How do I make an appointment?
I open my books for custom work around 4 times a year, although this process is ever evolving! I typically leave them open for a week, and then select the submissions that are the best match to my style, capabilities, & subject matter preferences. Because I am only one little human with limited availability, I have to pass on many projects I love, so please don't feel rejected.
What to include in your submission:
A succinct description of the design you're interested in, including subject matter, placement ideas, and general size/layout.
References or photos of tattoos I've done that are relevant to your idea.
Wether you are local or traveling, and available for multiple sessions.
I am always happy to help with subject matter, placement, and symbology ideas if you're open to collaboration.
*What I don't do: Faces, heads, fingers, script/text, custom color tattoos, or other artists work. Cover-ups are case by case basis.
All bodies welcome.
How much will my tattoo cost?
My rates are determined by the city I'm working in, my booth rent, & demand.
My current hourly rate in Austin, TX, is $250, with a $500 minimum.
My flash ranges from $400-$800 before customization.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required and will be deducted from the cost of your tattoo.
I can provide you with an estimate prior to your appointment.
I accept debit/credit with a small transaction fee, and cash payments receive a 10% discount.
In an effort to keep my work accessible & fair, I am happy to consider budget constraints. Social workers, teachers, and nurses are especially encouraged to negotiate pricing.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
Moisturize the area you're getting tattooed for several days before your appointment, but not the day-of.
Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and avoid alcohol and blood thinners the night before.
Eat a good meal before your tattoo.
Feel free to bring something to occupy you while I tattoo, I can get a little quiet while I’m working! Headphones or a book are great!
While I try my best to keep ink off of your clothes, I recommend wearing black or dark colored clothing, and make sure it is suitable for the area you're getting tattooed.
Be prepared with payment. I am $250/hr unless it’s a flat rate flash design or we have discussed a sliding scale budget. I accept debit/credit cards with a small transaction fee, and cash payments receive a 10% discount.
If you feel anxious or uninformed, please bring it to my attention. I want you to be as comfortable as possible!
How do I take care of my new tattoo?
Traditional plastic wrap method:
Leave wrap on for 3 hours. When you take it off, wash your tattoo with very warm water (as hot as is comfortable) and mild liquid hand soap (like Dr. Bronner’s, Dial or Softsoap). Pat it dry gently with a paper towel, and let it air dry the rest of the way. Apply a very small amount of tattoo ointment or plain, unscented lotion (like Lubriderm, Palmers cocoa butter, or Aquaphor) to the tattoo, just enough to lightly moisturize. For the next few days, wash your tattoo morning and night, and apply lotion when it feels dry or tight.
Recovery Derm Sheild:
Leave your bandage on for 3 days (if no irritation around the perimeter is present). Gently peel the Derm Shield by pulling it slowly from the edge back over itself. Do not pull the bandage upwards. Removing it in a hot or warm shower will soften the adhesive making it easier to remove. It is normal for blood/fluids to collect under the bandage. Gently clean and dry your tattoo, then apply a thin layer of lotion. Use lotion or tattoo ointment twice a day until healed.
Avoid wearing clothing that may cause excessive rubbing to the area during the recovery process
Avoid exposure to the sun, especially in the first month after getting a new tattoo
Avoid submerging the area of your tattooed skin in water for at least 2 weeks
Avoid touching the area of your tattoo, even if it is itchy, applying lotion or tattoo ointment can help alleviate itchiness