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We appreciate your interest in getting to know us and our process! If your question is not answered here, please email us. If you send us an email asking any question here, you will most likely be referred back to this page so read carefully!

 

 

APPOINTMENTS AND CONSULTS

WHAT DOES ‘APPOINTMENT ONLY’ MEAN?

It’s exciting right? We totally feel your anticipation to get the process going, but due to our workload you must first have a consultation, then we book your appointment to get a tattoo. Depending on your artist, you might have a 2-6 month wait to start your project. If you are looking for a smaller tattoo from us and are hell-bent on skipping the wait, follow us on social media as we will be advertising any open spaces during the day.



HOW DO I SET UP A TATTOO APPOINTMENT?

All inquiries are made through a consultation application with either Rebeka or Ethan. From there, your artist will decide if Brass & Briar is this right fit for your project. As only two artists, we are not able to accept every inquiry we receive and must base our decisions off of the information you send us, so please be as thorough as possible! Include reference images and be as descriptive as you can (within reason). Once your project has been reviewed, you will be contacted by email with instruction on scheduling your consultation.

If you are an existing client needing to finish a project, send an email or give us a call during our studios hours and we will get your next appointment scheduled.



CAN I JUST WALK IN/CALL TO TALK TO AN ARTIST AND SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION/APPOINTMENT?

By all means come in and see our space, we love visitors! Our office manager Caitlin is pretty fun, and may have a dad joke or two just for you. Our artists have a heavy workload and their time is scheduled accordingly to accommodate each client and focus on their experience. Each artist books in cycles that they announce on social media and their websites, so drop-in consults would interrupt our response to online inquires which are on a first-come, first-served basis. We would feel bad for those in line who are waiting so patiently.



SURPRISE, I'M COMING TO PORTLAND AND I REALLY WANT A TATTOO! I SEE MY ARTIST ISN'T BOOKING, WHAT CAN I DO? I NEEEEEEED IT.

Welcome to Portland! If your tattoo is on the small-ish side and your budget is flexible we *may* be able to accommodate you. This type of appointment requires a non-refundable sitting fee, and you must pay a deposit as well. The sitting fee does not come off the cost of your tattoo. Please email Caitlin our manager for more information and questions. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT WE CAN MAKE YOU AN APPOINTMENT.



How much will my tattoo cost?

The cost of a tattoo has several factors including size, placement, amount of detail; we just can’t quote something like that online. If you have a strict budget you want to stick to for the piece please mention it in your inquiry.



WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY CONSULTATION?

You and your artist will discuss your tattoo in great detail. Prepare any reference photos, know the location of your tattoo, the size, style, budget, etc. You may show us images of other tattoos for inspiration, but please know that we will not replicate tattoos done by other artists. We also have a lot of books for you to check out if you’ve exhausted online options.

A consultation will not guarantee the artist you have chosen will take on your project. Each of our artists choose to focus on pieces that revolve around the subject matter and styles that they feel most comfortable with. If what you’re looking to do isn’t their cup of tea they may refer you to another artist. When both you and your artist agree to move forward with your project, a deposit minimum of $100 is made and your appointment(s) scheduled.



What is your deposit policy?

Deposits are payments made to secure your appointment time, artwork, and to let us know you’re serious about your tattoo. They are non-refundable and non-transferrable. In regards to cancelling or rescheduling an appointment, we prefer a week but require at least 48 hours notice. If you fail to give less than 48 hours notice, your deposit is forfeited and another deposit is required to schedule another appointment. We know certain circumstances do apply (we live in the snow lands) so please call us as soon as you know you will be late or won’t be able to make it. Your deposit does not purchase the artwork that you are commissioning your artist to prepare for your tattoo, and will not be released if your appointment is cancelled.



I DON'T LIVE NEAR PORTLAND, MAINE…CAN I STILL GET TATTOOED AT BRASS & BRIAR STUDIOS?

Though we prefer in-person consultations, we do offer remote consults under special circumstances. For new clients who are unable to make the trip just for a brief chat and size-up, the option of Skype or FaceTime is available if your artist thinks it is an option. Please apply for a consultation just the same from your artists page and we will handle it from there.



I want to get someone a tattoo as a gift, how do I do that?

You’re so sweet!

We have gift certificates here: GIFT CERTIFICATES
(Gift certificates cannot be applied towards tips.)



Does it hurt?

Short answer? Yep. Each person has a unique level of pain tolerance and it also depends on the location you’re putting your new tattoo. Yes, it’s uncomfortable, but yes you can get through it. This is what you’ve been dreaming of after all, right?



I’m under 18 but my mom/dad said it was okay to get a tattoo and they can come with me. When can I schedule?

Thanks for the inquiry, you can come visit us when you are 18+ with a valid state ID or passport.



What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash is preffered but we also accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB, UnionPay, Venmo and PayPal.



