How Your Deposit Works.
In order to make an appointment with any of our artists we must first collect a deposit. The deposit is applied to the cost of the tattoo on the day that it is completed unless there is a less than 72 hour cancellation or a no-show. The deposit is collected on the day of the consultation with cash or credit card or email transfer via a phone call if a consultation appointment is deemed unnecessary. If it is collected over the phone we simply ask for your credit card information and take care of the deposit. The artist will book the appointment through email, Facebook, Instagram or phone.
Our receptionist does have access to the artists schedules as we all make appointments. This is to avoid any double bookings or other confusion caused by miss-communication.
Since we are a busy studio our artists are booked for a week to six months it’s very rare that someone doesn’t show up for an appointment or has to cancel at the last minute. When it does happen we have to take the deposit* to cover our time and this is why:
If there is a need to reschedule we like to schedule someone else in that opening. If we only have a day or two to book it it’s usually not possible as most of our clients are busy professionals, live far away and or are parents. Having at least three days to go through our waiting lists or contact clients gives us a little more time for planning.
If the appointment opening isn’t booked due to lack of time or someone not showing up it leaves us with hours of time that should have been working time. Since the tattoo artists only get paid when they are tattooing the artists lose out on any chance of income during that time. This can be a missed opportunity of anywhere from $80 of lost income to upwards of $850 (depending on their hourly rate and the percentage that they receive as pay out from the studio). As you can see, the deposit usually doesn’t cover all of the income they would have made that day but it helps a little.
If the appointment is simply canceled and not rescheduled they need to get paid for the time they spent drawing the tattoo design and consulting in person or through email. Sometimes they spend a half hour drawing a design and sometimes they spend six hours drawing a design. They spend this time designing because they trust that they will be paid for the drawing time when they do the tattoo. If the tattoo is never done then they have spent a lot of time drawing without any compensation.
Some of our artists drive up to an hour and a half to work at Deuce Tattoos because they love this studio. If they drive in and then find that their appointment has canceled when they arrive they are not only out the income that they would have made that day but also the round trip drive that they make to get here.
If the artist draws a design for you and you decide to change the subject matter of the tattoo then the deposit will pay for their time doing the drawings for the original subject. They will then need a new deposit to go toward the new drawings and tattoo.
Additionally, if there is more than 3 changes or adjustments made to the drawing they will need a new deposit so that they are fairly compensated for their drawing time. This makes it fair for everyone. The artist is paid for their time and you get exactly what you want tattooed. Your artist will inform you of the additional charges according the the situation.
They would all love to be able to create their art for free but they are all full time tattoo artists and depend on this income to support themselves and their families. We want to offer you an awesome tattoo and also a great experience getting it. Frustration over missed appointments can tarnish a great experience for all of us.
*There is one important note. We keep a very clean studio and need to be attentive to germs and infection risk. If you are sick or contagious in any way please call, email, Facebook and or Instagram us to cancel your appointment and we will discuss your deposit at that time.
DEUCE TATTOOS 613 332 3333