Frequently asked questions, and
scheduling information.
Rules:
You must be 18 years old or older to get tattooed.  It is the law in California. There
is no "parental consent" and never has been.  If you don't believe me, call your
Congressional Representatives , they will explain it to you.   I will ask you for your
ID, and I clip this to your sign in sheet.  
This is an adult business. The
rest of the shop rules are posted inside the shop.  They are
very entertaining.  Come on down and read the full list!  

Please, do NOT come in sunburnt on your tattoo day.

Please, do NOT surprise me with a Lidocaine patch, or Lidocaine cream.


INFORMATION:
If you would like to come by the shop and look at what we have, our tattoo books, our
photographs, or check out the shop, please come by!  
The business hours are Tuesday thru Saturday from 11-6.
While visiting,  if you see something you like and want to ask questions, please do!   
Donald and I are here to help as much as we can.  If there's anything special on the
schedule that requires an extra day off, then details will be left on the answering
machine or posted on our facebook page.  We have spent decades creating art and the
shop is the place to see it all.  I have all of my paintings and new creations all waiting for
you to see them.  We love visitors, so come on down.









OR:

Please call (707)569-9525.
Please leave a message on my machine.
I will call you back, when I am free.  
I do not answer the phone when I am tattooing.  I need to concentrate on my work and
I'm sure you can appreciate that.  When I am done tattooing, or when I am free....I
promise....I will call you back.  

SCHEDULING:
Already have something ready to go?  Print that baby out and bring it in!  
Then I can see how big it is and where you want to put it. I can schedule your tattoo
right then. Super quick.

Need a special ,one of a kind tattoo?

Consultations usually occur between 10 and 11 in the morning. I realize that this is
before business hours, and I do that for a very important reason.  You and I will need to
discuss your work and we need some free time to make that happen.  Yes, I do get to
work early and I do prepare in advance for everything.  What a crazy concept?

After meeting for a consultation, I will schedule your tattoo appointments then.
I will know the size and intensity of your individual piece.  Usually I give myself a 1 or 2
month gap to complete this drawing for you.  
At the consultation time, I can give you a time estimate for your tattoo, and a price
quote.  You will need to leave a deposit for your tattoo dates and your art.  
I will give you a call when the drawing is done and have you proof the piece before your
tattoo session.  
Currently the deposit is $100.00.
I don't schedule tattoos without deposits.  



DO YOU NEED A COVERUP?
Come on in!  I need to see what you have and I still can't do that over the phone!   
After that , we can help you with either a tattoo appointment or a consultation.

I JUST WANT A TATTOO:

We have quite a HUGE selection of flash
and tattoo ideas here at the shop as well,
don't forget about that valuable resource!
You don't have to wait for drawing time
if it's something that is already on paper!!!
That means you can get tattooed faster!







CANCELATIONS:  "My work schedule changed, my car broke down, my pet died,
my kid is sick, I had a bill come up that I wasn't expecting, I'm pregnant," .........I've
heard it all.  Hey, life happens to all of us!  If you can't make your tattoo
appointment, just give me a call.   A 24 hour notice is wonderful.  Then it gives me
the time to adjust my schedule, call somebody else to see if they can come in, and
fill the time.


Price Quotes:  All are valid for at least 6 months.  If you got something drawn in
1997 and have left it here sitting in a box, then that price quote is no longer valid!  
Trust me, I've had people ask.  July 2013 was a clean out month.  All past art that
has been waiting in the secondary art drawers, has been filed away.  IF you have
old art (2012 and earlier) that you still want to get tattooed, it's in a box here at the
shop, and you can dig thru it and find it.  But, I needed that drawer!

Payment:  Cash!  We have officially ended accepting Visa and Mastercard as of
October 1st, 2015.  The cost is just too darn expensive as a merchant.  We
apologize for the inconvience.  


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


If you call the tattoo shop, and you get the answering machine,  please leave a
message!  9 times out of 10, I'm here tattooing and I will not answer the phone.   
When I'm done with the customer in the chair, or done with my lunch, then I'll be
able to return your call.  I know it seems kind of old fashioned, but there are days
when I'm the only person here at the shop!

