BEFORE CONTACTING ME

in order to ensure the best service and the most fluid experience for everyone,

please read the entire FAQ below attentively.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before we start

How to get started on a custom tattoo?
Appointments

Getting Started

How long will it take before I see my drawing?
How much will it cost?
Do I have to tip my artist?
Is there anything you won’t tattoo?

D-day

How should I prepare?
Can I drink, smoke pot or take pain medication before my tattoo?
Will it hurt?
How sterile is your equipment?
What will it feel like right after it’s done?
Is there a warranty on my tattoo?
Is my tattoo vegan?
Tattoo aftercare

Before we start

How to get started on a custom tattoo?

Before contacting me for your project, you need to prepare a reference folder. It can be photos, drawings, paintings or images of other tattoos you like the style/composition/placement/size/color palette.

Remember, these pictures will only serve as inspiration. Don’t try to find the perfect picture: a general idea is enough.

When everything is ready, email me at rubywhiteart@gmail.com with:

  • Your full name and phone number
  • A detailed description of your project (including dimensions and location)
  • Your reference pictures
  • Your availability during the week

Note that:
  • Given the numerous requests I get, I select my projects carefully and I often have to refer to other artists.
  • I only take small and medium projects (maximum 2 sessions of 2-3 hours or less).

I specialize in:
  • Floral, natural or spiritual themes *
  • Color or black and gray realistic objects (with reference picture) **
  • Decorative styles (henna, lace, filigree) ***
  • Refresh and coverup of old tattoos
  • Cover up of scars (burns, surgery, mastectomy, stretch marks, etc.)

I will not do:
  • * animals with hair (dogs, felines ...)
  • ** portraits and characters
  • *** tribal style, geometric, dotwork (pointillism), blackout
• As a reference, consult my portfolio

Appointments

Preliminary evaluations are conducted exclusively via email. It is therefore important to send me all your information. We can then book a free consultation to discuss your project’s details in person and take your measurements if needed. To book your actual tattoo date, a $60 deposit will be required (in person, by PayPal or Interac transfer). A deposit is a commitment on your part, therefore it is non-refundable. This deposit will be credited off the price of your last tattoo session.

If you need to cancel or move your appointment, I ask for a reasonable 48 hours delay or your deposit might be lost. A new deposit will be asked to book any new appointment. To help you remember your appointments, you will receive a confirmation email containing all the information you need 3 days before each session.

Note that:
  • I book appointments Tuesday to Thursday only.
  • I only work 6 nights a month, from 4pm to 7pm. Therefore, daytime availability gives you an advantage.
  • Exceptional availability (eg.: other days of the week or cancellations) are posted regularly on the Facebook page or subscribe to the mailing list completely at the bottom of this page.

Getting Started

How long will it take before I see my drawing?

You will receive a sketch or photomontage by email two days before your appointment, which gives us enough time to make the necessary adjustments. We can always adjust the size and placement together on the day of the appointment.


How much will it cost?

My hourly rate is $140 per hour, PLUS TAX. My base price is $80. I cannot guarantee an exact amount of time needed to finish your tattoo, but I can give you a ballpark figure during your consultation and a more precise estimate when your drawing is finished. Many factors such as the customer’s pain tolerance or skin texture/thickness can make the estimated time vary.


Do I have to tip my artist?

Getting a tattoo is both a product (a work of art that you bring back home) and a service (the experience of the time spent with the artist). In general, tattoo artists will charge for their time or by the piece. A tip is not necessarily expected. On the other hand, if you have especially appreciated the artist’s approach and attitude, a tip is always appreciated. In my experience, 10% of the value of the session is a nice token of your appreciation.


Is there anything you won’t tattoo?

I will not tattoo something that I think will not make a good tattoo. Amongst other things, too small, too detailed or shapes that won’t flow with the placement on the body are to be avoided.
I also will not tattoo:

  • Hands and face unless you are already HEAVILY tattooed;
  • Fingers, toes, sides of feet or any type of skin that I judge won't heal well;
  • Hateful messages;
  • Gang tags and logos;
  • Minors, pregnant women or people with some health/skin issues.

D-day

How should I prepare?

Be well rested, and eat a good meal one to two hours before your appointment. Wear comfortable clothes that you would not mind getting dirty, and that will grant easy access to the area we need to tattoo. You might also want to bring a small snack and a sugary drink, especially if this is your first tattoo.


Can I drink, smoke pot or take pain medication before my tattoo?

Alcohol is a blood thinner: it will make you bleed more than normal. This not only makes the artist’s job harder and your tattoo session longer, but excessive bleeding can make your tattoo heal improperly causing it to look faded.

Numbing creams can unpredictably modify the texture of the skin, challenge the tattooing process and are effective only briefly. Therefore they are not recommended.

On the other side, Aleve (Naproxen), Advil (Ibuprofen), Tylenol or Aspirin (Acetaminophen) can help reduce inflammation and hence, swelling and pain while getting tattooed.

We also want you in a clear state of mind. Smoking pot or other drugs will NOT numb you and on the contrary, might make you feel ill. Ask your doctor for any doubts about prescribed medications.


Will it hurt?

Of course it hurts. The way we experience pain is very different for everyone and will mostly depend on your own pain threshold and the area of the tattoo. On average, it feels something like a cat scratch. Most people usually take that kind of pain very well. If it’s really painful for you, we can take breaks or split your tattoo in shorter sessions.


How sterile is your equipment?

In the tattoo industry, quality goes through your security first. Since there are no laws or control in Quebec, my high hygiene and aseptic standards, as well as my high quality material, tend to follow American and European sanitary and security severe standards. Everything I use (such as needles, pigment caps, water cups, razors) is single-use and/or sterile.


What will it feel like right after it’s done?

It usually feels something like a sun burn. The area will be red, possibly be swollen for a day or two, and might feel like a bruise for three or four days.


Is there a warranty on my tattoo?

The sterility of my ink, needles and equipment quality is guaranteed. I also guaranty your satisfaction: as long as you do not add to the original approved design, you benefit of free touch ups sessions until satisfaction, within a reasonable delay of six months. It is, to my knowledge, the best warranty ever offered in this field. I am also always available to answer all your questions during your healing process to insure your entire satisfaction.


Is my tattoo vegan?

Did you know that your tattoo might not be vegan? It means that some animal by-products may be found in inks or supplies used for the application and healing of your tattoo. Glycerin and some pigments (especially black pigments) are generally obtained from bone or animal fat. Most of the recommended aftercare products also contain derivatives. At Studio VisionArt, I offer the ethical choice with my service. This is why I am proud to certify that my tattoos are 100% vegan!


Tattoo aftercare

After the execution of your tattoo, you will leave with a transparent medical dressing covering the entirety of the area. I recommend keeping the initial dressing for a full 5 days (exceptions may apply and will be discussed in person). This new technology protects the wound, thus limiting almost any risk of complications. As the tattoo will not form scabs and does not go through a "peeling" phase, the final result is often much more vibrant and requires little retouching. No more cream, ointments and saran wrap!