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.
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!