I have always made art since I was a little kid. I loved coloring books and doodling and then started entering art contests in elementary school. I continued throughout my adolescence and ended up getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in college. I have been getting tattooed for almost 18 years now, but tattooing as a career was never something I thought I could do because I never saw my style of drawing reflected in tattoos. About 5 years ago, when contemporary tattooing started to become more common, I realized that there are clients out there who would love my style of drawing translated into tattoos. I then started practicing on myself and friends, got my license, and opened my studio.
I am getting back into ceramics after over a decade-long break. I used to have a photography business for many years but ended it when I switched careers to tattooing, but I still love photography as a hobby. I also have a business selling vintage home decor. Aside from that, I love traveling and camping.
I want my client’s tattoos to look the best they possibly can for as long as possible so they can continue to derive joy from them. I don’t want their tattoos to heal poorly or cause them any irritation or stress.
All tattoos need proper aftercare. My tattoos in particular contain a lot of fine linework and large areas of solid color fill and taking good care of them during healing will prevent scabbing and ink fallout, keeping the tattoo looking its best.
Don’t feel embarrassed to let your tattoo artist know how you are feeling. Let them know it is your first tattoo and that you are nervous. A good tattoo artist will walk you through each of the steps and try to take away any of the mystery that may be causing some of your anxiety. It is okay to ask for breaks if you need to stretch, breathe, drink water, eat a snack, or use the bathroom. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and come to your appointment well fed and hydrated. It is okay to bring a book, your phone, or headphones if you need a distraction.