Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

In Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.  Almost directly in the center of the state; approximately 10 minutes from State College/Penn State University. 

What are your shop hours?

We do not have normal business hours, all tattooing is done by appointment only. 

So, you don't take walk-ins?

No, we do not. 

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes!  All tattooing is done by appointment only.  You can fill out a contact form via this website or email us directly at about scheduling! 

Can you call me to chat about my design ideas?

Once you book an appointment, we will automatically set you up with a consultation a few weeks prior to your tattoo appointment where you and Brian can talk about all aspects of your tattoo design and process!

When can I see my design?

Brian works on each project in the order that they are scheduled so he typically does not begin drawing your design until a few days before you're to be tattooed.  We will do our best to show you a design prior to your appointment if you so wish. 

How far out are you booked?

Wait times for scheduling typically vary anywhere between a couple of weeks to a couple of months.  I only schedule Brian out up to three months at a time so that we don't get too ahead of ourselves and Brian can keep his schedule flexible. 

I live in a different state, how can I get tattooed by you?

Brian loves to travel!  And does so often.  Be sure to follow him on Instagram at @briangeckleart and on Facebook at Flower of Life Studios for any travel announcements and email us if he's coming to a city near you!

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Can you give me a cost estimate?

Unfortunately, not really.  Brians hourly rate is $200 per hour with a three-hour ($600) minimum per session and a non-refundable security deposit.  Once you book an appointment and put down your deposit, we will set you up with a consultation appointment with Brian to discuss your ideas and expectations for your tattoo design. At your consultation is the ideal time to ask about time/cost estimates. 

Can you tattoo a quote on me?

No, sorry! Brian does not take on any writing/script/lettering/words-or-numbers-of-any-kind tattoos.

What kind of tattoos do you prefer doing?

Brian really enjoys tattooing all different types of designs. Typically he tries to take on larger scale/multi-session projects with serious clients and always loves mandalas, dot work, and bio-mechanical/bio-organic projects.  

Do tattoos hurt?

Yes, they all hurt.  Pain tolerance varies from person to person and some body parts are more painful than others but it is similar to a brush burn. 

Are tattoos safe?

Although we can only speak for our own studio, at Flower of Life Studios your health and safety is our number one priority. Brian uses new needles for each and every client and adheres to strict procedures to avoid cross contamination.  You will also see that Brian will use disposable everything - razors, ink caps, sheets, and barriers on anything that will be touched. Feel free to email us with any other questions or concerns regarding safety.