Recommended preparations and tattoo Aftercare

I want you to enjoy your tattoo experience and go home with a tattoo that will look great for many years to come. Read over the following, and let me know if you have any questions.
  • Supplies:
    • Mild anti-bacterial soap, for example: Dial Liquid Gold or Dove
    • A small container of Burt’s Bees Fragrance Free Lotion with Shea butter and Vitamin E or Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
    • Mild unscented skin lotion, like Cetaphil Lotion
    • Clean paper towels
    • Clean loose fitting clothing that you do not mind getting stained
  • Before you come in and the day of tattoo:
    • Moisturize your skin daily for at least a week before coming in
    • Keep yourself well hydrated
    • If you are feeling ill, please reschedule as soon as possible
    • Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before your tattoo
    • The evening before, shave the area that is to be tattooed
    • Be well rested
    • Eat a nutritious meal about an hour before
    • Wear appropriate loose fitting clothing
    • Arrive on time
    • Relax and enjoy the experience
    • You will leave with a bandage on, do not touch this for the rest of the day and preferably overnight
  • Day 1, 2 and 3:
    • Wash your hands very well before removing the bandage in a clean environment, always wash your hands before touching your tattoo
    • Clean your tattoo gently with hot water, anti-bacterial soap, and your finger tips, removing all of the ointment and blood
    • Using a paper towel, dab your tattoo dry, do not wipe
    • Gently apply a small amount of the Burt’s Bees lotion (or Palmer's Cocoa Butter) to your tattoo in a very thin layer
    • Do not wrap your tattoo again after removing that initial bandage
    • Wear very loose clothing if you must wear something over your tattoo, your tattoo should not rub on anything
    • Repeat the above steps about every 2 hours, at least 6 times per day
  • Day 4 until after peeling:
    • Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo
    • Clean your tattoo gently with hot water, anti-bacterial soap, and your fingers
    • Using a paper towel, dab your tattoo dry, do not wipe
    • Gently apply a small amount of the Cetaphil Lotion to your tattoo in a very thin layer
    • Wear very loose clothing over your tattoo
    • Repeat these steps 3 times a day
    • You may start seeing the tattoo peeling like a sunburn around this time and it may become itchy
    • Do not pick at the skin or scratch at the tattoo, instead wash and lotion it
    • Follow these steps until the tattoo is no longer peeling and the skin looks slightly shiny
  • Until 6 weeks pass after tattoo day:
    • Baby your tattooed skin
    • Keep it clean
    • Apply a thin layer of Cetaphil Lotion whenever the skin feels dry, or after taking a shower
    • Do not cover with a bandage
    • Do not submerge in water, no swimming, soaking, tubing, or hot tubs
    • Do not expose to direct sunlight
    • Do not wear tight clothing over the tattoo, you don’t want anything rubbing on it
    • Do not put neosporin on your tattoo
    • Do not scratch or pick your tattoo
    • After 6 weeks, you should be fully healed and can go back to your usual activities, please remember to always wear sunscreen to protect your tattoo in sunlight and to prevent fading

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you considering your first tattoo, or have questions about my process? Read on.
  • How do I make an appointment?
    • Email me or text me 512-650-6454
    • We will schedule an initial appointment
    • You will come in for a consult and bring as much information as possible about what you are looking for, such as reference photos
    • We will discuss placement, size, colors and the overall design
    • During our consult, you will pay a nonrefundable deposit of $100, in person or online. This goes toward my drawing time, holds your first tattoo appointment date and will be applied to the cost of the last tattoo session.
    • The deposit will be void for same day appointment cancellations, please contact me as soon as possible if you need to reschedule
    • The deposit will be void if you are more than 30 minutes late
    • Bring a state or government issued ID to each tattoo session to prove that you are over 18 years old, no exceptions
  • When can I see the drawing?
    • On the day of your tattoo we will review the drawing together and make any minor changes as needed before starting
  • How long will it take to finish my tattoo?
    • The size and complexity of the design will determine the amount of time needed to complete the tattoo
    • After the drawing has been established, we can determine an estimate of hours or number of sessions the tattoo will require
    • An average session can last about three hours, and some tattoos will require multiple sessions
    • The more calm and still you are during your tattoo session, the faster it will go
  • How much do you charge?
    • I charge $120 per hour
    • My minimum is also $120 for small tattoos
    • You can pay with cash, credit cards, or debit cards, we do not accept checks
  • Does it hurt?
    • Yes, all tattoos will hurt because small needles are penetrating the layers of your skin to deposit ink
    • The amount of pain will vary with each person and each location on an individual's body
    • It will only be a surface pain, like a scratch on your skin, and not a deep pain, like a toothache
    • Do not apply any kind of numbing cream to your skin before you come in
    • Note that I cannot tattoo you if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
    • Do not let the fear of pain dictate the area you want tattooed, pain is momentary and you will enjoy the artwork permanently
    • If you need a break during the tattoo, just let me know

Sometimes it’s all about the quality of the lines. People often
forget that the basics of anything are the greatest foundations.

I mostly draw. Everything else comes after that.

After a lifelong passion for it, I started actively studying art in 2000 at an art magnet program, college preperatory high school, and went on to graduate from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, along with my wife, Tina Poe. I started working as a freelance storyboard artist while in college, and dabbled in graphic design and interactive art direction after school for a few years, before going back to freelancing as a storyboard artist and illustrator full time in 2009. In 2012, I met Scott Spencer at The Inkery and decided that tattooing was going to be my next venture. In 2014, Tina and I started an online art gallery and shop, Serpentine Visions, where we curate a unique selection of original work from local and national artists alongside our own individual art.

And this is me: