I'm lucky to be working at Black Label Tattoos in Duncan, BC, where clients can get the best custom black and grey realism, colour realism, new school, Japanese, and illustrative tattoos on Vancouver Island.  I work with Teemu Hakkala (owner), my husband David Gluck, and Luna Lucero.  A new arrival is our apprentice Massimo Richers, who is looking for volunteer skin for free tattoo work.

Each of us operates our own business within the shared studio space and there is no central phone line or desk person.  We are by appointment only.

Black Label Tattoos is a private home-based studio in the Sahtlam Estates area outside of Duncan, BC.  To discourage walk-ins, I email the address directly to clients in advance of their appointment.

I’m booked two months out but new clients can sometimes get in sooner.  Please get in touch by email ( and tell me your concept, phone number, placement, phone number, and let me know if you are local or will be traveling.  Also include your phone number.  Please attach inspiration photos: reference images, examples of tattoos you like, and, if we are tattooing near existing tattoos or doing a cover up, good photos of that area of your body.  Please have someone help you take them, and please make sure they are safe for work.  I batch process phone consultations and will call as soon as I have a few to do.

I sometimes get backed up.  If you haven’t heard from me after a week, please try again.

Special considerations
Please let me know in advance if you have mobility issues, special needs, medical concerns, a need for privacy during the tattoo, or anything else.  I want my clients to feel comfortable and safe in the studio.  We are not wheelchair accessible, but I would be happy to look into renting space in a local shop for your tattoo.

Wear clothing that will strategically cover and reveal and keep you comfortable and warm.  Some clients bring a blanket, and layers are always a good idea.

Shop Etiquette
Sometimes it's a full house at the shop, so please be mindful of your belongings and noise level.  While in the shop please have the sound notifications on your phone turned off and please wear headphones if you want to watch or listen to something on your device.  I won’t be offended if my scintillating conversation isn’t enough to entertain you.  Please ask before depositing your belongings onto counter tops or moving objects from one surface to another, as we need to keep our fields from getting contaminated.

We follow pandemic protocols: masks, hand sanitizer, and a Covid-19 waiver.  We are all double jabbed.  

My rate is $170/hr inclusive, and I don’t bill for breaks or set up.  A typical full day session includes 4-6 billable hours.  We are cash only at this time.

Booking requires an eTransfer payable to, of $150.  This includes a $50 design fee and a $100 deposit.  Both are refundable with two weeks’ notice of a cancellation if I haven’t yet started the design.  If I have started the design, I will keep the design fee but return the deposit.  Only one deposit is required for multiple bookings.  The deposit will be moved forward to the next appointment until the final appointment, at which point it comes off the day’s total.  No-shows and short notice cancellations (less than one week) result in forfeiture of the deposit.  Major changes in the direction of the project concept will require a fresh start on the design and a new design fee.  The design fee and deposit are payable after our phone consultation.

I reserve the right to turn away clients and return their deposits, but I will keep the design fee if I have done design work.

It’s impossible to give an estimate for how long your tattoo will take to complete.  Factors such as skin type, pain tolerance, detail, location all come into play.  Colour work takes 2-3 times longer than black and grey work of similar size and complexity.

Your tattoo will be bandaged with “second skin,” which looks like Saran Wrap with medical grade adhesive on one side.  You will be able to admire your beautiful new tattoo and show it off without removing the bandage.  This bandage stays in place for 5-7 days and makes the healing process fool proof.  It’s important that you plan now to avoid submerging in water for 3-4 weeks (showering is fine).  That means no swimming, sitting in the hot tub, or taking baths—so please consider how the timing of your appointment might affect any plans you have for recreation, vacationing etc.  You will also want to put exercise and any sweat-inducing activity on hold for 5-7 days until the bandage comes off.  After the bandage comes off, you will moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.



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