GUIDELINES..
 

→ 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 due to my own health conditions so this is very important. Masks are mandatory.

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

→ 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.


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

→ 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.

 

→ Ask me beforehand if you would like to bring a friend or someone with you.
When bringing people with you I ask that you are all mindful of the session in process.

 

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

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

 

→ Do not come see me if you're sick, contact me as soon as possible to let me know! Especially if you're experiencing COVID related symptoms. 

*NOTE: Right now I am working Sun - Wed & typically do single session days, sometimes double sessions if both pieces are small. 
 

A BIT ABOUT MY PRACTICE..
I feel so much gratitude to be in the work of permanently adorning bodies. It is an honour beyond words to hold the space of facilitating agency and story through art and collaberation with the people who come to me. Thank you to everyone who has shown up, offered trust, helped out and put faith in me over the years.

I consider my work client centered and consent focused. I base it in honoring autonomy the understanding that this craft is body work.

My approach is collaberative and empathetic, celebrating catharsis and agency. I see tattooing as relational and experiencial over purely transactional. 

It's my aim however possible to foster accessibility. I offer rates that are sliding scale, as someone who has lived a life of being chronically broke with a great deal of respect and care for giving lower rates for folks who need them. I also beleive strongly in sharing tattoo safety information to combat gatekeeping and promote harm reduction.

It's my goal to provide a safe, comfy, private alternative to the standard shop atmosphere. I welcome people of all bodies and skin tones and always offer full transparency on my varying levels of experience.

I hope to make freak tattoo dreams tangible. My work feels best when I am helping people feel self actualized and true to themselves through tattooing! That is a big part of what is so wonderful about tattooing as a queer and trans person!

I very much want to prioritize BIPOC, poor and broke folks, queer, trans and gender diverse people, disabled and chronically ill people, fat and people of all body types. As well as everyone and anyone who may feel called to what I do. I invite your feedback and inquiries, as these priorities are complex, evolve and are an active process.

I am sometimes tattooing in lower volumes and/or taking time for health or other projects. This can be anywhere from weeks to months at a time! You can check up on my instagram to see the status of my books.

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ACCESSIBILITY INFO..

My studio is located on the second floor of it's building. There is a small set of stairs leading up to the building. There are two main flights of stairs in succession with a small landing inbetween leading up to the second floor, the first set has 9 steps and the second set has 8, they have a sturdy metal railing and a wide passage. There are another two steps of stairs on the second floor. I can provide photos of the stairs via email per request.

There is a two stall washroom down the hallway from my studio. It has two toilets and a urnial and absolutely no gender signs on anything. 

I scent reduce, using only naturally scented hygene products which I can provide info on per request, and do not use any scents in my studio. Tattoo chemicals are an exception to this, which I use to ensure the safety of my client. Products include things like biotext, cavicide, green soap and rubbing alchahol.

Since my studio resides among many others of all sorts, scent reduction isn't possible in shared space. Likewise, there's often loud construction noises, and other noise of various sorts coming from different parts of the building. 

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

RATES..

CUSTOM WORK / HOURLY RATES

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

FLASH DESIGNS 

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

FREEHAND WORK

120$ /PER HOUR 

sliding scale negotiable

BOOKING YOUR TATTOO..


My preffered method of intake is through my booking form. 

https://form.jotform.com/93379169070263

You are also welcome to contact me directly over email or through the contact page linked.

If contacting me directly include your name, pronouns, flash, custom or freehand, availability and timeline, preference on consultation, 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 and vaccine status. 

A BIT ABOUT THE PROCESS..

DEPOSITS
Instead of taking deposits I charge separately from the tattoo session 4 the consultation & design. This ensures I am paid for my time doing these things. I operate on system of trust with flash 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.
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 then booked after the design is complete or booked with a deadline for a predetermined date.

My approach to the design aspect of custom tattoos is to treat them as their own independent art commissions.
Being a separate transaction from the tattoo session itself, I find it 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. Sometimes on 8x11" sheets of paper or in binders of flash. I update what is available in the descriptions of the posts and story updates. So that you can and look through everything and see what I have to offer. Often things do not get taken as fast as people assume they do! So I encourage you to look 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!