WALK IN TATTOOS AND YOU: THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU WANT TO WALK IN FOR YOUR NEXT TATTOOFeeling the urge for a new tattoo right now? We all can relate to wanting a spontaneous tattoo! When it comes to going about it, there are some things to know when you plan to walk in for your next tattoo:
Each day is completely unpredictable in a tattoo shop, but sometimes our artists have time to take care of last minute tattoos that walk through the door. Having availability for walk-ins really depends on what our schedule looks like for the day. Some artists are booked all day, some have some time between appointments, so the size and design on the tattoo will determine how much time it will take and if we have availability.
CALLING ABOUT WALK-INS
Calling about walk-ins is the way to go when checking on availability. Our counter staff will be able to give you an idea of what the day’s schedule looks like and if we have time to do a walk-in for you. All walk-ins are first come, first served. So whoever walks through the door first, is guaranteed the slot first. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee walk-ins to those who only call. The best way to guarantee a slot by calling is by scheduling an appointment, but if you want to chance a walk-in, the next best thing to do is to show up at the shop during a time that your desired artist has some time in between appointments.
WALK-INS FOR LARGER PIECES
Sometimes, you can’t do walk-ins for certain tattoos. Larger/ more complicated custom designs need to be drawn out with care before they are ready to be tattooed on. The idea of what’s doable as a last minute tattoo will really depend on how much drawing/reworking is required before taking the next step to tattoo it. Something that looks simple and quick to you, may take a lot more time and require redrawing to make it tattooable and last a lifetime, for example, a palm size black and grey realism tattoo, which takes way more planning than what meets the eye.
CONSULTATIONSIf you are walking in for a larger tattoo, but no artists have availability to complete the tattoo during that time, a good alternative is doing a consultation with your desired artist. Consultations are free and can be done on a walk-in basis. During the consultation, the artist will take a look at what you’re looking to get tattooed, your image references, and trace out the area you are looking to get tattooed so they can prepare to draw you something custom. If you and your artist are happy with the direction you both are going to take with the tattoo, the next step would be booking an appointment, which we take a deposit for to secure the time and date you’re getting tattooed on. If you would like to think on it before you decide when to get tattooed, no pressure! You are not obligated to make an appointment after a consultation. A consultation is to give you all the information you need before committing to get tattooed.