The following is a series of questions and answers designed to help you understand how Arlia Tattoo handles it's Tattoo Booking Process.
"When Will I hear back from you, I sent in my email 'x' amount of days ago."
Depending on the volume of inquiries, this process can take from a couple of days to a month. We are going as fast and as efficiently as we can and we appreciate your patience.
Our books open and close every three months, and typically we wish to book three months out only. Once we open the books, we will leave them open for a few days up to a week to allow everyone the chance to send in an inquiry. So, to be clear, we do NOT book on a first come first serve basis. We select inquiries based on the subject.
As much as we would love to tattoo every one of you, unfortunately, we are unable to take on every tattoo request. Due to the large volume of inquiries we receive, we are currently only responding to those that have been selected.
TL:DR The booking process can take up to a month to complete as we try to get everyone in the best we can. Please be mindful that due to the large volume of inquiries we receive, we are only responding to those that have been selected.
"MY IDEA Is EXACTLY WHAT YOU would NORMALLY TATTOO, WHY WASN’T I CHOSEN this time around?"
The easiest way to explain how we sort inquiries is through this “Halloween Candy” example:
Imagine you head out on Halloween night for a Trick or Treat adventure. You come home and have an entire giant bag of candy and you think to yourself, oh man, I can totally eat all of these! Then your hopes are shattered when your parents say you can only have 40 pieces of the candy.
Now, are you going to just reach into the bag and eat the first 40 pieces you grab? Probably not. You're going to dump the bag onto the bed and grab all of your favorites!
But if you have a particularly rough Halloween night, and you come home with 23 pieces of candy and you still can only have 40 pieces, then I bet you'd eat all 23 pieces. Even if they were peppermints!
This is how we approach our booking process. We only have a certain amount of slots available each scheduling window. So, it's never that we do not want to do your tattoo, it's simply that we fill the books quickly with the pieces the artists are most drawn to at that time.
TL:DR Unfortunately, we cannot get to every idea that is submitted into the schedule, even all the awesome ones. Its not that we do not want to, but we just simply do not have the time in the schedule.
TL:DR Sometimes an inquiry can be too complicated. If you are wanting to better the odds of grabbing your artist's attention, simplify your idea, make sure its something you see the artist enjoys doing, and allow the artist to create something that works well as a tattoo for you.
"WHY wasn't my inquiry chosen this time? I’VE Sent in my request 'X' AMOUNT OF TIMES..."
Something we see a lot of is that people try to put too many things into one idea. They have a ton of favorite characters and colors and ideas and they want to see them all into their one tattoo idea. And while listing that out is easy enough, getting it all to flow into a single design is pretty tricky. Tattoo designs are almost always just 1 or 2 subject matters. A single character or item, maybe two. You want your design to be easily read and flow well with everything rather than cluttered and full of too many action lines and poor composition to not fit your body.
Here’s an example:
Inquiry A wants a tattoo on the inner left forearm. This person wants Lilo and Stitch holding a Scrump doll while sitting on a surfboard with three ducklings and one of the ducks is holding a peanut butter sandwich for pudge the fish who is swimming under the surfboard next to squirt the turtle from finding nemo and Ariel from the little mermaid.
Inquiry B wants a tattoo on the inner right forearm. This person wants Stitch holding a Scrump doll.
See the difference? While Inquiry A would be an adorable idea and would make an excellent print or shirt or something, it has far too many focus points and subject matters to flow well into a tattoo design. Inquiry B is concise and easily recognizable, and in our opinion, would make for a way more successful tattoo. So that’s the inquiry that would get a response first. In this case, for Inquiry A, we would suggest getting a few tattoos to capture all of your ideas. One with Lilo holding the sandwich, then another of Stitch holding Scrump, and Ariel swimming with Squirt the turtle, etc.
I promise you, keeping your idea simple will make for a brighter, more colorful tattoo, and has a better chance of you being happy with it for life.