Helloooo Spring 2021! Now that the sun is out and the prospect of “getting back to normal” (whatever the hell that is anymore) seems possible what is at the very top of your must-do list? Dinner at a friend’s house? Back yard BBQ? Movie? Or how about a tattoo? Spring is the perfect time to get a tattoo and tattoo artists have been eagerly waiting (and waiting) to get back to work while legions of tattoo collectors have been eyeing all their prime real estate and planning…
So now that it is officially spring tattoo season (it’s a thing. I literally just made it a thing) what is your first step for booking with that tattoo artist you have been stalking on IG all winter – DM? Email? Phone call? Getting an artist to respond can be a frustrating experience because…well…they are very busy being artists and the good ones are often flooded with messages making the job of sifting through correspondence daunting. Or maybe YOU are a tattoo artist (high five – your amazing!!) and your DM’s and email are overflowing with potential clients but you don’t have time to comb through them all and still make art all day. Tatstat to the rescue!!
Tatstat is a new app that helps artists and clients connect in an efficient, seamless manner making things like consultations, bookings, scheduling, and even deposits as easy as clicking a button. Tatstat is the brain child of tattoo artist Channelle Charest and her client and Co-founder Greg Goforth. Good tattoo clients know one of the best things about getting tattooed is spending quality time chatting with your artist and that is exactly how Tatstat was born.
Greg is a software developer and Channelle works in tech full time while tattooing full time (Nap time Channelle – seriously) and during their session, they got to chatting about the inevitable frustrations of trying to book an appointment for a tattoo. Greg had already built a scheduling app for his hairdresser mom so he took the base code and with Channelle’s tattooing expertise they began to create a super-specific app geared to the tattooing experience for artists and clients. Then these overachievers decided to kick it into high gear by entering the 59 Days of Code contest to build out the app – which they won in their category – and the rest is history in the making.
Tatstat helps artists respond to inquiries, send reminders, confirm details, schedule appointments, collect deposits and manage the client experience from the first message to the final session. For clients, Tatstat allows you to search for artists in a particular area, send inquiries, and once you are scheduled to stay in contact with your artist effortlessly. Imagine scheduling a tattoo as easily as a haircut or a massage? Tatstat makes that possible.
As the app grows in popularity artists are finding it increases their revenue and cuts down on lag time between communication with potential clients without having to make any other changes to their operation. Tatstat leads to better customer service which equals happier clients and more referrals – a total win. To help the app meet and exceed expectations Tatstat has product officer Carley Feil with her finger on the pulse of what artists need from the app and what clients expect from an intuitive, reliable, and easy-to-use scheduling app.
I feel like Tatstat will be one of those apps that makes life so much easier you can’t believe what it used to take to get an appointment as a client or manage your schedule as an artist. Personally, I have always fallen into the email obsessive client category fine-tuning and fretting over my “please tattoo me PLEASE!!!” emails like a ghosted girlfriend trying to win back a lover via text – spoiler alert it has rarely gone well. It makes me happy to think I will be able to just reach out to artists and start the process of getting tattooed without feeling like a stalker…although I definitely plan on creeping around Channelle’s shop, Faithful and True because she is so cool – but no loooong emails I promise.