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How do I book with you?
My books are currently closed. Please wait until my booking form has been reactivated to submit your request. Things remain unpredictable due to the ongoing pandemic so I am unable to provide a timeline for when my books will reopen. A reopening announcement will be posted on my Instagram.

I had an appointment scheduled for December 7th, 2020, through January 31st, 2021! How will we reschedule?
If you have an appointment scheduled with me for December 7th, 2020, through January 31st, 2021, you should have received an email from me notifying you of our closure and rescheduling plan. Let me know if you didn't receive this email.
Once we have reopened, I will reach out to you to offer the option of rescheduling your appointment. If you have put down a deposit for your appointment, your deposit will be forwarded to your newly selected date and this will not count as a reschedule on your end. In an attempt to schedule new appointments in the fairest way possible, I plan to contact each of my affected clients in order of date/time of previously scheduled appointments. At this time, please plan for new appointment dates to be early April or later.
Because our priorities are all shifting, I also fully understand if you wish to completely cancel your appointment at this time. I am happy refund your deposit to you immediately and hope to work with you in the future.

I have an appointment for February 1st, 2021, or after. Will my appointment be affected?
If you have an appointment for February 1st, 2021, and later, please know that I cannot guarantee that your appointment will move forward as scheduled. If the stay-at-home order is extended once again and your appointment will be affected, I will contact you ASAP.
Existing appointments will only need to be rescheduled if our closure is extended by the City. Affected appointments will be rescheduled on dates not already claimed; this will not require moving existing appointments.

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, organic fine lines to create a unique 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:
• Human figures (other than existing characters from cartoons/anime/manga)
• 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 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 positive 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.