Q: Are you vegan? Are your tattoos vegan?
A: Yes, I am vegan, and have been since 1999. (Yes, I know that makes me old.)
Scapegoat Tattoo is a vegan tattoo shop, which means that we use only vegan products in the making of the tattoos. All the inks are vegan, the stencil paper, the ointments, the soap, etc. That being said, they are also the highest quality ingredients, we don't use anything of a lesser quality just so that it's vegan.
You don't have to be vegan to get tattooed, of course. I work at Scapegoat because it's an amazing shop filled with amazing artists in an amazing city. The fact that it also cares about not using animal products is just a bonus.
Q: How much do your tattoos cost?
A: I currently charge $180/hour at Scapegoat Tattoo, with a one hour minimum. I am able to give a time and price estimate while booking the appointment. I take a $100 deposit to book an appointment and that comes off the price of your last session. I do not charge for drawing time, and even send a rough sketch a day or two before the appointment to make sure we are on the same page, and I will have the final ready for your appointment.
Q: How far out do you book? What days/hours do you work? How can I get in?
A: I book about three months out at a time, and currently have an open booking policy (meaning you can email whenever for appointments up to three months out). I work Mondays through Thursdays, 12-8pm, and take on the occasional Friday, but Fridays are reserved for projects I draw up specifically for that day. I do not work weekends in Portland, though guest spots and conventions would have different scheduling.
Q: What should I bring to my appointment?
A: Most importantly, bring a government issued photo ID that proves you are 18+.
Please bring/wear appropriate clothing that makes it easy to access the area you want tattooed. Do not wear white or light colors, or really nice clothes (or undergarments) , as getting a little ink on them is a possibility. I have a heating pad in case clients get cold and usually have pasties on hand, but you could bring a dark towel to use to cover up parts of you not being tattooed if you want. We have dividers for privacy from people walking in off the street.
Feel free to bring a book or headphones. If you prefer not talking during your session, please just let me know, I won't be offended in the slightest.
You might want a snack and drink to help get you through a longer session. We have filtered water at the shop, and are located next to Food Fight, a vegan grocery store, and only two doors down from Sweetpea, a vegan bakery, so you should be pretty covered even if you forget your snacks at home.
You can bring one friend/partner/guest, but please don't bring more than that.
Q: Do you take credit cards?
A: Yes. I can take payment via credit cards (other than American Express), cash, Paypal, or a mixture of those.
Q: How do you take deposits?
A: Once we have the appointment date and time figured out, I send a deposit email with all the appointment specifics and my paypal email address. If you are local to Portland, you could also pay it with cash in person.
Q: How/where do you announce guest spots, conventions, etc?
A: I have Mailing List that you can sign up for that announces all of that information before anywhere else. Although honestly, after the newsletter, the only other place is usually just Instagram. I am not traveling as much these days as I used to, so it might be easier (and more fun) just to visit Portland.
Q: Do you have any vegan places you could recommend for before or after my appointment?