Frequently Asked Questions
Belladonna Studios, 833 SE Main St, #218, Portland, OR
Use call box by elevator to dial unit #218 to be let in
Check the "Belladonna" tab for more information about the studio
Larger pieces by the hour, smaller pieces priced by the piece
$100 nonrefundable deposit required to book
Current booking period: January-April 2019
Books opening next: March 31, 2019
Books currently closed
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Books open roughly 3x/year. A newsletter will go out when books are open with more information on what I’m looking to book that period and instructions on how to submit a proposal.
Here’s the gist of how this works: I am currently offering mainly predrawn projects and select custom work. When my books open, you either choose a predrawn project or submit a complete custom idea via my booking form. The booking form and available designs will be available ONLY to newsletter subscribers. If I’m able to accommodate your request, you’ll get an email from my assistant Lauren with more info and instructions on how to pick your appointment date and secure your spot with a deposit. Once you’re booked, you’ll submit any further thoughts/reference images you have to me via email. You’ll come in on the day of your appointment, we’ll take a look at the design together, and get you tattooed! Keep reading for more details.
When predrawn projects are available to book, I’ll send out a newsletter with a link to browse the designs and submit a proposal. These pieces are to be tattooed only once and exactly as they appear (no changes! If you want something changed about a predrawn project, please submit a custom request). Each piece is designed to be in either blackwork or color; check the item description for details. Unless otherwise noted, predrawn designs are intended to be completed in one sitting and are not suitable for coverups. If your submission is chosen, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to book your appointment date and time.
Due to a high volume of requests (thank you so much!! I'm so honored and humbled) I open my books for custom work roughly 3x/year. When I am accepting custom proposals, I will send out a newsletter with a link to the booking form. PLEASE ONLY USE THE FORM TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT! ONLY requests made through the booking form during the designated booking period will be considered. This form acts as your consultation, so please fill it out thoughtfully. Please keep in mind that I am unable to fulfill all of the requests I get, but I do my best to work with as many folks as one human can. If your design doesn't get chosen, please submit again next time! In many cases, I'm interested in your project but simply don't have enough time to accommodate it this round.
How can I book with you?
Sign up for my email newsletter (on my homepage) and follow the instructions! That way, you won't miss any announcements and will have booking information as soon as it is available without relying on social media algorithms to make sure you see it. Books are only open to newsletter subscribers, and that’s also how I’ll notify folks about available projects, any kind of events, and if any last-minute dates become available. That said, please follow along on Instagram too!
What kinds of things are you looking for on your submission form?
When books open, I'll review applications and curate projects that best fit my current inspirations and goals for my work. (You'll get the best piece if it's something that you and your artist are both excited about!) Above all else, I’m looking for trust and creative freedom regarding the specifics of your design. You can give me as much or as little detail as you like about your idea, but a succinct, direct description is the goal, and it’s always best to be specific about any expectations you have upfront. Most folks give me some basic guidelines (Ie: a rose and a raven on the forearm) and trust me to take it from there. I am unable to accommodate lots of back and forth before the initial appointment, so I look for clear, decisive, well-developed ideas that trust me to take the reins on the details.
I do NOT tattoo:
Coverups (of other tattoos. Scar coverups are A-ok!)
Any additions/modifications to other tattoo artists’ work
Other artists’ designs (though I’m open to interpreting classical works and select pieces of contemporary fine art, with written permission from the original artist)
Anyone pregnant or breastfeeding
Are your inks vegan?
Always! My goal is to enhance human lives, not detract from animal ones.
Do you do scar coverups?
Absolutely! Making clients feel good about their bodies is my favorite part of tattooing, and I consider it an honor to be trusted with the vulnerability of dealing with scars. I look forward to turning your scars into something beautiful that you can treasure. The only thing to note about scars is that they need to be at least a couple of years old to be able to work on top of.
If your proposal has been accepted:
Hooray! I’m excited to work with you! If your design is chosen, you will receive an email with a link to my online booking site. From there, you can choose a date for your tattoo appointment. Your acceptance is for the proposal that you submitted to be booked during the current booking period; if you want to make significant changes to the design, please submit that as a new request the next time books open. I would suggest booking as soon as you are able, especially if you have specific scheduling needs, as they tend to fill up quickly. You must book an appointment within a week of receiving calendar access, or we’ll assume you are no longer interested and will offer the time to the next person waiting to get in. Please make sure you are committed to your session and have reviewed my process and policies (especially rescheduling) before booking an appointment! I am unable to roll appointments forward into another booking cycle.
Then comes the fun part! Next, you'll put together any reference images and any specific thoughts you have and communicate those to me via email or Google Drive. Please include a clear, well-lit photo of the area on your body we'll be tattooing. If you have specific thoughts about placement, please indicate those on the photo. Most folks also include a few photos of colors/shading, compositions, and placements that they like so I have an idea of what resonates with you. Make sure your references are in at least a week prior to your appointment; I'll let you know if I need anything else. On the day of your appointment, you'll come in, and we'll take a look at your design, make any necessary changes, and size it to fit your body. We'll get you stenciled, and once you're stoked on the specifics, we'll get to tattooing!
Once you have an appointment:
When will I see my design?
