When I opened Amber Lotus Tattoo (three doors down from my other studio) I had a vision of a very relaxed and kicked back zone where I could focus on tattooing clients without the constant interruptions of being an owner/manager of a busy street shop. Just me...just the client...and a big time chill-out.
I really was not interested in working around another artist... I have done that for the last twenty years. While I am proud that I have provided a spot for some amazing artists to showcase their talents at Steadfast Tattoo Studio, I felt that I deserved a break from the daily interruptions and distractions that comes from being in an environment full of other people.
Tina moved here from Portland Oregon, about the same time I was opening Amber Lotus. She has been Tattooing for 25+ years , she is well rounded in all styles of tattooing and she contacted me about wanting to work a couple of days a week in the studio. Honestly, she was just a little worried that I would tell her to pound sand and that I wouldn't be interested...and normally I am not... but Tina is different. I like her.
Yup, I like Tina...a lot. Usually, when I meet other tattoo artists (who want to work in my studio), my 20 years of experience in the tattoo industry creeps up and I get kinda sour and grumpy. I think about putting up with someone's ability to fit in and do the right thing (hopefully without doing something damaging to my business) and I take a deep breath.. My creep-o-meter did not even tingle with Tina. In fact, it kind of felt like I have known Tina for a l-o-o-ong time. My "chill" stayed intact around her, and that says a lot.
I have brought Tina on, and it makes me happy. Let me list a few things about her that I think you should know...
She will be a welcome addition and I hope that people reading this will give her a shot as their new tattoo artist.
Hit the contact button below to start talking to her about getting a tattoo appointment ...and hit the portfolio button underneath the two teaser photos of her tattoos to jump to her gallery and view some more of her work.
Below is just a taste of Tina's talent...click an image to view it.
Hit the button below to check out Tina's Portfolio