I started tattooing in 2008 at Black & Blue Tattoo under the guidance of Leo Herod. I learned from everybody who was at the shop at the time — Idexa Stern, Anne Williams, Victor Trujillo, Jaime Royal VI, Siri Strauss, and Tala Brandeis.
After four years at Black & Blue, I spent two years working at Mermaids Tattoo, an all-female collective under the ownership of Anne Williams. I was there from 2012 to 2014. I opened my private studio in the Mission in 2014, and after five years in that tiny but sweet space, I moved my private tattoo studio to a lovely, spacious space in the East Bay. Fall 2018 marked my ten years in the business. It is the longest relationship of my life, and I intend to stay in it until my last breath.
I specialize in experimental styles. I love geometry, abstraction, playing with contrast. I do a lot of fine line work, a lot of bright bold color as well and delicate color blending. To put the above into tattoo style terms, I'd list dotwork, blackwork, abstract tattooing and watercolor. I love translating fine art into tattoo art. If its a little different, if you don't see it a lot, it is probably up my alley.
Photo by Julia O. Test Photography.