When were you first interesting in tattooing? Working in some of my first cafe jobs, as a girl in church—the tattooed boys were rather impressive... I must say, it started as an attraction to a culture and turned into a love for an art form. What was your first shop experience like?
Your style combines script and black outlines with watercolor-esque colors. How would you describe your style? How did you come to find this style? I call my style funky color. It's probably the closest description of what I do. I mix all different styles and techniques together, so it's very hard to categorize it or to describe it as one particular style.
How did you get your start in tattooing? A friend of mine actually mentioned that I should ask a local shop for an apprenticeship. It wasn't my idea at all. I showed them some examples of my pencil work and they let me start learning. You’ve been tattooing for quite some time, were attitudes towards female tattooers different when you started?
You just finished appearing on season seven of Ink Master. Tell us a little bit about what that experience was like. Was it what you expected? To understand how crazy it was for me to see myself on TV, you have to understand where I come from. I grew up in the woods in Maine.
When we first interviewed you a few years ago you mentioned that you had 6 years of art school training. What was your artistic focus at the time and how do you think that training has helped you in the tattoo world? That was such a long time ago! I think now I'm definitely in a different mindset artistically.
We know that you started tattooing when you were in college, how did you first get drawn to the idea of becoming a tattoo artist? My roommate in college was a tattoo artist, her name is Alix Branwyn. I thought tattoos were really cool but I had never thought about pursuing a career myself, even after she had been interested in teaching me.
How did you come to find your adornable signature style? What were some of the early styles that you worked in that helped you get to where you are today? I've always been a big Disney fan and lover of all things cute! So I suppose it comes from there.
How did you get into tattooing? I kept all my paintings and drawings on a blog and people started requesting to have them tattooed and then my husband, Heath Nock, who had already been tattooing for quite some time talked me into learning how to tattoo so that instead of other people making a living on my drawings, I could.
What year did you start tattooing? August 2010. How did you get into tattooing? When I made this decision I was already a professional artist and decided to open a new direction. What was your first shop experience like? My first shop was in the room at my apartment which I equipped with all stuff that is needed for tattooing, so I had everything for comfort and safety work.
How would you describe your style of tattooing? How did you come to find that Style? I would describe my style as illustrative blackwork, using dots and fine lines, sometimes combined with strong solid black parts. My style developed during the years.
What year did you start tattooing and how did you break into the industry? I realized I wanted to become a tattoo artist when I was 17 or 18. In 2007 I got myself a coil machine and started tattooing my closest friends. During those first years I was still busy with my art studies, working, and for a while also traveling and living a rock n' roll life.
We know that you got your start at a very young age, can you tell us about how you got into tattooing? I always knew I wanted to have a career in art. I've drawn and painted my whole life. My father had tattoos and I was always so intrigued by them. My last year of high school I dreamed about becoming a tattoo artist.
It happened again! Fort Wayne, Indiana held its annual Devil's Hollow Tattoo and Art Festival and it was a weekend for the books. Even knowing the eerie legends behind the area, spectators and artists arrived by the busloads. Special guest artists included Big Gus, Jasmine Rodriguez, Arlo DiCristina, John “Yogi" Barrett and many more.
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The 2nd annual Kansas City Tattoo Arts Convention kicked off May 13th through the 15th and was a weekend to remember! With over 175 international artists flocked to Missouri, the event was filled with tattooing, burlesque shows, live painting, pyro performances and much more.