– 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.
Hello there and thank you for taking an interest in my work! I am not currently taking on new tattoo requests at this time, but I will be soon. My next big "Request Day" will be around late-July so please return to this page on that day for the consultation form. Until then be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram to hear about my other updates and reminders.
To see how my consultation request process works, check out my FAQ page!
In between the points where I accept new project requests you are always welcome to email me a brief description of your tattoo idea. That way I’ll know if I’m the right artist for you and if it’s worth while for you to wait for me. If I don’t feel that I’m a good fit for your particular project I may be able to recommend a trusted local colleague.
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.
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 and alternative healing methods (if adhesive is a problem for you) can be discussed together. Generally I use the products and established methods of SecondSkin™ - please take a look at their website for detailed instructions.
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.
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!