FAQ

FAQ

Do you do custom tattoos?

Yes! Although I only take on a limited number of custom designs each month, I am happy to draw a custom design for you if your concept fits within my interests and the type of work that I do. I do not deviate from the style of work that you see on my Instagram and website. 

Please understand that my availability to take on custom work is limited, so I have to be selective.  I try to only take on custom designs that I feel excited about and know that I will be able to execute well. I love hearing your ideas and some of my very favorite tattoos have come from custom requests, so don’t be shy! 

For custom inquiries when my books are open, submit a request through my form on my Booking page.

Where can I find your flash?

I post all new flash (pre-drawn designs) on my instagram feed and try to keep available flash posted in my instagram highlights. Flash is available on a first come first serve basis and usually goes quickly! I do not have a physical flash book or any other flash that is not posted on my Instagram- what you see there is what is currently available. I can no longer book you for flash that I haven’t created yet, I can only book you if you claim an available piece, sometimes that means waiting until I have more flash available. If you see a piece that you’re not sure is still available, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Is your flash repeatable? 

Most of my flash is NOT repeatable and is available on either a first come first serve basis (first person to claim a design and put down a deposit for a date) or for flash that gets a lot of interest, I select a person based on where they want the tattoo and whether they want it at the original size it was drawn. I DO repeat flash designs drawn for flash days, meaning each design will potentially be tattooed on multiple people, and it will always be stated in the original post of the flash.

How do I claim a flash design?

Flash designs are considered claimed after we have decided on a date and I have received your deposit. To claim a design from my Instagram, submit a request through my form on the “Booking” page. For some flash I want to book quickly, I will book through DMs on Instagram.

Do you use a machine or do you handpoke?

I use a machine for all of my tattoos, including the dotwork!

How long have you been tattooing?

I’m still a new tattoo artist! I started learning how to tattoo in spring of 2018 as a tattoo school student (it’s an Oregon thing) and I got licensed in September 2018.

Do you tattoo all skin tones and body types?

Absolutely! I will tattoo every skin tone and body type.

At this point in my practice, I do not have a ton of experience tattooing dark skin, and I’m aware of how white my page often looks (although many of my clients do not identify as white, I still tattoo lighter skin far more often than darker skin.) Being inclusive in my practice is extremely important to me, especially when racism in the tattoo industry is so huge. If you have dark skin and are wanting to get tattooed by me, know that I will prioritize your tattoo proposal (please indicate that you are BIPOC/non-white in your booking form) and I will always offer discounted rates lower than my lowest sliding scale rate and/or work within your budget to give you the piece that you want- please indicate on your booking form that a discounted rate is something you’re interested in. I want my work to be accessible and inclusive and I’m still trying to figure out the best approach to that. I am always open to hearing feedback!

Are there areas you won’t tattoo?

Yes, I am currently not tattooing hands/fingers or feet. There are also areas that I haven’t had a ton of experience with (stomach, collar bone area, neck) that I may decline until I get a better feel for those areas with small/relatively simple designs. Thanks for understanding!

Will you tattoo over scars?

I will tattoo over scars on a case by case basis- scars need to be completely healed before I can safely and effectively tattoo over them. I will ask for photos and a description of how your scars have healed. I offer discounted rates for self harm coverups.

Do you do coverups of other tattoos?

Not usually- my work utilizes thin lines and dotwork without any heavy fill. Because of this, any existing tattoo underneath will show through the new tattoo, so it doesn’t work as a true coverup (where you want to completely conceal the old tattoo). That being said, I’m happy to tattoo over parts of other tattoos or even entirely over an old tattoo, if it makes sense to do so stylistically!

What is your touch up policy?

Touch ups are always free- I want you to be happy with your tattoo!

Adding new elements onto an existing piece does not count as a touch up and will follow the same booking process as a new tattoo.

Booking

What does it mean when your books are open/closed? How far in advanced do you typically book appointments?

