Tina is the owner of Moon Tattoo. She loves telling stories on skin that bring magic into her client’s lives. She loves finding elements that serve her client’s best at this time of their lives and building these elements into the story of their tattoos. Her style uses blackwork with a soft etching line shading and stippling dotwork. The best way to contact her is through her website, you can schedule appointments with her once a month and follow her Instagram for all of her news and updates.
David specializes in blackwork tattoos similar in style to classic woodcuts, etchings, and pen and ink drawings. His favorite subjects are found in nature, include animals, bones, skulls, and figures with horns. The best way to contact him is through his website, you can schedule appointments with him directly once a month, and keep up with his news on Instagram.
Secret only uses Instagram to make announcements about her scheduling status about every three months. On her booking day she will provide a link on her Instagram to fill out her tattoo request form, please turn on your post notifications. Favorite projects include floral, animals, nature, art nouveau, pet portraits, insects, mythical creatures, scenery. Limited script, or text.
”Sproul” is our specialist of all things creepy. Favorite projects include cats, his original pre-drawn flash designs, reapers, lady demons, monsters, skulls, creepy florals, anime, Japanese, aliens, animals, old English text, and custom lettering. Blackwork and limited muted colors only. He announces his scheduling status on Instagram, and provides a link to his tattoo appointment form for your requests.
Jason is our illustrative neotraditional, blackwork, neon specialist. He also takes on linework, dotwork, and black and gray projects. In his style, he loves to tattoo animals, skulls, anime, dark art, video games, insects, and floral pieces. He doesn't take on portraits and won't add neon over an existing color. Neon colors are all vegan and are limited to pink, red, green, orange, and yellow. Custom projects always welcomed, and new flash released every month on Instagram. Send your requests in by email, email@example.com.
Hiring Residents and Hosting Guests
We are looking to add new resident artists to the team and always interested in hosting guest artists at Moon contact Tina to send your portfolio!
Interested in which guest artists are coming to Moon? Visit our Instagram and view the story highlights.
Moon tattoo is a small, female-owned, inclusive, and safe tattoo studio started in 2016 to create custom blackwork tattoos for those who love the art and feel a connection to the ancient practice. We love and create tattoos for the same reason that humans have been getting tattooed throughout history, it’s in our ancestry, a deep need to adorn our bodies and tell stories with the images, to help heal old soul wounds, to bring joy, love, energy into our lives, and to have transformational experiences.
The studio is filled with bright natural light in an open and inviting space. We keep a quiet, gentle, and calm atmosphere that enables a comfortable and supportive tattooing experience.
Photo by Jun
Moon Tattoo is at 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.
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.
Our artists are booked out in advance, you can set an appointment with the artist you are interested in.
Most artists do require deposits to secure appointments, but each artist manages their own schedule, deposits, and policies of how they handle them.
Our artists set their own hourly rates, flat rates, or minimums. The best way to move forward is to talk to your artist about the tattoo you are thinking of.
Tips are not expected but always appreciated similar to other service industries in the US.
Eat before you come in, be well rested, and show up on time! Read over our preparation instructions for more details.
Please eat before you come in. You may bring contained snacks that do not make a mess and non-alcoholic drinks to consume during breaks in your appointment. No other food or drinks should be brought in or eaten by clients in the studio.
Because of the risk of complications and the law we will not tattoo anyone under the influence. It will make for a worse experience for you and your artist.
Please don't. Nobody likes to get sick, contact your artist 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 your artist and everyone else in the studio at risk. In certain instances, it is illegal for us 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 one 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:
We limit the risks of infection by exceeding the standards set by The Texas Department of Health. We maintain our work environment, our equipment, and use disposable single-use items. We 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 our 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 artist 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!
Your artist will provide you with instructions for taking care of your tattoo, follow their guidance and contact them if you have any questions. If you need more information, read our aftercare instructions.
At the time of your tattoo, your artist will provide you with some tips on how to care for your tattoo. If you have questions, reach out to your artist. If you are waiting for your artist to get back to you and need information quickly you can read the aftercare instructions, or download the instructions in PDF.
Each artist decides what subject and which placements they are willing to tattoo. However, at Moon we won’t tattoo any type of hate-based, blatantly obscene, or derogatory tattoos.
We can no longer accommodate anyone who does not have an appointment at Moon. Please be respectful of how small our studio is and how little extra seating there is. Also remember to keep your hands to yourselves and do not touch your skin or anything in the tattoo area. We want you to get the best tattoo possible, and that means limiting distractions, infections, and movement.
No children under 18 may be in the studio at any time.
Your artist will be very close to you and working on your body for several hours during your tattoo appointment. Taking a shower, brushing your teeth, dressing in clean comfortable clothing before you come is the right thing to do. Don't be the smelly kid!
Thinking of where your tattoo is going to be placed, put on clean, comfortable clothing that can be easily moved or removed to give your artist access to that area of your body. Your artist shouldn't have to be constantly moving your clothes around, and you also shouldn't be moving around trying to keep yourself covered. Make it easy for your artist to give you a great tattoo. Wear pasties if you are concerned with staying covered.
Keep in mind that your clothing could get stained with ink near the tattoo, also consider how it will feel against your skin after the tattoo is finished.Don't wear tight clothing that is going to rub against your fresh tattoo, this will be very uncomfortable for you and could damage the tattoo and slow the healing process.
Your artist has several people that they need to work with each day, please be on time to your appointments so that your artist's schedule does not get thrown off. Treat it as you would any other appointment you have to be on time for, the doctor, dentist, your hair stylist! You want your artist to have enough time to give you their full attention.
Be aware of your artists late policy and their cancellation policy, as well. It could impact your deposit or future appointments.
The more you move during your tattoo, the longer it is going to take for your artist to get through the work. Moving could also significantly alter the way your tattoo looks, and your artist may need to take longer to fix parts of your tattoo. All of this extra time could mean more pain and cost for you, so it's best to relax and try to remain as calm and as still as possible.This includes talking, laughing, playing on your phone, etc.
There are many items in a tattoo studio that are biohazard and should not be touched for your own safety. Do not use the trash cans marked with orange biohazard stickers. Do not touch items in an artist's work area while they are tattooing or after they are done as it will be covered in biohazard materials. Keep your hands off your own tattoo, or anyone else’s tattoo.
What is biohazard? Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste or biomedical waste, is any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood.
Please also ask before touching an artist's personal items in their station. Any books, drawings, papers, artwork, toys, etc. should be considered their personal property and not a library or toy box for anyone to go through.
There are magazines and books available for you to enjoy while you are visiting, these can be found next to the couch.
Being well rested before your tattoo sets you up with a good amount of pain tolerance. Longer sessions, and more sensitive areas are easier to manage after a good night's sleep.
You want your body to have ample long lasting energy in the form of good food. This energy reserve will allow you to manage the pain of getting tattooed a lot more easily than if you had not eaten. Please eat within an hour of our appointment before coming in. Please do not bring food into the studio. You may bring contained (non-messy) snacks for your breaks.
Drinking plenty of water every day has a direct impact on your skin quality. Having your skin in the best condition possible will help your overall tattoo session and the healed tattoo. Staying well hydrated will also make you feel better throughout the tattoo session.
Alcohol dehydrates you and drinking a lot can make your blood thinner, both of these things will make the tattoo process harder which could make the tattoo take longer than usual and hurt more. Set yourself up with a lot of water instead!
Just as important as preparing your body physically, is staying calm mentally. Remembering to breathe nice and slowly can help you manage through the tattoo.
Soaking your tattoo in water while it's healing can cause a lot of the ink that was supposed to stay in your skin to leak out. Depending on what kind of water you are getting into, you could also be introducing bacteria into the tattoo that is still trying to heal, and we want to avoid infections! Both of these can result in a horribly healed tattoo that you will not be happy with and may need to get redone.
Showers are fine, but do not soak in the bathtub, or swimming pool, lake, river, hot tub, or in any other form submerge your tattoo in water for long periods of time during the healing process. Keep it clean and follow your artist's aftercare instructions!
Exposing a fresh and still healing tattoo to the sun could make it hurt like a sunburn and could impact the healing process. After your tattoo is healed, still keep it protected with sunblock or clothing. The sun will make tattoos fade and blur faster than most other things you could expose them to.
After many years, tattoo pigment will start to migrate in the skin. This is what causes the blurred look of aged tattoos. If your tattoo design is too small, the natural blurring and aging could collapse important details of your tattoo and cause the image to become less recognizable over time.
However, if you go with a larger tattoo, the details will be more spaced out on your skin. Even with some blurring the details will not merge together and your tattoo will look great for decades.
Moisturizing is great for your skin even if you don't have tattoos! For your tattoos regular moisturizing helps keep them looking bold and bright for a long time by keeping your skin soft and supple. Overly dry skin can become flaky, cracked, or damaged which can also impact your tattoo over time. A little extra care will be worth the effort!
Black outlines are recommended in your tattoo because they will hold up over time. White linework doesn't often last or show up on most skin tones. Listen to your artist's recommendation for the best result!
Using white as the standalone ink for your tattoo is often recommended against. White ink is harder to work with than other color inks, it's usually thicker and can go into your skin inconsistently or even make your skin slightly raised permanently after it heals. It was not created to be used as an outlining ink.
White can fade quickly, and on some skin tones will not show up well at all since it sits below your natural skin pigmentation after it heals. Your individual result could be an inconsistently faded yellowish, grayish, or beige tattoo.
Because of these reasons most professional tattoo artists will stay away from white ink tattoos, they know that in most instances the tattoo will not look the same after it has healed and will not last for their clients.
There are some areas of your body that will not take ink as well as other areas, for example fingers, palms, side of your feet. There are also areas that will be hard to heal, like the top of your feet if you have to wear shoes everyday.
Sunlight will fade your tattoos, so the areas of your body that are always out in the sun will fade faster than other areas that stay protected.
You should also think of how your body might change in the future, pregnancy, significant weight gain or loss, or sagging skin.
Talk to your artist about your specific situation and their recommendations for you!
Drinking water in general is great for your skin, and that includes your tattoo. Proper hydration helps with elasticity, and will keep you and your tattoo looking fresh, supple, and youthful.
Even though there isn't a way to know how your tattoos will look for the rest of your life, the tattoo longevity tips are things you can do to give yourself the best chance at having great looking and long lasting tattoos. Overall, give your tattoos as much attention and care as you give to your general health. This way, your tattoos will age as well as the rest of you does.
As you age, so does your skin and so will your tattoos, it is inevitable. Be open to the option of having your tattoos touched up if you want them to continue to look fresh. You most likely won't need to do this very frequently, unless your tattoos are in tricky spots that are notorious for healing out, or being exposed to the sun often, for example. There isn't an exact science to when you'll need a touchup, if ever, as everyone's body is different, but think about getting it if you see the need.
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 limit fading.
We are required to provide these minimum instructions:
Consult a healthcare 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.
The daily levels of anxiety about the uncertainty and the horrors of this global pandemic have been unlike anything I have experienced before, and I know this feeling is true for many of you as well. I never expected to be in this situation where I would have to make the difficult decision to close the doors of the business that I have lovingly built because of something so devastating and far reaching.
It hurts me to know the hardship it will cause my artists to lose their main source of income as self employed tattoo artists, and the pressure I will endure to keep myself, my little family, and the business afloat during this time. But I truly believe that this is the right decision to make for our health, for your health, and for the health of our community, to encourage more social distancing, and get us through this health crisis as quickly as we possibly can. I have always wanted Moon to be a safe space, and this is part of what I must do to keep that promise.
I maintain hope that this will be temporary, and that we can return in a couple weeks time, I will be following the news each week to determine when I can responsibly and safely open Moon again so that we can resume creating tattoos for all of you.
From Tina: Spring is almost here, in this time of year I always seem to reflect on the past while looking to the months ahead as everything prepares to bloom and begin again. This is the New Year for me and it’s a beautiful coincidence that Moon opened in the Spring. Our little tattoo family has grown, and I couldn’t be happier to have more talented hands tattooing alongside ours. Our extended family of guest artists continues to grow as well, which has been so fun. Meeting new people is one of my favorite parts of all of this. I exist in a constant state of gratitude for all of our exceptionally talented tattoo artists both residents and guests, the amazing tattoos and artwork that we create, our absolutely wonderful clients who support our art and allow all of this to be possible, all of our new friends, our deepening existing friendships, partnering with talented photographers, magazines, and so many others. I look forward to new growth, more beautiful art, new friends, more amazing clients, and everything else that is in store for us. Thank you.
Happy Birthday, Moon Tattoo! In April of 2020 Moon will have been open four years. What an incredible time this has been so far. Our hearts are full and happy. We couldn’t have done it without our family of amazing resident tattoo artists and our extended family of talented guest artists, and most importantly of all we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the loving support of our wonderful clients who bring their trust and allow us to decorate their bodies. Thank you.
A huge thank you to Do512 for considering Moon one of “...Austin's finest parlors, where you can rest easy in the hands of talented artists and relaxing environments.” They describe us as “Moon Tattoo is a clean, bright parlor owned by Tina Poe, a talented artist with a distinct blackwork style that often centers on the odd or otherworldly. The other artists at Moon Tattoo are incredibly talented as well, especially if you're looking for exquisitely detailed line work, artfully shaded flora and fauna, or woodcut-style nature pieces.” And now I am blushing!
Our talented photographer friend Dan Dao featured us in his book Tattoo Shops of ATX. It was such a treat watching Dan work each time he came to visit and an honor for me to help proof and give guidance on both versions of the book. Get yourself a copy! “A collection of images from the tattoo shops series in Austin, TX. Contains the first two years of the project and captures the artists, customers and surroundings of the shops in Austin. Printed by Southern Cross Press in Texas, the book contains 36 black and white images.”
A big thank you to our amazing clients for the support you've given us since we opened in April of 2016. It means the world to us to be able to make art everyday that adds to your life. Your support has also helped us be featured on Expertiese.com as one of the top artists and shops in Austin from 2016-2020!
We are hiring a full time tattoo artist in Austin, TX.
We are looking for a professional and experienced tattoo artist with an excellent custom portfolio that fits well with our current blackwork style. Work ethic and client relationships are critical to our Moon family so that we foster an environment where can all push our artistic abilities and thrive creatively.
Moon Tattoo is a calm, gentle, substance-free studio. We make our clients feel comfortable and respected, we maintain an inclusive and safe space and are looking for like-minded individuals.
Guest spots are always available!
Interested? Contact us!