Black Widow Tattooz charges a rate of $100.00/hr with a minimum charge of $50.00, this also includes proper aftercare and detailed instructions on how to care for your new tattoo.
For portraits of any kind, (for now it's animals and celebrities/movie monsters only) it's an automatic charge of $400.00.
For very difficult areas such as the Neck and Ribs, it's an automatic $200.00 minimum. I also DO NOT tattoo fingers, sorry but they almost always result in a bad heal and I like to guarantee my work.
Once again, I do not tattoo minors (under 18) under any circumstances, not even with parental consent, sorry
Thank you, if you have any other questions concerning pricing/part of the body, etc. Please visit contacts page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
All clients who wish to book an appointment have to pay a deposit of $50.00 to keep the appointment (the amount will go toward payment of the tattoo)
There are just too many instances that clients either just do not show up, or cancel their appt at the last minute. This does not give me enough time to fill your spot, and hours of drawing your design are gone to waste. It will be payable via email money transfer or paypal. If you fail to show or give ATLEAST 24hrs notice, you WILL lose your deposit. Also, clients who do not show up for their appt more than twice without warning will be charged a $100.00 rebooking fee if they wish to reschedule, I can't afford anymore of my time for clients who do not understand that I am trying to make a living here. This includes everyone, blood relatives and close friends.
NEWS & INFO
I own a private tattoo studio/shop built on to my home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. It is clean, tidy and includes TV, music, wireless internet and a wide variety of reading material as well as a large selection of tattoo flash.
Sanitation and safety IS the # 1 concern. I hold a CURRENT certification in Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control and; High level Disinfection & Sterilization Techniques (Health Educators Inc.) I take your personal health (as well as my own!) extremely seriously and I assure you, maximum sharps precautions and the necessary pre-cautionary measures are strictly adhered to. All needles, disposable tubes come pre-packaged and pre-sterilized in individual blister packs, all metal tubes and grips are scrubbed thoroughly, pre-soaked in BioMERS solution (environmentally friendly), placed in an Ultrasonic cleaner, rinsed, packed and sterilized in an FDA approved autoclave steam sterilizer. All used needles are disposed of properly and equipment is wiped down and studio is dusted and disinfected (hospital grade) everyday.
All supplies are of excellent quality, I traditionally use Eternal, Alla Prima, Starbrite colours, and Silverback black 11, they heal well and there is a huge selection. I prefer to specialize in Black and Grey, but color's totally cool...bring it on, especially if you're a fan of traditional work! (Old School) You may choose a design from my collection, or bring your own...custom designs are welcome! Just specifically describe your ideas and I will do my best to draw it up (Please be advised that due to high demand and my time being limited, it may take up to 3 weeks before I can complete your custom design).
Satisfaction is guaranteed and affordable, you get exactly what you pay for, I do not believe in sitting fees...I think it's utter bull, however there is a price minimum.
I'm also a fully qualified and professional Graphic Designer. Graduated from the Holland College Graphic Design Program in Charlottetown, PEI. Can pretty much design anything from a traditional Bizzcard to a contemporary 50' billboard. I have all the latest design software and ready for anything, including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator CS5. I also draw and paint, namely soft pastel, charcoal, water colour, acrylic and oil, will post pix as I finish them and there will be an option to buy if interested.
Tattoos and consultations are by appointment only, for appointments please drop me a line via email or this website (visit contacts page). Send your photo or do your best to describe what design you have in mind, then I will contact YOU, thank you.
*CLIENTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER **SORRY, ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS** (Yes, that means NOT even with parental consent) I do apologize, however, people under the age of 18 aren't mature enough to make a permanent decision like this, it always ends up being covered later in life, plus, their young bodies aren't finished growing, therefore it WILL become distorted and 'stretched' much faster than that of an adult teen. BE PREPARED TO PRESENT VALID ID
MUST BE CLEAN AND SOBER, so no drunks, addicts or dirtbags.
