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Exciting changes abound for the Blacklist Collective

This will be short and sweet, as we are busy with all the incredible changes coming our way!! First, it has been absolutely amazing to watch Blacklist Laser and Cosmetics grow and expand as they have! If you're interested in any of the new techniques the people at Blacklist Laser and cosmetics are innovating, please check out the website-- over here we are so excited about their microblading, eyelash extensions, and massages to say the least.  They are making amazing and big changes and we are so excited to be on this journey with them.

Lastly, we will be moving locations very, very soon.  Our new shop is undergoing some renovations to make it the super-tattoo shop of our dreams and we can't wait to share that with y'all.  Once again, please keep checking back for information and updates, or stop by the shop to grab a business card with the new address on it! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi!  We are so excited you are considering us for a tattoo.  We understand that a tattoo is a major life decision, and that it can also be a confusing one.  We have created this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you navigate your way through the tattoo process a little better. 
 

  • Do you take walk-in's or is your shop by appointment only?

We do take walk-in's when we have the availability, though our artists tend to stay booked up, therefore we do recommend scheduling an appointment if you have limited availability.  We also suggest you keep checking our website and social media for updates on specials, promotions, or walk-in days.  Links to our assorted social media accounts are below!

 

  • I would like to schedule an appointment, how do I go about this?

Our scheduling guide can be found on our blog, here.

  • I would like to have something drawn up for me, but I am not sure if I want to commit to getting a tattoo, will you do that?

Our artists will usually not draw something without an appointment being made and a deposit being paid.  This deposit works as a sort of drawing fee.  Drawings are finished at the artist's discretion, though if you have any special time restrictions be sure to communicate that to and with your artist so they can work with you for the best possible result! 

  • How do you charge, by the piece or by the hour?

The answer to this is, it depends on the artist.  Most of our artists charge hourly rates which range from $100-$150/hour but some artists charge by the piece or by the day, depending on the size of the tattoo.  

  • I need a touch-up, how much will this cost me?  

Tattoos are guaranteed by the artist who has performed the tattoo, so each artist's touch up policy is different.  Some artists do a free touch-up within the first year, while others have different time restrictions.  Make sure when you make your appointment, you discuss the touch-up policy with your artist so you know what the guidelines are for this.  

Tip: Keep your artist's business card so you can remember who did your tattoo if you wait awhile before calling about a touch-up.

  • I didn't show up for my appointment, can I get my deposit back?

Unfortunately, deposits are non-refundable.  Deposits are in place to secure the time the artist sets aside for your appointment, as well as any drawing time they spend preparing for your tattoo.  A lot of work goes into preparing your artwork for you before the needle actually touches your skin, and the deposit is what ensures some kind of compensation for the artist's preemptive work in the event of a no-show or last minute cancellation.  

That being said, if something does come up and you have given adequate notice (usually 72 hours) or you have some kind of emergency, our artist's generally offer a one-time reschedule. This is, however, at artist's discretion.  Always call, even if you have missed the 72 hour window! 

  • I/my child is under the age of 18, will you tattoo them?

Short answer here is no.  It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 in Jasper county.  

  • Can my friend come with me to get tattooed?

We encourage friendly support!  Absolutely bring a friend, parent, significant other, etc, just be sure that whoever accompanies you is above the age of 18, as it is illegal to have anyone under the age of 18 in the tattooing area.  So, unfortunately, any children or friends/family who are minors must stay home.  

  • Do you accept cards or just cash?

That is dependent upon our artists.  Please call or double check with your artist before coming in to see if you need to hit an ATM before heading over. 

  • I lost my aftercare sheet, what should I do?

If you need another aftercare sheet, feel free to stop by the shop and grab one!  You can also call, e-mail, text, or message us with any questions or concerns.  We are happy to help, and no question is too small!  We would much rather you call us than have you play it by ear and use a product that could potentially damage your tattoo. 

  • Do you do piercings?

At this time, we do not have a piercer. 

  • This is my first tattoo, is there anything I need to know?

We suggest those who are first-timers make sure they've eaten beforehand.  We tell everyone to have a good meal before coming in, just to increase their comfort level.  Feel free to bring some headphones so you can listen to your favorite music or watch something on your phone. Bring a bottle of water or something if you think you'll be thirsty!  If your session is an all day session, plan out your lunch!  We have many places that deliver or are within walking distance and are always happy to recommend something.  Most importantly, if you are feeling nervous or have questions, our shop manager is available and eager to speak with you to help assuage your fears.  Your comfort is a priority here! 

We will be adding to this as we see fit, so please continue to check back, or shoot us an email if you feel like we missed something!  Thank you all so much! 

Blacklist Ink Scheduling Guide

This is a step-by-step guide for scheduling a tattoo appointment at Blacklist Ink.  Below you'll find a comprehensive guide where we try to cover everything in detail, but for those of you who just want the basics, here they are:

  • Deciding on an idea to turn into a tattoo. 
  • Choosing an artist or being matched with an artist who can do your tattoo. 
  • Consulting with the artist and getting an estimate
  • Paying a non-refundable deposit to schedule the appointment.
  • Scheduling with your artist and showing up on your appointment date! 

