POLICIES

I offer both handpoked and machine tattoos.

Please see my FAQ for more information about handpoked tattoos.

I tattoo all skin tones and identities.

I do not discriminate when choosing who to tattoo based on criteria like skin tone, ethnicity, gender/sexual identity, religious affiliations, disability, weight, etc. and aim to provide a safe and comfortable space for all of my clients.

If you are concerned about how colours that I use will heal on your particular skin tone, I am happy to tattoo a test swatch of small dots of whatever colours you are interested in on you. Please email me directly to arrange this.

Available Flash

My flash that is available to be tattooed can be found here. All of my flash designs are unique and will only be tattooed once unless otherwise noted. I’m happy to make exceptions for people who are wanting to get matching tattoos with friends, family, etc. I’m generally willing to make small modifications (i.e. changing colours or other changes that would take <10 minutes) to my flash designs, just let me know what you’d like to change in the relevant section of my booking form.

Custom Designs

Please see my FAQ to see what kind of custom projects I generally take on.

I typically send out drawing previews some time during the week prior to your appointment. I allow for one free redraw in case there are any modifications you’d like or if some kind of miscommunication occurs. Redraws beyond the first will incur an additional $50CAD per drawing, so please make it clear in your submission/responses if you are requesting a design that has components that you envisioned in a specific way (e.g. symmetry, elements being in the foreground vs. background, inclusion of certain details, etc.)!

If you are concerned about being able to clearly express what you’re wanting through written text, please select the option requesting an in-person consultation in your booking form submission. I reserve the right to turn down any projects that I feel aren’t suited to my current capabilities, style, or interests. Please do not bring me images of existing tattoos from Pinterest, Google, etc. and ask me to tattoo them on you.

Pricing

Both my flash and custom designs are generally priced flat-rate per piece – the price may vary based on:

  • the size you’d like the tattoo to be
  • the location you would like the tattoo to be placed
  • the amount of detail, shading, and/or fill in the design
  • in the case of flash, what modifications to the design you’d like (if any)

Currently, most machine pieces in my portfolio range $100-350CAD and most handpoke pieces range $150-500CAD. Please note that I have a $100CAD minimum for smaller designs. In cases where I’m not sure how long a tattoo will take (typically larger, multi-session projects) I may charge an hourly rate.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any budget constraints and I will do my best to see if we can arrange something that satisfies both of our needs.

Deposits

I require a $50CAD non-refundable deposit in order to secure your appointment. Your appointment will not be set until I have confirmed with you that I have received your deposit.

If you need to cancel and reschedule your appointment, I am happy to use the same deposit to secure a new appointment time given at least 48 hours notice. If you need to reschedule more than 2 times, your deposit will be forfeited and a new one will be required to secure a new appointment. If you provide less than 48 hours notice for a cancellation or are more than 15 minutes late to your appointment and have not attempted to contact me regarding your lateness, your deposit will be forfeited as a cancellation/late fee. Please contact me as soon as possible if you think you will arrive late!

Scheduling

Once I have sent you a date and time to schedule your appointment for, please confirm whether or not the proposed time will work for you within 48 hours. Once you have confirmed the appointment time will work for you, please send your deposit within another 48 hours to secure your appointment. Failure to respond or send your deposit in the specified time frames may result in your appointment time being reassigned to someone else. Please do not send me a deposit without contacting me first if 48 hours has elapsed since the deposit request – I cannot guarantee that the appointment time offered will still be available. If managing to meet either of these response times is a problem please let me know and we can try to work something out.

Payment

Deposits can be sent electronically either via Interac e-transfer (preferred) or PayPal to xiaomeitattoo(at)gmail.com. Please email me directly with the password to the security question if there is one. If either of these options are a problem for you, please let me know and I will try to work with you to arrange an alternative method of payment.

All payments at your appointment itself can be made either in cash or via Interac e-transfer.

Studio Location

I currently work out of a licensed private studio located at Abbott and Water St. in the Gastown neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia. I share the space with other tattooers so if you have any privacy concerns in regards to your appointment please let me know ahead of time. Detailed studio information will be sent to you upon booking confirmation.

Age Restrictions

You must be 18 years or older to receive a tattoo from me. No exceptions.

Please remember to bring a valid ID that displays your full name, birth date, and a photo of you to your appointment, otherwise you may be turned away and have your deposit forfeited.

Bringing Friends

My studio space is small and shared with others, so I ask that you please check with me before bringing friends and limit it to one person if necessary. I don’t mind if you’d like to have someone with you for support, but they must be mindful of the session(s) at hand and I may ask them to sit in the waiting area if it becomes too distracting.

Before Your Appointment

Please come to your appointment well-rested, fed, and hydrated! Do not drink alcohol within 24 hours of getting your tattoo. Do not arrive to your appointment under the influence of alcohol or drugs – I will turn you away and your deposit will be forfeited if I determine that you are not in a suitable state to be tattooed.

Accessibility & Accommodations

My studio has one small step to get into the building but has elevator access and is otherwise wheelchair accessible. Please let me know if this is important so that I can ensure that the elevator will be operational if necessary.

Due to the necessity of sanitation chemicals, I am unable to provide a completely scent-free space. If you require a reduced-scent environment, please make a note in your booking form submission.

Although my consent form has you list any allergies/conditions you have and medications you are on that may affect the tattooing or healing process, please make a note in your booking submission if you think there is anything I should know in order to help me accommodate your needs better!

Thank you for taking the time to read through my policies! If you have any questions you can email me at xiaomeitattoo(at)gmail.com. I typically respond to inquiries within a week.

If you’re ready to book your tattoo, you can access my booking forms here!