Hey there! Welcome to my FAQ page. I know there's a lot of stuff down there but it's probably going to answer like 97% of your questions and I spent a lot of time on it so... Enjoy!!!
For those of you with short attention spans, possibly skimming this during the intro to your favorite Netflix show or at a stoplight... I'll give you the Cliffs Notes version:
*I do booking a couple times every year via a submission form on this website. I will announce on social media when this will happen and *poof* the form will appear! I require a deposit to book an appointment. I book projects that further my artistic development. Yes, I create every tattoo as a custom piece of art for each client. I am not a Xerox machine and I'm not into copying stuff... that doesn't challenge me artistically.
Now, for a deeper dive into specifics, read on you crazy diamonds!
HOW CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Appointment requests are made through the contact page on this website when booking is open. A form will appear with a series of questions that will provide me with the appropriate information about you and your tattoo idea. Books will remain open for a set period of time. Once my books are closed, I will go through each submission and determine which projects I will take on. If I am able to take on your project, you will receive and email letting you know followed by a scheduling email with a date (or dates, depending on the complexity/size of project). Once appointments are solidified, additional details about the design will be discussed and clarified as needed via email. Scheduling an appointment for a tattoo with me guarantees you a specific time and date to be tattooed. All other inquiries for this block of time will be turned away in order to keep the appointment scheduled for you. Because of the high volume of submissions I receive, please be absolutely sure of your availability for the date and time you agree to have the procedure done, and your choice of tattoo design. A deposit is required to book an appointment (more about deposits later on).
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN YOUR BOOKS ARE OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS?
When I have a booking window available, I will announce via Instagram @jocelynmcg when books will be opening. Ideally, this would happen roughly quarterly, but I often bite off a bit more than I can chew (because your ideas are so good and I want to tattoo all the things) so... it ends up being more like 1-2 times per year. At that time, the submission form on the contact page of this website will appear! Ongoing projects will take priority but this system allows for a more consistent workflow and the ability to get the most ideas and clients onto the schedule.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT A REQUEST?
Please be patient! Depending on how many submissions come in, it may take me a while to respond to your email. Please do not message me the next day and ask if you have an appointment. I'm definitely still reading and organizing emails and that's just the equivalent of asking Mom and Dad, 'Are we there yet?' for the 80th time while on the way to Grandma's house in Ohio. I read through every submission sent in and do all of the emailing, scheduling and consultations myself. This is a lot to do in addition to tattooing, prepping artwork for existing clients and also doing human things like sleeping and eating ;-) Although I would love to tattoo everyone, as an artist I must take on the ideas and concepts that bolster my creativity and naturally align with the artistic and stylistic qualities of my work. Due to the amount of requests received, I may not be able to get to your request when you submit it. You are always welcome to resubmit the idea when my books open again. If I think your project would be better suited to the talents of another artist, I will often make a recommendation. Ultimately, you should get the best tattoo possible and if I cannot be that artist for you, I have many talented coworkers and an extended family of tattoo artists that specialize in various styles to recommend.
WHAT CAN YOU TO DO TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT?
If you haven't already, check out my portfolio page on this site and my Instagram @jocelynmcg and look at the stuff I post. Developing my style and artistic voice is very important to me. I enjoy bold color, watercolor and painterly styles, sketchy line based work, Ornamental designs and trash polka. I love creating pieces that fit and flow with the body and take into account the natural shapes of the figure. Please make sure you fill out the entire contact form. Be very clear and detailed when communicating your ideas and find visual references if you can. Saying 'I want a flower tattoo' is not enough information... saying 'I want a sketchy watercolor rose tattoo, roughly 4"x4" on my inner left forearm.' is way better. Be flexible! I get to play a super intense game of Schedule Jenga with your schedule, my schedule and the schedule of everyone else that wants to get tattooed. The more flexible you are with scheduling, the easier that makes it to get you in for an appointment *wink wink*
WHAT IF YOU CANNOT TAKE ON MY PROJECT?
If you submit a request and I am not able to take on your idea at that time, you may absolutely resubmit in the next round of booking. I do, however, work with a very talented team at Old Republic Tattoo Company and I'm friends with other talented artists in Sacramento as well. If your idea is better suited for another artist or is something that I do not believe I am the most qualified to accomplish, I will try to recommend someone for you. After all, tattoos are art and every artist has their own specialties and talents. You wouldn't ask Picasso to paint the Sistine Chapel or Jackson Pollock to paint the Mona Lisa. ;-)
DO YOU KEEP A WAITING LIST?
