Shop Info

Black Hive Tattoo is an appointment only, custom only tattoo studio.

Established November 2008, Black Hive Tattoo is not a meat grinder, turn and burn tattoo shop. All of our artists are encouraged to only do as many tattoos as they can realistically handle each day, and the shop’s public hours are limited in order to provide more personalized service for each client. While this may create a wait time for you as a client, experience has shown us that you can’t be all things, to all people, at all times.

If you can give us the time we need to create your tattoo, as well as have some patience with our consultation and appointment process, we will give you the best design possible. BUT if you need to get your tattoos fast and cheap, we are not the tattoo studio for you. After all, do you want the absolute best we can do, or just the best we could do today?


Studio Information

Learn all that you need to know about how we operate.

 

A Little Friendly Advice

Consider not starting a large project like a sleeve or back piece unless you have:

1. Save up 25-50% of the estimated total before getting started, and consider putting down a large down payment to avoid that money burning a hole in your pocket before your tattoo is finished. *Some of our artists will not start large projects without a large deposit. See each artists page for details on an individual artist’s deposit policy.

2.Plan out realistically how you are going to pay for the tattoo like a bill every month so that you don’t fizzle out in the middle of a project.

It’s really hard for an artist to be excited about completing a half-finished back piece or sleeve that they haven’t touched in two years because of your poor planning. More importantly, if too much time passes in the process of applying a large tattoo, retouch and/or a relining of the tattoo can sometimes be needed as soon as you’re done. Why pay for it twice if you can get it done once with the proper planning?

Minors

Due to the limitations set by the city of Jacksonville, because of our zoning, the artists at Black Hive Tattoo do NOT tattoo anyone under the age of 18. At any rate, in our collective experience tattooing minors, even with parental consent, causes more problems than it cures.

If you are underage and want to set up an appointment for your birthday, it IS ok to come into the shop to have a consultation, give a deposit, and set your appointment at any time before your 18 birthday. In fact, it is better to come in about a month or two before to set it up. Please just make sure the artist you are speaking to is aware of when your birth date is to avoid any embarrassing cancellations when you get here.

If you are under 18 and are serious about your work, then you should seriously consider waiting to get the best tattoo you can get. And if not, we will be here when you turn 18 to do your cover up.

Shop Hours and Scheduling

While Black Hive Tattoo is open to the public weekly from Tuesday through Friday, 2-8pm for you to check out the shop, we do NOT do walk in consultations or tattoos.
All consultations and tattoos are done by appointment only, so you must submit a request via the current instructions on our “book an appointment” page to schedule a time with the artist you’re interested in working with.

While you’re welcome to stop by to see the shop during business hours, we do NOT have a shop phone that we answer to avoid taking away time from the clients we are tattooing during the day.
Keep in mind, you’ll get these same considerations when you get tattooed and someone else is trying to walk in or call during your scheduled appointment.

Setting up consultations and appointments

We do consultations before starting any new project to get a better feel of where you want the tattoo, what you are getting tattooed, and why you are getting your tattoo. Some things can be worked out online for out of town clients, but the more personal attention we can give your idea beforehand, the better we can execute the design.

Go to our artist’s pages and view their galleries. Once you’ve chosen an artist, click on the “book an appointment” tab on any page and follow the instructions to submit a tattoo request. Due to the volume of requests we receive, it can 1-2 weeks to respond to your initial request, so please be patient with us.

*Please keep in mind that putting in a request doesn’t always mean that our artists will be able to do your tattoo. If your selection suggests that you get tattooed by another Black Hive artist, or an artist at another Jacksonville shop, it is not to say they think your tattoo is a bad idea, it just means they either think another artist is a better fit for your project, or it’s just not their cup of tea.

In the end, it’s better to have the artist that is the best fit and is excited to tackle your project, rather than forcing them to do something that they are not comfortable with.

*Two additional and VERY important points:

1. We are an appointment only shop. So, depending on the size of the projects our artists are currently working on, the wait to get any medium to large project tattooed can potentially be an additional 5-6 months AFTER you get on an artist’s waiting list. That is to say, they wouldn’t be able to get your tattoo started until 5-6 months after initial contact.

2. Because of difficulties we’ve had in the past, our artists will no longer give estimates over email or the phone. Once an artist has made contact you must come to the shop for a consultation to get a rough estimate of a tattoo design’s cost. Consultations are free of charge, but none of our artists will begin a drawing or set an appointment without a non-refundable deposit.

Hourly Rate

Our tattoo artists charge an hourly rate for custom work, OR will give you a flat price for smaller pieces. Flat prices are non-negotiable regardless of how much time the tattoo takes.

CURRENT HOURLY RATES:
Solé $140

Colbey $140

Selina $160 (*200 for cover ups or reworks of another artist’s work)

Nick Wagner $200 (*250 for cover ups or reworks of another artist’s work)

Deposits

All tattoos and drawings requiring an appointment also require a deposit equal to one hour of the tattoo artist’s hourly rate. Deposits come off the last sitting of any tattoo, and hold your appointments for the duration of tattoos requiring multiple sittings.

*Obviously, because of the high fees we have to pay to accept cards, cash is ALWAYS preferred, but all Black Hive Tattoo artists accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and most debit cards. We do NOT accept Discover or American Express.

Minimum Sitting Fees

Because very small tattoos can take up as much time to prepare, set up, and break down as a larger tattoo, please consider getting any very small tattoos done when you’re doing another piece that will take at least an hour (or two hours in the case of Nick and Selina). That way you’re only paying for the additional time, rather than paying for a full hour slot on on a tattoo that is only going to take a fraction of that time.

Regardless of size, the minimum sitting fees are as follows:

~Colbey and Sole is $140 (one hour of their hourly rate)

~Nick Wagner and Selina’s minimum sitting fee is $400.

Tipping

While tipping is not required, it IS appreciated!

We don’t live off tips, so there is no established rule of thumb like a waiter or bartender. The secret industry standard is anywhere from 10-20%.

*A final note: most artists prefer to get tipped on a sitting by sitting basis.

Apprenticeships and Piercing

Black Hive Tattoo does NOT offer apprenticeship opportunities, and while we do not offer any piercing services, we currently recommend local piercer Chris Williams at the Atlantic Boulevard location of Inksmith & Rogers.

To contact Chris, call 904-221-8282 to inquire about his current hours, but as of the time of this post his schedule is MONDAY: noon-9pm, TUESDAY: noon-9pm, WEDNESDAY: noon-6pm, *OFF THURSDAYS, FRIDAY: noon-11pm, SATURDAY: noon-11pm, SUNDAY: noon-6pm

Gift Certificates

Can’t think of what to get your favorite tattoo collector? Not sure how much to get them? We have gift certificates available year round, and they can be made out for any amount. So, think about giving someone a leg up towards getting their next permanent work of art! We promise, big or small, any amount will be  appreciated by your friends and loved ones!

Do you want to see more photos?

This website’s galleries will always carry the newest work from the artists, but if you want to see a full catalogue of all the artists images available for viewing, including large tattoos, cover ups, reworks, in progress works, and cool stuff from as far back as 2000, click the link below to visit our shop flickr account.

Black Hive Tattoo Flickr Page

The Studio

Black Hive Tattoo is a custom tattoo studio serving the needs of the discerning tattoo clients of Jacksonville, Florida. If you are searching for a talented artist who will work with you on your tattoo design, then you've come to the right place.

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