Frequently Asked Questions:


Where is your studio?

San Leandro, CA (ten minutes by car from downtown Oakland).

Specifically, see Location.

 

 


How many of you people are there at Micah Riot Tattoo?

Just me, Micah Riot.

 

  


Is there parking near your studio?

Yes, there is plenty of safe nearby parking.  

 


What is your rate and what forms of payment do you take?

 

In short, $250/hr, and I accept all major credit cards and cash.

For more information see Fees.

 


What is your cancellation policy?

For consultations:

Currently I am holding all new-client consultations via zoom.

You may reschedule at your convenience, given at least 24 hours of notice. If you reschedule within 24 hours or don't come to your consultation appointment, you will be charged $25

 

For tattoo appointments: 

I ask for a week of notice if you need to reschedule your appointment.

In this best case scenario, you incur no extra charges.

 

Given less than a week of notice but more than 24 hours, I will charge your card on file an hour's fee, or $250

A cancellation or a reschedule within 24 hours incurs a charge of $400

If you have suddenly developed illness symptoms, and are not coming in, I will not charge you, but please know that if I don't work, I can't pay my bills, so if you are able to pay the cancellation fee without much hardship, I would appreciate it. 

 


How booked up are you?

Generally about 2-3 months out. Sometimes you get lucky and get in next week. Follow me on instagram and keep an eye on my stories. I will often post last minute openings there. 

 


Where on your body does getting tattooed hurt the most?

Every body has its' own individual pain map. Generally speaking, wherever you have the most nerve endings is where it will hurt the most. Hands/fingers, necks, faces, armpits, stomachs are some examples. In my experience, big solid muscles such as thighs, upper arms and parts of the back are among the least sensitive. How much fat you have on a body part does not matter in relation to pain. 

  


How long can I not shower after getting tattooed? What about working out?

You can start showering about as soon as 3-4 hours after your tattoo appointment, I do recommend waiting overnight.

 

See Tattoo Care Instructions

 

As for working out, that depends on what your workout is. Swimming, surfing and other water sports are not recommended. Lifting weights and running should be fine as long as you can keep your tattoo clean. 

 


I love a tattoo that I found online that I must have! How much will it cost?

I will not replicate someone else's artwork as I don't find plagiarism ethical. Be inspired. Be creative. Be you.  I will happily help you design something uniquely yours. 

 

Also I do not give price estimates at first contact. 

 

 


I live very far away. Can I pay you to do a drawing, then take it to my friend in my town to get it tattooed on me?

The short answer is, no. 

 

The long answer is: I do a lot of my work freehand. I work with your individual unique body, and spirit. I will not be able to create something for you without meeting you. You are welcome, however, to buy my flash at will. The rare times I draw flash with no one in mind, I post it on my instagram, @micahriot . 

 


Will you send me my tattoo design over e-mail?

Most of the time, no. I do a lot of my work free-hand, as in directly, onto your skin. I do not send abstract designs over e-mail. 

 

Once in a while depending on the circumstances, I will send an initial sketch out a day or two before the appointment. 

 


I'd like to consult with a few tattoo artists, then decide on the right one. What is your consultation fee?

I am happy to answer any of your questions without a commitment.

You are welcome to book a regular consultation. 

 

If you would like to talk to me for longer, we can meet for an hour over zoom or in person, in that case I would charge $100. In this type of consultation I would be happy to talk to you about your body of work and advise you on how to pursue continuing your tattoo journey, coverup ideas, tying in a few tattoos into a cohesive flow, etc. Please make your intent clear in your email.