No. In order to keep your ideas fresh and further my artistic development, I take new requests and submissions every few months. This will allow for you and I to grow ideas together in a fluid creative timeline. Your ideas may change from one submission period to another so I want to make sure that I get the newest and freshest version of your idea.
If you have questions not related to booking, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or keep reading... I'mma answer even MORE questions as we continue. *Full disclosure, this is a good pausing point if you need to take a stretch, check Facebook or make sure your boss isn't standing over your shoulder... it's ok... I'll wait... *plays soft elevator music in the background* bah bap bop dop bah bah na na nah...
A deposit is required to secure an appointment day and time. A deposit is a down payment for your tattoo. Your deposit will be applied to your final session upon completion of your tattoo. If you do not bring all the money necessary to pay for any appointment and your tattoo is NOT finished you will NOT be able to use part of your deposit. Deposits are non-refundable, and non-transferable to another person or design if you change your mind. You risk losing your deposit only if you do not follow the policies below. If you violate any of the deposit policies, you will need to pay another deposit to make or keep any future appointments. All deposits are $100 regardless of the size of the piece.
A 48 hour notice is required to reschedule any appointment and keep your deposit. This is to make sure I have enough time to fill your spot. Failure to keep your scheduled appointment may result in forfeiture of your deposit.
If you cannot keep your scheduled tattoo appointment, it is YOUR responsibility to notify me a minimum of 48 hours in advance by EMAIL ONLY.
If proper notice is given, cool! We can reschedule your appointment and your deposit will still go towards the final session. If you reschedule 2 times in a row (regardless if you have given a 48 hour notice each time) you will be given one last chance to reschedule but will forfeit your deposit. A new deposit must be paid before rescheduling.
If you cancel an appointment and do not reschedule, you forfeit your deposit.
No-call No-shows will result in forfeiture of your deposit and your remaining appointments will be cancelled.
Keep in mind a tattoo is a commissioned piece of artwork. It is the artist's interpretation of the ideas expressed by the client. If I've taken on your request, I'm already excited about the idea and I want to make it the best tattoo it can be. I take a lot of pride in being able to ask the right questions and get all of the information I need from each client in order to create the perfect piece for them. There is a satisfaction of unveiling what I get to create for you and discussing the finer details of the design in person. For that reason, I do not send out artwork ahead of time. I will have your artwork ready for you on the day of your appointment. Viewing the artwork on a tiny screen is not the same as seeing how it will fit on the body. Each piece is designed to fit and flow with the body and doesn't hold the same gravity until we see it sized out and placed where it will become permanent. Of course the final approval is yours and small changes can be made on the fly if necessary. I want you to love your design because it will be on you forever. If this process freaks you out... I totally get it. But if you like the work that you've seen from me, understand that this is the process that makes all of that cool stuff happen.
Another reason artwork is not sent to the client ahead of time is that, unfortunately, artwork does get stolen. It is an unfortunate reality in the tattoo industry that people do take custom works of art, designed by an artist for them and then disappear. If you take a design to another studio, this is considered theft and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The design is the intellectual property of Jocelyn McGregor Graphic Tattoo.
You are more than welcome to bring a friend with but our shop is not huge and space is limited. For that reason I ask that you limit yourself to one guest (18 or older). Bear in mind that tattooing isn't action packed or terribly interesting for bystanders. Some appointments take a long time, they might get bored.
Please do not bring children or pets to your tattoo appointment. Minors under the age of 18 are not allowed in the procedural areas of the shop.
Do you accept walk-ins?
Generally no, however... follow my shop's IG page @oldrepublictattoo for announcements regarding walk-in days and special 'flash art' events.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Deposits can be dropped off at the shop in cash, or sent via Venmo.
For appointments, cash is always preferred but I also accept cards. Checks are not accepted.
Any card bearing a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or JCB logo is accepted.
What are your hours and location?
I am located in Sacramento, California at Old Republic Tattoo Company
The shop is open 7 days per week noon-8pm and we are located at 2504 Franklin Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95818
I tattoo Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, hours vary depending on when I have child care. These days are subject to change during the Holidays or due to Travel.
How much will it cost?
