Nine Miller Art
Now at Sero Tattoo Collective
Now at Sero Tattoo Collective
I believe in the traditions of tattooing and the potential of expression. I love to see the spontaneity of the sketch preserved in a tattoo, and the personal growth of my clients whose tattoos I create. I'm well versed and adaptive to all formal styles of tattooing, but my focus is on the time tested techniques of traditional with a refined edge.
I've had the honor of being in the industry for 20 years, and in that time I have been fortunate enough to tattoo alongside some of the best and benefit from their influence. I continue to fall more in love with it as time goes on. Seeing the positive impact it can make on the lives of others has been the most rewarding aspect for me. It has been the all consuming force in my life and I'm grateful for it every day.
Outside of the studio, I'm generally spending time with my son exploring new artistic mediums. I also enjoy cooking, competitive butter sculpting, collecting antique cookbooks and attempting to master the art of the slingshot. When I'm not at the shop I can often be found cycling through rural Ohio, planning my next wilderness excursion, or chucking cards into a top hat, near a burn barrel, under an overpass. Like I said...I believe in versatility.
Now that you’ve been tattooed it’s up to you to take care of it.
Personally I am a fan of the "minimalist school" when it comes to aftercare. If you have been tattooed before and have your own aftercare routine, please continue to do what works best for you. Each artist will have slightly different aftercare instructions, but all aftercare will have the same core components.
Keeping your new tattoo clean will reduce the chance for infection and decrease healing time. Letting your tattoo breathe will make it much easier for your skin cells to regenerate. Finally, keeping your skin moisturized will relieve most itching and irritation and will also promote healing. Here is a quick rundown of the aftercare instructions I prefer.
* Wash your hands before you start any aftercare
* When you get home, remove the the bandage from your tattoo and begin your aftercare process. Some excess fluid will be present and is completely normal.
* After washing your hands and removing the bandage, cleanse the area with warm water and a mild soap, dove sensitive body wash is my favorite. When you are washing your tattoo please do not use anything abrasive--stay away from sponges, washcloths, or loofahs. The idea behind washing your tattoo is to remove and eliminate any and all dead skin cells, residual ointment, and blood plasma that has accumulated on the surface of your skin.
* After washing your tattoo thoroughly with soap and water, rinse the area with cold water and pat dry with a clean paper towel. Please stay away from bath towels as they will harbor bacteria.
* Apply a very light layer of fragrance free hypo- allergenic lotion such as Curel or Lubriderm, making sure to rub it in and work it down into your pores.
* Please refrain from using any products that are petroleum based or products that contain any over the counter medication. Here are some common ointments that contain petroleum or OTC medication - A&D ointment, Vaseline, Neosporin, Bacitracin, Neomycin, etc. Ointments with antibotic properties should never be used in the healing process.
* When applying lotion--less is more. Keeping hydrated during the healing process will actually work just as well, if not better than, lotion. Most tattoos will require a dab of lotion the size of a dime or smaller per application. You do not need a huge amount of lotion all at once. If you feel like you’re using too much lotion - you are. Putting too much lotion on a tattoo will suffocate your skin and slow down skin regeneration which will prolong the overall healing time for your tattoo. Stay hydrated and you'll notice the need for lotion will decrease.
* Please do not submerge your new tattoo in water for an extended period of time while it is healing. Stay out of pools, ponds, oceans, hot tubs and don't soak in a bathtub until your tattoo is healed.
* Normal healing time for a tattoo is roughly 10 - 20 days
* During the healing process - please do not rub, scrub, pick, or scratch your tattoo for any reason.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
How do I schedule an appointment?
-Click on the "book an appointment" link, read everything on that page, and if you would like to move forward with making an appointment -- you can schedule it yourself! If you'd like to have a consultation prior to scheduling, please call or email me and we can get something set up.
How long are you booked out? How long will I have to wait to get tattooed?
- I try not to book more than a month out .If you can only get tattooed on a weekend, please plan ahead! Feel free to peruse my availability in the "book an appointment" link or call and I can see what might work for both of us.
I emailed you, when will you respond?
- I usually sit down once a week to answer emails, I do my best to respond to everyone but due to volume ,occasionally some will get overlooked. Please feel free to call or text me @ 614-749-0219 from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Where are you located?
- I tattoo full time at Sero Collective In Clintonville Ohio.
How much will my tattoo cost?
- I work @ a standard rate of $150/hr. It is extremely difficult,if not impossible,for me to answer this question via text/messaging/email as there are far too many variables (such as size, complexity,and placement) in play but I can do my best to "ballpark" it. An "in person" consultation is always the best way to avoid the pitfalls of miscommunication.
Can I see my drawing before our appointment? Will you send it to me?
- Unfortunately, I cannot release finished art work digitally ,but I will do my best to provide concept sketches and notes during the creative process.
What should I wear?
- Feel free to show up in a costume (think big), but I'll insist you stay in character the whole time! So, if you're not confident in your Abraham Lincoln impersonation skills you may want to reconsider. Anything is acceptable. Preferably something comfortable. Please keep in mind the size and placement of your tattoo. Tight or constrictive clothing can irritate your tattoo and at the very least create some discomfort.
Hope this helps...Feel free to contact me with any questions I may have missed.