Because I take care of all of my own scheduling, I can only open my books for short periods of time. When my books are open (my Instagram will say whether or not they are) it means I am currently taking appointments via my booking form. It usually takes me about a week and a half to respond to all proposals.

When my books are closed, it means I cannot process any more proposals- please do not submit a booking form while my books are closed. You will need to wait until the next booking period.

I typically book about 1-2 months in advance and my books usually re-open within the first two weeks of each month.

Weekend availability is most limited during Spring/Summer/Fall- I typically book only one weekend day each month.

What are your rates?

I recently switched to a sliding scale hourly rate of $120-150/hr and I can usually offer discounted rates for tattoos that will take longer than 3 hours. Please visit my “Booking” page for details on my rates and sliding scale policy.

Do I need to pay a deposit to book? 

Once we decide on a date for your appointment, I will ask that you send a deposit via Venmo to hold your spot. I take $20 deposits for small tattoos and $50 for more detailed/bigger pieces. The deposit is non refundable and goes towards the cost of your tattoo the day of. After you submit your deposit for the date we discussed, you’re good to go! 

Do you have a cancellation/rescheduling policy? 

Deposits are non-refundable to cover the time  that I put into booking and balancing my calendar. I am happy to transfer a deposit to a new date if:

  • You give me 7 days notice before the date of your original apt.

  • Your new date is no more than 4 weeks out from your original apt. 

If you need to cancel entirely, please still let me know with as much notice as possible so that I can attempt to fill that spot. Thank you!

When does it make sense to come in for a consult?

I usually prefer to discuss appointments and designs via email. I am able to do this work from home during the hours that I designate to booking clients. However, I’m happy to do in person consultations for folks who are getting their first tattoo and want to discuss it face to face or when someone is getting a complex piece that is difficult for me to visualize without seeing placement options in person.

Consultations happen at the shop and are free. They typically last 15-30 minutes and are scheduled usually about a week or so before your appointment. I will only schedule you for a consult if you have already been booked/paid a deposit for your appointment (unless previously discussed). I will not have a fully finished design for you at your consult, but I will have a developed sketch and be able to answer any questions you have! 

Can I send you reference photos of other tattoos/art that I like?

Yes, but this can be a tricky one! I know some people have a very specific vision in mind for what they want their tattoo to look like and sometime sending photos helps get that idea/concept across. Please be mindful when sending photos of other artist’s tattoos or other artwork in general- I will decline a proposal when I feel like I’m being asked to copy another artist’s work or emulate another artist’s unique style, as I feel like this creates an unrealistic expectation for the piece that I will be designing for you. Ideally, I want folks to book with me because they like my work and trust that I will create a stellar piece for them!

Can I see my design before my appointment?

Yes! I send designs 1-3 days before your appointment so that you can sit with it for a bit and so that we have time to make any changes before your appointment if needed. I can accommodate small changes (resizing and some minor design adjustments) on the day of your appointment but not larger changes. I draw by hand and redrawing things is often not possible given the time we have laid out for your appointment. 

For certain designs, I’ll sometimes send a rough sketch for you to see before I put the time into finalizing your design. 
Seeing a design beforehand is a courtesy that I really like to offer my clients. Please do not take my design(s) or sketches to another artist to get tattooed.

What if I am not satisfied with my design?

If you don’t completely dig your design, that’s ok! That’s why I send designs beforehand, so that we have time to make changes. I don’t start drawing until I feel like I fully understand what you’re wanting your design to look like based on the info you’ve provided me. I don’t charge for adjustments to your design, but if you want major changes that would require redrawing or if you want me to draw an entirely new design, I reserve the right to ask for a $20-50 design fee based on how much time I’ve put into your design already. 

Will you send a reminder about my appointment?

