I am currently only accepting clients that can provide proof of full COVID vaccination or have negative COVID test results within a few days prior to your tattoo appointment. If you have recently traveled, you will need to have a negative test result prior to your tattoo appointment even if you are vaccinated.
Thank you and much love!
I do not tattoo, hands, neck or face unless you are already a HEAVILY tattooed individual.
I only tattoo fingers if it is for a wedding band.
I only do face/hand tattoos if they are Indigenous designs specific to that client's ancestral heritage.
When is your soonest availability?
I am generally booked out 2 to 4+ weeks in the winter months and 4 to 8+ weeks in the summertime. If you are traveling from out of town, please contact me sooner than later and I will do my best to accommodate.
How often do you respond to text/emails?
Sometimes it takes me 3-5 days to respond as I receive many requests. I greatly appreciate your patience in my response time! I respond to text/emails Tuesday~Saturday between 12pm and 7pm.
*Please contact me between my working hours, thank you!
How much do you charge?
This tends to vary depending on the type of tattoo you are wanting. If it is a custom design that will take a minimum of 2 hours or longer, I charge $175 per hour. Smaller designs are priced at my discretion. Tiny or micro tattoos (depending on location) will most likely cost $125 which is my minimum.
What is a deposit for?
Deposits are required upon booking any tattoo appointment. I ask that you put down a minimum of $100 for designs that are 2 hours or less or $250 for designs that are 4+ hours. Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits assure that you show up for your appointments in a timely manner and go towards covering the cost of your last appointment. I understand that unforeseen circumstances do happen, especially due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. I am happy to reschedule your appointment as long as I have a minimum of 24-hour notice. If you do not show up for your appointment your deposit is forfeited, and you will need to put down a new deposit for a new appointment. If you no-call/no-show two times I withhold the right to refuse further service.
How do I book an appointment with you?
You can text me at 907.802.9659 or email me for booking a consultation or appointment via firstname.lastname@example.org
I generally work Tues/Thurs/Fri/Saturdays. Appointments are booked at 1:00pm or 4:00pm.
Consultations are done in person at 12:00/12:30pm or via Zoom meetings at 10:30am or 11:00am.
However, my schedule does tend to fluctuate a bit as I am a college student. I will announce schedule changes via social media.
If you are a new client and would like to request a consultation, please be sure to text/email me the days/times that work best for you along with any reference images.
What style do you prefer to work in?
My personal style is very illustrative, and I prefer to work in American Traditional or Black & Grey.
I enjoy doing all styles of tattooing but may refer you to someone who specializes in a specific style if need be (ex. Portraits, watercolor, Polynesian)
What kind of coverup work do you do?
I have experience in various scar coverups as well as tattoo coverup. I enjoy doing coverup tattoos because I believe it exemplifies new beginnings. When considering scar coverup, I recommend waiting until the scar is (at very minimum) 6 months to 1 year healed. Anytime any form of tissue, whether bone, muscle or skin is broken. Those cells will grow back twice as dense. In the case of skin tissue this results as a scar. There are things you can do to better prepare a scar for tattoo coverup.
In my personal experience, Vitamin E or Tamanu oil applied with massage have worked wonderfully in repairing broken tissue, probably because of their anti-inflammatory properties. These oils have been used in traditional medicine but are not generally recognized by western medicine practitioners. Regardless, please be sure to check with your primary care provider when considering topical or supplemental medicines.
Here are some examples of coverup tattoos I have done...
Can I get tattooed with my parent's permission?
In the State of Alaska you must be 18 years of age or older to get tattooed.
Do tattoos hurt?
Getting tattooed can cause different amounts of discomfort depending on where you are getting tattooed. Our bodies natural defense known as the nervous system make the areas of our bodies where important things are more easily accessible more sensitive (ex. visceral, veins, arteries...etc.). The sides of arms and legs are the least sensitive. The most sensitive areas are tops of feet, near/inner elbows and knees. Ribs are the worst place to get a first tattoo and I do not like to tattoo in this area.
How long does it take for a tattoo to heal?
Tattoos take 2-4 weeks to heal. The farther away the tattoo is from your core/abdomen/torso the longer it will take. Tattoos tend to heal slower in the colder months as well. Please see Tattoo Aftercare page for more information.
Why do you reschedule/cancel appointments?
I am only human and sometimes I too do not feel well or have surprising life instances that take me away from my work. Sometimes the energy between myself and a client is just not right to work together for a design to be tattooed. It is with both of our best interests in mind that I assure we are both feeling positive about the design before going any further. Sometimes if I am working on a drawing and it just isn't feeling right, I may ask to reschedule so that I can do further research for reference material or cancel all together. It is unethical for me to do a tattoo on a client if it is not something I am 100% with myself. I am changing that client for the rest of their life and I take great responsibility in that. Please be honest with me if you are not feeling up to getting tattooed, for whatever reason.
