How do I know if booking is open?
Booking usually opens once a month, on the 17th 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.
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 usually get twice as many inquiries as I have spots ~ so it's not tremendously competative but there does have to be some decision making on my part about the appointments that feel right to me, and have a nice chemistry together (a few flash pieces... a few thresholds... a few dealer's choice pieces...)
What is a "Flash" tattoo?
"Flash" refers to a rotating selection of drawings that I have already created and would be happy to tattoo. 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 are the Thresholds?
Expanding on the basic form of the arched doorway with hanging tinsel (originally from my flash) the custom threshold option is for anyone who desires a tattoo ritual to commemorate, add energy, or call home a transition.
It's somewhere between a flash tattoo and a custom - I'd like to stay in realms that feel aesthetically true to what I’m bringing... but for any magic to work it’s important that it be collaborative. I think the scope and understanding of what a “threshold” is, will be found by diving in and doing them - so I’m eager to get started with anyone who feels innately drawn.
The questions I ask to frame our design are:
what do you feel you are moving out of?
what do you feel / hope you are moving into?
what barriers (if any) are your experiencing that you need assistance with?
what do you sense about the personality of the threshold - meaning, what do you have to walk through and how is it going to feel?
Can I see the sketches ahead of time?
For flash pieces you can see the sketches on my website, but for thresholds I actually don't prepare sketches ahead of time. I prefer to start drawing once we are in the room together... this way we are able to talk and respond in real time, and the drawings can be informed by our energetic connection, the placement, your thoughts....
What were the sigils and why did you stop doing them?
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 this practice, a friend of mine who practices witchraft taught me about it. Shortly thereafter, my roommate drew one for herself asked me to tattoo it on her... and that's how the two practices became folded together.
I've been crafting sigils and tattooing them for 3 years. It has taught me a tremendous ammount: how to hold an intimate and safe environment for another person's emotioinal process; how to balance my aesthetic boundaries with the collaborative nature of this design process; how to step into my own internal guidance (and seek continueing education) in order to deepen the way I work with energy, magic, communication, and healing...
BUT... like everything must, this practice is ready to evolve. I felt distinctly aware that for me, the practice was losing some steam | some energy | some enthusiasm | Because of the intimacy and trust involved in creating sigils, I could absolutely not continue without a 100% "yes" in my heart.
How are the thresholds different from sigils?
The thresholds are visually more diverse; I wanted to give myself room to move away from the minimal, small, single-line aesthetic of the sigils. And the threshold content is more focused; they work specifically with moments of transition and change.
Will you ever come back to doing sigils?
never say never :)
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
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. 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.