Located in NYC, a tattoo shop full of positive vibes and creativity awaits. Ink Sanctuary offers an inspiring blend of arts, creativity and wellness. Specializing in all styles of tattooing, and (soon) tattoo removal services, Jade, Ink Sanctuary's owner and tattoo artist, took a moment to discuss her shop’s expansion and what inspires her in both life and her craft.
Tell me about your shop and the artists:
We have Primo, Olivia, Allen and Sarah and I, and we’re currently expanding by taking over the space next door.
I went to school to learn how to do tattoo removal and in NYC tattoo cover-ups happen in my shop one to five times per week. So soon we’ll be offering tattoo removal on one side, and tattooing on the other.
What tattooing style do you and the other artists specialize in?
I really like fine line, I prefer realistic and black and grey tattoos, but I do color. Sarah is really good at Neo-Traditional. Primo has a strong focus in Traditional with really fun colors. Allen has a very unique, urban tattooing style. His work is just amazing, I don’t know how he does it. Olivia does dotwork tattooing and really cool mandalas and Geometric designs.
Is there any specific style you feel you struggle with or find the most challenging?
Not so much, but I really don’t like doing old school Traditional tattoos, they’re too flat and I enjoy more details.
What has being a tattoo artist taught you about yourself?
I’ve been tattooing since before I was 19 years old, tattooing has always been part of my lifestyle. I’ve always traveled so this career fits. And I get to do what I love.
How do you find new inspirations for your tattoo designs?
I often go to the Indian Reservation, also meditation and focusing on my spirituality. When I have a creative block it helps to travel or go to museums. I like to travel a lot and speak to cultured and creative people. And I have a 9 year old son. Children are an endless source of creativity.
Describe a time you where you believe your talent truly helped someone?
In the past fifteen years there is certainly more than one. From tattooing mastectomy scars, to tattooing memorials for parents who have lost their kids; these tattoos are difficult and I cry a lot. But I find tattooing cancer patients is the most rewarding. It’s like giving them their sense of self back.
When you aren’t tattooing, you can be found…
Well I don’t rebuild bikes or anything like that. I draw, I paint, I’m very involved in the arts. I do a lot of workshops here in my shop. I take classes and offer meditations . My shop is my family so anything I feel is healthy I try to share with them. I also love to travel to Europe, where there is lots of food, wine and friends. AND my son plays soccer.
What advice would you offer someone getting their first tattoo-
The first tattoo is the most important. Not that they’ll always have the most meaning, but they’re meant to be permanent. Tattoos are so main stream now they aren’t viewed the same way. There are positives and negatives to that. The art should be respected and viewed as commitment.
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