Why did I get referred to a different artist than I asked for?


Why did I get referred to a different artist than I asked for?

First off, thank you for your interest in our artists! We are so thankful for all of our clients, and for all of the inquiries that we get on a daily basis. Unfortunately, sometimes we do have to turn away a tattoo, but fear not—this is not because we do not want to work with you! Our main goal is to match you up with the absolute best tattoo artist for your dream tattoo. Not only do we take into account the style that you would like your tattoo to be in, but we also consider time frame, availability, and communication.

So, why do all of these things factor into our artist recommendation for you?

Let me explain!


A short list to prepare for the day of your tattoo.

We have a whole blog post on Total Tattoo Preparation but I wanted to add this short list that goes over some things that are covered and some that are not covered in that post.  The first post was from my perspective and covers things to do at home and at the.  I highly recommend reading the long post too as it goes into a lot more detail on some of these points.  

We want the tattoo experience to be as pleasant as possible for everyone involved. Please read over the following information in preparation for your appointment.


Our Vegan friendly tattoo process

More and more people are making the choice to be vegan every day and this choice extends beyond just what they eat.  Everything that is introduced into their lives is included in the decision.  That’s why we have offered vegan options from the very start of Damask in 2009.  We are proud to have put in research and time to ensure to the best of our ability that we have products that are vegan friendly.  
Our vegan tattoo process is by request as some of our regularly used products have lanolin or beeswax in them.  When requested we use the following products to make our tattoo process vegan friendly. EDIT: We are proud to offer this option at Laughing Buddha as well. We have merged with Laughing Buddha due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all our artists from Damask are now working there.  


How do deposits and drawing fees work?


In order to make an appointment with any of our artists, we must first collect a non-refundable deposit. The deposit is applied to the cost of the tattoo on the day that it is completed unless there is a less than 72-hour reschedule, a cancelation (at any time), a no-show, or if you are more than 15 minutes late to your appointment. In those cases, the deposit will be forfeit to pay for the artist’s time. Since deposits are non-refundable they are not refunded at any point regardless of when an appointment is canceled. We’ll need a new deposit to reschedule your appointment. PLEASE ACCOUNT FOR SEATTLE TRAFFIC AND PARKING WHEN PLANNING YOUR DRIVE TIME. Traffic is ALWAYS bad in Seattle and parking is always challenging. We don’t have a parking lot but there are several parking garages in the area and two-hour, paid parking on the street.


Fingers, feet, lettering and white tattoos

We’ve all seen the pictures on the internet of amazing fingers, feet, lettering and white tattoos.  They look great in the pictures but there’s something we should all take note of.  They are fresh or often, less than a year old.

We want to make sure you’re fully informed for this important life decision.  Our goal is for you to get the best tattoo possible and for you to love it forever.  Tattoos change over time.  The pigment slightly spreads out through the skin and some skin doesn’t hold ink well.  
We can’t guarantee white tattoos or tattoos on hands or feet (meaning that any touch ups will be full price) because we can’t change or control how they will heal.  


Cover up Tattoos

Cover ups are tattoos that go over another tattoo and hide the old tattoo.  There are a few ground rules for cover ups.

  • The only thing that completely covers black is black.
  • You can’t cover a darker color with a lighter color.
  • Cover ups need to be larger than the original tattoo.  Usually, significantly larger
  • Tattoos do not change the texture of the skin so if there are any scars they will still be there after the cover up is done.


Washington Department of Licensing Body Art & Tattoo licensing information

In Washington state each tattoo artist has to be licensed and the studio has to have a location license.  Anyone can check on someone’s licensing status by going to the Wa DOL website.  If you click the link there you can look information up by the UBI number, studio name, address or the artist’s name.  

You can also find general information about tattooing and body piercing here.  

Tattooing anyone under the age of 18 is illegal.  We can’t even tattoo minors if the parents give consent.     

The DOL recently sent out an information email for consumers.  I’ve included it below.  


Total Tattoo Preparation and Hygiene


Total tattoo preparation and hygiene is an example of many things you can do to prepare for your big tattoo day.  These are just suggestions and in no way are required.  They may help to make the day go more smoothly.  I’ll be writing in first person because, if you’re anything like me, you don’t like to be told what to do.  This is just what I do when I get tattooed. 


Please don’t get tattooed when you’re sick.

I know you’ve had your appointment for months and you feel better today but there are many reasons to not get tattooed when you’re sick. 

Let’s talk about you first because that’s what matters most right?  When you’re sick your body is trying to fight a virus and needs all hands on deck to attend to that.  Remember, people used to die from the common cold.  You need your body at it’s best to fight this off.  If it’s trying to heal a wound (your tattoo) at the same time then it’s going to take forever for you to heal your tattoo and to get better from your cold.  Your pain tolerance will also be shot as  your body is distracted by the cold or flu and already working to try to help you feel better so that great endorphin rush that we all wait for to bail us out of the tattoo pain has already been running for however long you’ve been sick, therefore it’s not going to kick in as usual.  Not to mention why would you want to do this to yourself?  Stay home, watch movies and nap.  That’s what we should all do when we’re sick.