How do I know if booking is open?
Booking usually opens once a month, on the 25th at 10am. You can check out my booking link here
if booking is open it will take you to the form. If booking is closed it will show a message with an approximate date for when booking will reopen.
What is a "Flash" tattoo?
"Flash" refers to a rotating selection of drawings that I have already created and would be happy to tattoo. They aren't exclusive - meaning I do sometimes tattoo them more than once - but I try to put an individual detail in each iteration so that no two tattoos are exactly alike. you can peep my flash at my website www.brookeherr.com/tattoo/#/flash - which I try to update as the flash changes and morphs.
What if I want a flash piece with some slight variations?
It depends on the variations but I'm certainly open to it! I have a space for that kind of request on my booking form.
What is a Sigil?
Sigils (pronounced sih - jils) are magic symbols meant to contain a power, energy, or purpose, unique and legible only to the creator. I didn't invent them, a friend of mine who practices witchraft taught me about them and I so enjoyed making them that my roommate joined and made one she wanted me to tattoo on her.... that's how they got folded into the tattoo practice.
I've been crafting sigils for/with other peopel for 3 years, and each time I begin it still feels a little uncharted to me. There is some underlying structure that I use to get us into the process: If you are booking for a sigil, I will ask you to write me a little bit about what's goin on for you in this moment - what would you like to focus the sigil on? is there a person, event or transition you'd like to honor? a kind of energy you need brought closer to you, or desire to ward off? growth you'd like to encourage or foster? this info can be your own writing, images, music, poetry, a combination....
Based on that info I prepare some sketches which we use as a starting point for finding your sigil - but the bulk of the design happens collaboratively in the first hour of our appointment.
After the tattoo, I'll send you home with the final drawing of the sigil and suggest you activate the symbol by burning, burying, or dissolving its paper form.
Can I see the sketches ahead of time?
For my own sanity - and because it keeps the sketches fresh - I do my sketches each morning for whichever appointments I have that day... so there will be no sketches for you to see ahead of time! Sometimes, due to unexpected schedule stuff, or my mood, or the content of your sigil I will even wait to do sketches until we are in the room together... it often works best when we are able to talk and respond in real time together, and I don't always like to pre-impose a sigil structure before I meet you - unless I have a strong feeling of what it wants to be.
How much does a sigil typically cost?
Sigil appointments typically cost between 100-200 at my standard hourly rate.
Why so much for such a little mark?
It's all dependent on the design time. Sigils often take as long to design as they do to tattoo!
Do you do consultations?
The way I have set up my practice we do the consultation and the tattoo in the same appointment, so that it all happens in one, fresh moment. That said, I would never make someone feel pressured to get a tattoo that doesn't feel right. If you are in our appointment and you feel like you need more time to think on the design you've selected, we can simply settle up for the design time, and schedule a follow up appointment for you to come back. I won't necessarily be able to find an immediate spot for you, but I'd rather you be sure and a little delayed, than get something permanent you don't truly want.
Do you ever do custom drawings?
I have officially closed the chapter of custom drawings. This means I’ve narrowed the practice to making sigils (custom in their own way) and flash drawings- or adaptations from flash drawings. Though I deeply love hearing custom ideas and the thrill of manifesting that for someone, it’s time to refocus on the imagery, themes and content that call to me. I noticed that custom work kept leaving me feeling dispersed, off the path, a little out of it - and that’s not how I want to connect with you all. This craft is stranger and more mercurial than I ever expected (the “soft chaos” i have referred to on insta) It can be difficult to claim desires as valid when they are erratic, non-linear, illogical, intangible... especially with choices that effect our livelihood or bring us into conflict with what people seem to want us to deliver. But if there’s anything I want to bring into the world, it’s permission to get specific, be complex, pay attention. I feel SO much gratitude that not a one person has made me feel bad about all the fluctuation and trial that I’ve been doing to build systems that keep me healthy/happy. It is a testament to how flexible, caring and creative you all are. Thank you so so much. I believe that by deepening here (🌬) I’ll actually be able to bring more abundant skill & magic & nourishment to the space between us
Why isn't booking always open?
Booking is an overwhelming process, and when it was always open, I was always on my computer or phone. Opening it for short periods of time keeps the workload realistic for me and helps me have space to respond to each inquiry without exhaustion, dropped threads, or too much back-and-forth. It also keeps the booking closer to our actual appointment time, so I tend to get fewer cancellations or scheduling shifts then I did when I let folks book months in advance.
Is booking competative?
I'd say it usually stays open for 1-2 days before it reaches the inquiry limit.
What if I have a question but your booking form isn't open?
I know it can be hard, but please wait to ask until my booking form is open. There is a space on the bottom of the form for questions - which you can fill ou EVEN IF you aren't ready to commit to a tattoo. Just fill out the contact portion of the form, and scroll to the bottom to write your question.
Why don't you like DMs?
It is hard for me to see an inquiry and not answer it - I'm a human and I love other humans and when I've seen you asked me a Q or sent me a message, it doesn't feel good to ignore it.... but it also doesn't feel good to constantly tresspass my own boundaries around screen-time. If you are sending a friendly message of support - yes! thank you, I'm so tremendously grateful for those. But if you have questions, please refer to this page first and make sure I haven't answered them here. I've worked really hard to create these pathways for us to connect that enable me to meet you with openness and a rested heart. When folks try to DM me instead of using those pathways it feels hurtful.
I don't live near you and I don't think I'll ever be able to travel to you NYC... do you sell designs or do sigil appointments from afar?
I sure do. Flash designs are sliding scale $30-60. And afar sigils are sliding scale $50-75. Occassionally, I won't have the bandwidth to work with someone afar, if my schedule is too packed... but I do my best to get everybody the work if they want it.
How should I inquire about working with you from afar?
The same as in person! keep a lookout for when booking opens and fill out my booking form.