Is booking open?
No, booking will open on December 1st, 2019. Please withhold inquiring until December 1st.
When do you work?
Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
I don’t work on Sat/Sun, no exceptions.
Where do you work?
Classic Tattoo, Las Vegas
4845 S Fort Apache Rd Suite G
Las Vegas NV 89147
When are you available for a tattoo?
I’m currently by appointment only! I cannot take last minute appointments or walk-ins unless I state otherwise on my Instagram account (this is the place to go for all of the latest updates with me!
Here is a handy calendar, updated every 24-36 hours.
***”Some Availability” will refer to days where I usually have a 3-4 hour block of time left available in the day.
How much do you charge?
It depends on the tattoo! But everything starts at the shop minimum $80 and may go up from there depending on what we’re doing. I do have an hourly rate for larger projects, but I usually will charge by the piece if it’s something I feel can be finished in one-two sessions. Please inquire for more details on pricing.
How is price determined?
There are several factors, but the main ones are overall size, level of detail, and the anticipated time it will take to complete the tattoo. Please inquire for more details on pricing.
Do you do discounts for multiple people? Couples? Birthdays? Holidays? Special occasions? Memorials? Military? Dedications for sickness of all types?
I don’t offer discounts of any kind, but I do handle every situation on an individual basis to try to accommodate a range of budgets and give you a few different options that will work within any reasonable given budget.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes. I require at minimum a $40-$100 deposit that will both secure your appointment, and pay for any drawings I do in preparation for your tattoo. Whatever amount you set for the deposit will go toward the total price of your tattoo, so on the day of your appointment you’ll only be responsible for the difference. Deposits must be made before a week leading up to your appointment.
ALL deposits are non-refundable, and become non-transferable if you try to cancel, reschedule, or if you no-call-no-show on the day of your appointment. Please give me at least 24 hours advance notice to cancel or reschedule. Emergencies come up, so just keep me informed and I may be able to transfer your deposit to another appointment. If not, be prepared to pay for another deposit if you decide to set a new appointment.
Deposits can be made in person at the shop with cash or card as long as I’m there (Mon-Fri, 11 AM – 7 PM). Online deposits can also be arranged. Please inquire for more information about online deposits.
Will you do my tattoo?
Maybe—as long as I feel it’s within my ability/interest. Please look through my profile and see if the way I tattoo is a good fit for the style you’re looking for. If you’re unsure if I’d be interested, then there’s no harm in just asking me! Please inquire to see if I’m able to do your tattoo.
Do you do coverups? How much would it be?
I do! The cost will depend on how much work it will take to cover up your existing tattoo as whatever we’re doing will likely be much bigger in overall size to successfully cover the tattoo. I do try to remind people that doing a coverup is not performing magic and there will be compromises made in terms of design, color, and size. I can’t do much to help if there’s raised scarring in the tattoo, if the tattoo is too dark, or sometimes just the placement can be a hinderance in designing something that would cover it completely. Sometimes it can’t be helped if some of the old tattoo peeks through the new one, but what ultimately matters is that the tattoo covering it looks so good that you don’t care if you might see if a few spots that poke through.
Just a few things to keep in mind:
- You can’t cover lettering with lettering (usually)
- There will always have to be black or dark colors in a coverup, there is literally no way around that unless your tattoo is already super light and faded. It in no way means there has to be a blob of black, but there will be black incorporated!
- Do. Your. Research. I don’t know what you like and you may not like what I like, so come prepared with a few images of what you’d like to see if we can make it work!
If all else fails, laser treatment to lighten a tattoo will be recommended. You don’t have to get it totally removed, but lightening your tattoo will greatly expand your options.
Can you rework a tattoo I got from another artist?
Ehh, generally not. Every situation is different so I usually try to address this on an individual case by case basis.
Do you have flash available?
I do have some flash available posted on my Instagram page and also in a book of designs available to peruse at the shop.
Will you do custom work?
Yes, in fact most of the work I do is custom per the client’s request.
