GUIDELINES..
**!READ THUROUGHLY BEFORE CONTACTING ME!**

Check that my books are open before reaching out about getting your tattoo


Be over 18 and fully vaccinated, willing to make exceptions with good discussion for people who aren't vaccinated for health reasons. I am high risk and immunefucked due to my own health conditions so this is very important. Masks are mandatory, N95's or double, propperly fitted masks.

Cash only for payment, please make sure to take out cash before your session if you don't have it on hand!

Tips are standard! Suggested 10% to 15%, ultimately up to you. Click here
for some of my thoughts on tipping your artist.

Respect my time! I don't take deposits. However in the event of no shows and day of cancelling, I expect you to pay me for my time and supplies. 50$CAD to bugcruickshank@gmail.com.
 

If you're more than half an hour late, I'll charge by the hour (100$/hour) starting at the half hour. If I don't hear from you within an hour I will leave, see list point above.
 

Do not come see me if you're sick! If you're experiencing COVID related symptoms, let me know as soon as possible and I will waive cancellation fees. Be a decent human being and don't lie or use this to get out of flailing my time.

During the pandemic, I will no longer be accepting guests to accompany clients with exceptions where needed and relevant. For instance support people & service animals welcome with prior consent & conversation.
 

Don't come see me if you've travelled or plan to travel by air within 14 days before our scheduled appointment.


Understand that I get to turn down work I can't, am not able or do not want to do.

→ Respect my sliding scale, place yourself with honesty and integrity. Transparency and good communication are key! 

Ask before photographing or sharing with social media me or anything in my space. 
I will make sure to do the same for you and your tattoo.


*NOTE: Right now I am working Sun to Tues & on and off Wed & do single session days.

A BIT ABOUT MY PRACTICE..

Tattooing is something I feel an incredible amount of gratitude for. It is a serious honour and responsibility to be in the work of permanently adorning bodies. I understand it as a form of bodywork that integrates experience, emotionality, creativity and consent. I tattoo in an intentional and empathetic way that is relational over purely transactional.

I began tattooing all the way back in 2015, informed by queer DIY and punk community. Naturally it became more of a focus over time as it supported me through my early 20’s; working out of studios built out of collective spaces and shaping my practice into the gentle, slow and unique mode of work it is now.

My approach is collaborative and client centred, celebrating agency and choice. I aim to build ongoing accessibility, as someone interested in providing tattooing to those deprioritized and under considered by industry standards. I hope to provide a safe, comfortable and private alternative to the classic shop atmosphere. I welcome people of all bodies and skin tones and am always open to discussion on my varying levels of experience in these ways. While my work is inherently queer it is for all those who feel reflected in it and called to it.

I offer negotiable sliding-scale with respect and care for giving lower rates to those who need them. I believe strongly in sharing information on tattooing to promote harm reduction and combat gatekeeping. I love to talk about these things in session and hope to create free resources in the future through social media and zines.


Ultimately my ambition in this work is to help people self-actualize and feel true to themselves through making freaky tattoo dreams tangible. I always invite your feedback be it constructive, critical, supportive, sweet or silly.
I offer the biggest gooiest heartfelt thank you to everyone who has and continues to show up, give faith and offer trust in me as an artist.

Being a disabled, interdisciplinary and non-linear person, my work and capacity often fluctuate and I am sometimes tattooing in greater or lower volumes. This can be anywhere from weeks, months to years at a time. You can always check back on the status of my books through instagram and here, through my newsletter or on social media for updates.

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ACCESSIBILITY INFO..
 

The studio is located at a drive up old motel building in a ground level suite. It is in the north west corner of the building along a sidewalk to the suites that have a single pavement ramp leading up to them about six doors down. The front door way is 32.5" wide from frame to the door edge full ajar. There is a small metal lip at the base of the door and a flight of stairs and a covered area behind the entrance. The bathroom is small it’s doorway is 23.5" wide from either edges of its frame where the door swings full ajar when needed. The sink in the bathroom stands at 33" tall. The massage table in the space currently is 2FT Tall. I do not have information on it's weight limit, but am hoping to purchase a table with the best weight capacity I can find, as soon as I can. If you have questions about it or would like to come see it beforehand please feel free to reach out! There is a short and sturdy low standing black velvet couch (Measurements soon) for seating and two ikea chairs. Pictures and videos are available upon request.

