August 30, 2023No Comments

Healed Tattoos & Work in Progress

A selection of healed tattoos with client's feedback included.

Floral cover-up tattoo

C. were looking to not quite a cover up but re-imagine two medium-sized abstract geometric tattoos on their bicep area. Step by step we're creating a floral sleeve. You'll find more of C. before and after photos in the Short guide for cover-up tattoos. The tattoo healed beautifully!

"Hi Natasha! It’s healing really well. Here are some pics of how’s it’s looking. I already have ideas for more botanicals on this arm."

C.

Fineline portrait of Eros and Psyche with a month healed result

S. approached me with an idea of a close-up portrait of Eros and Psyche. Drawn in a manner that mimics "single-line art". Such a great experience!

"It really did come out perfectly!"

S.

Healed Poppy flower tattoo and a floral cover-up in progress

 A. wanted a couple of old tattoos partially covered up, kind of more to look as though they've been overgrown with foliage/flora. They were thinking of something that wraps around from the tattoo on their inner forearm to the one on their outer wrist. Take a look at a one-month healed photo of a poppy flower tattoo and the cover-up in progress, one more session to go! Explore the process of covering old tattoos here.

"It's been about a month, sending a couple pics of the healed tattoos! They healed super easily, very little peeling or itching. Some of the lines on the rocket faded a bit as it healed but it doesn't really bother me. I love them!!"

A.

To be continued!

August 28, 2023No Comments

Ink Medicine Podcast

A podcast off the tattoo table by Micah Riot.

Recently I happened to spend an exceptional Sunday morning with one of my friends. I participated in a 38-episode Ink Medicine Podcast created and hosted by Micah Riot.

Micah Riot, the host of Ink Medicine Podcast.

Micah and I share a passion for tattoo craft, fine art, and the Bay Area! They did one of my tattoos years ago, but I admired their work for a while before that. I even picked their brain about apprenticeship when I moved to SF. Micah has more than 15 years of experience as a tattoo artist, owns a private studio, and hosts a very thought-provoking yet purposive podcast about the world of tattoos. It flatters me to be on the list of so many talented guests they already had!

We talked about my work, my private studio, and the perks of being a tattoo artist nowadays. We shared thoughts about our Slavic roots, relationships in the modern world, beauty standards, and more. It turned out to be an intimate talk, the kind you would have with your best friend during brunch. Check out the podcast to get to know me better.

May 10, 2023No Comments

Miami plants-inspired tattoo

Beautyberry and a snail tattoo

Beautyberry tattoo is a noteworthy botanical tattoo project I’ve done recently. T. alreday has floral piece by me, and a few months ago she came back for the next plant tattoo, a bigger one. I’m so thankful to my loyal clients! They always bring me fresh ideas. And you know me, I can’t say “No” to a custom botanical tattoo project.

From a list of plants provided, for the main theme of the design a Beautyberry was chosen. Callicarpa americana is an ornamental plant, which has brightly colored, tightly clustered berries. An excellent choice for the tattoo, because you can play with a composition and a flow of a design. 

T. also really wanted to incorporate a garden snail into the design. We’ve decided to make a shell match the color of berries, to bring the whole story together. I like how a purple color touch also adds depth to the picture.

A Beautyberry may have a variety of meanings, such as wisdom, preparation, dignity, seriousness, and mourning. A snail tattoo can be a symbol of rebirth, death, and even self-sufficiency. As for T., the whole tattoo idea is an ode to their childhood growing up in Miami. 

Explore more botanical tattoos and available designs by me. Feel free to share your tattoo ideas, I'd be glad to make a special custom floral design for you. 

Healed Beautyberry tattoo on a forearm

March 2, 20231 Comment

Send Me Across The Sea

The 4th installation

This year I’m lucky to participate in the 4th installation of Send Me Across the Sea at Helvella.art gallery in Oakland, CA. Family-friendly small works show featuring artists from the Bay and beyond. 

My artwork originals from the Secret Garden tattoo flash are now on display at the exhibition. You can purchase the original design of your floral tattoo by me!

The story of creating the tattoo flash goes from Inktober and is inspired by Floriography, specifically by dangerous & poisonous plants. Each one has an interesting & symbolic meaning. There are few of floral designs available. Feel free to contact me and claim the design. Initially created in Procreate, some of these botanical tattoo illustrations were later drawn again, but that time on real paper with colored pencils. Which ones are now available only at Send Me Across the Sea.

At the event, it is possible to see live and take home artworks by many talented artists and including the kind organizer of the exhibition, @malisasuchanya herself. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful art show.

This event was delayed since the start of the pandemic. And finally, after two years of waiting it has happened. I also participated in the previously held Send Me Across the Sea art shows. You can get a feeling how it was by watching my vlogs.

The exhibition will last two weeks! Don't miss your chance to purchase my original artwork.

January 26, 20231 Comment

Cover-up tattoos

Short guide for cover-up tattoos

Before and after healed photos included

For a bunch of reasons, it can be more difficult to decide on an old tattoo cover-up than to get your very first tattoo. This may be due to an unsuccessful experience with a tattoo artist in the past, as well as thinking that it may be painful, etc. Doubts and insecurities can be as individual and subjective as possible. And this is absolutely normal and expected. I’m here to answer some of your questions about cover-up tattoos. Didn’t find  information you’re looking for? Feel free to email me for the answers. 

When a person comes to me with a request for a cover-up, my job is not only to help a person choose a design and make a quality tattoo, but also to act as a support on the way to a new stage. Therefore, it is only logical that the first thing we will do is set up an online consultation

What information will I need from you before the consultation: 

  • A photo of the existing tattoo.
  • Age and the quality of the tattoo.
  • Features of your skin, for example, do you have a predisposition to the formation of keloid scars?
  • Have any manipulations been already carried with the tattoo, for example, laser removal?
  • And of course, details of your vision and reference images.

It is my duty to warn you in advance:

  • A cover-up tattoo will be a bigger size than an actual tattoo.
  • Thick contours cannot be made thinner, and dense shading is not always possible to completely cover. In this case, you should think about pre-lightening with a laser. Another option is to Include elements of the old tattoo in the new design.
  • Sometimes it takes more than one session to cover up a tattoo. So your ideas about how much a tattoo should cost and how much time it will take may deviate from the expectations. 

But don’t think if I'm trying to scare you on purpose. I am just encouraging you to approach this issue consciously. Read articles about cover-up tattoos, about which ink colors are more resistant, and see photos before and after the cover-up. Get a consultation on laser removal. Try to decide in advance on the main theme of the design. We will have to make a plan in order to pursue your expectations. 🙂 

How to choose a design for a cover-up tattoo?

As you may have noticed, one of my specialties is floral motifs. Such designs are ideal for covering, in my opinion, as there is always freedom in creativity. It will be more difficult to overlap the geometric shape with an anatomically correct illustration of an animal for example. So be realistic with choosing the cover-up design. I’ll gladly discuss your ideas and give you the options of what we can do. And don’t be shy to ask any questions you have. The design will be unique and bespoke, but we can use one of my available tattoo designs as a base, find inspiration here.

Covering tattoos is essentially creating an illustration based on an old one to distract attention from it. Losing old design in the new patterns. Working with scars is approximately the same. Obviously there’re a lot of other factors to take into account. My goal is to make you feel comfortable with yourself and your decisions. Some clients choose to embrace the old tattoo with new meanings and arrangements. 

It will be important to prepare yourself to the fact, that it always be possible to touch the trace of an old tattoo or a scar. It really depends on many things. Visually, it is achievable to create a picture in which nothing will be noticeable. Of course, you will need time to get away from the knowledge of the existence of an old tattoo. A new design will help you with this.

Between a consultation and the actual tattoo session, we might have a Drawing Together consultation to work together on the sketch. It benefits big projects. And helps you to reduce anxiety. The necessity of a drawing consultation or an in-person meeting will be determined by a standard online consultation. 

Keep in touch with your tattoo artist

Depending on the quality of an old tattoo and the features of your skin after a few weeks of the healing process you might get a feeling, that you wanted to have a darker color. Don’t hesitate with sending me a healed photo. So we could decide if the touch-up is needed. All of my clients get before/aftercare instructions. And I strive to keep in touch with everyone to find out how things are going with healing.

Please read my F.A.Q. section to know my current hourly rates and service policy. 

Cover-up tattoos by me

I selected a group of my tattoo projects, which are cover-ups of old tattoos and/or scars. Fill the inquiry form here to contact me with your thoughts about your future tattoo

Cover-ups of old tattoos





Read the behind story and design creating process.







Cover-ups of scars



New life for the old tattoos



Read the behind story and design creating process.


January 25, 2023No Comments

My Private Tattoo Studio—Fine Art Tattoo

That's the moment I've been waiting for! It is with great pleasure I’m sharing this news with you. I’m opening my own private tattoo studio in Dogpatch, San Francisco in February. I’ll call it just by my name—Natasha Tsozik, my Fine Art tattoo studio.

The first thing I bought was a kettle

I'm at the final stage of the studio prepping. Tea mugs are already waiting for the first guests. But for me, it's still like a dream. Is it really happening? 🙂

Once I saw the “for rent” sign, I almost dropped my coffee.

Natasha Tsozik, vegan tattoo artist.

I’ve been a resident of Dogpatch for a while already. Passing by the building I’ve always thought “That would’ve been the perfect spot for a private tattoo studio”. Once I saw the “for rent” sign, I almost dropped my coffee. I knew: Today is the day! And if I ever had any second thoughts, my dearest husband would push them away and hype me with “you’re doing it!” So yeah, after months of dealing with all the preparation stuff, I’m ready to do the little sneak peek tour for you. 

From Old Crow Tattoo apprenticeship to opening my private studio

My tattoo journey have started years ago and thousands of miles away from San Francisco. And then in 2018 I got introduced to Hannah Wolf, since we were going to the same tattoo conference. I got fascinated by her science approach to tattooing. She even wrote a book about it. That was one of the key moments in my life. I’ve got the tattoo apprenticeship! Can’t believe almost two years have passed since the day I’ve become a resident of Old Crow Tattoo. Forever grateful. To the whole team. I've met so many talented and sweet friends! To Hannah, my mentor who saw potential in me and was ready to help me grow despite all my stubbornness (Aries, am I right ?). The experience I got working with her is incredible and irreplaceable. And the support I’ve got is worth of years of waiting for that day. 

Old Crow Tattoo team.

For those of my clients who prefer Oakland, don't worry! I’m planning to guest at Old Crow from time to time. Love them to pieces! And my private studio is close to metro and bus station. So stay tuned! 

What do I have for you in my private tattoo studio

In my new private studio, you will find a cozy atmosphere and stylish interior details. I’ve brought my favorite art books and cute things. You know, I love avant-garde and bright-colored stuff! But still, lots of place and light. Also, as a vegan tattoo artist, I remind you, that I use animal cruelty-free and eco products. 

Here you can find information about my actual hourly rate and deposit/cancellation policy. Fill out the inquiry form to get details on how to book a tattoo session with me. I always reply to all inquiries:) 

Loyalty Program

For my regulars, there is super news! Starting Feb I am introducing a loyalty program. If you spend 5 hours or more in my tattoo chair, you’ll get a $50 discount for your next session. Also, if you recommend a friend to get a tattoo by me, you’ll get the discount as well. We’ll just need to make sure your friend actually got that tattoo. 🙂 Check for more details here. How to get a coupon? Email me and I’ll count your tattoo hours and check if your friend came to me! If you forgot to tell me, I may not give you this secret hidden prize. Oh well, we’re only human, right? 🙂 Only hours starting this February are counted, not any previous ones.

To my art fellows

By the motto of my tattoo studio, you can guess, art is my life. All things from my online shop and my exclusive fine art will be exhibited in the studio and available for purchase.

If you’re a Dogpatch resident artist, or/and looking for an open studio, I’m ready to meet you and give you a platform for exhibitions starting summer. Email me to talk things through 🙂 

December 29, 2022No Comments

Redwood Tattoos

The selection of redwood tattoos by me.

As a symbol of California state, redwood tree is one of the most common choices as a memorial tattoo along with California poppy flowers. It's believed, that Redwood represents wellbeing, safety, longevity, wisdom, and bonding.

Redwoods have been around for about 240 million years, that fact makes them as old as dinosaurs. You might be surprised to know that a 2,200-year-old Sequoia is still standing strong in the forest of California.

Take a look at these Redwood tattoos by me and don't hesitate to contact me with your very own idea!

October 31, 2022No Comments

Skull Tattoos

A selection of skull and skeleton tattoos by me 🙂 Here you can find more tattoos & behind stories for your inspiration!

October 31, 2022No Comments

Vogue Tattoo Flash

Vogue Tattoos

I present to your attention a new collection of tattoo designsVogue Tattoo Flash. Charismatic and at the same time incredibly elegant characters came off of vintage magazine art-deco covers. A series of graphic illustrations referring to the magnificent artworks of Vogue magazine. The tattoo designs are a perfect fit for both: fashion fans and lovers of floral and fine-line tattoos.

“Fashion starts from a drawing; Vogue started as an illustrated magazine,” 

Vogue Italia’s creative director Ferdinando Verderi

Once In A Bookstore

Driven By Inspiration

Once in a bookstore, I came across a great specimen from the 80s. A selection of illustrated vintage Vogue covers. When I got my hands on the book, I knew I had to create this tattoo project

It's telling that I was attracted to those pages. Flower arrangments, beautiful graphic folds of fabrics, fine lines of ink—ideal for being embodied in someone's tattoo. I love my job! The world around us is full of inspiration, you just need to reach out.

Vogue Tattoo Flash

Vogue Tattoo Flash—Making The Design

These covers can trace the history of fashion and art. The tattoo flash includes various decades, mostly from the 1910s to the 1930s inclusively. Thanks to this project, I had an opportunity to study in depth the works of such illustrators as André E. Marty, George Wolfe Plank, Helen Dryden, Eduardo Benito, etc.

I wanted to find common features and combine illustrations from different years and different artists into a single homage—Vogue Tattoo Flash. It was so great to go through all the pages to choose the covers that speak to me the most. Finding those little details, beautiful curves, or textures that I love so much. And was so fun to decide how to translate them to the limited color palette that I prefer. And rendering them in fine lines which you all know me for:)

Tattoo designs are based on cover illustrations by Eduardo Benito, Eric (Carl Erickson), Helen Dryden, Porter Woodruff, Pierre Brissaud, George Wolfe Plank, Harriet Meserole, Georges Lepape. 

Get one of these that suits you the best or I can design a tattoo specially for you.

October 5, 2022No Comments

Spooky Season

October has come, which means it's the spooky season! I've picked up some scary available tattoo designs for you.

Monsters and Witches

Nightmarish tattoo designs for fearless ones.

Yokai Tattoo Designs

Japanese ghosts and monsters appear in 31 supernatural tattoo sketches.

Poisonous Plants

Some malicious plants from the Secret Garden tattoo flash.

Take a look at all the available tattoo designs. I can also design a custom tattoo specially for you.