SQUID INX TATTOOS
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
PROMOS & OTHER INFO
15% OFF ALL CEPHALOPOD TATTOOS! (This means tattoos of squid, octopi, or cuttlefish only!)
In order to receive this discount, simply click on the contact tab and add “CEPHALOPOD” in the subject line!
*Always in effect: The Squid Inx Tattoo Referral Program – Receive 10% off your next tattoo (up to 50% – not including full sleeves or large pieces of the sort) off with each successful referral you send this way as a thanks for your support!
PLEASE NOTE: A deposit becomes non-refundable if you cancel with less than 7 days notice as stated in the Tattoos portion of this site.
***If you make any payment towards a tattoo and you do not cash in on the tattoo within 4 months, the payment will also become non-refundable. (Providing it is because you did not schedule on time)
Thank you for your cooperation!
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CUSTOM TATTOOS BY RASHELLE
***CELEBRATING 17 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS!***
Rashelle has been creating unique custom tattoos for everyone 19+ since 2005. Specializing in detail, however not limited to one style. She is capable of creating any style that suits your taste from vibrant colourful works of art, portraits, surrealism, to fine line black work and much more.
Fourteen years of experience with all skin tones, cover-ups, working over top of scars, bringing old work you once loved back to life, and helping you come up with that special design you have been thinking of for years.
One time use/disposable needles & grips, providing you with top quality supplies, (vegan) inks, and the best of sanitary conditions.
Rashelle aims to give you a sense of comfort and trust throughout the process, listening to your concerns and providing you with the utmost professional service.
*Please keep scrolling down for FAQs and Aftercare info.
FOLLOW & GALLERY
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Custom Tattoos FAQ
Q. What form of equipment sterilization does this studio use?
A. I use single-use disposable grips/tubes/needles.
Q. Can I stop by/walk-in without an appointment?
A. Unfortunately, no. The Squid Inx Tattoo Studio is by appointment only, no exceptions.
Q. Where is the Studio located?
A. Located in the Main & Danforth neighbourhood, a 5 minute walk from Main Street Subway staition.
You’ll be sent the exact address once your booking is confirmed.
Q. Are your rates hourly or flat?
A. Flat for smaller pieces and hourly for larger (such as sleeves – $150.00/hr). You are welcome to split cost per session if you require multiple for flat rates. Fix-up or Cover-up tattoos (old tattoos you wish to redo or cover up) is charged at a rate of $165.00/hr.
Q. How much is the consultation fee and do I need to book a consultation?
A. $20 per person for an up to 30 minute consultation. If you bring a friend, they must pay as well since they will be given the same information.
You do not require a consultation in person if you already have a final design and do not need any customization. If you live out of town, email consults can be arranged at no charge.
Q. Is parking available?
A. Street parking and driveway parking is available.
Q. How much is the artwork fee for custom designs?
A. It depends on detail, size, placement and difficulty. Artwork fees can range from $20 flat to $100+ for sleeves, back pieces, and such large designs. You will be quoted an artwork fee once all necessary info is sent via direct email. Once the payment is received (depending on how busy the queue is), you will be sent a quote once the design is approved by you.
Q. What is the Studio minimum price for a tattoo?
A. $100 for a single colour simple tattoo smaller than a Toonie. Good tattoos aren’t cheap, and cheap tattoos aren’t good! I will try to keep within your budget if it is reasonable.
Q. Can I take pain meds, or drink to calm my nerves/ease the pain before/during the tattoo session?
A. Absolutely NOT. If I suspect you are intoxicated in any way, I reserve the right to reschedule/cancel and you will automatically lose your deposit. This is no joke. This is for your safety, mine and the health/quality of your tattoo.
Q. Is there a deposit required to book a tattoo session?
A. Yes. $100 which will be deducted from your total quote, providing you are not a no-show or cancel/reschedule with less than 7 days notice and without a doctor’s note. It will then become non-refundable.