CAN I BRING A GUEST?

Absolutely, we love guests who are respectful of our space. We allow a maximum of two guests in the room with you at a time. All other guests may wait in our lounge, switch out with other guests, or explore the beautiful city of Portland! Our manager Caitlin is a wealth of local knowledge so feel free to ask for recommendations! Please keep in mind that this is our work space and though it can be fun and exciting to be chillin in the studio we are here doing our jobs. Please be mindful of volume as well as in and out traffic.



SPEAKING OF RECOMMENDATIONS, WHERE DO I PARK AND WHERE DO I STAY?

Parking is available all around the studio and there are a lot of options. If you have a long appointment (more than 4 hours) we suggest parking at Holiday Inn By The Bay. It's $12 and you can park there all day. If you have a shorter appointment there is ample metered parking on Spring Street. You have to pay every two hours M-Sa between 9am and 6pm. Sundays are free! There is also 1-2 hour parking on Park Street but you'll have to move your car depending on where you park. Godspeed.

As for accommodations AirBnB can offer some sweet deals with an authentic Portland experience or even fancy pants luxury condos. We also have an abundance of hotels! Holiday Inn By The Bay is super close and so is the Westin. The Portland Regency is pretty cool and has a killer basement lounge with fancy cocktails. Ask for the (free) pub snacks! We hope you enjoy your stay in Portland, it's a fun little city.



MY APPOINTMENT IS COMING UP, WHERE IS MY SKETCH?

Totally fair question. Our artists have a heavy workload and all tattoos will be seen in person the day of your appointment. Enough time is always allotted during your appointment to make changes if necessary.

 
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TATTOO PREP AND HEALING

What do I need to do the day before my appointment?

DRINK WATER.
Hydration is important for a healthy body! What’s the saying? Oh, yeah… hydrate or die.

GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP.
Resting your body and mind is good for everyone!

DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL.
Being hungover will really stress your tolerance for anything loud and painful, don’t do that to yourself.

EAT A GOOD MEAL.
Fill your body with nutrients as it’s strength is about to be tested! You are also welcome to bring snacks with you, and if your appointment is long, food arrangements may be made during your appointment to accommodate hunger and heighten spirits.

BATHE AND EXFOLIATE.
Loofa, sugar scrubs, if you want to go the extra mile you may shave the area.



I have an appointment but I don’t feel very well and I have a cold/the flu/the plague.

If you are sick leading up to your appointment please reschedule. If you are on antibiotics to treat an illness, please reschedule. We want you to be healthy and happy to get your tattoo and it’s important for the healing process. Also… germs are gross. We’re more than grateful to have you cancel for these reasons. Just give a quick call at (207) 747-5557.



How do I take care of my new tattoo?

The human body is amazing and the less you do, the better. The most important thing you can do is keep your new tattoo clean, so when you get home remove your bandage. Never put another bandage on your tattoo. BEFORE you touch your tattoo WASH YOUR HANDS. Once you’ve washed your hands, lather up some unscented soap, get your fresh tattoo wet and gently scrub your tattoo using the palm of your hand. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a clean paper towel. Let your tattoo air out for the remainder of the day, and before you retire for the evening, give it another wash. No healing agent is necessary at this time.

When you awaken, wash your tattoo as you did previously. Yes, you may shower, just try to keep your new tattoo out of a direct stream of water. After it is completely dry, apply a small amount of unscented moisturizer and gently rub it in, remove any excess - your tattoo should not be shiny or have any excess product. Wear loose clothing around the tattoo, and be sure no jewelry or accessories create friction. During the day when your tattoo feels tight, you may apply more lotion. Be sure to wash your tattoo again during the day. If your tattoo does not feel like it needs lotion, do not apply it. Your body is a magnificent healing machine and less is more in these circumstances.

For the next several days, continue to wash the tattoo at least three times a day, especially before and after sleeping. The tattoo may peel or itch, do not itch or pick it. You may slap the tattoo a little to relieve an itch, or apply a little moisturizer to sooth the skin.

Do not submerge your tattoo in water, do not swim in the ocean, lakes, or go in pools or hot tubs until your tattoo is healed. Do not subject your tattoo to direct sunlight.

You received a copy of our healing instructions at your appointment but you can also print out a copy here: HEALING INSTRUCTIONS

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to send us an email or call us!



How long will it take for my tattoo to heal?

Your tattoo will go through stages of flaking, peeling, itching…it takes roughly two weeks. For your skin to return completely to normal, expect a range of 1-2 months.



My tattoo is all healed, what else do I have to do?

Keep that sweet tat looking happy with UV protection, exfoliation, moisturizing and keeping hydrated! Give it an extra sparkle by shaving the area regularly.

 
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DID WE FORGET SOMETHING?

Send us your questions using the form below or simply call us during our hours of operation.

 
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