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Inside w/ Women in the Tattoo Industry ft. Elise Malone and Evan Phillips


 

ELISE MALONE



BEFORE WE GET INTO IT, HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT ELISE...


"Hi! My name's Elise Malone and I've been tattooing for 3.5 years out of Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. I'm also earning my BFA in Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute. Pursuing my personal art practice in conjunction with my career is very important to me as they influence each other a lot."


ARE THERE ANY ADVANTAGES OR DISADVANTAGES THAT COME WITH BEING A FEMALE TATTOO ARTIST?


"My entrance into this industry was not a fun experience and unfortunately, that is very common among female tattoo artists. Almost every woman I've met has had an experience within the tattoo industry that hurt them or took advantage of them. This doesn't just stop at the artists, it's also common for my clients to have had bad experiences before, which is why it is so important for me to create spaces that prioritize empathy and kindness. My only advantage is that the industry and its clientele are becoming more and more dominated by other women that won't stand for mistreatment. Tattooing has a bright future I look forward to becoming a part of."



HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE WORK THAT YOU DO?


"I would describe the work I do as fine line black and grey, micro realism, fine line color, or any other combo of those words."


HOW HAS YOUR PRACTICE CHANGED OVER TIME?


"I started my career with a traditional apprenticeship, and I still love traditional tattoos, but I've always had the most interest in realistic/detailed styles. I'm self-taught, so the journey from there to now was challenging. I've realized over time that I love rendering images, the act of recreating a 2D image on the skin is fascinating to me. I've started prioritizing my Flash recently which I create in Photoshop using found imagery. My personal practice has also grown a lot in the last couple of years, and I pull inspiration from my experiences tattooing."



WHAT SKILLS HAVE YOU LEARNED ALONG THE WAY?


"I've gained so much knowledge from my friends in the industry, my partner, and of course the internet. Most of all I've learned to be patient with myself and take it one day at a time."


WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?


"This summer I'll be guest-spotting in

LA, and May next year I'll graduate with my BFA. My goal is to have a career as a practicing artist in conjunction with tattooing. I'm very excited for what's ahead!"


WHAT DO YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT BEING A TATTOO ARTIST?


"My situation in going to school and apprenticing was unique, and not re-creatable, or at least I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. We work long hours often drawing late into the night, and the type of demand we work with requires us to be fast and good illustrators. Rest assured your artist is probably working 10+ hour days to make sure you get the best tattoos. The industry is exhausting and not for everyone, but we love it. It takes a certain type of person to enjoy the grind. It pushes you to be better, which is why I enjoy it."



WHICH PIECE ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?


"I've done some color work recently that really pushed me stylistically, and it's been so rewarding. I recreated Gustav Klimt's painting of Life and Death and I think it took six months! I'm also very proud of my flash and being able to tattoo it is always amazing."






 

EVAN PHILLIPS



BEFORE WE GET INTO IT, HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT EVAN...


"Howdy! I’m Evan Phillips & I’m a tattoo artist at Glory Bound Tattoo in Lee’s Summit. I’ve been saying I was going to do tattoos when I grow up since I was thirteen so this is definitely a passion that I feel lucky to pursue. I’ve been tattooing since 2017 & I do a variety of different styles but tend to prefer doing illustrative or neotrad style tattoos."


ARE THERE ANY ADVANTAGES OR DISADVANTAGES THAT COME WITH BEING A FEMALE TATTOO ARTIST?


"The biggest disadvantage I encountered was actually before I was even a tattoo artist. In my journey to find an artist to apprentice with I actually had several artists explicitly turn me down for being a woman or tell me that I should be a piercer instead. I obviously eventually found someone willing to teach me but the realization that it was still a fairly sexist field at the time was disheartening."



HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE WORK THAT YOU DO?


"I do several styles of tattooing but I think what I’m most popular for is black & grey illustrative work. I’m a huge fan of neotraditional style color tattoos, fine line, micro, anime, black work & black and grey realism as well. I just really love tattooing so if I feel confident that I can do it, I want to do it."


HOW HAS YOUR PRACTICE CHANGED OVER TIME?


"I’ve definitely become more confident and comfortable in my work. The scope of what I’m capable of accomplishing has definitely gotten broader over time as well. I started tattooing in 2017 so I’m still not that far into my tattoo journey & look forward to seeing how my work continues to change over time."



WHAT SKILLS HAVE YOU LEARNED ALONG THE WAY?


"I’ve learned a ton of super specific tattoo skills and techniques of course but I think my favorite skill I’ve learned is talking to people. I’ve always been a fairly shy and awkward person but it gets really awkward a couple hours into a tattoo without talking. I think having to engage in so much conversation with clients has made me better at talking to people in all aspects of my life."


WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?


"More tattooing! I recently set up a small charity fundraiser for MOCSA at Glory Bound & I think I want to pursue more of that. I love tattooing so much & I’m passionate about wanting the world to be a better place so being able to work on both of those at the same time is such an incredible feeling."



WHAT DO YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT BEING A TATTOO ARTIST?


"We are actually artists!! Bringing reference pictures to a consultation is so cool & welcome but we’re not just going to trace another person’s tattoo for you. We want to give everyone a beautiful, unique work of art!"


WHICH PIECE ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?


"That’s actually really hard to place. I’m so proud of so many of the tattoos I’ve done. I feel like I’m constantly growing and improving but every tattoo I do adds to that so I don’t have a specific piece that I’m MOST proud of."



 

Huge thank you again to the featured artist! Keep up the good work, Kc can't wait to see what you have in store for us next! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date and never miss out on any upcoming events or promotions and turn on post notifications on our Instagram and Facebook! Until next time kc!

xoxo,

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