Tattoo quotes and quoting online

Most Tattoo artists really struggle to quote tattoos online, and (Hopefully) I’ll make a coherent explanation as to why that is.

It’s a common misconception that studios Won’t quote online, just so they can lure you into their lair and force tattoos on you! It’s just not the case, (although I probably shouldn’t speak for all shops there, I won’t be held accountable!) there is no obligation, after we have consulted usually we need to get back to work, you then deal with the receptionists if you decide to book

So, important to know! quotes..they don’t mean anything! Honestly, LESS.THAN.NOTHING.
A Quote can be 20 quid apart, but you have no idea what that artist is thinking about, a simple tattoo can have HUGE differences in quality and detail.
(I really will do a video of this at one point to support with pretty pictures)
Also, fixed rates, hourly rates.. you don’t know how long an artist will take, and I’ve seen tattooers that take twice as long yet add half as much detail. In case I should summarise the message so far: TIME and PRICE mean NOTHING. You really MUST speak to the artist to know what they have in mind for your design (sorry for all the CAPS there, get a litte excited)

People come in with all sorts of designs from search engines,but by chatting in person We can isolate what they really want from the design, we can make it more personal. And show them things they didn’t know were possible.
Especially where skin tones, skin conditions, medication. coverups, moles and scars are concerned. We can work with them of course, but we may want to adapt the design. Which will eat into your time on the day of your booked appointment.
This can take 5 minutes In person, or it can take days of back and forward by messenger. This is so difficult if you are a busy artist, which hopefully your chosen artist will be, because they’re good. If we are in this kind of conversation with three or four potential clients, it’s exhausting! we would have to re-read the whole conversation every time, and when? In the lunch break we rarely get, when we get home instead of seeing the family, during dinner? It’s really hard to balance.

So with all our excellent ideas that we haven’t had time to explain to you and ask you about we may throw out a guess and quote you 200 over Facebook… then another shop quotes you 150! You may not be getting ALL you could for the design. And all for less that the price of a pair of trainers 👟 and a few moments of your previous time.

Also worth noting. More expensive does NOT always mean better either! (Some tattooists have crack to buy) But how will anyone know unless they go in and meet the artists?

In the industry we have two classics for example, the ‘cabbage rose’ and the ‘lady-bits rose’ (last name modified to remain family friendly) this will only be seen once pointed out, rather that gets modified BEFORE you get it booked!

Plus, come into the studio and meet your artist, it’s nice 🤘🏻😁

Piercing 101

Here at Steelpoint we’ve been given a wonderful opportunity for our two receptionists to be taught how to pierce. That includes me! Lots to learn and even though I thought that the most important and terrifying thing would be actually sticking a needle into somebody’s flesh, THAT is the quick and easy part. Everything else, like setting up (in a practical manor, where everything you need is to hand and in the right order of usage), disposing of any contaminated equipment, again, in the correct way – all of that is super important. I am very lucky to have friends who are willing for me to practice on them and here’s a plug: £10 will cover the jewellery and equipment for anybody who wouldn’t mind me practicing on them.

When I told my lovely friends that I was starting to learn one got me forceps and we named them Bruce, and another brought me a picture of an ear much like the one below. Thank you guys.

My first piercing that I’ve done were earlobes, ear cartilage, a surface piercing on one of my teachers here, just on the arm, through and through so he could observe. Tonight I pierced Trevor’s eyebrow (thank you Trev!) and he pierced my ear. It’s really good to learn WITH somebody because we can really help each other, whether it’s remembering something the other forgot (and there are a lot of little tips and tricks) or marking where the piercing should go over and over again until the dot is perfect and not smudged! Letting each other take time to concentrate and think about joining up the dots and where you want the needle to come out.

I’ve also had Mark, who is our resident piercer, show me how to set up and how he does it. It is a rush at first – a sense of achievement – doing something new I guess.

It just so happens that I have a very expressive face, I’ve been told that before, most recently by my drum teacher. So you can enjoy shots like this:

Behold my learning face.

In all honesty it was fine and Donna’s ear is healing well. She didn’t scream or anything. I have no idea why I pulled that face, thanks Gayle, for the capture.

Mostly I have created a full time job for myself sorting through jewellery though. Purchase ordering (or checking purchase orders) and organising tons of titanium by length, width and type/shape basically, is all part of the job. And all so worth it. What a fun job! So watch this space for more of mine and Trevor’s piercing experiences and funny pictures, of course. Was thinking of posting pictures of piercings we’ve done but would you guys say wait for them to heal first or show (sometimes) bloody ones?

All the things!

I had a week off. Never doing that again. Came back to find the supply order of gloves and other important things was being used to prop up the printer…:-)

But the guys have a newly built space to work in and they’re happy about that. Looks great too! And I have an office, kind of. That’s right! We’re expanding! I can finally share the news! With brand new treatment rooms, separate piercing room and new reception area, actually, that’s still kinda being built…we are working on it though! So even though it looks like we are not open from the front, I assure you we are!

And we have a new piercer joining us soon, and he’s going to teach me to pierce! Me! I’m so happy.

HI THIS IS Nadz, i wanted to take a moment to talk about all the awesome things going on here at Steelpoint! First of all yes we are open as usual with new treatment rooms! I know people fear change but it’s only cosmetic; nothing has changed with the artists or how we do things.

Secondly we are attending the Croydon Tattoo Art Show! Basically it is a collective of local artists putting our fine works on sale, it is to raise funds for the Sir Philip Greame Youth Club. It’s free entry so no excuses, there will be live music and an opening night bar! Opening night 9th November doors open 6:30pm and it covers the 10th and 11th 10am-4pm so make you way down and tell your friends and family and come and support your local artists.

Also your brave artists at Steelpoint will be taking part in a sponsored skydive for charity so keep them eyes peeled for more information and if you want to see grown men scream and cry whilst hurtling towards the earth then get involved!

And if that isn’t enough Steelpoint is going to be attending the East Coast Tattoo Expo November 17th and 18th Highfields Park, Clacton, Essex! Gayle will be tattooing at the show and there may be some spots available but you must call or email NOW to get in with a chance. It’s a two day expo with live bands bars hogroasts! I mean how nifty does it sound people! Fuck Christmas it’s every year – get yourself down to one or both of these events and show us your support!

It’s all happening!