Yes, I check in with all clients 1-3 days before your appointment to confirm. If I do not reach out to you the day before your appointment, please check in with me via email or Instagram. In the super rare case that I get sick or have an emergency and need to cancel, I will contact you with as much notice as possible. I always recommend checking your email (or Instagram if that’s how we’ve been communicating) before leaving for your appointment.

Appointment

Where are you located and what is the space like?

I work at Daydream Tattoo located at 2426 NE Broadway in Portland, OR. We are located at street level and wheelchair accessible. Street parking is limited.

The shop has an open layout and I work with a few other lovely and talented artists. There are no permanent barriers between stations, but we do have screen barriers that we can put up for privacy upon request. For further privacy, paper towels can be cut into nipple covers and table barriers can also be used as well to cover areas that are not being tattooed from being exposed. I never want anyone to feel like they have to expose more than they are comfortable with. 

What should I bring?

Your ID! The state of Oregon requires that you provide a govt issued unexpired photo ID to get tattooed. I cannot accept birth certificates, expired IDs, or non-govt issued IDs (like school IDs).

I also suggest eating before your appointment and bringing water along with you.

Can I bring a friend?

If you are anxious about getting tattooed and want to bring a friend or partner along, that’s totally fine! I can accommodate one guest at my station. Since our waiting area is small, please do not bring more than one person with you to your appointment.

This is my first tattoo, what can I expect?

Think about where you want your tattoo. We will apply a stencil (a print of the design) to the spot you want tattooed. I’m happy to try the stencil in different spots if you’re undecided and we can re-apply it as many times as we need until your happy with the placement! Wear clothing that is comfy and will allow easy access to the area being tattooed. 

Allow yourself enough time in your schedule for your appointment.  I’ll try and give you a rough estimate of how long your tattoo will take, but it’s important to give yourself extra time in case it takes longer then expected. You may also feel tired after your tattoo and need some time to relax or eat afterwards. 

Be prepared to properly take care of your tattoo as it’s healing. Your tattoo will take about 4 weeks to fully heal. Getting tattooed right before a big backpacking trip or a vacation where you’ll want to swim is not recommended. Feel free to review my aftercare sheet before you come in or reach out with any questions or concerns before your appointment! 

Will you take a photo and/or post a photo of my tattoo on your Instagram or Website? 

I always ask if we can take a photo in the shop before you leave. Having a photo of your tattoo is vital to me being able to learn and have a record of all of the tattoos that I’ve done. If you ever are in need of a touch up, I always want to have a photo of your fresh tattoo to refer to. You never have to expose more than the area of your tattoo in a photo. However, if you are not comfortable with being photographed at all, please understand that you can decline. 

I am happy to send the photos to you as well so you have them to share yourself! Your photos will never be shared privately. 

I will always ask your permission before posting a photo on my Instagram or Website. You can absolutely decline to have your photo posted and do not have to provide a reason. In the past I have been inconsistent with this, based on the area of the tattoo, but I am now making this a universal part of my practice regardless of where your tattoo is located. You can also retract consent at any time if you decide later that you no longer want your photo featured on my IG or  Website.  

I cannot guarantee that a photo of your tattoo will be posted. I post only about half the tattoos that I do, as my Instagram and website are heavily curated. If I don’t post your photo, it’s important to understand that it doesn’t mean that I don’t like how your tattoo came out! 

What forms of payment do you accept?

I prefer cash whenever possible, but I can accept Venmo as a backup. There is an ATM across the street at the Food Mart, but I believe it has a $200 limit, so please bring enough cash with you if you plan on paying that way!

Do you accept tips?

Yes! Tips are incredibly appreciated when your budget allows.

Do you do trades?

I do full or partial trades every once in a while when I can afford it! I typically trade with artists of different mediums, but I am sometimes down to trade for professional massages, food, pet sitting, or other things. Trades need to be discussed and agreed upon beforehand.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions not addressed here or on my Booking Page, please send me an email!

jaycrosbytattoos@gmail.com