Where are you located?
I work at Tenderfoot Studio, a by-appointment-only studio located within the Bindery Annex at 2117 NE Oregon St, #501, in Portland, Oregon.
How do I schedule an appointment or consultation?
Fill out and submit your tattoo proposal using the form on my Booking page.
After reviewing submitted proposals, I will notify you via email about the status of your proposal's acceptance. If I accept your proposal for this booking period, I will share my calendar with you so you can fit yourself into my schedule with the date and time that works best for you according to my availability. When you select your date, you will be prompted to secure your appointment with a $50 deposit. Your deposit will ultimately be subtracted from the cost of your tattoo upon payment at the studio.
Once you have selected a date and secured your appointment via deposit, your appointment is confirmed, and I will be in touch for your consultation the week of your appointment! (See next question)
How does an email consultation work?
The entire consultation process is done via email, beginning with your submitted proposal form. When your proposal is accepted and your appointment confirmed, I will email you any thoughts and questions I have about your proposal. After clarification of your concept, I begin a sketch for your consideration. I will send you this sketch a few days (generally 2-5) before your appointment. At this time, you may provide any feedback, necessary tweaks, and additional thoughts about your design before I begin your final inked design.
Will I be able to see sketches and/or make changes to my design before my appointment?
Absolutely. The email consultation process described above is designed to allow you the opportunity to clarify your concept and make changes if you desire. I ask that you please contact me with any significant changes (ie, scale or subject matter) before I send you my sketch and mock-up. I want you to be stoked about your design, and will try my best to accommodate your vision! The more thorough, specific, and considered your initial proposal description is, the more efficient this draft & revision process will be.
The final inked drawing of your design will be available to see at your appointment. At this point, minor design changes may be made at my discretion. Size can be altered limitlessly at no additional cost. If design changes require reworking over half of the inked drawing, there will be an additional $25 drawing fee.
When will I see a sketch of my design? Can you send me a preview before I book or pay a deposit?
I will email you a sketch of your design a few days (generally 2-5) before your appointment. I do not send previews or sketches earlier than this.
Because I create mostly custom work, I create sketches for appointments on a rolling basis as they correspond to upcoming tattoo appointments-- meaning that just because you may have booked your appointment in advance, I wait to create your sketch until your appointment is drawing near. This is simply my booking organization process, and how I am able to best ensure that each design is given the attention it deserves, and to give every client the same set of expectations regarding their consultation timeline. Unless your appointment is less than a week away and you haven't received an email, I am working on other sketches for other clients that week. I appreciate your patience!
What is your rate? Do you have a drawing or consultation fee?
My rate is $150/hr + drawing fee.
My drawing fee is a $25 flat fee for custom concept work, including an initial sketch/mock-up, one set of revisions if necessary, and one final inked drawing.*
*If you have approved the design and I have moved onto your final inked drawing, there will be an additional $25 drawing fee for any additional changes to the final inked drawing if the requested changes require reworking over half of the inked drawing.
Do you take cards?
Yes (but cash is preferred!)
How do you determine a cost estimate for a tattoo?
The complexity of detail, variety of separate elements, and scale of your design influences the amount of time your tattoo will take. I recommend reading Tenderfoot Studio's "How Long Does A Tattoo Take?" to get an idea of how these factors inform my cost estimate for your tattoo and to identify the ideal budget for the piece you want.
Do I need to include a numerical "ideal budget" on your Booking form?
Please include your best numerical estimate on this booking form- I want to design a piece for you within your ideal budget range! If you say "whatever makes sense," or "you decide," I may end up creating something way under or over your budget and then we will have to start over! This section on my Booking form is here so that I can design within your range, and determine how to work with you on your concept to have it fit your personal budget.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule?
Shoot me an email about it- I will totally understand! If you give me at least 24 hours notice, and I have NOT already started my drawing or sketch/mock-up for your tattoo, I will return your full deposit via your preferred payment app (either venmo, paypal, or google wallet). If you give me at least 24 hours notice, and I have already started my drawing or sketch/mock-up for your tattoo, I will return half of your deposit (I keep the other half to cover the drawing fee).
If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment, I will keep your full $50 deposit and regard half of it as the $25 drawing fee, and the other half as a cancellation fee.
I regard your appointment as cancelled if you have not participated in an email consultation at least 24 hours before your appointment.* To clarify: When I do not receive an emailed response to my initial sketch/mock-up, I will send you an email prompt to check in, reminding you of your appointment and my request for feedback on your design, and giving you a chance to formally cancel or reschedule. If I have not heard from you within 24 hours of your appointment, and you have not responded to my prompts, I will keep your full $50 deposit and regard half of it as the $25 drawing fee, and the other half as a cancellation fee.
*This is a new policy as of July 2017, instituted in response to repeated experience- clients who have not responded to my sketch & consultation email also don't show up to their appointments. I'm aware that sometimes my emails go to your spam folders and you do not receive them in time- if you're concerned about this, you're welcome to shoot me an email to check in & start a new thread, or make a reminder to check all your inboxes the week of your appointment. I would like to encourage my clients to formally cancel versus not saying anything & forfeiting their deposits- my feelings won't be hurt, I will understand!
When do I need to arrive for my appointment?
No need to arrive early. Your appointment time is the best time to arrive!
Can I commission you to design a tattoo for me for another artist to tattoo? Can I get a design that you have already tattooed?
Sorry, no. The drawing fee for my work is a special flat rate for clients receiving the tattoo, and the design I create for each client is a custom, original drawing. I have a separate rate for freelance art and illustration, and welcome projects like flyer and album art! To see more of my art and illustration, visit my website ab-moore.com and send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you give booking priority to clients you have already tattooed?
That doesn't sound very fair to me! I accept proposals based upon how interested I am in the content/subject of the tattoo, and based upon my personal & professional schedule for that booking period. To get an idea of what kind of proposals are more likely to get accepted, check out my work and follow me on instagram!
What kind of ink do you use? Is it vegan?
I use Kuro Sumi (black), and sometimes make a special exception for Eternal Ink (color). Both are vegan and made with plant based glycerin.
How should I care for my tattoo after my appointment?
Please consult Tenderfoot Studio's comprehensive aftercare instruction page.
Do you do guest spots in other cities?
I will be at Talis Fortuna in Santa Fe, NM on October 1 & 2, and possible dates TBA in New Orleans, LA later in October.
To keep track of news & updates regarding my booking and travel plans, follow me on instagram at @v_a_l_l_e_y.