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CHOOSING A TATTOO ARTIST

Our artists have a variety of styles, talents and artistic backgrounds. Please check out our portfolios and select an artist whose work complements the tattoo you are looking to get. Give us a call at 503-894-9411 to discuss your tattoo idea a bit more and we can help steer you toward the right artist for the project. And don’t forget to also check out our sister shop New Rose Tattoo. We have an $80 shop minimum and our artists range from $140-$160 hourly.

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Artists

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Mikal Gilmore

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Since my first tattoo when I was 18 at Sunset Strip Tattoo in Hollywood, I felt at home in tattoo shops.

In 2001 I walked away from my desk job to pursue my passion for tattooing. I spent the next 3 years working among tattoo studios in the San Francisco Bay Area where I apprenticed and learned all about the art form. I then worked at the esteemed Black & Blue Tattoo from 2004 – 2007 before relocating to Portland where I feel very lucky to tattoo among some of the best tattooers on the West Coast.

I am a versatile artist and enjoy tattooing in a variety of styles both in black and gray as well as intense color pieces. I am taking new clients and currently focusing on larger pieces. I have an hourly rate of $160.

You can find me tattooing away both here at and at our sister shop, New Rose Tattoo in Southeast Portland. Thanks for looking!

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Dylan Fram

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I began tattooing 12 years ago here in portland oregon. I am interested in subject matter ranging from graphic black work rooted in ethno tribal design and sacred geometry to nature based imagrey such as plants, animals, skulls, feathers, and crystals.
I practice this ancient craft with a high level of respect and devotion.

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Kati Green

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I have been tattooing for 3 years in our fair city of Portland. The beautiful Pacific Northwest has been home for 9 years. The magic and accessibility of its forests, rivers, and mountains never loses appeal. I enjoy linework dependent pieces, black and gray realism, portraits, patterns, flowers, and critters. The history of this craft is a long and fascinating one. I am proud to further the progression of it.

 

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Jessica Helmke

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“You’re like a marriage of William Morris and Aubrey Beardsley goes honkey tonkin” – Sara Stenger

I have been in and out of the tattoo industry for over 8 years now. It’s where my heart is. I am grateful everyday for the art I get to be a part of and create, the clients and fellow artists I get to surround myself with. I am open to many styles but like clean, bold/delicate/illustrative designs steeped in traditional tattoo ideals.

When I’m not tattooing, drawing or painting my time is taken up by an amazing two year old who loves eating out, hanging with friends, going to the beach, reading, park hopping and picnics; good thing I like those things as well.

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Consultations

Many tattoos do not need a consultation before the appointment. For larger custom pieces however, a consultation with your artist is a good way to start. Consultations are scheduled, in-person meetings where you discuss your tattoo idea, review reference materials, placement on the body, estimates, etc. It’s also a good way to meet the tattooist and make sure that they will be the right fit for you to work with. Consultations generally take between 15-30 minutes and we do not charge for this service.

For your consultation, please bring PRINT OUTS (no pictures on your cell phone if possible, please) of any visual references or images you are attracted to that will help explain your vision for the piece you want to get. A little homework up front on your part really helps us draw the tattoo of your dreams!

Your artist will collect a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit from you to reserve your tattoo appointment and drawing time. The deposit gets applied to the cost of the tattoo at the final sitting. The deposit will be forfeited if you decide not to get tattooed, do not show up for your appointment, have excessive last minute reschedules, or if you change your idea mid-process, requiring new artwork and additional drawing time. Should you need to reschedule, we ask 48 hours notice to keep your deposit and have it follow you to your new appointment time.

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On the day of your tattoo

Arrive rested, hydrated and sunburn free. Eat a meal or hearty snack before your tattoo and avoid aspirin and excesses of alcohol and caffeine. For larger tattoos and/or all day sittings, it’s a good idea to bring some food to fuel yourself throughout the day. There are also plenty of eateries in the area if you prefer.

We do not mind if you bring a friend or visitor, however we do have limited space and cannot guarantee that they will be able to sit with you during the duration of your tattoo. While we love children, please make other arrangements for them during your appointment. Check in with your artist or shop manager about bringing guests if you have further questions.

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The life of your tattoo depends on the care it receives during the healing process!

Aftercare

Keep the bandage on overnight whenever possible. Remove the bandage in the shower. Clean the tattoo gently with clean hands/fingertips and warm to hot water; do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Use Cetaphil cleanser or another mild soap. Make sure the tattoo is clean until no longer slimy. Pat/blot dry with a clean paper towel and always let your tattoo air out about 15 minutes before applying any lotion or salve. For the first day, let your tattoo air out until the evening.

DO NOT re-bandage your tattoo! Let it breathe with loose clean cotton clothing or exposed to the air (just not direct sun). Wash your hands and apply a small amount/light coat of a clean, fragrance-free lotion such as Bubble Farm Salve sold in the shop or Cetaphil or Curel Original Unscented 2-3 times a day maximum with clean hands for 2 weeks (minimum) or until your tattoo is healed.

Always handle your tattoo with clean hands and don’t let people touch your new tattoo! Unless you are cleaning or applying salve, hands off!

Starting about day four, the top layer of your skin will heal over and your tattoo will start to peel/exfoliate. The temptation to pick and scratch will be great. Don’t do it! DO NOT PEEL, PICK OR SCRATCH. Itching can be relieved by applying a bit more lotion, or by gently slapping the tattoo. Use common sense. If it hurts, don’t do it.

During the healing process

  • DO wear loose, clean cotton/soft clothing and/or expose to air (but not sun!).
  • DO NOT use aloe, Neosporin, etc.; they make the skin heal too fast.
  • DO NOT swim, sauna, or soak (shower OK)
  • DO NOT expose to direct sunlight.

Once healed, preserve your piece of art and always protect your tattoo with sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.

The Tattoo is Your Responsibility. Use Common Sense!
Feel free to call the shop or stop by if you have any questions

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