Frequently Asked Questions
The Rookery PDX, 833 SE Main St, #218, Portland, OR
Use call box by elevator to dial unit #218 to be let in
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$200/hr card, $180/hr cash (cash discount NOT applicable for guest spots)
$100 nonrefundable deposit required to book
2 hour minimum
Books currently closed
MTRF 11am-5pm (no weekends, please make sure you’re ok with this before booking)
The ONLY way to book is to SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER (form on homepage) and follow the instructions contained therein
Communications sent outside the newsletter instructions will not receive a response. Thanks for respecting my workflow!
Current booking period: September 2019-February 2020
Books opening next: Early 2020
Books open 2-3x/year. A newsletter will go out when books are open with more information on what I’m looking to book that period and instructions on how to submit a proposal.
Here’s the gist of how this works: I am currently offering mainly predrawn projects and VERY select custom work. When my books open, you either choose a predrawn project or submit a complete custom idea via my booking form. The booking form and available designs will be available ONLY to newsletter subscribers. If I’m able to accommodate your request, you’ll get an email from my scheduler with more info and instructions on how to pick your appointment date and secure your spot with a deposit. Once you’re booked, you’ll submit any further thoughts/reference images you have to me via email. You’ll come in on the day of your appointment, we’ll take a look at the design together, make sure it’s fitted perfectly to your body, and get you tattooed! Keep reading for more details.
When predrawn projects are available to book, I’ll send out a newsletter with a link to browse the designs and submit a proposal. These pieces are to be tattooed only once and exactly as they appear (no changes! If you want something changed about a predrawn project, please submit a custom request). Each piece is designed to be in either blackwork or color; check the project description for details. Unless otherwise noted, predrawn designs are intended to be completed in one sitting and are not suitable for coverups. If your submission is chosen, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to book your appointment date and time.
I accept very few custom projects, and prioritize projects with clear, decisive subject matter that I’m currently interested in that offer a good amount of creative freedom to interpret and place. When I am accepting custom proposals, I will send out a newsletter with a link to the booking form. PLEASE ONLY USE THE FORM TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT! ONLY requests made through the booking form during the designated booking period will be considered. This form acts as your consultation, so please fill it out thoughtfully. I am unable to accommodate undeveloped ideas that require lots of back and forth to formulate (ie: “anything you want!” is super flattering, but I need more direction to work with. If you want to give one of my passion projects a home, keep an eye on predrawns!). Please keep in mind that I am unable to fulfill all of the requests I get, but I do my best to work with as many folks as one human can. If your design doesn't get chosen, please submit again next time! In many cases, I'm interested in your project but simply don't have enough time to accommodate it this round.
How can I book with you?
Sign up for my email newsletter (on my homepage) and follow the instructions! That way, you won't miss any announcements and will have booking information as soon as it is available without relying on social media algorithms to make sure you see it. Books are only open to newsletter subscribers, and that’s also how I’ll notify folks about available projects, any kind of events, and if any last-minute dates become available. That said, please follow along on Instagram too! I’ll post in my stories when books have filled for a given opening period.
What kinds of things are you looking for on your submission form?
When books open, I'll review applications and curate projects that best fit my current inspirations and goals for my work. (You'll get the best piece if it's something that you and your artist are both excited about!) Above all else, I’m looking for trust and creative freedom regarding the specifics of your design. You can give me as much or as little detail as you like about your idea, but a succinct, direct description is the goal, and it’s always best to be specific about any expectations you have upfront. Most folks give me some basic guidelines (Ie: a rose and a raven on the forearm) and trust me to take it from there. I am unable to accommodate lots of back and forth before the initial appointment, so I look for clear, decisive, well-developed ideas that trust me to take the reins on the details.
I do NOT tattoo:
Coverups (of other tattoos. Scar coverups are A-ok!)
Any additions/modifications to other tattoo artists’ work
Other artists’ designs (though I’m open to interpreting classical works and select contemporary non-tattoo fine art)
Anyone pregnant or breastfeeding
Are your inks vegan?
Always! My goal is to enhance human lives, not detract from animal ones.
Do you do scar coverups?
