Hi! My name is Jun. My pronouns are they/them. I'm always a work in progress.
I have been an artist most of my life and have had a tattoo practice since 2012. I make all kinds of art, enjoy sharing knowledge, listening to dreams, and hearing your woes and joy.
I identify as Queer/ace/trans/femme-androgynous/non-binary Japanese-American. I am an immigrant to Očhéthi Šakówiŋ/Anishinaabe territory (MN-mpls - source) and first-gen, as well as an only child of an immigrant. I grew up lower-middle class and experienced childhood abuse. I am a survivor of assault and oppression, my life path is that of honesty and healing through self-work, consistent education, and community-connection.
1) Where are you located?
I am currently traveling in the PNW over the summer.
I am currently open for clients in Seattle for this summer.
I have will have availability in Minneapolis or Oakland for new clients/projects in the next year.
I will be traveling to LA, Tuscon, Austin, and New Orleans at the end of the year.
2) What is your pricing/rates?
General Pricing Brackets:
Small Tattoo - an hour or less - $200 and under
Medium Tattoo - 1~3hrs - $200-500
Large Tattoo - 3~5hrs - $500-800
Extensive Tattoo (full day) - 6~9hrs - $800-1000
Starting A Large Piece: First session ~ 500-1000… Following sessions ~ minimum $200 until finish.
If You Are Financially Privileged, Please Pay Me My Full Rate So I Can Offer Flexibility To Others! <3
*I take some appts that are Pay-What-You-Can to folks who are poc/trans/disabled/chronically-ill/caretakers.
3) What about the deposit?
*$50 or $100 ~ depending on the size of your tattoo (I will tell you)
*half is non-refundable booking fee ~ pays for our emailing/booking time and the time it would also take to return the other half of your deposit if needed
~Half is returned to you if you let me know 48hrs before your scheduled appt.
~All of it goes towards the total of your tattoo.
~I take deposits via Venmo, CashApp, or Paypal
~The remainder of payment should be paid in cash!
4) What is your current booking status?
Currently I am COMPLETELY BOOKED FOR PORTLAND this year!
I have openings in Seattle over the summer.
For Oakland, I will have availability in late 2019.
I am currently not taking new clients in Minneapolis, sorry! Maybe 2020? I grew up there so I have a lot of friends and returning clients to tattoooooo <3
For my current Mpls clients, I will be back in the fall 2019!
5) Are you open for flash/freehand pieces?
If I have cancellations, I will post openings on IG (@ajunkysock)
6) How do I book an appointment with you?
PLEASE READ THE BOOKING STATUS ABOVE (Q4)! I may not respond to your inquiry unless I have availability.
1)Description/Background of design
2)List of elements/things you want to include in design + reference images
3)Size (approximate size in inches/cm), are you open to size?
4)Placement (if you are undecided, discuss! You can also give me a list of open areas and give you suggestions)
+ A photo with the area you want tattooed circled
5)Budget (ranges or limits)
6)Dates if specific
~Primarily looking for creative openness, freehand, or flash designs. Open to subjects and concepts.
~I enjoy custom/freehand projects that have a lot of meaning and symbology. Imagery I enjoy working with is animals and plants combined, animals interacting with other animals/objects or taking action/doing something, dreamy and surreal, can be dark.
~Open to doing comic/manga art styles and translating and/or collaborating other artist’s work (with permission).
~I cannot not respond to all emails in any normal expected timely manner. I'm a one-person business so it takes time!
~Don’t take it personally if you don’t hear back, feel free to keep trying!
I usually do not respond to emails/requests until I am scheduling appointments. Some emails also get lost in the shuffle and it can take me up to a month to respond. Just keep trying if you want to work with me!
Email inquiries to email@example.com
How Much Does A Tattoo Cost?
Generally speaking, tattoos aren’t cheap, art can have varying degrees of accessibility. Most shops have a minimum of around 50$ or so, that would probably cover a very small tattoo. On average in the U.S., hourly rates currently range from 100-250$. Demand and geographical location may effect the cost of a tattoo. There are some “high-profile” artists who charge an hourly rate of 500-750$ or more. If you have a budget and can only spend so much, it’s important to be upfront with your artist about it so they can give you some options. Some artists will tell you to come back when you've saved up and I think it’s important to respect that. There are some artists who are willing to be flexible. Remember it is not owed and it doesn’t hurt to simply ask! It may mean splitting up the tattoo into smaller sessions or less detail in the design.
Tipping etiquette? Tipping is a traditional thing in tattoo culture, a lot of artists will appreciate it considering over half the $$ you give your artist will go towards shop fees/taxes! Some artists factor it into their hourly rate and do not rely on tips.
Generally speaking the average tip for a tattoo is about the standard tipping percentage of 15-20%. Some people tip a lot, some people don't tip at all because they can't afford to (that's ok with me, no judgements). Everyone is in different financial positions AND have different perspectives on a value of a tattoo.
If an artist did a lot of work for you as far as being in good communication and drafting a custom design for you, your artist will definitely appreciate something extra for their effort/time/energy. It's good to practice awareness around how people treat you and how you could be treating others as well.
Here’s a general explanation of a tattoo artist’s expenses and what your money is going towards:
+A large portion of the money you give to your artist will be for shop fees/rent alone. This averages anywhere between 50-30%.
+Most tattoo artists are self employed, which means we pay in our taxes (literally an extra HUGE bill every month/quarter/year to keep track of). That’s about 10-20% of the total.
+Tattoo equipment can cost anywhere from 200$ for a cheap setup and upwards from there depending on the quality
+Education for tattooing can cost anywhere from 5k-15k on average, even without a formal apprenticeship is takes a lot of $$ to build up your equipment take time for education.
+Art materials are quite expensive! Technology like computer/phone/internet that we use to communicate with clients and the printers, papers, machines, sterilizing equipment, and utilities we use for the process.
+It takes time/energy to conjure a new and unique design from the imagination, then place it on paper in a communicable way. Email and communication takes up a LOT of time. Organization takes a LOT of time. Maintaining a business takes A LOT OF TIME! Much of running a business and organizing is unseen and under-appreciated labor, ESPECIALLY in the self-employed world. Never underestimate what kind of time things take if you yourself do not have similar kind of experience.
+Remember that you are working and FAIRLY paying a human being, which is unfortunately rare in consumerism of the world. Think about how most of our clothes, technology, food, and tools are created by poor labor standards in other countries. It’s an unfortunate condition that we can only begin to reverse by paying attention to where something is made and by whom. Money very unfortunately controls the world and it is important to remember that where we put our dollars is where we are enabling power.
**This is not to say that tattoo artists don’t get paid well** It’s one of the more profitable jobs in the creative field. Some artists get paid better than others, expenses will vary from artist to artist, life situations and geographical location factor in as well Some people are encouraged to be greedy without consequence, many people have complicated relationships to currency, and other people use it as a tool for positive change. It is important to be aware of these facts when choosing and working with your artist. Transparency is everything in my opinion, trust your instincts!