Inking their way to success
In the male dominated world of tattooing Joycelia Hyde and apprentice Laura Friese are making a mark for women.
The Tokoroa pair recently took part in the 2017 Auckland Custom Culture and Tattoo Show and both came away with awards.
Hyde, who owns and operates her own tattoo studio called Inkthumans, came away with the Best Cover Up award.
Friese, who works as the studio’s body piercer, came third in the 2017 Miss Auckland Custom Culture and Tattoo Show pageant modelling her tattoos.
Hyde, who spent 21 hours covering up an unwanted tattoo of a Morrinsville client, said it was a life changing experience.
‘‘This was a cover up of a cover up of a cover up. It had had three different artists work on it to try and do something,’’ she said.
‘‘[The client] said he had this mess on his arm but said I wouldn’t be able to cover it up because he had had four top artists in Auckland tell him they couldn’t do it and that he needed laser work.’’
‘‘I love cover ups and when he showed me I was like I can cover that up, that’s easy.’’
‘‘It’s hard to explain but the ink that is already there tells me where to draw. It is like I have already got a tracing there of what the new tattoo is going to be,’’ she said.
The self confessed ‘‘science nerd’’ said she was given free rein to do what she wanted and incorporated mechanical elements into the design.
‘‘The detail was one of the most impressing things that the judges mentioned and the colours,’’ she said
As the only all female booth at the competition she said it was an honour to place.
‘‘There is definitely a mould in the industry and there are still very little women compared to men so we are still battling to saturate the market,’’ she said.
‘‘To be invited was a big deal. I knew I loved cover ups and I knew I was good at them but now I know I am great at them.’’
Friese said she only entered at the last minute.
‘‘I went in with the attitude fake it till you make it because I don’t have a lot of self confidence. I put on a brave face and went on the stage, even with a bikini on which I can’t even get into the water wearing,’’ she said.
‘‘I was just so overwhelmed and so proud that I got placed.’’