HOW DO I GET TATTOOED BY DAVID?
To start the process you must first read through this entire document, then submit your idea to the email listed at the end. Be sure to read this entire document and follow the instructions within when you submit your idea to David’s consult email.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
David will then review the requests and determine which projects he is interested in taking on. Due to the overwhelming amount of requests that David receives, there is no way for him to be able respond to every request nor to take on every project that is presented to him.
IS THERE A WAY TO INCREASE MY CHANCES OF BEING TATTOOED BY DAVID?
Yes. David normally takes on projects with fewer restrictions on design and body placement over something that has very set in stone parameters. Bringing him a great idea will get you noticed quicker than things that must be done a certain way in the tattoo. Larger themed projects, photo realism projects and tattoos on clean skin (versus cover-ups) normally receive scheduling priority. Lastly, David is looking for clients that are dedicated enough to put forth the time and financial investment that is necessary for them to receive the best possible tattoo.
WHAT IF DAVID CHOOSES NOT TO TAKE ON MY PROJECT?
You can view the portfolios of David’s coworkers on our website, www.inklab.com. If David thinks the project is suited well for someone he knows, he may respond to your email with a referral of an artist that would better be suited for the project requested.
HOW MUCH DOES DAVID CHARGE?
David charges $200 per hour with a 5 hour ($1000) minimum, the vast majority of tattoos David does are large scale, multi-session projects.
To schedule a project, you must be able to travel to Minneapolis and have a full day (5 hour) appointment, preferably once per month.
For an idea of how long pieces can take; these are just time/cost estimates, every tattoo varies, black and grey tends to be quicker than color, and style of design is a factor (photorealism in color being the most time intensive style tattoo):
-Photorealistic color tattoos the size of a palm can take 3-5 hours, total cost $1,000
-1/2 sleeve, 15-30 hours, total cost $3,00-$6,000
-Full sleeve, 30-60 hours, total cost $6,000-$12,000
-Full leg sleeve, 50-100 hours, total cost $10,000-$20,000
-Full back piece, 60-120 hours, total cost $12,000-$24,000
HOW MUCH OF A DEPOSIT DOES DAVID REQUIRE?
David requires a minimum deposit of $500, however deposits vary depending on the tattoo. Deposits for a half-sleeve sized tattoo is $500, full-sleeve or back piece sized tattoo is $1000. Deposits are nonrefundable and will be deducted from the last session of your tattoo. If you no-call, no-show an appointment, your deposit may be forfeited and an additional deposit may be required to set up new appointments.
HOW SOON CAN I GET AN APPOINTMENT TO START MY TATTOO?
At the time of your consultation, David will usually be booking tattoos 8-12
months in advance. With most larger projects, David suggests you set up at least 4 appointments during the consultation. This ensures you don’t end up with a large gap between appointments.
DO I HAVE TO COME IN TO DO THE CONSULTATION?
Face to face consultations are preferred whenever possible. When we contact you to schedule your consultation, if you are unable to come to our shop (IE: if you are from out of state), then the consultation can be done over email and a deposit can be taken through PayPal.
ARE THERE ANY STYLES OF TATTOO THAT DAVID WON’T DO?
Please review David’s portfolio before submitting a request for a tattoo.
David enjoys the following styles:
realism (both color and black and grey)
color illustrative tattoos
watercolor style designs
- generally, any tattoo styles that are well represented in his portfolio.
David has a number of things he dislikes and will probably not be willing to tattoo or incorporate into your tattoo.
- generally any tattoo styles NOT represented in his portfolio.
David usually works on designs about a week prior to your first appointment, he will make every effort to show you the design in the week leading up to your appointment so that you can go over the design and make any changes necessary.
READY TO CONTINUE WITH THE PROCESS?
Please submit your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be very thorough when describing your ideas, body placement, and size. If you have any reference materials, please attach them to your email.