Tina grew up drawing and painting inspired by books, travel, and only-child imagination. Today she is still drawing and painting, but also getting tattoos, learning to tattoo, dressing in black, and trying to look serious in photographs.
Tina was born in Tehran, Iran in 1984, and lived in Hamburg, Germany for the early part of her childhood. She loved drawing and painting from the start and was inspired by the natural beauty, art, and architecture of her travels throughout Europe as well as her only-child imagination and her love of reading. In the later part of her childhood, Tina moved to San Antonio, Texas and continued her studies in art in a very different environment.
While in Texas, Tina was accepted into the North East School of the Arts - Visual Arts program, a college prepatory magnet high school. Here, she met and befriended David Poe, whom she would later marry. During each of her four years of intensive art study, Tina won multiple awards at regional and state art competitions. During this time, she also worked as a henna tattoo artist at a local theme park, which was a lot of fun and furthered her interest in tattoo art, which had started many years earlier.
The magnet program allowed her to gain a few college credits and with the strength of her portfolio and good grades Tina was accepted into several art colleges with scholarships. After graduating Cum Laude, she decided to moved to San Francisco, California and attend the California College of the Arts to study illustration. Even though San Francisco was an amazing city, after a couple of years, Tina found that she wanted to attend a smaller school and transferred to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, to finish her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors. Tina held several jobs while in college, working at an art gallery, teacher’s assistant for several art programs, freelance illustrator, and jewelry and gift designer for products sold in large retailers like Chicos and Barnes & Noble.
After college, Tina and David wanted to leave the cold weather and moved back to Texas to see what Austin had in store for them. Tina spent the next 10 years working in corporate branding, design, and user experience while volunteering her time teaching art, mentoring artists, judging art competitions, and more. It was during this time that her interest in tattoos grew stronger while she continued to create fine art, show, and sell her work to private collectors, working in oils, watercolor, color pencil, and graphite. Always very entrepreneurial, organized, and a self-starter, Tina was also a freelance illustrator, designer, owned a portrait painting business, and a pop-up art gallery while working full time.
In 2016, Tina knew she needed to get back into the art community in a more impactful way, and with her background in business and fine art alongside David’s experience tattooing they opened Moon Tattoo a custom studio in Austin. Tina is learning to tattoo and creating more artwork than she has in a long time while her and David are setting up Moon Tattoo to contribute to the art community in Austin.
After 6 weeks you should be fully healed and can go back to your usual activities. Remember to always wear sunscreen to protect your tattoo and to prevent fading.
We are required to provide these minimum instructions:
Consult a health care practitioner at the first sign of infection or an allergic reaction, and report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the application of the tattoo to the artist and to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group at 1-888-839-6676.
I’m at Moon Tattoo, 1736 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757. This is the North central area of Austin. Look for our big mural while driving West on Anderson! Take a look at the map in the Contact section to help with directions.
We have a parking lot with plenty of dedicated spaces in the front and the right side of the studio.
We are open Tuesdays through Sundays 11AM - 7PM, closed on Mondays.
You must be 18 or older, no exceptions. We don’t allow people under 18 inside the studio. Remember to bring a valid government issued I.D. with photo and date of birth to each appointment, you cannot be tattooed without showing your I.D. and signing a release form for each tattoo session.
You can stop by anytime during business hours to check out the studio, look at my portfolio, and chat if I have the time. To avoid the risk of coming by when I am not available to talk, you can set an appointment with me using the appointments application here on my website. You can use this to set up consultation appointments, or tattoo appointments if you have already paid a deposit.
When you are coming in for a consultation bring as much information as possible to describe what you are looking for, references, photos, size, placement, color, style, etc.
Don’t forget to bring your I.D. for each tattoo appointment!
If you need a cover-up please schedule a consultation to come in to show me your existing tattoo and let me know what you would like to cover it with. I'll let you know if I can help you cover it up or give you other design ideas to consider. Sometimes it takes some laser treatments before a cover-up will give you the results you are looking for.
