Guest Spot!

Hello lovely people!

As some of you may know, I am currently looking into new work spaces! So in the interim I’ll be doing a short guest spot for a couple of weeks starting the 18th March at Green Lotus Tattoo in Brunswick! Most of my spots are booked, but if you’d like to get tattooed, jump on my waiting list or commission an artwork, please email me at .

The last few years have been full of travel! So I have decided this year I’m going to knuckle down here in Melbourne and get some serious projects up and off the ground. I have no travel dates planned at this stage but I’ll be sure to let everyone know when I eventually get back on the road.

Thank you so much for your continued support and patience!
Much love x

Sammi J.

10 Year Anniversary!

The 5th of February marks a very big day for me, one which I feel compelled to reflect upon and share about. Ten years ago today was my first day on the job at STR Body Modifications in Wyong, NSW, working as the counter girl. That day at 20 years old, changed the course of my life forever.

From the very beginning I was told that this was not an apprenticeship and wasn’t to become one, but I was so chuffed to be involved that I didn’t care! My foot was in the door and I was determined to make sure that Shannon never felt he’d wasted his time giving me this job. I drew before work, at work and after work, I stayed back for hours to yap their ears off, trying to soak up as much as I could. I was so very proud to work there, and proud that he was willing to spend so much of his time sharing his knowledge and teaching me things. What an honour. A few months later I did my first tattoo and began my apprenticeship under my mentor Shannon Richmond. I can’t believe it’s been a decade.

Here I am now, 10 years on, having worked in amazing shops and not so amazing shops, having had such a diverse range of experiences and interactions with people, today I find myself still in search of a space around people I know are out there somewhere. A space that is honest, not afraid to work hard and tell the hard truths. A space where everyone has their own personal desire to move forward and grow, where they function as a collective and are proud of where they work and what they do.

Upon reflection, my apprenticeship days were some of the best of my life. I am very fortunate to have had such a brilliant start in the industry and I appreciate every day that my beginning set for me a very high standard of space and work ethics.

Thank you to Shannon Richmond at STR Tattoo & Art Studio , to all the people who generously donated body parts for me to practice on in the early days, to every client who has come to me for a tattoo throughout my career and around the country. To all the shops I’ve worked in and tattooers I’ve worked alongside and met along the way, to all the people who have liked and commented on my work, for all the encouragement, support and all the hard lessons learned, I am grateful for it all, and for you all.

(pictured is me doing my first tattoo ever)

Terms, Conditions and FAQ’s.

How do I contact you to make an enquiry?

You can use the contact form on my website HERE or email directly through to  I will try to answer all messages through social media, though I will always request that you then you send through email as it’s easiest for me to keep track of.

What do I need to send through?

  • Tattoo Idea
  • Placement on the body
  • Rough size
  • Preferred days/dates
  • Any reference pictures you may have collected
  • Your contact number

It’s been 2 days since I sent an email and I haven’t had a response! What should I do?
I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can, though it may take me up to a week to respond around tattooing full time. Thank you in advance for your patience! If you’re enquiring about an appointment within the week or it is in regards to an existing appointment that week, resend your email marked as URGENT!

Where are you located?
I am working with Amy Duncan from her beautiful studio ‘Artemisia‘, located in Tecoma in the Dandenong Ranges. CLICK HERE for directions.

What days do you work?
I work by appointment only, Wed-Sat.

How much do you charge?
My rate is $170 per hour for larger/on-going pieces, but smaller pieces can be quoted once the design is complete and the size is determined. Minimum cost is $100.

Do I need a deposit?

Do I have to give you notice if I reschedule?
Yes please, I ask that you give 48 hours notice to reschedule or cancel.

Can I get a tattoo if I’m under 18?

Do I need a consultation?
Generally I like to have a consult prior to the tattoo so we can nut out exactly what you want, but for smaller more specific pieces it isn’t necessary.

Does a consultation cost anything?

Do you take card?
Not unfortunately. Tattoo appointment sessions can be paid for in cash or direct bank transfer on the day.

Do you do cover-ups?
Yes, whether or not it is doable depends on the existing tattoo. Consultation is a must to go through the options available to you.

Will you tattoo a design I bring in?
Reference pictures are great, but I don’t copy other artists work. I will redraw and collaborate with you to create a one off design just for you!

Will I see my design prior to the appointment date?
Tattoo designs will be shown on the day of the appointment.

I’m not sure exactly what I want but I love your work, do you have any designs to choose from?
Yes! I have plenty of designs ready to go that I’d love to tattoo, you can see available designs HERE ! Each design will only be tattooed once.

How do I prepare for a tattoo?
Eat a healthy meal before coming in, bring a drink/non messy snacks if you like (nuts are always good and we generally have a little stash of lollies for you!) try and have a good rest the night before.

How do I look after my fresh tattoo?
Please refer to my aftercare instructions HERE.

If there are any other questions you’d like answered, don’t hesitate to ask!



  • After 2-3 hours remove the dressing, wash your tattoo gently with warm water and liquid antibacterial soap. (Showers are fine, no baths as you don’t want to have your tattoo submerged in water) Wash with your hands only, no cloths. Let air dry, or gently pat dry with clean towel/paper towel.
  • OPTIONAL – you may need to keep your tattoo covered for the first three days or so, changing dressing 3 times a day or as required, washing thoroughly between removal of old and reapplication of fresh dressing. Make sure tattoo is dry before reapplication of dressing. This process depends on placement/environment.
  • After 2-3 days it will start to feel tight. Apply a small amount of any of the below creams to the tattoo twice to three times a day which keeps it flexible and comfortable and will help to avoid cracking. My recommendations are:
  • Fragrance free vitamin E moisturizer (which is light so it needs applying a little more often, but Vitamin E is good for healing)
  • Dr Pickles (which is available at Woolworths, a bit thicker so apply less often)
  • Hustle Butter (which you can buy through me)

DO NOT SCRATCH it, pick at it or rub the scabs off. There is a high possibility that if you do, you will pull colour out of your tattoo! To help ease the discomfort, apply a small amount of cream, or give it a gentle slap J

KEEP IT OUT OF THE SUN for the healing period, then only once healed, use sunscreen to avoid fading. Don’t use sunscreen on healing tattoos!

DON’T GO SWIMMING – whether it is chlorine or salt water, spa pool, fresh water or beach, it’s a no go zone for at least 2 weeks or until fully healed.

DO NOT SHAVE, wax, exfoliate, use tanning lotion, hair removal creams etc over the tattooed area whilst healing.

– Please consider also that if you are exercising whilst your tattoo is healing, minimal movement in the area is required to avoid cracking the tattoo.

And please, make sure to keep your tattoo clean!

If you do have any queries, problems or you find you’ve had a reaction to the cream/soap/materials used for dressing the tattoo, cease use immediately, let me know and I’ll do whatever I can to help!