Although this is sometimes the first question people ask, remember that a custom tattoo is a permanent investment in a piece of artwork that you will carry around forever. I can do my best to ballpark a price, however, prices for a tattoo vary based on many factors, and for that reason it is virtually impossible to quote an exact cost (especially for larger scale pieces or without an appropriate amount of information about the idea). When booking multiple sessions for larger pieces, you will only need to pay per session for the time spent tattooing. If you need to stay within a budget for each session, just do the math and let me know; I will book you accordingly. I realize that not everyone has an unlimited budget for tattoos, and while conscious of budgetary constraints, will not compromise the quality of the work. My goal is to provide a valuable piece of artwork to last a lifetime. If I do not think I can accomplish what you're asking within your budget, I will let you know. My hourly rate is $180 and I do have a 1 hour minimum.
Does getting a tattoo hurt?
Yes, there is some pain involved with getting tattooed. They are not licked on by kittens... unless by 'licked' you mean poked and by 'kittens' you mean needles. O.o But for the most part, people find the pain to be mostly just annoying yet tolerable.
Everybody's pain tolerance is different. Start small if you are unsure of your pain threshold. Some body parts can be more sensitive than others. If you have concerns, I will be happy to discuss it with you.
Can I bring my own image?
Reference art and images are always welcome to provide a jumping off point for the design.
If your looking for an exact copy of something, I probably won't do it.
Can you fix or cover up my old tattoo?
I can fix and cover up tattoos. However, the existing tattoo will dictate what can be done to fix or cover up. The general rule for coverups is 'twice as big and twice as dark'. Watercolor won't cover dark tattoos. The more flexibility and freedom you can give me with a coverup, the better it will turn out. After all... I don't want you to have to get a coverup of your coverup someday, and believe me... that's a thing... I've seen them, and usually it's not pretty.
Do you tattoo minors?
It is illegal in the state of California to tattoo anyone under 18. Even if there is parental consent.
How do I care for my tattoo?
I will provide you with my recommended aftercare instructions at the time of your first session.
How do I prepare for a tattoo?
Get a full night sleep the night before your appointment and drink a lot of water. Rest and hydration will help your body to prepare for getting a tattoo. Do not consume alcohol the day before or day of your appointment. Eating a larger meal an hour or two before your appointment will help prevent any dizziness, lightheaded feelings, or passing out. STAY HYDRATED.
Bring snacks, juice or candy in case you start to feel dizzy or light headed when getting tattooed. This happens when you experience a decrease in blood sugar levels during the tattoo process.
Can I take a pain pill or consume alcohol before getting tattooed to relax?
Alcohol and pills of any kind can thin the blood. This makes it difficult for me to give you the best possible piece. Alcohol and some medications may cause more scabbing or troubles during the healing process.
It is illegal to tattoo someone who is under the influence.
All prescriptions MUST be disclosed to make sure your prescription will not affect the process.
Can I have an allergic reaction?
Allergic reactions are very rare. Be sure to mark any allergies you have on the release form. I use all high quality inks.
Be honest with me so I can use a different product if needed.
What can I expect on the day of my tattoo appointment?
On the day of your tattoo, we will look at your design and discuss any final details or changes you may desire. Next I'll have you fill out a release form while I finish setting up for your session. Be sure to go to the bathroom, hydrate and fill up your water etc... before the tattoo starts to avoid taking more breaks. Then the tattoo process will start!
While we are tattooing, please do your best to limit breaks to every couple of hours if needed. When we're all done with your session, we'll take photos of your new tattoo (for the Instajams and Facespaces), then I will bandage you and talk about aftercare procedures. At the very end we will do the exchanging of the monies.
Should I show up early to my appointment?
I will meet with you at the time scheduled for your appointment. Being 5 minutes early is okay. If you're going to be more than 5-7 minutes late, please let me know either via email or if you're driving, for the love of god, don't text and drive... call the shop with your bluetooth or something. Please arrive at your appointment safely!
Any earlier than that, I do ask that you to please wait in the reception area. If you show up super early, I may still be with another client and ask that you respect their time and space. If I'm not with a client when you arrive, I'm most likely getting ready for you or quickly trying to stuff lunch in my face between appointments. There are a few coffee shops and bakeries around that are perfect for killing off a little time if you happen to be significantly early.
WHEW!!! There, did I do it? Did I answer all your burning tattoo questions? I hope so... this took me a real long time. ;-) If you have any addition questions... shoot me an email. email@example.com