Black Widow Tattoos operates on a CASH ONLY basis, so be sure to visit the bank before your appt.
Please refrain from taking children, as they can be a distraction to the parent as well as myself (I need my clients undivided attention), and it's unsanitary and just not safe...please, parents, this a no brainer. A tattoo shop is no playground and NO place for a child to be. Also, please do not carry in a hand full of people for the above reasons, I'd like to keep it as sterile as possible. I don't mind your husband/wife/friend, but not an audience.
I also DO NOT do 'Tattoo Parties' I consider this to be extremely unprofessional and unsanitary. It may work in a busy street shop with multiple artists, but not here as I am a single artist with a massive concern when it comes to cross-contamination, I'm simply NOT willing to take that risk. If you think that I'm "trying" to be too "Professional", you don't deserve to be reading this. I care about YOU the client when it comes to YOUR health as well as my own and it is my duty to respect and enforce that. If you do not, go back to your local scratcher and stop wasting my time.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE. Stuck for a certain Christmas or birthday gift? Come and pick one up today! (Visit my contact page) E-Certificates also available, payable via email money transfer or PayPal. Minimum certificate purchase is $50.00. Certificates good for life.
After Inked Brand aftercare
Black Widow Tattooz carries "After Inked" aftercare in convenient resealable pillow packs, available for purchase or free with purchase of a tattoo. Non greasy and vegan friendly.
H2Ocean "Ocean Care" cream
Black Widow Tattoos now carries 'Ocean Care' aftercare from H2Ocean.
Ocean Care cream is designed to moisturize and protect your new tattoo. This unique all natural patented formula is enriched with USP grade ingredients, essential vitamins and minerals to leave your skin looking healthy and nourished.
Paraben Free Fragrance Free
Water Based (Petroleum Free)
Wash your tattoo thoroughly with fragreance free soap and warm water 3 to 4 times per day. Use your fingers with medium pressure during your washes to help remove any dried secretions in the pores of your skin. Washing with warm water opens the derma pores and gives your skin a deep clean to prevent scabs from forming. Squeeze a small amount of Ocean Care on your fingertips. Gently apply a thin layer of Ocean Care on your tattoo until completely absorbed into the skin 3 to 5 times a day. Continue to use Ocean Care for the life of your tattoo to keep your skin moisturized and your tattoo looking NEW.
2.5 ounce tube - $10.00 ea.
Here's a little walkthrough of the procedure:
Paperwork and Payment
If you are thinking about getting your first tattoo, but are unfamiliar with the process, the thought might meet you with anticipation. Fear of the unknown can sometimes hold us back from doing things we really want to do. You might be concerned that it will hurt too much. You might be worried that you wouldn't know if the artist was doing something wrong.
The best thing you can do is educate yourself on the process of the tattoo application, and that way you will be prepared and know what to expect when you sit in the artist's chair. So, how is a tattoo applied to the skin? From start to finish, this article will tell you exactly how the human skin is transformed into a beautiful work of art.
Please keep in mind that the following outline describes the most favorable situation for getting a tattoo. There will always be differences between one artist and the next, but any major deviance from these guidelines could indicate a problem.
Once you have decided on your tattoo design and your artist, you will be required to show valid identification for proof of age. You may also be asked for your address and phone number, so your artist can contact you in the future if need be. In most studios, payment must be made before services are rendered. It is up to each studio to decide which methods of payment they accept. Whatever method you pay with, make sure they give you a receipt.
Sitting in the Chair of Honor
After your paperwork is filled out, you will be seated in the tattoo chair. Sometimes this is in an open work area, and sometimes a private room depending on the location of your tattoo. If you are shy and don't want others to watch, you can request a private room, but be sure you have done this in advance. A lot of studios use dentist-style chairs, some use regular table chairs, and some use benches. Your artist will do his or her best to make you comfortable for the tattoo you have chosen.
