Where is Dax located?
Dax has a private studio room within a salon building in north Raleigh, NC. She will send you the address and suite # once you are scheduled.
How do I book?
Dax’s waitlist for custom work will be available soon. Keep an eye on Dax’s Instagram and this website for updates!
What does “predrawn” mean?
A “predrawn” is simply a tattoo design that has already been designed & drawn up by the tattoo artist, usually with a predetermined size range. Whereas custom designs are concepts that the client comes to the artist with, & are usually drawn up the night before, or day-of the tattoo appointment. (:
Where can I see previous tattoos Dax has done?
Dax has highlights on her Instagram page titled with the months/years those tattoos were done (example: may ‘22). Feel free to click through & enjoy!
What is a color test, and should I get one?
A color test is a permanent tattoo made up of dots or lines that allow you to see how certain colors will heal/react on your skin type before committing to a full tattoo with color. You’re a good candidate for a color test if you plan on having color tattoos done in the future, & don’t currently know how color heals on you. They are always free, & can be added on to any already-booked appointment with Dax as long as you let her know ahead of time.
What does a color test look like?
They can be dots or lines, and can be as few or as many colors as you’d like to see from what Dax has. Colors are brightest when fresh. These shots are healed.
I messaged you the other day. When can I expect a response?
Please always give us (at least) one full week to respond. We care about how we respond to you, so please be patient with us.
Does Dax require face masks for appointments?
Yes, Dax still requires face masks for all appointments. Her spouse is on chemo and is immunocompromised, so she still has strict COVID policies that will likely continue for a while.
When Dax’s books open for customs, how does she determine who to tattoo?
There are many questions Dax asks herself when reviewing custom tattoo applications, such as
- Would I enjoy tattooing this piece?
- Would the client and I vibe well together?
- Does the client like my style?
- How much creative trust do I have with this piece?
- Am I excited, and are my wheels turning while reading this idea to myself?
- Do they have enough availability for me to get them on the schedule?
- Would this tattoo make a positive impact on the client’s life?
- Is this client part of an underrepresented group in the tattoo community?
- Do I feel that the form was filled out in such a way that I have everything I need to know to design the best tattoo I can for them?
To further explain… sadly there are often more people Dax wants to tattoo than people she can physically tattoo each time her books open (which she is SO grateful for). This means that often times, even if all the form questions are answered perfectly, she will have to turn away concepts and people that she still very much wants to tattoo.
Please keep in mind that every time Dax’s books open, she has around 50-60 slots to fill. With 400-600 people applying each time, there are far more people that she sadly has to say no to than people she can actually book.
We are very excited to be implementing a waitlist for 2023 bookings, which will hopefully make the booking process more fair and accessible to everyone. More details coming this fall!
Will Dax take on large pieces, sleeves, bigger projects?
Dax LOVES doing them. HOWEVER, there are some things to keep in mind.
Dax does not tattoo for more than 3 (sometimes 4) hours at a time. Because of this, projects or larger pieces will always be a process with her (but so worth it!). This means, yes, you will need to book multiple sessions with Dax for anything larger than an average sheet of printer paper.
If you are currently booked for a project or piece that will need multiple sessions, please make sure you’ve applied for the additional sessions that will be needed. When Dax’s books are open, the Appointment Application form has a section for this. If you’re booked for an upcoming appointment and don’t know if this applies to you, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]
If doing ~3 hour sessions at a time isn’t what works best for you, or you’re not ok with waiting a bit between sessions, we are always happy to recommend other artists who would do a wonderful job.
To those of you who are understanding about Dax’s boundaries as a neurodivergent artist, we love you oh so much.
What are Dax’s rates?
Dax rates are usually priced per piece, but roughly come out to $200-250 per hour, based on the amount of detail. We are happy to give you a quote! However, there are some things to keep in mind.
Dax is still constantly growing as an artist, meaning… as she gains more experience, and the more she financially invests in her craft (education, supplies, aftercare, etc.), her prices will reflect that. Because of this, we recommend asking for a quote during the actual month that her books will be opening.
Our quotes are solely estimates. We do our very best to make sure our estimates are accurate, but they are always subject to change. If we’ve given a quote previously, it doesn’t always apply to the next booking round. Make sure to ask again if needed!