So, you've decided you want to get a new or first tattoo.  This is an incredibly exciting step and we at Blacklist Ink are thrilled you are considering us in your decision to put some amazing new art on your body.  With all the television shows, the internet, and general stereotypes that surround the art of tattooing, we understand that the tattoo world can be a confusing place, and there isn't always a lot of information readily available for people.  With that in mind, we want to give all of you some helpful information.  Please note that while some of this applies to most tattoo shops, this guide is written specifically for the way Blacklist Ink works.  Let's get started! 

Consultations can be done in person without an appointment Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

Consultations can be done in person without an appointment Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

Deciding on Your Tattoo
The first thing that comes with setting up an appointment to get a tattoo is of course, deciding what you want.  There are many different styles of tattooing, one of them being flash art.  Flash art is something that has been a part of the tattoo industry for a very long time - this is where there is pre-designed art, usually in books, or on the walls of tattoo shops, that a client would walk-in and select from.  Blacklist does not display flash art, as we tend to showcase more custom artwork and customized tattoos.  This does not mean we will not tattoo flash art if you've picked something out and bring it in though.  We do, however, have some artists who have books of their own flash pieces, which are art pieces they have already customized that they would like to tattoo.  The difference with our artist's personal flash is they do not generally tattoo the same design twice, so if something has been tattooed, they will   redesign something similar for someone else if they choose the same design.  We like our customers to be able to maintain uniqueness with their tattoos if it is something completely done by the artist.  That being said, here are the major points of how we deal with the beginning stages of tattoo design, whether you have an exact idea in your mind, or just a concept.  

An example of a shop which displays Flash Art on the walls. 

An example of a shop which displays Flash Art on the walls. 

If you have an exact picture that you'd like as a tattoo, our artists will do their very best to give you exactly what they want, but we do like to change things up just a tiny bit to keep your tattoo individualized if you are open to that.  Our artists will usually not tattoo drawings done by other tattoo artists, but otherwise we love the opportunity to put a unique spin on something! 

Damon's spin on a common theme for Harry Potter tattoos

Damon's spin on a common theme for Harry Potter tattoos


Ultimately, this tattoo is going on your body forever, so we want to make sure we are giving you a quality piece of unique art, but equally important, we want it to be something YOU are going to love forever.  Our artists will work with you to make sure you get exactly what you want, so please don't be afraid to speak up if there's something you don't like.


If you have a concept or idea, with reference pictures, we are totally able to work with that! Being a custom shop, our artists absolutely love being able to create a tattoo from the vision you have in your mind.  If this is what you are leaning toward, try to keep your references and notes together and have those on hand to discuss with us.  


Choosing an Artist
We have many different artists here at Blacklist Ink.  Print portfolios are displayed in the shop, and electronic portfolios can be found here on our website.  Our artists also have photo albums on our Facebook page. You can utilize these resources to see past tattoos our artists have done and if anything fits with the style of tattoo you are wanting. If you are still unsure of which artist to choose or on a time restriction, our shop manager is always happy to help match you to an artist who will suit your needs. 

Choosing An Artist: The Blacklist Crew, including artists (L to R) Wade, Rhona, Lisa and Damon

Choosing An Artist: The Blacklist Crew, including artists (L to R) Wade, Rhona, Lisa and Damon

Consultations
Once you have decided what you want, and selected an artist, the next step is having a consultation.  The best way to do a consultation will always be in person, but for people who are traveling to get tattooed or have scheduling restrictions, we can do consultations via phone, e-mail or Facebook message.  As I said, we always recommend in person as the most reliable source for a time and cost estimate, but we do try to work with you as much as possible.  If you are getting a cover up or tattooing over scars, we will almost always need to see these in person to gauge whether a cover up is even possible. 


When you have your consultation, here are some things to be prepared for: 

  • Deposits - Each of our artists take a non-refundable deposit to secure appointments and time spent drawing your tattoo.  This is usually around $100, and is due when you schedule.  If at the end of your consultation, you decide to schedule an appointment, be prepared to pay this deposit.  The deposit does go toward the total of your tattoo, so if your tattoo is $200, then on the day of your appointment you will only owe $100.
  • Estimates - Each of our artists charge hourly rates that vary from artist to artist.  Nearly all our pieces are priced by the hour, which is why there is sometimes a wide range with price estimates.  Estimates *are not* a guarantee for price, but an educated and professional guess for how long your tattoo should take. Because of this, sometimes tattoos can end up costing slightly more OR slightly less than the quoted estimates. 
  • Appointment Date - Many of our artists are booked out, sometimes just a couple days, sometimes a couple months or even longer, so it isn't often that you will be able to get tattooed on the same day as your consultation. We try to work with clients as much as possible to fit their schedule, so try to have multiple dates or days of the week you are available so we can work with the artist's schedule to find you the earliest and most convenient date possible. 
Once you've scheduled your appointment and paid your deposit, all you have left to do is show up to your appointment! E-mail us about booking today! 

Once you've scheduled your appointment and paid your deposit, all you have left to do is show up to your appointment! E-mail us about booking today! 

Scheduling
Finally, you are ready to schedule your appointment.  When you are ready to schedule, we will have you answer a detailed set of questions regarding your tattoo (placement, size, etc) so we can have paperwork ready for your artist to begin drawing for you.  Then we will settle on a date together for your tattoo appointment.  After that, we will take your deposit which can be paid by cash or card.  If you cannot make it into the shop, we do take credit card payments over the phone for deposits.  Once your deposit is paid and the date is confirmed with both you and your artist, you are all set!!