I offer both handpoked and machine tattoos.
Please see my FAQ for more information about handpoked tattoos. Although I currently specialize in handpoked work, I am learning to use a machine and am offering machine work at a discounted apprentice rate.
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, 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 small dots of whatever colours you are interested in on you for $5 (just to cover some of my supplies). Please email me directly to arrange this.
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 reserve the right to turn down projects that I feel are not suited to my style or current abilities. I’m happy to make small modifications to my flash designs, just let me know what you’d like to change in the relevant section of my booking form.
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.
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 is 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!
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. If managing to meet either of these response times is a problem please contact me and we can try to work something out.
I require a $30CAD 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, your deposit will be forfeited as a cancellation/late fee.
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 are cash only.
My flash designs are 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, and what modifications to the design you’d like (if any).
My current rate for handpoke work is around $130CAD per hour with a $100CAD minimum for smaller designs and my rate for machine work is around $80CAD per hour with an $80 minimum – the hourly rate is only applied to tattooing time and covers the cost of consultations, drawing time, stencil application, etc. This rate may vary based on what I am currently trying to add to my portfolio. I try to provide an accurate quote for custom work, but please note that they are ultimately estimates and may vary depending on how the actual tattooing process goes.
Please 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.
I will email you a preview of your design the week of your appointment so that you can either confirm that it’s to your liking or request any additional modifications. I do not start drawing custom designs until I have received and confirmed your deposit.
If you are requesting a custom design that has components that you envisioned in a specific way, please make it clear in your submission. If there was some kind of miscommunication and the design needs to have a significant portion redrawn, you will get one free redraw. Additional redraws beyond the first will incur a charge of $50CAD each.
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.
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.
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!