Tattoo Designs For Women Biography
How You Became Interested in Tattooing:
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My best friend and mentor Matt Carrel, another tattoo artist in Indy, started his tattooing career while we were both attending Purdue University. I was his “guinea pig” during his apprenticeship, and was enthralled with the process of it all. We both moved to Indy and I pursued a degree in graphic design at Herron School of Art. I came to the conclusion that the art I was doing wasn’t quite what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So I asked him to help me get my feet off the ground doing tattoos. He really opened my eyes to it all.
Favorite Style/Genre of Tattoo:
My favorite type of tattoos would have to be pin-ups. I’ve always been a portrait artist, since high school even. But doing the whole body, in full color and beautiful 1950’s style… it doesn’t get much better.
What Tattoo Artists Inspire You Most:
I have many inspirations. My first and foremost is Matt Carrel (Metamorphosis, Indianapolis). His old-school style is fantastic. Tony Wheeler (also at Artistic Skin Designs) has proven to me that you can do anything great, even the first time, if you believe you can. He is doing my Harry Potter sleeve, and being the obsessed fan I am, you know it has to be perfect. And nationally, I have discovered Nikko, the most amazing color portrait artist. His use of color and light envies the masters.
What Secular Artists Inspire You Most:
All the pin-up greats are on my list. Olivia, Elvgren, Vargas, etc… But I also love longer and whole periods of art history, such as the Greek and Roman age, and Art Deco. I enjoy the architecture of those periods. Being one class away from an Art History minor, I have a deep appreciation for many kinds of art.
As do most tattoo artists, I love to paint. Oils are my personal favorite. I aspire to do pin-ups like Olivia. I’m learning airbrush, which I hope will add to the detail of my paintings. I also read a lot, and am particularly in love with the Harry Potter series. And traveling takes a spot at the top of the list, London having been the most amazing place I’ve been so far.Where You Are Currently Tattooing:
Personal Thoughts from Amanda:
I would never change what I do. My coworkers are fantastic, and it’s a career that’s conducive to creativity. I will continue collecting pieces and my goal is to keep learning. My husband and my friends are supportive and understanding of what I do. It’s about having a life you love, being able to look forward to every day, and to showcase your work whenever possible. At least, that’s what it’s about for me.
The negatives and slides that I got back were archived and put away. I was a busy working photographer and had no immediate plans nor time to do anything with them after some had been syndicated by Life. I never worked for a magazine on contract. I was a contributing photographer, which meant that I owned everything I shot. I'm very glad I did. My father became an etcher because if he sold a painting, he sold the only copy he had. With an etching he could make 25 prints and then keep one or two for himself.
What makes a good photographer?
A good photographer is one who is a see-er, one who responds to what he sees. It helps to have an understanding of composition and the technical background that enables him to acquire a photograph with a camera. I studied composition. I seek to lead the eye, to coerce the eye, to the subject you want to show. Tact and diplomacy are also a big help in many situations…knowing how to get along with many different kinds of people.
How important is the connection between a photographer and his subject?
The photographer relates first on a personal level and then secondarily on a technical level. I think trust is important between a photographer and subject. It's important to establish a connection with the subject if you can. It doesn't always happen that way. You may see a face or a head in a certain light and capture that with no connection whatsoever with the subject. You might be in the same room or at a party or shooting from a distance with a telephoto lens.
Do you prefer digital or film photography?
I can accomplish so much more with digital photography. It cost me so much more to shoot film and process it if I was not on an assignment.
Pick one: Black and white or color?
I love color photography because I can always convert it to black-and-white as required.
You’ve photographed Jimi Hendrix, Meryl Streep, Rod Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, SEVEN United States presidents, the Grateful Dead, and the Beatles. What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of capturing definitive, decisive and revealing, moments…turning points.
Could you name your favorite Beatles song:
What comes to mind is "Michele". It's such a lovely melody.
What makes photography a form of art?
An artist will darken and lighten pigment. I can darken and lighten areas to focus the attention on what I want the viewer to see, to know. The art of photography also evokes a response and I think that makes it an ar
Do you have a favorite photograph from your collection?
In Nassau, during "HELP", George came to breakfast early in the morning looking as if he had just woken up. He was still wearing pajamas. He looked very vulnerable, undefended, yet strong. I hadn't been photographing at breakfast but this was so different. "George" I said, "I've never seen you look this way and I've got to take a picture". It's how I might expect Hamlet to look.
If you weren’t a photographer you would be?
Originally I wanted to be an actor. Then I wanted to become an opera singer. I did both. I took up photography because I knew I needed a living in between acting jobs. My father died when I was 11 so we had no income other than my mother selling some of my father's etchings. I became successful at photography. I studied with Lee Strasberg for a while. I began taking photographs of Broadway shows as official photographer, always imagining that if a director was casting a new show I could ask to audition for it. That never quite happened.
In Washington, JFK announced his run for the presidency and then flew to Brandeis to be on Eleanor Roosevelt's TV show. (PROSPECTS FOR MANKIND). He was hoping to gain her endorsement. I was then a graduate student at Brandeis. I took pictures that day and then during the campaign. From then on, I had access to the White House and it became terrifically exciting to go there where I knew so may people from the campaign.
Later, I did act in GRAND HOTEL on Broadway for 2-and-half years. I wanted to become an opera singer. I began studying, even turning down assignments from Life magazine if I had a singing lesson scheduled at the same time.I sang two years with the Metropolitan Opera in New York as a principal tenor, and I performed and covered several roles.
Do you believe a picture speaks a thousand words? If so, what does the cover of your book say?
I no longer believe that a picture speaks a thousand words. Often there are unseen elements that do not come across in one frame. My next book will show many pictures which illustrate what I'm talking about. For example, President Johnson signing the civil rights bill. Bobby Kennedy surely felt it should have been Jack signing that bill. Bobby, among the watchers, never looked directly at LBJ. The president signed the bill and then apologetically presented five pens to Bobby Kennedy, where he had given Martin Luther King, one. My final picture in the series is of Bobby standing in the room empty of people, chairs askew, with a handful of pens, looking rather lost.
A favorite shot of mine is of Leontyne Price that ran in "Life : Famous American Women". I see the Earth-Mother: she saw Mammy in the cotton fields. She didn't speak to me for a year after that ran. Finally a black friend told me why the picture made him so angry: he saw what blacks had been trying to forget. I explained this in an interview which Leontyne read and I was forgiven.
The cover of "Places I Remember" shows that the Beatles were not trying to show a "front" that they were not. They are marvelously forthright, individual, strong, and intelligent etc. To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson ,"Stop talking. Who you are speaks so loudly I can hardly hear what you're saying". When one sees the book one will khow much fun and how imaginative and creative they were. When I look through the book, it's like visiting with old friends, and I love it.