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I was born and raised in five different suburbs across North America. In pursuit of a career in art, I moved to San Francisco in 2003 and earned my BFA at the Academy of Art University.

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.

Preferred subject matter:

• Flora: flowers, plants, trees, fungi (especially herbs or unusual plants)
• Fauna: animals of any kind
• Space: moons, stars, planets, celestial elements
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