here are some frequently asked questions + answers. any other general questions about the process?? pls feel free to send an inquiry via email or booking form and i will get back to you asap!
q: what’s your booking process?
a: follow the link in my bio to my website (www.scratchpepper.com), click “tattoo appointment booking”, fill out the booking form, submit! i’ll respond in as timely a manner as possible. after you receive a response, you’ll send a deposit to hold your timeslot. i can’t reply to all requests, but i do my best.
q: where can i find your flash?
a: all my available flash is in my IG highlights.
q: will you travel to my city?
a: i will announce travel plans as they come. for now i’m in toronto until further notice/until it’s safe to travel.
q: can i have your work tattooed by another artist?
a: no. it’s my personal art, i’ve developed my practice over decades, i’m not comfortable handing it over to another person. + a million other reasons. this is pretty standard in the tattoo industry.
q: what is the meaning of “hard to kill”?
a: exactly what you think it is! you can interpret this however you’d like. originally these tattoos were mostly made for members of the queer/trans sober community- recovering addicts and alcoholics- but there are no requirements or prerequisites. if you’re alive, you’re probably hard to kill.
q: what’s the basis of your practice?
a: my flash text pieces are pulled from my personal journaling and sketchbook. i handwrite a phrase and digitally distort the text from there, usually building a full composition around the mood or vibe or whatever the particular piece calls for. there’s no typeface or font, each piece is its own.
q: what do you charge? is it an hourly rate?
a: depends entirely on the piece, size, placement etc! the average price per piece is currently around $280. if your budget is prohibitive (for example, if you are on a fixed income) pls include that in your first email so we can try to work with that from the beginning. currently i accept payments of either cash or etransfer.
q: do you repeat pieces?
q: what is the process for a custom piece?
a: using my appointment booking form, send me your requested word/phrase along with a few instagram links to pieces i have done in the past. these will be used as reference for the style of distortion and composition you want for your chosen word/phrase.
q: how long will my tattoo appointment take?
a: i book in 2 hour blocks, but there are exceptions. this depends on the size, complexity, and placement of the piece.
q: what’s your earliest/latest weekday appt time? do u work weekends?
a: i currently book for 10:30am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm. i work monday, tuesday, wednesday and saturday most weeks. i don’t work evenings!
q: am i supposed to tip my tattoo artist?/how much should i tip?
a: it’s entirely at your discretion. tips are graciously accepted. if you’re not sure about tipping, feel free to ask your artist what is appropriate or reach out to me and we can talk about it :)
q: do you require a deposit?
a: i take a (non-refundable) $50 deposit per appointment, via etransfer. please send it promptly so i can get you booked in and secure your date, time, and piece.
q: are deposits refundable?
a: no, but if you can’t make your appointment (with adequate notice of 72 hours) i can apply the deposit to a future appointment within 8 weeks of your initial appointment date. please reschedule as promptly as possible. if you cancel with no intention of rescheduling, you will forfeit your deposit.
q: can i reschedule?
a: if necessary, with 72 hours notice, yes- please only reschedule if/when it’s absolutely necessary. cancellation = i lose money and time and the chance to do a piece i’m probably really excited about. given the pandemic conditions, my cancellation policy is more flexible at this time, but please respect my time regardless!
q: why didn’t you answer my email? did you get my deposit?
a: please be patient! if your etransfer has been accepted (i have auto deposit) please accept that as confirmation and assume i received your deposit.
q: are you accepting apprentices?
a: no, i’m not accepting apprentices- as a self-taught tattooer, i’ve got a lot to learn before passing my knowledge to another artist, and i don’t currently have the resources to act as a mentor.
q: can i use your work as inspiration for my own work? can i have your flash printed for my own personal use? can i have another tattooer do a piece based on your work?
a: in the past year i’ve received dozens of requests/inquiries from artists- tattooers and otherwise- and i have seen a handful of posted pieces re: other artists drawing inspiration (and sometimes profit) from my work. i respectfully request that you don’t use my work as inspiration for your own.