Lynda Chean

Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Dare to do -

THEN Copy­writer NOW Tat­too artist and owner, Pink Tat­toos

‘It isn’t sex, drugs and rock and roll. It’s a lot of hard work,’ Lynda says about the life of a tat­too artist. Depic­tions of tat­too artists in the media seem to por­tray a life­style of badassery and he­do­nism when Lynda claims it’s quite the op­po­site: ‘I’m prob­a­bly the most bor­ing and se­ri­ous tat­too artist – I’m a mum, a home­body, and I take my work very se­ri­ously.’ Be­fore Lynda es­tab­lished her­self as a tat­too artist, she used to be a copy­writer in an ad­ver­tis­ing agency. Feel­ing un­ful­filled in the ad­ver­tis­ing in­dus­try, she ditched her copy­writ­ing job to be­come a full-time tat­too artist. While she found work­ing in ad­ver­tis­ing un­re­ward­ing, it did teach Lynda some valu­able lessons. For ex­am­ple, it gave her plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in han­dling and man­ag­ing clients. She even drew lessons from her days of pulling all-nighters as an un­der­grad. ‘Tat­too­ing and own­ing a tat­too shop is ba­si­cally all of that put to­gether: hard work, long hours and man­ag­ing peo­ple,’ she said.

Now with over 10,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, this trendy tat­too par­lour has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the go-to places to get qual­ity tat­toos in a safe and clean en­vi­ron­ment. For any bud­ding tat­too artists who wish to open their own par­lour, she warns that a lot of hard work and hours are needed. ‘Don’t be just an artist; to make a tat­too shop work, we need to be busi­ness minded too,’ she ad­vised.

20-A, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, KL (03 2201 7465/fb.com/PinkTat­toos). TueSun, 12noon-8pm.

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