Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tattoo cost?

It depends on the size, placement and complexity of your tattoo.  The shop minimum is $60.00.  There is a $100.00 minimum for more difficult locations like the hands, feet, neck, ribs or sternum.

The hourly rate is $100.00 per hour, though I usually price things by the piece… this gives you a break on the hourly rate, and it also lets me take my time on the project.

I would rather give you a deal on your project, than rush to meet an hourly time limit.

If you would like a quote on your tattoo idea, please use the quote form.

You’re also welcome to:

e-mail me: thesyntheticfish@gmail.com


text me: 301-512-3264

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes, technically due to covid everything is appointment only, so I would need to know that you are coming ahead of time.  There are a few same day appointments here and there every month.

You are always welcome to text or call ahead to see if I am available.

Making an appointment ensures that your design is ready when you come in.

To make an appointment, deposits are required.

Can I see the drawing before my appointment day?

I am not able to send the finished designs through text or e-mail, please come in person to review changes.

If you would like to see the design and review it before hand please let me know at the time of your appointment so we can schedule the viewing before the actual tattoo day.

If we are unable to touch base before the day, and you need some changes done to the design before we start, it’s no problem.

If you don’t tell me ahead of time, 2 to 3 weeks I will not be able to show you the design before the appointment day.  I am very busy and almost always put finishing touches on the design the morning of.

How much is the deposit?

Deposits are 50% or $100.00, whichever is more, for anything $800.00 and under.

If a design will take more art time than normal I may require a larger deposit.

Sleeves have a minimum deposit of $300.00. They takes a lot of time to prepare.

Deposits go towards the total cost of your tattoo.

How do I take care of my tattoo?

No pool, beach, bath or sauna until it’s healed.  Use aquafor sparingly 2-3 times a day for at least 2 weeks.  No itching or scratching. Scratch next to it, or tap it.

If you have any questions at any point during the healing process, please don’t hesitate to stop by or give me a call.

Please see the aftercare page for full details.