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.
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