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Interested in using my work for a tattoo? First of all, I’m flattered by your interest in having my work permanently on your body! That’s some serious love there, and I appreciate it! Secondly, as a tattoo lover and owner myself, I’m honored and totally support you getting a tattoo if you want. Here are the general guidelines I have for using my work for your tattoo.
In order to use my work for your tattoo, you must purchase the one-time rights to it; this is non-negotiable. Please understand that simply requesting permission to use it will not constitute actual permission; you must complete and sign a contract and submit non refundable payment that clears my account before I will provide you with written permission and the file of your desired image for your use.
I cannot and will not be held liable for any issues that arise from you getting my work tattooed on your body. So if you purchase the rights to use my work for a tattoo, you understand and agree that I am in no way liable or responsible for any damage, loss, or other negative consequences from having my work tattooed on you. This includes, but is not limited to, injury, incorrect or imperfect results, pain, corrections, etc.
Important Note on Ownership
When you purchase the rights to use any work with me, you are not paying for and therefore will not own the rights to that work. I, as the artist, retain all rights to the work, including reproduction and distribution, unless we otherwise agree in writing in the relevant contract.
You are the only person permitted to use my work as a tattoo for yourself. So this means that once you purchase the rights to use my work for your tattoo, you cannot share it with your friends, family, loved ones, or that stranger who really likes it and wants one for themselves, too. No one else is permitted to use it but you. Obviously the tattoo artist is allowed to access the image, but you are not in any way, shape, or form authorized to provide the tattoo artist or anyone else the rights for distribution or reproduction beyond your own tattoo on your own self.
This also means that you are only permitted to use the image file I send you for your tattoo. You may not, for example, use the image to create notebooks, custom apparel, etc. This access is strictly limited to tattoo use on your own body only. You are responsible for ensuring that it is not otherwise used by yourself, the tattoo artist, or any other party.
You must receive the tattoo from an ethical tattoo parlor that doesn’t permit hateful or bigoted imagery to be tattooed– this includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- swastikas and other Nazi imagery
- depictions of Native/Indigenous/First Nations people, sacred items, etc., for non-Native/Indigenous/First Nations people
- child pornography
- racist imagery and/or text
- sexist imagery and/or text
- ableist imagery and/or text
- trans antagonistic imagery and/or text
- fat antagonistic imagery and/or text
If you have a question about any of these things and want to clarify whether or not your parlor violates these restrictions, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I understand that this is a restrictive list and may significantly decrease your options for a parlor; however, I feel it is necessary to insist upon parlors that match my and my brand’s values, ethics, and reputation. I would hate it if my work, which is meant to be against oppression, was tattooed by some guy who had no problem with inking up some asshole with a swastika tattoo. If you feel unwilling or unable to comply with these conditions and to do the necessary work to find the answers to these, then you will not be permitted to use my work for your tattoo.
All payment for tattoo use is nonrefundable, regardless of whether or not you actually receive your tattoo, partially or in full, and regardless of your satisfaction with the tattoo itself.
I accept payment for commissioned works via Stripe online or in cash if you’re local to Brooklyn, NY; all payments for tattoo use are non refundable and are required to be paid in full prior to receiving permission and the requisite file(s). I must receive the full amount of payment no later than ten business days after I receive your signed contract; if you don’t send the payment before the deadline or if the payment isn’t cleared to my bank account in time, the commission will be cancelled without refund, and you will owe $75.00 as a cancellation fee which will be due five business days after the cancellation date, no later than fifteen business days after I receive your signed contract.
Please keep in mind the processing times required by your method of payment if you are submitting payment through their services; if you submit the full payment on the 9th business day after I receive the contract, that may not be enough time for the payment to be cleared and deposited into my bank account, so be sure to provide yourself plenty of time for the payment to clear processing and be deposited into my account.
In order to avoid any delay, I recommend that you pay immediately upon my confirmation that I have received your signed contract. If you know you won’t have the funds to submit for payment until a later date, I would suggest that you not send me the signed contract until you’re sure you’re able to provide the payment– and give me a heads up! These fees and non refundables are largely there to keep people from wasting my time with requests they have no intention of following through with, not to rip you off.
I will not accept any payment prior to my receipt of your signed contract. If I have not confirmed in writing that I have received and accepted your signed contract, please do not submit payment for the tattoo use rights.
The price for tattoo use rights will vary based on the complexity, size, quantity, and additional requirements of your desired piece, but all tattoo use prices start at a minimum of $100.00; this is non-negotiable.
Please note that legally I cannot enter into any contracts or agreements with anyone who is not of age in the state they reside in. I personally feel this violates youth rights, but unfortunately, I won’t do much good to anyone sitting in jail for doing something against the law or being denied payment because an agreement is unenforceable when a parent refuses to pay for what a minor has signed. So please know that if you are under the age of majority in your state or country, your parent or legal guardian must be the person who signs this contract, and they will be the sole person responsible for upholding the terms of the agreement. Make sure to check your state’s (or country’s) age of majority; in some cases, it’s older than the U.S. federal requirement of 18 years old. For United States residents, you can check this out by going to FindLaw’s State Legal Ages Laws page.
Parents and legal guardians, I would like to take this moment to remind you that you cannot legally require your underage child to pay you back for anything you sign or agree to on their behalf, so if you would like to try to force your child into an unlawful agreement because you signed a lawful one with me acknowledging your responsibility to the terms, I’m not the person to do business with, and I recommend you look elsewhere for your desires.
If you do get a tattoo with my work, I would love to see a photo of it on you! I do require a photo of the completed work to ensure that it’s done as agreed to in our contract, but I never share this image with anyone unless you give me written permission first. In the contract, there is a section discussing your options for that photo– you can choose to have it remain forever private and never displayed to the public; you can choose to have it shared in professional capacities without any identifying information of yours; or you can choose to have your photo displayed in professional capacities with any information you write into the contract yourself. “Professional capacities” refer to things like my portfolio or lookbooks for potential clients and so on. It’s totally up to you which you choose, and you’re welcome to censor anything in the photo that you don’t wish me to see!
Yay! You made it through all that! Thanks for taking the time to read these important notes, and if you feel we’re a good fit for your tattoo needs, please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com to get the discussion started or fill out the form below. Please include in your e-mail a link to the image you’re interested in using or if you’re interested in commissioning a new piece for a tattoo of your own. I look forward to working with you!