Please take a minute to CAREFULLY & FULLY read the following necessary information before inquiring about getting a tattoo.
The Discounted Cephalopod!
25% OFF ALL CEPHALOPOD TATTOOS! (This means tattoos of squid, octopi, or cuttlefish only!)
In order to receive this discount, simply click on the contact tab and add “CEPHALOPOD” in the subject line!
*Always in effect: The Squid Inx Tattoo Referral Program – Receive 10% off your next tattoo (up to 50% – not including full sleeves or large pieces of the sort) off with each successful referral you send this way as a thanks for your support!
PLEASE NOTE: A deposit becomes non-refundable if you cancel with less than 5 days notice as stated in the Tattoos portion of this site.
***If you make any payment towards a tattoo and you do not cash in on the tattoo within 4 months, the payment will also become non-refundable. (Providing it is because you did not schedule on time)
Thank you for your cooperation!
SQUID INX TATTOOS ~ Q & A
Q. What form of equipment sterilization does this studio use?
A. I use single-use disposable grips/tubes/needles.
Q. Can I stop by/walk-in without an appointment?
A. Unfortunately, no. The Squid Inx Tattoo Studio is by appointment only, no exceptions.
Q. Where is the Studio located?
A. Located in the Victoria Park & St. Clair East neighbourhood. You’ll be sent the exact address once your booking is confirmed.
Q. Are your rates hourly or flat?
A. Flat for smaller pieces and hourly for larger (such as sleeves – $150.00/hr). You are welcome to split cost per session if you require multiple for flat rates.
Q. How much is the consultation fee and do I need to book a consultation?
A. $20 per person for an up to 30 minute consultation. If you bring a friend, they must pay as well since they will be given the same information.
You do not require a consultation in person if you already have a final design and do not need any customization. If you live out of town, email consults can be arranged.
Q. Is parking available?
A. Street parking and driveway parking is available.
Q. How much is the artwork fee for custom designs?
A. It depends on detail, size, placement and difficulty. Artwork fees can range from $20 flat to $100+ for sleeves, back pieces, and such large designs. You will be quoted an artwork fee once all necessary info is sent via the Questionnaire or direct email. Once the payment is received (depending on how busy the queue is), you will be sent a quote once the design is approved by you.
Q. What is the Studio minimum price for a tattoo?
A. $100 for a single colour simple tattoo smaller than a Toonie. Good tattoos aren’t cheap, and cheap tattoos aren’t good! I will try to keep within your budget if it is reasonable.
Q. Can I take pain meds, or drink to calm my nerves/ease the pain before/during the tattoo session?
A. Absolutely NOT. If I suspect you are intoxicated in any way, I reserve the right to reschedule/cancel and you will automatically lose your deposit. This is no joke. This is for your safety, mine and the health/quality of your tattoo.
Q. Is there a deposit required to book a tattoo session?
A. Yes. $100 which will be deducted from your total quote, providing you are not a no-show or cancel/reschedule with less than 5 days notice and without a doctor’s note. It will then become non-refundable.
Q. What forms of payment can I use?
A. Interac Instant Email Money Transfer to info(at)squidinx.com or cash. Credit is available through the Square Up reader at a 3% charge. Sorry, no personal cheques.
Q. Do you accept tips/gratuity?
A. It’s the service/art industry, so I sure do! Gratuity is ALWAYS appreciated! Thank you!
Q. What form of aftercare do you provide and suggest?
A. See the Aftercare section on this website for full details. My number one recommendation these days if you do not purchase the tin of Tattoo Goo or TatWax (TatWax available for purchase at The Studio – Tattoo Goo available at most Shoppers Drug Marts) is organic cold pressed coconut oil. It is best to have your aftercare ready before your appointment in case stores are closed after.
Q. I want a large tattoo that will take multiple sessions and could potentially cost a fair bit, can I make a larger deposit or make advance payments?
A. Sure. However, payments will become non-refundable after 4 months of payment date if not cashed out. Sorry, no exceptions.
Q. Can I bring a friend for support to my tattoo session?
A. Please ask first, as The Studio has limited space and the fewer distractions while tattooing, the better for the both of us.
Q. Does getting tattooed hurt?
A. Of course it does! But some places on your body hurt much less than others and vise versa. A good way to feel the potential difference is to take your fingernail and scratch one area on your body such as your outer bicep, then try your rib cage. Then imagine that intensified by at least five. For some, an upper back can hurt more than lower, a wrist can be excruciating or a breeze. Everyone is different. Tattoos hurt but if they were unbearable, people wouldn’t get them.
