How do I know if booking is open?
Booking usually opens once a month, on the 17th at 10am. You can check out my booking link here
if booking is open it will take you to the form. If booking is closed it will show a message with an approximate date for when booking will reopen.
What if I have a question but your booking form isn't open?
bottom of this form baby :) I've got an intake box where you can ask me. Please make sure the question you are asking isn't answered in here thoughhhhhhh.....
Why isn't booking always open?
Booking is an overwhelming process, and when it was always open, I was always on my computer or phone. Opening it for short periods of time keeps the workload realistic for me and helps me have space to respond to each inquiry without exhaustion, dropped threads, or too much back-and-forth. It also keeps the booking closer to our actual appointment time, so I tend to get fewer cancellations or scheduling shifts then I did when I let folks book months in advance.
Is booking competitive?
I usually get a few more inquiries than I have spots ~ so it's not tremendously competitive but there does have to be some decision making on my part about the appointments that feel right to me and have a nice chemistry (i.e. a few flash pieces... a few thresholds... a few dealer's choice pieces...)
What is a "Flash" tattoo?
"Flash" refers to a rotating selection of drawings that I have already created and would be happy to tattoo. Generally I only tattoo each flash piece on time, on one person... but sometimes I make several variations with a detail or two that distinguishes them. you can check out what's currently available via my instagram highlight, appropriately labeled "Flash"
What if I want a flash piece with some slight variations?
It depends on the variations but I'm certainly open to it! I have a space for that kind of request on my booking form.
Do you ever do custom drawings?
I have officially closed the chapter of custom drawings. This is what I wrote about my decision to stop doing them a few years ago: Though I deeply love hearing custom ideas and the thrill of manifesting that for someone, it’s time to refocus my tattoo practice on the imagery, themes and content that call to me. I noticed that custom work kept leaving me feeling dispersed, off the path, a little out of it - and that’s not how I want to connect with you all. This craft is stranger and more mercurial than I ever expected. It can be difficult to claim desires as valid when they are erratic, non-linear, illogical, intangible... especially with choices that affect our livelihood or bring us into conflict with what people seem to want us to deliver. But, if there’s anything I want to bring into the world, it’s permission to get specific, be complex, & pay attention. I feel SO much gratitude that not a single community member has made me feel guilty about all the fluctuation and experimentation that I need to build systems that keep me healthy/happy. It is a testament to how flexible, caring and creative you all are. Thank you so so much. I believe that by deepening here ( 🌬) I’ll actually be able to bring more abundant skill, magic & nourishment to the space between us
What are the Thresholds?
The Threshold option is for clients who desire a tattoo ritual to commemorate, add energy, or call home a transition.
Expanding on the original threshold from my flash (arched doorway with hanging tinsel)... it's somewhere between a flash tattoo and a custom - I'd like to stay in visual realms that feel exciting and current for me as an artist... but for this magic to work I feel it’s important that it be collaborative :)
The questions I ask to frame our design are:
what do you feel you are moving out of?
what do you feel / hope you are moving into?
what barriers (if any) are your experiencing that you need assistance with?
what do you sense about the personality of the threshold - meaning, what do you have to walk through and how is it going to feel?
How are Thresholds different from any other "custom" tattoo?
I think it's a difference of expectation and responsibility. My favorite challenge in the thresholds is the translation of the emotional content into a visual symbol. The client and I have really clear realms of responsibility within this framework: the client's job is to articulate the mood, intention, meaning, or function of the tattoo... and my job is to intuitively locate a visual response to that, from my particular voice and lense. Custom pieces seemed to follow a different contract. I usually found myself following the client's visual impulses and helping them actualize their own pre-determined image & symbolism. There's nothing wrong with this dynamic, it's just not the way I most enjoy working.
Can I see the sketches ahead of time?
For thresholds I actually don't prepare sketches ahead of time. I prefer to start drawing once we are in the room together. This way we are able to talk and respond in real time, and the drawings can be informed by our energetic connection, the placement, your thoughts.... this isn't everyone's cup of tea and that is a-ok! But something about the openness is integral to how the magic happens for me. I'd say if this spontaneity doesn't sound comfortable for you, there may be a better fit out there in another tattooer's process. I encourage you to explore!
How are the Thresholds different from sigils?
The thresholds are visually more diverse; I wanted to give myself room to move away from the minimal, small, single-line aesthetic of the sigils. And the threshold content is more focused; they work specifically with moments of transition and change.
What were the sigils and why did you stop doing them?
Sigils (pronounced sih - jils) are magic symbols meant to contain a power, energy, or purpose, unique and legible only to the creator. I didn't invent this practice - a friend of mine who practices witchcraft taught me about it when I was first dipping back into drawing. My roommate drew one for herself asked me to tattoo it on her... and that's how the two practices of sigil-making and tattooing became folded together.
I worked with clients on crafting and tattooing sigils for 3 years. It taught me a tremendous amount: how to hold an intimate and safe environment for another person's emotional process; how to balance my aesthetic boundaries with the collaborative nature of design; how to step into my own internal guidance (and seek continuing education) to deepen the way I work with energy, magic, communication, and healing...
Eventually I felt myself losing steam, energy, enthusiasm... and because of the intimacy and trust involved in creating sigils, I could not continue without a 100% "yes" in my heart.
Will you ever come back to doing sigils?
never say never :)
Do you do consultations?
As I said above, the consultation and the tattoo happen in the one, fresh moment at our appointment. That said, I would never pressure someone to get a tattoo that doesn't feel right. If you are in our appointment and you feel like you need more time to think before tattooing, I will be compassionate and cooperative. This is your body! We can simply settle up for the time spent designing, and schedule a follow up appointment to finalize and tattoo. It may take a few weeks to find you a follow-up appointment time, but I'd so much rather you be sure and a little delayed, then get something permanent that you don't truly want.
I have some needs/concerns related to trauma, is there a way I can share some cues with you about my emotional and physical safety?
Absolutely ~ there is a space on the booking form just for this, and if it requires a more involved email conversation I am here for that. I care really deeply about keeping my practice trauma-informed and guided by the principles of agency, respect, and consent.
Why don't you like DMs?
It is hard for me to see an inquiry and not answer it - I'm a human and I love other humans and when I've seen you asked me a Q or sent me a message, it doesn't feel good to ignore it.... but it also doesn't feel good to constantly trespass my own boundaries around screen-time. If you are sending a friendly message of support - yes! thank you, I'm so tremendously grateful for those. But if you have questions, please refer to this page first and make sure I haven't answered them here. I've worked really hard to create these pathways for us to connect that enable me to meet you with openness and a rested heart. When folks try to DM me instead of using those pathways it feels hurtful.
I don't live near you and I don't think I'll ever be able to travel to you NYC... do you sell designs or do threshold appointments from afar?
I sure do. Flash designs are sliding scale $30-60. Occassionally, I won't have the bandwidth to work with someone afar, if my schedule is too packed... but I do my best to get everybody the work if they want it.
How should I inquire about working with you from afar?
The same as in person! keep a lookout for when booking opens and fill out my booking form.