– Portland, Oregon –
Welcome to the website for Rachel Gilbert, AKA "Inkstress".
Rachel is pleased to announce that starting August 2018 she will be working with Jay Eakin at East Side Tattoo - 6514 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR 97206. Located in Southeast Portland, the newly opened shop is part of the ever-changing Foster landscape with several new bars/restaurants/cafes having moved to the neighborhood.
Thank you for taking an interest in my work! I am not taking on new requests at this time, but I hope to do so soon...
The shop has been closed since mid-March due to the statewide Stay At Home orders. When we can safely reopen my first order of business will be to reschedule all the wonderfully patient and understanding clients who had to cancel their visits.
Once they are settled with new appointments I'll be very happy and excited to announce a new big Request Day! (See my FAQ page for full explanation of my process) I am hoping this might be around June/July.
I've prepared answers to most of the questions generally asked about the tattoo process. Please click on any of the questions below to view the answer. If there is anything I have not covered, please feel free to email me.
In compliance with state health department regulations we have implemented some new rules to help keep you safe during your appointment.
I work by appointment only and am not available to accept walk-ins. Typically tattoo sessions are scheduled between noon and 6pm - I do not schedule evening appointments but earlier start times are possible upon request. Generally I book appointments Monday-Saturday each week with weekend dates typically reserved for out-of-town clients. Sundays are reserved for my day off (everyone needs some downtime).
My hourly rate is $170/per hour. I happily accept most major US credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) and cash is always appreciated but never mandatory!
I only open my books for new projects 4-5 times per year, usually about once every 2-3 months. These are the steps that will occur if you are interested in booking a consultation:
Once you've heard back from me after submitting a new project request, the following steps will occur:
Your deposit reserves your appointment dates and will be put towards the final total of your tattoo cost. I will roll over a deposit into your next appointment when your project will require multiple sessions to complete and it be deducted from the final payment at the end of the project.
Deposits are non-refundable - You lose your deposit if you:
A) Are a "no-call no-show" to an appointment.
B) Cancel your tattoo appointment with less than 48 hrs notice without a very good excuse.
C) In the event you are not satisfied with how the design is progressing and you cancel the project before your first tattoo appointment, the deposit is put towards my time to prepare the drawing.
Please show up dressed comfortably with clothing that will allow me to access the area getting the tattoo and try to be as rested and relaxed as possible. Please shower before your appointment and try to avoid strong smelling soaps, perfumes or colognes as we will be working very close to eachother for several hours.
Being excited or nervous is perfectly normal, but please try not to be sleepy, hungry, or hungover. Get some rest, eat some food, bring snacks for later in the day, and feel free to have your normal morning coffee or take something for a headache. Just be ready to hang out for the day!
I will go over thorough instructions in person after your session. We can discuss alternative healing methods if adhesive is a problem for you. Generally I use the products and established methods of SecondSkin™ - please take a look at their website for detailed instructions.
In addition, I've prepared a detailed aftercare instruction page for you to just in case all you have questions afterwards. In the event that your tattoo doesn't look like it's healing correctly or you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Oregon has begun lifting restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Multnomah County is in the final stages of being approved to allow tattoo services to reopen. Pending Multnomah County's approval, East Side Tattoo will reopen with some changes to how we've previously operated. The following are the new guidelines we will be implementing for your next visit:
In order to limit the number of people inside the shop, we can no longer allow folks to hang out in the couch area, so please be prepared to wait outside (or in your car if it’s raining) until the work is absolutely about to start. When you arrive at the shop call the front desk (503-719-5796) and we will bring the release form out to you.
Please immediately either wash your hands or utilize the sanitizer at the front desk.
We will be taking client temperatures using a no-touch infrared thermometer - fever is an early indicator of potential virus infection. Any client exhibiting a temperature over 99 degrees will be asked to reschedule their appointment. If you are traveling from out of town for your appointment, please check your temperature before leaving to ensure you will meet this criteria when you arrive.
Come prepared to wear a mask for the duration of your appointment. This means snacking will be limited during your appointment, so please eat before you arrive and/or bring only small bits you can easily put under your mask like gum or hard candies. Wearing a mask is non-negotiable.
In order to limit the number of people in the shop, you are no longer permitted to bring any friends/companions along with you to your appointment. This also applies to children.
During your appointment please do your best to maintain proper social distance between yourself and other clients. Yes, you might have to squeeze past someone to see the mirror or use the restroom, but that’s why we have masks. Just do the best you can, be as respectful of spacing as possible under the circumstances.
Cancel your appointment if you are experiencing ANY under-the-weather symptoms including but not limited to:
I mean WHY would anyone ever want to get tattooed if you felt this bad anyway, right?
Cancel your appointment if you have been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms or has tested positive within the last 14 days. Please do not risk the health of myself, my coworkers, or their clients. We can reschedule, it is ok!
Cancelling due to possible infection or exposure, even if it’s at the last minute, will NOT negatively affect your deposit.
In order for your new tattoo to properly heal, I have put together specific aftercare instructions to follow.
Use your own best judgement on when to remove the bandage based on how your tattoo feels. Remove the bandage, clean the tattoo, and use a plain unscented lotion as necessary as the tattoo finishes healing. Some light peeling may occur, don’t pick or scratch at it!
How did this all begin? I started tattooing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin back in 2001 (please note that this was way before all these tattoo-themed TV shows plagued the airwaves). In 2007, I moved to Portland, OR to join a larger, more supportive, and inspiring community of fellow artists - it’s amazing to be able to live and work in a city with artists of such a high caliber!
My passion? Whimsical, light hearted, 3D realism! I love creating pieces of art that are intricate, ornate, and full of vibrant color. My inspiration is often found in nature – plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables (yes, really!), birds, bugs, and I'm especially fond of adorable underwater creatures! I don't mind drawing skulls, as long as I can drape them in pearls and flowers, maybe add an ornate frame and a ladybug or two!
Tired of hiding a bad tattoo? I do lots of full cover-up tattoos and also what I refer to as “tattoo facelifts” (reworking older tattoos and restoring them new glory). Life is too short to walk around with a tattoo that doesn’t make you happy!
When I’m not tattooing, I’m off enjoying live music with my wonderful husband, having adventures in our old VWs, singing a little karaoke with friends, possibly scuba diving, or just hanging around our goofy dog (FYI I will force you to look at painfully adorable photos of her). I also tend to sing while I work, you should know that up front.
I invite you to contact me for a consultation - let’s work together to create something unique and beautiful!