Where are you currently tattooing?
I live and work in Richmond, Virginia. I am currently tattooing at SinnerG Tattoos at 315 E Broad St.
How much do you charge?
Since January of 2021 I have charged $200/hr. I tried doing flat rates but I kept feeling like someone was getting screwed- either me or the client, so it’s back to hourly. Now, obviously the cost of everything has gone way up. I also work at a shop that charges commission rather than flat rent which means I keep only 70% of what I charge and part of that still goes toward my supplies. I now charge for elements of my process which previously I did not charge for- such as consultations and designs.
Starting January 2023 my rates will go up to $220 per hour.
If you began a piece after 2020 and before 2022, including your initial consultation where your price was agreed upon, the old rate still applies. If we began your piece before 2020, you’re due for an update on the price.
How can I book a tattoo appointment?
Books are currently closed to new projects. Current projects are booking late August. On July 20, I will review inquiries and select the best fit to fill my books through October. To get on the wait list please fill out this Tattoo Inquiry form and I will contact you personally when my books reopen. Due to high demand, projects will be chosen based on the appeal of the idea and not on a first-come-first-serve basis.
How does the tattoo booking process work?
1) Follow the link above to submit your inquiry. If you want one of my available designs on Instagram or this page, please mention that in the form.
2) I will respond to you as soon as I am ready to open my books. If you want an available design you will be first to schedule. If you have requested a custom design, we will schedule an appointment for the consultation. In-person consultations are best but if your travel time is longer than 45 minutes I will accept a zoom consult, however in-person consultations always wield best results for your body.
3) At our consultation or via email, I will give you a general idea of the time and money required. The next step is the drawing review- an appointment where we go over what I have come up with for the design to make sure we are on the same page before we begin your tattoo. I will send you a link that will allow you to book your appointment and pay the drawing fee. Please keep your confirmation email as it contains a link to reschedule if you need. Please let us know if you did not receive a confirmation email.
4) At our drawing review you will have 1 hour to ask questions and request changes. If the changes cannot be made in that 1 hour appointment we will schedule a second drawing review and collect a second drawing fee. Because the procedure we are preparing for is a permanent alteration of your body, getting this step right is crucial and I insist on meeting your needs while also providing guidance based on my many years of experience with skin, and also expect to be compensated for this service. The drawing fee is non-refundable and does not count toward the cost of your tattoo. In order to keep the drawing fee affordable, the drawing fee does not grant you access to or use of the drawing.
Once the drawing is where we both want it to be, we will discuss your budget for sessions and you will receive (a) link(s) to book your session(s) and pay the booking fee. The booking fee is non-refundable but does count as a credit toward the cost of your last session. Large booking fee credits can be split up over the last 2 or 3 sessions.
5) Please review my Booking Policies
6) Please arrive on time to your appointment or 5 minutes early for paperwork if you are a new client to the shop where the tattoo will be performed. Due to COVID-19 we do not allow guests. Come alone and bring your snacks, water, a blanket or pillow, a book, anything you need to be comfortable.
7) I do not allow artwork to leave my hands or my iPad. Artwork for tattoos will be seen on the day of the drawing review appointment. The price of drawing time does not give you rights to the design. If you would like a print of your design I can make it available through my print store.
How do I take care of a fresh tattoo?
Here’s my take on all that: https://fronkielheureux.com/aftercare-for-tattoos/
Can I get my booking/drawing fee back if I decide not to get tattooed?
The fees are not refundable. The booking fee represents your commitment to get tattooed by me for the agreed-upon design and budget. While it does go toward the tattoo when you uphold your commitment, the booking fee reserves time on the schedule and barely compensates me if you miss your appointment, as I will be greatly impacted financially. Please do not book if you are at all unsure.
What can I do to prepare for my tattoo session? What should I bring?
If you haven’t had a big tattoo session before, I recommend taking a yin yoga class at least once, to train your body to breathe and relax into discomfort instead of resisting it.
You can bring a blanket, a pillow, a book, snacks, water, headphones in case you don’t like the music or need to zone out, anything that brings you comfort and strength like crystals or a stuffed animal. Do not drink a lot of caffeine or take any drugs or herbs other than arnica or ibuprofen.
If you’re getting a color/shading session on a tattoo that you’ve already begun and you don’t like the pain, you can buy Dr. Numb on Amazon and put some on the tattoo an hour before your session. Wrap it with serran wrap and keep it on until we’re ready to begin. This should buy you up to 3 hours of comfort. Do not do this for your first session because it prevents the stencil from adhering to the skin and can compromise the quality of the tattoo.
Anything else I should know?
Tattoos are a luxury and a very personal service. I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time. This will not be based on your genetic background, gender, sexuality, or political affiliations but solely on our interactions and whether or not we are a good fit for a harmonious working relationship. Service denied for professional incompatibility does not constitute a refund for any fees paid, such fees will be considered compensation for time and energy.
If you’re planning on spending time in the sun and/or water, please do not schedule your tattoo within 2 weeks of that time, before or after. I cannot tattoo sunburned or peeling skin, and going in the sun or water within 2 weeks after the tattoo risks permanent damage to the tattoo. I will always give free touch ups for something I did that compromised the quality of the tattoo, but not for sun or water damage.