What Should I Do Before My Tattoo?

We get a lot of questions every day here at Blacklist Ink.  A big one that we'd like to address is the ever-present, "Do I need to do anything special before my tattoo?"  So, today we will be addressing that:

1) EAT A MEAL BEFOREHAND - We've all seen the Snickers commercials, and of course that isn't all just good advertising.  Having a full stomach does wonders for your pain tolerance.  Especially when the best way to describe most tattoo pain is "irritating."  Our bodies do all kinds of things when we are nervous or our fight or flight mechanisms are activated, and, well, tattoos hurt.  So just trust us on this one, and make sure you eat something.

2) Bring a drink or a snack with you.  Tattooing can be intense, and it is exhausting for your body.  Drinks and snacks will replenish you, especially if you are sitting for awhile.

3) Don't get wasted the night before.  Not only do substances affect your immune system, but they also can thin your blood and change your skin.  We want to give your tattoo the best environment with which to heal so it's a good idea to be well-rested the night before.

4) If you are on antibiotics, reschedule your appointment.  Antibiotics cause your immune system to attack the pigments we are putting in your body and almost guarantee a rough heal.  

5)  Bring a friend!  Sometimes an audience can make things worse, so this is of course up to your discretion.  But we are totally okay with you bringing a friend or family member, just make sure they are over 18, as we cannot have anyone under 18 in the tattoo booths or areas.  


Hope this helps! 


Blacklist Ink has partnered with Matt Maxwell, who is a creator with @blackbuffalodesigns on instagram. Mr. Maxwell has furnished our space with incredible pieces that have been repurposed and look amazing. These pieces will be for sale, but for now we love the way our new shop looks!

Our storefront is so aesthetic it almost makes me want to get tattooed just as an excuse to hang out there.  Luckily, I work here!

Our storefront is so aesthetic it almost makes me want to get tattooed just as an excuse to hang out there. Luckily, I work here!

All our artists have myriad ways to contact them — websites, emails, facebook pages, online consult forms, but the most accurate quotes will always come from in person consults. As an added bonus, they happen in this spot, which is guaranteed to make you feel more interesting just by being in the vicinity (at least it does for me.) So give us a call at 417-782-2500 or stop in at 506 S Main Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm and look through our portfolios or talk to an artist directly.

See you soon!

Guest Artist Schedule for the rest of 2018

Hey everyone!

2018 is wrapping up and we are excited to announce our upcoming guest artists for the rest of the year!

In October, we will have Alysha Howard from the 11th-13th. Alysha’s home base is Lucky’s Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Northampton, MA. She is originally from Joplin, but she travels often to tattoo all over the US and we are so excited to have her. Alysha specializes in delicate linework and black and grey. Her pieces are incredible! Head on over to our Artist page to get information on booking with her.

For November we will have two awesome traditional artists.

November 14-28 we will have Sienna Jacobsen, who is from Spokane, Washington. She did a guest spot with us last March and we had a blast with her, so having her back is awesome. Sienna apprenticed in Hawaii and specializes in traditional tattooing as well as Polynesian pieces. She will be with us for two weeks, but her appointments will book up quickly so make sure you contact her!

Ellen will be rejoining the Blacklist crew November 20 and 21st from Old Souls Tattoo Parlor in Kansas City, MO. Ellen completed her apprenticeship here at Blacklist Ink so we are obviously ecstatic to have her back, even if just for a couple days. Her time is mostly booked at this point, but definitely send her an e-mail in case of a cancellation!

Keep checking back as we hope to have more frequent and new guest artists in 2019.


Why Am I Paying A Deposit?

To schedule an appointment at Blacklist Ink, all of our tattoo artists take non-refundable deposits.  This can sometimes be unexpected for a client to hear, as we require payment for the deposit upon scheduling the date of the tattoo appointment.  Sometimes this is days, weeks, or even months in advance.  So today we will go over what the deposit covers:  preparation, cancellation, and security.  

To begin, Blacklist Ink is a custom tattoo shop, which means that each artist custom draws and prepares your tattoo before your tattoo date.  Usually our artists begin drawing within the week before your appointment, and have your drawing ready for you on the morning of your appointment.  Believe it or not, I have watched my artists on multiple occasions spend 8-10 hours drawing for a tattoo that may only take 5 hours to complete.  The artists at Blacklist work very hard to take your references and the discussions they have had with y'all and use that information to create a tattoo completely unique to you.  So, if a client schedules a full day appointment and doesn't show up or call about rescheduling, the artist not only loses a full day of business, but also cannot be compensated for the time they spent drawing up the client's tattoo.  

This leads to my next point -- cancellation.  We understand that life happens, and there can be emergencies and other things that prevent clients from attending their appointment, which is why we have a reschedule policy in place.  As long as a client reschedules within our reschedule policy, we roll the deposit over to the new date.  However, if we have a client simply not show up, it can be difficult to fill those appointment times, especially when they are larger appointments.  This means that the artist loses out on their prep and drawing time, and also potentially has no income for the day.  

Lastly, the deposit is security for both the client and the artist.  The deposit means that the artist cannot book anyone else in that date -- that it is set for the client.  Also, even though the artist may spend twice the amount of hours drawing for the tattoo than they do actually performing the tattoo, the client only pays for the time the needle is spent in the skin.  As long as the client shows up for their scheduled appointment (or gives adequate notice for a reschedule), their deposit cost will actually go *toward* the total cost of their tattoo.  This means that if the finished product is priced at $150, and the client has paid a $60 deposit, they will only owe the remaining $90.  It can be a nice little down payment! 

Client Appreciation

Hey Everyone! 

We at Blacklist just wanted to extend a huge thanks to our clients.  We appreciate all of y'all so much-- we wouldn't be where we are without you.  Thank you for making all of us love our jobs, for joining us, however briefly, on this journey.  All of you are truly wonderful and we think we have the best clients in the world.  



Artist and Client Education

Getting a tattoo is a collaborative process between the tattoo artist performing the tattoo and the client receiving it.  As such, a lot more goes into getting a custom tattoo than walking in to the shop, picking out a design off the wall, having a stencil made and getting it tattooed.  With a custom tattoo, there should be communication and an effective back and forth between client and artist so that both ultimately have a finished product one is comfortable tattooing and one is comfortable wearing.

In a customer service world where the most oft-repeated phrase is "The Customer is always right," it can be unnerving when an artist tells a client no.  Here at Blacklist, when our artists tell a client they cannot do something, or that they are uncomfortable with something, they aren't doing it to be jerks.  Our artists are usually saying no to something because they genuinely care for the integrity of the client's tattoo.  

If a client wants something too small, and based on our artists myriad years of experience, the artists know that the size limitations will cause the tattoo to look bad (even if it's in 15 years), they are unlikely to want to do the tattoo.  We at Blacklist DO NOT want to put something on you that you will end up hating because it can't stand the test of time.  We certainly don't want to take your money and provide a sub-par service.  

Or if, for another example, the client wants a very intricate piece with a lot of shading but want it in white or another color -- it is our job to educate the client on why these things are difficult to tattoo, or even once tattooed, to maintain as light inks are susceptible to so much damage! 

It can be super frustrating, however, to be turned away without understanding why, or what kind of compromise can be made.  This is why we always do free consultations at Blacklist-- so the client and artist have a chance to speak, discuss designs together, and answer any potential questions the client may have for the artist and vice versa.  This is also why we have a Frequently Asked Questions article on our blog, and respond to messages and e-mails as promptly as possible.  

We want you to have the best tattoo we can possibly do, for as long as your body will allow. 

We are always here to answer your questions!