FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where are you located?

I work at a private, by-appointment-only studio, Constellation Tattoo Collective, located within the Cathedral Park Place complex at 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Suite 292, in the north Portland, Oregon neighborhood of St. John's. 

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, my assistant Katy will notify you via email about the status of your proposal's acceptance. If We have accepted your proposal for this booking period, Katy will share available dates with you, keeping your preferred availability in mind. Once you have selected a date that works for both of us, you will be prompted to secure your appointment with a non-refundable* $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 if I have any further questions! (See next question)

What is the difference between Custom, Freehand, and Flash appointments?

Custom Work appointments are for unique tattoo designs based upon your proposed idea & budget, drawn in advance of your appointment, and incorporate little to no freehanding in the tattoo process (all stenciled). I try my best to make your specific ideas come to life, and will have a finished drawing ready the day of your appointment so you can make a final approval that the drawing is everything you want it to be, allowing you to make minor changes to the design before the stencil goes onto your skin. This is the best option for very specific ideas & details, species-specific animals & plants, first tattoos, tattoos based upon pre-exiting artworks, and pet portraits.

Freehand appointments are for tattoos drawn on your skin the day of your appointment. By selecting a freehand appointment, you are consenting to giving me total creative freedom, and will not be able to preview a refined sketch at your appointment date. Sometimes I will have a rough compositional sketch ready the day-of, or will make one with you to give you an idea of what I’m going to do— but generally, you should expect not to see a sketch of your tattoo until I have drawn it onto your skin. This is the best option for gap-fillers, complex placement ideas, body-contour/musculature-specific placement ideas, dragons and mythical creatures, and adventurous folks who really like my drawing style and are are not concerned with specific details.

Flash appointments are for pre-existing drawings tattooed with no changes. Flash pieces are sold at flat rates dependent upon scale & level of detail. I prefer not to tattoo flash on ribs, stomachs, heads, or necks due to the fixed flat rate, so keep this in mind when booking a Flash appointment.*

*At the moment, I do not have a flash book available to peruse. Please do not ask to see it or select a Flash appointment, unless I have published new available flash on instagram.

How does an email consultation work?

My consultation process is done via email, beginning with your submitted proposal form. When your proposal is accepted and your appointment confirmed, my assistant Katy or I will email you any thoughts and questions we have about your proposal. I welcome you to send me any references you have and your own drawings and mock-ups at this time. I ask that you please contact me with any significant changes to your proposal (ie, scale, subject matter, placement) in this initial round of emails. I reserve the right to cancel your appointment and keep your deposit if you “bait-and-switch”— if you significantly change your proposal concept once your appointment is confirmed. (ie, I booked you for a large custom dragon tattoo and you decide you want a palm-sized horse.)

When the week of your appointment date arrives, I will follow up with any additional questions about your design I may have. This is our email consultation. 

Do you do in-person consultations?

Unfortunately, I do not have time in my schedule to accommodate in-person consultations (except for special occasions where I feel it is necessary to discuss details and take specific measurements.) If this is something you are uncomfortable with, I am willing to make an exception for an in-person meeting, but it is important for you to know that this is not a common practice for me. I am confident that the email booking & consultation process is sufficient for most custom & freehand appointments, and for multi-session pieces, will likely spend a lot of time at your first session appointment talking logistics about the tattoo.

Will I be able to see sketches and/or make changes to my design before the day of my appointment?

No. This is a policy change as of February 2019. If you have opted for a Custom appointment, I will have your finished design ready for you to see the day of your appointment, at the studio. You are welcome at this time to try on the design via stencil, request minor changes, play with scale, change your placement idea, or cancel your appointment if unhappy with the design. If I have to revise over 50% of the drawing, you will be asked to forfeit your $50 deposit to accommodate a $50 drawing fee and I will redraw your design for you. This is why your initial booking form is very important! Please be as specific as possible to avoid this scenario, and book with me having seen my portfolio and knowing that the work I create will always have my hand and style in it.

You will be able to make changes to your freehand drawing as I draw onto your skin. I will give you a few opportunities to revise the direction of my sketch as I work on the drawing on-skin before tattooing begins.

The only changes you can make to flash tattoos is to scale- I can resize flash, but will not change the designs.

