Q: Where do you work? Where are you based in?
At the moment I’m not really based anywhere but I definitely come to Berlin, Germany several times a year for a few weeks to a few months at a time, usually during the warmer months (March – November).
I am also visiting San Francisco, CA, USA at least once a year, usually between December and June,
and I sometimes do other shorter guest spots in between, Brooklyn, NY being one of them.
In Europe, many people find cheap flights and make a trip to Berlin to get tattooed by me. Same in the US, although the flights are more expensive.
I always post my guest spot dates on my Travel Dates page.
If you don’t see your country, city there, or if it says that I’m booked, please don’t contact me until I open my bookings again.
Q: How can I get an appointment and what’s the best way to contact you?
If they are open, there will be a link to a Google Form that you will need to fill in. It will have all the information about pricing, available flash designs, etc.
I will go through all the forms and select the projects to work on and contact you.
If my bookings are closed, you can sign up to my newsletter to be notified when they open and which locations I’m planning to work at.
Q: It’s my first tattoo, what do I need to know?
I have many first-timers and I am happy to guide you through the process.!
First of all, I would suggest to trust your intuition. “Don’t use your mind, think with your belly”, says my dear friend and incredible tattoo artist Brücius.
A few things to be aware of:
– the simpler, the better. Many clients tend to fall into the trap of wanting to incorporate too many elements into one design, which usually just makes it confusing and aesthetically unappealing. I understand if you want to incorporate a lot of meaning or even several meanings into your tattoo, and that can be done in a more abstract way. For example, instead of making a portrait of your mother, with her name, birth date and zodiac sign underneath, we could come up with a design that would represent the love that you have for her or your unique relationship with just one main element, maybe a flower, an animal, a plant, an object she owns, something that at first glance would not be so obvious.
– bigger is better. Over the years, the tattoo ink tends to spread under the skin, so any lines that are too close together will most likely at some point start to melt into each other. For that reason I always recommend going a little bigger and also considering the placement, so that the tattoo works with the body and doesn’t look like a sticker. That is my own preference and opinion.
– it’s ok to have doubts. Sometimes you will be absolutely clear and certain on what you want and other times you might be unclear and doubtful. This is where intuition comes in. Feel into it, don’t think about it too much. If it really doesn’t feel right, don’t do it, but if you have some fears mixed with excitement, mixed with doubts, but you know you really want it even though you don’t know why, then I’d say: Go for it. Very often, the meaning reveals itself weeks, months, years after the tattoo is made.
For the tattoo process itself, let me know that it is your first tattoo in your Google Form and during the consultation and I will let you know of anything else that would be important for you to know.
Q: Do you have flash or ready-made designs/ wanna-do’s?
Yes, I usually create a set of pre-made designs that you can choose from. I usually book 50% custom designs (where I will make a custom drawing from each client) and 50% flash designs (where the client can pick their favourite out of the designs I have available).
If you would like to be informed about flash designs when they are availble, I share my designs through my Newsletter and often post them on my IG Stories.
Q: Do I need to have a ready design/drawing or will you draw one for me?
All of my tattoo designs are drawn by me and I always make a drawing specifically for the client, unless it’s a wanna-do (pre-drawn design).
I sometimes enjoy recreating a drawing or a sketch that was made by another artist (not tattoo artist) that might have a similar style like mine, preferably with their permission if they are still alive.
So no, you don’t have to have any drawing or sketch. You can have a very concrete vision or a very open and vague idea and we will work from there.
Q: How much does it hurt? Do you use numbing creams?
Some people are naturally more tolerant, others more sensitive, just like some body parts (forearm, upper arm, shoulder, thighs) are less painful and others (knee, elbow, armpit, inner side of the knee and elbow, neck, wrist, feet, hands, head, belly, middle of the chest, ribs) are more sensitive. Yet, all of this can vary. Women can also experience different pain tolerance levels depending on the time of their moon/ menstruation cycle.
I do not generally use numbing creams or sprays because in my style of tattooing they don’t work as well, since I almost only pass one time in each area and don’t keep going over and over, which is how they work best (in an open wound).
If it is a big project or very sensitive area, I might apply something to help the client.
Q: How much does the tattoo cost?
I charge different rates depending on the country, the currency and the studio where I work.
In Berlin my rate is between 250-300€ per hour
In San Francisco my rate is between 400-500$ per hour.
My hourly rate is also my minimum, meaning that if it’s a small tattoo I will charge for the full hour.
Q: What do I need to know before the tattoo session?
