Frequently Asked Questions
Got Questions? Here ya go!
I've tried to include as much information in here that I feel is important to anyone looking to work with me. This can give you a better idea of my process and offer some transparency in some of my inner workings, tattoo aftercare, and pre tattoo tips.
If your question is not covered here, feel free to shoot me an email here!
How do I book with you?
Click the Book button on my page and fill out the form! This form helps me get to know a bit more about what you're looking to get tattooed. That way when we consult, I've had a chance to do some brainstorming in advance to help us come up with a plan to best make your tattoo a reality!
Where are you located?
I'm located in Naperville, Illinois, about forty minutes outside of Chicago. I'm conveniently located right off of I-88 for easy travel, near hotels and restaurants for anyone traveling in from out of state.
What days are you available?
Weekends- 12pm-6pm (Limited availability.)
Do you send out designs prior to the appointment?
I do not send designs out before the appointment. One of the main reasons for this is that people will tend to want to make several changes throughout the weeks leading up to the appointment, which are very difficult to apply through a back and forth email interaction. I prefer to us look over the design together in person, and work together to make any changes. This will allow an easier collaboration and give us the opportunity to fully discuss what the design needs without the confusion and potential miscommunications that come with back and forth emails.
What to expect at my appointment?
On the day of your appointment, depending on the nature of your design, I will either have the stencil mostly ready, or a rough draft that we will work together to finalize. I like to finalize the design with you there to ensure that we are both satisfied before we start tattooing. Some designs will take more time to finalize than others, but I've found that giving us the time to work through it together gives the client piece of mind that I am hearing their inputs and we aren't just putting a design on you that you aren't fully stoked on. If you are stoked on what I have together when you arrive, that's great! We can get right into it! But I do allocate design time at the beginning of
What's the best way to heal my tattoo?
At the end of your session, I will wrap your tattoo with a "second skin" style bandage such as Tegaderm or View Guard. This bandage will remain for 24 hours, and you will replace this bandage at home with a provided second bandage. I will instruct you how to properly clean the skin and reapply this second bandage which you will leave on for an additional 48 hours. This will allow your tattoo to breathe, but not allow it to dry out and form scabs. After removing the second bandage, you will clean the tattoo 2-3 times a day and apply a thin layer of Hustle Butter, or non scented lotion to help your skin stay hydrated and healthy through the next week or two of your healing process. If you have any questions regarding healing following your appointment, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!
What are your rates?
My hourly rate is $200, with a full day rate of $1200.
Do you accept every tattoo submission?
I try to accept as many tattoo submissions as I can. But the reality of creating custom tattoos is that I only accept projects that I feel I am the best artist for. I genuinely believe that as an artist, it is my responsibility to turn down projects that I feel I am not suited for. This isn't saying that I wouldn't love to work with you, but certain projects require specific styles, and I want you to get the best version of your idea. So if I accept your project, it means that I'm not only excited about it, but I feel confident in my ability to pull it off and exceed your expectations.
How far out do you normally book?
I try to cut off booking at three months out. I have kids and like to be able to take trips and do family things, so I prefer not to have my entire year full too far in advance to accommodate different opportunities that come up throughout the year.
How can I best prepare for my session?
There are a few things I strongly advise leading up to your appointment.
Skin Care! In the weeks leading up to your appointment, I recommend taking some extra time in the shower to gently exfoliate the area to be tattooed. Don't over do it, just gently exfoliate the area a couple times a week in the shower. In addition to that, take time to moisturize the area with a lotion daily. This will give us the best canvas to work with. The healthier your skin is, the better your tattoo will look!
Self Care! Make sure that you are taking care of your overall health! Good diet and hydration is key. Your body is going to be working overtime to not only stay tough through the tattoo session, but to heal the tattoo afterwards. Try and eat foods high in Vitamin C leading up to your appointment and drink lots of water! This will give your body that extra help while healing out that fresh new tattoo.
Night Before! Make sure to get a good nights rest before your appointment. Big or small tattoo, it's never fun being tired and having to sit through pain.
Day of Appointment! On the day of your appointment, make sure to eat a nice healthy breakfast to give your body the fuel to function. Even though you're sitting not doing much through the session, your body is gonna be working to help manage the pain. A good meal helps you maintain throughout the session. If you are able to take ibuprofen, you can take that a couple hours before your appointment to help with the swelling, and then again during the session at the recommended dosage.
Things to Bring! I suggest bringing a fully charged phone, headphones, and some snacks. I do have a tv in the room that you will have full control over, but some people prefer to be in their own zone. Snacks will help you when you start to feel fatigued during the session. I have also had clients bring a blanket and pillow to help stay comfortable during the process, and a blanket can be great if you're getting a more private area worked on to help keep you covered, but also give access to the tattoo.