it's not just a tattoo, it's a work of art.
Always make sure you are well rested the night before your tattoo and always make sure you eat a good meal before coming in to keep a healthy level of blood sugar. Getting tattooed while your body is hungry, hungover or exhausted could definitely change your experience from good to bad quickly. Be sure to have on comfortable clothing but also clothing you might not care so much about and be mindful of where it is going. There is always risk of getting ink on your clothing so make sure not to wear your favorite shirt or pants.
All sketches will be drawn during your appointment time or drawn directly on the skin and will not be available for viewing before your scheduled appointment date. This ensures that the tattoo idea is fresh in the mind and can be adapted to fit the client's body seamlessly.
Once you have chosen an artist or two that you prefer, come into the studio for a consult, as we take this part very seriously. For most of our artists you don't need an appointment to do so, however some artists do require a scheduled in-person consultation so it is best to call beforehand and make sure that your artist is working and is available, or if you need to schedule the consult. Consultations are always free. All tattoo and removal appointments require a non-refundable $100 deposit. The cost of this deposit will go towards your final session.
As the shop is usually busy with clients and our first priority is the care of the people getting tattooed, there can be times that emails may take a day or two to get back to especially on the weekends where we are usually fully booked and staffed. This isn't anything personal, we are just busy.
However, we do have a crew at the front desk who not only helps people who walk in, but also check the artists emails. Please wait 48-72 hours to hear a response. If you have not heard back after 72 hours, please email back as the internet is a goofy and spooky place of mystery or call the shop directly during business hours and we can help you there.
There are many times that you do not need to talk to the artists about dates and info, as our staff is trained by the artists to accommodate their needs so they can keep their minds on the person getting tattooed. This respect I'm sure you would appreciate during your appointment, so anything you need you can ask our staff at the front desk.
Inky, Lydia, and Jackie all do cover-ups, but still are selective with taking them on. Cover-ups require a very practiced skill set and they will only take on what they are confident they can execute. If you are looking to have a cover-up done, it is best to come into the studio for an in-person consultation with the front desk staff and artist you are looking to work with. Keep in mind, due to being high in demand Lydia and Jackie often have their books closed, but we announce when they open on our website and social media. If you would like to start the process before you come in so that we can see if your idea is a possibility you may email the studio with the subject "Cover-Up Consult" and provide very clear photos of your current tattoo and a detailed description of what you like to have it covered with, along with photo references of the new idea. We can then review your idea with the available artists and work towards bringing you in for a full-on in-person cover-up consultation and then book your appointments accordingly.
Like a doctor, dentist office or salon it is hard to say if we will always have time or space to accept walk ins, but we love to accommodate them if we do. You can always call the studio to see if we have availability at 410-487-6675, or just stop in anytime!
Black Lotus tattoos houses a professionally trained Tatt2Away technician. Our technician Jessica is the only one certified and trained to do this, so she will be the most helpful as she knows much more about it than our artists. There is extensive training and the level of cleanliness and inspections the studio must obtain to acquire this. If you are interested in getting this procedure or just want to find out more about it, please check out the Tatt2Away tab at the top of the page.
Deposits are non-refundable, however as long as you give us a 72 hour notice we can always reschedule your appointment for you to a different date. We send an email and a text 5 days before every appointment just in case one of them is a typo, so you will be well reminded before your 72 hour notice expires. We do understand that life comes up, but do also understand that this is our artists lives and they have dedicated this space of time to you and not other people.
Any cancellation or rescheduling after the 72 hour notice deadline will automatically forfeit your deposit and you will need to put down a new deposit to make a new appointment. Arriving more than 15 minutes late for your appointment will be considered a no show and you will forfeit your deposit and your appointment and will need to put down a new deposit to make a new appointment.
To give an idea of how difficult that question is to answer, you could assume its like asking, "How long does it take to cook?" or ,"How much is a new car?" Some food takes an hour to cook, some 6 hours to bake. Some cars are $1,000 and some cars are $100,000.
Most importantly, some food is better tasting than others and some cars are better quality than others. Tattooing is much the same.
To properly price a tattoo there are many variables that factor in such as the size, subject matter, color or black and grey, detail, placement on body and so forth. Black Lotus Tattoos charges an industry standard of $120-200 per hour so pricing ultimately depends on how long the project takes. A lot of times during consultation you will be given a base estimate for the tattoo to keep things simple.
We understand that you have plenty of tattoo studios to choose from, but our vision for Black Lotus Tattoos was NOT to be just another tattoo studio. Black Lotus Tattoos has dedicated itself to delivering a unique and inspiring experience each and every time. With a constant flow of new guest artists from all over the world as well as a featured artist section of the shop, we have made sure that the environment at Black Lotus Tattoos inspires constant growth.
Any studio can say they're number one, but our results prove it. From the moment you walk in and see original art all over the walls to the cleanliness and classy feel of the studio, we are sure that you will feel right at home.
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Regardless of if this is your first tattoo or your tenth, whether it's something small or a backpiece, whether it's a meaningful tattoo you are planning for months to get or you just want a show piece of art that you let the artist run wild with; you should always be thinking about one thing: You should be striving to get the BEST tattoo you can. Now this does not always involve the artist pulling great ideas out of his head at the drop of a hat like you see on TV. This process can take some research and consulting. You want to make sure that you spend time looking at portfolios.
Finding the right artist is a hundred times more important than finding the right design. There are things that one artist can do efficiently that another artist might struggle over. At Black Lotus Tattoos, we are not a factory for tattoos that we just rush to get as many done as possible. Each artist here wants the tattoo to come out as perfect as possible. So when you ask a non portrait artist to do a portrait, and they refer you to another artist, please keep in mind they are not blowing you off but simply recognizing each others strengths and showing good teamwork.
If you asked each resident artist at Black Lotus to design you a skull, you would get 9 very different skulls, so discovering what style you like is crucial to the choosing an artist process. If you are not sure, you can always come into the shop where our Studio Manager Emily can help you out. She is an incredible judge of who would do best from working with the staff. She is also an avid tattoo collector and recognizes not only who would be best at the design, but who would enjoy tattooing it the most which makes a world of difference in the art field.
We hold our artists to the highest standards as well as the artists holding themselves to it. Most of our clientele comes primarily from friend referrals, so people are saying good things. You can check out our reviews on Google, Yelp, and Facebook!
We also encourage people to call, email or stop in with any questions that you might have to make sure you have a perfect experience.