Check with yourself about any allergies you might have and inform the tattoo artist before the session or in the email if it’s a more serious condition.
Do not consume alcohol or take any mind-altering drugs for at least 24h before the tattoo, since this will make the process more painful, the healing harder and your body will most likely be exhausted.
Please don’t smoke cannabis before or during the session.
It is best if you can have a good night sleep before the session day. Depending on your system, if you know that you feel weak when you don’t eat, you definitely want to have a good meal before the session. Bring some snacks like nuts, juice, water, candy and bigger snacks if it’s a long session.
Oh!! And if you could cream the area that will be getting tattooed every day for a week it would be great!
If you wish, you may also shave the area the night before or on the day of the session to save me some work. 🙂
Q: AFTERCARE and HEALING - How do I look after my fresh tattoo?
– You will leave the studio with the tattoo covered in a special transparent film (Second Skin) which you can leave for up to 48h (2 days). You can shower with it, you can move with it (although sometimes it might restrict some movement), you can even touch it.
– Avoid direct sun, avoid sweating a lot with it and clothes that are too tight.
– To remove this cover, first wash your hands, then, in the shower or under warm running water, peel it off slowly. Wash the tattooed skin with warm water to open up the pores and a neutral, natural antibacterial soap, removing any extra ink and plasma-type residue. Then, you can pass it through cold water to close the pores again.
– Dry the tattoo with a paper towel, tapping on it gently, do not wipe. Once it’s dry, you may apply a little bit of the cream that you can purchase with me, just enough to cover it, not too much.
– After that, you may leave the tattoo uncovered for the rest of the healing. Try to use clean, good fabric clothes.
– Repeat this process of washing, drying and applying cream 2 to 3 times a day. Morning, afternoon and before bed.
– Avoid heavy exercising for a week. If you exercise and sweat, make sure to wash it afterwards. Avoid direct sun, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, beach, direct contact of the tattoo with your pets and scratching it for two weeks.
– The tattoo will continue healing during the next weeks, sometimes months, but you can resume all your normal activities after the two weeks. It is very helpful if you can apply sun cream whenever you are exposed to sun for long periods of time.
– For the cream, I do not recommend Bepanthene as it’s too oily. I would recommend something natural that is specific for fresh tattoos, which you can usually buy directly at the studio or organic coconut oil.
Please keep in mind that each tattoo artist will probably give you different directions, so feel free to do what works for you. Just please take good care of it, remember that a fresh tattoo is an open wound, so please keep it clean and know that your body knows how to heal itself.
Q: Do you ever tattoo with colour or just black?
I am mostly focusing on black work and line work at the moment.
In some occasions I am happy to also incorporate colour, making the same design in another colour, like dark red or dark blue or incorporating a few elements of colour into a design, but I prefer when the design is monotone.
Q: Do you still do realistic work, portraits, sacred geometry, mandalas?
I used to do a lot of realistic projects and have done plenty of mandalas, but at the moment that’s not the most inspiring thing for me and I think it’s important that the artist does what really makes them tick.
I will most likely not accept a realistic project at the moment, unless I can combine it with more abstract lines or add make it more painting-like.
I might accept doing a mandala, if it’s just a simple, clear mandala with lines, no extra elements like lotus flowers, symbols, letters and only if I can have a lot of creative freedom with it.
Q: I like a tattoo you already did, can I tattoo it as well?
Unless it is a flash design (a tattoo design made specifically to be tattooed many times on many clients), No.
All of the tattoos I have done so far are unique and are made only for one person.
I will not tattoo the same design again, unless there is an agreement with the client who got the original design.
I am happy to make a design inspired by my tattoos, to make something similar, but still unique.
Q: If I can't come to you, can I tattoo one of your designs with another artist?
At the moment I’m NOT giving permission for my designs to be tattooed by other artists and I’m not making commissioned pieces nor selling my tattoo designs.
Thank you for understanding.
Q: I want to learn to tattoo, I want to learn to draw like you, can you help me, do you teach?
Yes, this is something I’m diving into and envisioning for the last 2 years.
My intention is to create a tattoo course sharing my personal techniques.
For now I’m gathering information for that, filming my work process, editing, writing the content, etc.
And I’m also creating an online course that is designed to guide beginner and more advanced artists to find their own style and stand out in the art scene.
If you would like to know more about this course, sign up here.
Meanwhile, I am also soon launching my Patreon page where I will be sharing drawing and tattooing videos monthly, sharing the behind the scenes of my creative process. If you are interested in this, sign up here.