VALLEY TATTOO SLIDING SCALE POLICY
Constellation Tattoo Collective is a collectively-owned private tattoo studio operated by queers and QTPOC. We strive to be an inclusive, safe(r) space, and do our best to create an atmosphere that is comfortable for our clients and for ourselves. Part of our mission statement is to collectively implement a sliding scale payment system that reflects an anti-capitalist ideology by allowing our clients to choose their own budget for their tattoo based upon informed knowledge of systemic oppression and privilege.
Why Sliding Scale?
Before diving into the actual cost of services, I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know what sliding scale means to me. My personal moral and ethical compass includes challenging classist and capitalistic structures that are deeply ingrained in our current society. A sliding scale rate of payment for services is one small way to take into account for the layered opportunities and oppressions we all encounter. This is also geared toward economic justice on a personal and local level. Please take into account the factors below; I will not quiz you or ask you to prove anything, I trust you to have authority of your own complicated needs.
Scale range- $120-160 hourly. (updated October 2018). Industry standard for tipping is usually 20% to cover supply & studio rental fees. A-B asks for your ideal budget so they can design a tattoo for you that reflects what you can afford & want to pay- the final cost of your tattoo will, ideally, not exceed your stated “ideal budget” unless A-B discusses otherwise with you (ie, discussing changes in detail level, size, placement to alter the cost.) Freehand work is less predictable- A-B cannot guarantee to meet your ideal budget with freehand work, but will check in with you throughout the process to make sure not to confront you with a final price that is significantly outside of your preferred price range. A-B accepts cash, paypal, and venmo for payment, and does not accommodate card payments at this time.
Other things to consider:
When I pay more, I know that I am helping the artist support themselves. When I pay in the middle, I know I am helping the artist cover costs. And when I pay at the bottom, I know I am letting my community hold me and support me. All of these are acceptable ways of participating. I recognize that some folks may not be able to afford the low end of the scale. Please let me know and we can work something out.
This privilege-based sliding scale model was adapted from Dura Mater Wellness, Little Red Bird Botanicals, and Pronia Coaching.
Consider paying less on the scale if you:
• are supporting children or have other dependents
• have significant debt
• are a person who experiences racism directed at you
• have medical expenses not covered by insurance
• are eligible for public assistance
• have immigration-related expenses
• are an elder with limited financial support
• are an unpaid community organizer
• are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history
• are descended from enslaved people or Native American Indians
• are transgender and experience trans related discrimination and/or violence regularly
• are gay/queer and experience related discrimination and/or violence regularly
• engage in sex work due to limited access to other forms of work
Consider paying more on the scale if you:
• own the home you live in
• have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
• travel recreationally
• have access to family money and resources in times of need
• work part time by choice
• have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education, gender privilege, racial privilege, class background, etc. Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.