Q. What forms of payment can I use?
A. Interac Instant Email Money Transfer to info(at)squidinx.com or cash. Credit is available through the Square Up reader at a 3% charge with advance notice (set up time may be required as this is a rare form of payment used by clients).
Sorry, no personal cheques.
Q. Do you accept tips/gratuity?
A. It’s the service/art industry, so I sure do! Gratuity is ALWAYS appreciated! Thank you!
Q. What form of aftercare do you provide and suggest?
A. See the Aftercare section on this website for full details. My number one recommendation these days if you do not purchase the tin of Tattoo Goo or TatWax (TatWax available for purchase at The Studio – Tattoo Goo available at most Shoppers Drug Marts) is organic cold pressed coconut oil, or a non-petroleum based natural unscented lotion. It is best to have your aftercare ready before your appointment in case stores are closed after.
Q. I want a large tattoo that will take multiple sessions and could potentially cost a fair bit, can I make a larger deposit or make advance payments?
A. Sure. However, payments will become non-refundable after 4 months of payment date if not cashed out. Sorry, no exceptions.
Q. Can I bring a friend for support to my tattoo session?
A. Please ask first, as The Studio has limited space and the fewer distractions while tattooing, the better for the both of us.
During this unfortunate time of the current pandemic, only you are allowed in the studio to keep things safer.
Q. Does getting tattooed hurt?
A. Of course it does! But some places on your body hurt much less than others and vise versa. A good way to feel the potential difference is to take your fingernail and scratch one area on your body such as your outer bicep, then try your rib cage. Then imagine that intensified by at least five. For some, an upper back can hurt more than lower, a wrist can be excruciating or a breeze. Everyone is different. Tattoos hurt but if they were unbearable, people wouldn’t get them.
Q. Is there a way I can prepare myself before the tattoo to deal with the pain?
A. Yes! You can eat a full healthy meal, drink lots of water, practice breathing slowly on a 3-count in and out of your nose (not mouth…and trust me, this REALLY helps!), get a good night’s sleep and don’t party the night before your tattoo session as drugs and alcohol thin your blood. Remember coffee will only get your nerves going, so it’s best to avoid stimulants as well as cigarettes.
Q. How many years has Squid Inx Tattoos been in business?
A. This is my 17th year!
Q. Do you have a specialty?
A. I can do pretty much any style from painted brush strokes, to realism/portraits, colour, greyshade, no outlines, watercolour, Trash Polka, black line work, fine detail, Japanese, pointillism, surrealism, comics/cartoons and more. Just ask! I have been a Multimedia Artist for my entire life. Try me, I love a good challenge. If I had to pick, I’d say anything with fine detail.
Q. Do you sell gift certificates?
A. Sure do! Simply email me the amount, the name of the recipient, if you would like to add a personal message, and I can either email it directly to the recipient (provide their email address), or to you. Please specify the occasion (i.e. Channukah, B-day, Anniversary, Spring Solstice, etc.).
Q. I sort of know what I want as a tattoo but don’t know if it will work or how to put it together. Can you help me?
A. That’s my job! Just inquire with as much info as you can and/or set up a consult and we’ll make your tattoo ideas happen.
Q. What’s your touch-ups policy?
A. Free within 30 days of your new tattoo providing it is not an issue of picking your scabs, using incorrect aftercare (or none at all), if you haven’t read the Aftercare Instructions provided on this site, or at my discretion. Otherwise, it is a $50 minimum for touch-ups as well as touch ups on non-guaranteed areas such as hands, feet, knees, & elbows.
Q. I’ve sent you some referrals, do you have an incentives program?
A. Yes! 10% off your next tattoo for each successful referral. Add ‘em up for a larger discount up to 50% off as a way for me to say “Thank you!!”.
Q. I’m scared sh**less! Help!!
A. Don’t be. I’ve been doing this for over a decade. I provide either a large selection of music to sooth your nerves, a large screen TV with Netflix to distract you during your session, or I can make calming, soothing sounds of the ocean in your ear as I tattoo you with your soon to be work of body art. Follow the pre-tattoo instructions provided in this Q&A and you’ll be just fine.
