I love being a woman in the tattoo industry. Afterall, the roots of tattooing are seated in spiritual pursuit-a seeking which is full of unparalleled grace & beauty- and I love the chance to bring this aspect to the table. I did not grow up knowing that I wanted to be a tattoo artist, but I did grow up knowing that I wanted to be an artist, and that I wanted to positively influence the lives of women.
In the west, tattooing has taken on a very masculine face. An association of tattoos with a tough guy, no-pain-no-gain mentality, has been etched into our modern day consciousness. We love hard core guys with tattoos...So, no complaints. But women tend to be a little more intimidated by the experience of walking into a tattoo shop and conveying what they want to the man behind the needle.
I know I will not be the first to say that this is obviously shifting - as the harsh nature of the tattoo biz fades, we are making room for something more beautiful to enter. A balance, perhaps. Not just women, but people in general are craving something deeper. We are evoloving faster than ever as human beings - & we easily feel we are a different person today than we were even a month ago - let alone a year ago. The meaning of our tattoos naturally have to be taken to a level of deep spiritual consistancy. The emergance of the feminine spirit in the indistry can acheive just that.
Still as hard-core as ever, the process of getting a tattoo asks the wearer to contemplate & declare what they stand for to the world. Tattooing may have been the first art known to mankind, and has a high potential to be the last.