For custom pieces, you'll see your design when you come in for your appointment, and there will be time baked into your appointment to make any changes you'd like (so don't be shy if anything jumps out at you! You won't hurt my feelings and I want you to love your tattoo). I want your piece to be something you'll love and treasure forever, and am more than happy to work with you to make it perfect in your eyes, which we'll take the time to do before we start tattooing. If you have a specific vision in mind of what you want your piece to look like, I'm all ears via email/your Google Drive, and there's no such thing as too many reference images! Keep in mind that it is difficult to communicate in another medium exactly how a piece will look on skin, so in line with most artists, the rendering you'll see contains composition only, no color or shading. Check out my portfolio for an idea of how shading and color will be executed, and don't be shy about letting me know if there are particular pieces of mine that you like elements of! Under no circumstances will there be multiple renderings of a design to choose from, so if you are unsure of exactly what you're looking for, trust your artist to make the right call, choose a predrawn design, or wait to get tattooed until you are more confident. There will be no deviating from this policy.
How does communication prior to my appointment work?
Technology makes it easy for us to communicate without having to coordinate schedules! I typically don’t do in-person consults just because scheduling is such a hassle, but between your submission form and your reference images/Google Drive, you should have the tools you need to communicate what you're envisioning for your piece and I should have what I need to create that for you (I'll let you know if I need anything else). If you're interested in a larger scale piece (think full sleeve or back) I may ask you to come in prior to your appointment so we can take a look at the canvas together. Otherwise, we'll size your piece to fit your body and make any minor changes on the day of your appointment. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have further questions for me or want to chat about anything else leading up to your appointment. Please ONLY use email to communicate with me about your tattoo/appointment! No DMs! I need to be able to refer back to our conversations and DMs get lost almost instantly.
When should I arrive for my appointment?
As close to your scheduled time as possible, but please don't arrive early! I'm glad you're stoked (I am too!) but most of my days do not have much flex time in them and I don't want to make you wait. Plus, in the 20 minutes or so leading up to your appointment, I'm probably setting up your station, which means I'm gloved up and can't touch my phone to buzz you in. If you get to the area before your appointment, there are lots of great coffee shops and restaurants in the area that are worth exploring.
How much cash should I bring?
Most of my sessions run between 3-5 hours of tattooing time, but if you’d like a more precise estimate, reach out in the week or so before your piece.
Can I bring my friend/partner/parent/whomever?
The time leading up to your appointment can be nerve-wracking, and having a friendly face can be super helpful. You're welcome to bring a loved one with you, but keep in mind that the studio is small and watching someone get tattooed is actually quite boring, so it may be best for them to be there for you while we get started, and once you're comfortable, they can explore the area around the studio while we work. There are loads of great coffee shops, bookstores, and places to eat within walking distance.
How long should I plan to be there?
With the exception of flash days, most of my sessions run between 3-6 hours. However, I STRONGLY recommend coming in with a flexible schedule and not planning anything immediately after your piece! We don’t want to rush your tattoo, and the first 48 hours are the most important for making sure your piece heals well. Plan to take it easy for the rest of the day after your piece, and be ready to take a break from intense physical activity while it heals.
What can I expect from your creative process?
Prior to your appointment, you'll communicate to me what you're envisioning for your piece/what you're hoping to convey, I'll let you know if I have any questions or need anything else, and I'll take that inspiration and turn it into a line drawing. Most clients give me a loose idea of what they're looking for in the composition and placement, communicate any specific ideas they have, and trust me to take it from there. Once you come in for your appointment, we'll take a look at the design and placement, make any minor design and sizing changes, get you stenciled, and then tattooed! I do not work on custom drawings far in advance, and I do not share my process until it’s complete. When we actually see the design on your body, we'll assess whether we need to make any minor changes, and please feel free to share your thoughts openly and honestly! This is, after all, a collaborative effort and I want you to love your piece. I only book one client per day so that we have plenty of time to make sure everything is just right, so don’t worry about feeling rushed to say yes once you get into the studio. I may need to freehand some elements to fit your specific body, especially for larger pieces and shoulder caps, and will always let you know and get your consent for that. Please keep in mind that a lot of the magic of art happens spontaneously. This is a process, not a product. I strive to work with clients who are positive, excited, trusting, and open-minded about said process. We will make sure on the day of your appointment that everything is just right, and I'm all ears at any point if you have ideas or questions about your piece. However, if you are someone who needs full control over every detail far in advance, that's totally fine, but I am not the artist for you. If a client is excessively picky or controlling at any point in the process and doesn’t trust my expertise, I may ask them to find another artist that can accommodate their needs.
You can reschedule your appointment up to one time within the same booking period anytime up to a week before your scheduled date and have your deposit applied to the new appointment. If something comes up and you need to reschedule, just hop back on the booking site and pick a new date! If there are none available, wait a few days and try again, as the booking website is set to offer appointments no more than four months out. If you still can’t find a date that works for you let me know, but please keep in mind that I do NOT hold deposits indefinitely. If I offer you a chance to reschedule, you must commit to a new date within a week of my offer, or your deposit will no longer apply. If you need to cancel, please let me know as soon as possible. If you have scheduling concerns or need to reach me regarding anything else pertaining to your appointment, please use email only, NO DMs. It's important that I'm able to refer back to our conversations so that I don't miss anything you say, and keeping DMs organized is impossible.
My ethics: I strive to maintain a comfortable, safe, and inclusive space where everyone is respected and reciprocates that treatment. I welcome clients of all body types, genders, skin tones, and ages (18+, of course). Aggressive language, homophobic/transphobic/racist behavior, and any kind of shaming will not be tolerated and services will be immediately terminated with no refunds. I ask that clients approach our interactions with trust, respect, and patience, and communicate clearly if they have additional needs.
Lastly, thanks to each and every person who follows and supports my work. It is an absolute honor to be trusted to put my work on your body, and it's one that I do not take for granted. Tattooing can be such a powerful tool for healing, inspiring confidence, and reclaiming your own body, and it's a privilege to be a part of your journey. It's my goal to honor that by making your tattooing experience safe, inclusive, comfortable, and positive from start to finish. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. <3