In order to make an appointment with any of our artists we must first collect a deposit. The deposit is applied to the cost of the tattoo on the day that it is completed unless there is a less than 72 hour cancellation or a no-show. The deposit is collected on the day of the consultation with cash or credit card or via a phone call if a consultation appointment is deemed unnecessary. If it is collected over the phone we simply ask for your credit card information and take care of the deposit. The artist will book the appointment through email or phone. Our receptionists don’t have access to the artists schedules as we all make our own appointments. This is to avoid any double bookings or other confusion caused by miss-communication.
Since we are a busy studio our artists are booked solid for a week to six months it’s very rare that someone doesn’t show up for an appointment or has to cancel at the last minute. When it does happen we have to take the deposit* to cover our time and this is why:
If there is a need to reschedule we like to schedule someone else in that opening. If we only have a day or two to book it it’s usually not possible as most of our clients are busy professionals and parents. Having at least three days to go through our waiting lists or contact clients gives us a little more time for planning. If the appointment opening isn’t booked due to lack of time or someone not showing up it leaves us with hours of time that should have been working time. Since we only get paid when we are tattooing we lose out on any chance of income during that time. This can be a missed opportunity of anywhere from $80 of lost income to upwards of $600 (depending on our hourly rate and the percentage that we receive as pay out from the studio). As you can see, the deposit usually doesn’t cover all of the income we would have made that day but it helps a little
Appointments: If the appointment is simply canceled and not rescheduled we need to get paid for the time we spent drawing the tattoo design and consulting in person or through email. Sometimes we spend a half hour drawing a design and sometimes we spend six hours drawing a design. We spend this time designing because we trust that we will be paid for the drawing time when we do the tattoo. If the tattoo is never done then we have spent a lot of time drawing without any compensation.
Some of our artists drive up to an hour to work at Deuce Tattoos because we love this studio. If we drive in and then find that our appointment has canceled when we arrive we are not only out the income that we would have made that day but also the round trip drive that we make to get here. If the artist draws a design for you and you decide to change the subject matter of the tattoo then the deposit will pay for their time doing the drawings for the original subject. They will then need a new deposit to go toward the new drawings and tattoo.
Additionally, if there are more than 3 changes or adjustments made to the drawing they will need a new deposit so that they are fairly compensated for their drawing time. This makes it fair for everyone. The artist is paid for their time and you get exactly what you want tattooed. Your artist will inform you of the additional charges according the situation.
We would all love to be able to create our art for free but we are all full time tattoo artists and depend on this income to support ourselves and our families. We want to offer you an awesome tattoo and also a great experience getting it. Frustration over missed appointments can tarnish a great experience for all of us.
*There is one important note. We keep a very clean studio and need to be attentive to germs and infection risk. If you are sick or contagious in any way please call, email or Facebook and or Instagram us to cancel your appointment and we will discuss the deposit at that time.