Frequently Asked Questions

Is booking open?

Booking is: CLOSED

Books will open to submit new inquiries on July 30th and 31st for dates between August 15th through October 31st.

You’ll have 48 hours (July 30th 12:00 AM to July 31st 11:59 PM) to send your inquiries for review.

I will begin responding to inquiries on August 1st until all spots are filled.

Not every inquiry will lead to an appointment made, sorry.

You’re welcome to resubmit inquiries from past cycles that didn’t get chosen initially.

I don’t respond to inquiries submitted outside of the booking window.

PLEASE NOTE: If your inquiry shows any indication that you have not read through this FAQ then the inquiry is subject to immediate rejection. When booking occurs, I have no time to repeat myself in answering questions that can be found in this FAQ. Please utilize this page as much as possible.

Can I still email you before booking opens if I have a question that isn’t in your FAQ

I’m pretty terrible at getting back to people in general, but if your question is a matter of urgency then I try to get back in a timely fashion. If the question can be answered by this page then I will ignore it.

If you are asking for pricing, single sessions will range between $350-700 (including deposit).
Larger projects like sleeves will have their own individual pricing and must be discussed on an individual level.

Deposit: $100
Minimum: $350
Regular hourly: $175/hr

If you are asking if I will accept your project, then this is an inquiry and you need to wait until booking reopens if we are not currently in a booking session.

When do you work?

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are available days of the week and available time slots at 12:30 pm and 4:30/5:30pm.
I am no longer working on Wednesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays.

Where do you work?

Currently, I am at

Pussykat Tattoo
4972 S Maryland Pkwy # 12
Las Vegas NV 89119

My studio is along YOUR LEFT side of the shop when you walk in, past the table and couch. I’m the first door past the arch down the hallway. Usually my door will be open, but if it’s not then just knock. A banner with my name will be on the door.

How do you pronounce your name?

Lea: LAY-UH, like Princess Leia from Star Wars

Ligot: LI-GOT, “li” like “I lit the candle” but shorter, then “got” like “I got you a boba”

What are you doing about COVID-19 and tattooing?

*This section has been updated since March 14th 2022.

Masks are at your discretion, although I’ll continue to wear a mask while tattooing. During greetings and goodbyes I may take off the mask.

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!)

I only schedule for a few months at a time and my booking period usually only lasts for a few days until I close them again. It’s best to stay up to date via my IG for now to know when I’ll be opening up my books again.

PRICING

Deposit: $100
Minimum: $350
Regular hourly: $175/hr

Half-day (3-4 hours): $700-850
Full-day (6-7 hours): $1200-1500

On average, single sessions with me will range from $350-700 total (including deposit amount) for tattoos that can be started and completed in one session. If we’re working on bigger projects that require more sessions I break that down in a plan on an individual level.

I don’t often do full-day appointments unless the client is from out of town and wants something that covers a bigger area like a full half-sleeve or whole thigh piece.

My pricing fluctuates often, but this is a general range currently. It is subject to change at any time for any project.

Please inquire for more details on pricing.

How is price determined?

Size, detail, and location all factor in determining how long a tattoo will take. The bigger and more detailed will take time to complete. If the location is in a place that is harder to tattoo because it’s harder to stretch or is painful for the client, then it could take longer to tattoo.

I work fairly fast as long as the client can sit still during the tattoo so it’s two person effort to get a tattoo to completion. Keep in mind that I have a session minimum of $350, regardless of if it takes ten minutes to two hours.

Please inquire for more details on pricing.

DEPOSIT POLICY

I require a $100 non-refundable deposit to confirm your appointment. The deposit is a required, non-refundable payment that goes toward the total of your tattoo session.

I’ll send a Paypal link to once we agree on a date and time. Only once I receive the deposit, then your appointment is secured and it’s your responsibility to remember your appointment date and time. I don’t send out reminders, but you can reach out if you’re unsure.

When booking multiple tattoos, the deposit amount due compounds by how many appointments are made (i.e. two appoitments = $200 total deposit due) so the $100 still counts for each individual appointment.

If you need to cancel or reschedule, please give notice at least 24 hours advance of your appointment otherwise your deposit is completely forfeit. If rescheduling well in advance, I’ll carry over your deposit only once, but any repeat rescheduling will require a new deposit.

PAYMENT

In order of preference: Cash, Zelle, Venmo, and Paypal.

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.

Will you tattoo under 18?

Nope, only 18 and over please.

Do you do coverups? Can you rework a tattoo I already have?

I’m only open to coverups or reworks under these conditions:

  1. We have a separate tattoo project planned out first!
    • I would appreciate not using me for cleaning up someone else’s mess, I want to do something of my own vision with you first.
  2. For coverups:
    • I have to be confident that I can cover your tattoo successfully. Every single situation is different and I would evaluate on a case by case basis. If I don’t feel confident in the project, I will not take it on and will usually suggest laser removal to help make your existing tattoo easier to work with to make a more successful coverup.
  3. For reworks:
    • Please do your best to talk to your original artist first just because it can be incredibly rude to start a project with another artist and get it finished or reworked by another. I usually will only take on these projects if you’re looking to expand greatly on what you already have. If you want very little changes, I would encourage you to seek out the original artist above all, OR if we add it on as a small rework project to an independent project we do separately.

Just ask me nicely! I would like to try to help you as best that I can, but I am not a magician and cannot undo all of the tattoo mistakes of the world. Please come into these projects with an open mind as I will try to do my best, but coverups and reworks are not always perfect!

Do you have premade/flash designs available? What are wannados?

