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 now been tattooing for 2 years, and has progressed fabulously, becoming an accomplished artist and first year tattooer in her own right.  Tayah has found her calling in illustrative work for the craft.  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/



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 tattooing full time in Long Beach California. 

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 




Nicole brings 20 years of experience to our studio.


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. 

Natasha has been tattooing professionally for 6 years and is an integral member of the Modern Electric family. She especially loves working closely with clients to create sensitive original designs using delicate fine line blackwork and and grey realism. 

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/

We are privileged to have Sue G -AKA Sue Monsta, bringing her very special flavor of black and grey to us on Fridays.  See her work here: https://www.instagram.com/sue_monsta.  Email her @Blessmyskinn@gmail.com

Astrid is a fine line tattoo artist who specializes in portraiture, figures, and flora.  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.