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What is tattoo flash?

Tattoo flash refers to designs I have drawn and is ready to be given a home! They are almost always one-of-a-kind and will not be tattooed on anyone else, unless otherwise stated. I may make similar designs (but never the exact same) depending on the imagery (e.g. the Korean tiger, a character that makes frequent appearances in minhwa, is likely going to be a theme I come back to in the future).

Custom Designs

I am taking custom projects on a case-by-case at this time and tend to gravitate towards ideas that really resonate with me and my drawing style. To get a better sense of my most recent work, please take a look at my portfolio!

Budgets and Sliding Scale

My pricing currently ranges from 50 to 150 CAD per session. I try to accommodate everyone’s budgets, especially for disabled QTBIPOC folks. Please let me know in the booking form if your budget is something you’d like to discuss with me! I try my best to be very open in this regard.

There is a non-refundable deposit of $25 CAD to secure your appointment slot (via e-transfer/PayPal). This includes one reschedule and will go towards the final price of your tattoo. i completely understand when life happens and you are unable to make it to the allotted appointment date, but please do your best to give at least 24 hours notice for reschedules/cancellations. Thank you!

Location

I am currently working out of a licensed private studio with one other artist in the East end of Tkaronto (otherwise known as Toronto). If you prefer to have a completely private session (just the two of us), please let me know and I would be happy to accommodate.

Appointment Request

Please refer to my booking form to book a session with me or if you’d like additional information. Currently, I am not taking any appointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social Media

I am currently practicing limited social media interaction. I do not use twitter or facebook for promotional purposes. I am on instagram where I hope to post updates on upcoming fairs and markets as well as fun, personal things. Please continue below for more info on where you can find my work.

Mailing List

The purpose of this mailing list is to practice slowing down for myself and be more present with my art practice. Living with chronic pain & fatigue (myalgic encephalomyelitis), I am finding it harder to be active on social media. The plan is to send out newsletters on a monthly basis with my booking status, new & available tattoo flash, tattoos I’ve done, travel info and other fun stuff. I hope to see you there!

Travel

I currently do not have any plans to travel at this time. You can let me know which cities you’d like me to travel to in my guestbook!

Aftercare

✿ Once our session is finished, I cover most tattoos with Saniderm, a breathable transparent bandage that “minimizes the risk of infection and locks in your body’s natural healing fluids so your tattoo stays hydrated and heals quickly”.

✿ I recommend keeping the bandage on anywhere between 2 to 4 days, or otherwise stated by me at the time of your appointment. If the bandage also comes off on its own or it’s looking really worn around the edges, feel free to remove it earlier.

✿ I find it’s easiest to remove the bandage in the shower as the humidity and moisture helps loosen the film. Start from a corner or an edge that’s starting to show signs of wear and peel it back the direction of your hair growth. I’ve also read that it’s easier to pull the film from all sides so it lifts without disrupting the tattoo. 

✿ Over the next few days, the tattoo will become flaky, dry, and tight (similar to a sunburn as described by some). It may also appear dull, as the tattoo goes through the healing stages. Scabs may also form, which is also natural. Let them fall off naturally and avoid picking at them!

✿ At this point, you can start applying small amounts of moisturizer once or twice a day. Hooray! The most cost effective option is Aveeno unscented moisturizer, but there are other options out there such as: Cetaphil (fragrance free), Hustle Butter, and Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Please feel free to use one that suits you the most from this list, or if you’ve been recommended another product by another tattoo artist that you’re more comfortable with.

✿ Healing looks different for everyone! Keep an eye out, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any additional concerns.

Additional tips on healing:

✿ Stay hydrated! Your immune system will go into overdrive to heal your tattoo. During this time, practice extra self care and listen to what your body needs. For me, I need lots of sleep, water, and plenty of rest indoors.

✿ Wash your hands prior to touching your tattoo.

✿ Do your best to refrain from excess sweating during the healing process. This includes intense exercising, workout camps, hot yoga, etc.

✿ Do not submerge your tattoo in water for long periods of time. This includes baths, hot tubs, swimming in pools and open water, etc. Taking a shower is still okay!

✿ Picking, peeling or scratching your new tattoo will make the healing process much harder!

✿ Do not apply any chemicals, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, polysporin or vaseline on your new tattoo. This also goes for using anything abrasive on your skin such as loofahs or washcloths.

✿ Be mindful of your moisturizer usage. It’s best to apply a thin layer as opposed to a thick pile. A tattoo that breathes is a happy one!

✿ Keep your tattoo away from direct sunlight as much as possible (and also tanning beds). Wear loose clothing over the tattoo area if you can, and use a high SPF sunscreen after the tattoo is fully healed to keep your tattoo bright and crisp for longer.

✿ Icing the tattoo area can also be helpful in reducing swelling. Make sure to wrap the ice pack in a clean paper towel first before placing it on your tattoo for 10 to 15 minutes.

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The purpose of this mailing list is to practice slowing down for myself and be more present with my art practice. Living with chronic pain & fatigue, I am finding it harder to be active on social media. The plan is to send out newsletters on a monthly basis with my booking status, new & available tattoo flash, tattoos I've done, travel info and other fun stuff. I hope to see you there!