10 Year Anniversary!

The 5th of February marks a very big day for me, one which I feel compelled to reflect upon and share about. Ten years ago today was my first day on the job at STR Body Modifications in Wyong, NSW, working as the counter girl. That day at 20 years old, changed the course of my life forever.

From the very beginning I was told that this was not an apprenticeship and wasn’t to become one, but I was so chuffed to be involved that I didn’t care! My foot was in the door and I was determined to make sure that Shannon never felt he’d wasted his time giving me this job. I drew before work, at work and after work, I stayed back for hours to yap their ears off, trying to soak up as much as I could. I was so very proud to work there, and proud that he was willing to spend so much of his time sharing his knowledge and teaching me things. What an honour. A few months later I did my first tattoo and began my apprenticeship under my mentor Shannon Richmond. I can’t believe it’s been a decade.

Here I am now, 10 years on, having worked in amazing shops and not so amazing shops, having had such a diverse range of experiences and interactions with people, today I find myself still in search of a space around people I know are out there somewhere. A space that is honest, not afraid to work hard and tell the hard truths. A space where everyone has their own personal desire to move forward and grow, where they function as a collective and are proud of where they work and what they do.

Upon reflection, my apprenticeship days were some of the best of my life. I am very fortunate to have had such a brilliant start in the industry and I appreciate every day that my beginning set for me a very high standard of space and work ethics.

Thank you to Shannon Richmond at STR Tattoo & Art Studio , to all the people who generously donated body parts for me to practice on in the early days, to every client who has come to me for a tattoo throughout my career and around the country. To all the shops I’ve worked in and tattooers I’ve worked alongside and met along the way, to all the people who have liked and commented on my work, for all the encouragement, support and all the hard lessons learned, I am grateful for it all, and for you all.

(pictured is me doing my first tattoo ever)

Terms, Conditions and FAQ’s.

How do I contact you to make an enquiry?

You can use the contact form on my website HERE or email directly through to info@sammisideup.com  I will try to answer all messages through social media, though I will always request that you then you send through email as it’s easiest for me to keep track of through there.

What do I need to send through?

  • Tattoo Idea
  • Placement on the body
  • Rough size
  • Preferred days/dates
  • Any reference pictures you may have collected
  • Your contact number

It’s been 2 days since I sent an email and I haven’t had a response! What should I do?
I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can, though it may take me up to a week to respond around tattooing full time. Thank you in advance for your patience! If you’re enquiring about an appointment within the week or it is in regards to an existing appointment that week, resend your email marked as URGENT!

How much do you charge?
My rate is $170 per hour for larger/on-going pieces, but smaller pieces can be quoted once the design is complete and the size is determined. Minimum cost is $100.

Do I need a deposit?
Yes.

How much is the deposit?
Between $100 and $200, depending on the tattoo.

What does my deposit cover?
Your deposit secures your appointment/s (it will roll over to the last appointment if you need multiple sessions) and pays for drawing time. It is there as compensation if you do not show up for your appointment.

Does my deposit come off the total cost of my tattoo?
Yes, your deposit will come off the total cost/total of the last session of your tattoo.

Is my deposit refundable?
Deposits are NON REFUNDABLE. They are valid for 6 months, any longer breaks between sessions will require a new deposit.

Do I have to give you notice if I reschedule?
Yes. Please allow at the very least 48 hours notice to reschedule, if you give less than 48 hours notice your deposit will be forfeited.

Can I get a tattoo if I’m under 18?
No.

Even with my parents permission?
No. Not under any circumstances.

Do I need to bring I.D.?
Yes. Proof of I.D. is a must.

Do I need a consultation?
Generally, I like to have a consult prior to the tattoo so we can nut out exactly what you want, but for smaller more specific pieces it isn’t necessary.

Does a consultation cost anything?
No.

Do you take card?
No. Deposits can be paid in cash or via bank transfer. Tattoo appointment sessions must be paid for in full, in cash, on the day.

Do you do cover-ups?
Yes, whether or not it is doable depends on the existing tattoo. Consultation is a must to go through the options available to you.

Will you tattoo a design I bring in?
Reference pictures are great, but I don’t copy other artists work. I will redraw and collaborate with you to create a one off design just for you!

Will I see my design prior to the appointment date?
Tattoo designs will be shown on the day of the appointment.

I’m not sure exactly what I want but I love your work, do you have any designs to choose from?
Yes! I have plenty of designs that I would love to tattoo, you can see a small amount of designs on my Instagram and Facebook , or we can go through more together at a consultation.

How do I prepare for a tattoo?
Eat a healthy meal before coming in, bring a drink/non messy snacks if you like (lollies/nuts are always good) try and have a good rest the night before.

How do I look after my fresh tattoo?
Please refer to my aftercare instructions HERE.

If there are any other questions you’d like answered, don’t hesitate to ask!

Aftercare!

ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER DEALING WITH A FRESH TATTOO!

  • After 2-3 hours remove the dressing, wash your tattoo gently with warm water and liquid antibacterial soap. (Showers are fine, no baths as you don’t want to have your tattoo submerged in water) Wash with your hands only, no cloths. Let air dry, or gently pat dry with clean towel/paper towel.
  • OPTIONAL – you may need to keep your tattoo covered for the first three days or so, changing dressing 3 times a day or as required, washing thoroughly between removal of old and reapplication of fresh dressing. Make sure tattoo is dry before reapplication of dressing. This process depends on placement/environment.
  • After 2-3 days it will start to feel tight. Apply a small amount of any of the below creams to the tattoo twice to three times a day which keeps it flexible and comfortable and will help to avoid cracking. My recommendations are:
  • Fragrance free vitamin E moisturizer (which is light so it needs applying a little more often, but Vitamin E is good for healing)
  • Dr Pickles (which is available at Woolworths, a bit thicker so apply less often)
  • Hustle Butter (which you can buy through me)

DO NOT SCRATCH it, pick at it or rub the scabs off. There is a high possibility that if you do, you will pull colour out of your tattoo! To help ease the discomfort, apply a small amount of cream, or give it a gentle slap J

KEEP IT OUT OF THE SUN for the healing period, then only once healed, use sunscreen to avoid fading. Don’t use sunscreen on healing tattoos!

DON’T GO SWIMMING – whether it is chlorine or salt water, spa pool, fresh water or beach, it’s a no go zone for at least 2 weeks or until fully healed.

DO NOT SHAVE, wax, exfoliate, use tanning lotion, hair removal creams etc over the tattooed area whilst healing.

– Please consider also that if you are exercising whilst your tattoo is healing, minimal movement in the area is required to avoid cracking the tattoo.

And please, make sure to keep your tattoo clean!

If you do have any queries, problems or you find you’ve had a reaction to the cream/soap/materials used for dressing the tattoo, cease use immediately, let me know and I’ll do whatever I can to help!