Q. What kind of clothing should I wear to the tattoo session?
A. Loose fitting, comfortable clothing, please. Remember there is a possibility of ink splashing on your clothes near the tattoo site. As I do my best to ensure a splatter-proof barrier, don’t wear your favourite shirt/pants/undies to the session. Tattoo ink, believe it or not, is permanent. Ladies, if you are getting your upper body tattooed near your bra lines, wear none if you can, or a loose fitting/strapless bra. Remember not to sleep on white or light coloured bed sheets for the next few days after your session as the ink WILL stain your sheets!
Q. Will my custom design that I paid for ever be used again for someone else?
A. NEVER. Period. That’s apart of your custom artwork fee.
Q. Do you have a phone number that I can call?
A. Sorry, no. Only email, please and thank you. I will do my best to reply promptly.
Q. How long is the wait to get tattooed by Rashelle?
A. The wait can be as soon as a few days or as long as a month or two depending on the time of year/season.
Click on the ‘contact’ button to find out!
Q. Is the Studio wheelchair accessible?
A. There are no stairs once inside, however to gain access to the front entrance there are about 4 steps with a porch. If you had someone there to help, it shouldn’t be too difficult to access.
Q. Is it okay to ask questions about the process during the tattoo session?
A. Ask away!
Q. Can I stop for a smoke break?
A. No. Sorry, but please have your smoke before your session (best not to right before either) or wait until after. I am a non-smoker (it stinks!) and breaks mean it will take longer to complete your tattoo as well as raise your blood pressure (that’s bad!).
Q. I don’t see my question answered here. How do I get in contact with Rashelle?
A. The “Contact” button, the “Questionnaire” form, or email directly to info(at)squidinx.com.
A 5 minute walk from Main Street subway station along the Danforth line.
Parking is available.
The studio is private and by appointment only.
Monday - Friday: 1pm-6:30pm
Weekends - Contact for limited availability
*If you do not read these instructions, your tattoo is not guaranteed and therefore the touch ups policy becomes void! I will quiz you on this information and know i you have read it or not! This is for YOUR benefit.*
Remove the bandage that the tattoo artist applied after 2 – 6 hours (Depends on the size of your tattoo - I will advise during our appt - I highly recommend wearing non-adherent gauze on your tattoo to bed for the first two nights or you will have an ink imprint on your bed sheets/PJs! This is also to prevent any bacteria or friction while your tattoo is fresh).
You may apply an ice pack with a clean paper towel wrapped around it for 10 minutes on, 15 off, then another 10-15 minutes on (repeat every couple of hours if necessary) for the first couple of days. This will drastically reduce the amount of swelling and healing time.
You will need to clean your tattoo with cool water (only use a very mild, unscented, dye-free soap) using your clean fingertips gently after you remove the bandage. If the bandage was left on for too long and has stuck to your tattoo, briefly soak the bandage in warm water, then gently and slowly remove the bandage.
Do not scrub the tattoo with a washcloth during the two-three week healing period. Always gently pat the tattoo dry with a clean soft cloth or just let it air dry.
Do not wear tight, rough, or restricting clothing over your tattoo during the healing period or it will irritate the tattoo and cause it to scab.
Do not soak your tattoo, i.e. bathing or swimming (DO NOT go in chlorinated water as it will completely pull out the ink). Short (10 minutes or less) showers are best with no direct stream contact.
Stay out of the sun until the tattoo is completely healed (at least 3 weeks because the new tattoo will burn very quickly and could cause irritation and loss of colour/ink).
Sun over the years will only fade your tattoo so it’s best and healthiest for you to stay away from UV Rays!
DO NOT apply sunblock before your tattoo is completely healed or it will suck out all the ink and could cause infection!
After your tattoo is healed you should always apply sun screen when getting sun exposure. This will keep your colour brighter for longer.
Avoid working out of any kind during the healing period. Sweat and excessive movement to the tattooed area WILL irritate the tattoo. Wait two weeks (one week minimum) – it is worth saving your tattoo!
