-Do you do piercings?
No, unfortunately not; Stately Raven Studio artists only tattoo.
-Will it hurt?
Being tattooed is generally unpleasant, much like a cat scratch is.
The severity or mildness of pain you experience is different for each individual. As well, it varies depending on area being tattooed as well as your general wellbeing the day you receive your tattoo.
-How much does it cost?
Our shop minimum is $100, though the price varies on what kind of work you are looking to get, the size of tattoo and the detail involved. Your artist may give you a approx cost for the whole piece or may chose to do an hourly rate of $150 per hour.
-Are tattoo prices expensive?
Good tattoo's aren't cheap; Cheap tattoos aren't good....famous quote and Very true. You get what you pay for.
We try to keep our prices competitive with other high end shops, though prices generally reflect the work you are getting.
-Can you give me a deal?
You wouldn't ask that of a retail store or grocery store; and frankly it can be rather offensive as it undermines the work we do. Our artists have spent alot of time and effort becoming as good as they are and deserve to be payed for thier efforts.
-Are you guys clean?
We follow strict guidelines and health board rules. We are health board regulated and monitored. We use only disposable “one use” products for each individual.
- Can I bring a friend to watch me get tattooed?
Our space is limited, though we try to be accommodating. We ask that you limit friends to 1 or 2 people. Your artists needs to have focus when doing your tattoo and has the right to ask anyone being too loud or distracting to leave.
-Will you tattoo me if I am under 18?
Short answer: perhaps; though we are generally hesitant to do so, and tend to discourage it. To be considered for a tattoo as a minor we greatly take into account what it is you are getting. We also require parental or legal guardian consent at the time the tattoo will be done; both the minor and parent/guardian must have valid government issued photo ID. If the last names are different or any such inconsistency, then additional documentation to prove parenthood will be required.
-Can I bring my own design?
Yes absolutely you may. Our experienced artists can go over with you the possibilities and limitations of what you want to get.
In fact we find it very helpful if clients come with reference material, so that we can have an understanding of what you would like. It does not have to be the exact image for us to put together what you are thinking.
-Can't I get just any tattoo anywhere on my body I like?
Our artists will take on a variety of work, but reserve the right to refuse service for artwork and pieces they are uncomfortable with or find objectionable/offensive. Also neck, hands, and faces are subject to harsher consideration, as they are areas that are the most difficult to hide, and may hinder certain lifestyles.
In the end, the artists have the final say.
-Do you do walk-ins?
We are happy to take on any walk ins that come our way, provided we have an artist available to assist you.
Frequently asked questions
What do I want?
It is best if you have some idea of what you would like to get and where you may want it placed.
It is alright if your idea is still vague so long as your concept is fairly clear.
If you know exactly what you want, be prepared to have some flexibility as our artists will let you know what are the possibilities, limitations and potential your tattoo has.
Collect references, visual material, or even a list of what you have in mind. These do not have to be 100% put together, but It should aid us, by giving us a direction to visualize your concept.
note: We avoid doing direct copies of other tattoo artist tattoo work. We may do a version of it, but do not be alarmed if we object to copying it verbatum.
Choosing an artist that is right for me.
Flip though out portfolios, either online (which tends to be updated more frequently) or our hard copy portfolios in our shop.
Do not expect to find your tattoo in them, instead these are to give you an idea of the kind of work our artists do, the style in which they work in and what kind of skills they have to offer.
If you feel this would suit the work you have in mind, then its time to set up a consultation and see if the two of you jive.
If our artists are not what you are looking for, then by all means we hope you find the artist who does.
Consultations and appointments.
If you have settled on working with one of our artists, it is best to set up a consultation; either by phone, in person. This is free and you can present your ideas to the artist.
At the consultation, bring in whatever reference material you have and discuss the tattoo idea.
Depending on the situation you will be presented with some options.
1. If the artist and yourself have free time on the spot, you may be getting your tattoo at this time.
2. The artist does not have time at the moment and will suggest booking an appointment; for appointments we collect $50.00- $200 deposit (depending on the complexity of the tattoo) to ensure you a space.
3. The artist will need some time to put your design together, and will collect the deposit to begin the drawing, and will schedule a time for you to come in to take a look and perhaps make an appointment from there on if one has not been made already.
How it Works!
A deposit is generally $50.00 , unless the artist requires more due to the time involved in putting together a large detailed piece.
The deposit is non-refundable and will deducted from the final payment of your completed tattoo; so essentially you will not be paying extra; simply paying a small amount in advance.
A deposit is required for an appointment, or for starting a drawing. If an artist has collected a deposit from you for a drawing, YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO PAY ANOTHER ONE for setting up an appointment.
To cancel an appointment without penalty, we require 24 hour notice. Failure to give us 24 hours notice will result in the entirety of your deposit being taken and we will require another $50.00 to book a new appointment date.
Failure to show up for your appointment with no notice whatsoever will result in losing your entire deposit. Please call if you are running late; it happens, we are very understanding.
If you request an artist to start drawing you a custom piece, be sure that you are confident in your idea, and that your description was clear, as once the artist starts the process, they will not refund your deposit simply because you have had a change of heart. Radical or complete changes in the direction of your design may result in the artist asking for a larger deposit.
If you need to postpone or cancel your appointment in a timely manner, your deposit will still remain with the shop until you are ready to rebook.
So it is finally time for you to be tattooed; it is best if you are well rested, and have had a meal recently. Keeping snacks on hand help to keep your sugar levels up during the process. We suggest healthier alternatives such as orange juice and granola bars, though soft drinks, candy and chocolate are just as sufficient.
Being tattooed is a lot about endurance, and may use up your energy reserves. It is not uncommon for you to sweat, or feel fatigued. Just let us know if you are feeling uncomfortable. Being tired, hung over, hungry, or ill will make being tattooed that much more difficult for you.
In some instances people may faint; due to low blood sugar, a sudden adrenaline rush, or medical reasons. It is not common and never really from a excess of pain. If it is a medical condition or you are prone to fainting spells, let us know and we are able to accommodate.
Wear clothes that are appropriate for being tattooed in. Clothes that you will not care about if it gets stained with ink or blood. Keep in mind where you are being tattooed, and how we may comfortably access that space. Sometimes a backwards zip up or button up may be appropriate; or looser pants perhaps. It all depends and if you are unsure, ask your artist and they will be able to provide you with some sage advice.
Take a break if you need it, whether you need to use the washroom, go for a smoke, have something to eat, re-adjust your position, take a call, need to cough, or what have you.
Feel free to bring your portable music device, sometimes it helps to just tune out.
Breathe and try to relax; tensing up, and holding your breath will not help your cause. Sometimes it can actually make our job far more difficult. we get no pleasure in putting you through pain; we just love the artwork we do.