Booking a tattoo at Adrenaline Vancity can be a really easy and exciting process. We have a lot of talented artists across our two locations that can accommodate your every need. Despite being a very busy shop, we can often take walk-ins, depending on the day’s schedule. However, we always recommend booking an appointment so your spot is secured.
For a walk-in, you’ll generally need to have the tattoo design ready to go, or have it easy to find (like easy to Google, chosen off our flash wall, or easy to type up). So come prepared for a walk-in if that’s what you’re hoping to do. Unfortunately big pieces that need modifying are harder to do as a walk-in, unless we have huge appointments available.
For simple pieces, or, if you have the design ready, this can most likely be booked straight in without requiring a consultation. We do need to see the image first however. This is critical to the tattoo booking process. The reason we need the final image, even for script bookings, is so our artists can check that the design will work as a tattoo, and also to allocate the right amount of time to complete the tattoo. The tattoo may be quick, but we must make sure we allocate enough time to follow our strict hygiene protocol (this includes set-up and tear-down).
When looking to book your tattoo, let us know the exact placement on the body as well, as this can affect the length of the booking and the difficulty of the tattoo. For example, a tattoo on the arm is a lot faster and easier than a tattoo on the ribs.
We always recommend coming into the store to make a booking so our helpful staff can assist you throughout the process. If you live in the wider Vancouver area, come in and see us; we’re super-easy to get to.
We do have a lot of international and out-of-town visitors who would like a tattoo, however. In this instance we may be able to book via email. We’ll need the exact image, the body placement and the sizing to do this. For anything custom, even if you’re from out of town, you’ll unfortunately need a face-to-face consultation, as information can get lost in translation and our artists will need to take a tracing of your body part before preparing their drawing.
If you need an artist to design your tattoo, or if it’s a large or challenging piece, a consultation will be required. Consults are free and are generally a 15 to 30 minute allocation of time to discuss your tattoo ideas with an artist. It’s important to select an artist whose style matches your idea. For example, you wouldn’t pick a traditional artist to do a black and grey realism piece. So check our artist portfolios thoroughly to make sure you’re picking an artist whose style matches your idea closest; all portfolios are in-store and on our website and Facebook page. Bring high quality reference images, preferably printed rather than on a small phone screen, and provide our artists with as much information as possible, while trusting their artistic input and abilities.
Once you’ve had a consultation with an artist, you’ll need to give them some time to put the piece together. This could take a number of days or weeks depending on what’s being designed, but the wait will be worth it. Remember, our artists have a large number of clients to draw for and these drawings are done on their days off, so we’ll try and get you booked as soon as possible after your consultation.
For all appointments, whether custom or not, we require a deposit. This can range between $40 to $300 depending on the length of the booking our artists request. The deposit secures your appointment and will go towards the final cost of the tattoo. Custom pieces normally require larger deposits and are non-refundable; the deposit goes to their drawing time in creating the tattoo, but will also be deducted from the cost of the final tattoo session. We cannot hold an appointment without a deposit, but we do accept cash, debit or credit to make it easier.
To reschedule an appointment, or to cancel, we’ll need 48 hours notice. If it’s within the 48 hours, you will lose your deposit, so give us plenty of notice.
You will need government issued photo identification to get tattooed at Adrenaline. The age requirement is 18, although some artists will tattoo you at 17 years of age at their discretion, with parental consent and a parent present, with matching photo identification.
Be well rested and have a large, healthy meal prior to your tattoo appointment so your body has plenty of energy for the experience. Tattoos hurt in various degrees, so the better you look after yourself prior to the tattoo, the more comfortable you’ll be. Wear practical clothing for the tattoo, shower beforehand, and bring a drink and snacks for longer sessions.
Our shop rate averages to $150 per hour. Some artists, however, charge based upon the piece, but we will normally get you a price quote prior to commencing your tattoo.
Booking in for a tattoo at Adrenaline Vancity, with all this information, should make for an awesome experience. Hope to see you soon.