How does custom work?

Here at Rivers of Ink, we pride ourselves on only ever using a design once, and on making people’s ideas a reality. We can work to any brief, and we like to make sure that you are involved throughout the process.

Here’s a little run down of how things work from the moment you step into the studio:

Firstly, we will want to have a good chat. We’ll need to get an idea of the sort of style you like, so bring ANY photos of stuff that you like, even if it’s only a tiny part of it, or one element of something you’ve seen. Once we’ve chatted through your idea and got a place to start, we will take down details such as where it’s going and what size you want it, along with any design elements that are important to you.

Once we reach this stage, we will usually only take a £50 deposit in order to start drawing work. This deposit is deductible when you pay for your final tattoo. For large work such as back pieces and sleeves we will take a £100 deposit, £50 of which is a drawing fee which is non-deductible. Should we draw you a sleeve and you decide that you don’t want to have it inked, we will keep the £50 for our artist’s time.

Next, we will contact you with your concept design. This will be a basic sketch or work up of your idea. At this stage, you can make changes to your original idea or advise the artist if you aren’t sure about the style. Your £50 deposit cover two redraws, so you are safe in the knowledge that your design is going to be exactly how you want it. However, we are professionals, and we will advise you if we think something isn’t going to work or isn’t going to stand the test of time. It is our job to make sure you have an awesome tattoo that you’re going to love for life, after all!

When the time comes, and you have signed off on your design, we will book you in ready to be inked 🙂

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