Thanks for your interest in being a guest at Crucible Tattoo Co. Before confirming your guest spot we ask that you read though the following information and email us your responses to the questions at the end.
- The studio works on a percentage base. Artist 70% shop 30%. Artists usually take their earnings at the end of each day.
- The studio minimum is $150 AU. This is generally for tiny stuff. Artists here charge between $160-$180 per hour. It is a standard in most Melbourne studios to charge $200 per hour. Generally we charge off the size of a piece for anything under 4-5 hours and go to the hourly rate when it’s past the 4-5 hour mark.
- We’re a cash only studio. There are a couple of ATMs directly across the road that you can direct clients to.
- We generally take deposits via paypal which can be paid via the studio website - http://www.crucibletattooco.com.au/deposit.html. Some guest artists have their own way they are familiar with sticking too and that’s fine. It's not a requirement that deposits go through the studio for guest artists. We all normally do $100 per deposit.
- We will try to give you your own station during you stay, but if we're particularly busy you may have to move between stations day-to-day. It’s a typical station set-up; a with massage table, chair, trolley, lamp and shelves. The station you use will be a resident artist's permanent space, so we ask that you respect their space and leave it as you found it.
- We open at 11-6 Monday to Saturday. We ask guests to join us at 10:30am so we can all clean the studio together. Most guests hang around until the studio closes but it’s up to guests if they want to leave early or not.
- You can work whatever days you like between Monday - Saturday. If you want to work Sundays, that’s fine too. Just let us know if you’re planning on doing that so we can arrange keys for you to access the building.
- All you need to supply is machines, needles, tubes and your power pack. We have some international power adaptors available if you’re coming from overseas.
- We provide all the disposables; paper towel, cling film, tongue depressors, scissors, skin tape, razors, clip cord covers, freezer bags, bed sheets, garbage bags, vaseline, Dettol for stencil application and rinse bottles with methylated spirits, green soap, distilled water and viraclean. There is also Hustle Helper available if you’d like to use it.
- You are welcome to send your machines to us at the shop before you fly in.
- We have a clean area with a scrub sink and an autoclave here if you want to bring steel tubes over and clean them.
- If you want to order supplies to come to the studio a few weeks prior to arriving we recommend protataustralia.com.au or tatsup.com.au both are local Australian suppliers. If you explain you are a guest they can send to our shop. Generally both companies take about a week to send parcels to us.
- There is a full kitchen here with an oven, stovetop, microwave and sandwich press. Feel free to bring food and cook it here.
- We can advertise for you from the studio via Instagram. It might be best to try and get a working visa first before advertising.
- If you’re happy to do walk-ins let us know and we can direct them to you as they come. If you’re planning on doing walk-ins we encourage you to bring a flash book that we can show clients at the front desk.
- Also here is a little bit about us at the studio. Just like to send this to people to they know what we are about ethically :) http://www.crucibletattooco.com.au/about.html
- The artists here try to be culturally sensitive and don’t do any works that could be considered culturally appropriative, for example indigenous art, kanji, mandalas, ‘tribal’ tattoos etc. without the relevant context. We ask that you be mindful of doing this kind of work in the studio.
Please email your responses to the following questions to email@example.com and feel free include any other questions you may have.
- Do you have previous experience in a professional tattoo space?
- Do you have knowledge of cross contamination practices?
- Do you have experience with the breakdown cleaning process of cleaning steel tubes and using an autoclave?
We look forward to hosting you!