Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you tattoo? 

Drawing Wolf Studio is an independent studio, located  on Pender Island, at the Driftwood Centre (4605 Bedwell Harbour Road). Pender Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands on unceded Coast Salish Territory, off the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Pender Island is accessible from Vancouver (Tsawassen Terminall) and Victoria (Swartz Bay) via Ferry. Ferry schedules can be found at BCFERRIES.COM. (Ferry service to Pender Island can be limited; please look into the schedule when booking your appointment, and contact me if you need help planning your trip to and from Otter Bay Ferry Terminal on Pender Island.)

ACCESSIBILITY INFO: Pender Island has a public by-donation bus that runs on Fridays and Saturdays, otherwise the studio can only be accessed by vehicle. The Walk from the ferry to the studio is over an hour long, but hitch hiking is commonplace on the island, so much so that there are “car stops” to wait at for a ride, should you be comfortable doing so. The studio itself  is not wheelchair accessible as it is located on the second floor of a building with no alternative to stairs.

How much do you charge for your tattoos? How do you accept payment?

I charge 100$ an hour (1hr minimum), with a $50 deposit/drawing fee when we book the appointment, the deposit acts as a drawing and booking fee. My minimum rate for an appointment is $100 excluding the deposit. Should you have to cancel/reschedule your appointment, your $50 deposit will be forfeited. I accept payment by cash, Paypal, and Interac E-Transfer. I do not take debit or credit at this time.

How do I set up an appointment with you? 

I offer custom tattoos, most of which are freehand. Each tattoo is an original piece that is developed in close collaboration with each client. I do not tattoo preexisting images.

  1. Visit the “book an appointment” page on my website.
  2. Select an appointment type (Long, medium, shot or consultation)
  3. Select a date and time
  4. Fill out a proposal form
  5. Await an email response approving your proposal. This usually should not take longer than 72 hours.
  6. To secure your appointment date and pay for the drawing fee, I charge a $50 deposit. I accept e-transfer or paypal, or cash. The deposit is non-refundable should you cancel/reschedule your appointment.
  7. Be sure to have your travel plans confirmed if you are travelling to Pender by ferry for your appointment.
  8. Please be clear about how much of your design you wish to see before your appointment date. If you need a design sketch before a certain date, please let me know when you book your appointment. The appointment date typically starts with a final consult to go over your design and ensure it is to your satisfaction! Don’t feel like you have to say yes to the first sketch, the appointment will allow for final design adjustments if necessary.

How is the tattoo appointment structured?

We will meet in the studio at the time of your appointment and go over the sketches I have prepared for your tattoo design. I charge for each hour of my time, including consultation time. At this time, we can make any necessary adjustments so that the design looks  exactly how you want it. After this final consultation, we can get to the tattooing itself.

What is a freehand tattoo? 

Most of my tattoos are freehand tattoos, which means they are made without the use of stencil paper. These designs will be based loosely off of sketches I prepare before our appointment date. When we meet in person for the appointment, we will sit with my prepared sketches and go over them until we have schemed up something you are very happy with. I then will draw the design onto the skin directly before executing the tattoo. This method really brings life to larger, more complex pieces

When can I see my tattoo sketches?

I typically do not send photos of sketches to clients before the tattoo appointment. Please specify if you are concerned about not being able to see your sketch before your tattoo appointment.

Could I commission a tattoo drawing for another tattoo artist to tattoo, if I cannot travel to Pender Island for a tattoo by you?

I do not provide this service anymore, sorry!

What are your work hours?

My tattooing availability varies per month, I typically tattoo between Tuesday and Friday 11-6pm. Keep up-to-date on my availability through my newsletter, which you sign up for by emailing drawingwolftattoo@gmail.com with “mailing list” as the subject.

Do you do travel to do guest spots? Will you ever be in my city?

I currently am rooted on Pender Island, though I will be tattooing in Vancouver for a week at the end of February: Feb 19th-25th

How detailed does my tattoo idea/description need to be when I book an appointment?

I am happy to work with as much or as little information you choose to give me. Some designs are based off of an entire story, scene, or landscape, while others are merely spurred by a word or thought, quote, animal, season, etc. Any final details will be determined in person, when you visit for you appointment. Sometimes the most fun part of the whole appointment is developing the design, where myself and the client can collaborate and uncover your idea’s inner workings.

How can I reach you about a tattoo inquiry?

Please send tattoo inquiries to DRAWINGWOLFTATTOO@GMAIL.COM