"Your skin is a living canvas.
My ink is the art it wears."
I believe that a tattoo is an expression of the fact that you've lived. Like scars and bruises, they take your blank canvas and tell a story. Some dark, some light ... some vivid and filled with color ... and others, obscure in infinite shades of gray.
A tattoo can be a memory held dear or a dream of something longed for. It can have some deep, personal meaning or the simplest, most profound meaning of all ...
You wanted it, so you got it.
I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best when he said, "Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art."
Let me create something beautiful on your canvas for you to love.
Born and raised in Germany, Britta received her formal education in nursing. Craving more than just what her family expected of her though, she eventually made her way to Amsterdam and fell in love with a culture that embraces the expression of art in all its forms and fashions.
At the time, female tattoo artists were rare, but in 2003 she broke through the male dominated business of tattoo, opening her own studio. She has continued to hone her craft and has left her mark not only on the industry but also on all those who have trusted her with their living canvases.
Specializing in Trash Polka and Water Color Tattoo, Britta brings her unique perspective on the art and science of tattoo to the delight of her clients. The lasting impression that she makes can be seen on the bodies of those who look for the exceptional realization of a craft born through years of commitment.
She brought her unique art to the United States in 2012 and has been helping discerning clients in the US bring to life amazing creations ever since. An award winning professional, and a sought after guest tattoo artist, she can be found in California and New York, and from time to time in other places across the country.
If you would like to be fortunate enough to adorn her art, you should do your best to get on her calendar. Act now, because it fills up quickly.
How much does it cost?
We charge a $100 consultation fee to consult with you regarding your desired tattoo, its placement, and the prep and aftercare logistics. Our minimum fee for a small tattoo is $200. Whenever possible, we try to quote a comprehensive fee for your desired tattoo by the conclusion of the consultation. However, some artistic engagements may require a significant investment of time for upfront design work, prior to the actual tattoo work being done, and would be better handled via our hourly rate of $200 per hour. In such situations, we will provide you with a range of estimated hours it will take to complete your work -- all inclusive of the upfront design work and actual tattoo creation.
Is a deposit required?
Yes. We require a 20% deposit (minimum $100) before we proceed to the consultation process. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and will be applied to the final cost of your tattoo. If you fail to make your appointment without 48 hour notice, your deposit will be forfeit.
How can I pay?
We accept cash and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express). We do not accept checks.
How do I choose a great tattoo artist?
Word of mouth is typically your best source of information regarding the quality and talent of a tattoo artist. If you know someone who has amazing ink, ask them who created it. Absent a direct referral, we advise that you invest some time getting to know the work of the artist you are considering. Investigate their portfolio. Don't rely on your tablet or smart phone to view it online. Pull it up on a large monitor and zoom in. A great artist has the knowledge and resources to invest in excellent photos of their work. Yes, zoom in. If the lines don't look straight or the image is blurry, that may be a sign that you need to investigate even more thoroughly. A great tattoo should look amazing from far away and very close up. It's your skin and you have it for life. Don't go half-way when considering something so permanent.
Is it safe?
There's no question, body modification, regardless of the degree, carries risks. Our perpective is that any sane person should seek out professionals trained in, and who appreciate the benefits of, a hygienic work environment. The practice of body modification through tattoo requires much more than just equipment and a place to have it done. I've received professional education in nursing and respect the fact that our skin is both our largest organ and our number one defense against the things that have the sole purpose of causing us harm. Getting a tattoo is safe if done in the right environment by a professional who values your health and well being as she does her own and all those she cares about deeply.
Does it hurt?
Absolutely! But in the best possible way. For most people, during the process of having your tattoo created, your brain will release endorphins. These are amazing neurotransmitters designed to minimize the impact of pain and often stimulate a feeling of euphoria. So it will definitely hurt, but you'll kind of like it.
How long does it take to heal?
It can take up to two weeks for your tattoo to heal. However, your skin may take up to two months to fully regenerate after your tattoo has been created.
How should I care for my new tattoo?
Each artist has their own recommended approach to caring for a new and existing tattoo. We will review our specific care protocols during our consultation and again after your tattoo has been created.
How old do I have to be?
You must be at least 18 years of age or older, and you must be able to prove your age with a valid government issued photo ID. While there is a minimum age, I do want to point out that you are never too old to get your first tattoo! Contact us today to get on the calendar!!