Q: I cannot get tattooed by you for whatever reason – can I commission you to design me a tattoo or take an existing design from you to be tattooed by another artist?
A: No – I appreciate that you want my work on you but being able to complete my designs from sketch to tattoo is a very important part of my practice. I do not make any exceptions to this policy.
Q: What kind of custom projects do you take on?
A: I generally enjoy doing imagery including but not necessarily limited to:
- chimera-like/hybrid creatures
- cultural iconography (with the caveat that you are a a member of the relevant culture, no cultural appropriation please!)
I also enjoy finding new ways to include patternwork into designs, especially in the decorative blue porcelain style seen frequently in my flash designs. Please look carefully through my portfolio and available flash designs to get an idea of the style and colour-palette that I generally work in. I do not do custom text, fineline, or micro-tattoos.
Q: Do you tattoo designs drawn by other artists?
A: On rare occasions, I will tattoo images made by other artists – you must provide proof that the original artist has consented to this (and preferably that they have been compensated in some way). Please note that, depending on the design, some modifications may need to be made in order to make the design suited to being a tattoo. I will not under any circumstances tattoo a design from another artist without their permission. Please do not bring me images of existing tattoos from Pinterest, Google, etc. and ask me to tattoo them on you.
Q: What’s a handpoked tattoo?
A: Handpoking just means that I hold the needle bar directly with my hand and tattoo each dot individually as opposed to using a machine with an electric motor. I only use pre-sterilized professional tattoo equipment and always dispose of any contaminated items after each appointment. I do not use sewing needles, unsterilized ink/ink not made specifically for tattooing, etc. If you have any questions/concerns about the handpoking process or the differences between handpoked and machine tattooing, please feel free to email me and I will address your questions to the best of my ability.
Q: Are handpoked tattoos more temporary than machine tattoos?
A: No!! Handpoked tattoos are just as permanent as those done by a machine, so please reconsider getting one if you’re expecting something temporary!
Q: How much longer do handpoked tattoos take compared to machine tattoos?
A: It depends on a lot of factors (e.g. placement, amount of detail, etc.), but on average a handpoke design will take me roughly 2-3 times as long to do as the same thing done with machine. Please take this into consideration and budget accordingly if you are looking to get a handpoked tattoo from me.
Q: Are you willing to modify your flash designs?
A: I’m happy to make small modifications to my existing flash designs (i.e. changing colours or other changes that would take <10 minutes). Please include any modifications you’d like made in your booking form submission or email me directly if you’re concerned about whether or not the modifications you’d like to make are feasible. If there are many or large modifications you’d like to make, please consider getting a custom design instead and include the original flash piece as inspiration.
Q: I’m concerned about how the colours you use will heal on my skin tone
A: If you are concerned about how colours that I use will heal on your particular skin tone, I am happy to tattoo small dots of whatever colours you are interested in on you. Please email me directly to arrange this.
Q: What shop/studio do you tattoo out of?
A: I currently work out of a licensed private studio in the Gastown neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC.
Q: Do you tattoo people under the age of 18?
A: I will not tattoo anyone younger than 18 years old under any circumstances. I don’t care if you parent/guardian is willing to cosign a consent form, if you already have tattoos, or if you have any other reason you think I should make an exception to this policy – I will not tattoo you if you cannot prove you are 18+.
Q: Should I tip?
A: Tipping is courteous and very appreciated, but not required.
Q: Will you be travelling to my city to do a guest spot any time soon?
A: I have all upcoming guest spots listed on the front page of my website. If I am taking appointments for the guest spot, you’ll find the booking form on my booking page. Feel free to email me requesting that I come to your city if I don’t have anything arranged for it yet so that I know where there is interest!
Q: I have a question that isn’t addressed anywhere on your website – how can I contact you?
A: Questions and other inquiries can be sent to xiaomeitattoo(at)gmail.com. I typically respond to emails within a week. I ask that you please refrain from contacting me with inquiries about how to achieve specific techniques or for apprenticeship opportunities.