I do have some wannado designs available on my IG! They’re kept in the “WANNADO” highlight in my bio. I only post them in the lead-up to the next booking cycle then I take everything down when booking is over.

Designs can only be claimed for their current booking cycle and cannot be held for a future booking cycle. I’ve had people hold designs for actual years and never got them so sorry but other people fucked up the layaway system for everyone.

A note about types of designs:

Repeatable: These types can be tattooed multiple times on multiple people both in color and black and grey. There’s no limit. You can also customize these to an extent. If you wanted to customize it in such a way that it would take more than 3 hours to complete then we will defer to my hourly rate instead of the listed price.

Once-only: Like the type describes, these can only be tattooed one time only. These types are meant to be tattooed as-is and cannot be altered. Feel free to ask for “sister designs” if these types get claimed, and in doing so you can ask for any alterations you might want!

How can I claim a design?

If books are open, then you can send an email with a screenshot of the design you’d like to claim and as long as it’s available then we make an appointment, you set a deposit, and the design is claimed. It then becomes unavailable and I edit the postings accordingly. 

What if the design I wanted gets claimed before I can do the claiming? What is a “Sister Design”?

You have two options: cut your losses and try again with another design, or if you really liked the concept then ask me if I’d be comfortable designing something similar and custom for you. Most of the time I am fine with a redraw/making a sister design. 

What is a sister design?

A sister design refers to me creating a similar yet different interpretation of a design I’ve already tattooed, or if the design itself has already been claimed during the booking process.

It goes without saying, but the original drawing must be of my own creation in order for me to consider making a sister design. It’s essentially a more specific way of asking, “I liked what you did here, can I get something similar but not the same exact thing?” The idea is to change elements of the original design to your preference, or to just give me an opportunity to revisit the design in order to make it distinct from the original, yet keep the overall essence and themes/styles within the same family. Same genes, different expression, like a sibling–a sister.

Will you do custom work?

Absolutely! Most of my work is made of custom requests. I just have to really be interested in the subject matter at the time to agree to it. Usually I will list out some things I have in mind for that current booking cycle, but definitely reach out regardless of if you see your idea listed. It’s not too effective to make an exhaustive list on my end, so who knows maybe I’ll be able to choose your idea!

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!

What if I’m from out of town?

I would love to tattoo you! When you make your inquiry, please put that you are from out of town, or at the very least a non-local, somewhere in either the subject line or the beginning of your inquiry so that I know that you would have specific time constraints. Please also be sure to let me know what dates you’d want to book for. I cannot promise that I will definitely get you booked, but you will get a fair shot like everyone else!

How soon do you respond to your email?

During booking my office hours are usually 9:00 AM to 9:00PM with breaks for lunch and dinner.

Why do you require only email correspondence? Why can’t I text or direct message you on instagram?

Consistency!

I’m the type of person that can write quite a bit and I tend to be able to explain myself more clearly if I write everything out. That can get pretty lengthy over a text message, so I prefer email to break it all down. It can also be much easier to send higher resolution images via email rather than text so I prefer it greatly.

Where is my design? Can I see what you’ve drawn up? Can you send me the sketches?

Nope! Everyone will receive their designs on the day of and only sketches with watermarks are sent in the morning of the appointment! I draw on a tablet, so if there are any adjustments that need to be made, they can be made at the time of your appointment. However, if you require an overall redesign, we will need to reschedule and your deposit for that appointment is forfeit.

More than likely, if you have seen my work and like what I do, and if you’ve been very clear in communicating what you want, then major redesigns should not be necessary. It’s only when ideas have been completely miscommunicated that there ever has been any issue, but for the most part I try to be very thorough during the inquiry process to avoid these issues.

What happens if I come late/forget about my appointment?

I give everyone a 15 minute window, and during that time I must receive an email letting me know of your tardiness. If by the 15th minute and you are not in my studio, I consider the appointment a no-call-no-show.

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?

No. I’m fine with being inspired by my pieces but I request that you have your artist change a SIGNIFICANT amount of the design to separate it from what I’ve done. If it’s still too close in theme or execution then just have them tag or credit me for the inspiration. Obviously there’s not a lot a recourse whether you do or don’t, but it’s a matter of respect between artists and clients that we credit one another if possible.

Do you plan on traveling and doing guest spots/conventions?

Yes, I’ll update on my IG whenever traveling becomes relevant!

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:

  1. Sleep: get a full night’s rest at least the night before your tattoo.
  2. Eat: make sure you have eaten something substantial yet gentle on the stomach before getting tattooed. There’s nothing more stress-inducing than having an upset tummy while getting tattooed.
  3. Hydrate: this a weeklong prep where you should both be drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to your tattoo. It’s good for you and puts your body in a good place to endure pain. Also if you can, lotion up the area daily for a week or longer so ensure the skin’s elasticity. It’s so much harder to tattoo dry or cracked skin, and if you are sunburnt then reschedule because you’ve essentially ruined your skin and can’t get tattooed until you’re healed.
  4. Bring headphones: If you’re okay with conversation then I am as well, but if you need to tune out the world with music or a show then feel free to bring your headphones. I also have charging ports readily available so bring your cables!
  5. Don’t overdo it on caffeine: Too much caffeine makes you anxious, irritable, and squirmy which are all three sensations not conducive to a good tattoo. Avoid overdoing it!
  6. Bring supportive people if necessary: Don’t bring people who will distract you in a bad way. If they can handle sitting and keeping themselves entertained for periods of time then bring them! If they make you feel rushed or anxious, then reconsider inviting them to your tattoo.
  7. Try not to use numbing agents without your artist’s consent as there are numbing products that can mess up your skin texture in a way that hinders our ability to tattoo.