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About My shop

Points of Interest

Charm City Tattoo is currently in the 'hood on the edge of the infamous Pigtown in Baltimore.

I'm the sole artist, Jacki Randall, and I was born when cars had fins. I've been creating since I could hold a pencil. 

I  worked as a freelance artist and musician before taking up the trade   in 1991, occasionally receiving notice for my work, like the unexpected  Special Citation from Gov. Schaeffer.  If you ponder my ARTWORK page,  you may recognize a couple of my murals in Baltimore City.  My partial  resume is listed beneath in the PROPAGANDA section and runs the gamut  from historic houses of worship, to sex industry newspapers. 

I  abandoned the programming of an art scholarship for the existential  experience, as no amount of training can truly make an artist of any  stripe.  You will not find pretension, condescension, or an obsequious  response here, just someone to put art on you.

Offering original, unique, bespoke, custom, fineline, freehand and coverup & repair tattooing.

I  work alone and never stop tattooing for the phone or the door,  as each  client deserves my undivided attention, as you will when in my chair. 

Many  of my clients over the years have  arrived with  nothing more than an  idea. If this describes you, I encourage you to search museums, google  images, any and everywhere for source material. Listen for what speaks  to you. Folks have brought me tea towels, jewelry, everything from porno  to prayer cards. Failing all this, YES; I'll play mind-reader, but make  sure you've got something in there. 

My  focus involves putting art on you that will stand the test of time, and  continue to please in the decades to come. Tiny lettering and  borderless blotches of color evade this category.

Should you call to check availability, I am happy to return your call ASAP.

Appointments  are booked only with a deposit. If you're trying to see me as a  walk-in, call right before you intend to head over,  please do not just  show up. Again, I don't interrupt tattooing. I'm in an urban location  and  distractions are locked out.

To  be tattooed, you must be at least 18 years of age with current, valid  ID or passport. You must be sober, and not pregnant or sunburned. No  exceptions whatsoever. If you have health issues such as immune  compromising conditions or diabetes, it is wise to consult your  physician beforehand.

Please  do not show up early. If you arrive with time to spare, please find  some way to occupy yourself. You will be expected at the time set for  your appointment. Until that time, I'm too busy to answer the phone or  questions because I'm either finalizing another project or preparing for  your arrival. 

The  night before, don't drink, and do get a good night's sleep. Have  something to eat an hour before getting worked on. Being tired,  stressed, hungry, or worn out is not conducive to the process. 

If  you get stuck in traffic or are running behind, call me. If half an  hour passes the time of your appointment without word from you, you're  considered a no-show and lose your deposit. 

Anyone  who has been drinking or has otherwise altered their consciousness will  not be admitted into my shop. Feel free to indulge after being  tattooed, as long as you don't pose a danger to yourself, my work, or  others.

It is my wish you have the best possible experience, and your comfort frees me to concentrate solely on your tattoo work. 

The Opertory

 

This  is where you are tattooed. I play music appropriate to get you into the  zone, with the intention of optimizing your experience. 

Most  healthy, well-rested people enjoy the endorphin rush that accompanies  the process so much, that getting tattooed becomes a regular ritual.

Despite  what you may have heard, tattooing should not be excruciatingly  painful. Unless you have an unusual physiological condition you should  be just fine. Excessive pain during tattooing usually indicates either a  physical, mental or emotional imbalance, or a grossly inept  practitioner.

You  won't need to be holding anyone's hand, nor should you. Well-mannered  guests can witness the process and speak to you throughout as long as  they don't get you worked up. After all, you are my canvas!

As  the sign says, your cell phone must be turned off. If you have urgent  concerns or an emergency that necessitates your being contacted, wait  until they've passed to book your appointment or arrange a walk-in.

The rendition of your tattoo is important!