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How do I book with you?
My books are currently closed. Our shop has been closed since March 17th, 2020, and will remain closed until further notice, per the guidance of the City of San Francisco Health Officials in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. My books will reopen once we have a clear and confirmed reopening date and all existing appointments affected by the closure have been rescheduled. This will be updated on my website and announced on Instagram. I thank you for your patience in waiting to submit a booking request!
Please note that I typically book about 10-12 weeks in advance.

Can I work with you on a new tattoo design while the shop is closed? / Can I see my design early?
I am not working on any custom designs during our closure. I'm currently focused on other projects and have lightened my workload to help maintain my mental and emotional well-being through these unpredictable times. Thanks for understanding!

What type of tattoos do you prefer to do?
I specialize in small, fine line and single-needle black ink tattoos, with a focus on the mysterious and mystical side of nature. Though I also do soft shading or dot shading, my signature shading style uses scratchy, gestural fine lines to create an organic, hand-drawn look.

Your tattoo request will be more likely to be approved if it fits my style and my preferred subject matter:

Nature
• Flora: flowers, plants, trees, fungi (especially herbs or unusual plants)
• Fauna: animals of any kind
• Space: moons, stars, planets, celestial elements
Handwriting
Script (especially cursive and fineline)
Characters or elements from cartoons/anime/manga

Please, no requests for:
• Perfect/clean geometry with a computer-printed look
• Full color pieces – I very rarely work with color and will only use it as a slight accent
• Color outlines or color script
• Tattoo cover-ups
• Copies of another tattoo artist’s work or copies of a custom tattoo I created

What is your design process?
I focus on custom tattoos, meaning I draw each piece to be unique to each client. The process will depend on how collaborative you would like to be.

If you prefer to be a little more hands-off, I appreciate your trust! I will ask you a few questions to determine some basic design features but will source my own references.
Or you may provide design direction by:
• Sending reference photos. Images can be photos of the subject you would like to have tattooed or photos of similar tattoos or drawings that you like (for style or subject).
• Sending sketches or photo collages if there is a specific layout that you have in mind. (Rough sketches/collages are totally OK!)
• Sending fonts that you like or sourcing your own font choice.

I am also happy to work with finished drawings, as long as you are the original artist or have written permission from the original artist to get their work tattooed.

I will send a draft of your drawing or font options to you 1-2 days prior to your appointment so that we can work on finalizing the design/font.
The final design will be shown to you in person at your tattoo appointment. I set aside extra time for each appointment in case additional updates are needed.

Can I get a tattoo design from you to be tattooed by another artist?
Thanks for your interest in my work! I am not comfortable with having my designs tattooed by another artist. Each tattoo artist has their own unique style, and the way I draw my pieces is honed to match my tattooing techniques.

What is your rate?
My current rate is $400/hour and I have a $400 minimum for all tattoos. If you are working with budget restrictions, please include this information on the form and I will let you know if we can execute your idea at or under your budget.

I want multiple small tattoos. Can I book them all in a single session?
I can accommodate a maximum of two designs per tattoo session, depending on requested size and complexity of design.

What payment methods do you accept?
For deposits, I accept Venmo, PayPal, Google Pay, or credit card (via Square).
On the day of the tattoo, cash is preferred but I also accept Venmo, PayPal, credit card, or tap payments (Google/Apple/Samsung Pay).

What is the tipping policy?
NOTE: this is my personal policy only and does not necessarily apply to any other artists -
Tips are greatly appreciated but not expected! I understand that getting a tattoo can be a big investment and that not everyone can afford to factor a tip into the budget.
As an alternate way of showing your appreciation, please consider leaving a review on Google/Yelp and/or paying with cash.
When working with other artists, please note that general etiquette is to tip at least 15% - 20% of the total tattoo cost (including deposit).

How should I prepare for my tattoo? How should I care for my tattoo once it is done?
Please review my Prep/Aftercare page here.

What is your touch-up policy?
I offer lifetime free touch-ups on all of my work except on fingers/hands, feet, and ears (cartilage or lobe).
Work must be healed for at least 4 weeks before a touch-up.