A Clean Shave
Now it is time for the preparation. The area of your body you have chosen for your tattoo will be cleaned, usually with rubbing alcohol. Then, any hair will be removed from the area by shaving it with a new disposable razor which will be discarded after being used. Even the finest of hairs can get in the way and cause problems, so this is a crucial step, even if you can't see any hairs. Then, the area will be cleaned again to make sure it is smooth and ready for the transfer.
Making and Applying the Stencil Transfer
Most studios today use a wonderful machine called a thermal-fax to make their stencils. This saves on literally hours of tracing time by simply inserting your tattoo design into the machine, and it transfers it onto a special thermal paper in seconds. Once your stencil is ready, it's time to create the transfer onto your skin. Some artists will use soap or water to moisten the skin, and some will use stick deodorant. These aid in making the design transfer better and darker onto your skin. When the paper is pulled away from your skin, it will leave you with a purple-ish blue likeness of your future tattoo!
Preparing the Tattoo Machine and Other Equipment
It is at this time that your artist will start preparing their tattoo machine. The inks will be placed in little tiny cups called "ink caps", and the needles and tubes will be removed from their sterile pouches and placed in the machine. Clean, distilled water will be poured into a cup for cleaning the needles during the tattoo process and to change from one color to the next. Some A&D ointment or Vaseline will be placed on a clean surface for your use only.
*Note: This photo is an example of the type of equipment you will see, but it is not the actual sterile set-up from a tattoo artist's booth. I always forget to get a picture of the work station - I'll get one soon!
Starting the Linework
Now it is time to get down to serious business! A little ointment will be placed over your transfer design for a few reasons. One is that it helps keep the transfer on longer without accidentally rubbing it off, and it also helps the needle to slide along the skin more smoothly, which is certainly going to be more comfortable to you! After the ointment is applied, it is time for the first line. If you're nervous, don't hold your breath. Some people have passed out during a tattoo, and trust me - it wasn't the pain, it was the panic! Take a nice, slow, deep breath and try to relax. The first minute or so will the be roughest. After that, your skin will kind of get used to it and the pain will begin to subside
Shading and Coloring
Once all the linework is done, your artist can breathe a little bit easier knowing that they won't have to worry about the transfer anymore. Now it's time to get creative with a little shading and possibly color. Depending on the size of your tattoo, your artist may switch to a different set of needles called magnums (or mags) which are designed for coloring and shading. They may even switch tattoo machines altogether. The shading and coloring can go along quite quickly, and before you know it...you've got a complete tattoo.
The Finished Tattoo
Your artist may like a picture of your tattoo for their portfolio. They'll clean it up real good, and sometimes even apply a hot towel to it first. Then they'll take a picture, and this is a good time for you to get a shot, too, if you brought a camera along. Taking a photo after the protective ointment is applied causes a glare, so it is best to do it now. If for any reason you do not want the artist to take a photo, just say so. You are not under obligation to let them.
Dressing and Bandaging
Now that your tattoo is finished and clean, it needs to be treated just like a wound. A protective layer of ointment will be applied to the tattoo to prevent invasion of airborne bacteria that can cause infection. Then a bandage will be applied, and it will be taped up to make sure it is secure. It is important that you keep this bandage on for the amount of time your artist instructs, which brings us to our last step: aftercare.
Receiving Aftercare Instructions
Your artist will now give you aftercare instructions. These should be given both verbally, and on a piece of paper for you to take home with you. It is important that you listen and follow the instructions you are given. From this point on, it is your responsibility to make sure your tattoo is well taken care of. The artist cannot be blamed if you get an infection because you didn't follow directions.
A Happy Customer = A Happy Artist
You are now the proud owner of a beautiful tattoo. Before you walk out the door, thank your artist, and please don't forget to tip them. Show how much you appreciate their work and dedication. Refer your friends to them. When you go back for your next tattoo, you will have established a good relationship with your artist, and you can be assured they will be there to help you if you ever have any problems or questions in the future.
Above info courtesy of About.com