Q. Is there a way I can prepare myself before the tattoo to deal with the pain?
A. Yes! You can eat a full healthy meal, drink lots of water, practice breathing slowly on a 3-count in and out of your nose (not mouth…and trust me, this REALLY helps!), get a good night’s sleep and don’t party the night before your tattoo session as drugs and alcohol thin your blood. Remember coffee will only get your nerves going, so it’s best to avoid stimulants as well as cigarettes.
Q. How many years has Squid Inx Tattoos been in business?
A. This is my 13th year!
Q. Do you have a specialty?
A. I can do pretty much any style from painted brush strokes, to realism/portraits, colour, greyshade, no outlines, watercolour, Trash Polka, black line work, fine detail, Japanese, pointillism, surrealism, comics/cartoons and more. Just ask! I have been a Multimedia Artist for my entire life. Try me, I love a good challenge. If I had to pick, I’d say anything with fine detail.
Q. Do you sell gift certificates?
A. Sure do! Simply email me the amount, the name of the recipient, if you would like to add a personal message, and I can either email it directly to the recipient (provide their email address), or to you. Please specify the occasion (i.e. Channukah, B-day, Anniversary, Spring Solstice, etc.).
Q. I sort of know what I want as a tattoo but don’t know if it will work or how to put it together. Can you help me?
A. That’s my job! Just inquire with as much info as you can and/or set up a consult and we’ll make your tattoo ideas happen.
Q. What’s your touch-ups policy?
A. Free within 30 days of your new tattoo providing it is not an issue of picking your scabs, using incorrect aftercare (or none at all), if you haven’t read the Aftercare Instructions provided on this site, or at my discretion. Otherwise, it is a $50 minimum for touch-ups.
Q. I’ve sent you some referrals, do you have an incentives program?
A. Yes! 10% off your next tattoo for each successful referral. Add ‘em up for a larger discount up to 50% off as a way for me to say “Thank you!!”.
Q. I’m scared sh**less! Help!!
A. Don’t be. I’ve been doing this for over a decade. I provide either a large selection of music to sooth your nerves, a large screen TV with Netflix to distract you during your session, or I can make calming, soothing sounds of the ocean in your ear as I tattoo you with your soon to be work of body art. Follow the pre-tattoo instructions provided in this Q&A and you’ll be just fine.
Q. What kind of clothing should I wear to the tattoo session?
A. Loose fitting, comfortable clothing, please. Remember there is a possibility of ink splashing on your clothes near the tattoo site. As I do my best to ensure a splatter-proof barrier, don’t wear your favourite shirt/pants/undies to the session. Tattoo ink, believe it or not, is permanent. Ladies, if you are getting your upper body tattooed near your bra lines, wear none if you can, or a loose fitting/strapless bra. Remember not to sleep on white or light coloured bedsheets for the next few days after your session as the ink WILL stain your sheets!
Q. Will my custom design that I paid for ever be used again for someone else?
A. NEVER. Period. That’s apart of your custom artwork fee.
Q. Do you have a phone number that I can call?
A. Sorry, no. Only email, please and thank you. I will do my best to reply promptly.
Q. How long is the wait to get tattooed by Rashelle?
A. The wait can be as soon as a few days or as long as a month or two depending on the time of year/season. Click on the ‘contact’ button to find out!
Q. Is the Studio wheelchair accessible?
A. There are no stairs once inside, however to gain access to the front entrance there are 8 steps with a concrete landing in between. If you had someone there to help, it shouldn’t be too difficult to access.
Q. Is it okay to ask questions about the process during the tattoo session?
A. Ask away!
Q. Can I stop for a smoke break?
A. No. Sorry, but please have your smoke before your session (best not to right before either) or wait until after. I am a non-smoker (it stinks!) and breaks mean it will take longer to complete your tattoo as well as raise your blood pressure (that’s bad!).
Q. I don’t see my question answered here. How do I get in contact with Rashelle?
A. The “Contact” button, the “Questionnaire” form, or email directly to info(at)squidinx.com.
A few of years ago I had the honour and pleasure of being apart of an amazing fundraising event for Testicular Cancer Awareness with The Guy At Home In His Underwear! It was a massive success! Thanks to all those who tuned in, clicked the “like” button and/or donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in support of Testicular Cancer Awareness! The $50,000 goal was reached!!! I’ll never forget this incredible experience of doing a 4 hour live-to-the-entire-world tattoo, thanks Mark for letting me be apart of this! <3