If I call 3 times in a row to avoid the answering machine, will you pick up?  
NO.  Just leave me a message on your first attempt, and I'll get to ya!  I have turned
off the ringer to the telephone.  I must concentrate on my work.  

Can I  send you an e-mail?
No.  Tattooing has been around a hell of a lot longer than the computer.    I still
draw with a pencil and paper!  Please print out your own photos and bring them
with you.  
 I appreciate the work that you put into your tattoo.

Can I have your email to send you something, I live really far away!
We proudly support the United States Postal Service and think that sending letters
is the way to go.  Our mailing address is 821 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa CA
95404

If I call you on the phone and ask for your email, will you help me?
Please see above .  

Why isn't the web site updated more frequently?
Because I haven't figured out how to get more time in a day!  Seriously, Donald
and I are responsible for everything here at the shop, and we are pretty darn
efficient, but still only human!  I'm in charge of the web site and I update it as often
as possible.  



Do you recommend anybody since I can't wait that long?
No.

What is your minimum and why so expensive?  
The current minimum is $100.00.  Everything you get tattooed with is all set up
specifically for you.  You get all new , sterilized equipment, and that is the minimum
cost of creating your sterile area, and your specific tools necessary for your tattoo.  
All of the tattoo  laws of AB300 , our new tattoo regulations, have to be followed
for us to maintain our Health Permit.

Is this why you don't offer any tattoo specials on Friday the 13th?
Yes, I don't understand how a shop can maintain sterility for only $13.  Hey, it's
your skin and your health....I would strongly think about that.  I may offer a $113
tattoo day, and those will be advertised when they pop up.......the facebook page
will have that information for you!

Why would I want to get tattooed at your shop instead of some other shop?
I love what I do.  I'm consistent.  I drink iced tea, and I don't smoke.  I'm quick.  I've
been at this location for 21 years.  There's no bullshit around here.  You always get
tattooed by the owner.  I'll do everything I can within reason to give you the best
tattoo I can, everyday.  I'm not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but I get the
job done cleanly, correctly, and I stand by my work.  My shop has also been
registered thru the Sonoma County Health Department and I am registered as an
Artist.  We have followed the rules set down by our County and our State  and
proudly adhere to their requests.  


Do you tattoo feet?
No.  I don't do the top of the feet, right side of the foot, left side of the foot, bottom
of the foot, and I don't do toes, or in between them. I'm not sure why this is so
hard to understand, but it's a doozie!  NO FEET TATTOOS!!! It's a shop rule and I
don't think I need to further explain this.
Nobody seems to question why I don't tattoo genitals, so let it go people.  

Do you tattoo rings on fingers?
No.

Will you tattoo me with the cremated remains of my
dog/cat/Mom/Dad/family member?
No.
I have no clue how the ashes will react with your skin, or tattoo, or both.  I also do not want to
personally be exposed to the remains.  Please respect that request from me.  This isn't a
television show around here, it's real life.  IF you would like to bring a photo of your loved one,
and a candle, we can make a space for them on the table and honor their memory while you are
getting tattooed.  I will gladly listen to the amazing stories of your adventures together.
 
UPDATE, during my last health inspection I asked my inspector about this question.  By law we
are not to contaminate the tattoo pigments with ANY other materials.  They may be diluted with
water, or the pigments may be mixed for different color combinations.  If you still aren't happy
about this, please contact Marty Isom at the Sonoma County  Health Department.  He will be
happy to explain this to you and why.  His number is (707)565-6568

Will you tattoo my eyeball?
No.

Do you do piercings?  
No.
 

Lastly, I have spent countless hours wracking my brain, sitting here at
the computer, trying to effectively communicate to you the best way to
get the best tattoo that I can give you.
This is how I work, plain and simple.
I understand that this isn't the current way the world is working, or
wants to work.  That's fine. But this is the best way for me to give you
my best work.


Hopefully this answers some of your questions,
of course, if you have more, just give me a call,

(707)569-9525
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