555 Studios opened in December of 2004 in the original East Lake street location. Form followed function and the studio began by appointment tattooing.
In the spring of 2006 the current Minnehaha location was secured. Finally in March 2007 the Lake Street location closed its doors and all operations were transferred to 3965 Minnehaha.
Over the years the client base has grown, the studio has changed its look both inside and out, but the one constant has been the approach to custom tattoos and design.
From the beginning the goal has always been to involve clients in the design and drawing phase of the tattoo process. The scenario where a client meets with an artist, pays a "drawing fee" , only to return 3 weeks later to a design they aren't happy with can be avoided by including the client DURING the process instead of after the fact.
DEPOSITS: First time clients or returning clients who have missed a previous appointment will be asked to put down a deposit at least a week prior to an appointment. A non-refundable $60.00 deposit is required for first time clients. The deposit will go toward the tattoo cost as long as the appointment is kept. If a client misses or cancels without at least 24 hours notice the full deposit amount is kept by the studio. If a client is more that 15 minutes late $30 is kept and the remainder is applied to the tattoo cost. If a client is 30 or more minutes late, the appointment is cancelled and any deposits are forfeited.
If a returning client misses or cancels without at least 24 hours notice they will be required to make a $60 deposit to book their next appointment.
Deposits can be mailed, made in the deposit section on this website or dropped off in the studio mailbox (be sure to include you name and appointment date).
PLANNING: The beginnings of the design development start via text or email. Clients are encouraged to send images and descriptions of ideas that will be further developed the day of the actual tattoo. Actual photos of objects are always preferred. For example if you are looking for a tattoo of a rose, search for actual photos of roses NOT photos of already done rose tattoos. Reality is always the best reference.
APPOINTMENTS: are typically taken at 12:30 pm, 3:30pm and 6:30pm (occasionally earlier depending on when the 3:30 wraps) everyday but Monday and Tuesday. The schedule is usually booked about a week and a half in advance. If you have a special time or date request please text 612-723-3587 to make arrangements.
RATES: All tattoos are done by the hour, $120 per hour with a $60 minimum.
Clients are only charged for actual tattoo time. Typically there is no charge for the time spent drawing or designing.
If you feel that a design appointment is necessary please specify when contacting. In that case design/drawing sessions run $55 per hour.