QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
WHEN ARE YOUR BOOKS OPEN?
I keep my books relatively open allowing 1-3 months advanced booking. With this timeframe, the deposit is crucial to lock in your appointment
HOW DO I BOOK?
Depending on your tattoo needs (flash or custom), you can take a look at the appropriate protocols to get a sense of each process. Then fill out my request form.
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR TATTOOING?
This year, 2020, will be the first time I’m aiming to travel and guest at studios. I am closely working with Coal to make this happen as well as help me determine where I’m requested the most.
WHERE CAN I REQUEST YOU?
You can request me here
I AM A BIPOC AND I’M HESITANT ON GETTING COLOUR TATTOOS.
I 100% understand your predicament. Most important point to make is that I never turn away a client for their skin tone. I work closely with my clients on the day of our appointment to adjust colours (mixing colours, changing colour palette, etc.) that ensures the quality and longevity of my tattoos that best suits each person’s skin tone.
CAN I ADJUST COLOURS?
Definitely. Given each circumstance, I am flexible with changing my colours to suit your needs. Just bare in mind that each colour I pick for design is specifically for balance and flow between relationships of colour and elements. Having said that, I change and/or adjust colours to suit a person’s personal preference.
HOW DO YOU PICK YOUR COLOURS?
My relationship with colour harmony came from my painting practice. While tattooing may have differences to painting, there are a lot I’ve learned in my apprenticeship that are also similar. First is understanding colour choices against background/canvas/skin.
Colours represent emotions for me, and balancing my colours between warm and cold is my main approach. I am very picky with my colours and often mix my inks to get the ride shade, hue and saturation.
CAN I TALK TO YOU MORE ABOUT COLOUR?
Absolutely! I encourage people to share their thoughts, concerns and/or curiosities with me regarding this part of my tattoo practice.
If I can shed light on how I work and how I came about what information I have, as well as opening the conversation about colour tattoos on a variety of skin tones, then I’m pleased to take the time to do so.
While I have the information I have, I am not ending my pursuit of learning more. I am turning my attention to artist of BIPOC to further educate myself and my practice.
CAN I BRING A SPECIFIC IDEA TO YOU?
It depends. I only take on projects that I feel best fits my aesthetics. Particularly working with concepts and visual references. If you have something visually specific in mind, I will accept the project if it fits but bare in mind, I need my creative freedom to execute your tattoo well, and will interpret your reference that suits my practice.
DO YOU DO CUSTOM?
Yes I do. But I am only limiting custom pieces to 3 projects at a time. Before, I had time to execute custom pieces. But as I’m slowing getting busier, it’s getting more tricky to fit in the time and energy for unlimited custom projects.
HOW LONG DOES CUSTOM TAKE?
It depends. Some times communication between myself and you can be really smooth and easy, or it can take a little more time. My aim is to always send you a design that a) meets your needs, and b) that it’s a design I am 100% satisfied to share with you.
Bare with me as some times I have to be in the right headspace for custom pieces to flow well.
AFTER THE FIRST DRAFT YOU SEND, CAN I MAKE CHANGES?
Of course you can. It will just take up more time and therefore, cost more money on how long it’ll take until you are happy with the design.
So be sure that you have the budget to pay for custom pieces, as they are naturally more costly.
WHAT IF HALF WAY THROUGH THE CUSTOM PROCESS, I SLOWLY REALISE I CAN’T AFFORD IT ANYMORE?
That’s where the deposit comes in handy for myself. If you can’t afford to move forward with the custom design, I either have you pay a little extra, on top of the deposit, to cover the additional time I’ve spent working on your design. Or, if the deposit takes care of the design time, then we will get drop the projects.
But you MUST notify me via email as soon as you realise you cannot afford it.
HOW MUCH WILL MY TATTOO BE?
It depends on the project. If you want flash, it’s a set price which includes a deposit. For custom, I charge per piece and can some times range between $200-$500.
My minimum is $200.
CAN I KNOW THE TOTAL COST OF MY TATTOO PRIOR TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Yes. Usually how my process works is that once I get in contact with you regarding your tattoo project, I give a quote in advance.
I also try to accommodate client’s budget restrictions (with good reason).
WHAT PAYMENT TYPES DO YOU ACCEPT?
Cash, Venmo or PayPal
DO YOU DO COLOUR TESTS?
I do! Especially for POC who are interested to know how colours heal. I offer FREE colour tests to anyone - you can request a session on my tattoo request form!
I always want to make sure your tattoo looks and ages beautifully. For coloured flash pieces, I always adjust colours to suit your skin tone.
DO YOU DO BLAST OVERS?
I’ve haven’t done them (yet). If I did, I would work closely with my client to see what fits: whether a blast over or space-filler is suited. Some times, I cannot muster to go over another artist’s work.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND WITH ME TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Of course you may! Just try to limit to 1-2 people due to limited space in my studio.
Please ensure your guest(s) respects the space as well.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T MAKE MY APPOINTMENT?
If you can’t make your appointment, I prefer if you notify me as soon as you can. Depending on the reason of your cancellation, we could reschedule or cancel entirely. If the latter, your deposit is forfeited.
I ALREADY RESERVED A FLASH PIECE, CAN I SWITCH TO A DIFFERENT ONE?
Yes you can up to a certain time period. When I travel for guest spots, I only allow 3-5 days to switch. For local appointments, you’re allotted 1 month.
This is because things can get very complicated very quickly, where it becomes difficult to keep track of who wants what. It also makes it difficult for other people to claim a design they initially want.
FOR FLASH, CAN I REQUEST A CHANGE IN COLOUR SCHEME?
To a certain degree. I only allow changes in colour scheme if you feel that one of the colours may not work on your skin tone. But I would prefer to stick to the original colour scheme as it’s part of my practice and concept of the specific flash series.
DO YOU DO CUSTOM FOR TRAVEL GUEST SPOTS?
No. Custom projects for when I’m travelling to a studio outside of NYC takes a lot of time and energy on top of all the other projects and custom pieces I currently am working on. So flash only when I’m travelling.
I am open to doing freehand work but that would cost equivalent to a custom piece.
CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO A FLASH DESIGN?
Unfortunately, no. Flash designs are as in.
Please understand that all the designs I publish are created with a concept in mind.
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