 

The space is scent reduced as much as possible. There are some scents that come from sterilization supplies and the smells that can carry from the street and other studios. Noise levels are still being determined, the building is cement which does provide some sound proofing. It is currently beside some construction west of the building and the noise of Main Street. 

 

The floors are cement and there is efficent heating from a box heater as well as two plug in fans. I am hoping to find a mini fridge and kettle to set up options for warm and cold beverages in the future. 


 
For more information, as well as location and directions please be in touch with me via email correspondence.

RATES..

CUSTOM WORK 

90$ to 120$ /PER HOUR suggested 100$ /PER HOUR
50$+ /drawing fee on custom pieces

FLASH

at set rates, see instagram posts & stories 4 updates & availability

FREEHAND

120$ /PER HOUR 

sliding scale negotiable

BOOKING YOUR TATTOO..


My preffered method of intake is through my booking form

You are also welcome to contact me directly over email at bugcruickshank@gmail.com

If contacting me directly, read all of my guidelines first in detail & save them for future reference if you think you'll forget.


 Then include your name, confirmation of age criteria, vaccination status, pronouns, flash custom or freehand, availability and timeline, preference on consultation, budget, size/scale of tattoo, placement, detailed description and reference imagery for custom work, any accessibility needs, skin sensitivities, relevant allergies or applicable health information as well as information on your pandemic practices.

A BIT ABOUT THE PROCESS..


DEPOSITS
Instead of taking deposits I charge a drawing fee of 50$ separately from the tattoo session 4 consultation & design time on custom work.

This ensures I am paid for my time doing these things. I operate on system of trust with flash and freehand, when consults or design time doesn't apply. However as mentioned in my guidelines, I
will expect you to pay me for my time and supplies if you no show or day of cancel. 

CUSTOM WORK
When doing custom work typically people will approach me with an idea, be it anything from detailed and specific to loose and conceptual. The conversation is initiated over email, by using my booking form.

Someone with a very specific tattoo in mind shares a bit of context and background of where the idea is coming from, opening up a direction for us to take.

People with more vague ideas of what they want may come to me with a theme, style or feeling and offer me partial or full creative freedom in materializing a design.
 
This process starts over email, followed by a one on one consultation or continues over email after receiving my design and consult fees, sending drafts and updates as the design progresses until it is finished.

Custom tattoos are booked and the design is complete before session with back and forth correspondence throughout the process.


My approach to the design aspect of custom tattoos is to treat them as their own independent art commissions. Which is part of why I charge non deductable drawing fees.

Being a separate 'transaction' from the tattoo session itself, I find this method makes for a more comfortable atmosphere to decline getting the tattoo if the client doesn't want it after seeing the finished design. (Which is uncommon but feels important to make space for) While also ensuring I am paid for my work.


FREEHAND
Freehand is something I have only vaguely explored, but am passionate about and eager to do. Creating a drawing on skin like a page in a sketchbook,  a person shows up on a booked date with a placement in mind. We form something out of conversation, based around an emotional landscape, life events, or big open themes (this could be literally anything ex; gender euphoria, dreams about flying, summer road trips etc) I draw out a rough sketch with sterile tattoo pens and work towards a tattoo that unfolds as it is completed. Being a process that is creatively and emotionally involved at a great volume during the session I ask at least 120$ per hour. However I am open to doing freehand with a pre-negotiated sliding scale budget. 

FLASH
Flash tattoos are designs that go up on my instagram page in posts and story highlights. I update what is available on in the highlight titled 'flash,' by marking it or taking it down. You can check back on that highlight to see what's available, and you can also assume it's available if it's unmarked. Often things do not get taken as fast as people think they do so I encourage you to check back. All of my designs are one of a kind meaning I will only tattoo them one person, unless I have your permission. Sometimes they are done on people in groups, everyone consenting. The design always goes to the first person to contact me about it!