing style and will make a good tattoo over the short and long term.
If you would like to get tattooed by me but maybe not yet, or you are not sure what you want, you can sign up to my mailing list where roughly once a month I send out available designs. It is a mix of small and large stuff, a variety of subject matters and all stuff I would love to do and that I think will work really well as tattoos. You can sign up at the bottom of this page.
My preference is to tattoo my own designs but I will do custom deigns for people as long as the requirements aren’t very specific or micromanaged. All of my best tattoos have been done when someone gives me a subject matter and placement and not too much else, so that is my preferred way of working. You can fill out the form on the contact page here.
I LOVE to tattoo any thing organic/natural; birds, animals, flowers, skulls, portraits and faces, or figures. I will work from tiny up to larger scale stuff (sleeves, back pieces etc), and I don’t mind black and grey or colour. I will occasionally do cover-ups but very rarely re-works.
I don’t like to tattoo non-natural/man-made things such as pocket watches, headphones, turntables, compasses, architecture etc as they don’t work very well in my style.
If I don’t feel I can do your tattoo for you, please don’t be offended, it is nothing personal or arrogance on my part, it is just my personal stress level plummets when I know when to say no.
For further info you can read this FAQ from the MBA website which includes lots of information about how to get a good tattoo. I can’t recommend it highly enough, after all, I wrote it.
Can I send you pictures of what I want?
Not anymore, sorry. I really want to focus on my own work and style and not get distracted by photos of other tattoos (especially ones not by me), or other reference images. Everything I design and tattoo will be in the style of what you can see in my portfolio, I don’t copy other people’s tattoos or artwork. If you have seen a tattoo you like and want a version of that, maybe the artists is too far away or booked up, I am afraid I am not the artist for you.
How booked are you?
I don’t book more than 3 months in advance. For example, on January 1st I would open up March for appointments, then February 1st, I open up April etc etc. This seems to work ok and I usually have enough spaces for people to get in with me.
How much do you charge?
Pieces that can be done in one session I try and give a fixed price, or a range of prices (minimum to maximum). My day session price is £425. Just to note, I do work quite quick compared to most tattooists so be aware, not all day session or hourly rates are created equally.
How do I book in?
Please email the shop and they will help you out: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to leave a deposit to secure an appointment which is £20 per hour booked or £140 for a full day session.
You can cancel or change an appointment but you need to give us at least 72 hours notice or you will lose the deposit.
What can I expect at my appointment?
I try and be as professional as possible for you and give you a nice experience. I do my best to run on time, I don’t have breaks all the time, I don’t sit with headphones in ignoring you like you are an inconvenience to me, or spend half the day on my phone.
All my needles are single use cartridges, everything is wrapped and protected and I follow the best cross contamination practices to give you a safe experience.
If you are booked for a day session I do take a lunch break – so you can bring some food for yourself or pop and get some – but any time that takes is knocked off what you are charged.