Absolutely! Making clients feel good about their bodies is my favorite part of tattooing, and I consider it an honor to be trusted with the vulnerability of dealing with scars. I look forward to turning your scars into something beautiful that you can treasure. The only thing to note about scars is that they need to be at least a couple of years old to be able to work on top of to ensure that the tissue won’t change materially.
Can I add onto my piece slowly over time?
I love long-term client relationships! However, if your eventual goal is to have a sleeve or a half sleeve, for instance, the composition will be much more cohesive if it’s planned as one piece from the beginning rather than many small ones.
If your proposal has been accepted:
Hooray! I’m excited to work with you! If your design is chosen, you will receive an email with a link to my online booking site. From there, you can choose a date for your tattoo appointment. Your acceptance is for the proposal that you submitted to be booked during the current booking period. I would suggest booking as soon as you are able, especially if you have specific scheduling needs, as they tend to fill up quickly. You must book an appointment within a week of receiving calendar access, or we’ll assume you are no longer interested and will offer the time to the next person waiting to get in. Please make sure you are committed to your session and have reviewed my process and policies (especially rescheduling) before booking an appointment! I am unable to roll appointments forward into another booking cycle.
Then comes the fun part! For custom pieces, you’ll receive a link to a Consultation Form, which will have a few questions about your lifestyle and ask for a photo of our canvas and any reference images you have pertaining to different elements of the design. Most folks also include a few photos of colors/shading, compositions, and placements that they like so I have an idea of what resonates with you. Make sure your references are in at least a week prior to your appointment; I'll let you know if I need anything else. On the day of your appointment, you'll come in, and we'll take a look at your design, make any necessary changes, and size it to fit your body. We'll get you stenciled, and once you're stoked on the specifics, we'll get to tattooing!
Once you have an appointment:
Your deposit is good for the piece you applied for, on the date that you booked. In certain circumstances, I MAY be able to accommodate rescheduling up to ONE TIME, provided that you are able to give at least a week’s notice and are able to commit to another date in the same booking period. There is no guarantee that I will be able to accommodate rescheduling, though, so be prepared for a cancellation if you are unable to follow through with your appointment. Under no circumstances are deposits transferable more than once or outside the current booking period. If you have scheduling concerns or need to reach me regarding anything else pertaining to your appointment, please use email only, NO DMs. It's important that I'm able to refer back to our conversations so that I don't miss anything you say, and keeping DMs organized is impossible. Thank you for your reliability so that I can serve as many folks as possible.
When will I see my design?
For custom pieces, you'll see your design when you come in for your appointment, and there will be time baked into your appointment to make any changes you'd like (so don't be shy if anything jumps out at you! You won't hurt my feelings and I want you to love your tattoo). I want your piece to be something you'll love and treasure forever, and am more than happy to work with you to make it perfect in your eyes, which we'll take the time to do before we start tattooing. If you have a specific vision in mind of what you want your piece to look like, I'm all ears via email/your Google Drive, and there's no such thing as too many reference images! Keep in mind that it is difficult to communicate in another medium exactly how a piece will look on skin, so in line with most artists, the rendering you'll see contains composition only, no color or shading. Check out my portfolio for an idea of how shading and color will be executed, and don't be shy about letting me know if there are particular pieces of mine that you like elements of! Under no circumstances will there be multiple “ideas” or renderings of a design to choose from, so if you are unsure of exactly what you're looking for, trust your artist to make the right call, choose a predrawn design, or wait to get tattooed until you are more confident. There will be no deviating from this policy.
How does communication prior to my appointment work?
Technology makes it easy for us to communicate without having to coordinate schedules! I typically don’t do in-person consults just because scheduling is such a hassle, but between your submission form and your reference images/Google Drive, you should have the tools you need to communicate what you're envisioning for your piece and I should have what I need to create that for you (I'll let you know if I need anything else). If you're interested in a larger scale piece (think full sleeve or back) I may ask you to come in prior to your appointment so we can take a look at the canvas together. Otherwise, we'll size your piece to fit your body and make any minor changes on the day of your appointment. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have further questions for me or want to chat about anything else leading up to your appointment. Please ONLY use email to communicate with me about your tattoo/appointment! No DMs! I need to be able to refer back to our conversations and DMs get lost almost instantly.
