Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you tattoo? 

I tattoo out of my custom Tattoo & Art Studio: Drawing Wolf Studio, 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 Coast Salish Territory; so-called “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, mostly 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 should not take longer than 72 hours. If it does, send me an email, it may have escaped me.
  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 with me if you are travelling to Pender by ferry for your appointment.
  8. I do not typically send sketches of your design pre-appointment. If this concerns you, please let me know when you are booking. The appointment date typically starts with a final consult to go over your design and ensure it is to your satisfaction! Don’t ever 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. I will either freehand the piece or prepare the stencil, or a bit of both depending on the composition of the piece. After this, we can get to the tattooing itself.

What is a drawn-on tattoo? Do you use stencils?

Most of my tattoos are drawn-on before tattooing, meaning they are made without the use of stencil paper. These designs will be based on loose 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. If a sketch is exact size and likeness of what we are going for in your tattoo, a stencil may be used. If we are using my Flash for a tattoo, a stencil will most likely be used.

When can I see my tattoo sketches?

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

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

I do not provide this service, sorry!

What are your work hours?

My tattooing availability varies per month, I typically tattoo between Tuesday and Friday 11-6pm, with the odd available Sat and Mon. 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 can I reach you about a tattoo inquiry?

Please send tattoo inquiries to DRAWINGWOLFTATTOO@GMAIL.COM

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

Using Saniderm adhesive Bandage:

If your skin becomes red/inflamed around saniderm bandage, remove bandage following step 1 ASAP. don’t worry, this shouldn’t negatively affect your healing process, you are simply having a reaction to the saniderm. contact me if you are concerned.

  1.  Wear saniderm for 24 hours. Only remove saniderm in the shower/under running warm water (not hot water) using a fragrance-free soap. Use the soap and water to loosen bandage adhesive to avoid difficulty and irritation when peeling off. There might be some loose ink and plasma on the saniderm when you peel, this is normal. Rinse the freed tattoo with the fragrance-free soap and water.
  2. (Only follow this step if you have been instructed by me to apply a second saniderm bandage: Once tattoo is clean, pat dry and apply second saniderm bandage and wear for 5 days MAX. If you follow this step: remove second bandage according to step 1. Upon bandage removal, your tattoo might be a bit dry and at this point your tattoo should be nearly fully healed. Follow these next steps as necessary to finish up healing.)
  3. Pat tattoo dry and apply a thin layer of fragrance-free moisturizer. Water or oil based are both fine: lubriderm or aquaphor, or almond oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
  4. Keep tattoo clean. Wash up to 4 times daily depending on how much contact you make with dust and dirt at work/home.
  5. Moisturize. Always wash tattoo and hands first. Moisturize 2-5 times per day depending on how dry/flaky the tattoo feels. Typically you will moisturize less in the first 3 days, and more in the following 5-7 days as the tattoo attempts to scab. The longer you can keep the ink in the skin by not allowing it to scab over, the better.
  6. Do not pick tattoo. Slap tattoo or moisturize when you feel compelled to itch. Itchiness is a normal part of the healing process.

Using regular bandage (no saniderm)

  1.  Wear bandage for a min. of 4 hours (24 hours MAX).  Remove bandage and rinse tattoo with warm water (not hot water) using a fragrance-free soap. There might be some loose ink and plasma on the bandage from your fresh tattoo, this is normal. Rinse the freed tattoo with the fragrance-free soap and water.
  2. Pat tattoo dry and apply a thin layer of fragrance-free moisturizer. Water or oil-based will do: lubriderm or aquaphor, or almond oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
  3. Keep tattoo clean. Wash up to 4 times daily depending on how much contact you make with dust and dirt at work/home.
  4. Moisturize. Always wash tattoo and hands first. Moisturize 2-5 times per day depending on how dry/flaky the tattoo feels. Typically you will moisturize less in the first 3 days, and more in the following 5-7 days as the tattoo attempts to scab. The longer you can keep the ink in the skin by not allowing it to scab over, the better.
  5. Do not pick tattoo. Slap tattoo or moisturize when you feel compelled to itch. Itchiness is a normal part of the healing process.