I don’t take any commissions or custom requests for tattoos.
My books are never ‘open’ exactly, I work exclusively from my own concepts or designs that I find from vintage sources – these are referred to as ‘projects’. I offer my projects publicly both on the website and sometimes smaller 1 or 2 session ones on Instagram. The larger projects get offered here, and people already on the mailing list will get a heads up before they are posted. The smaller ones go really quickly, so you may want to turn on your IG post alerts if you are in the market for one of those. The larger, multi-session projects go up a couple of times a year, and smaller short-notice ones are offered when I have cancellations or holes in my schedule, or by email when I will be traveling for work. I don’t keep a wait list.
That’s it, that’s all there is- it’s pretty simple. I’m careful with who I choose for the larger projects, since it can be a big work/time/expense commitment. I pick a few favorite candidates for each tattoo, and I offer a lot of information and transparency to those people about the cost and my process, so that potential clients can be fully informed before they decide if they still want the tattoo. I ask for photos of the area to be tattooed so that I know how much redesigning will be required from the original concept- sometimes I’m happy to change things quite a bit, sometimes I prefer to do the design exactly as I proposed it. If the tattoo as proposed is almost what you’d like to have, but if you’d prefer it in black and grey, or larger, or same style but different subject matter, or put it on another part of your body, or your skin tone or body type are very different than the image I used, please write in anyway. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and I often have ideas for alternate designs/techniques I’m very excited about, so please don’t hesitate to write in. I likely will not be willing to make it much smaller, or take out the weird part, or copy something I’ve already done on someone else. Please respect my client’s pain and expense, and don’t copy it either.
I welcome: all bodies, all colors and kinds of skin, all LGBTQIA people, all identities (please let me know your preferred pronouns), and all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Scars of any kind (self harm or mastectomy included), clients who are informed and comfortable with my process, collaboration with other artists. First timers, experienced clients, and other tattooers.
I’m less excited about: cover ups (unless they are small, or mentioned as an option in my project description), inefficient emailing, and being micromanaged.
Coverup and collection consult
I get a lot of emails and DMs from people with tattoo predicaments- questions about tattoos that didn’t go as planned, and what options they might have for correcting and improving the situation. It’s far easier and faster to explain options in person, and show examples of what might work. This is advice from a professional tattoo artist with 20 years experience, with a lot of first-hand practical information on cover-ups, laser removal, working with scar tissue, and new tattooing techniques. Sometimes it’s nice to get advice from someone who has tried everything and spends a lot of time thinking about how to make things prettier. Hopefully, this can be a helpful service for anyone who no longer likes a tattoo they have now, and doesn’t quite know what to do about it.
To be clear this is not a consultation for a tattoo appointment with me, this is only advice about how to manage current and future collections.
Maybe you don’t have any big mistakes, but still would appreciate some guidance on where to take your collection? Let me tell you, I have ideas! The consultation can also be used to discuss themes, textures, colors, and techniques that will make your collection cohesive and impressive. You’re still on your own to choose an artist, but I can tell you what to look for, and maybe point you in the right direction.
45 minutes, $250
Wholistic full collection tattoo curation
Once in a while, a client requests that I design their entire tattoo collection. Working from nothing, or from existing tattoos- and taking into consideration physique, coloration, personal style, and ability to travel- I will design a full body tattoo plan. As often as you feel like adding to your collection, I will recommend a tattoo and a specific artist. If you like, I can contact the artist on your behalf, and explain the project and its parameters. If they agree, you take it from there with the artist. If they decline, I will recommend someone else, or perhaps I will do the tattoo myself. Possibilities include collaborations arranged between two artists I select, a personal ink palette to take with you to appointments to ensure color consistency and harmony, and other weird shit I haven’t dreamed up yet. It is highly recommended that the client be comfortable putting themselves entirely in my hands, and not attempting to manage or direct this process. Please be honest with yourself about whether this is a good fit for you before contacting me – this process isn’t right for everyone.
Initial consult, $500, $170/hour for planning work thereafter