Consultation

If you have an idea that needs to be drawn up, then the best thing to do is book a consultation with the right artist for your style of tattoo. You can use the Book a Consult form to arrange a time to come and meet them. Consultations are a free-of-charge appointment to figure out all the details of the design and whether you want to go ahead and get tattooed. If you decide you want to have a custom design drawn you will be quoted a drawing fee which is paid in advance. Tattoo bookings also require a deposit which is subtracted from the cost of your tattoo on the day.

For out of town clients we offer an initial online consultation below and booking service. Please send us a description of what you are looking to get done and your preferred artist or we can pair you with the right one.

SIZING A TATTOO

Measure the tattoo at its widest and tallest points in cms, or the area that you would like to fill up in cms.

PRICING

Pictures are priced per piece or if you are getting ongoing work you will be placed on the cheaper hourly rate. We can possibly give you an estimate once we have received your consultation form and all your information. However, please keep in mind that quoting tattoo time is not an exact science and it is only an ESTIMATE. Also consider that full sleeves and backs can take a lot of time. For example, a black & grey sleeve would take at least 20 hours on a small arm! If you can’t sit very well or you are a large person, it could be twice that. A large amount of small intricate detail can also increase the amount of time needed for completion. This type of work is definitely a serious commitment and should be given serious thought before finalizing any scheduling and paying any deposits.

ONLINE CONSULTATION FORM

Please include all of the following information to help us better understand the direction we need to go in for your project. If you already have an existing image that you would like to get tattooed, just send it through to us and we should be able to quote it for you. Send as much information as possible relating to your tattoo design, including design ideas, description, size, placement, style and supporting images.

Consultation

Traditional StyleThe traditional style, also called old school or American traditional, is known for its bold lines, bright colours consisting mainly of primary colours, and iconic Americana images like skulls, roses, anchors, daggers, hearts, pin up girls, eagles and other patriotic symbols. Popularized by artists such as Sailor Jerry and Don Ed Hardy they are filled with the history of tattooing. You can’t really go wrong with a piece in this genre!

Neo Traditional StyleNeo-traditional is a more modern twist on traditional style, in which more realistic depth, shading, colour and detail are added to traditional conventions. It embraces traditional tattoos with similar bold lines, but experiments with dimensions, colours, and blending. There is much more detail to these designs, while still paying homage to the past. Pieces done in this style are known for their lush, decorative details as well as the use of natural imagery such as florals and animals.

New School StyleNew School is a tattooing style originating as early as the 1980s and influenced by some features of old school tattooing. The style is often characterized by the use of heavy outlines, vivid colours, and exaggerated depictions of the subject. The style is a highly animated style of tattooing, typically the images created are caricatured characters doing out of character things.

Illustrative StyleLike its name, this style tends to look quite like the illustrations one would see in a storybook. Illustrative styles combine techniques from both traditional styles of tattooing and realism. Typically they feature bold outlines with intense colour saturation, paired with realistic shading techniques, in order to create a tattoo that looks more like an illustration than a tattoo.

Realism StyleRealism is a style that tries to recreate images as they would appear in real life. Realism typically lacks the bold outlines found in more traditional forms of tattooing; it instead uses shading and colour contrasts to render the image. Realism is exactly what it sounds like – realistic tattoos that look like a photograph on the skin. It’s important to have a good picture for reference.

Portrait StyleA portrait of someone recreated as a tattoo is a style typically done in realism. A tattoo of someone’s face, be it a family member, character, or celebrity. This style is similar to realism, but doesn’t necessarily have to be a realistic portrait, it could be a caricature or something along those lines.

Watercolour StyleWatercolour tattoos are meant to mimic an experimental artistic process of using splashes and streaks of colour to give an impression of paint on a canvas. The tattoo lacks outlines, imitating the brushstroke.

Tribal StyleTribal tattoos date back centuries and are probably the oldest known style of tattoos. There are many different types of tribal, from Polynesian and Aztec, to Maori and Samoan. They were used for aesthetic, spiritual beliefs, and rites of passage. Tribal is depicted in big, bold loops, swirls, hooks, and could be designed to represent animals as well. Celtic crosses and knots are also a type of tribal, as is today’s modern Western version. Though these styles are all unique, they are somewhat similar, almost always done in black with elaborate patterns.

Ornamental StyleOrnamental tattoos are usually done with black ink, ornamental tattoos are mandalas, laces, or florals and usually add subjects like flowers and crystals around this design. These designs are usually very delicate and resemble dainty jewellery.

Script Lettering StyleMeaningful quotes, lyrics or even meaningful peoples’ names or dates of special events are all very personal and sentimental themes for script tattoos. Different fonts can affect the way the quote is read. Feminine or bold or classic fonts can be used to accentuate the words and illuminate their meanings. Script tattoos are perfect for any part of the body, depending on the length or brevity of the words themselves.

Dotwork StyleDotwork is a style of tattooing that renders various images, designs, and patterns entirely through dots. Shading and depth is created through how far apart each dot is from the next. Common forms of dotwork include sacred geometry, religious and spiritual tattoos.

Biomechanical StyleBiomechanical tattoos are designed based off of the client’s body flow. Usually these tattoos mimic body flow through patterns that are of mechanical, cyborg, or alien aesthetics. It imagines what the inside of the body would look like combined with machinery.

Geometric StyleGeometric tattoos are done typically using only lines and geometric shapes. Sacred geometry and ornamental colour design work all rely heavily on basic geometric conventions.

Linework StyleLinework is a relatively young style of tattooing. The word linework speaks for itself and means work with lines. It’s a beautifully simplistic style, great for those who want a tattoo but may not want to commit to a larger piece.

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