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Policies & Procedures
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Please spend a moment reviewing the policies and procedures listed below to become familiar with how we operate. This enables us to respect everyone's valuable time and be as transparent as we can before and during the scheduling process. The majority of questions are addressed on this page. We are a small, extremely busy tattoo shop in Gatlinburg, TN. Although we try to help everyone, we simply can't respond to communications that contain questions that are resolved here. Please feel free to send us an email with the question in the subject line if you have a question that is not addressed here. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to respond to each and every message. 😀

Reserving an Appointment
Appointments are HIGHLY recommended.
We book ALL appointments through the provided form on this page... 
We schedule all appointments according to the individual tattoo being requested, so shop hours will vary.
All appointments are offered FCFS (first-come/first-served)
We will rarely have the same day/week availability, as we generally book 1-3 months in advance.
Given that we are a very busy shop in a popular tourist destination, we have a high exchange of artists; therefore the availability of a specific artist is not guaranteed.
The best time to book is 3-4 months before your trip.
To ensure we respect everyone's valuable time, we have streamlined our booking process.
We ask you to give us as many details as possible when requesting your appointment to not only help us to estimate the time needed but to allow our artist to prepare in advance for your appointment. Your design will be prepared by the artist according to ONLY the images/descriptions you submit in the original request form so please be as thorough as possible. 
Once we receive your request, IF there is availability for the date(s) you have requested, you will receive an email back from us with links to the invoice for your non-refundable/non-transferable deposit and Consent for Tattoo Procedure Waiver. Deposits are not only to secure the artist's time but to also ensure that you’re serious about getting the tattoo you’ve requested. We set a specific amount of time aside, individualized to your requested tattoo design,
and if you decide not to get the tattoo for any reason,  the deposit is kept (forfeited) as payment for our service providers' time.
We strongly encourage you to look over and understand our deposit policy below before scheduling.
We DO NOT schedule appointments without BOTH a completed waiver and deposit.
Our artist stays very busy year round offering trinket, souvenir-style tattoos.
Our very busy schedule, simply does not typically allow enough time for large scale/custom/multi-session tattoos. 
** We do NOT offer cover-ups/ touch-ups/re-workings or add ons to other artists' work **
*** We do NOT recommend/guarantee tattoos on
neck/face/wrist/hand/fingers or ankles/feet/toes ***
Full price will be charged for “touch-ups” on any of these locations...
$$$ PRICING $$$
Due to the complex nature of our work and the many variables involved such as size, location, style, client individuality,
last-minute changes, etc., we WILL NOT give you a price range, rough estimate, guestimate, approximate, ballpark figure, roundabout, or whatever YOU want to call it... for a tattoo over the phone or email. 
Your idea of “small” or “simple” may not be the same as ours and does not mean that it will be cheaper.
Many times, small intricate tattoos are complex and time-consuming to execute, therefore, more costly.
  EVERY tattoo starts at the shop minimum of $200 (approx 1" x 1" ) basic location/no color and can go up from there based on many variables such as but not limited to: size/style/location/etc.
Once you and the artist agree on all the details at the appointment,  the design will be placed on the grid, which will determine the final cost. This is to keep things fair and ensure uniform pricing for all clients. 
*** No deposit - No appointment- No appointment - No tattoo ***
Because Covid-19 and its consequences are no longer unforeseen or unexpected, our deposit policy is  in
FULL execution as of Jan 2022. 
IF at any point, there are government orders for a shutdown, all clients on the schedule, with paid deposits will be notified individually by email/phone to discuss options/refunds.
Upon paying a deposit you acknowledge that you have communicated your final tattoo design idea as thoroughly as possible and have reviewed the artist’s prior works to decide that the artist can implement your idea to your satisfaction.
Please understand that creating a tattoo design based on a client’s concept is subjective and that variations may exist between your concept and the finished design. This is why we encourage you to give us as many details as possible when requesting an appointment.
If the finished design is not to your liking at the appointment, minor changes can be made at the artist’s discretion.
However, substantial changes to the design or the request for an entirely new drawing or draft will require a new deposit/new appointment date or time, and the original deposit will be forfeited as payment for the artist’s drawing time.
***NO design changes will be made after paying a deposit, so again, please be sure to communicate your design details as effectively as possible before securing an appointment***
  • A tattoo deposit is REQUIRED to secure ALL appointments. 
  • The deposit amount will be deducted from your total and your balance will be due AT the appointment prior to starting the procedure.
  • Please be 100% sure of your appointment date/time before booking
  • All tattoo deposits are non-refundable/non-transferable.
  • Deposits are to secure a time slot and cannot be refunded, transferred, shared, gifted, used for a later date, etc.
  • For multi-session tattoos, the deposit will be held as payment towards the last hour of the last session of the tattoo.
**No drawings or drafts are emailed or otherwise previewed to clients before their scheduled appointment time**
A deposit will also be forfeited in full in the case of:
  • You do not appear for a tattoo appointment;
  • You cancel or attempt to reschedule an appointment;
  • You arrive more than 15 minutes late to a tattoo appointment;
  • You arrive at a tattoo appointment without government-issued identification;
  • You arrive under the influence of drugs/alcohol.
Touch Up Policy:
We do NOT recommend/guarantee tattoos on wrist/hand/fingers/neck/face or ankles/feet/toes 
Full price will be charged for “touch-ups” on any of these locations
All touch-ups MUST be done after healing (2-3 weeks) AND no later than 90 days from the date of the original application. Beyond that, it’s considered a new tattoo and you can get it “touched-up” when you book your next paid tattoo appointment.
IF your tattoo requires a touch-up, it will be determined once it’s fully healed, AT the shop, BY the artist, NOT by you or your friend.  
Not all tattoos NEED a touch-up, especially if cared for during the healing process. 
Aftercare is the full responsibility of the client, the tattoo procedures performed are in accordance with the highest standards of cleanliness.  
Once leaving the studio the tattoo will be an open wound that you are responsible for.
It can take between 2-4 weeks to heal. During this time, how you treat your tattoo is fully out of the control of the artist.
The application of the tattoo is the job of the artist but the healing process is fully in the hands of the client once leaving the studio. REMEMBER: The healing process is half the work!
Aftercare instructions are given to the client before leaving the studio & support is available by email thereafter.
Our Artists are trained to apply your tattoo properly the FIRST time. Which is part of the reason we don’t recommend or guarantee tattoos on hands/feet/neck.
If you’re getting a tattoo in one of these areas, it will most likely require a “touch-up”. Therefore, it should be done by an artist close to home. 
Any reactions that may occur as the result of lax aftercare or poor hygiene are the client's responsibility.
We can tell if a tattoo is improperly cared for, and we will charge FULL price for a touch-up in these circumstances.
Photo Policy:
Photographs taken of the tattoo session may be used, wholly or in part, on the internet, in any publication, portfolio, or display in any other print or electronic medium as the artist/owner chooses, unless otherwise specified in writing.
Audio/Video is recorded on the premises at ALL times.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime.

Thank You!
-World Famous Smokies Tattoo


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Unfortunately, due to the many variables, last minute changes and client individuality, as a policy we DO NOT quote prices outside the shop. 

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(final size will be determined with the artist, at the shop, on the set appointment date)

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