Yes, I require a non-refundable deposit in cash or card, paid in person during your consultation to hold your tattoo appointment date. If the tattoo needs multiple sessions, the deposit is applied to your last appointment session. If the tattoo is finished in one session the deposit is applied to the finished tattoo that day.
If you need to reschedule your appointment for any reason, give me at least 24 hours notice and we can reschedule you for another day so that you do not lose your deposit.
The deposit will be void for same day appointment cancellations, no-shows, or later arrivals after 30 minutes. In these instances you will need to pay a new deposit to schedule a new appointment. Please contact me as soon as possible if you need to reschedule.
I charge an hourly rate with a set minimum, or will provide a flat rate for specific designs that I’ve done. The best way to get an idea of the cost of the tattoo you are thinking of is to talk to me about the potential size, placement, color, style, and complexity. I’ll use this information to give you an idea of how long the tattoo could take and how much it may cost. An average session can last about three hours, and some tattoos will require multiple sessions depending on size, complexity of the design, colors, or placement. The more calm and still you are during your tattoo session, the faster it will go.
I take all major cards through Square, and also accept cash. I don’t accept checks.
On the day of your tattoo we will review the drawing together and make any minor changes needed before starting the tattoo.
Yes, many of the paintings were created by me and most are for sale! Let me know which one you are interested in purchasing by stopping by to talk or contacting me.
Eat before you come in, be well rested, and show up on time! Read over my preparation instructions for more details.
Because of the risk of complications and the law I will not tattoo anyone under the influence. It will make for a worse experience for you and for me.
Please don't. Nobody likes to get sick, contact me as soon as possible to reschedule, then stay home and get better! You need to be healthy to handle the discomfort and pain of the tattoo, your body also needs strength to heal the tattoo which will be difficult if you are fighting an illness. You should not bring your illness into the studio putting me and everyone else, artists and other clients, in the studio at risk. In certain instances, it is illegal for me to tattoo you if your body or skin is showing evidence of unhealthy conditions.
Yes, most tattoos hurt to some degree. Everyone will feel discomfort or pain differently as pain tolerances vary with each individual. You will feel the vibration of the machine, and light to moderate stinging as the tattoo is being applied to your skin. There may be some soreness after the tattoo session, you may also notice swelling and redness, this can remain for a day or more but typically lasts less than a week.
There are possible risks and dangers associated with the application of each tattoo because needles are opening tiny holes in the skin and depositing a foreign substance, pigment. These risks and dangers include, but are not limited to:
I limit the risks of infection by exceeding the standards set by The Texas Department of Health. I maintain our work environment, our equipment, and use disposable single-use items. I don’t reuse needles, tubes, or pigment, all of that is thrown away after each and every tattoo. All surfaces are covered in barriers that are also thrown away, including my gloves, and everything is wiped with hospital grade cleaners, every time. These aseptic and sterile tattooing techniques greatly minimize the risk of cross-contamination.
When getting a tattoo, pigment is deposited into your skin using a tattoo machine. The machine moves solid needles up and down quickly to puncture your skin. With each puncture, needles penetrate your skin by about one millimeter in depth and the machine deposits pigment into the newly created puncture holes. This method creates your tattoo artwork while also creating an area of your skin that is now technically an open wound.
After your tattoo is finished, your body needs to heal your tattoo. Like any other wound you may have had, there are steps to follow that help your tattoo heal without infection, and in this case preventing the tattoo from rejecting or altering the pigment leading to your artwork being ruined.
Caring for your new tattoo properly is very important for your health, as well as to the quality and longevity of your tattoo. Keep your tattoo clean, limit exposure, and maintain moisture!
I will provide you with instructions for taking care of your tattoo, follow this guidance and contact me if you have any questions. If you need more information, read the aftercare instructions.