Do not apply any astringents, alcohol, peroxide or any healing astringents as they will only dry out your tattoo!
‘Tattoo Goo’ Salve or Lotion, Tatwax Salve, or Organic Coconut Oil works best, but each individual heals differently and has different reactions to different creams/oils depending on where the tattoo is done – Do NOT use Polysporin as it will pull the ink out of the tattoo (unless the tattoo was kept unclean and got an infection, then you must use the Polysporin to fight the infection – contact me first)! You can also use a non-petroleum based unscented lotion.
Gently pat the ointment on the tattoo, or rub in lightly, not too hard or you will irritate it.
Apply whatever treatment you chose AFTER the first 36-48 hours approximately 3 times per day (listen to your body if you need it more. You want it to dry out a bit but not so much it cracks.).
Too much ointment will only suffocate the tattoo and liquefy any scabs that may have formed causing the ink to fall out and look blotchy.
If you need to protect your new tattoo from outside elements that could irritate your tattoo (ie, while at your job – unsanitary conditions), you can purchase non-adherent gauze pads from your local pharmacy with medical tape (or even better, check out Starkman’s Medical Supply on Bathurst St for the larger tattoos, Shopper's Medical Supply locations have large gauze as well).
Apply a thin layer of the ointment you choose to use during the healing process and every few hours, replace the bandage after giving it a rinse and pat dry. It is recommended that you do not keep your tattoo covered for long periods as letting it breathe is crucial for a speedy recovery.
If you have not moisturized your Tattoo, a cracked scab will form which is the opposite of what you want. If it does form a scab even though you have applied the ointment as directed, discontinue the ointment or moisturizer, it may have an ingredient that your body does not react well to. Let the tattoo ‘dry heal’. You will have to keep an eye on it and keep any scabs from getting pulled off prematurely. (At this point, give me a call and describe how badly it has scabbed and I will let you know what to do)
A thin layer of skin eventually peels off very similar to a sunburn (do not peel your tattoo, you will pull the ink out!) and it is normal to see small flakes of colored skin falling off during this stage of healing. It will look as if the colour isn’t as bright as when you first got the tattoo, once it is completely healed and moisturized, the colour will go bright once again.
>>>If your new tattoo seems angry (excess redness after a couple of days, feels hot and sore, this could mean possible infection), I HIGHLY recommend to gently dab Tea Tree Oil on a cotton swab over your tattoo. It is a natural antiseptic that works wonders and can save your tattoo from further problems and losing any ink. Do this a few times a day until the redness goes down then switch to a light lotion. PLEASE contact me immediately if you suspect infection or have any concerns.
***During the first few days, you will want to sleep on a dark towel or change to dark bed sheets if you do not apply gauze as the fresh ink can transfer and will stain your sheets/clothing.
DO NOT pick any scabs whatsoever!!!
If you follow the above instructions you should not have any problems with your tattoo!
TOUCH UPS POLICY:
Remember, no matter what, your body will heal. Touch ups are always available within 30 days of original procedure at no cost to you- unless, of course, you abused the tattoo or did not follow the aftercare instructions properly (I will be able to tell how you took care of your tattoo just by looking at it!).
After 30 days there is a $50.00 minimum for touch ups or if you did not follow the aftercare properly (at Artist’s discretion).
Remember that elbows, knees, hands and feet, wrists, ankles and such bodily extremities reproduce skin cells much faster than other parts of the body. A tattoo in these areas will sometimes take an extra two weeks to heal. During this time refrain from washing dishes, wearing gloves, or wearing socks and shoes (sandals must not rub the tattoo). Any friction of this type WILL wear away the tattoo within a very short period of time.
Tattoos in these areas are almost never guaranteed, as well as knees, elbows, and other areas of constant friction.
If the tattoo starts to puss, bleeding, or scabs very badly, chances are your body isn’t reacting properly to the aftercare you’re doing. In that case, I recommend you contact me immediately.
Thank you for your business and if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me!