Where do you work?
I tattoo at Frequency Tattoo Company at 4038 Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.
How do I request an appointment?
I open my books periodically for a short period of time. During the open booking periods, please visit my appointments page. If my books are closed, you can provide your email address on the booking page, and I will send out a message when I’m ready to review new appointment proposals.
When will I hear back from you?
I will review all the submissions at the end of an open booking period. If your tattoo is a project I can take on, I will respond with pricing and scheduling information.
What is the deposit policy?
When you book an appointment, you will be asked to put down a $100 deposit. Deposits are non-refundable.
If you need to reschedule, your deposit may be transferred to a different date/time only with more than 14 days notice. Within 14 days of your appointment, you will forfeit your deposit, and you will be asked to put down a new deposit for the new appointment. If you cancel your appointment or don’t show up for your appointment, you forfeit your deposit. Deposits can not be used by anyone other than the person who has booked the appointment. Please make sure you can make your appointment before booking.
What if I have to reschedule?
If you need to reschedule, your deposit may be transferred to a different date/time only with more than 14 days notice. If you need to reschedule and it is within 14 days of your appointment, you will forfeit your deposit, and you will be asked to put down a new deposit for the new appointment.
What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel your appointment or don’t show up for your appointment, you forfeit your deposit.
How much will my tattoo cost?
I price each piece individually based on a number of variables, including size, intricacy, placement, and how long I think it will take me to do the tattoo. Once I have a clear idea of the design you want tattooed, as well as the placement, size, etc, I can estimate the cost.
My minimum is $100.
I don't take any additional fee for making a custom drawing for your tattoo. The only charge is for the tattoo itself. However, if you want to change the concept to another subject matter after I've started designing, or if you come up with new requirements later in the process, this additional work may be reflected in the final cost of the tattoo.
Do I need to schedule a consultation?
Most projects don't require an in-person consultation, but cover-ups, certain pieces with unique placements, and other situations may call for a consultation at the shop. If I think we need to schedule a consultation I will let you know. If for your comfort or any other reason you definitely want to have an in-person consultation, please indicate that in your appointment request form.
Can I get a design that I found tattooed?
I prefer to design the tattoos that I make, though I also tattoo designs made by clients or their friends or other designers. I also want to incorporate all of your goals, visions, and hopes for your piece into the design, so it is great if there is some conversation and collaboration in the planning process. I won't replicate a tattoo that someone else has, but I might be open to designing a custom piece based on the same subject and/or in a similar style. I will make a tattoo based on a drawing with the artist's permission.
When will I see a drawing?
I'll send you an image to review before your appointment date. You might get an image a few days before your appointment or just before your appointment date if I'm very busy.
What does the the day of the appointment look like?
The day of your appointment, you should be sure to eat something before you come in. You can bring someone with you if you want to. Some people like to listen to music in headphones; some people like to talk with a friend or sit or read in silence. You can bring water or something to drink and/or candy or a granola bar or something if you want to.
Plan to wear something that makes sense for where you are getting tattooed. Tattoo pigment stains clothing. If you are getting tattooed on your back, a button-down shirt that you can put on backwards is ideal. If you are getting tattooed on your hip, loose shorts or a bathing suit that ties on the side is ideal. I work in a shared space with other artists and clients. I can set up a privacy screen if you would like to have more privacy.
When you arrive at Frequency Tattoo Co, you'll fill out a consent form in the lobby while I set up my station. Then I will bring you (and maximum one person if you have someone with you) back to my station. Then we will typically apply a stencil of the outline of the tattoo, which we can adjust and replace if we need to. Once you are satisfied about the placement, I will make the tattoo, and then I will put a bandage on your tattoo, and we will go over aftercare instructions.
You will receive written aftercare instructions as well as oral instructions the day of your appointment. I can describe the instructions generally here:
You will take the bandage off after two hours. You will not ever re-bandage your tattoo. You'll wash your tattoo with unscented antibacterial soap, warm water, and your clean hands. Then you will let your tattoo air dry, or you can blot your tattoo dry with a clean paper towel. Once your tattoo is clean and dry and your hands are still clean and dry, apply a minimal amount of A&D ointment or Aquaphor ointment. For the first four days, clean, dry, and moisturize with ointment 2-3 times per day. For the next ten days, repeat the same process, but moisturize with unscented lotion such as Lubriderm. During the healing process your tattoo will peel and maybe form scabs. Don’t pick at it or scratch it. You can exercise, but use good judgement and clean your tattoo afterwards. Don’t let your healing tattoo touch any shared gym equipment, or any other surface, or any other person or animal, or any bodily fluid. You should keep your healing tattoo away from direct sun. Don't put sunscreen on your tattoo while it is healing, but do use sunscreen after it heals for the life of your tattoo. It is fine to get your tattoo wet in the shower, but you should not soak your tattoo in a bath, hot tub, swimming pool, or the ocean while it is healing. Continue cleaning and moisturizing your tattoo for at least two weeks or longer if it has not completely healed by then. You can always call the shop at 267-331-8804 or email me at email@example.com with questions. Of course if you have any concern about possible infection you should contact your doctor.
Do you accept credit cards?
I take deposits with credit cards with no additional fee. To pay the remaining balance of your tattoo the day of your appointment, you can use a credit card if you like, but the credit card system at the shop adds 3% fee. We also accept cash.
Can I get a tattoo on the side of my finger/inside of my finger/underside of my finger/bottom of my foot?
No, tattoos do not heal well in these areas, and I typically won’t tattoo them.
I live far from Philadelphia. Will you design a piece for me to get tattooed by an artist who lives closer to me?
No, I’m not offering to do commission tattoo designs.