Linear is St. Louis's most unique tattoo studio located within WINK STL, creating an experience like no other in 2 newly built private suites. We welcome everyone from small first-time tattoos to large scale pieces.
We cover lots of styles from black & gray, geometric/dot work, fine line, single needle, micro-realism, some airbrush color and minimal. Our pieces range in size from tiny to sleeves. We take a customized approach and work with our clients to create a beautiful piece they will cherish forever. Both artists are fully licensed, expertly trained and use only the best equipment and supplies. We also offer PMU Eyebrow services.
FINE LINE TATTOO FAQ
How do I book an appointment and get a quote?
Bookings and quotes can be made by emailing your artist directly using the form at the bottom of the page. Remember to provide your contact information, a description of the design, reference photos, size, and placement. This enables us to process your request quicker. Turn around time can be about 1-3 days.
How much are Fine Line Tattoos?
- "tiny tats" under 1/2 inch priced by design
- starting at $250 minimum for 1-2 inch designs or 2+ words
- $350-600 for up to 4 inches with more intricate design details.
- Over 4 inches and more detailed designs will be quoted per design and based on size, time and intricacy.
- 1/2 or Full Sleeve: Larger pieces typically take 1-3 sessions and range from $1000-$4000
1/2 deposit is required upon scheduling based on the size of the tattoo. Three days before your appointment we will begin to work on your design and will send you a mock up via email. Up to 2 design revisions are included in the cost. Any additional revisions are $50 each. If you decide to hold off on having your tattoo done after the design process has begun, we will refund your deposit less the design fee of $100. Designs are shared with you a few days prior to your appointment for approval.
Fine Line Cost breakdown:
1. Included in the cost is design and prep time which includes 1 mock up and 1 revision. If you are requesting more than 1 custom design in a session there will be an additional design fee per image. There is quite a bit of time that goes into creating the design to make them tattoo ready. For more intricate designs the price may be quoted higher due to design and tattoo time.
2. The extremely process of tattooing in this fashion takes much longer per size than traditional tattooing as we are using finer needles and creating finer details.
3. A follow up appointment will be included if needed within the first 3 months.
How old do I need to be?
18+ no exceptions or minor waivers allowed. Please bring your government issued ID on the date of your appointment.
What is your cancel policy?
Please allow 48 hours for all rescheduling. Deposits are fully refundable before your artwork is emailed out. Please contact us directly via text or call at 636.220.8181 to cancel or reschedule. If you cancel less than 48 hours before your appointment or no-show, your initial deposit will be charged as a design fee and a new deposit will be required to confirm a new booking.
Does it hurt?
Not if you don't want it to! One of the great things about having your tattoo done at Linear is that we will never shame you for wanting to use numbing prior to your tattoo. We have a topical numbing agent that you can purchase in our studio prior to your appointment to apply at home which will make the process a breeze. We can ship it to you as well if you are coming in from out of town.
How do I prep for my tattoo?
We recommend that you have a bite to eat beforehand and stay hydrated. It’s ideal not to consume alcohol prior to or the night before your appointment as alcohol can increase bleeding. Having the tattoo area ‘hair-free’ before the appointment would be appreciated but, isn't required. If you have had sun exposure within 5 days of having your tattoo or a sunburn, we unfortunately would have to reschedule and the 48 hour policy applies. Make sure to wear loose tops or sports bras that do not rub on the area you are wanting tattooed, shorts if needed, appropriate shoes/sandals for the area you are having tattooed. New tattoos need room to heal correctly so please do not wear anything restrictive or white.
What are the contraindications?
1. Currently taking antibiotics or cortisone
2. Pregnant or breastfeeding
3. Received a vaccination in the past 48 hours
4. Going on vacation that involves sun/water within 2 weeks
5. Arriving with a sunburn
6. Aptopic Dermatitis at the location of the tattoo
7. Produce Keloid scaring with minor scratches
8. Under 18 years of age
9. Intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
10. You arrive without government issued ID
How long is the healing process?
You will be provided the aftercare instructions in an email. Swimming and sunbathing will not be recommended for two weeks minimum. The skin will be healed within 2 weeks but, it's important to "baby" the area for about a month using sunblock and moisturizer.
How to determine what area to tattoo:
Choosing where to place your tattoo can be a hard decision. We will help you determine the best location and size for your tattoo to age the best and last the test of time. The areas of the body that are the most ideal to tattoo are the arms, legs and back. The side of the body, behind the ear, feet and hands are considered more difficult areas as far as healing and ink retention. Those areas have a higher risk of ink migration which results in fuzzy or blurred lines. Any Fine Line detailed imagery will need to be placed on the back, arms or legs.
Do you do cover-ups?
Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer cover-up work. That includes adding to an existing tattoo. Touch up and maintenance appointments are accepted only for work she has done.
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
You are allowed to bring up to one guest to your appointment unless you are having group tattoo's scheduled. If you require the support of a loved one, we totally understand and it is allowed. We strive to ensure that we keep our high standards of hygiene & allow enough space for the artist to work. Having a tattoo done at Linear isn't scary, we promise!
Do you do finger tats?
We do HOWEVER, based on our experience finger tattoos tend to not age well. We cannot guarantee that you will get the desired result with tattoos on the fingers. For some people finger tattoos will fade or spread sooner than tattoos on other areas. The ink tends to fade and drop out over time and will require lots of maintenance. There will be a fee for additional touch up's to hands or fingers.
How do Fine Line Tattoos age?
As far as how fine lined, slim needle tattoos age, there are many variables which affect the tattoo over time. Skin type, aftercare, and regular maintenance are all things to consider. However, so long as you take care of the tattoo, it will continue to look beautiful. Touch ups are always a possibility as well.
Fine Line Tattoo's have become increasingly popular all over the world. Aside from the celebrity trend, part of the appeal of small, fine line tattoos is that they are dainty, are a softer look, easy to hide if desired and can be created using more linear designs.
From delicate line drawings of flowers, animals, objects and scribbled or cursive script to the faces of your favorite pet and mythical creatures, it is a unique and modern approach to body art. A very popular request is replicating the signature or writing of a loved one.
A fine line tattoo is generally done with a single needle or a very small grouping of tattoo needles. It demands a great deal of control and precision. Any design can be done in a fine line style, she will also execute shading to add to the artistry of some of the tattoos.
Christina is the owner of Wink and Linear but also a licensed tattoo artist with over 15 years of implanting ink in various fashions. She has completed many sought after courses in tattooing as well as taking part in mentorships with other tattoo artists. She has always been attracted to the finesse of the fine line style of tattoo and with the skills that she has accumulated after tattooing all of these years, she is now happy to be able to translate them into fine line body art.
Lex has also had an extensive career in esthetics and permanent brows. She's sought after for her beautiful Combo Brow technique. She's always been an amazing artist and loves to draw. She is currently a licensed tattoo artist apprenticing under Christina and will be offering body art very soon. Her style of art is more traditional and blackwork currently.
Having your tattoo done at Linear includes a peaceful and beautiful ambiance paired with the ability to pre-numb the area you are having tattooed if you prefer. Why should it be a painful process? If you are interested in pre-numbing, we will suggest a great product for you to purchase prior to your appointment.
We are throwing out all of the old stigmas and welcome a new and modern way of experiencing a tattoo!