Why do we refer some people to Laughing Buddha?


Why did I get referred to Laughing Buddha? (Our sister studio with the same owner.)

First off, thank you for your interest in Damask! 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 at Damask 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!


Not all tattoos are the same, and that’s why we love them! Whether you’re looking for something traditional, watercolor, photo-realistic, black and grey, or anything in-between, there is an artist for you! That being said, not all artists are the same, either (again, that’s why we love them!). Each of our artists at both Damask Tattoo and Laughing Buddha has a different style, whether it is what they currently prefer, or what they are most experienced with. Our main goal is to match you with the best artist for your piece. We wouldn’t want to pair you with an artist whose specialty is in watercolor if you are looking to get a photo-realistic tattoo! There is also a possibility that an artist is currently only taking on one or two styles of tattoos to help build their portfolio and to build their experience as a tattoo artist.

Time Frame & Availability:

We LOVE when travelers want to get tattooed at Damask!! Unfortunately, due to our shop being appointment only, we often do not have any walk-in or last minute appointment time, unless there have been cancellations that week—but please always check with us to see if we have any time available! If you are coming in from out of town during specific dates that are already booked up here at Damask, we happily refer you to our friends and coworkers at Laughing Buddha. That being said, another one of our main goals is always to schedule your tattoo appointment as soon as possible! We all have tattoos, too, and we know how exciting it is to get a new tattoo ASAP. Sometimes, we refer our clients to Laughing Buddha because we know that an artist there not only matches the style you would like your tattoo to be, but also a more open availability. Laughing Buddha is located close by on Capitol Hill, and, while they do take appointments, they are able to cater to more walk-ins and last minute appointments.


Due to the high volume of clients that each of our artists work with on a daily basis, sometimes they are not able to immediately get back to every tattoo inquiry that they receive. We understand the need of communication during this process, and we want you to feel comfortable while communicating with your artist. If you do not feel that you are able to email with your artist as frequently as you would please, sometimes we will refer you to Laughing Buddha due to the quicker turnaround time from consult to tattoo. It’s not that we don’t love you and want to talk to you; we just have so much love to respond to!!

All that being said, we wish that we could tattoo each and every one of you; fortunately, we are lucky enough to have a wonderful sister shop to refer you to when we are not able to meet your needs. And, even if we refer you to Laughing Buddha, we sincerely hope that you will come back to Damask in the future!

If you have any questions regarding this blog post or any others, please always feel free to email myself or our other wonderful receptionist Bobby at info@damasktattoo.com.