I work at Blaque Owl Tattoo in Missoula, MT. When I am home and wherever they will have me when I’m on the road. When I am in the Los Angeles area I bounce around a little, sometimes sometimes taking appointments at Spotlight Tattoo or at another friends shop and sometimes working privately. The best bet always is to hit me up by my contact page if you have any questions and we will set something up!
There is a pricing table at the bottom of this page, but as a customer you only pay for tattooing. There is a lot of work that goes into a tattoo that is basically covered in that rate. If you have a budget for your tattoo, please let me know when you fill out your consultation and I will tell you what I can do to keep it in your range.
Due to the size and nature of the work that I do, I am only able to get to one to two clients per day. This means that if someone flakes on an appointment, my economic situation gets severely stressed out
and I am left sitting with nothing to do for a half or full day. Therefore, I will require a deposit on your appointment time in accordance with the perceived final price, generally $50-10%. Depending on the
size of your tattoo, this may be credited to you on your last session. The purpose of this is to make sure that you make all of your appointments, and the finished product is relized in a timely manner. I understand that things come up, and that tattoos are a non-essential porchase, but this is a serious business for me and my family, so I require 24 hours notice of any issues with appointment times so that I can fill that time. I will do the same for you. Failure on your part will result in loss of deposit. Failure on my part will result in an additional credit matching your deposit. should I be leaving you in a bind and should you decide to continue working with me.
The deposit money basically insures my drawing time. Meaning that I get something for the work that I put in. The money will be credited to your total when it comes time to pay for the tattoo. Paying the deposit says that you are familiar with me and my style of work. At all times my work is available to see either in my physical portfolio in the shop, on my personal website MickeySchlick.com or on the shops website BlaqueOwlTattoo.com. I will not do “any” tattoo. Essentially, if I do not think you are going to be as stoked on it in 10 years as you are today, I will turn it down. Flow and Fit are two major factors this. I want you to be confident that we can come to an agreement on the tattoo while understanding that I have a few years of expertise and advice to offer but that your long term happiness is my ultimate goal. Even if that means that I am not the right artist for you.
You are under no obligation to get the tattoo and may make changes as you wish. I may make those changes at the time of the procedure or directly on the skin. You may make up to two subject matter changes. This means completely changing your idea and could need rescheduling while mainting your deposit. In my experience, more than this could mean that you need a little more time for your ideas to crystallize or that we are just not meant to be as a team. Either is fine, but in that case, the deposit
would compensate me for my time. It can be hard to understand as a customer, but the cost of the deposit is a drop in the bucket in comparison to having a fully completed tattoo that you don’t like, or a horrible experience in the process.
What is your style?
I love tattooing and all of the styles and techniques I am able to explore in a given week. That said I really love and excel at the realistically styled stuff, especially color but with a long history and passion for the timeless look of black and grey as well. I’ve been trying to get more into the illustration type of work lately, but my I don’t think I will ever lose my love of portraiture, of both animals and people. I prefer to make my subject matter as large as my clients will allow to maximize detail and the use of space. This does not necessarily mean a more expensive tattoo, but it does often mean that it will be readable much longer and look better from a distance that smaller designs. For more please see my blog post on tattoo specialties
Do you tattoo minors?
How long do I have to wait?
This is on a case by case basis, but usually I am booked solid by about two weeks out. This is also how long it takes me to put most pieces together. Sometimes for the larger or more involved work I like more time, but I am generally pretty open to let you know about this and am almost always pretty easy to keep in contact with.
Can I bring all my friends?
Here’s the deal with that, I’m usually relaxed enough once the tattoo starts but throughout the drawing and setup process I’m usually pretty focused and get uncomfortable if people are watching me or if I have to talk to anyone besides the person getting the tattoo. This thing is going to be on you for life and I like to have my head in just the right place. Once the tattoo starts, they can be there outside the booth, they can talk, look watch, whatever, but it will be cramped enough in there for the two of us. That said, tattooing as a very personal activity for the people engaged in it and very boring for the people who are not, don’t torture your friends and loved ones by making them sit quietly and uncomfortably with nothing to do for hours on end while you get tattooed. I will do whatever I can to make you as comfortable during the process as possible.
If you check out the Blaque Owl Tattoo Pre-Game page I pretty much summed it up, but here it goes. Eat before you come, wear something that will be comfortable and allow me adequate access and you adequate privacy, we do have curtains but you should be conscious of the fact that I will need a few inches of space all of the way around the tattoo, you will need to be stretched out, it will probably take a few hours and it can get rather messy. Other than that just dress appropriately, often it is uncomfortably hot in the summer and cold in the winter, keep that in mind. If you are going to be laying down or awkward for a while and wish to bring a pillow or blanket, that is fine. Depending on the tattoo, the shop and the day I often throw a set of headphones on and jam out in my own little world as I work on you and I encourage you to do the same. We have WiFi so you can also use your laptop or tablet or mine to watch a video if you dont have pandora or something on your phone. It is in my best interest for you to be as comfortable as possible during the process because this will allow you to sit more still for longer periods of time. Come prepared, but if I need to stop or let you move or supply something to help in this please feel free to let me know. And it is all paid parking so bring some change for the meter.
My travel schedule changes all the time. I’m trying to hit a lot more conventions now and I am usually down to go anywhere as long as I am recouping my costs in going there. I love to travel and my family is supportive of my work. So hit me up if you can’t find it listed on my calendar and I will let you know whats good. If you are in or around the LA area, I make trips as often as I can fill my time with work, so if you are interested please hit me up and I will get you on my next trip down.
If you want to book an appointment for a new tattoo please hit up my Tattoo Consultation Page, or if you want to finish a tattoo or do something that does not require a lot of drawing on my part you can just get in touch on my Contact Page.