If I have to reschedule you on multiple occasions, I will generally offer your next session at a significantly discounted rate. This of course is at my own discretion, and I will discuss this with you promptly.
Do you offer apprenticeship?
Getting into tattooing professionally is not easy. It took me 10+ years to obtain an apprenticeship under the guidance of a master artist whom I respected but also met my standards of mentorship. Although I started working in a tattoo shop when I was a teenager, was already an advanced artist, learned how to scrub tubes, make needles and even a few tips on designing tattoos, I was still denied an apprenticeship on multiple occasions. As discouraging as that was, I am so very grateful today that I did not have the opportunity to learn the sacred art until I was properly ready.
Tattooing is SO very much more than application of art on skin.
As professional artists, we are entrusted to alter not only the appearance but the identity of another human being permanently. If you do not consider this sole fact seriously, this is not the path for you. Clients that choose to work with us are humans, not "canvases". During the tattooing process an exchange of energy takes place, even though we are providing a service that allows our own creative outlet, the exchange is not solely monetary. Clients are people. They have traumas, positive/negative experiences and vast reasonings to why they are willingly receiving painful art. If we are not prepared to help these clients physically, mentally and/or spiritually this can often times lead to miscommunications and discouragement on either or both ends. If you seriously feel in your heart that tattooing is your path, these are the things to consider...
Do you have a firm grasp on your own identity, passions and purpose of putting back into your community?
Have you put in years of experience and development into your artistic process and are willing to forever further your education?
Do you genuinely love and want to help people?
If you cannot answer yes to all of these questions I suggest you put in the work on discovering who you are and what you want to give back to your community. Connecting with family and ancestral roots is a start, healing your own traumas and treating yourself with love and kindness is advised. Developing high standards of quality art skills for ones self is a must.
Although I have been tattooing professionally for years, I still have many things to learn. As of now, I do not find myself qualified to teach this sacred and intimate practice to another. Please understand that every time I deny someone an apprenticeship, I do it out of love and respect. It is never my intention to hurt or discourage another's hopes and dreams.
If you want to become a tattoo artist, you must have the courage to start your path from the ground up doing reception and janitorial duties. No one gets hired based off an Instagram DM, no matter how talented you are. Even if you did you are setting yourself up to be taken advantage of. Be wise and be honest with yourself for what you are willing to put in, what you have to offer and what it is you want to accomplish and who is this all for.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I wish you the best of luck, there are many ways to be an artist professionally, do not think that tattooing is your only option. Much love!
What is cultural appropriation?
Why don't you tattoo Native art on non-native clients?
Many if not most of the cultural practices of Alaska Native Peoples were “put to sleep” in the 1700s and 1800s with the arrival of colonists.
*Colonialism is the practice of invading other lands & territories, for the purpose of settlement and/or resource exploitation. Religions/missionaries and their boarding schools were the most detrimental to the loss of sacred practices. Much of Alaska Native song, dance, art, healing practices and especially language were condemned and violently punishable offenses.
The heavy process of acculturation along with the diseases brought by those enforcing it had such a devastating effect on Alaska Native Peoples that it has taken generations and continual healing of intergenerational trauma to reawaken these practices.
The art of Indigenous tattooing has been reawakening across the world and very much so within the Alaska Native community.
Cultural appropriation is the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one People or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.
During a time when tattooing is highly popular, designs pictured on social media are often reproduced without consideration to the person whom the tattoo belongs to. As a professional, it is my duty to deter and/or educate clients on cultural appropriation. Of course, these are a case-by-case scenarios.
If a client wants a Japanese style design but cannot afford to travel to get such a design, I will talk to them about the design, the research I have done in efforts of tattooing the style in the most respectful manner possible and that if they get the design by me that it will be a contemporary piece of artwork.
If a client comes to me wanting a Polynesian design, I will refer them to the local artist I know of that is Polynesian and specializes in that style. If a client wants a Northwest coast formline design, I will refer them to my mentor who put in the time to become a master carver before they chose to specialize in formline tattooing. Even though I myself am part Tlingit and have taken formline classes in the past, I refer clients out of respect for my mentor and understand that the art of formline is in itself a very specialized and structured artform that takes continual practice.
I have done many Alaskan Native designs but do not share them on social media because these designs are sacred to the client. If they want to share the tattoo, they will do it on their own social media spaces. I do this out of respect for my clients and their families and to deter their design from being inappropriately reproduced. I provide the service of tattooing in such a diverse community I want to be able to accommodate as many clients as I can. I am grateful to work with all walks of life and to celebrate everyone’s unique heritage and story.
I will never do a design I am uncomfortable doing or that is harmful to anyone else for any amount of profit.
Please understand that Indigenous Peoples around the world are reclaiming their Indigenous identities that were taken away from them at great costs. I ask that you be considerate and give them/us space to celebrate and positively identify who they/we are and where they/we come from.