Frequently Asked Questions

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Where do you work?

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 a Southern Gulf Island, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory, in 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: Pender Island.)

Clients travelling in a vehicle from Vancouver via the tsawassen Ferry terminal should be at the terminal with time to spare before departure. The ferry times indicate departure, not loading time. Usually the ferry loads vehicles 15-20 mins before departure.

ACCESSIBILITY INFO: Pender Island has a public 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,  use the “car stops” to wait at for a ride, if you are comfortable doing so. The studio itself  is not wheelchair accessible as it is located on the second floor of a building with stairs.

What is your hourly rate?

As of January 1st, 2019 I will be charging $125/hr as opposed to my previous rate of $100/hr. The deposit will still be $50

The deposit acts as a drawing and booking fee. The final cost may also vary depending on placement and detail.  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. CASH is the preferred method of payment for the final cost of the tattoo.

How do I book an appointment?

I offer custom tattoos and original flash designs. Each tattoo is an original piece that is developed in close collaboration with each client. I do not tattoo preexisting images.

  1. Fill out a proposal form on the “book an appointment” page on my website.
  2. Await an email response approving your proposal.
  3. To secure your appointment date, pay the $50 deposit upon my request. I accept e-transfer or paypal, or cash. The deposit is non-refundable unless I have to be the one to cancel.
  4. And you’re Booked! Be sure to have your travel plans confirmed with me if you are travelling to Pender Island for your appointment.

Why do you ask for gender pronouns on your proposal form? What are “gender pronouns”?

Pronouns are words that function as nouns in reference to a subject (person): She/Her/Hers He/Him/His They/Them/Theirs. I provide the option to give pronouns on my form because a major demographic of my clientele are trans or gender-non-conforming in some way. The question is optional because not everyone (including myself) wants to or feels the need to provide their pronouns to a stranger; However, many people take comfort in knowing that their tattoo artist is informed of their pronouns before meeting to avoid being accidentally misgendered in person or in my social media.

If you are still confused, please watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXWmv1-4xFg

How is the tattoo appointment structured?

We will meet in the studio at your scheduled time and go over the sketches I have prepared for you. I charge for each hour of my time, including consultation time. We can make any necessary adjustments so that the design looks exactly how you want it. I will either freehand the piece, prepare a stencil, or a bit of both depending on the composition of the piece before we get to the tattooing itself.

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

I go about each tattoo differently, depending on its size, composition and placement. Many of my tattoos are drawn-on rather than stenciled, meaning they are drawn on with markers without a stencil print. 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 we are trying to replicate an exact drawing I have done (Flash, for example), a stencil will be used.

When can I see the sketches?

I do not send photos of tattoo 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 you to draw a tattoo design for another tattooer to tattoo on me?

I do not provide this service, sorry!

What are your work hours?

I typically meet with clients at 11am to begin tattooing. My studio is only open by appointment during the winter months.

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

I currently am rooted on Pender Island. I will be travelling to the Yukon August 14th-Sept 3rd to tattoo as a guest at Frostbite Tattoo.

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

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, 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 using a fragrance-free soap. Loosen the bandage adhesive with soap and water to avoid difficulty and irritation when peeling it 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 and pat dry.
  2. If I gave you a second sheet of saniderm, apply the second saniderm bandage and wear for 5 days MAX. Repeat step 1 instructions to remove.
  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 + dry 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.
  6. Do not pick at it! Slap tattoo or moisturize when you feel compelled to itch. Itchiness is a normal part of the healing process.

regular bandage (no saniderm)

  1.  Wear bandage for a min. of 4 hours (24 hours MAX).  Remove bandage and rinse tattoo with warm 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.
  5. Do not pick tattoo. Slap tattoo or moisturize when you feel compelled to itch. Itchiness is a normal part of the healing process.