Frequently asked questions
What will my tattoo cost? Is there a minimum?
Since I am still apprenticing, there is no minimum at this time for my works. I charge based on materials, design, and size. I always do my best to work with a reasonable budget you may have.
Does getting a tattoo hurt?
Like most things in life, tattoos do hurt. However, most of them are not as excruciating as most people may have you believe. You are putting your body through some level(s) of trauma, so prepare to experience some discomfort.
Do I have to leave a deposit?
Yes, the only exception at this time are for walk-ins and small designs done at the time. Each design is customized and takes time to design/draw up as well. A deposit ensures that I am compensated for the time drawing and designing your piece, even if you don't show up. Tattooers are providing a service and craft-- so you will still be charged the inital deposit.
What if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment?
As long as you give 48 hours notice of your cancellation, you will receive your deposit back.
If you fail to give the minimum notice, you will lose your deposit.
If you are late more than 30 minutes for your appointment, it will be treated as a cancellation and you will forfeit your deposit as well. If you expect to be late, be sure to give as much of a heads up as possible or reschedule for a later slot.
What if my tattoo needs a touch up?
I offer 1 complimentary touch up within the first year of the tattoo. You must wait at least 4-6 weeks for your tattoo to fully heal before discussing a touch up.
Any tattoos done with particularly fine line tattoos or those placed in delicate areas (hands/feet/ears/fingers etc) are more susceptible to fading. You will be told prior to your appointment/booking if a certain area is more prone to fading/pigment loss.
Can I bring someone with me for my appointment to keep me company during my tattoo?
You're welcome to bring someone to the shop with you! Please let me know ahead of time so that I can ensure we'll have space the day of. We do not want to crowd the technical rooms while we're working!
Do you do piercings?
I do not.
Do you tattoo minors?
In the state of Florida, yes. Minors looking to get tattooed must have a notorized florida tattoo form. Likewise, there are some limitations with minors and tattoos for Florida.
Hands, fingers, neck, and face(s) cannot be tattooed on minors (under 18)., If you are over 18, these are possible to tattoo though it must be discussed prior to booking your appointment.
I saw a tattoo on the internet, will you do the exact design for me?
Absolutely not. If you are inspired or love tattoos that exist on others/from other artists- that's wonderful. However I want to continue to respect other artists and tattooers for their hard work, designs, and merit.
A tattoo is personal. It is made less personal by copy/pasting from other artists. When you go to a certain artist, you are getting work personally done by them for their skills/styles. If you are simply copying someone else's exact designs/works, where will your and your artist's personalities shine through?
only exception to this is redraws of existing/official manga/anime/animed characters or screencaps. Such as: tattooing your favourite manga cap or a certain Ghibli character.
What do you recommend for aftercare? Do you provide instructions or info?
All the after care information is provided verbally after your tattoo is completed. You'll also receive some documentation to help. Should you lose your papers, you can also check out the Aftercare Instructions tab on my site.
Personal - Artist Q's
When did you start your apprenticeship?
I began apprenticing under Laetitia Coleman on September 13th, 2020.
What does Kuwagata/Kuwagatattoos mean?
Kuwagata (クワガタ) is Japanese for stag beetle. The combo word of Kuwagata + Tattoos = Kuwagatattoo still roughly translates to Stag beetle. Japanese culture has been a huge impact on my life since I was a wee lad and in case you didn't know -- I have a huge passion for insects!
What are some of your favourite mangas/anime/Tv shows?
- Perfect Blue
- Avatar: The last Airbender
- School Ghost Stories (dub and sub)
- Sailor Moon
- Fuan no Tane- Kouishou Rajio
- Gyo (Junji Ito)
-Celebrity Ghost Stories
- Watcher TV / Puppet history
- Buzzfeed Unsolved
- Malcom in the Middle
- Paranormal 911
- Monsters inside me
What are your preferred/favourite things to draw?
I like interesting designs! I enjoy:
- Kawaii culture
- Sketchy works
- Drawing in my style
Tribal, "typical" tattoos (infinity symbols, music note with a letter, etc), realism, abstract, new school styles.
Beetles, Centipedes, and Moths !
Mantids are a close fourth for me.
Fave beetle is the snake tongued flower beetle (Mecynorhina harrisi)
-English (Fluent) - Read/write/speak
- Spanish ( Native - Chilean Dialect - proficient) Read/write/speak
- French ( 3 years - Intermediate) Read/write
- Japanese ( 1 year - beginner) Read