+ Is every piece custom designed?
Yes – every piece is tailor made. Each artwork is created especially for each client and will never be used again. And we will not tattoo any other design or artwork that has already been applied.
+ Do you take every project?
No. We are only able to accept a limited number of new commissions.
+ What styles can you do?
As every piece is tailor made, our artists have to be somewhat eclectically versatile. However there are a range of styles we will not do. If we do not specialize in your requested style we will decline the project. This is done in order to protect the quality of your artwork.
+ What if I don’t know what kind of tattoo I like?
As each piece is custom designed you are of course not expected to have the final picture in mind when making the consultation appointment. However you will need to have a general idea or preference towards a specific style. If you have a general idea then your artist can walk you through the various possibilities as well as review potential references. Try to think about what really speaks to or inspires you. Also consider where you would like the artwork. The fundamental question throughout is: ‘What will I be proud to carry for the rest of my life?’
+ How do I choose an artist?
We will make this recommendation for you. Each artist has their own particular styles, techniques and areas of specialty. As the design waiting time between artists can vary quite significantly please also kindly note that in order to even be listed all Tattoo Temple artists have already reached an extremely high standard of quality. All the artists have been trained by Joey Pang and completed the most intensive of apprenticeship programs lasting many years. Any Tattoo Temple artist is more than capable to complete lettering, black work as well as many other styles.
+ How long will the consultation form take?
The form should only take around three to five minutes to complete. Please also feel free to send us links to photos or artwork you think would be useful in the design process. For reference materials from a more classic source please also kindly note that we have a 150,000+ image reference library available online. Please remember that you do not have to visualize your final design yet, what we need are your preferences and ideas. Once we understand your aesthetic preferences and have defined the general parameters to your composition we can then commission your artist to create this with you.
+ How do I send through reference photos?
If you have already downloaded the photos please feel free to e-mail them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org – if you have found online references please feel free to include hyperlinks in your Online Consultation Form. If you have any questions or need any design references please just let us know. Tattoo Temple has a large collection of books, calligraphy dictionaries, paintings, specific artwork galleries (Modernism, Surrealism, Classical, etc.), as well as a plethora of other design references. We are always more than happy to prepare these for your consultation if needed.
+ Will you do cover up tattoos?
Typically no. If the requested design is large enough (i.e. full back, full sleeve, full leg, etc), we will occasionally work in any existing pieces. Yet this would be considered to be special circumstances.
+ What happens after the consultation?
Once having decided on the parameters and direction of your composition we would then commission your artwork by placing an initial deposit. Your artist will need time to create your piece. The length of this time will depend on the complexity of your artwork as well as your artist’s existing waiting list. After you have commissioned your artwork the next time we would be in touch is when we are confirming your size / placement check and tattoo session dates. We are typically not in touch during the design period unless any new references arise and or your artist had points to confirm. However we are always available to discuss your artwork, review any thoughts / references as well as answer any questions you might have throughout. We are always only an email or phone call away.
+ What should I expect to see at the size check?
A draft, template or layout of your artwork. This will not be the finished piece as we need to confirm the details with you prior to proceeding. Typically there will be hand drawn sketches or general layouts of the artwork ready for your review. In the case of brush painting and calligraphy the originals will be ready for your review.
+ I want a specific style but don’t want to wait for the artist who is the specialist in that style.
The most important principle of the entire process is that your artwork is completed to the highest possible standards. This means we need to control projects artists accept. Quality is a primary concern. As the saying goes; ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’. You will have to wait for the artist who is the specialist in your chosen style or we cannot proceed.
+ What is the best payment method?
If you are based overseas and would like to place a deposit we can easily send through a PayPal deposit request or bank details for a transfer. Here at the studio we take all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also accept EPS, Union Pay and cash.
+ What are the average waiting times?
The waiting times depend quite heavily on the style, size and complexity of the artwork. For example a freehand piece or portrait tattoo could be booked comparatively quickly as the piece is more or less already set. For designed pieces each artist is typically booked out for a certain period in advance. Joey Pang’s waiting time currently ranges from 12 to 15 months for Chinese calligraphy and 24 to 37 months for other styles. The waiting time does not mean that your artwork will take this long to prepare, simply that the artist has appointments scheduled everyday for this period in advance.
+ Why do I need to wait for the design?
Artists dedicate many days or weeks preparing your artwork. This creation process takes longer than applying your body art itself on the session days. This is a custom service we are proud to offer to every client. Your artist also has a waiting list of clients that have already commissioned their artwork and are waiting for their scheduled appointment times. In order to be fair to all clients we must work sequentially according to the date that your artwork was commissioned. Additionally the majority of clients fly in specifically for their artwork so we have to ensure all schedules are honored, i.e. we cannot cut or move the times reserved unless requested by the client.
+ What if I want my tattoo right away?
We will always do everything possible to accommodate your scheduling requests. As a general rule – the clearer the design direction the faster the artist will be able to prepare your piece. Each artwork is tailor made, single use and at any given time the artists themselves can be booked out for 5 to 37 months in advance. This means clients have made their appointments and have potentially waited for two or four years to complete their piece. If we were to allow anyone to ‘jump the queue’ it would not be fair to those that have booked in advance. We will arrange the soonest possible application time but we cannot cancel another client’s booking to clear space on short notice.
+ Do I need to pay a deposit?
When you would like to commission the creation of your artwork then we will hold onto an initial deposit. We will hold anywhere from three to twenty session-hours after completing your consultation(s). Your deposit will then be completely credited to your project, meaning your deposit is refunded to your last sitting. Charges are calculated according to the actual tattooing time used on the session days themselves. Any breaks and or setup times during your session days are of course not counted.
+ Why do you hold a deposit?
Artists will spend a significant amount of time researching, designing, preparing and fine-tuning your artwork. It will take an artist longer to prepare the design than to complete the application itself. Your deposit is a way for your artist to proceed with all the work required before your session(s) in good faith.
+ Is there a charge for the artwork?
Your artist will spend days, weeks or even months crafting your artwork. Apart from a two hour design fee this entire creation process is not billed. Your artist’s individual per-session hour rate is the only cost calculated for the entire process.
+ Can I buy the design from Tattoo Temple?
No. All work we do is custom designed and single use. Meaning each clients’ design is created only for them and never repeated. Additionally your artwork is specifically tailored according to its placement on your body using your artists’ particular style(s) and techniques. As such even if we were to create and sell the design to you we cannot guarantee the quality of the piece if it was applied outside of Tattoo Temple. Each artist must apply their own artwork. The question we always pose is: ‘If an artist could not draw the piece to begin with – how could they be expected to tattoo it?’ True artists will always have specific areas of expertise. It would be dangerous to presume any artist could re-create any other artists’ work.
+ Can you email me the design?
No. We do not email out designs. Artists are available to discuss your piece here at the studio. In cases where paintings have been prepared for your artwork – these paintings will be made available only to you should you wish to have them after the completion of your session(s).
+ Why can’t you send out the design?
Firstly, because you do not own it. Secondly, we do not charge you for the full time it takes to create your piece so you have not ‘bought it’. The designs usually take days or weeks to prepare and this work is put in with the understanding that the piece will be completed at the studio. If we were to e-mail out the designs then they could easily be taken and shared. We do not send out artwork in order to protect your composition.
+ Can you provide English translations to the Chinese calligraphy tattoos already completed?
No. These pieces belong to other clients. Please kindly note that we are able to help with all English to Chinese translations for your own artwork though.