Where are you located? Rosewater is located at 2915 NE Broadway St. in Portland, Oregon
How do I book a tattoo appointment? All booking is done online. Submit an inquiry HERE and if your concept is approved you will receive a password allowing you to book your tattoo or consultation using the online calendar found HERE.
Is there parking available? There is parking available on the main street as well as in the neighborhood behind/around the shop
Can I bring my kids/friends? It is not a safe environment for children. Friends/partners are permitted to sit with you, but please limit your guests to just one individual out of respect for the other clients and artists who share our rather small work space.
What is your preferred method of payment? I accept payment in the form of cash, Cash App, or through Venmo. I no longer take card.
What is your tattoo rate? I am currently booking small sessions for $250 (one and half hours) or half day sessions for $500 (three hours). If your project does not fill the entirety of the reserved time slot you will simply be charged my hourly rate of $180.
What is your deposit policy?
- Each appointment requires a $100 deposit.
- Deposits are non-refundable.
- Tattoo dates are liable to change and retain their deposit, given at least 72 hours notice.
- Rescheduling with less than 72 hours is considered a last minute reschedule and will require an additional deposit.
- If you reschedule twice or more consecutively, you will be required to leave an additional deposit.
- If you show up more than 20 minutes late to your scheduled tattoo, you forfeit your time slot and your deposit.
- If you show up to an appointment unprepared (i.e. without your ID) it is then considered a last minute reschedule, and you will be required to leave another deposit.
Can I see my drawing before my appointment? Generally, no. Of course, there are always exceptions. But there is time at your appointment to go over your image and make any necessary tweaks. Because of how I structure my drawing schedule, drawings are not finished far enough in advance for this, and a back and forth through email is generally not productive. I also often change my drawings last minute, or come up with new ideas. Art theft is prevalent. Among several other reasons, these are why drawings are not sent beforehand. Please understand that you must trust your artist to give you what they believe to be best suited for your idea to be made into a tattoo design.
What are your favorite things to tattoo? I prefer large scale, full color, illustrative pieces. (I am also very happy to do black and grey work) Japanese style is great, as well as American traditional, and neotraditional. Linework/Blackwork projects are fine too but I will almost always encourage shading of some kind. For topics, I love designing things of an organic nature- such as plants, animals, or landscapes. Especially things involving love, mythology, science fiction, magic, or the otherworldly. Flowers, birds, mythical creatures (such as dragons and other monsters) are some of my very favorite things! I like graphic/illustrative/comic book styles and characters. I am also a sucker for video game fandom, cartoons/anime, and other geek imagery. I prefer to work with entire limbs, or full torsos, and am very particular with small scale pieces.
What are things that you will not tattoo? I am currently not interested in tattooing anything involving tribal, celtic, trash polka, mehndi/henna, or geometric imagery. Also, nothing that can be perceived as hateful or involving hate speech. I will not tattoo work drawn from other artists, and I am not taking script or lettering of any kind. I am happy to give referrals to other artists for people seeking tattoos in these styles.
What materials do you use? Do you have vegan ink? All materials are from reputable manufacturers. I use sterile, single use, disposable tubes and needles. Everything used in our set ups, including the ink, are entirely vegan friendly. The products used are suitable for all skin types, and we do not use any latex. Please let me know if you have any special needs, sensitivities, or allergies that need to be accommodated.
Rosewater Tattoo welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs. We strive for an accepting, inviting, and positive environment. If behavior is exhibited that may make our artists or other clients uncomfortable, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Please keep in mind that other clients are often in vulnerable positions, perhaps getting a tattoo that requires a level of nudity or exposure, and that must be treated with respect.
Before Your Tattoo
- You will need to have a valid state ID and be 18 or over to have any tattoo work done.
- Be sure to get a good night sleep prior. Fatigue will negatively effect your pain tolerance and stamina.
- Heavy alcohol consumption the night before a tattoo appointment is also discouraged, as it thins the blood and decreases personal stamina
- Eat a balanced meal beforehand. If you know you will be sitting for several hours, it's not a bad idea to bring something to eat during a break. All beverages must have a lid. Water is available to clients on request.
- Dress appropriately for your tattoo. Wear comfortable clothing and be sure that the artist can reach the tattoo location without hassle. Your clothing should not tighten around or rub against the location of your fresh tattoo.
- Please be mindful of our space limitations and do not bring more than one friend/family member with you to your appointment. No kids and no pets.
Please do not seek advice from friends, family, or other outside sources without consulting your personal tattooist. We cannot be held responsible for the poor advice of outside sources.
Wash and/or sanitize your hands before making any contact with a new tattoo, in order to minimize risk of irritation or infection.
Leave your bandage on over night, if possible. Saniderm/Skin Armor bandages may stay on longer if you received simply linework. If your tattoo was fully saturated, and you experience a lot of fluid build up, you need to take your bandage off and wash it.
If your bandage slips, falls off, or is compromised in any way, remove it completely and gently wash the area. Do not re-bandage.
Gently wash your tattoo with a gentle anti-bacterial liquid or foam soap using only your hands. Do not use any soap with alcohol or fragrance.
Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use a fabric with a rough surface.
If your skin becomes dry/tight/itchy, feel free to apply a thin layer of lotion (we recommend Lubriderm, Curel, or Aquaphor) but you may use most any lotion that does not have alcohol or a fragrance. Continue to lotion as needed, no more than 2-3 times a day, for the next two weeks.
Wear clean, non abrasive, clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing that will pinch or rub on your new tattoo.
On the 3rd or 4th day of healing your tattoo may begin to peel. This is normal, do not pick at the skin, and let it flake off naturally. The pigment is still attached to the areas that have not flaked off, so by picking at the scabs or flakes you are potentially ripping pigment out of your skin, and compromising the quality of your tattoo.
Your skin must be exposed to air to heal, so, after removing the initial covering be careful not to drown it in lotion, or keep it wrapped up, or submerged in water for extended periods of time.
You may shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for at least 2 weeks following the procedure. No swimming or hot tubs.
Do not expose your tattoo to direct sunlight for two weeks. No tanning or use of tanning lotions.
Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that may rub against your tattoo.
Do not let any people or pets physically touch your healing tattoo.
Beware of gym equipment- clean it well before use. Be sure to gently wash your tattoo afterwards.
If you do not take proper care of your tattoo there is risk for infection. If you believe that your tattoo is infected, seek professional medical attention immediately for necessary antibiotics. An infection can be identified by high pain, swelling, oozing, and a surrounding redness.
This aftercare may differ from what you have heard elsewhere and that is simply because there is no true universal aftercare formula. There are too many factors (artist, skin type, activity level, general health, design, etc). Everyone is different, and will heal differently, so pay attention to what your body asks of you. The best way to ensure a healthy tattoo is to live a healthy lifestyle. Avoid smoking, eating poorly, picking at your skin,. Stay hydrated, if you take vitamins continue to do so, practice general personal hygiene, use common sense, and do not be afraid to contact us with any questions.