Communication is key when it comes to a successful art project. I want to be 100% transparent in what I can, can't, and won't do. Here is a comprehensive list of questions and procedures that will help us both decide if I'm the artist for your gig.

My Questions For You:

  • What is your timeline?

    • This may be the most important question I can ask about your project. Is there a feasible timeline for this gig? If it is a rush job (less than two weeks), there is a high chance that I will not take on your project. It’s always okay to inquire about a project with a quick turnaround, but be prepared that I may not be able to get to it in time.

  • Who is the point person?

    • I’ve found that it is easiest to communicate with one person when it comes to projects. If there is a team or committee making decisions, that’s rad. We can have meetings as a team and discuss all the ideas. However, I will need only one person to email, phone, and sign off on decisions. Let’s not complicate this project - I’ve seen straightforward jobs get lost in the translation of big group email threads.

  • Do you need a permit?

    • As much as I would love to install every mural that I am requested to paint, there are city ordinances in place that require almost all exterior murals and signs to have permits. I will paint just about anything as long as you have permission from the property owner, pay fully upfront, and if you sign a legal document recusing me of legal responsibility and recourse if a permit is not acquired.

    • If you do need a permit and would like to acquire one, I am happy to work along side the Arts Commission of Oklahoma, sign permitting department, and Urban Design Review. These permits take a considerable amount of time to prepare and typically take about a month to receive after final drafts are completed.

  • Do you know what you want?

    • The more you know what you are looking for, the quicker we can move on drafts and installation. I always encourage my clients to find as much reference material as possible so I am fully able to understand your needs. I want you to have a piece of artwork that you are proud of - the more reference you can give, the better.

    • I’d love to be the creative director on your project. Take a look at my portfolio on this site, feel free to reference murals and artwork I have already created. If you like my style, I’d be happy to incorporate it in your project.

  • Is this someone else’s artwork or style?

    • Sometimes I am requested to install the work of another designer or artist. If you have employed another designer or artist to create art for your mural or sign, that is great. I am happy to work with that artist to make sure their art is installed accurately. However, I will not install artwork you do not have permission to use. I am not in the business of copying or stealing the work of others. It’s okay to reference other art styles and aesthetics, but I will not copy. If the styling is not something I can do, I will do my best to send you to the best local artist who’s style matches your needs.

  • Do you have a budget for this project?

    • It’s a good idea to have realistic expectations for your project. Professional quality paint installation is not cheap or fast. I use the highest quality paints available on the market. While my artwork can be advertising for the client, it is also a reflection of my craftsmanship. I want to deliver a piece of artwork of which we are both proud.

      • Design work is $100/hr.

      • I require a 50% upfront deposit on all work.

      • Mural and sign installation can range from $10-$30 per square foot.

      • Paint quality, equipment rental, permitting, and hiring extra installation artists can all affect the price of work desired.

Your Questions For Me:

  • Do I need a permit?

    • If this is an exterior mural or sign in Oklahoma City, it is likely that you need a permit. If it is interior - no. If you are in another city or state, you will need to research your local ordinances and we will move forward accordingly.

  • Can you print t-shirts for my event, club, or organization?

    • No. I am no longer in the business of printing custom t-shirts. I can do t-shirt design work for you at $100 an hour and can send print ready files to your favorite local printer.

  • Can you print a poster for my band or event?

    • Probably! I love screen printed posters and work with local artists and venues to create artwork for music events. Please inquire about your project.

  • I sent you a direct message on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. - why haven’t you gotten back to me?

    • I do my best to reply to messages on social media, however email is always the best way to reach me. I only conduct business through email and would be happy to work with you - dusty@okiedust.com

  • Will you donate goods or services to my organization? Will you do this project because it has great exposure?

    • I’m sorry, but I cannot offer my services for free. I have built relationships with many non-profits that I love working with already.

  • Will you design a tattoo for me?

    • No. There are many great tattoo artists available that would be happy to have your business. It’s just not what I do.

  • Are you ever going to make __________ Tree & Leaf shirt/product again?

    • Probably not. I hold a special place for Tree & Leaf in my heart, but at this point I have no plans on recreating products from that era.

  • Is there a deposit for this project?

    • Yes. I require a 50% upfront deposit on all work.

I’m sure there are more questions and other inquiries. It never hurts to ask, feel free to shoot me an email: dusty@okiedust.com. I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible!