How much is your hourly rate?
My rate is $150 an hour.
How do I schedule an appointment?
In order to schedule an appointment, you must first come in for a consultation. You can set up a time for a consult by stopping by the shop, emailing me or by calling Hidden History Tattoo (603-842-4064). Please do not message me through social media, I do not check those messages. When showing up to your consultation please try to have the highest quality reference pictures ready to go on your phone or email, as well as a comprehensive idea. It is easier for me to draw something special for you when you do your best to tell me exactly what it is you want. A good tip to remember when searching for inspiration on google is NOT to include the word ‘tattoo’ in your search. You will find better references this way. This consultation should be between YOU (the client) and ME (the artist). This means that if you bring a friend or a significant other with you they must wait in the waiting area while we go through our ideas. I find that when a third party is involved it no longer remains OUR tattoo. The ideas tend to become distorted when multiple people deliver input. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, however the only ones that matter in this situation are yours and mine.
After we have discussed your tattoo we can then proceed in booking an appointment. When booking an appointment, a $100 CASH deposit is required in order to hold the date. This also allows for the drawing process to begin. The deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances and goes towards the price of the tattoo. If your tattoo is multiple sessions, the deposit is then carried over to the last appointment and is deducted from that session. If you fail to show up to your scheduled appointment or you do not call at least 24 hours in advance to RESCHEDULE you forfeit your deposit. You must reschedule the appointment you are canceling at that time or you forfeit your deposit and drawing. You can reschedule twice before that deposit is forfeited. If you wish to book again after that rescheduling then you will need to come to the shop and leave another deposit. This is to ensure that I am covered for the time that I have spent in preparing your tattoo and for the reserved time slot that could have been booked.
Can I see the drawing before my appointment?
Unfortunately, due to the amount of pieces that I have to draw, your tattoo will not be viewable until the time of your appointment. At that time, if you are unhappy with the drawing, alterations can be made. If, by some reason, you absolutely dislike what I have drawn for you, then we can book another appointment as soon as I can fit you in. Please keep in mind that your previous deposit is non-refundable. If another appointment is required, then, unfortunately, so is another deposit..
How do I care for my new tattoo?
Remove the bandage after 2 hours (unless told otherwise by me), then:
Wash with a non-scented Anti-Bacterial hand soap (i.e. Dial)
You will want to get all the dried gunk off, so, first, work up a lather of soap in your hand and then give it a gentle, but good scrubbing.
Lightly pat the tattoo dry with a clean paper towel and then just leave it alone, until:
Before bed, repeat the washing process and proceed to wrap the tattoo the same way that I did when you left (with just a piece of clear plastic wrap and tape)
Wake up and take the clear plastic wrap off. Your tattoo will feel slimy and gross.
Wash your tattoo- Showering is fine, but you do not want to submerge your new tattoo. This means no baths or swimming for at least 10 days.
Pat your tattoo dry and then leave it alone, until:
Your tattoo starts to feel a bit tight or dry. It is at this point that you can wash your hands and apply a very thin layer of white Non-Scented lotion (i.e. CeraVe).
This should hold you over until the evening where you will:
Again, wash your hands and then your tattoo. Pat dry and rewrap with the clear plastic wrap without any lotion (this is the last time that you will wrap your tattoo)
Day 3- Until Healed:
Wake up, Wash, Pat dry, apply a thin layer of white non-scented lotion.
Apply the lotion a MAXIMUM of 3 times a day
Remember to always wash your hands before touching your fresh tattoo
After about a week your tattoo should flake up, almost like thin scabs. It will then start to peel like a sunburn. This is normal. It is just the dead skin flaking off. It may look a bit unsightly, however this is the natural healing process. Some spots may scab a bit harder depending on the area. It is imperative to let your tattoo heal and fall off naturally. At this stage and any really,
DO NOT PICK, SCRATCH, OR RUB YOUR TATTOO!!!
Once your tattoo is completely done flaking, it is mostly healed. You can now take a bath, go swimming, and reenter sunlight. Your tattoo will still continue to heal for the next week or two. At this stage it may appear a bit hazy or glossy. This is normal. Your skin is still returning to its regular self. In a bit of time the black in your tattoo will darken and the colors will brighten. Now you can wear it proudly.
Important things to remember:
Always wash your hands before touching your healing tattoo.
Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight or soak it in water for at least 10 days. If you do it will cause complications in healing and almost always result in color loss.
The sun is your tattoo’s enemy. Once healed, always put an s.p.f. sunblock on your tattoo (preferably s.p.f. 30)
Always apply a very thin layer of lotion when your tattoo is healing.
If you have any questions at all please call the shop or email me. Do not ask another tattoo artist or a friend who has been tattooed. They may know how to heal their tattoos, but when it comes to yours I know what is best!