Tayah is only 20 years old, but her career as a tattooer is well underway. Tayah graduated from Oakland School of the Arts, and interned at War Horse Tattoo, opening the door for her apprenticeship here at Modern Electric. Tayah has been an apprentice for just under a year, and is progressing fabulously. With help from her coworkers, Tayah has found her calling in illustrative work for tattooing. She likes to translate her involvement in the queer community into her work. Feeling the lack of accuracy when looking at tattoos depicting women, Tayah makes illustrations of women that aren't specifically for the male gaze. See more of her work here: https://www.instagram.com/fill_in_blancks/


Sophia has a distinctive style, specializing in hand poke tattoos.  She loves flowers and works near and with them as much as possible. 

Follow her work here: https://www.instagram.com/pio.poke/


Suzanne M. Shifflett founded Modern Electric Studio. She  has over 20 years of experience in the tattoo industry. As well as being a tattooist, she is also a fine artist, having shown in many top notch galleries throughout the country. You can see more of her work at smshifflett.com.  Suzanne maintains  limited bookings at the studio while pursuing her MFA in classical oil painting at LCAD. Suzanne's books are open right now.





Natasha has been tattooing professionally for 4 years and is ecstatic to be a member of the Modern Electric family. She especially loves working closely with clients to create sensitive original designs, focusing mainly on black and grey realism and surrealism.

With a deep love for 16th-18th c. European art, Natasha has a BA in the History of Art from UC Berkeley. When not tattooing, she spends the rest of her time oil painting. Natasha takes bookings once a week and for fundraisers.

You can follow her current works here: https://www.instagram.com/nhannascott/

Tanya Wischerath learned to tattoo under the tutelage of Suzanne. She has won the San Francisco Bay Guardian's "Best of The Bay" award for best tattoo artist for 2013, 2014, and 2015.  Her work was featured in London's National Portrait Gallery's annual BP Portrait Contest tour 2014. See more of her work at tanyawischerath.com.  Tanya splits time between tattooing at Modern Electric and painting in Florence Italy. Tanya's books are currently closed, but there is still room on her wait list at tanyatattoosyou@gmail.com

You can also find her on Instagram @tanyawischerath 

I am the current steward of the Modern Electric Legacy.  I attended UC Berkeley for undergraduate studies in the practice of Art, during which time I began my apprenticeship with Suzanne and Tanya.  After two years of apprenticeship I was offered the opportunity to take over the business and I humbly accepted.  Moving the shop from San Francisco, I submitted the opening of our East Bay gallery as my UCB senior art project .

As a first year tattooer given the responsibility of owning a shop, especially one with a pedigree as rich as ours, I am not only a leader, but the apprentice of each person who works here.  My job is to learn whatever I can from *every* person that walks through our door, that I may better serve my community. To this end, Suzanne and Tanya remain my beloved advisers. ​I only accept clients through in-person inquiry. 


Astrid is a fine line tattoo artist who specializes in portraiture, figures, and flora. Though Brooklyn based, Astrid spends the summers at Modern Electric. See their work at https://www.instagram.com/astrid.elisabeth/, and contact them at astrid.tattoos@gmail.com.