If you need a solid price, or have a specific budget, please let us know before your actual appointment date, so we can try our best to make it happen for you.
Does Dax finish other artists’ tattoos and/or projects?
Dax is always happy to finish something if the previous artist made you uncomfortable, disrespected you, or took advantage of you in any way. HOWEVER, she can only mentally take on a few of these each round of booking.
We know there are a lot of you out there who struggle to love your unfinished artwork. We promise our hearts goes out to you and Dax WILL eventually get to you if you’re able to be patient with her. It’s awful that you’ve had a negative tattoo experience. We really hope Dax will get the chance to change that.
What does Dax suggest for an aftercare routine?
Since Dax’s tattoos are rather dainty, she prefers you follow a strict aftercare routine to ensure the best healing/settling possible. Here’s her preferred routines:
For those who have an adhesive allergy (which is rare— if you have one you probably can’t use bandaids & are already aware of it): she recommends gently cleaning your tattoo with a nonscented soap 3-5x daily, and lightly moisturizing your tattoo with a nonscented lotion or salve for the first 2-3 weeks following your appointment. Avoid activities that could allow for tattoo infection during the first 2-3 weeks (such as vigorous exercise, soaking in a bath or pool, direct contact of the area with animals, etc.) & definitely avoid direct sunlight. Always use sunscreen on your tattoos even after the initial 2-3 week wound-healing period— sun damage can greatly affect tattoos over time! Since tattoos are healing wounds, they will likely scab/flake/itch during those first few weeks. It is vital that you do NOT pick or scratch at your tattoo. It can be tempting, but it can also accidentally damage your tattoo. Be gentle pretty please! (:
For those who do not have an adhesive allergy (most of you!): Dax will put a sheet of non-latex “second skin” bandage on your tattoo before you leave the studio. This bandage will remain on your tattoo for 24hrs, & may form an “ink sack”— which is simply just your plasma leaking into the bandage (the second skin keeps this plasma from drying & turning into a scab, which is good!). After the initial 24hr period, you’ll gently take off the bandage (with warm, nonscented, soapy water), rinse off any plasma left behind, pat dry, & then apply the extra sheet of second skin bandage that Dax sends home with you. This bandage can remain on your tattoo for anywhere from 3-5 days, & rapidly speeds up the wound-healing process. In addition, the bandage is waterproof, & seals the tattoo from potential infection, so you can live your life fairly normally while it’s on. After removing the second sheet, just use a nonscented lotion or salve for an additional 1-2 weeks to keep your tattoo lightly moisturized. As always— don’t forget to protect your tattoo from the sun (:
What does “second skin” do?
Second skin is a non-latex adhesive bandage that essentially seals your fresh tattoo from any potential infection, suspends your plasma in liquid form to prevent scab formation, & allows the tattoo to be practically water-proof. It can cause slight skin redness after removal due to how well it seals to your skin, but as long as there isn’t a rash from the adhesive (as seen in those with adhesive allergies), this is very normal & nothing to worry about. Your tattoo is a wound, & it likely will feel very similar to a sunburn during the 1st week with or without second skin bandage anyways.
Why salve vs aquaphor?
Dax prefers to send you home with an all-natural, nonscented salve to serve as the moisturizer for your aftercare routine. She chooses these salves because they are less hydrophobic than the traditional aquaphor or A&D ointments, & contain ingredients that are specifically for skin healing. The Good JuJu Essential Salve contains perilla seed oil, which facilitates skin regeneration, while the Toad & Turnip Aftercare Salve contains yarrow root, which decreases skin inflammation & increases skin moisture. If you prefer to not use either of these, Dax still recommends using a regular nonscented lotion of your choosing, instead of aquaphor-like ointments (to allow the wound to “breathe”).
How do fineline tattoos heal?
Fineline tattoos are newer to the tattoo world, so there isn’t extensive documentation on how they look after 10+ years. That being said- when done properly by an informed professional- their healing process is right on track for settling with just as much definition/clarity as any other style of tattoos. All tattoos “fuzz out” or “spread” slightly over time (sun protection is your best friend in preventing this excessively!)— which is also why it’s important to choose an artist who will help you make the right decisions on tattoo sizing & amount of detail being packed into a single space.
