Hello, this is Dan from North Mountain Tattoo.
I specialize in portraits, photorealistic color or black and grey realism (flowers, animals, landscapes,etc.). This is a response I’ve written for clients, with information on my process.
At times it could take a couple weeks or more to get back to you with your design, I’m usually booked at least a month in advance and get more emails every day so we have some time to figure everything out.
I try to work on emails and designs Monday-Tuesday so please be patient with my response time.
If you have any questions or concerns please email me directly, the front desk at the shop cannot give out information on my schedule, make changes, or book appointments.
I do all my consults through email, if you could answer the questions below and send the requested photos, this will give me a better understanding of what to quote you.
I have a few questions for you so that I may get a better idea of what you want and how soon you can get it tattooed!
What do you want? (Brief description)
Where on your body do you want to get it?
Have someone else take a photo in good lighting of the area to be tattooed and send it over. No mirror selfies please!
What size would you like your tattoo to be? (example: 6 inches by 12 inches)
What date(s) and times do you want to get tattooed, if any.
Do you have images that you can attach to this email that somewhat resemble what you would like? To keep things more original, please try not to send pictures of someone else’s tattoo!
Do you have a particular budget in mind?
How did you find me (instagram, recommendation, www.northmountaintattoo.com, etc.)
Please include your first and last name along with a phone number where you can be reached so I can put you into the schedule.
Do you want color or black and grey?
If someone has to reschedule would you like to be put on a last minute notice list?
Here is an example of what I need to design a sleeve, good lighting, relaxed arm, and photo taken perpendicular to the arm by someone else please.
Pricing depends on a lot of factors, size, placement on the body, detail in the piece, skin color, age of skin and more. I have a 3 hour minimum, I charge a flat rate of $200/hr and everything is always based on the hourly rate. So for example a:
3 hour tattoo is equal out to $600
6 hour tattoo is equal out to $1200
8 hour tattoo is equal out to $1600
Arm sleeve can be approx. 30-50+hrs
Leg sleeve can be approx. 40-60+hrs
Backpiece can be approx. 50+hrs
Half sleeves on average are approx. $3,600–$4,800
Full sleeves on average are approx. $8,000-$10,000
This all depends on what you want and your anatomy!
I accept cash, credit or debit, and Venmo.
I tattoo for 6-8hrs each session to get the most out of each day of tattooing. I use lidocaine while I tattoo to numb the skin and allow for clients to sit for longer durations.
Consult- first we need to consult through email.
I will do a quick mock up the tattoo idea and we will discuss things like placement, size, color or black and grey, style, budget, approach, booking, aftercare, etc.
We set up an appointment date or multiple dates.
I will get everything ready for the appointment date and you will see your final design on the day of your appointment.
On the appointment day show up on time and ready to get tattooed, be prepared to wait for the stencil application, and for the stencil to dry completely before we begin.
Bring a photo ID, and things like small snacks, a water bottle, blanket or towel if needed, and a tablet or phone to keep you entertained, headphones, etc.
Have the whole day open just in case, and eat a good breakfast beforehand.
Bring a lunch if needed (for longer sessions) and try to keep the lunch break around 10mins max because the longer the break, the tougher it is when you get back in the chair.
Photograph tattoo and bandage.
Explanation of Aftercare.
Pay for the time spent tattooing that session and schedule the next appointment.
Tips are also appreciated!
Follow aftercare instructions.
Healed photo in 4-6 weeks if available.
I only do photorealistic tattoos, if you want something not realistic please check out the North Mountain Tattoo website to see more portfolios.
I do not take deposits, however I charge a $200 fee for last minute cancellations, less than 72hrs in advance of the appointment time. This applies to all clients, no exceptions.
I don’t do large extensive cover ups, but something small in the right place can be covered, however photorealism isn’t always the best for this. In some instances I might be able to cover up a tattoo if given full artistic freedom.
I do not take walk ins, work on/finish/fix other artists work.
If you need to reschedule please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to fill the booking for someone else.
The shop will call to confirm the day before your appointment but it is ultimately your responsibility to remember your scheduled date.
My work heals out great when the aftercare instructions are followed so I do not offer free touch ups.
Exercise is not recommended during the healing process. I ask you to take 2 weeks off, or at least until the tattoo has gone through it’s peeling.
You must be 18 years or older to get tattooed.
Friends, family, and children under 18 are not allowed in the shop, nor can they sit with you for your appointment.
Once the tattoo appointment is set, keep in touch with me before the tattoo like if you have a scratch over the body part getting tattooed, if you are sick, have an infection or are on antibiotics, if you waxed and your skin is irritated, if you are sunburnt. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email. Please do not call or email the shop, they will just refer you to my email.
If your tattoo takes multiple sessions, I will need a month in between each appointment to let the skin fully heal before layering over previous sessions. If your tattoo is big, like a sleeve or back piece, we can plan to have a session every two weeks or I’ve even done every week with some sleeves.
Arrive to your appointment clean, sober and ready. Avoid taking any pills, drinking, smoking, tanning, spray tanning, or working out a couple days before the appointment. Avoid anything that will thin your blood or change your skin, be careful waxing, using hair removal products, and even using oils or lotions the day of the appointment.
An aftercare card explaining everything will be given to you at the end of the first appointment, along with verbal instructions. I’ve also added the aftercare instructions at the bottom of this website. Email me immediately if there is any questions during healing, and the shop number is (602) 923-1199 if you have an emergency and need to talk to someone.
Please keep responding to the same email thread so everything stays together and makes it easier for me to refer to previous conversations. The appointment dates I send through email are subject to change depending on your response time, as in first come first serve. I will respond with the day, date, and time, confirming I have you in the schedule.
Thanks for your interest in my art! Talk to you soon!