When should I arrive for my appointment?
As close to your scheduled time as possible, but please don't arrive early! I'm glad you're stoked (I am too!) but most of my days do not have much flex time in them and I don't want to make you wait. Plus, in the 20 minutes or so leading up to your appointment, I'm probably setting up your station, which means I'm gloved up and can't touch my phone to buzz you in. If you get to the area before your appointment, there are lots of great coffee shops and restaurants in the area that are worth exploring.
If you are more than 30 minutes late and I haven’t heard from you, the appointment will be considered a no-show, the deposit forfeited, and my commitment to the project terminated.
How much cash should I bring?
Most of my sessions run between 3-5 hours of tattooing time. If you’d like a more precise estimate, feel free to reach out, but keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and it’s impossible to predict exactly how long your piece will take, so I’m likely unable to give you a tighter window than “3-4 hrs” or “4-5 hrs.”
Can I bring my friend/partner/parent/whomever?
Of course! The time leading up to your appointment can be nerve-wracking, and having a friendly face can be super helpful. You're welcome to bring a loved one with you, but keep in mind that the studio is made for one tattooer and one client, so please leave the rest of the posse at home. Watching someone get tattooed is actually quite boring, so it may be best for them to be there for you while we get started, and once you're comfortable, they can explore the area around the studio while we work. There are loads of great coffee shops, bookstores, and places to eat within walking distance.
How long should I plan to be there?
With the exception of flash days, most of my sessions run between 3-6 hours. However, I STRONGLY recommend coming in with a flexible schedule and not planning anything immediately after your piece! We don’t want to rush your tattoo, and the first 48 hours are the most important for making sure your piece heals well. Plan to take it easy for the rest of the day after your piece, and be ready to take a break from intense physical activity while it heals, especially for color pieces, which take longer to heal.
What can I expect from your creative process for custom work?
Prior to your appointment, you'll communicate to me what you're envisioning for your piece/what you're hoping to convey via your submission form and consultation form. I'll let you know if I have any questions or need anything else, and I'll take that inspiration and turn it into a line drawing. Most clients give me a loose idea of what they're looking for in the composition and placement, communicate any specific ideas they have, and trust me to take it from there. Once you come in for your appointment, we'll take a look at the design and placement, make any minor design and sizing changes, get you stenciled, and then tattooed! I do not work on custom drawings far in advance, and I do not share my process until it’s complete. When we actually see the design on your body, we'll assess whether we need to make any minor changes, and please feel free to share your thoughts openly and honestly! This is, after all, a collaborative effort and I want you to love your piece. I only book one client per day so that we have plenty of time to make sure everything is just right, so don’t worry about feeling rushed to say yes once you get into the studio. I may need to freehand some elements to fit your specific body, especially for larger pieces and shoulder caps, and will always let you know and get your consent for that. Please keep in mind that a lot of the magic of art happens spontaneously. This is a process, not a product. I strive to work with clients who are positive, excited, trusting, and open-minded about said process. We will make sure on the day of your appointment that everything is just right, and I'm all ears at any point if you have ideas or questions about your piece. However, if you are someone who needs full control over every detail far in advance, that's totally fine, but I am not the artist for you. If a client is excessively picky or controlling at any point in the process and doesn’t trust my expertise, I may ask them to find another artist that can better accommodate their needs.
My ethics: I strive to maintain a comfortable, safe, and inclusive space where everyone is respected and reciprocates that treatment. I welcome clients of all body types, genders, skin tones, and ages (18+, of course). Aggressive language, sexist/homophobic/transphobic/racist behavior, and any kind of shaming will not be tolerated and services will be immediately terminated with no refunds. I ask that clients approach our interactions with trust, respect, and patience, and communicate clearly if they have additional needs.
Lastly, thanks to each and every person who follows and supports my work. It is an absolute honor to be trusted to put my work on your body, and it's one that I do not take for granted. Tattooing can be such a powerful tool for healing, inspiring confidence, and reclaiming your own body, and it's a privilege to be a part of your journey. It's my goal to honor that by making your tattooing experience safe, inclusive, comfortable, and positive from start to finish. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. <3