What’s a tattoo healing process like?
In terms of the very first day you have a tattoo, it can be normal for ultra-sensitive folks (like Dax!) to experience a low-grade fever. This is sometimes called “tattoo flu,” & simply an immune response to your body acquiring a new wound. HOWEVER, if you develop a fever at any point after the first 6-8 hours of getting tattooed, this is a sign of infection & requires immediate medical attention. This is because all tattoos are initially an open wound! The outer layer of your skin remains susceptible to infection, & requires a diligent aftercare routine for the first 2-3 weeks following an appointment to prevent complications. During the first week, your tattoo will feel quite sensitive and sunburn-like. Usually towards the second week, your tattoo will begin to flake or peel. This stage can feel quite itchy & you may be tempted to scratch or pick at it— but DO NOT! You can damage your tattoo & prevent the ink from settling properly. During the flaky stage, moisturizing is the best way to help it heal. Although the first 2-3 weeks are the “most important”, it can actually take anywhere from 3-6 months for your skin below the outer surface to fully heal & settle. This means continuing to moisturize, & DEFINITELY paying close attention to sun protection are extremely important for you to continue.(:
Why are all of my favorite tattoo artists booked?
Unfortunately, the majority of the workload associated with being a tattoo artist cannot be delegated to anyone else. Creating/designing concepts, physically drawing up the design, discerning which concepts they feel best suits their artistic style, selecting the supplies that most specifically support their tattoo style, & actively tattooing (to name a few) are very time-consuming activities that must be fulfilled by the artist alone. Even if an artist has the ability to find & finance an assistant to help them with the rest of the (very important!) aspects of their work, there’s still no way to expedite the process of actually designing & tattooing.
Only few years ago, “walk-in” shops were widespread, & therefore made tattoos relatively easy to access (because there were usually multiple resident artists who were willing to tattoo multiple styles, & usually a shop assistant who would take care of things like checkout/ordering bulk supplies for the shop). With the mix of COVID-19 & the rise in popularity of specialized tattoo styles, appointment-only booking has become far more prevalent instead. Appointment-only booking allows for artists to ensure proper sanitation between people entering the studio (which has been essential in fighting the spread of COVID-19), & also allows for artists to focus on specific tattoo styles they’re passionate about (rather than taking any/all styles that come in, they’re able to specialize their craft as well as choosing the specific supplies that may be associated with it).
With all of these factors being taken into consideration, you can see how it can be a little difficult for one human to organize & tattoo all of you lovely people. If there’s a specific style or artist you like, it’s definitely worth the wait to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for (: tattoos are permanent alterations to your beautiful body, & deserve careful consideration/research before committing to something forever!
How do I research a tattoo artist?
This is a question that can’t easily be answered, because it requires a fair amount of your own intuition & astuteness. That being said, there are definitely little tips & tricks you can use to help research the type of artist you’d want to tattoo you:
First, definitely find the style you feel most drawn to. Social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, or even TikTok are a great place to start. Hashtags are helpful search tools, as well as finding tattoo pages with certain aesthetic vibes you’re drawn to. From there, you can usually find tagged artists or studios that match what you’re looking for. But that’s not where you stop the research!!— once you feel you’ve settled on a shop or studio, make sure you 1) have easy access to healed tattoo examples & 2) can find actual clients that have gone to them. Not just friends or family that might have a biased opinion on the person, but actual clients who felt comfortable with them. This means searching through comments under their tattoo posts (it’s usually obvious if the commenter is the individual in the photo), or seeing if they’ve posted some people multiple times over a span of time (because return clients usually mean they felt comfortable enough with the artist to come back again). If you want to go a step further, there’s also no shame in reaching out to past clients & asking what their experience was like. HOWEVER, not everyone will welcome this (understandably!), so it’s extremely important to be respectful of their privacy & to keep it kind. (:
Lastly, if you get a bad vibe or a gut feeling— TRUST IT! Even if everything checks out with someone, you can never fully know. It’s so much better to be safe than sorry- especially when it comes to permanent body art. Protect your energy & trust that you’ll find your dream artist in the long run. 🖤