These sessions are catered towards people who are familiar with their artist's portfolio and trust that their artist will deliver a result they will be happy with without the need to see a pre-drawn design.
Projects NOT suitable for freehand:
mathematical/geometric designs, designs with perfect symmetry, or portraits of existing people or animals.
Projects suitable for Freehand include:
Animals, People, plants/flowers, anything that does not require perfect symmetry or mathematical/geometrical perfection.
How do these sessions work...
Once we get through the quote and booking process, the actual design process begins on your session date.
You will have already provided your artist with any of your reference material and design specifics so they can be prepared with a rough image in mind when you come in.
Once your skin is cleaned and prepped, your artist will draw a rough guide onto your skin directly.
You can then take a look and see if you like the general fit and layout of the design.
If not, you can request your changes. Your artist will redraw or edit the stencil until you are comfortable moving ahead into the tattoo phase.
Booking and a quote:
The process for freehand sessions starts with your application.
let us know what area of your body
you want tattooed
If you want a particular fit/shape you can provide reference images or have someone take a picture of you from a few steps back & draw on the image to show us.
Measure the maximum height & width of the area you want the tattoo to cover.
If you guess at your tattoos measurement you may get an inaccurate quote
An inch on either side can make a huge difference for time & therefore cost.
If you are okay with going large, provide the maximum area so that you can be prepared for a longer & more costly session if need be.
If you end up going smaller at your session, the worst that happens is you have some extra cash in your bank account at the end of your session.
let us know what subject matter you want included in your project.
provide any reference material to explain any
specifics you are imagining for the piece.
i.e. particular breed of animal or flower or if you want the animal in a particular position/angle, etc.
*anything you know you want should be included
so the artist can refer to before they start the design/draw-in
Once we have those must-have details, we can provide a rough estimate for time and cost.
Freehand sessions are hard to narrow down a quote for given so much is to be decided the day of, So most freehand estimates are quite wide to make sure no one is unpleasantly surprised at the end of their session.
If you are happy with your quote & feel comfortable moving ahead, we will find a space for your session in our schedule.
Once a date is decided on you will have to send us
your deposit in order to reserve a session space.
We can not hold session spaces without a deposit.
You can either pay your deposit via E-transfer or we can send you a digital invoice for the deposit amount.
once we receive your deposit, you are all set until your actual session date. The rest will be worked out then!
*Rates are subject to change
**the rate you were given at the time of your initial
booking will be the one that applies to your session.
*Rate changes do not effect active sessions.
*Changes will only apply to applicants booking after changes.
these sessions have the
lowest hourly rate.
This is because you do not need to compensate your artist for any design time prior to your session. You won't be passing design edits back & forth and your artist won't be drawing & re-drawing/editing your design. (aside from any edits to the rough draw-in phase on your session date)
Freehand Price Guide
(applies to fall 2019 book opening)
Freehand session rates are on a 'sliding scale'.
This means that in order to accommodate longer session, the hourly rate becomes less as the session duration grows.
Repeat or long-standing Clients may be eligible for loyalty discounts.
Ask us when you apply!
under 1 hour:
(Minimum charge upfront)
per session over 1 hour:
(first hour down)
under an hour:
min charge $185
1-3 hours long:
3-6 hours long:
6+ hours long
Free touch-ups for life
(Unless tattoo is repeatedly improperly cared for during healing)
Only the first hour minimum charge is non-refundable.
*The remainder is refundable so long as we are given 48 hours notice of cancellation or rescheduling.