When will I see a sketch of my design? Can you send me a preview before I book or pay a deposit?

If you have booked a Custom appointment, you will see the sketch of your design the day of your appointment at the studio.

I do not send preview sketches for any appointment type or dollar amount, and definitely not before a deposit is made.

What is your rate? Do you have a drawing or consultation fee?

Sliding scale $120-175/hr for custom or freehand appointments. My sliding scale policy is new as of October 2018 ( My rate before October 2018 was $150/hr for custom work ) Click here to read more about my sliding scale policy.

I do not host in-person consultations or provide preview sketches, so there is no “drawing fee” or “consultation fee”. The only time you may have to pay extra is when you request that your custom design be reworked by over 50%, in which case your forfeit your deposit to accommodate a $50 revision fee.

Do you take cards?

Not at the moment. I can accept money via Paypal & CashApp, but I strongly prefer cash. Bring the amount of cash named as your ideal budget and money for tip, and that will most likely cover the appointment. I rarely exceed an accepted ideal budget.

How do you determine a cost estimate for a tattoo? 

The complexity of line & texture detail, line size/weight, variety of separate elements, placement on the body, and scale of your design influences the amount of time your tattoo will take. In general, fine lines take longer to execute than thick lines, stippling and black fill take longer than just linework, and wrapping placements, as well as placements with multiple muscle/skin transition zones take longer than flatter planes on the body like the forearm or thigh. When writing your proposal, please consider all of these factors to come up with your ideal budget- a number that reflects the sizing, placement, and level of detail you want to see. I do my best to work with and not exceed your specific stated budget.

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. I rarely, if ever, exceed the “ideal budget” on your booking form.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule?

Shoot me an email about it- I will totally understand! In most cases, I will try to work with you to reschedule if I have room for it.

Your deposit is non-refundable.

I regard your appointment as cancelled if I have tried to contact you with no response the week of your appointment. Expect my follow-up and email confirmation sometime the week of your appointment, and I will be expecting your response as my confirmation from you. If you haven’t received a follow-up email, it means that the initial booking process gave me all the information I needed to create your design or design concept, and your $50 deposit confirming your appointment date & time is your appointment confirmation. I rarely cancel appointments, and will absolutely email you if I need to reschedule you.

When do I need to arrive for my appointment?

No need to arrive early. Your appointment time is the best time to arrive! I usually arrive to the studio at the time of your appointment or 10 minutes beforehand.

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 design I create for each client is a custom, original drawing designed for me to tattoo with my hand. 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 a.valley.b@gmail.com.

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

Do you do Express Booking (allow clients to pay extra to skip the line and reserve a special advance date in my calendar)?

I personally find this to be a problematic practice favoring those with more wealth and expendable income over the average client, and never plan to implement an Express Booking option.

Is there anything you won’t tattoo?

I won’t tattoo another tattooer’s work or a tattoo based on an artwork reference (from Pinterest, google, or otherwise) without knowing the artist and having their permission (if living) or being able to credit them for the design. I don’t do human portraits and I dislike tattooing trees as a dominant subject matter; I just don’t like drawing them, and I’m just not your artist. I won’t tattoo in a cultural art style that is not my own (ie, Japanese style dragons, Thunderbirds, etc…) I am a white person of Norwegian, German, and Scotch-Irish descent, and I view this as cultural appropriation. I also do not tattoo runes due to the conflation between this content and fascist imagery/symbolism.

What kind of ink do you use? Is it vegan?

I use Waverly Bluebird and Waverly Dark Black for my black inks. Both are vegan, and made with powder pigment, distilled water, alcohol, and kosher vegetable glycerin. And made in Baltimore!

How should I care for my tattoo after my appointment?

I will be giving you both verbal and written aftercare instructions after your tattoo (or first session) is complete!  But if you want to get a head start, stock-up on A&D ointment or Aquaphor, liquid antibacterial soap, paper towels, and an unscented moisturizer like Lubriderm (we have a fantastic locally-made herbal tattoo salve available to purchase at the studio as well). For more information and recommendations, click this link.

Do you do guest spots in other cities?

No plans at the moment! Let me know if you think you know a great space for me to tattoo in your city.

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