Hello Friends and Wonderers...

Welcome and thank you for following your curiosities to my work. I encourage anyone who is interested in working with me to take a moment to understand what I can offer. It is important that we have some mutual understanding of each other before moving forward, feel free to introduce yourself as well.

My mission is to offer a comfortable, real, and positive collaborating experience around designing + tattooing without the ego+narcissistic toxic power struggles too often found in the industry.

I welcome everyone to work with me, am open to all energies+emotions that come with you, and respect your walk of life (hopefully a mutual feeling). I actively work hard to be direct in communication and be sensitive to considering all living beings. I will talk openly about my life, emotional practices, social awareness, beliefs, and privilege as naturally as they come up in conversation, in some spaces easier/safer than others. I encourage others to join in and start practicing honest conversations for yourselves.
(I also like to talk about comics, food, art, books, TV shows, movies, animal companions, and share stories)
Consideration and fairness is priority towards others through myself; these things are always a work in progress and I'm always open to be called out.

There is no space for hate, racism, bigotry, or cultural appropriation in my life.
There is no time for rude behavior or power struggles.
I do have a sense of understanding + forgiveness as I will regard you as an individual.

I will intentionally work at places I feel comfortable. I also offer, within my environmental influence, a safer and honest space. I identify as an Asian-American non-binary/non-gender conforming person. I prefer gender neutral pronouns (they/them), but won't be offended if you accidentally refer to me otherwise (trying is what matters).

Tattoos can be place-markers in your life and can be a healing experience if that is what you seek.
I work at my own balanced pace, unrushed, which means it may take time to work with me.
A wait for your first appointment, depending on your preferred location, could be anywhere from a month to a year.

I travel part time for tattoo work; part time working from home doing designing, drawings, and emails; full time caring for myself and the peoples+creatures around me. I have various health issues that I have the privilege to be attending to for a comfortable life but occasionally prevent me from doing certain life+work related things.

Thanks for reading!

 

Brief History:

I was born in Osaka, Japan and lived in Kumamoto (in Kyushu). My mother and I immigrated from Japan when I was 5yrs old to a farm outside of Appleton, Minnesota, which is about 3 hours west of the Twin Cities. I then moved to a TC suburb, Eagan, then finally planted in St. Paul for most of my teenage years. I moved to Minneapolis after school to pursue an art career. After working at various food co-ops, I pursued a tattooing career at a studio called 4Points. At the time (2012), it was one of the newer shops in town and it offered a different perspective to the industry. My mentor encouraged me to pursue non-traditional tattoo styles and explore more illustrative styles of my own, which came natural with my history of manga/comic art. Unfortunately, as common with many apprenticeships (especially with female bodied/appearing, queer, and POC humans), over time grew to be an intensely abusive, unsafe, and unprofessional environment. I became independent Jan2016 and work on a guest spot basis. I currently live in Oregon as of mid-2016.