to book an appt in PA:
step 1: visit my shop page and reserve one of my designs - this payment will act as a non-refundable deposit
each design is one of a kind and will not be repeated - booked on a first come, first serve basis
step 2: once you reserve a design/pay a deposit you will be automatically sent a link to schedule an appointment time for your tattoo
my studio hours are thur-sun 10am-8pm, please make sure you are available during these times before booking
I only work in handpoke tattooing which is machine-free and done entirely by hand. Visit my FAQ for more info on handpoke tattooing if you are unfamiliar with the process/timing.
You must be 18 or older.
I do not tattoo anyone who is sick, pregnant, presenting a rash anywhere on the body, on antibiotics or steroids, healing from surgery/injury or healing from another fresh tattoo.
I do not tattoo over scars less than 18 months old, sunburns, or open skin.
2-4 inch tattoos are usually $400 total (each design will specify 2-4 inch price on shop page)
Larger pieces are $100 extra for every inch added.
Smaller pieces (less than 2 inches) are $300 total.
Specified designs are $120 flat rate at any size
Guesting rates vary to reflect added travel costs and shop rent. This will vary depending on the city.
Most of my work takes between 2-4 hrs. Full arm and leg wraps will take 4-6 hrs. Full back pieces are 10+ hrs and will likely take 2 sessions spaced at least 3 weeks apart.
cancelations and rescheduling:
Deposit: I require a deposit to secure an appt. The deposit is non-refundable and only transferrable one time if you reschedule with at least 72hrs notice.
Reschedule with at least 72hrs notice: Your $100 deposit will be transferred to your new appt date, however a second deposit will be required to secure the new time. This means, you will have two deposits submitted and they both will count towards your total at the appt.
Cancellation: Cancellation for any reason will forfeit your deposit and a new deposit will be required to book again.
No Show: Your deposit is forfeited and you will not be able to get tattooed from me in the future.
Late Policy: There will be a 20 minute grace period with no penalty for those who communicate via email or IG. 15 mins late with no communication will be considered a no-show resulting in a loss of deposit.
Touch ups: I offer 1 free touch up within 12 months of your initial appt. Any touch up beyond 1 yr is considered normal wear and aging for a tattoo and will be charged at my normal rates. Touch ups must be scheduled at least 8 weeks after original tattoo.
I open my books once a month, usually mid month for the following months appts.
available designs will be posted on my shop page which will be linked in my instagram bio when books are open.
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I grew up in California before spending 10 yrs in NYC for school at Juilliard and a career in professional dance. I transitioned to tattooing while living in Seattle and have been in love with it ever since.
As a White, Queer, neuro-diverse human existing in this world, it is important for me to use my privilege to uplift and center those with less privilege than I. Please see my FAQ for a list of Queer and/or Trans and/or BIPOC artists that I recommend you follow and support!
about my work:
I work from my designs only, no customs, available designs are listed on my shop page.
I am sometimes open to extremely small modifications on my designs such as adding a circle, removing a circle, filling in a shape, etc. Please specify what modification you are interested in when scheduling your appointment and I will make decisions on a case by case basis.
I do not repeat designs, giving everyone a unique and one of a kind tattoo. I will make an exception only for two friends/partners/family etc that would like to have a matching tattoo and agree on the same flash design.
I am open to any placement a client wants and willing to break up a design to fit in between existing tattoos or specific body areas.
I do not tattoo feet, necks, and heads.
how is handpoke different from machine tattoos?
Handpoking is derivative of the oldest known forms of tattooing that date back some 5000 years ago. The modern era needles are single metal bars with variously sized clusters of small needles at one end. Some folks believe handpoking to be a less painful experience than machine tattooing but this greatly depends on the person, placement, size, and preferred experience. Some believe handpoking to feel similar to a little cat claw prick. Handpoking usually takes significantly longer than machine tattooing especially for larger pieces. Though still possible with handpoke, large areas of fill and shading are usually better suited for machine work.
Click here for timing examples of my work.
do you allow clients to bring guests?
Yes! Our space is large enough that we allow 1 guest to tag along with each client. We will ask that the guest adheres to the same covid and monkey pox preventative measures we set forth prior to the appt and the day of. The guest will also need to provide proof of Covid vaccination and booster (same as the client).
do you have any information or pricing specific to BIPOC and/or Trans folks?
Yes! I offer one free appointment per month for folks who identify as BIPOC and/or Trans. Historically the tattoo world has been extremely racist and extremely transphobic and I hope to give back to these communities through these appts. I will never ask anyone to justify any reasoning behind applying for these appts.
If interested please fill out your name and info here
do you have experience tattooing darker skin complexions?
We have tattooed many folks with darker skin tones and we invite you to scroll through our individual instagrams to get a sense of our past work. We am constantly seeking out more knowledge about working with Black, Brown and Indigenous skin tones and we invite any specific questions you might have for us about our experience. That being said, as White tattooers, it is our responsibility and duty to uplift the work and voices of BIPOC artists and we have compiled a list of incredible artists around the country that we encourage you to check out, support, and perhaps hire.
what are your covid and monkey pox prevention plans?
While many folks are privileged to have sick days or wfh options should they get covid, as a small business owner, we (like so many others) do not have that financial privilege. Accordingly, we take Covid and other illnesses extremely seriously. We recognize this may seem like we are stuck in March 2020 but we ask clients to be stringent about covid exposure for the week leading up to the appt (ie no parties, no large crowds, no plane travel (unless properly masked) etc). We REQUIRE proof of covid vaccination and booster and we require masking with an N95 during the appt itself. We cannot tattoo anyone that has had covid or the booster shot within 2 weeks leading up to the appt. We also at this time will not tattoo anyone that has an active rash. The studio equipment is fully sanitized between each client.
what are your credentials?
I am certified in Bloodborne Pathogen Training and I have been tattooing full time since April 2021. Pennsylvania does not have personal or studio licensing for tattooing however I was licensed and in good standing in Washington state for 2 full years where I used to live and tattoo.
are there situations where you cannot tattoo someone?
Scars - I recommend waiting at least 18 months before tattooing over a scar.
Pregnancy - While there isn't much research on this, I error on the side of caution and say safe is better than sorry.
Excema - I will not tattoo over any area that you have experience outbreaks in the past. And tattooing has the potential to trigger an outbreak in a previously clear area.
Acutane - It is widely advised not to get a tattoo until you have completed the acutane and been off of it for 6 months.
Illness - If you are sick the day of your appt, we will need to reschedule. I advise not to get tattooed with in 2 weeks after you felt ill. Your bodies immune system will be needed to heal the tattoo so tattooing on a weakened immune system can lead to slower healing, infection or sickness.
Intoxication - I will not tattoo anyone under the influence of any substance. I recommend avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and ibuprofene as well since they are blood thinners.
Hesitancy - If you are extremely indecisive about the design or placement at the appt (for example stenciling taking longer than 1.5 hrs) I reserve the right to make the decision not to tattoo you that day. This is extremely rare, but I never want to tattoo someone when they aren't ready.
*These are simply examples and timing can be greatly impacted by size, design, placement, fill, ink color and skin texture.
**I work at the quickest pace I can to achieve the best results for my work. Healed examples can be found on my instagram in the story highlights.