Sept/Oct/Nov Books are open- apply here
WHY IS TATTOOING SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Tattoos are a way to celebrate and reclaim our bodies, a true act of self expression, or simply collectable pieces by artists we admire. They are a means by which to permanently commemorate your strength, your resiliency, or your connection to your body - the only thing that will ever wholly be uniquely yours. The act of tattooing is one of the most intimate experiences that I have ever partaken in... I strongly believe in the importance of a positive connection and exchange between yourself and your tattooer. Despite fears, uncertainties, and many barriers to entry, pursuing tattooing and being able to provide a safe and inclusive environment for my clients has been one of my greatest accomplishments. I feel grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this ancient and historically rich tradition and practice, and I look forward continue to better myself and my artistic output with every tattoo that I make.
WHERE DO YOU WORK?
I tattoo at (and co-own) a private tattoo studio, Welcome Home Studio, in Brooklyn, New York.
HOW DO I GET ON YOUR WAIT LIST?
You can't... I don't have a wait list. If last minute appointments become available I will post them to IG with instructions on how to book.
WHEN DO YOUR BOOKS OPEN?
March and April and May booking will occur in mid-February.
June and July and August booking will occur in mid-May.
September and October booking will occur in mid-August.
November and December booking will occur in mid-October.
January and February booking will occur in mid-December.
WHAT DOES 'BOOKS CLOSED' MEAN?
This means that I am currently not accepting any tattoo requests and have no available appointments and therefore cannot book you.
HOW DO I BOOK A TATTOO APPOINTMENT WITH YOU?
Please have a look at my bio on IG. My bio will state whether my books are either open or closed. If they are open, click the link in my bio, fill out the form and wait to hear back. If they are closed, please note what date they will be re-opening and hold off from inquiring until then.
WHAT IS YOUR BOOKING PROCESS LIKE?
On the date that my books open, I will post to IG that I am accepting clients for a specific set of dates and ask that you click the link in my IG bio and fill out the form. The form will have all of the info you need to know attached to it (such as cost, deposit, studio location, flash or custom art work options, etc.), as well space to include all of the info that I will need from you to potentially book you (such as artwork and image references, size, body placement, availability). After you have submitted a proposal please check your junk mail if you are expecting a response from me.
ARE YOUR APPOINTMENTS FIRST COME FIRST SERVE?
As long as my books are open, it doesn't matter when you submit your form. I do not book clients based on when their form is submitted, I book based on the project and whether I feel that I am the best artist for your project.
WHAT IS YOUR RATE?
All information regarding my rate and deposit will be provided in my booking form.
DO YOU HAVE PLANS TO TRAVEL AND TATTOO THIS YEAR?
I have no travel plans for 2018, but if this should change, travels dates will be posted both here and to my IG account.
DO YOU SELL FLASH OR DRAW CUSTOM DESIGNS FOR CLIENTS THAT ARE UNABLE TO GET TATTOOED BY YOU IN NY?
Unfortunately I neither sell my flash nor do custom work for you to have tattooed by other artists. I am so humbled by your interest in my work and I know it is disappointing that I may not be geographically accessible to you, but a large part of my artistic process is bestowing my own work upon my clients. (Please do not have my illustrations/hand written text tattooed on you by another artist, it makes me sad and unfortunately is not something I approve of).
DO YOU TATTOO DRAWINGS BY OTHER ARTISTS?
DO YOU TAKE ON APPRENTICES?
Not at the moment. If/when I do, information on how to apply will be posted to IG.
I AM COMING TO NY IN MANY MONTHS FROM NOW, CAN I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT IN ADVANCE?
Unfortunately I only open my books during the aforementioned times and will not be able to accommodate your advanced booking request.
I THINK THAT OUR BELIEFS ALLIGN AND I'D LOVE TO TALK ABOUT COLLABORATING- NOW WHAT?
I love to work with open minded, consistently growing, creative individuals and brands. I strongly believe in ethical production, transparency, open communication, and making goods/wares with intention. I have been involved in a variety of collaborations from a more personal product level to working with large brands. Please send me an email to discuss a potential collaboration.
FAQ- personal biz
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada at age 18 and lived, studied, worked, and grew up there for the next 8 years. Both cities have contributed to who I am today.
HOW DID YOU LEARN HOW TO (INSERT SKILL)?
My Baba (my dad's mom, Anne) taught me traditional Ukrainian folk crafts beginning at a young age. Together we would work on hand embroidery projects, braid paska bread, make Ukrainian easter eggs, etc. She taught me how to use a sewing machine, how to quilt, how to make wreaths from flowers and other outdoor findings. She taught me everything I know about botanicals and encouraged me to pursue gardening and the cultivation of house plants. Anne helped build the foundation for my affinity to working with my hands. As a teenager, I began to take my traditional skill set and develop my artistic output upon that earlier foundation. I was sewing my own clothes (which, in hindsight, were sliiiightly inappropriate), working on illustrations, building, and refurbishing found objects and furniture.
I attended Ryerson University where I studied Fashion Design and developed my pattern making, garment construction, design, and illustration skills. My first 3 years in this program I felt like the odd person out. I was (and still am) a jeans and t shirt, black and white, function over fashion type of person. I took on as much as humanly possible at school, I loved to be busy and I loved to try new things. By 4th year I started to like myself, value my opinions, and trust my aesthetic. I began to find my voice and see the value in what I was making, rather then trying to emulate the work of my talented peers just to fit in. When I started creating what I wanted to make... what came easy to me... was when I began to find success.
I am a self taught tattooer. I have spent the past 4+ years researching and practicing my skills. I closely follow and learn from those who I admire, whether they are near or at a distance. I continue to make work on myself, and am grateful to those who have lent their skin to my learning experience.
PS. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS:
Anything that I have wanted to try artistically, I have jumped in head first. I encourage you to do the same. My first (insert every type of art subject ever: painting, sculpture, tattoo, apple pie) sucked... but eventually I got better at it... or I chose to pursue something else. Some of my favorite pieces have been rough drafts or practice attempts. Basically, how do you know you're not good at painting if you've never tried? How do you know you're not good at painting if your standard is based on the output of others? Honor your willingness to simply pursue something creative, for overcoming that fear is a great feat in itself.
Attend workshops. Reach out to your favorite makers and ask them WHAT (inspires/teaches them) instead of HOW TO~ they were courageous and resilient in pursuing their craft, it's important to respect that. Pursue what makes you happy, pursue skills that feel true to you... when I stopped trying to draw like all of my friends, and simply drew what my mind and hands were capable of I found a great deal of success and satisfaction. Read books about craftsmanship. Seek apprenticeships with those who you admire. Work with those outside of your friend group - IG is great for this.
HOW DID YOU END UP IN AMERICA?
I met my dream person (Dylan) unintentionally on Instagram. He's American, I'm Canadian, we made it work. I'll tell you all about it when we meet :)
HOW OLD ARE YOU? WHAT IS YOUR SIGN?
I'm 28 & a Leo, Capricorn rising, and moon in Virgo.
But let's be honest... most of what I wear is vintage or thrifted. If someone has worn it threadbare, if it has holes and a story, if it's black, white, grey, navy, denim, or red.... yes, please.
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