What’s the deal with SUPA SUIYOUBI? Are you still doing it?
Sadly no! I started this deal day with a couple of my coworkers and since they’ve moved shop I feel like it’s not right to continue it.
How do I set up an appointment?
Instructions are available through the “Book an Appointment” page. Please be prepared to set a deposit for any appointment.
**Please be sure to check your spelling in the entire inquiry!
How soon do you respond to your email?
I will generally respond to emails in the evening! Any emails I receive over my weekend (Saturday and Sunday) are answered on Sunday nights.
Why do you require only email correspondence? Why can’t I text or direct message you on instagram?
Where is my design? Can I see what you’ve drawn up? Can you send me the sketches?
I am no longer able to draw for appointments multiple days in advance! Everyone will receive their designs on the day of and only sketches with watermarks are sent in the morning of the appointment!
What happens if I come late/forget about my appointment?
I will usually give everyone a 15 minute window in case of traffic, but if something comes up and you’ll be more than half and hour late, please let me know. Sometimes this can cause scheduling issues so we may need to reschedule.
If you forget about your appointment/no call no show me, then you forfeit your deposit for that missed appointment and you’ll have to set a new one if you make a new appointment. I’ll email you after your missed appointment to give you an opportunity to make a new appointment. I don’t particularly love to reprimand someone over missing their appointment so please try to help us both avoid an awkward situation and be mindful of your appointment!
That being said everyone is responsible for keeping their own appointments. I don’t send reminders and often I won’t have the time to confirm with everyone, so it’s up to you.
Do I get to keep the art you did for me anyway?
Not at all. The art belongs to me and only for me to tattoo. Please understand that it would be really shitty if someone blew me off on an appointment and then got it done by someone else.
The deposit pays for the time I work on the art for your tattoo, but does not entitle you to ownership of that artwork. All artwork that I produce belongs to me. Obviously a tattoo will belong to its wearer, but the artwork belongs to the artist. That’s why ripping off someone else’s tattoo is a big offense as you’re stealing someone else’s work.
Will you draw something for me?
Only if it’s for a tattoo you’ve set a deposit for!
I live so far away and can’t come to you! Can I have my local artist tattoo one of your designs?
I would strongly prefer against taking my designs and copying them verbatim. Having your artist draw something similar is fine, but please do not steal my work, or anyone’s work for that matter. It’s hard to stop anyone from copying because of the nature of social media and that’s just a reality, but if you’re asking for permission, you won’t have it.
Do you plan on traveling and doing guest spots/conventions?
Yes, but I won’t be traveling very often. I’ll put any travel dates on my Instagram if they come up!
How do you pronounce your name?
Lea: lay-uhh (like Princess Leia from Star Wars)
Any tips for newbies?
Getting tattooed is only as hard as you want to make it. Here are my top tips for getting through your first tattoo:
- Sleep well and eat well before your appointment! Your body uses up a lot of energy getting tattooed so make sure you come fully charged and well fed with a carby meal to get you through it.
- Bring headphones! Sometimes you can talk to your tattoo artist to get through your tattoo, but if you just want to chill out and distract yourself then just pop in those headphones and get lost.
- Bring supportive people if you bring anyone. There’s nothing worse for your psyche than someone trying to mess it up by making you feel tense or nervous. Even if it’s jokingly, sometimes it can really get to you so try to pick people that will comfort you when you need it.
- Don’t. Use. Numbing cream. There’s a reason we don’t numb you beforehand, not only because that would defeat the point of a tattoo that’s a permanent change to your body and should be respected with a certain level of seriousness, but because it’ll make the pain much worse. All numbing agents eventually wear off, and when it does all of the pain that your body was still experiencing will hit you hard and fast. All tattoos hurt, there’s no way around that, but your body is a strange and wonderful organism that will help you get through the pain once the adrenaline and endorphins wash through your body. We rely on that and your own true grit to get through a tattoo. Because only then can you say you really earned it!