Shop Etiquette


This list is to guide you away from the things that annoy every tattoo artist whether they admit it or not. Most artists won’t tell you these things because they think that being honest means that they will lose your business, but at Black Hive Tattoo we’re just trying to make your tattoo experience awesome for both our clients AND our artists.

*We’re totally serious about all these annoyances, but these posts are DEFINITELY meant to be cheeky and funny, so enjoy!

We Don’t Like Cancellations

We reeeeeeeeeaally HATE cancellations. Each artist has to set time aside for you and only you.
Because Black Hive is not a walk in shop, it means our artists rarely have an option to fill a vacancy space on short notice, so they will lose half or all of their income for that day. While the shop policy generally allows for cancellations without penalty with five days notice, that is not a policy we allow to be abused. Repeat offenders can potentially find themselves unable to finish their project with their original artist.

Even WITH notice, after three cancellations your artist will either choose to require payment in full before they will make additional appointments, or they may choose to fire you as a client. If you have been communicative with your artist, you’ll be given an opportunity
*If you cancel twice on the day of your appointment or have even ONE no call/no show with no truly extenuating circumstances, our artists reserve the right to fire you as a client regardless of wether or not your project is complete.

The key here is to communicate with your artist clearly and without delay. We are not heartless or witless, so we realize that something like a car accident, illness, or family emergency can derail the best laid plans, so our artists can definitely make allowances for life’s random difficulties.
But in our digital age it’s unreasonable to say you can’t notify your artist via email, text, or phone call (if available for your artist) if a true emergency has presented itself. Take ten seconds to save your deposit, or at least retain your status as a viable client, because if your are fired by one artist at Black Hive for cancellations, or bad behavior, you will be unable to get work from ANY Black Hive artist in the future.

The bottom line is that we do or best to respect your time, so in return please do your best to respect ours.

We Don’t Like Tardiness

However, we also DON’T like it when you show up an hour early.

We gave you an appointment time for a reason: So we can structure our days and get everyone we can tattooed without a lobby full of people standing around.

Feel free to show up 5 or 10 minutes early, but half an hour or more is overkill.

We Don’t Like Getting Sick

So please, please, please, don’t come in to get tattooed if you’re starting to get sick, running a fever, or very recently getting over an illness. Being sick can seriously compromise your healing, and coming in and getting an artist sick will compromise their ability to work

The very minute you think you’re getting sick, start communicating with your artist to give them the option to reschedule you, and often times they will be grateful enough to let you keep your deposit, but do NOT wait until you’re three or four days into a flu and contact them the day before your appointment to cancel and expect to keep your deposit.

Also, if you’re sick the week BEFORE your appointment but expect to be over it before your appointment, start communicating with your artist to give them the option to reschedule you at their discretion, and again there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be able to keep your deposit.

Not just for our artists sake, but for the health of our other clients as well, waiting until the day of to walk in sniffling and saying,”I think I’m over it.’ will most likely get you sent home and cost you your deposit.

Again, we do our best to respect your time, so in return please do your best to respect ours.

We Don’t Like Your Cologne

Seriously, if we’re trapped in a room with you for a few hours, we don’t want to be smothered by your ridiculously liberal use of Axe body spray, patchouli oil, or any other cologne/perfume.
We don’t wear these things at the shop for the same reason!
Pro tip: If you need to cover up stink….shower. Soap is THE SHIT!
*And don’t be using that Irish Spring crap either!

We Don’t Like Crowds

Feel free to bring ONE friend, POSSIBLY (but preferably not) two, but after that, the rooms are too small, and they’ll have to wait in the lobby anyway. Remember, getting tattooed is NOT a team sport.

We Don’t Like Minors

Meh…they’re ok, but due to the limitations in our zoning set by the city of Jacksonville, the artists at Black Hive Tattoo can’t 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 for on or any time after 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. If not, we will be here when you turn 18 to do your cover up.

We Don’t Like Children

Leave them at home. Children, especially crying babies, are distracting, and a tattoo studio CAN be a dangerous environment for a bored child of any age. Keep in mind, the more we’re paying attention to your baby, toddler, or teenager, the less of our attention your tattoo is getting. Besides, we’ve all got potty mouths.

We Don’t Like Alcohol

….actually we do. BUT, don’t think it’s ok to go out the night before and get loaded before your tattoo. Stay home, eat well, and get hydrated! If you come in for a scheduled appointment and you can’t get tattooed because of your hang over, or you’re bleeding too much, you WILL lose your deposit!
Again, you’ll have to provide a new one to reschedule for another time. AGAIN, don’t waste our time, don’t waste your money.
*And it should go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway, if you show up drunk for your appointment, not only will you lose your deposit, you’ll most likely get fired as a client.

We Don’t Like The Sun

If you come in for a scheduled appointment and you can’t get tattooed because of your sunburn or heavily peeling skin, you WILL lose your deposit! Then you’ll have to provide a new one to reschedule for another time. Don’t waste our time, don’t waste your money.

We Don’t Care About Your Clothes

Please dress with getting tattooed in mind. We won’t be held responsible for getting tattoo pigment on your favorite white tshirt, so dress sensibly while keeping where you are getting your tattoo and how much it will bleed in mind.

We Don’t Like Phones

THAT is why we don’t have one!

Your phones are fine….I guess. But we hate “shop” phones. Shop phones are for artists that don’t care about wasting your time. We figured out a long time ago, that if you’re in here getting tattooed, the last thing you want is us answering the question,”Do you have any openings today?” the whole time you’re getting tattooed. We don’t…no walk ins….suck eggs!

So….we got rid of our shop phone. If you want to get tattooed here, you MUST FILL OUT THE FORM! And don’t say you couldn’t figure it out when you see us out at a bar…just don’t. Every single page on this website has an “book an appointment” button! Don’t be that guy when you’ve been drinking.

To recap: Don’t drink and ask us dumb questions…wait…no. To recap: We don’t like phones.


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