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How You Became Interested in Becoming a Tattoo Artist:
I always had an artistic talent and I was kind of a punk when I was kid. Tattoos were just another thing to get my folks riled up. Becoming a tattoo artist was a fleeting thought at 16, I didn’t consider it again until my husband urged me to go in that direction. I was really unhappy working a desk job even though I was doing graphic design.
Favorite Style/Genre of Tattooing:
My favorite subjects are derived from nature or religion. My favorite style would be painterly.
Tattoo Artists Who Have Inspired You Most:
That list would be endless. My inspiration comes every time I meet another artist or an image catches my eye in a magazine or book. I would say that Vyvyn Lazonga and Michele Wortman would be very high on that list.
Secular Artists Who Have Inspired You Most:
I’m most inspired by local artists, wherever my locale may be at the time. I’ve always loved Escher, Dali, O’Keefe and Kahlo.
Other Interests and/or Hobbies:
I’m always interested in trying out new art materials and mediums. I love hiking and camping, photography, and spending time with my family and friends.
Tattoos by Traci
Personal Thoughts from Traci:
I do my best to keep things simple and open. My role as a tattoo artist is to bring the patron’s concept to fruition. I wouldn’t be a tattoo artist if not for tattoo clients.
It’s an equal exchange of input between artist and patron to create a successful tattoo, not a matter of size or money. It’s best for everyone to set egos aside before walking in the door and remember that you get what you give.
My interest in tattooing came out of thin air even though I had always liked art. My guidance counselor told me in high school that I couldn't make a living by drawing, so I never tried to. I went into the business field just like my mother. I hated it and coped by doodling at work (apologies to my old bosses). When I was 22 I got my first little tattoo, but the thought of tattooing never crossed my mind until I was 31. I was miserable and racking my brain about what I was going to do for the rest of my life when it hit me. I could tattoo. From the instant I thought it, I knew it was right and I’ve never looked back.
Favorite Style/Genre of Tattooing:
I don't know that I have a favorite genre or style. I like good art. A clean, well crafted, imaginative, esthetically pleasing tattoo can hold its own... no matter the style.
Secular Arists You Have Been Inspired By:
There have been many artists throughout the course of history that have inspired me. It goes without saying most of the classic historical artists, with special emphasis on Van Gogh. There are the Brega brothers whose photo realism is something that I am definitely envious of, not to mention all the art I see on the internet from established and up and coming artists.
Tattoo Artists You Have Been Inspired By:
I owe my start to Brendan Kennedy, who apprenticed me. If it weren’t for him taking me under his wing, I wouldn't be here right now. More recently, I have started to notice tattoo artists that I look to for inspiration such as Nikko, Deano Cook, Nick Baxter, Lou Jacque, Ant Plaza, Johnny B, Joe Cap, Dave Martinez, Mike Devries, and Josh Carlton. There are so many talented artists out there the world hasn't heard of just because they don't have a TV show. Last but not least, I have been blessed to be working with a great guy and artist that has encouraged my growth, by making me try new things. (Thanks shmoopy)
Where You Work/How to Contact You:
Tattoos by Tammie
Personal Thoughts and Advice from Tammie:
My advice to aspiring artists is to go about it the right way. There should be no short cuts. Learn as much as you can, from as many as you can, and never stop learning.
My advice to those wanting a tattoo - DONT PRICE SHOP! You get what you pay for. Good tattoos aren’t cheap, cheap tattoos aren’t good. Reputable, talented artists aren’t out to rip you off; they just put the appropriate value on their time and talent. Why would someone pay $100 on a pair of shoes that will only last months, but skimp on something that they will have forever?
My personal philosophy on life... Don't let anyone tell you that you can't achieve your dreams. Believe in them, work towards them, and you can live them.